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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Episode complete credited cast:
Major Jong
Colonel Luke Stone
Private Arthur Dix
Bill Gunn ...
Lieutenant James P. Willowmore
David Frankham ...
Captain Terrence Ralph Brookman
Bernard Kates ...
Dr. Whorf
Sasha Harden ...
Lieutenant Esra Krug
Willard Sage ...
Chief of Staff
Ben Wright ...
General Benton
Lillian Adams ...
Dix's Mother
Lisa Mann ...
Krug's Governess
Commanding General
Ebonite Interrogator


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

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2 December 1963 (USA)  »

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This episode was originally scheduled to be shown on November 25, 1963. However, it was delayed for one week due to the coverage of the state funeral of President John F. Kennedy. See more »


Lt. James P. Willowmore: [returning from his interrogation] They said... my blindness... spoiled their fun. They said... would I like to have my eyes back and I said
[voice breaks]
Lt. James P. Willowmore: yes yes
[regains composure]
Lt. James P. Willowmore: yes. And... they said... would I be willing to look at lieutenant Krug's body, uh, his corpse. And I wanted to see so bad
[begins to cry]
Lt. James P. Willowmore: I said I would look at anything, and I said yes!
Lt. James P. Willowmore: And I LOOKED!
Major Jong: Think of it this way, Willomore. Krug would have wanted some member of his race to look upon him in death.
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Edited into Incubus (1966) See more »

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Joseph Stefano vs. Rod Serling.
8 March 2008 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

This episode brought Joseph Stefano, the series creator and writer of this episode, into conflict with Rod Serling. Serling fully supported the military and authority, and many of his "Twilight Zone" episodes revolved around the military. In Serling's script for "The Rack," a man who broke under torture in the Korean Conflict is blamed for being weak and failing America. In Serling's view, the military was always right.

"Nightmare" is a new view of this situation; the quotes of the general in the episode are essentially correct about the number of American prisoners who were broken in the war. Serling couldn't imagine American soldiers permitting torture, especially on other Americans. This despite such things as the Tuskeegee Syphillis Project and the exposure of soldiers to atomic blasts to determine the effects of radiation. One wonders how he'd react to Abu Gareb, water torture, and the show "24" in which torture is approved as standard American heroic action.

For those who think these "old TV shows" were simplistic compared to today's shows with CGI, sexual content and viral-marketing web sites, consider this; have there been any modern shows that dared raise a debate about their premises like the ones raised by Stefano and Serling? Would anyone produce a series arguing against the right-wing paranoia presented in "24?"

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