The Outer Limits: Season 2, Episode 16

The Premonition (9 Jan. 1965)

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When a test pilot crashes in his experimental X-15 plane, he and his wife discover they are in a reality where time has slowed down almost to a standstill. Returning to the airbase, they ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jim Darcy
Mary Murphy ...
Linda Darcy
Emma Tyson ...
Jane Darcy
William Bramley ...
'Baldy' Baldwin
Coby Denton ...
Limbo Being (as Kay Kuter)


When a test pilot crashes in his experimental X-15 plane, he and his wife discover they are in a reality where time has slowed down almost to a standstill. Returning to the airbase, they are horrified to see their daughter standing in the path of a moving truck and they seem to be unable to prevent her death. Written by gazhack

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9 January 1965 (USA)  »

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One B-52 and three X-15's can be identified in the scenes. NB-52B: tail designation 0-20008, Mothership "Balls 8" can be identified at take-off. It had 140 X-15 launches from June 1959 to October 1968. It was retired from active service with NASA on 17 December 2004 after almost 50 years flying service having first flown on June 11, 1955, and entering service with NASA on 8 June 1959. It participated in some of the most significant projects in aerospace history. X-15s: 66672 can be identified after take-off and then when engine is fired. 66671 is then seen prior to launch. 66672 is seen at time of launch. And 66670 is seen dropping after launch. 66670 the #1 X-15, is still hanging in the Smithsonian NASM's Milestones of Flight Gallery. 66671 is at the Air Force Museum It is X-15A-2 built longer with drop tanks. 66672: Neil Armstrong piloted a flight in this craft that ended 12 minutes, 28.7 seconds after it started, the longest X-15 flight of the entire research program. On Nov. 15, 1967, on Michael Adams seventh flight, he entered a spin from which he was able to recover but could not bring it out of an inverted dive because of a technical problem with the adaptive flight control system. He died in the resultant crash of the X-15 number three (66672). See more »


Near the end, when pilot Jim Darcy fixes the truck so it stops, he is seen running back to the car and X-15. Everyone is frozen in time, but when he rounds the fence you can see someone walking in the background near some trucks. See more »

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Entertaining But Never Had a Valid Explanation for Why It Happened
20 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The next to the last episode is interesting though endless. How many times do they run back and forth to the facility from the crash site and why did it take so long when they drove the car? A test pilot loses control of an experimental jet and makes a crash landing. His wife is zooming along the landing site in a car when she loses control and consciousness. When the two of them come to, they are reunited, but while they are animated, the rest of the world seems to be in suspended animation. Even the jet that crashed is still in the sky and the car still has the woman in it, even though she is watching it. To make matters worse, their little girl is frozen but in th direct line of a huge truck which, if everything returns to normal, will run her over. The task is to figure out why they are there and what to do about the little girl. They also meet a poor man who has found himself in a kind of hopeless purgatory between times. He is a threat because he could eventually be displaced by the young couple. It is an innovative episode and except for the fuzziness of the logic, it works pretty well. By the way, those seat belts must have been made of cardboard.

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