Picks and Pans Review: The Outer Limits
Showtime (Sun., March 26, 8 p.m. ET)
The cable channel has revived the occult '60s anthology series that leaned heavily on goofy-looking extraterrestrial visitors. This two-hour pilot stars Beau Bridges as a scientist at a top-secret military installation who is nurturing organisms brought back in soil samples from Mars. (Bridges' father, Lloyd, as well as his 10-year-old son Dylan make appearances.) When the project is declared unsafe and shut down, Bridges steals some of the eggs and sets up a home nursery. Soon he's gasping into his audiovisual log, "The experiment has taken on a life of its own!"
There's nothing earth-shattering about this cable revival. The plots so far are rehashes of familiar schemes. But, like its progenitor, the series has been able to attract good actors. Later in the week the show assumes its regularly scheduled position, Fridays at 10 p.m. ET.
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