The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Bellero Shield 

Richard Bellero, a dedicated scientist, is working on experiments involving sending laser beams into outer space. His father, Richard Bellero Sr., believes the scientist isn't strong enough... See full summary »

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Richard Bellero
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'Bifrost' Alien
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Richard Bellero, a dedicated scientist, is working on experiments involving sending laser beams into outer space. His father, Richard Bellero Sr., believes the scientist isn't strong enough to take over the Bellero business empire. In the meantime, Richard's wife Judith has more than enough ambition for the two of them. Richard, through a freak accident, reels in a being from another dimension with his laser experiment. The being has a small device that can project a shield that no force can penetrate. The alien at first wants to learn all about earth that he can and Richard cooperates. Judith, however, sees the alien and the shield-projecting device, as a means to power. While Richard is away, Judith first tricks the alien to deactivating his shield device then shoots the alien to prevent him from departing Earth. She removes the hand held device while failing to notice it was connected to a vein in the alien -- whose bodily fluid is the key to operating the device. This is the ... Written by Bill Koenig

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Another allusion to Macbeth is the alien "blood" stain that Judith Bellero (Sally Kellerman) cannot remove from her hand. See more »

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The opening shot in the Bellero house, showing Richard operating the laser while Martin drinks a glass of wine, is repeated a few shots later. See more »

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Control Voice: When this passion called aspiration becomes lust, then aspiration degenerates - becomes vulgar ambition - by which sin, the angels fell.
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24 July 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Sally Kellerman, Martin Landau, Chita Rivera, Neil Hamilton and John Hoyt (as the alien) star in this episode. As other reviewers have mentioned, there is a strong similarity of the theme in "The Bellero Shield" to Shakespeare's "Macbeth", as both stories are about weak men who are dominated by evil and conniving women.

Landau plays a researcher who is desperately trying to win his father's love and attention. After all, the father (Hamilton) is a rich man who is planning on retiring--and Landau would love to be his successor. But Hamilton is a hard man and has other plans. Much of this seems to be because Hamilton hates his son's wife (Kellerman). He sees here as conniving--and he's sure right there. Just how conniving and evil you'll find out if you see this excellent episode about greed and a space alien! I'd say more, but I don't want to spoil the suspense.

All in all, a great episode--mostly because the script is so good. In other words, they took a kernel of another story and built upon it so much that the story is still very original and it's an excellent tale about human nature and the worst aspects of it. And, interestingly, it's not just about Kellerman's weaknesses but that of all the characters. Well worth seeing.


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