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The Outer Limits: Nightmare

When the uncharted planet Ebon launches an atomic missile at Earth, the Unified Earth Force sends troopers to retaliate. The first two disappear and the third squad of six men is captured as prisoners of war. They are questioned and tortured by the local authorities in an attempt to force them to reveal fleet movements, and the men soon begin to argue among themselves as to which one them will break.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x10
Airdate: Monday December 02nd, 1963

Director: John Erman
Writer: Joseph Stefano

Guest Stars
James ShigetaJames Shigeta
As Major Jong
David FrankhamDavid Frankham
As Lt. Terence "Terry" Brookman
Ed NelsonEd Nelson
As Colonel Luke Stone
Martin SheenMartin Sheen
As Private Arthur Dix
Bill Gunn (1)Bill Gunn (1)
As Lt. James P. Willowmore
John AndersonJohn Anderson
As Ebonite Interrogator

Co-Guest Stars
Willard SageWillard Sage
As Chief of Staff
Ben WrightBen Wright
As General Benton
Bernard KatesBernard Kates
As Dr. Wharf
Lillian AdamsLillian Adams
As Dix's Mother
Sasha HardenSasha Harden
As Lt. Ersa Krug
Lisa MannLisa Mann
As Krug's Governess
Whit BissellWhit Bissell
As Commanding General

Martin BrandtMartin Brandt
As Krug's Grandfather
Paul StaderPaul Stader
As Ebonite Guard
Main Cast
Vic PerrinVic Perrin
voiced The Control Voice


In the near future, the planet Ebon launches an attack on Unified Earth. A crew of soldiers departs to the planet Ebon to take the war to their attackers, well aware that all troops before them have been lost, killed, or captured. Colonel Luke Stone is addressing his five-man team, but is interrupted when a high-pitched shrieking noise fills the ship. It shakes and Stone tries to tell them what to do if they are captured, but is cut off as the power goes out...

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Episode Notes
The original airdate was delayed a week because of the assassination of Jonh F. Kennedy.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration: A war between worlds had long been dreaded. Throughout recent history, Man, convinced that life on other planets would be as anxious and belligerent as life on his own, has gravely predicted that some dreadful form of combat would inevitably take place between our world and that of someone else. And Man was right. To the eternal credit of the peoples of this planet Earth, history shall be able to proclaim loudly and justly that in this war between Unified Earth and the planet Ebon, Ebon struck first. Ebon: its form of life unknown, its way of life unpredictable. To the fighting troops of Earth, a black question mark at the end of a dark, foreboding journey.

Ebonite Interrogator: Now, Private Dix, tell us true things. (Dix mouths words) That won't do, Dix. Your name, your rank, your serial number, are useful only to those Earthly relatives who will apply for your insurance.

Major Jong: It seems to me that a totally different form of life would have developed a totally different form of death.
Private Arthur Dix: Oh, shut up.
Major Jong: Well, death here will truly be a mysterious adventure.

Major Jong: Don't misjudge laughter, Colonel. It's not always a sign of humor. At the moment, I was laughing because I felt sudden confidence. Confidence tickles.
Lt. Terence "Terry" Brookman: What do you base your confidence on?
Major Jong: On friendliness, suspicion. Normal, Earth-bound, basic human emotions. We're behaving like human beings, and as long as we continue to do so, we'll survive.
Lt. Terence "Terry" Brookman: Is that all you're thinking about, Major? Survival?
Major Jong: That... and the smell of fog in the San Francisco night.

Colonel Luke Stone: There's no leniency for a traitor. None at all. He earned the death penalty all by himself. There's no reason why we should handle Major Jong any differently here than if he were down on Earth. I told you all before we were captured, the only laws we would have here were those we brought with us. We need those laws. Even the questionable ones, even the painful ones. We need them. They remind us that we were civilized enough to make them in the first place.
Major Jong: Or perhaps to remind us that we are not as civilized as we should be.

Major Jong: I regret that I have but one arm to give for my planet, but I shall give it.

Closing Narration: The exploration of human behavior under simulated conditions of stress is a commonplace component of the machinery called war. So long as Man anticipates and prepares for combat, be it with neighboring nations or with our neighbors in space, these unreal games must be played, and there are only real men to play them. According to established military procedure, the results of the Ebon maneuvers will be recorded in books and fed into computers for the edification and enlightenment of all the strategists of the future. Perhaps they will learn something.

Cultural References
Major Jong: Good friend grasshopper, will you play the caretaker for my little grave?

This haiku was written by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828). Many of his poems concerns his pets.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoseph Stefano  |  Leslie Stevens
Executive ProducerLeslie Stevens
ProducerJoseph Stefano
Associate ProducerLeon Chooluck
MusicDominic Frontiere
Music SupervisorJohn Elizalde
Costume DesignerForrest T. Butler  |  Sabine Manela
Key GripHenry Maak
Set DecoratorChester L. Bayhi
Property MasterRichard M. Rubin
Script SupervisorHope McLachlin
Production CoordinatorElaine Michea
Director of PhotographyJohn M. Nickolaus, Jr.
Art DirectorJack Poplin
Production ManagerLindsley Parsons, Jr.
Sound MixerJay Ashworth
Special EffectsHarry Redmond, Jr.
Main Title ThemeDominic Frontiere
Film EditorAnthony DiMarco
Assistant DirectorRobert H. Justman
Music CoordinatorRoger A. Farris
Production AssociateJohn Erman
Story ConsultantLou Morheim
Sound Effects EditorArthur J. Cornall
Supervising EditorRichard K. Brockway
Make-up SupervisorFred B. Phillips
Optical EffectsM.B. Paul
Special Photographic EffectsJim Danforth  |  Paul Lebaron  |  Ralph Rodine
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