The Outer Limits - Original

Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 19, 1964 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Two soldiers from the future are thrust back through time to the present day.

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  • Well written and good acting. Interesting hard science fiction story, predictable ending. Well worth watching.

    This was a well written episode; the dialog was believable under the conditions of the story. Good acting, the presentation evoked emotion; I wanted the solder to be able to communicate. Interesting hard science fiction story but with a predictable ending. Well worth watching.

    To fill the remaining 100 word requirement I will opine about the series. The show was canceled a year before I was born and I watched re-runs every Sunday afternoon. This show along with The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents planted the science fiction bug in my mind and after 1000's of books and movies I still love this show.moreless
  • My rating: 6 - Good

    "Soldier" is an entertaining episode about a foot soldier blasted back in time to 1964. The soldier is named Qarlo, who is played wonderfully by Michael Ansara. Qarlo is zapped into the past by a beam that strikes him as he is battling an enemy soldier on a barren, futuristic Earth landscape. The opening scenes of Qarlo fighting in this wasteland are great. The set design is very intriguing and it should give a real thrill to fans of older science fiction. There isn't a lot of action in this story, instead the emphasis is on Qarlo learning to communicate with philologist Tom Kagan. Kagan is played by Lloyd Nolan who's performance is enjoyable, but mostly because of how ineffective it is. Nolan spends most of the time voicing his frustrations with a Howard Cosell-style delivery. While Qarlo continually demonstrates how unstable he is, Kagan somehow manages to bring Qarlo home to live with him and his family! It really does create some interesting situations, even if it is difficult to imagine how it would ever be permitted. Qarlo eventually mixes it up with his enemy from the future who was stuck for most of the story between his present and the past. The final confrontation is fun with the two dangerous soldiers of the future fighting it out in a suburban living room. As silly as "Soldier" seems, it is a lot of fun.moreless

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) Night comes too soon on the battlefield. For some men it comes permanently, their eyes never open to the light of day. But for this man, fighting this war, there is never total darkness. The spidery beams of light in the sky heat rays that sear through tungsten, steel and flesh as though they were cheesecloth. And this soldier must go against those weapons. His name is Quarlo, and he is a foot soldier, the ultimate infantryman. Trained from birth by the state, he has never known love, or closeness, or warmth. He is geared for only one purpose: to kill the enemy. And the enemy waits for him.

    • Paul Tanner: (Speaking to Tom Kagan about Quarlo) That's not just some ordinary psycho down there, that's the most dangerous piece of equipment I've ever seen. He'll take you and tear along the dotted line.

    • Control Voice: (additional narration) Time is fluid. The waters of forever close, and passage may not be completed. The present and the future are for a moment united. And the enemy, half-today, half-tomorrow, is locked between.

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) From the darkest of all pits, from the soul of man, come the darkest questions. Did the soldier finally come to care for those he protected? Or was it just his instinct? Questions from the dark pit, but no answers, for answers lie in the future. Is it a future in which men are machines born to kill? Or is there time for us? Time. All the time in the world. But is that enough?

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