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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Did You Know?


The facial and hand prosthetics worn by John Anderson as the Ebonite Interrogator in this episode were later reused for the Anderan Senator in The Outer Limits: Fun and Games (1964). See more »


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


Ebonite Interrogator: Each of you will be invited to participate in an exploratory interview. I shall conduct it. Private Dix will be the first to accept my invitation.
Col. Luke Stone: I demand that privilege.
Ebonite Interrogator: Your demands shall be honored when ours are satisfied. Private Dix! Guard, escort Private Dix to my quarters.
[Dix is sitting against a wall and panics]
Col. Luke Stone: Wait a minute, Dix. Listen, Dix. Go with him. He's not going to hurt you. Listen, they're not going to hurt you.
[to approaching guard]
Col. Luke Stone: Now, don't hurt him. He's going to go ...
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Empath (1968) 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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