The Outer Limits: Season 2, Episode 10

The Inheritors: Part I (21 Nov. 1964)

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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
Steve Ihnat ...
Lt. Philip Minns
Sgt. James Conover
Dee Pollock ...
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 ...
William Wintersole ...
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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Closing credits misspell the character description for Leon Askin as "Shop Superintendant". The correct spelling is "Superintendent". See more »


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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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An Intriguing Beginning
18 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Four men, four bullets to the head, four normal soldiers now have IQ's of over 200. It is discovered that their brainwaves are doubled which means they actually have a second brain, but even more interesting is that the patterns of this second brain are identical in all of the men. Robert Duvall becomes aware that there is something afoot and begins to investigate things. The clue is a honeycomb pattern to the metal in the bullets. There appears to have been a substance within the cells that has infiltrated the brains of the soldiers, giving them super powers. What they do with it is a mystery because there is nothing dangerous about what they do. One of them even uses the stock market to get a substantial, though in some ways, modest profit. They begin to travel the world doing all kinds of seemingly unrelated things, including coming up with alloys and producing large quantities of inert gases. Duvall calls out the dogs, even though there is nothing illegal which begs the question of government interference in the lives of what should be considered war heroes. This is a worthy setup to the second half.

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