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Oh boy ... this is yet another episode of Outer Limits
that is so badly written that I have problems recounting it ...
You see, there is that alien race that came to earth some 25 years ago
to impregnate five earth women, then they disappeared again. Now four of
the five kids out of these unions have become geniusses, one has become a
telepath. the four geniusses have them suddenly disappeared from earth
while the telepath, Ethan (Lee Kinsolving) has been thrown into the
slammer for manslaughter.
But one day, a stranger who will later turn out to be his alien father
(Kent Smith) helps him escape and tries to persuade him to come home
(to the planet Eros) with him.
Because the men on Eros have no soul and have lost the ability to
dream, and thus they needed human blood to regain both, stupid (yes, I
know this doesn't make the least bit of sense, but I did not come up with
the story, i merely recount it).
But Ethan doesn't want to go to Eros because he has a neat little
girlfriend (Bennye Gatteys) with whom he ultimately tries to get away from
both his father and the police, but soon the two of them run into a trap
set up by the authorities ... bummer.
But with the authorities is a man from the space agency, who for
some reason believes the whole story about Ethan's dad being an alien
without any proof (oh man, is that the same space agency that will send a
rocket to the moon before the end of the decade ?), and he even convinces
Ethan that it was his own alien father who did the killing Ethan is
accused of, and he persuades Ethan to lure his alien dad into a
trap ... and ultimately, Ethan can not only force his alien dad to leave
our planet without him, he even presss free the four geniusses daddy
wanted to take with him to his soulless and dreamless world ...
I think I have proven my point that this episode has an atrocious
script, paired with ridiculously blunt (but not funny) Cold War propaganda
- but as much could almost be expected from the series. The result,
unfortunately, is not in the least bit entertaining (in neither the
intentional nor the unintentional way) but merely an annoying piece of