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The Outer Limits

51 min
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination
Country: USA
Release Date: 1963-09-16
Filming Locations: Bradbury Building - 304 S. Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
David McCallum
David McCallum
The Outer Limits
Vic Perrin
Control Voice / ... (28 episodes, 1963-1965)
Bob Johnson
Anthean / ... (11 episodes, 1963-1964)
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Ended its network run in 1965, the same year as its "rival" the Twilight Zone (1959) ("The Twilight Zone" ceased producing new episodes in 1964, but CBS broadcast repeats of the fourth-season episodes in the summer of 1965).
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The final episode of the first season, "The Forms of Things Unknown" (starring David McCallum, Vera Miles, Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Barbara Rush), was supposed to be a series pilot that series creator Joseph Stefano presented to network executives. When it was rejected, he used it as an episode of this series.
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The opening Control Voice came first during first three episodes ("The Galaxy Being", "The Hundred Days of the Dragon" and "The Architects of Fear"). Then, the executives wanted to see the "Bear" (their name for the monster in the story) first so, beginning with the 4th episode ("The Man With The Power") it would begin with a scene from the show where the Bear made an appearance. Then, the opening Control Voice would start the show, a commercial, then the Control Voice prelude as the show began. That continued throughout the entire first season to the 32nd episode ("The Forms of Things Unknown"). With the beginning of the second season, the 33rd episode ("Soldier") began with not only the Bear but also the Control Voice prelude, which continued to the 49th and final episode ("The Probe").
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The Control Voice: There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We can reduce the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits.
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Dr. Paul Wayne: So what difference does it make, whether it's 20 minutes or 20 years, since neither amounts to the faintest echo of the tiniest whisper in the thunder of time.
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The Control Voice: It is said that if you move a single pebble on the beach, you set up a different pattern, and everything in the world is changed. It can also be said that love can change the future, if it is deep enough, true enough, and selfless enough. It can prevent a war, prohibit a plague, keep the whole world... whole.
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Are any of the original eps linked to the 1995 series?
Yes, 'The Quality of Mercy' and 'The Light Brigade' from the 1995 series tie in very neatly with the classic original series story 'Demon with a Glass Hand'. In the 90s series eps humanity is fighting and losing a war against an alien species who can assume human form. In 'Demon with a Glass Hand' humanity has lost the war and been wiped out. A humanoid robot is imprinted with the memories and personalities of the human race and sent back in time pursued by the aliens in human form. He defeats the aliens in the past whilst the aliens in the future are slowly wiped out by a bio-weapon left behind by humanity. The robot's instructions are to wait in the past until the aliens are all dead then rebuild the human race using the information contained
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Photos from cast
Donald Pleasence Nina Foch Sally Kellerman Mimsy Farmer Morgan Brittany Michael Constantine David McCallum