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Encyclopedia > The Man Who Was Never Born (episode)
"The Man Who Was Never Born"

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The Outer Limits
Season 1, Episode 6
Air Date (US): 28 October 1963
Production No.: 6
Written by: Anthony Lawrence
Directed by: Leonard Horn
Guest stars: Martin Landau as Andro, Karl Held as Joseph Reardon, John Considine as Bertram Cabot, Maxine Stuart as Mrs. McCluskey, Shirley Knight as Noelle Anderson
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"The Man Who Was Never Born" is an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 28 October 1963, during the first season. Opening titles — 1960s The Outer Limits is a television series from the United States. ... October 28 is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 64 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Martin Landau in North by Northwest. ... Shirley Enola Knight, also known by her married name of Shirley Knight Hopkins, was born on July 5, 1936, to a wealthy family in Goessel, Kansas. ... The Sixth Finger is an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show. ... O.B.I.T is an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show. ... This page is a list of the episodes of the U.S. science fiction television show The Outer Limits. ... Opening titles — 1960s The Outer Limits is a television series from the United States. ... October 28 is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 64 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

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Introduction

An astronaut returning to Earth finds himself flung 200 years into the future, where he finds the mutated remnants of humanity living on a ruined Earth.


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..."

Plot synopsis

The astronaut, Joseph Reardon, lands on Earth only to find it a desolate and barren place. He meets Andro, a grotesque-looking creature who reveals that the year is now 2148 and the astronaut is almost 200 years into the future. Andro is one of the few survivors of a biological disaster brought on by a scientist called Bertram Cabot Jnr.

Martin Landau as Andro
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Martin Landau as Andro

Andro explains the situation and Reardon decides to see if he can return to his own time... and take Andro with him to show the future, and perhaps avoid it. While returning through the time rift, Reardon mysteriously dies, leaving Andro to find a way to prevent his disastrous future from occuring. Andro uses his ability to immediately hypnotise anyone into seeing him as a normal human, and begins searching for some way to stop Cabot's work -- even if it means, as a last resort, killing him. Image File history File links OL-themanwhowasneverborn-andro. ... Image File history File links OL-themanwhowasneverborn-andro. ...


It becomes clear that he has arrived too early. Bertram Cabot Jnr hasn't been born yet, and in fact his parents Noelle and Bertman Cabot Snr are just about to be married. Andro, in his "human" guise, attempts to convince Cabott that he should not marry Noelle — with no success.


Andro begins to fall in love with Noelle. While attempting to stop the wedding, Andro's disguise is discovered and he is forced to flee. Noelle follows him and he explains his mission. Noelle eventually agrees to return to the future with Andro, avoiding any possibility that she and Cabot will have a child. Unfortunately Andro disappears just as the ship arrives in "his" time — as he no longer exists there.


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."

External links and references

  • Episode at TV.com

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