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


John Erman


Joseph Stefano




Episode complete credited cast:
James Shigeta ... Maj. Jong
Ed Nelson ... Col. Luke Stone
Martin Sheen ... Pvt. Arthur Dix
Bill Gunn ... Lt. James P. Willowmore
David Frankham ... Capt. Terrence Ralph Brookman
Bernard Kates Bernard Kates ... Dr. Whorf
Sasha Harden ... Lt. Esra Krug
Willard Sage ... Chief of Staff
Ben Wright ... Gen. Benton
Lillian Adams ... Dix's Mother
Lisa Mann Lisa Mann ... Krug's Governess
Whit Bissell ... Commanding General
John Anderson ... 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) See more »

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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 have 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 Star Trek: The Empath (1968), also directed by Erman, in which Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the titular empath Gem, played by Kathryn Hays, spend the majority of their screentime on a mostly bare set consisting of a few props and dark curtains, also being tormented by aliens. Willard Sage appeared in both episodes, playing the Chief of Staff in this episode and Thann, one of the alien tormentors, in that episode. See more »


The identification numbers on the space ship at the beginning were reversed. See more »


Lt. James P. Willowmore: [returning from his interrogation] They said... my blindness... spoiled their fun. They said... would I like to have my eyes back and I said
[voice breaks]
Lt. James P. Willowmore: yes yes
[regains composure]
Lt. James P. Willowmore: yes. And... they said... would I be willing to look at lieutenant Krug's body, uh, his corpse. And I wanted to see so bad
[begins to cry]
Lt. James P. Willowmore: I said I would look at anything, and I said yes!
Lt. James P. Willowmore: And I LOOKED!
Major Jong: Think of it this way, Willomore. Krug would have wanted some member of his race to look upon him in death.
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Referenced in Sliders: Invasion (1996) See more »

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When Do We Turn on Each Other?
6 January 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is quite a good study in human nature and includes some fine acting performances, including one by Martin Sheen. A group of intergalactic warriors are put in a prison camp on a remote planet and interrogated by the aliens there. Their understanding is that they are at war with these folks and the revert to the old name, rank, and serial number stuff. Unfortunately for them, the tactics employed are those often used. Divide and conquer, keep them guessing, turn them against each other. The aliens have a kind of want/weapon that can steal a person's speech or make them blind, or whatever is necessary to put them in a weakened position. The neat thing about this episode is that there is a kicker her which I will not mention. The interaction among the players is quite realistic and the audience is left out of the loop for most of the show. This is as much a psychological drama as it is science fiction. Well written and well presented.

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