The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 6

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

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
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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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So Many Pitfalls with the Time Travel Issue
2 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode works pretty well, but one can dismantle in a few seconds with a bit of thought. When that Connecticut Yankee of Mark Twain's went back, Twain ignored the implications of the whole scientific world. Here we must recognize those things. An astronaut finds himself 200 years in the future, encountering an Earth that will likely die soon. Some well-meaning biologist has done something that has caused this horror. Because the astronaut has gone through a time warp, he makes the trip back, accompanied by a hideous future denizen, a man of great moral character and sadness over the results of humanities stupidity. As they find their way back to the present, the astronaut disappears because of time factors. The creature, however, manages to land the ship and sets about trying to kill the person responsible for the great calamity. At the very least, to stop his wife from producing an offspring. He barges in using a convenient form of hypnosis, shielding his ugliness, and tries to destroy the relationship and stop the wedding. The story ends about the only way it could because of the messing with causality. It's a really depressing conclusion. I'm still waiting to see if someone can really produce something satisfying when it comes to time travel.

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