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 »


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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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This one would make THE BARD proud
1 January 2008 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

"The Outer Limits" was a show, though considered science fiction, was more like little Shakespearean dramas with an other-worldly touch. "The Bellero Shield," from the show's stellar first season, is a one for the ages. Martin Landau plays a milquetoast scientist saddled with a tyrant for a father (Neil Hamilton) and a power-hungry wife (Sally Kellerman). The latter is assisted by Mrs. Dane, an enigmatic housekeeper played by Chita Rivera. Rounding out the cast is veteran heavy John Hoyt, this time heavily disguised as a kind-hearted alien.

The episode features some of the best dialog in show's history, fine performance from all involved, and a riveting score from Dominic Frontiere. Landau, by the way, is featured in another classic from the first season, "The Man Who Was Never Born."

Joseph Stefano and Lou Morheim wrote a captivating tale that encompasses a wide spectrum of behavior: wonder, betrayal, innocence, deception, and poetic justice.

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