The Outer Limits - Original

Demon With A Glass Hand

Season 2, Ep 5, Aired 10/17/64
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  • Episode Description
  • A man with a computer inside of his glass hand attempts to unravel the mystery of who he is, and why genocidal aliens from the future are trying to capture him.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Byron Haskin

  • Harlan Ellison

  • Robert H. Justman

  • Robert Culp


  • Bill Hart


  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Hand of Fate

    By sh811a, Sep 14, 2010

  • TOL--"Demon With a Glass Hand"

    By whitsbrain, Feb 04, 2007

  • Today's aspirants want this. The future-glance episode, so well realised, would be best as a noire film, and all original contributors, are foremost in my mind. Gilgamesh indeed, alone but purposeful at end. The best of writing, acting and construct.

    By Deepdepth, Aug 16, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) Through all the legends of ancient peoples--Assyrian, Babylonian, Sumerian, Semite--runs the saga of the Eternal Man, the one who never dies, called by various names in various times, but historically known as Gilgamesh, the one who has never tasted death...the hero who strides through the centuries...

    • Trent: I was born ten days ago. A full-grown man, born ten days ago. I woke on a street of this city. I don't know who I am, or where I've been, or where I'm going. Someone wiped my memories clean. And they tracked me down and tried to kill me. Why? Who are you? I ran. I managed to escape them the first time. Then the hand, my hand, told me what to do.

    • Consuelo: I'm sorry, it's just that I can't stand violence. Trent: When it's gone this far, it's more than just violence.

    • Battle: I'm prepared to die. Trent: How prepared? Why not give yourself a couple of minutes? Battle: We all knew we would die when we came on this mission. It was worth it. Trent: You can stay alive in this time. Battle: I don't care about that. Helping my race is more important. Trent: Bargain week on patriots. Battle: Call it what you like. I'm not afraid to die. Trent: Really? Then why are you whispering? You Kyben were always super patriots, especially when you bombed Earth from ten miles out. How does your patriotism sit with burning women and children alive? Battle: That's war. Trent: So's this

    • Trent: (referring to death) I was in a dark place. Someone was calling my name, over and over, down in a long corridor.

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    Notes (4)

    • Robert Culp also provides the "voice" of the glass hand.

    • 1966 WGA Award (TV) Winner, this episode garnered Harlan Ellison a Writers Guild of America award for best writing for a TV anthology, any length.

    • The building where this was filmed, is the Bradbury in Los Angeles, and was used for the cat and mouse game between Deckard and Roy in Blade Runner. It has appeared in quite a few other movies.

    • Ellison originally discussed doing a sequel for the TV series Babylon 5, which would have shown Trent coming to the station while still pursued by the Kyben. (The title that was announced was "Demon on the Run." Ellison says that this was never the title) These plans never materialized.

    Trivia (2)

    • When Trent sneaks into the Dixon building, he "talks" to his hand, and the glove covering it is a much lighter shade than in all subsequent shots, where it is a dark brown verging on black.

    • In the opening narration, the word "Sumerican" is used by mistake instead of Sumerian. This was due to a typing error during production of the scripts.

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