The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 6

The Man Who Was Never Born

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 1963 on ABC

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  • An astronaut lands on Earth of the future, only to see that it is a desolate place. He sees a horribly disfigured man, who persuades the astronaut to take him back to the Earth he came from, so they can try to prevent the biological germ from being made.

    This episode was skillfully done. When the astronaut dies on return to Earth, the creature is on its own. The cutting between the creature and its other shape (Martin Landau) is perfect, so that the heroine (Shirley Knight) never suspects the truth. He, however, is tormented not only because he has to find the father of the scientist who created the germ but also because he has fallen in love with her. The scientist (the woman's fiance) is jealous. **spoiler alert** In the end, the dream-like photography used whenever the Landau/Knight characters are together adds a new wrinkle. As they are chased along a wooded area, we only see their reflections in the nearby lake. They reach the spacecraft the creature landed in, and take off. What I thought was a happy ending turns into a nightmare, as the Landau character dies. The final scene is a screaming Knight in her seat, secluded in Outer Space!