The Outer Limits

The Outer Limits (1963)

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Behold, Eck! - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: When Dr. Stone's assistant helps him up from the floor, there's a lopsided, circular diagram drawn on the chalkboard behind them. One shot later, the diagram has changed into a perfectly round circle and has moved itself several inches higher on the board.

00:06:10

Jean G

Moonstone - S1-E24

Continuity mistake: The cloth pillows stabilizing the moonstone on the lab counter change positions several times between takes.

00:40:15

Jean G

Moonstone - S1-E24

Continuity mistake: Dr. Brice's name tag is partially tucked under her collar when she's inside the lab. When she walks into the corridor, the tag has shifted position and is outside the collar. Later, back in the lab, the tag keeps changing from over to under her collar repeatedly.

00:32:50 - 00:36:50

Jean G

The Human Factor - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: When the lab equipment shorts out after the earthquake, the unconscious Major Brothers is lying with his head propped up against the wall. But when Hamilton reaches him in the next shot, he's suddenly lying flat and is nowhere near the wall.

00:21:45

Jean G

The Bellero Shield - S1-E20

Continuity mistake: In the lab, the alien's arms change positions instantaneously between shots.

00:13:50

Jean G

It Crawled Out of the Woodwork - S1-E11

Factual error: When the energy monster kills his entire research staff by stopping their hearts, Dr. Block brings them all back to life (with their minds and personalities intact) by installing pacemakers. But when the heart stops functioning, brain death occurs within minutes. For this to work, he'd not only have to operate on several people simultaneously, he'd also have to be the fastest heart surgeon on Earth.

00:40:00

Jean G

It Crawled Out of the Woodwork - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When Joey turns off the bathtub tap, we can see that the water is no longer flowing. But the sound of running water continues. And a few shots later, the water is flowing once more, even though Joey hasn't gone near the tub again.

00:24:30

Jean G

Cold Hands, Warm Heart - S2-E2

Visible crew/equipment: Barton is terrified by a plant-like alien floating outside his spaceship window. The Venusian critter might be a heck of a lot scarier if it bore less resemblance to a furry stalk of celery - and if only its puppet strings weren't showing.

00:25:45

Jean G

Don't Open Till Doomsday - S1-E17

Continuity mistake: Harvey peeks into the small hole in the box using his right eye. On the first view from inside the box, a right eye is indeed looking in. But when the monster appears, a left eye is peering through the hole. The shot cuts immediately back to Harvey, who still has his right eye pressed to the opening.

00:06:10

Jean G

The Sixth Finger - S1-E5

Revealing mistake: In the bakery, Will plays a lively tune on the concertina - without touching any of the button-keys necessary to play the notes.

00:26:15

Jean G

The Man Who Was Never Born - S1-E6

Visible crew/equipment: As the ship lands in the beginning, the wire supporting the model is visible at the top of the screen.

00:04:15

Jean G

The Galaxy Being - S1-E1

Visible crew/equipment: As the energy being moves down the city sidewalk, we see its shadow on the concrete. Right beside that, however, we can also see the distinctly-shaped shadow of the camera.

00:35:00

Jean G

The Architects of Fear - S1-E3

Visible crew/equipment: When Stanley levitates the meteor with his brain power, the wires that actually lift the rock are very easy to spot at the top of the screen.

00:09:30

Jean G

Second Chance - S1-E23

Continuity mistake: The alien's torn spacesuit sleeve somehow mends itself, but then is torn again a few shots later.

00:46:00 - 00:47:50

Jean G

The Sixth Finger - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: The window in the chamber door changes its size between shots. At first, we can see just Gwyllm's head. But then the window somehow grows so that his head and shoulders are visible. When the window gets smaller again, only part of his head is visible.

00:46:00

Jean G

Moonstone - S1-E24

Continuity mistake: General Stocker falls into a lunar quicksand pit and starts to sink. One arm disappears beneath the sand, but in the next shot, both his arms are outstretched and waving for help.

00:04:25

Jean G

The Architects of Fear - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: In this episode's present-day 1963, the scientists view film footage said to have been taken "yesterday." But the rather obvious crowd scene stock footage is ten years old, featuring cars and clothing no newer than 1953.

00:02:00

Jean G

The Invisibles - S1-E19

Factual error: The General brandishes a six-shooter pistol with an enormous silencer attached to it. He's a career military guy who should definitely know better, so he gets a failing grade in Basic Weaponry 101. Silencers don't work on revolvers.

00:34:50

Jean G

Controlled Experiment - S1-E16

Continuity mistake: When Phobos sets up the time converter, the grid on his large round scope has a diamond-shaped pattern. But when we see it from his point of view, the grid comprises perfect squares instead, and contains numbers that weren't there before.

00:15:00

Jean G

O.B.I.T. - S1-E7

Revealing mistake: When the alien posing as a human is exposed, the OBIT screen shows his "true" alien form while he continues to appear human to the naked eye. The actor in alien costume on the screen copies Jeff Corey's movements, but at one point rather badly shatters the illusion by forgetting to raise his arms when Corey does.

