The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 8

The Human Factor (11 Nov. 1963)

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At an isolated military installation in Greenland, Major Brothers (Harry Guardino) has allowed one of his men to die after falling in a crevasse. Suffering from hallucinations, he goes to ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joe De Santis ...
Colonel William Campbell (as Joe de Santis)
Major Harold Giles
Shirley O'Hara ...
Dr. Soldini
John Newton ...
Matty Jordan ...
Art Alisi ...
Ingrid Larkin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Langley ...


At an isolated military installation in Greenland, Major Brothers (Harry Guardino) has allowed one of his men to die after falling in a crevasse. Suffering from hallucinations, he goes to Dr. Hamilton (Gary Merrill). Hamilton has invented a device that allows him to read the thoughts of another person. Hamilton and Brothers connect via the device, but then a power surge causes the unthinkable: the minds of the two men switch bodies. The deranged Maj. Brothers is bent on destroying the whole base. Unfortunately, his mind is in the psychiatrist's body, and the other base workers know nothing of the mind switch. Written by Ken Miller <>

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Although this episode shares its title with an episode of The Outer Limits (1995), namely The Outer Limits: The Human Factor (2002), it was not a remake of this episode and they have no connection beyond the title. See more »

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I'm Willing to Suspend Disbelief...Up to a Point
3 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This certainly kept my interest. A man living in one of those frost line places during the cold war goes bananas after allowing a fellow soldier to die after fall in a crevasse. He begins to hallucinate and decides to kill everyone. He is on the far side of paranoia. He wants the man who is in charge of a nuclear weapon to hand it over to him. That's the first of the problems. Fortunately, what happens in that realm is pretty realistic. The guy is brought in after his insane ravings. He is seeing things and is really dangerous. The other plot involves a boring scientist who has developed a method where two minds can meld (actually trade places). Remember those cartoons where a man changes brains with a monkey. Well it works and our nut case is allowed to be part of an experiment. You guessed it. He becomes the scientist and the scientist becomes him, giving him a leg up on his quest for destruction. Everything plays out after that in a fairly predictable way and once again, there is the contrived ending to the story. I was really taken with The Outer Limits and enjoy seeing them again, but sometimes they don't work so well. Still, it's fun to experience a series that didn't always deliver the message you had hoped for.

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