The Outer Limits (1963–1965)

The Bellero Shield (10 Feb. 1964)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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Richard Bellero, a dedicated scientist, is working on experiments involving sending laser beams into outer space. His father, Richard Bellero Sr., believes the scientist isn't strong enough... See full summary »


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24 July 2012 | MartinHafer
| People suck!
Sally Kellerman, Martin Landau, Chita Rivera, Neil Hamilton and John Hoyt (as the alien) star in this episode. As other reviewers have mentioned, there is a strong similarity of the theme in "The Bellero Shield" to Shakespeare's "Macbeth", as both stories are about weak men who are dominated by evil and conniving women.

Landau plays a researcher who is desperately trying to win his father's love and attention. After all, the father (Hamilton) is a rich man who is planning on retiring--and Landau would love to be his successor. But Hamilton is a hard man and has other plans. Much of this seems to be because Hamilton hates his son's wife (Kellerman). He sees here as conniving--and he's sure right there. Just how conniving and evil you'll find out if you see this excellent episode about greed and a space alien! I'd say more, but I don't want to spoil the suspense.

All in all, a great episode--mostly because the script is so good. In other words, they took a kernel of another story and built upon it so much that the story is still very original and it's an excellent tale about human nature and the worst aspects of it. And, interestingly, it's not just about Kellerman's weaknesses but that of all the characters. Well worth seeing.

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10 February 1964



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