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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.
  • Herr Doktor: Dr. Block's German accent implies this trope.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Block plays this very straight.
  • "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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