The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 7


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 1963 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A new invention allows one to spy on anyone, anywhere.

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  • "The machines are EVERYWHERE!"

    One of the creepiest OL episodes ever. Way ahead of its time. Done in the trademark OL film noir style and would be far less effective in color. The idea of aliens planting inimical technology reminds me a bit of the Interocitor in This Island Earth (1955). Not to mention the other OL episode, Keeper of the Purple Twilight.

    Today, I wonder what Harold Finch would do if he found his machine surreptitiously viewing and reviewing this episode of the OL. ;)

  • An Interesting Fact

    The OBIT control panel is the same control panel used in the UNCLE headquarters on The Man From UNCLE!

    Controls for "Lamp Test" , "Camera", "Left Monitor", "Center Monitor", and "Right Monitor" are labelled.

    Must be a studio control room video switcher in reality.
  • A Senatorial investigation into O.B.I.T. reveals dark secrets about those who 'watch' over us.

    Brilliant from beginning to end. A cast of veteran character actors makes the most of a subject that is still topical today. Up till now there was not a lot to brag about this new cutting-edge scifi series. O.B.I.T. was one of the first. The familiar strains of music as it played at key moments of the series started with this episode. The camera angles and closeups are memorable, even haunting. Who could have done it better than Jeff Corey? But the episode is dominated by the OBIT machine itself. And it should be. The OBIT screen will stay in one's mind for a long time. The best scene is when the military man testifies that even he watches he can't NOT watch it. Who among us could resist the temptation?moreless
  • An episode that really makes you wonder...

    This episode deals with a subject that is more powerful today than at the time of it's airing: a machine that supposedly track an intended subject's movements and actions. At first, a government commission investigating the base containing the machine runs into a stone wall of silence from many of the workers, who don't even acknowledge the machine's existence. However, when the commission presses on, they manage to discover not only the machine's existence but ultimately the true reason for it being around.

    A fascinating episode on many levels and one installment that is even more interesting today than when it first aired. Without giving too much away, one wonders if the events depicted in this episode occurred in today's society where covert observation can be seen in the home and work place, would officials embrace such a machine? Or would they realize what might ultimately happen too late?

    A really solid episode!moreless
Peter Breck

Peter Breck

Senator Orville

Guest Star

Jeff Corey

Jeff Corey

Mr. Byron Lomax

Guest Star

Harry Townes

Harry Townes

Dr. Clifford Scott

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Fred Severn: (Reporting to Byron Lomax) Something far more worrisome than Scott has come up. A nightwatchman at the center, Armand Younger.

    • Dr. Clifford Scott: (Outsmarting Byron Lomax in a rest home) As long as I'm insane, I'm safe.

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) Agents of the justice department are rounding up the machines now. But these machines, these inventions of another planet have been cunningly conceived to prey on our most mortal weakness. In the last analysis dear friends, whether O.B.I.T. lives up to its name or not will depend on you.

    • Lomax: The machines are everywhere! Oh you'll find them all, you're a zealous people. And you'll make a great show of smashing a few of them, but for every one you destroy hundreds of others will be built. And they will demoralize you! Breaks your spirits! Create such rivets and tensions in your society that no one will be able to repair them! Oh, your a savage, despairing planet and when we come here to live you friendless, demoralized, flotsam will fall without even a single shot being fired. Senator, enjoy the few years left you, there is no answer...Your all the same. Dark persuasion! You demand, insist on knowing every private thought and hunger of everyone. Your families, your neighbors. Everyone! But, yourselves.

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) In this room, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, security personal at the defense department Cyprus Hill's Research Center keep constant watch on its scientists through O.B.I.T., a mysterious electronic device whose very existence was carefully kept from the public at large. And so it would have remained but for the facts you are about to witness...

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