The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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Specimen: Unknown 

Astronauts on an orbiting space station discover a strange and deadly type of plant life. Higher ups are left to consider: should the craft be destroyed with the 4 men aboard, or allowed to land, knowing the plants could destroy all of mankind?

Director:

Gerd Oswald

Writer:

Stephen Lord
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Episode complete credited cast:
Stephen McNally ... Col. MacWilliams
Richard Jaeckel ... Capt. Mike Doweling
Gail Kobe ... Janet Doweling
John Kellogg ... Major Nathan Jennings
Peter Baldwin ... Lt. Gordon Halper
Russell Johnson ... Maj. Benedict
Arthur Batanides ... Lt. Gavin
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Astronauts on an orbiting space station discover a strange and deadly type of plant life. Higher ups are left to consider: should the craft be destroyed with the 4 men aboard, or allowed to land, knowing the plants could destroy all of mankind?

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The footage of the spacecraft doing loops in the sky was also used in "Architects of Fear". See more »

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Captain Doweling reports to Earth that Major Benedict is unconscious while Benedict is sitting upright and moving. See more »

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Control Voice: He called them space barnacles for temporary identification. They were not.
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Specimen: Known To Me
5 July 2014 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

Alien plants cause trouble on earth.

This hour was probably a lot better in 1964, now today I have seen other TV shows like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Terror) and Star Trek (This Side Of Paradise) pinch the invader plant story and it all seems rather routine now.

But there is no question that the final act of Specimen: Unknown still packs a punch in 2014. In fact the whole hour is still rather cool.

At this stage of the season, The Outer Limits was dishing out great episodes every week! The imagination, scripting, acting, music, location filming is just great.


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