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The Outer Limits: A Feasibility Study

An entire residential section of a big city is moved to the planet Luminos. The residents discover they are trapped in their six block enclave. They also learn that the alien race needs them to work as slaves for the rest of their existence.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x29
Airdate: Monday April 13th, 1964

Director: Byron Haskin
Writer: Joseph Stefano

Guest Stars
David OpatoshuDavid Opatoshu
As Ralph Cashman
Frank PugliaFrank Puglia
As Father Fontanna
Glenn CannonGlenn Cannon
As Teenager Luminoid
Joyce Van PattenJoyce Van Patten
As Rhea Cashman
Phyllis LovePhyllis Love
As Andrea Holm
Robert H. JustmanRobert H. Justman
As Luminoid Authority
Sam WanamakerSam Wanamaker
As Dr. Simon Holm
Main Cast
Vic PerrinVic Perrin
voiced The Control Voice
Episode Notes
This episode was remade for an episode of the 1990s Outer Limits.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration: The planet Luminos: A minor planet, sultry and simmering. Incapacitated. Earth scientists have concluded that there could be no life on Luminos, that it is too close to its own sun, and that its inhabitants would be victimized by their own blighting atmosphere. But there is life on Luminos—life that should resemble ours, but doesn't. Desperate life, suffering a great and terrible need. The Luminoids have begun to search the universe in an effort to gratify that need. They seek a planet on which life is healthy, vibrant, strong, and mobile. They need such people to do their work, to labor and slave for them, to manufacture their splendored dreams. The Luminoids need slaves, and they have chosen the planet off which their slaves will be abducted. Not too many at first, a neighborhood-full, perhaps. A neighborhood like mine or yours. Those who will be abducted sleep in dreamy ignorance, unaware that they are about to become the subjects of a grotesque and sophisticated experiment... a feasibility study.

Closing Narration: 'Do not enter upon or cross this area. Do not touch or remove possibly radioactive dirt or rocks. If you have any knowledge concerning this disappearance, please contact your nearest police department.' It could have happened to any neighborhood. Had those who lived in this one been less human, less brave, it would have happened to all the neighborhoods of the Earth. Feasibility study ended. Abduction of human race: Infeasible.

Dr. Simon Holm: There's no escape for us, not for us... (...) But we will never go back to the world we've been stolen from, understand that: never! It's a lonely feeling, isn't it? But we won't be lonely very long. Soon the entire Earth's population will be teleported to this place. We will live in labour camps, we will toil and sweat and die in control areas.

Episode Goofs
When Mr Cashman stops his car, a Luminoid gets onto the roof. The Luminoid is gone when Mr Cashman tumbles falls out of the driver's door a short time later.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoseph Stefano  |  Leslie Stevens
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