The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 6

The Man Who Was Never Born

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Andro: (Reminiscing in a library) Here, here lies the protected history of man. The cherished words and pictures of all he has known and loved. The noble Hamlet; Anna Karenina, putting on her gloves on a snowy evening; Gatsby in white flannels; Moby Dick; and Mark Twain's whole meandering Mississippi.

    • Captain Joseph Reardon: (Quoting from Melville) Hope proves a man deathless.

    • Andro: (Decrying the present condition of mankind) But man was too busy, too busy going to the moon, too busy clubbing his brothers over the head with its new found toy, the atom, to anticipate and resist the parasite that was to suck out his right to immortality.

    • Andro: (Emphasizing the importance of remembering history) It's good to cherish old things. Beauty is always on the edge of being lost.

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) It is said that if you move a single pebble on the beach, you set up a different pattern, and everything in the world is changed. It can also be said that love can change the future, if it is deep enough, true enough, and selfless enough. It can prevent a war, prohibit a plague, keep the whole world... whole.

    • Andro: Better to die than to sit and watch the world die.

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) Here, in the bright, clustered loneliness of the billion, billion stars, loneliness can be an exciting, voluntary thing, unlike the loneliness Man suffers on Earth. Here, deep in the starry nowhere, a man can be as one with space and time; preoccupied, yet not indifferent; anxious and yet at peace. His name is Joseph Reardon. He is, in this present year, thirty years old. This is the first time he has made this journey alone...

  • Notes

    • According to David J. Schow's The Outer Limits Companion, the script for this episode was entitled "Cry of the Unborn."

  • Allusions