00:47:00

Jean G

The Probe - S2-E17

Visible crew/equipment: Boom mic visible. 31:08.

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The Premonition - S2-E16

Continuity mistake: In the scene after the second crash, when the pilot and his wife "borrow" the jeep to return to the base, the shot is flipped, reversing the positions of the husband and wife in a mirror image of the real vehicle, placing the "driver" in the passenger position and the spare tire, which should be on the near side, is now on the far side. In the next shot, as the vehicle nears the base, everything suddenly resumes the correct perspective.

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I, Robot - S2-E9

Visible crew/equipment: During Ellis and Cutler's conversation in the courthouse foyer, the boom shadow makes two appearances: once over Ellis' shoulder when they start across the hall, and again over the elevator doors.

00:10:30

Jean G

The Invisibles - S1-E19

Revealing mistake: The injured Spain falls and tries to crawl away from the alien, leaving handprints in the dust on the floor. Just to his left, you can see several handprints already on the floor from previous takes.

00:47:30

Jean G

The Man Who Was Never Born - S1-E6

Plot hole: Andro has memorized "every detail" of Cabot Jr.'s life, including his mother's name, Noel. Yet when he travels to the past, meets Noel and learns her name, he still mistakes Cabot Sr. for Cabot Jr., who isn't born yet. Having memorized all those details, he would have known the moment he met her that Noel was Jr.'s mother. Andro's confusion makes no sense.

00:28:00

Jean G

Soldier - S2-E1

Character mistake: Dr. Kagan, who's a scientist and should definitely know better, points to Earth's solar system on the chart and calls it "our galaxy." This is roughly the equivalent of mistaking a dot this size [.] for the entirety of North America.

00:23:30

Jean G

The Probe - S2-E17

Revealing mistake: Indicative of previous takes, the floor inside the alien probe already has several human footprints all over it before the characters exit their life boat and walk on it.

00:10:00

Jean G

The Invisible Enemy - S2-E7

Continuity mistake: From the Mars rocket's cockpit, Boomer hears Thomas scream once, shouts, "I'm coming!" and races out. When Earth Command hears this on delayed radio transmission 3.5 minutes later (it would take much longer than that from Mars, by the way), there's added dialogue, and this time Boomer never says "I'm coming." We also hear Thomas scream twice instead of just once.

00:07:30

Jean G

Cry of Silence - S2-E6

Revealing mistake: Eddy Albert's stunt double is obvious during the avalanche of boulders scene.

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Scott215

Second Chance - S1-E23

Visible crew/equipment: While alien reports to home planet, the shadow of the boom mic passes overhead.

00:12:20

The Probe - S2-E17

Deliberate mistake: Amanda survives a plane crash into the ocean, hurricane winds in a life raft, then experimentation and attacks by giant microbes inside the alien probe. Yet when she and the others are rescued at the end, not one strand of hair is loose in her 1960s "beehive" hairdo.

00:49:05

Jean G

Demon With A Glass Hand - S2-E5

Continuity mistake: Trent and the Kiban agent crash through a glass window during their fight in the attic. After Constanza pulls off the alien's medallion and disintegrates him, Trent, who is bent backward at the waist over the windowsill, has instantly moved between takes to a position much farther out onto the ledge.

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Jean G

Expanding Human - S2-E4

Continuity mistake: At the end, the unconscious Lt. Branch changes position on the floor between takes.

00:45:05

Jean G

Demon With A Glass Hand - S2-E5

Continuity mistake: Trent pushes three of the hand-shaped computer's fingers back as far as they will go, as it instructs him to do. In one brief shot after this, the fingers have returned to their normal position. One shot later, they're pushed back again.

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Jean G

The Premonition - S2-E16

Revealing mistake: Janie is frozen in place on her tricycle, but the 5-year-old actress has a hard time holding still. She's visibly fidgeting. And when a freeze-frame of her is used for close-ups, there's a black blotch on the film over her neck.

00:26:30

Jean G

The Inheritors (2) - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: Ballard reports that 6 bullets were fired at Minns. He's a trained investigator, but he apparently can't count as well as the viewers can. We saw his men fire at Minns - 7 times.

00:07:40

Jean G

The Duplicate Man - S2-E13

Revealing mistake: This episode's futuristic video-phones seem to be a production afterthought not in the original script. Consequently, Mrs. James talks to her husband's clone on the phone, but doesn't seem to see him on the screen. She tells James, "He sounded like you," and goes on about his voice, but never mentions his appearance. Later, her reaction to seeing both of them together indicates she's never seen the duplicate before - even though she has, on the video-phone.

00:25:00

Jean G

The Inheritors (2) - S2-E11

Visible crew/equipment: When Minns pulls up to get Johnny, the entire camera crew and several lights are reflected in the side panels of his station wagon.

00:32:00

Jean G

The Inheritors (2) - S2-E11

Factual error: Outside the warehouse, one of Ballard's men is talking on a car phone. We're not sure who he could connect with, though. The car has no mobile transmission antenna, and in the 60s, it would have needed a very large one.

