The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Inheritors: Part I 

Four soldiers have been shot in the head by bullets made from the fragment of a meteorite. As a result, they have developed genius level IQs. Three of them have disappeared, one remains in ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Ballard
Art Harris
AIO Capt. Newa
Lt. Philip Minns
Sgt. James Conover
Pfc. Francis Hadley
James Frawley ...
Pvt. Robert Renaldo
Randolph E. Branch
E.F. Larkin
Robert Nelson ...
The Surgeon (as Robert J. Nelson)
Kim Hector ...
Johnny Subiron
Robert Cinder ...
Prof. Andrew Whitsett (as William Winterside)
Simon Prescott ...
The Guard (as Sy Prescott)
Linda Hutchings ...
The Nurse


Four soldiers have been shot in the head by bullets made from the fragment of a meteorite. As a result, they have developed genius level IQs. Three of them have disappeared, one remains in hospital. Adam Ballard, Assistant Secretary of Science, believes the men have been taken over by an alien intelligence, and that they are working to bring some evil plan to fruition. Written by Barbara Peterson

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21 November 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Closing credits misspell the character description for Leon Askin as "Shop Superintendant". The correct spelling is "Superintendent". See more »


[first lines]
Control Voice: In the troubled places of the world, the Devil's hunter finds rare game. For manmade savagery is only the instrument for a secret terror stirring from its dark place of ambush.
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Breathtaking, actually
2 February 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Intelligent, driving, compelling drama. I won't belabor the plot which is already described here. Don't read too much about it before viewing! (Frankly, the less you know about the plot in advance, the better.) I will say how glad I am that the producers permitted this story to stretch over two episodes. It permits detail, texture, and the buildup of suspense normally characteristic of finer motion pictures. Surprisingly, two hours are barely enough.

Of course, it doesn't hurt to have a legend on the order of Robert Duvall in the lead--and the supporting performances are just as strong. But the real credit in my view goes to Seeleg Lester, Sam Neuman, and Ed Adamson, who devised one heck of a cracking yarn, so deliberate and insistent that you aren't really distracted by some minor plot holes, or anything else frankly. On top of its entertainment value, it's genuinely disturbing.

I have no idea if Lester intended this--consciously or otherwise--as an addiction allegory but it most certainly works as one. Men forced to do things against their will, over and over--lying, cheating, stealing, "but for what purpose?...We aren't even aware of what we're doing." Because they are driven by an unseen demon. Of a sort. (A bit more far-fetched, it also works as a Cold War allegory.)

Ever since seeing "Demon with a Glass Hand" (q.v.) I sorted the series to see which other episodes got such high ratings ( That naturally led me to this. So I was very much interested to see what OL ep would garner an 8.8 rating. Well, it turns out that the Outer Limits fanboys (and girls) on IMDb know what they're doing. Given that TOL includes some really cheesy, kitschy eps it's gratifying to see one as smart as this.

Two hours? There's barely enough time to catch your breath.

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