The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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Soldier 

A soldier from the far future is accidentally teleported back to 1964. The psychiatrist assigned to examine the soldier realizes that he has been bred purely as a killing machine, but he ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerd Oswald

Writer:

Harlan Ellison
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Lloyd Nolan ... Tom Kagan
Michael Ansara ... Quarlo Clobregnny
Tim O'Connor ... Paul Tanner / Voice in the Enemy's war helmet
Ralph Hart Ralph Hart ... Loren Kagan
Jill Hill Jill Hill ... Toni Kagan
Allen Jaffe ... Enemy
Marlowe Jensen Marlowe Jensen ... Sgt. Berry
Catherine McLeod ... Abby Kagan
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A soldier from the far future is accidentally teleported back to 1964. The psychiatrist assigned to examine the soldier realizes that he has been bred purely as a killing machine, but he believe he can reawaken the warrior's humanity. Meanwhile, a second soldier arrives, dedicated to hunting and killing his enemy. Written by Gazhack

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TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The enemy soldier uses a wrist device that features the letter R inside of a circle. Years later this almost identical symbol would be used as the logo for Radio Shack. See more »

Goofs

An MP is shown pointing a pistol at Qarlo; in the next shot, the pistol is pointed elsewhere. See more »

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Referenced in The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Quarlo Quandaries...
20 July 2019 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Soldier is directed by Gerd Oswald and written by Harlan Ellison and Leslie Stevens. It stars Lloyd Nolan, Michael Ansara, Tim O'Connor, Ralp Hart and Jill Hill. Music is by Harry Lubin and cinematography by Kenneth Peach.

Season 2 - Episode 1

A soldier named from the far future Quarlo (Ansara), conditioned from birth to be a killing machine, is teleported back to present day 1964. Psychiatric linguist Tom Kagan (Nolan) is assigned the near impossible task of getting to the bottom of who Qarlo is, and where has he come from? As some headway is made and things begin to unravel, another soldier from the future arrives to kill his enemy, Quarlo.

Written by expert science fiction writer Harlan Ellison, Soldier became famous for being the episode that saw Ellison charge James Cameron with plagiarism when he wrote the screenplay for The Terminator. The subsequent legal battle saw Ellison receive a writing credit on later prints of The Terminator. Regardless of that, what we have here is superb start to series 2, a smart thought out sci-fi story with tense sequences and spiffy sci-fi visuals to aid the viewing experience. 8.5/10


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