The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 6

The Man Who Was Never Born (28 Oct. 1963)

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Earth awaits a terrible fate in the far future, so a 20th Century astronaut and a typically hideously malformed future Earthling go back in time hoping to change history. They target a ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Noelle Anderson
Lt. Bertram Cabot
Mrs. McCluskey
Karl Held ...
Capt. Joseph Reardon
Jack Raine ...
Old Man (scenes deleted)


Earth awaits a terrible fate in the far future, so a 20th Century astronaut and a typically hideously malformed future Earthling go back in time hoping to change history. They target a beautiful young woman just before she gives birth to the scientist who created the bio-warfare agent which ravages the future Earth and all humans. But how can the repulsive Andro succeed when he's likely to be shot on sight ? Written by Dave Stevens

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28 October 1963 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in October 1963 and 2148. See more »


[last lines]
Narrator: It is said that if you move a single pebble on the beach, you set up a different pattern, and everything in the world is changed. It can also be said that love can change the future, if it is deep enough, true enough, and selfless enough - it can prevent a war, prohibit a plague, keep the whole world whole.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Miri (1966) See more »

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Can a bad situation be fixed in time?
12 March 2013 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Taking a central idea that revolves around time travel and the repercussions of it, this episode of The Outer Limits is yet another fantastic piece of work.

An astronaut ends up landing on a planet and discovering, from a mutated inhabitant, that it's actually a future version of Earth. Mankind has been brought low by a horrible and deadly microbe and the only way that the whole thing can be undone is by using the astronaut's vehicle to head back in time, get to Earth and destroy the man responsible for creating the disease/weapon. The future Earthling may be hideous and scary but, if he needs to, he can make people around him see him as a normal man (Martin Landau, in fact). But can he do what needs to be done and will it leave Earth in a better shape for the future?

With great acting from everyone involved (Landau is superb, but Shirley Knight is also very good as the woman he has to divert from her current destined path) and a script by Anthony Lawrence that keeps things moving nicely while happily keeping the big questions in the background for viewers to ponder as the story unfolds, this is a winner in pretty much every department.

The direction by Leonard Horn is unfussy and solid, allowing the stars to work with the great material and using the special effects more and more sparingly as the focus moves towards whether or not the main character will achieve his goal.

All in all, another cracking episode from a smart and thought-provoking show.

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