Saturday Frights – The Outer Limits: Demon with a Glass Hand (1964)

Welcome back to another installment of Saturday Frights! This week we have a classic episode from the original Outer Limits entitled “Demon with a Glass Hand” starring Robert Culp (I Spy, The Greatest American Hero), Arlene Martel (Star Trek, Perry Mason), and Abraham Sofaer (Star Trek, Lost in Space).

The episode concerns a man named Trent (Culp) who cannot remember anything of his life before the past ten days and his left hand has been replaced with a computer…shaped in the form of a glass hand with three fingers missing. He is informed that the must find and reconnect the three fingers before he will be told what exactly is going on…

This episode was written by the legendary Harlan Ellison earning him the 1965 Writers Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Script for a Television Anthology and 1972 Georges Melies Fantasy Film Award — Outstanding Cinematic Achievement in Science Fiction Television!

You might also notice that for most of the episode it takes place in a familiar building, the Bradbury building, which just also happened to be used in the final scenes of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner.


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2 thoughts on “Saturday Frights – The Outer Limits: Demon with a Glass Hand (1964)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    A classic episode from one of my favorite TV shows (though I had to discover it years later on rental tapes).

    There was some legal kerfluffle concerning similarities between this ep, the episode ‘Soldier’ and 1984’s The Terminator. It was eventually resolved.

    But this brings to mind the high-quality of writing on this show and how most individual 50 minute show could contain a feature-length amount of story and emotional involvement.
    I felt truly sated, as a sci-fi fan, watching any Outer Limits episode.

  2. Very well said Atari Adventure Square and I couldn’t agree with you more! I would say that for the most part that at this time of TV we saw much better writing than 99% of what we view today.

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