Saturday, August 7, 2010
The Outer Limits - The Sixth Finger (1964)
The first season combined science-fiction and horror, while the second season was more focused on 'hard' science-fiction stories, dropping the recurring "scary monster" motif of the first season. Each show in the first season was to have a monster or creature as a critical part of the story line. First-season writer and producer Joseph Stefano believed that this element was necessary to provide fear, suspense, or at least a center for plot development. This kind of story element became known as "the bear". This device was, however, mostly dropped in the second season when Stefano left. (Three first-season episodes without a 'bear' are "Forms of Things Unknown", "Controlled Experiment", and "The Borderland" all three of which were produced as pilots for other never-realized series and then re-edited as Outer Limits episodes. Another early episode with no 'bear' was "The Hundred Days of the Dragon" made before the 'bear' convention was established. Second season episodes with a 'bear' are "Keeper of the Purple Twilight", "The Duplicate Man", and "The Probe". Bears appear near the conclusion of second season episodes "Counterweight", "The Invisible Enemy", and "Cold Hands, Warm Heart".) The show's first season had distinctive music by Dominic Frontiere, who doubled as Production Executive; the second season featured music by Harry Lubin, with a variation of his Fear theme for One Step Beyond being heard over the end titles.
The Sixth Finger - Original airdate October 14th 1963
Set in a remote mining town, which based upon the accents is likely in the Lancashire area, the plot involves a renegade scientist who discovers how to affect the speed of evolutionary mutation. A disgruntled local miner, who volunteers for the experiment, enables the professor to create a being with enhanced mental capabilities, who, incidentally, begins growing a "sixth finger" on each hand. But when the mutation process begins to operate independently of the professor's influence, the mutant miner takes control of the experiment. Now equipped with superior intelligence and powers of thought that are capable of great destruction, such as telekinesis, the miner decides to take revenge on the mining town he loathes. - From Wikipedia
THE OUTER LIMITS : THE SIXTH FINGER
JAMES GOLDSTONE (1963)
DAY STAR PRODUCTIONS