Broadcast Order #21
Original Airdate: 2/17/64
Starring Lee Kinsolving, Kent Smith, William O. Douglas, Jr.
Written by Anthony Lawrence.
Directed by Leonard Horn.
Directed by Leonard Horn.
Spider County was hotbed for alien spawning a few decades back, and an extraterrestrial papa (Smith) is back to collect his sons to bring them home to planet Eros. What he didn't consider was that his Earhbound offspring might not be thrilled about having to attend an off-planet family reunion.
PE: This is what you get when you cross The Monster From Green Hell with Men in Black. But where were all the giant spiders?
JS: Wasn't the guy in the suit Spider-Man? I just kind of took that for granted. "Giant Spiders from Eros" sounds like a good pulp title to me. I love the Space Scientist who is familiar with the obscure planet Eros from which our alien daddy hails.
PE: My L-OL moment for the show as a matter of fact. These guys are worried about the four "greatest minds on Earth" disappearing when, right in their midst, they've got a genius who can tie together the middle names of the MIA guys with an "obscure planet in the galaxy Kreg (sp?)." (Did you notice they managed to get snapshots of all those brightest minds with the same backdrop? Must be a popular outdoor bar for braniacs they all hung out at. -JS) Forget the brainboys, give this guy a grant. He may invent Google someday. My second L-OL scene would have to be the magic bracelet. Do backwoods sheriffs rely on handcuffs that can just be taken off without a key?
PE: That has got to be the most caffeinated sheriff in the history of mankind. A lot of these OL episodes bring to mind some of the fun late 50s-early 60s low budget AIP sf/horror flicks. The quality of acting in "Spider County" is akin to that in Larry Buchanan's better work. Full of long, boring speeches and dopey dialogue that may have worked on paper but come across as wooden when spoken. In particular, the dialogue is no friend to Kent Smith (so delightfully evil and over-the-top in "It Crawled Out of the Woodwork") and Lee Kinsolving (who may not have been a very good actor in the first place), who spout lines like: "What in this hating, barking world could hold you?" and "Would my father want me to break her heart as well as my own?" And is this a good time to bring up the horrid soundtrack? Usually pretty reliable, Frontiere's score this time out is filled with cliched monster movie riffs and bits inappropriate for the scene (more than likely borrowed from Frontiere's other work).
PE: When bug-face causes the sheriff's car to overturn (in a nail-biting stunt), he approaches Ethan, still in the car, and says "Are you alright? Hurry, we must leave before someone comes by!" The two then flee off into the forest. Don't know about you, but I'd spend a few minutes asking questions of the elderly well-dressed man who happens upon my accident and then suggests that jogging through the forest with a suspected murderer is his cup of tea.
JS: Can you check me on this—did we actually get a happy ending out of The Outer Limits?
PE: I was just happy it ended.
PE: Well, she might look good but she shore can't act. Her reaction to her father's death is a bit perplexing, like she got to a word in a book she didn't understand. Since I always like to end these things on a positive note, I was excited to see Dabbs Greer, a great character actor who has appeared in every TV show ever produced. Always dependable, Greer is probably best known to genre fans as a cop in House of Wax (1954) and smart-alecky Royce in It, The Terror from Beyond Space (1958). Perhaps even more interesting is that IMDB (always the place to go for reliable information) lists Joey Tata as The Alien Bastard. This coupled with the rumored "Chicks on Eros" scene makes me crave a director's cut.
David J. Schow on "The Children of Spider County":
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Look Out! Here comes ...
Our radioactive pal, Reese,
Just wished that his torment would cease.
He didn’t sleep much
And could kill just by touch
In a place where there ain’t no police.
Getting eyeballs that looked kind of fried,
Mind-reading each cohort who lied,
On this Annex One ‘toid,
His grin unalloyed,
Reese always looks to sunny-side.