The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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An advanced civilization contacts the U.S. to test both worlds' experimental teleportation systems, by exchanging citizens. Fearing the matter transport will fail, U.S. military select a ... See full summary »


Alan Crosland Jr.


Bill S. Ballinger (teleplay by), Joseph Stefano (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Henry Silva ... Chino Rivera
Diana Sands ... Dr. Julia Harrison
Michael Higgins ... Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Dr. Robert Richardson (as Ronald Foster)
Dabney Coleman ... Dr. Williams
Francis De Sales ... Prison Warden (as Francis de Sales)
Hugh Langtry Hugh Langtry ... Chromomite
Gene Tyburn Gene Tyburn ... Goldsmith
Don Ross Don Ross ... Haddon


An advanced civilization contacts the U.S. to test both worlds' experimental teleportation systems, by exchanging citizens. Fearing the matter transport will fail, U.S. military select a prisoner serving a life sentence, not caring that a murderer's being set loose on Chromos, because it's 10 light years away. But will the ex-boxer escape before the exchange is completed, in the narrow window when the planets are aligned? Written by David Stevens

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6 January 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Writer Joseph Stefano named the protagonist Chino Rivera after his good friend, actress and dancer Chita Rivera. See more »


During the wrestling match with the alien near the end, the actor playing the creature from another planet is shown to be wearing boots with soles on the bottom. See more »


Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander: We need a man who will allow us to break him up into electrical particles and transmit him into space at a speed greater than that of light. That's it simply. It's called teleportation. When he gets to where he's going, he'll be reassembled. If he survives the experience, he comes back to Earth - the same way.
Goldsmith: He gets put back together again?
Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander: Yes.
Goldsmith: The same as he was before?
Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander: Well, it's worked with inanimate objects. And it's worked with mice.
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Another Alien Race Makes a Deal
8 January 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

If one were to evaluate the way science works in our culture using "The Outer Limits" as our guide, we would conclude that we stupidly launch headlong into whatever another alien culture wants and ask questions later. Henry Silva plays a convicted murderer who has been given the opportunity to participate in a major experiment. He volunteers to be sent to another planet through teleportation while the aliens send one of their own in exchange. The other guy comes first and he looks like a gigantic garlic with legs. He is allowed to roam around the compound. While there he spends lots of time at a pond where he throws things in the water. What develops is a living substance that he eats (actually he stuffs the substance in some part of his body). He is also quite dangerous when confronted, especially if his food source is threatened, and he manages to leave a couple of bodies in his wake. Meanwhile, Silva's prisoner becomes the center of things. It turns out the murder he committed was justified in his mind because the man had done horrible things to his sister. He develops a bond with a young female doctor at the facility who sees him in a much more positive light.

One thing. Watch the portrayal of the police in this episode. They are probably the most incompetent characters one has ever seen. When attacked, they throw their guns into the air and allow the threatening figure to get hold of them. The thing moves about two miles an hour and probably couldn't catch a one legged man. And it's not the element of surprise because they are out there looking for something dangerous. Just a sidelight.

There is one red herring in the plot as well (unless I missed something). A policeman, lying in the transportation device, disappears. Where did he go? No one mentions him. Also, there is critical denouement. Why did the aliens do what they did without using other means? Food for thought (no pun intended).

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