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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27 April 1964 (USA)  »

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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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Not bad....
7 July 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Aside from some weird giggling, this is a very good episode--quite original and worth your time. It begins with learning that a space ship has landed and a couple folks were killed by the two aliens. However, apart from that, nothing has happened...nothing. While the government would like to just blast the ship, they dare not--as it appears as if the ship has some nuclear material and blowing it up could trigger something drastic. So, in a weird and difficult to believe twist (just suspend disbelief with this one), they get a master agent (Robert Duvall) to agree to undergo surgery to make him look like one of the aliens. The plan is to then have him pretend to be one of the aliens who crashed there previously. Sure it's far-fetched but interesting--particularly when you see what this agent does and how the aliens respond to him. Not a brilliant episode but one that is strikingly original and a worthy addition to this excellent series.

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