The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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A stranded team of soldiers are captured and experimented on by demonic looking aliens.




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Episode complete credited cast:
... Maj. Jong
... Col. Luke Stone
... Pvt. Arthur Dix
... Lt. James P. Willowmore
David Frankham ... Capt. Terrence Ralph Brookman
Bernard Kates ... Dr. Whorf
... Lt. Esra Krug
... Chief of Staff
... Gen. Benton
Lillian Adams ... Dix's Mother
Lisa Mann ... Krug's Governess
... Commanding General
... Ebonite Interrogator


In the future, Earth is attacked by the planet Ebon and now is in war. A group of human soldiers travel to Ebon to fight the Ebonites but their rocket is shot down. They are taken as POW and sent to a work camp. Soon they learn that the Ebonites are capable of controlling the human senses and they will be interrogated by the enemy that wants to know details of the next attack from Earth. The first to go is the mentally unstable private Arthur Dix, who was deprived of speaking by the Ebonites and returns speaking again after the interrogation. One by one, the earthlings are interrogated by the Ebonites also increasing the mistrust on each other. Soon the interrogator discloses secret information and the military suspect there is a traitor in the group. What is the secret of the Ebonites? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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2 December 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was one of John Erman's earliest jobs as a director, and depicts Earth soldiers who've been captured and are being tormented by aliens on a mostly barren set, consisting of a few rock-like props and doorways. It bears many striking similarities to the 3rd season episode of Star Trek, Star Trek: The Empath (1968), also directed by Erman. In it, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy (and the Empath, played by Kathryn Hays) spend the majority of that episode on a mostly bare set consisting of a few props and dark curtains, also being tormented by aliens. See more »


Ebonite Interrogator: We are not at war here. The grief and loss we caused your planet was an accident. We promised we would do anything to rectify this unforgivable mistake. But we cannot sanction the continuation of such immoral and inhuman experimentation.
Commanding General: Inhuman? What do you know of humans, sir?
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Remade as The Outer Limits: Nightmare (1998) See more »

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Despite minimalistic sets, it's one of the better episodes of the series.
6 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

"Nightmare" is an episode of "The Outer Limits" that would be easy to dismiss. After all, the sets are minimalistic and the show, like the rest of the series, features aliens which look a bit silly today. But don't give up on this one--it's very good and well written.

The show begins with a group of soldiers from Earth traveling by rocket to fight in a war across the galaxy. The ship is captured and they awaken to a hellish prison run by a scary looking alien who seems almost godlike with his powers. He torments them by blinding one and making another mute. He restores these powers later but seems like an incredibly nasty alien bent on breaking their wills and making them betray their planet. But naturally, there is a BIG twist.

Clever writing and a nice twist makes this one worth seeing. It also gives you a chance to see a young Martin Sheen in a rather emotionally-charged role.

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