Never really watched the original series but saw quite a few episodes of the '90s revamp.
"What was I thinking of, hitting him? Nothing. No, I know. I hate him! I hate his guts, I hate everything he stands for with his PACE and his plus and his statements of purpose and his smiling at the punters and his have a nice day! I mean when was the last time he ever nicked anybody, eh? A real villain! When was the last time he ever put himself on the line?"
Soldier was a classic episode with Michael Ansara (Kang from Star Trek) as a warrior from the far future who with his mortal enemy are transported through time back to 1963 because of a vortex in space opening up after a brutal attack by laser controlled weaponry! JB
I think the revived series was made in the wake of the X-Files and filmed cheaply in Canada. It was all right, nothing special a lot of the time. I thought "A Stitch in Time" was a really good episode though: Amanda Plummer and Michelle Forbes travelling back in time to execute serial murderers before they can start their killing sprees. Sort of like Minority Report in reverse.
That was one episode of the second season that I did like and remember! The New Outer limits is only available over here as the first season sadly enough and I think it's a collectors item nowadays! JB
I've just started watching series 2 again. So far I think I've just seen Soldier and Expanding Human. Not quite as good as series one, but still superior sci-fi. Soldier and Demon With The Glass Hand were definitely influences on things like The Terminator and Universal Soldier. Interestingly enough, the final episode of series one, The Forms of Things Unknown, was not originally intended to be an episode of The Outer Limits, but the pilot of an aborted supernatural series.
If you haven't seen this series, you MUST buy it on DVD or Blu-ray. It is a true classic of the genre. No doubt about it.
"What are you two, some kind of music hall act?" "Whatever we are..." "...you made us!" "TA-DAA!!"
I first saw these shows back in 1980/81 when the BBC showed them late on Friday nights! Trouble was they intermixed both series together and they started with Glass Hand and then Keeper of The Purple Twilight and then moonstone and a few season ones and you could tell the difference in quality and the writing with more monster masks for the seconders and more eerie stories for the first! JB