The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 10

Nightmare (2 Dec. 1963)

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A stranded team of soldiers are captured and experimented on by demonic looking aliens.

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Major Jong
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Colonel Luke Stone
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Private Arthur Dix
Bill Gunn ...
Lieutenant James P. Willowmore
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Captain Terrence Ralph Brookman
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A stranded team of soldiers are captured and experimented on by demonic looking aliens.

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This episode, which was one of John Erman's earliest jobs as a director, depicts Earth soldiers who have been captured and are being tormented by aliens on a mostly barren set consisting of a few rock-like props and doorways. It bears many striking similarities to the third season episode of Star Trek: The Empath (1968), also directed by Erman. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy (and the Empath, played by Kathryn Hays) spend the majority of that episode on a mostly bare set consisting of a few props and dark curtains, also being tormented by aliens. See more »

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Ebonite Interrogator: We are not at war here. The grief and loss we caused your planet was an accident. We promised we would do anything to rectify this unforgivable mistake. But we cannot sanction the continuation of such immoral and inhuman experimentation.
Commanding General: Inhuman? What do you know of humans, sir?
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Incredible - one of the most memorable Sci Fi TV shows ever
4 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has horror and effectiveness, and yet is so simple. There is hardly any set or decoration. A couple of quite bare rooms and little more than scene cubes on a bare sound stage floor for the prisoner of war camp. The "enemy" was in make-up, yet there were just two of them. Everyone else was in off the shelf uniforms or costumes. There were very few props and almost nothing in special effects.

In this day where CGI can make anything appear, what made the episode so effective? To begin with, a wonderful cast. A young Martin Sheen played a pivotal role. Sad, wise looking John Anderson was under the alien make-up. Their talent helped. But that wasn't all.

The story resonated within us. It showed the true monster and enemy of mankind - man himself. Every inch of it lead to that final, wonderful last decision.

See this for yourself if you ever can.


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