The Outer Limits (1963)

The Outer Limits (1963)

I was eight years old when these programs were first broadcast and I remember seeing many of them then. Was I too young? Yes: nightmares. No: I had discovered horror-tinged science fiction and wanted more.

I've seen the series again in the decades since, first as rebroadcasts and then on a DVD collection. When Kino announced both seasons on Blu-ray I wasn't going to bother with the upgrade but was intrigued by the rich set of commentary tracks. Hearing more about these shows from film scholars and fellow fans: I couldn't resist.

And the upgrade in video quality is substantial. As always when looking at classic TV in modern high definition, I marvel that today we see them as they have never been seen before. My original viewing was on a small boxy TV with a blurry image. I never imagined that I would be able to revisit these programs presented in such quality.

We must be grateful that so much classic TV was filmed in 35mm, the same as theatrical releases. That always seemed odd: film records vastly more detail than could be broadcast at the time. The studio workflows must have been setup for 35mm and it was just easier to stick with it.


Season one

Season two

My attempt to categorize each episode

For now...

Personal favorites

Distinguished episodes, fan favorites

Episodes I like more than I should

Tending to dullness

The rest, always worth a second look