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1997-11-28 00:00:00 - BEFORE Outer Limits - ONE STEP BEYOND - (Peter Petrisko <ptp@primenet.com>)


The first in a short series of overviews, looking at SF/Fantasy television shows that preceded the original THE OUTER LIMITS. ___________________________________________________________________________ B E F O R E "T h e O u t e r L i m i t s" - #1 ONE STEP BEYOND Premonitions. Possession. Hauntings. Psychic Doubles. Poltergeists. Witchcraft. Feral Humans. Coincidences. Dreams. Forteana. All subjects of episodes on ONE STEP BEYOND. Some believe that psychic phenomena are indications of a "reality" that exists beyond scientific causality, that the powers of the mind go beyond our perception, beyond our reality. It is this realm of the supernatural that was the subject matter of the show. Premiering in 1959, ONE STEP BEYOND attracted an immediate cult following that continues, thanks to syndication, to today. Unlike other shows in the genre, this show, according to creator/associate producer Merwin Gerard, had, at the core of each story, a "true" occurrence. In fact, after each ep. aired, he got "corroborating" letters. One big example was the ep., "If You See Sally", which was, in essence, a tv adaptation of the well-known "Vanishing Hitchhiker" urban legend. Truck driver picks up lone girl hitchhiker, girl then vanishes when he looks away from her for a second (while still driving down the road, I might add). At the end (of the ep.), truck driver finds out girl had died alongside that very road, many years earlier. Another ep, "The Sacred Mushroom", in which the protaganists search for, and experiment with, a "magic" mushroom which gives the taker ESP powers, predated the psychedelic era by a number of years. Perhaps a bit of ESP was involved? ONE STEP BEYOND was hosted by John Newland, who also directed all 94 episodes, and acted in some eps. to boot. Some standout up and coming talent to appear on the show included Warren Beatty, Charles Bronson, Suzanne Pleshette, Robert Loggia, Louise Fletcher, Robert Blake, William Shatner, Donald Pleasance, Elizabeth Montgomery, and Werner Klemperer. The show was inevitably compared to TWILIGHT ZONE, which debuted the same year. Unlike that more popular show, ONE STEP BEYOND went to great lengths to base eps. on fact, and to present psychic phenomena as realistically as possible. Despite favorable ratings and a devoted cult following, ONE STEP BEYOND was cancelled after two years on the air. "One Step Beyond" / 94 episodes / each 30 minutes long / in black & white ____________________________________________________________________________ (info source: 'Fantastic Television', 1977.)

1997-12-09 00:00:00 - Re: BEFORE Outer Limits - ONE STEP BEYOND - (Peter Petrisko <ptp@primenet.com>)


FYI - a note of interest, all music on 'One Step Beyond' was composed by Harry Lubin, whose compositions were heard during the second season of the original THE OUTER LIMITS. : ___________________________________________________________________________ : B E F O R E "T h e O u t e r L i m i t s" - #1 ONE STEP BEYOND : Premonitions. Possession. Hauntings. Psychic Doubles. Poltergeists. : Witchcraft. Feral Humans. Coincidences. Dreams. Forteana. : All subjects of episodes on ONE STEP BEYOND. : Some believe that psychic phenomena are indications of a "reality" that : exists beyond scientific causality, that the powers of the mind go beyond : our perception, beyond our reality. It is this realm of the supernatural : that was the subject matter of the show. : Premiering in 1959, ONE STEP BEYOND attracted an immediate cult : following that continues, thanks to syndication, to today. Unlike other : shows in the genre, this show, according to creator/associate producer : Merwin Gerard, had, at the core of each story, a "true" occurrence. In : fact, after each ep. aired, he got "corroborating" letters. : One big example was the ep., "If You See Sally", which was, in essence, : a tv adaptation of the well-known "Vanishing Hitchhiker" urban legend. : Truck driver picks up lone girl hitchhiker, girl then vanishes when he : looks away from her for a second (while still driving down the road, I : might add). At the end (of the ep.), truck driver finds out girl had died : alongside that very road, many years earlier. : Another ep, "The Sacred Mushroom", in which the protaganists search : for, and experiment with, a "magic" mushroom which gives the taker ESP : powers, predated the psychedelic era by a number of years. Perhaps a bit : of ESP was involved? : ONE STEP BEYOND was hosted by John Newland, who also directed all 94 : episodes, and acted in some eps. to boot. Some standout up and coming : talent to appear on the show included Warren Beatty, Charles Bronson, : Suzanne Pleshette, Robert Loggia, Louise Fletcher, Robert Blake, William : Shatner, Donald Pleasance, Elizabeth Montgomery, and Werner Klemperer. : The show was inevitably compared to TWILIGHT ZONE, which debuted the : same year. Unlike that more popular show, ONE STEP BEYOND went to great : lengths to base eps. on fact, and to present psychic phenomena as : realistically as possible. : Despite favorable ratings and a devoted cult following, ONE STEP BEYOND : was cancelled after two years on the air. : : "One Step Beyond" / 94 episodes / each 30 minutes long / in black & white : ____________________________________________________________________________ : (info source: 'Fantastic Television', 1977.) -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ptp __ __ ____ ___ ___ ____ ptp@primenet.com /__)/__) / / / / /_ /\ / /_ / / / \ / / / / /__ / \/ /___ / -------------------------------------------------------------------------------