“Fun and Games”
“Fun and Games” is an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 30 March 1964, during the first season.
“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission…….”
Mike Benson, (Nick Adams) ex-boxer and small-time crook, and Laura Hanley, (Nancy Malone) a divorcee … … are abducted at critical points in their lives by The Senator, a sporting alien representing the citizens of the planet Andera. The Anderans have overcome war, pestilence, avarice and envy, are no longer driven by wants and needs, and find that their lives have become quite stagnant; therefore, they replace their boredom with a constant supply of “fun & games”. Mike and Laura are “electroported” to an arena planet where they are to be pitted in mortal combat against two primitive aliens from the Calco galaxy for the entertainment of the jaded audience on Andera. The goal of the tournament is species survival; the home planet of the losing team will be obliterated in a cataclysmic display lasting five years for the further enjoyment of the citizens of Andera. During the combat, Mike and Laura learn to function as a team. When the male Calco alien, having killed its mate to double its own food supply, confronts Mike on a footbridge over a river of lava, Laura kills the creature with its own saw-bladed boomerang. Mike, hanging by his fingertips and weakened by the ordeal, finally falls off the bridge into the lava. Laura, believing Mike to be dead, mourning his passing and praising his efforts in defending the human race from extinction, is informed by The Senator that since the alien perished in the lava first, Mike’s life was spared, and they are declared the winners, thus saving Earth. In that split second, they are electroported to safety, unaware of what had transpired and free to resume their mundane lives.
“We now return control of your television set to you. Until next week at the same time, when the control voice will take you to – The Outer Limits…….” ( control voice, Vic Perrin)
This is a resin figure done by Dimensional Designs of San Francisco and I have no idea
how old the kit is. I was given license to paint it as I saw fit as the episode of this
story is in black and white. Also in the episode the creatures were wearing what looked
like l baggy PJ’s. So I deemed to make it as hideous as I could and faked it. Just in case one should ask, that is not a man purse he is carrying. It is a food bag provided to each person containing food for three days to fight their battle.
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