The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 15

The Mice (6 Jan. 1964)

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An advanced civilization contacts the U.S. to test both worlds' experimental-stage teleportation systems by exchanging citizens. Fearing the matter transport will fail, U.S. military select... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Chino Rivera
Diana Sands ...
Dr. Julia Harrison
Michael Higgins ...
Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander
Ron Foster ...
Dr. Robert Richardson (as Ronald Foster)
Dr. Williams
Francis De Sales ...
Prison Warden (as Francis de Sales)
Hugh Langtry ...
Gene Tyburn ...
Don Ross ...


An advanced civilization contacts the U.S. to test both worlds' experimental-stage teleportation systems by exchanging citizens. Fearing the matter transport will fail, U.S. military select a prisoner serving a life sentence, not caring that a murderer's being loosed on Chromos, because it's 10 light years away. But will the ex-boxer escape before the exchange is completed, in the narrow window when the planets are aligned? Written by David Stevens

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6 January 1964 (USA)  »

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Writer Joseph Stefano named the protagonist Chino Rivera after his good friend, actress and dancer Chita Rivera. See more »


Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander: We need a man who will allow us to break him up into electrical particles and transmit him into space at a speed greater than that of light. That's it simply. It's called teleportation. When he gets to where he's going, he'll be reassembled. If he survives the experience, he comes back to Earth - the same way.
Goldsmith: He gets put back together again?
Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander: Yes.
Goldsmith: The same as he was before?
Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander: Well, it's worked with inanimate objects. And it's worked with mice.
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It SNOT What It Seems!
14 October 2009 | by (Camden, NJ (The Forbidden Zone)) – See all my reviews

A distant planet contacts Earth and sends plans for a matter-transmitter (a primitive prototype for the Transporter seen on STAR TREK 3 years later). The authorities decide to test it by using a convict pulling a life sentence. But when the alien arrives, things get a LOT stranger than anyone imagined...

Like a lot of "lesser" OUTER LIMITS episodes, this one rambles a bit, and the more action-filled 2nd half is more confusing than suspenseful. But there are 2 standouts that make it memorable. One is Henry Silva's convict, who proves a far more fascinating and likable character than one might expect (indeed, I find this one of his BEST roles!). The other is the alien, which I can only describe as looking like something you'd get if you blew your nose too hard. Not sure if the thing is actually frightening, or just really disgusting to look at!

Look quick (and carefully) near the end for an early cameo role by Dabney Coleman, still more than a decade away from fame as the preacher on MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN (growing that moustache must be the best career move he ever made).

I get a kick out of it when Silva's character hands a revolver over and says, "Just watching him for you. He's a killer!"

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