The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 31

The Chameleon (27 Apr. 1964)

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To save Earth from invasion, scientists alter a human into a replica of one of the aliens. The human subject Mace is a remorseless killer, who easily adapts to any personality required. ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Louis Mace
Leon Chambers
Douglas Henderson ...
Dr. Tillyard
William O'Connell ...
The Creature (as William O'Connel)
General Crawford


To save Earth from invasion, scientists alter a human into a replica of one of the aliens. The human subject Mace is a remorseless killer, who easily adapts to any personality required. Giving up his body and life means little to him, he relishes this ultimate test of his chameleon powers. But how much loyalty will the vicious Mace have to his fellow humans ? Written by David Stevens

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The title refers to a type of horned lizard who has parrot-like feet and stereoscopic eyes. The species is originally found in Africa and on the Iberian peninsula, but has been transplanted to Hawaii, Florida and the southern United States. Not all varieties have the ability to adapt their coloring to that of the surrounding environment. See more »


Control Voice: The race of man is known for its mutability, we can change our moods, our faces, our lives, to suit what ever situation confronts us. Adapt and survive. Even among the most changeable of living things, man is quick silver, more chameleon like than the chameleon, no matter what the cost to others, or himself.
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Lost In Space
11 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Scientists turn a human into an alien.

Most Limits episodes get about five IMDb reviews but to my deep surprise The Chameleon only gets one other review! How could this be?????? This is one of the true classics of the series and indeed one of the top ten of the whole series.

For reasons I can't explain too well, there is a feeling of B&W Lost In Space Season One (1965-66) in this episode. Perhaps it is the B&W photography or the look of the aliens or the story that has shades of Lost In Space's Invaders From The 5th Dimension/The Keeper.

Whatever the case, I am lost-in-space with this hour and The Chameleon has survived about ten viewings in my lifetime. I love it!

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