00:26:00

Jean G

The Inheritors (1) - S2-E10

Visible crew/equipment: As Hadley stands near the lockers, talking to Larkin and packing, the boom shadow dips into the shot over his head.

00:28:35

Jean G

The Inheritors (1) - S2-E10

Visible crew/equipment: When the black Ford pulls up to Minns' apartment building and Ballard gets out, several studio lights and reflectors are mirrored in the car's shiny surface.

00:48:25

Jean G

Expanding Human - S2-E4

Character mistake: Someone in the set decorating department must have failed first-year Spanish. The name of the apartment complex (Spanish for "The Flowers") is prominently displayed over the archway, but has both words misspelled, reading "Los Floras." It should be "Las Flores."

00:06:20

Jean G

Cry of Silence - S2-E6

Continuity mistake: Andy's car crashes into a boulder in the beginning and stalls. But when he gets the engine started and drives away at the end, there's no damage at all to the front end of the car.

00:49:30

Jean G

Cold Hands, Warm Heart - S2-E2

Factual error: Barton's ship, we're told, has been designed only to orbit Venus, not land there. Yet he somehow lands anyway - on a planet with atmospheric pressure and broiling temperatures that should have crushed and incinerated him instantly.

00:25:30

Jean G

Cry of Silence - S2-E6

Visible crew/equipment: A glass shield used to protect the camera from a styrofoam rock slide shows us the ghostly reflections of several film crew members, including one wearing an enormous "10-gallon" cowboy hat.

00:31:30

Jean G

Expanding Human - S2-E4

Visible crew/equipment: After Roy forces Peter to drink the formula, the boom shadow makes a very intrusive appearance on the wall above them.

00:42:40

Jean G

Behold, Eck! - S2-E3

Plot hole: Eck gives Dr. Stone one of his eyes so the scientist can create a lens to improve the alien's vision. At the end, Stone hands Eck the lens, but not the eye. When Eck puts on the lens, his missing eye reappears out of nowhere.

00:48:30

Jean G

Behold, Eck! - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: Eck tears a leaf from Stone's notebook. But the close-up insert of the page and the following shot of it being torn out reveal two completely different sheets of paper. The first has only a brief list of four names and addresses. The second is covered with handwritten notes. They don't match, yet they're supposed to be the same page.

00:04:05

Jean G

Cold Hands, Warm Heart - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: This 1964 episode is supposed to take place in its own near-future (the late 1960s). But some of the shots in the beginning reveal the use of outdated stock footage. During the parade, there's a close-up of a 48-star US flag, a relic even in '64, as Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states in 1959. Old flags are supposed to be burned, and wouldn't have been used for civic events such as ticker-tape parades.

00:00:50

Jean G

Cold Hands, Warm Heart - S2-E2

Factual error: While orbiting Venus, Barton receives instant responses to his radio communications with Earth. At that distance, there'd be a transmission delay: at least 7-8 minutes.

00:25:00

Jean G

Cold Hands, Warm Heart - S2-E2

Revealing mistake: Mismatched stock footage puts the Venus-bound Barton in four different spaceships during his journey. We see brief shots of a Vanguard rocket launch, an Atlas missile, a V-2 rocket sequence, and finally, special effects shots of the ship borrowed from the 1950s SF series "Men Into Space." Not one of these vehicles even remotely resembles any of the others.

00:23:15

Jean G

The Forms of Things Unknown - S1-E32

Continuity mistake: After running through the woods getting soaked by pouring rain, Casha arrives on Kollos' doorstep with her hair neatly coiffed and perfectly dry. In fact, within minutes of coming in out of the downpour, Casha, Leonora and Tone all have completely dry hair and clothes.

00:15:00

Jean G

The Chameleon - S1-E31

Other mistake: Mace's chest camera sends images from impossible angles - including several that include Mace himself. At the end, his superiors watch him from a camera that's obviously mounted in a tree and not on his person. Yet when Mace smashes his chest camera, the transmission goes dead anyway.

00:48:00

Jean G

The Guests - S1-E26

Revealing mistake: The actress is playing chord progressions on the piano. As the camera starts to pan away, she takes her hands off the keys entirely - but the piano chords continue to play.

00:18:55

Jean G

The Probe - S2-E17

Visible crew/equipment: Boom mic shadow visible. 23:04.

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The Probe - S2-E17

Continuity mistake: When she's inside the giant test tube, Amanda raises her arms over her head. In the very next shot, with no time for her to have moved that fast, her arms are straight down and held rigidly at her sides.

00:36:15

Jean G

The Invisible Enemy - S2-E7

Deliberate mistake: Though by 1964 it was already suspected (and later confirmed by Mariner IV) that Mars has an atmosphere humans can't breathe and temperatures too low for humans to tolerate, Merritt and his crew are here exploring the planet sans spacesuits. This was "fudged" because space helmets A)are expensive, B)reflect cameras, and most importantly, C)obscure the actors' faces.

00:24:00

Jean G

Moonstone - S1-E24

Continuity mistake: In the lab, Anderson collapses with his arms crossed above his head. When the shot cuts, his arms are suddenly uncrossed.

00:21:30

Jean G

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