Sunday, September 26, 2010

Please Stand By...

I'm having technical difficulties- with my neurophysiology. I'm also preparing for my appearance on Red Ice Radio and working up a new blog posting on The Secret War Against the New Age. I hope to have the next installment up later today, but in the meantime you can spend a lazy Sunday afternoon watching this installment of The Outer Limits (whose original title I cribbed for this posting) that will be stunningly familiar to anyone who's seen District 9. Like, actionably similar. Like, "I can't believe they didn't sue" similar (maybe MGM's shaky finances are preventing a closer look into the similarities).

Of course, this isn't the first Outer Limits ep we've seen that was ransacked for a blockbuster movie. There's also 'Relativity Theory', which shares more than a few plot points with Avatar. As I've said before, The New Outer Limits didn't have the batting average of an X-Files, but when it kicked in, it kicked ass.

Speaking of actionable, here's an old school TOL that James Cameron admittedly "borrowed" for The Terminator. This ep was written by Harlan Ellison, who also wrote 'Demon with a Glass Hand', which Cameron also cribbed from. Ellison cried foul and got a credit and a royalty check for his trouble. Maybe Carleton Eastlake (author of 'Relativity') should phone his attorney...

You can find TNOL all over the web if you don't have a Veoh player.