The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 20

The Bellero Shield (10 Feb. 1964)

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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... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Bellero
Judith Bellero
Mrs. Dame
'Bifrost' Alien
Richard Bellero, Sr.


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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The plot of an easily controlled male and an ambitious wife has parallels with Macbeth. The analogy is made clear in the line 'lust is what becomes of an aspiration when it is allowed to grow and become ambition' (cf Macbeth IV iii). See more »


A laser beam travels at the speed of light so when fired from a weapon we would see the beam hit it's target instantly rather than appearing to "move". A common error in science fiction of this era. See more »


Richard Bellero, Sr.: Great men are forgiven their murderous wives!
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Macbeth Ripoff....But That's OK
12 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A creature from outside our galaxy (actually composed of a type of energy) come to earth. Martin Landau is a scientist who is sending laser beams into space, much to the chagrin of his overbearing, rich father. Landau's character, Bellero, Jr., wants so badly to get dad's approval. Dad is retiring soon and has decided that the younger man is not capable of surviving as his business heir, seeing him as a foolish practicer in unimportant things. Landau is married to Sally Kellerman, an ambitious, self centered virago who is after the empire as well, but she doe not see value in her husband's work either, wishing to get Dad's approval to line her pockets and increase her self importance. The creature is on a time limitation and could be trapped on earth if he waits too long. With the help of her housekeeper, who has a gun, Kellerman decides to shoot him to keep him there, even though she will have to rethink everything later. The creature has a button that, if pushed, puts a shield around it. The shield is impenetrable and would be a boon to the military. Kellerman steals the button device from the corpse of the alien, demonstrates its power to Dad, but finds herself caught inside the claustrophobic shield. The button doesn't work because the life blood has drained out of the alien. She becomes hysterical inside the shield. The conclusion is masterful and terrifying. One of the spookiest of "The Outer Limits" offerings.

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