The Outer Limits: Season 2, Episode 4

Expanding Human (10 Oct. 1964)

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Trying to speed up man's evolution, a scientist recklessly experiments on himself. He does indeed gain super intelligence and new abilities, but at the cost of his morality and humanity.

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Trying to speed up man's evolution, a scientist recklessly experiments on himself. He does indeed gain super intelligence and new abilities, but at the cost of his morality and humanity.

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Not the best science fiction, but a good story.
12 November 2012 | by (Nacogdoches, Texas) – See all my reviews

As usual, the Outer Limits was once again ahead of the curve with this episode. Universities were heavily experimenting with LSD during this time and were coming forth with amazing, positive and promising results until the Nixon admin shut the whole thing down and loaded on masses of negative propaganda about the drug. It is one of my personal favorites because of story matter and a well conceived plot, with Skip Homeier doing some excellent acting. C.E. drugs are in play throughout this episode. C.E. stands for consciousness expansion, aka LSD, DMT, STP, Peyote, Mushrooms, etc... The storyline figures, heck, if you can expand the consciousness, why not the intellect, physical prowess, ESP, the whole ball of wax? Great! But at what price to humanity? Many consider this episode too talky, almost like an old Perry Mason episode. And yes, if you are looking for mind blowing science fiction this will not be your cup of tea. It is much more subtle and I'm sure an episode that saved them a ton during production. But the story had me hooked from beginning to end. Also, an Asian professor gives the most poetic and accurate description of a mind expanded by the use of LSD that I have ever come across. It almost blows the minds of the policemen listening to him.


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