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The Outer Limits - Original

Season 2 Episode 14


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 26, 1964 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Six future astronauts are put through a simulation of a long space flight.

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  • Eight people are selected to see if they can coexist on a dry-run simulation flight to the planet Antheon. If they prove they get along they will be selected for the real space flight.moreless

    Mark Twain once said that Wagner's music was better than it sounded. The same can be said of "Counterweight." It is better than it looks. The concept is intriguing enough. Instead of a bunch of intrepid, handsome heroes going into space, why not a cross section of everyday people who are specialists; business man, journalist, anthropologist, doctor, etc? Well cast with just a couple of too many male members. Another female passenger would have been nice to offset the harried and frustrated Jacqueline Scott. The quarters are awfully close. The sexual revolution had not hit full stride and there is no hint of sexual tension (until Scott's breakdown toward the end of the episode) that most certainly would have been present in any series after "The Outer Limits." Eddie Albert should have been in this episode instead of that awful "Cry of Silence." There are several hints of something mysterious going on until the final payoff. The monster (just a bit too hammy as most 'monsters' were in "The Outer Limits") is wonderfully conceived and is, indeed, just at the limits of our imagination. Slow going at times, with an annoying performance by Michael Constantine, "Counterweight" does have its little gems for the patient viewer.moreless
Michael Constantine

Michael Constantine

Joe Dix

Guest Star

Jacqueline Scott

Jacqueline Scott

Dr. Alicia Hendrix

Guest Star

Sandy Kenyon

Sandy Kenyon

Prof. Henry Craif

Guest Star

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) The great unknown: limitless heavens crowded with sparking mysteries, challenging man's curiosity. But the heavens are not oceans. Man cannot push a boat into its currents and set sail for the next horizon. The heavens are a mystery only science can solve, as it penetrates the unknown.

    • Harvey Branson: The greatest danger? I don't know, there's so many. Maybe the worst are the ones we make for ourselves by seeing things that don't exist except in our own imagination.

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) Panic button pressed. Passengers returned. One side always in the sunlight, the other always in darkness; the known and the unknown. Frightening to each other only when they are both unknown and misunderstood.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode came up short in terms of running time. In order to pad out the episode, a special end credits sequence was added that credited each actor and actress as the cast's characters board the spacecraft.

    • The teleplay for this episode is based on the short story "Counterweight" by Jerry Sohl. The story was first published in If (November, 1959).