The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 16

Controlled Experiment

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 13, 1964 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The opening shots of the episode features a spaceship traveling through space. However, later Phobos tells Deimos that he was beamed to Earth.

    • The Martian identification card that Phobos presents supposedly has different text than Deimos' card, based on what Phobos reads. However, the text on the two cards (in Martian script) is identical.

    • The two main characters have the same names as both of Mars' moons.

  • Quotes

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) Who has not seen the dark corners of great cities, whose small and shabby creatures wander without purpose in the secret corners of the night? Without purpose? There are those whose purpose reaches far beyond our wildest dreams.

    • Phobos: I'm observing the spectators.
      Deimos: Ah, yes. They're known as "innocent bystanders". It's a tradition. Each one tells a different version of what happened.

    • (trying a to decipher dollar bill)
      Phobos: Annuit Coeptis Novus Ordu Seclorum...what does that mean?
      Deimos: It's a dead language. Latin. They use it to impress each other.
      Phobos: What's this bird holding the vegetation?
      Deimos: Nesting materials. Symbol of the home.
      Phobos: And this brick pyramid?
      Deimos: Also symbol of the home.
      Phobos: But it's got one eye looking out of it.
      Deimos: Symbol of the home owner.
      Phobos: Who's the old lady?
      Deimos: It's an old man.
      Phobos: What does it all mean?
      Deimos: Who knows?

    • Phobos: What is he doing?
      Deimos: He's kissing her.
      Phobos: What is she doing?
      Deimos: She's kissing him back.
      Phobos: What does it all mean?
      Deimos: They all do it, every chance they get.

    • Deimos: With all due respect, sir, there's really nothing to it. The only scientific law that applies to kissing and shooting is the, eh, principle of uncertainty.

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) Who knows? Perhaps the alteration of one small event may someday bring about the end of the world. But that someday is a long way off, and until then there is a good life to be lived in the here and now.

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