The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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Demon with a Glass Hand 

Days ago, Trent awoke with no memory of his past. Since then, sinister men have pursued him constantly. He manages to stay one step ahead of them by following the advice of his hand. Made ... See full summary »


Byron Haskin


Harlan Ellison

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Culp ... Trent
Arlene Martel ... Consuelo Biros (as Arline Martel)
Abraham Sofaer ... Arch
Rex Holman ... Battle
Steve Harris Steve Harris ... Breech
Robert Fortier Robert Fortier ... Budge


Days ago, Trent awoke with no memory of his past. Since then, sinister men have pursued him constantly. He manages to stay one step ahead of them by following the advice of his hand. Made of glass and apparently capable of speech, Trent's hand can answer many of his questions. But it cannot tell him who he is or why his enemies seek him until he finds all of its fingers. The only trouble is that they're in the hands of his enemies. Written by CommanderBalok

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17 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A portion of this episode was filmed in the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles, the same building used as J.F. Sebastian's home in Blade Runner (1982). See more »


Opening narration by the Control Voice lists several ancient civilizations, including one described as "Sumerican". There is no civilization so named; presumably the ancient Sumerian civilization was the one intended. See more »


Breech: I know this: you're the last man on the Earth of the future. You're the last hope of Earth.
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Among the very best...
2 July 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While there are a few minor, minor quibbles I could have with this one, "Demon With a Glass Hand" is among the best episodes of "The Outer Limits". According to the episode's writer, Harlan Ellison (who is a VERY strange man in all the interviews I've seen him give), the ideas in this show (and some of his other work) was stolen or at least 'creatively borrowed' by the folks who made "The Terminator". While I am not sure I'd go quite that far, I would agree that there are some strong similarities.

The show begins with a man (Robert Culp) on the run from some goofy looking aliens in present day Earth. The beings are trying to kill Culp--to stop him at all costs. Yet, again and again, Culp is able to take them out one after another--but they keep coming. His only companion during much of this episode is a weird computerized hand--one that is missing several digits. And, when Culp asks the hand questions, he realizes that how much he can be told by this machine is based on how many fingers he recovers--and some of the aliens have these parts and he must get them. If it all sounds very weird, that's because it is. This is one seriously strange and highly creative episode and it grows on you the further you watch. What exactly is happening, who he is and who these aliens are will all be answered by the end of the episode.

The show gets VERY high marks for creativity and uniqueness. While I could see a lot of the Terminator films in this episode, I've seen nothing or practically nothing before it that was like "The Demon With a Glass Hand". Unusual, gripping and haunting--this is one to see.

Oh, and what are my minor quibbles? The aliens are simply guys with nylons on their faces and goofy black eye shadow (looking a bit like the Joker)! Also, why didn't these folks EVER gang up on Culp and attack him in a rational manner?! They were amazingly stupid and easy to beat for aliens!

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