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 »


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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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Macbeth Meets Sci-Fi
5 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Contact with alien beings is wrecked by a trouble making Sally Kellerman.

I first saw this hour in my 1980s youth and at that age this episode just seemed silly as it was a 1964 Macbeth in sci-fi land. But repeat viewings do wonders for The Outer Limits and here I am in my 40s saying that The Bellero Shield is knockout hour with some of the most colourful acting/dialogue you will see in this series!

As always the music is well matched to the hour.

Sally Kellerman would continue to do great sci-fi guest roles in Star Trek and QM's The Invaders.

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