The Outer Limits: Season 6, Episode 17

Gettysburg (28 Jul. 2000)

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Two 21st century Civil War enthusiasts find themselves back in time at the original Battle of Gettysburg and meet another time traveler who gives them a mission.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Winters
Ocean Hellman ...
Pregnant Woman
Scott Bellis
Col. Angus Devine (as Meatloaf)
Todd Talbot ...
Reed Hollingsworth
David Storch ...
Major Hinton
Jason Gaffney ...
Joe Benton
Will Monroe
Jim Lauder ...
General Lee (as James Lauder)


Two 21st century Civil War enthusiasts find themselves back in time at the original Battle of Gettysburg and meet another time traveler who gives them a mission.

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In this episode the US President in November 2013 is portrayed by a black actor. In reality in November 2013 the real US President is Black. See more »


The Confederate flag that is referred to as a Confederate Battle Flag is actually the Confederate Naval Flag, only used by the Confederate Navy. A true Confederate Battle flag was square. See more »


[to Vince and Andy]
Lt. Winters: You two men don't have the sense of a jackass between ya!
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28 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alternate history, the idea of trying to experience or alter past events, is a popular subject in science fiction. The Outer Limits has done several of these kind of episodes, but probably none better than "Gettysburg". Two young men attend a re-enactment of the famous Civil War battle, on the site, complete with actors playing soldiers, and period guns. Suddenly a man (Alex Diakun, who has done several OL episodes, and is brilliant) appears, and takes their photograph. Like magic they are transported to 1863, and the real battleground. One is dressed as a Union soldier, and the other a Confederate (because of their allegiances). Since they are behind the Southern lines, this gets them in trouble, especially with the Colonel (played by the singer/actor known as Meatloaf). The offending young man is saved from a certain death only because he convinces his captors that he is a medic, and indeed saves the life of a wounded officer. As the plot unfolds, there are a number of great scenes that depict the horror, fear, and desperation these men experience. We see the young and old, the wounded, lame, and dying. At the same time, there is a scene that shows a woman giving birth. It is obvious that these two men were brought there for a purpose. They see their heroes (and even an ancestor) fight, but they also learn that war is not glorious. If the show had ended soon after they had come to that revelation (there is a heartbreaking scene depicting "Pickett's Charge", a fool-hardy attempt to break the Union lines, with close-ups of the old and young, fearful and even praying), then it would have garnered a higher mark. Sometimes The series tried too hard getting a "twist", and in this case it failed. Yet I must commend the show for its historical accuracy and attempt at depicting human emotions, some of which can be hard to face. An 8 of 10.

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