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Recap / The Outer Limits (1963) S 1 E 11 "It Crawled Out of the Woodwork"

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The energy monster claims another victim.

The Control Voice: His name is Warren Edgar Morley. For the past six months, he has guarded this gate from eight in the morning until six at night, at which time he is replaced by another just like himself. These are the last few moments of his life.
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An energy monster is held captive in a laboratory by a scientist who wishes to study it at any cost.

The Control Voice: The Conservation of Energy Law — a principle which states that energy can be changed in form but that it cannot be either created or destroyed. And this is true of all energy — the energy of genius, of madness, of the heart, of the atom. And so it must be lived with. It must be controlled, channeled for good, held isolated from evil… and somehow lived with, peaceably.

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It Troped Out of the Woodwork:

  • Call-Back: The climax of the energy cloud music used in "The Man With The Power" is used when the energy cloud appears the first two times.
  • Dawson Casting: Scott Marlowe was 31 when he played the 20-year-old Jory.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Jory seems to be the main character at first, but then Siroleo takes over the episode, with Jory disappearing until after the climax.
  • Energy Being: The episode centers around the accidental creation of such a creature.
  • Herr Doktor: Dr. Block's Germanic accent implies this trope.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Another Implied Trope with Dr. Block. The energy monster is basically a mindless wild animal; it's Block who uses it to commit several murders.
  • Hungry Menace: The monster feeds on any kind of energy, unfortunately including human Life Energy.
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  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Block plays this very straight. He's willing to kill (and resurrect) his colleagues, and anyone who gets in his way, to learn the secrets of the energy being.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Morley tries to warn the Peters brothers away from Norco — and pays for it with his life.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Jory feels he should've died with his parents, who lost their lives in a boating accident.
  • "What Now?" Ending: The deadly energy monster is confined again, but as Siroleo notes, "It's under control — for the moment". No one knows how (or if) it can be destroyed, or how else to deal with it. The ending narration implies that maybe it should just be left in there and lived with, "peaceably".

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