The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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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
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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1.33 : 1
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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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Ha! Saw ya move
1 February 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This is one of only half a dozen or so episodes of the original The Outer Limits show that I've seen. It isn't the best of them, but it's not half bad. After a test flight goes awry, time appears to be standing still. The pilot and his wife try to work out what's happening, and how to return everything to normal. No, the math doesn't quite work out; still, this is a compelling concept, and the execution is pretty good, as well. Unfortunately, the patriarchal values of back then *really* shine through, meaning that the man is a ridiculous jerk to the woman, who, in turn, gets extremely upset("fixed" by slaps to the face) and is largely useless(as well as ignored by him, no matter the quality of her input). This is extremely grating on the nerves of anyone who does not agree with those norms, and in fact making the otherwise fine 51 minutes nearly intolerable. Adding to that is the loud, high pitched music, which was sadly that time's take on sci-fi score. The effects are convincing(yes, my summary was a joke), though you can clearly tell what is stock footage. I recommend this to fans of the genre; just beware of the male chauvinism in the tone. 6/10

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