Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Review of "The Mutant:" An Episode of “The Outer Limits” television show

Review of

The Mutant: An Episode of “The Outer Limits” television show

Three out of five stars

 The premise of this episode is that a small exploratory team has been sent to a very Earthlike planet. They have been there for some time and a psychologist has been sent to check on their progress and overall mental health. There is only one woman in the group, and all are highly educated.

 My outlook on the show was almost immediately soured when the woman was dressed in high heels and a calf-length skirt. The idea that such attire would be used by a member of an initial exploratory team was ridiculous. All the men were dressed in very utilitarian work shirts and pants.

 One member of the group was turned into a Bug-Eyed Monster or BEM that is capable of controlling the thoughts and actions of the other team members. His powers extend to being capable of somehow vaporizing people that have displeased him.

 The action then becomes a struggle between the BEM or mutant and the other humans that are struggling to survive. Of course, the BEM is defeated, but not without the woman uttering a high-pitched scream when there is danger and whirling away from the sight into the sheltering arms of a man. While I realize that was what was done in those times, it is still a bit overdone. Science fiction allows women to have some backbone.

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