The Outer Limits

The Outer Limits (1963)

33 mistakes in season 2

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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

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

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

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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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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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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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 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

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