Soldier is the 1st episode of the second season of the original The Outer Limits television show. It aired on September 19, 1964.
A soldier from Earth's post-apocalyptic future appears in the present day.
"Night comes too soon on the battlefield. For some men it comes permanently; their eyes never open to the light of day. But for this man, fighting this war, there is never total darkness. The spidery beams of light in the sky are the descendants of the modern laser beam — heat rays that sear through tungsten steel and flesh as though they were cheesecloth. And this soldier must go against those weapons. His name is Qarlo, and he is a footsoldier, the ultimate infantryman. Trained from birth by the State, he has never known love, or closeness, or warmth. He is geared for only one purpose: to kill the Enemy. And the Enemy waits for him…"
"Time is fluid. The waters of forever close — and passage may not be completed. The present and the future are for a moment united. And the Enemy, half-today, half-tomorrow, is locked between…"
"From the darkest of all pits, the soul of Man, come the darkest questions: Did the soldier finally come to care for those he protected? Or was it just his instinct to kill? Questions from the dark pit. But no answers. For answers lie in the future. Is it a future in which men are machines, born to kill, or is there time for us? Time. All the time in the world… but is that enough?"
- Lloyd Nolan - Tom Kagan
- Michael Ansara - Qarlo Clobregnny
- Tim O'Connor - Paul Tanner
- Catherine McLeod - Abby Kagan
- Jill Hill - Toni Kagan
- Allen Jaffe - The Enemy
- Ralph Hart - Loren Kagan
- Marlowe Jensen - Sgt. Berry
- Ted Stanhope - Doctor
- Jamie Forster - News Vendor
- Mavis Neal Palmer - Woman
- Vic Perrin and Tim O'Connor - as the Voices in Qarlo and The Enemy's War Helmets (uncredited)
Cinematographer - Kenneth Peach