The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 6

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

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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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Dream-like, touching, and sad

"The Man Who Was Never Born" is a sensitive fantasy about a man named Andro who is caught in a limbo of time and space. In this episode, he traverses through several worlds, searching for a sense of connection, solidity, and resolution, which is frustratingly elusive.

I will not provide more plot details, aside from the fact that the ending is absolutely stunning and unforgettable. Overall, this is one of the greatest Outer Limits episodes. Martin Landau delivers an outstanding performance in the title role with great support by Shirley Knight. Conrad Hall's soft-focus black/white photography and Leonard Horn's incisive direction complement Anthony Lawrence's spare, compact screenplay to create a powerful viewing experience.

It is difficult to imagine that you will not be moved after watching this. 10/10.

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