Thursday, November 01, 2012
Ask JKM a Question #48: The Outer Limits Remake?
Reader and commenter Trent writes:
“While horror, by far, is my favorite genre, I do appreciate smart science fiction. I enjoyed 'TNG' and watched it irregularly however my personal favorite was 'The Outer Limits', 1995-2002. You have not acknowledged this series, as far as I can tell, even once, and I am curious as to the reason why. After all, 'TNG' had 178 episodes & 'TOL' had slightly less at 154, I would think that there would be a substantial amount of material available for review .Your thoughts on this series would be appreciated.”
Great question, Trent.
I can’t really quibble with your assessment of my writing on the remake series. I may have mentioned it on the blog once or twice in seven years, but you’re right, there’s been nothing substantive about it here.
In part, I haven’t written about the remade Outer Limits simply because I don’t have a deep familiarity with it.
I watched it on and off during its first season or two, way back in the 1990s when I was working in a blood bank (don't ask...) but that is the extent of my knowledge. And I have learned from professional and personal experience it is better for me not to write about productions that I don’t have a very clear memory of, because I am more prone to making mistakes.
From what I saw of the Outer Limits series back in the nineties, I liked it fine, but was disappointed that it didn’t feature the atmospheric camera-work of the original, and that some of the writing was not as strong as that found on the original Leslie Stevens/Joe Stefano anthology. It may just have been the episodes I saw, because I didn’t watch the series regularly.
I don’t want to over-promise, because I’m already watching Timeslip and have Fringe in my queue at the moment, but I honestly wouldn’t mind re-visiting The Outer Limits.
That said, I also have an urge to watch Quantum Leap and Sliders. But on your recommendation, I will definitely re-visit (or more accurately, visit…) The Outer Limits remake. I see it is available on Netflix, so…I’m on it.