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Friday, July 22, 2005

Of alien invasions in the Outer Limits

The Outer Limits series was, in many ways, a great show. True, it was an attempt to capitalize on the success of the Twilight Zone series, and in that respect, it was far, far superior to the new Twilight Zone. The stories were grittier, they were better acted and the final narrative was more interesting and more to the point, in my opinion. I'm only talking about the mid-90s Outer Limits, not the 60s original version.

But that's not what I want to discuss. There's an Outer Limits episode whose name I can't remember at the moment that features an incoming invasion fleet, or so everybody believes. So this alien fleet which is traveling , destroys an American communications satelite, and then starts to communicate through another one. It sends a message which is visual and audio, but the audio is gibberish. Thinking the world's under attack, Americans deploy a nuke, which promptly gets destroyed, as is the shuttle trying to launch it. In retaliation, the aliens then nuke and , capitals of the two countries that attack them, which has always seemed like a massive over-kill to me. It's not until the end that the alien audio message is decoded and it's a message of peace, but garbled because the aliens of water-breathers.

Much of the out there is written from our point of view, even when it's meant to take the aliens' side. And right there was a break with tradition, even if it's not a very logical break. You scare them with technology they didn't think was possible( travel), you destroy their space satelite, send them a garbled message they can't understand, and then kill millions of their people by using against population centres when they tried to defend themselves with weapons that in no concievable way were a threat to you? So not very peaceful, as you've claimed, eh?

What's the first thing any society, alien or otherwise, must conquer if they're to build technology such as that? . Without it, such tech is impossible. And communication ability should've suggested to the aliens that perhaps their message was not received or maybe even misunderstood, what with them destroying a comm satelite and all that. But they go ahead and nuke two major cities anyway.

With friends like those, who needs enemies?

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