The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Brain of Colonel Barham 

A dying astronaut volunteers his mind be linked to a supercomputer, to enable the U.S. to beat the Soviet Union to Mars. His wife and an Air Force psychiatrist oppose the brain removal, ... See full summary »

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Maj. Douglas McKinnon
Elizabeth Perry ...
Jennifer Barham
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Col. Alex Barham
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Gen. Daniel Pettit
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Ed Nichols
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Dr. Leo Hausner
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Dr. Rahm
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Maj. Locke
Robert Chadwick ...
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A dying astronaut volunteers his mind be linked to a supercomputer, to enable the U.S. to beat the Soviet Union to Mars. His wife and an Air Force psychiatrist oppose the brain removal, fearing that the arrogant spaceman's brain won't adapt, making his death futile. But the Cold War space race takes precedence, so the experiment proceeds, despite eerie developments. Written by David Stevens

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2 January 1965 (USA)  »

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He's the Brains of the Outfit!
20 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why is it that every time someone isolates a brain, the darn thing goes bad? Here, a dying man agrees to let them take his brain as his body dies. They put it in the usual big bell jar and hook it up to communication devices. It is miraculous that it begins to converse (using the same voice it had in life, without vocal chords. Of course, there is an overzealous scientist and his Peter Lorre like assistant who can't get it through their heads that the things is getting smarter and smarter and creating ways not only to defend itself but to go on attack mode. It also can zap people and make them act against their wishes. He has a vendetta against his ex-wife and the guy he perceives as interested in her. That guy also wants to pull the plugs and no self-respecting brain is going to allow that. The conclusion is one of those where the writer probably thought, "How the heck do I end this." Pretty lackluster effort.


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