The Outer Limits: Season 2, Episode 11

The Inheritors: Part II (28 Nov. 1964)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Adam Ballard
Art Harris
Steve Ihnat ...
Lt. Philip Minns
Sgt. James Conover
Dee Pollock ...
Pfc. Francis Hadley
James Frawley ...
Pvt. Robert Renaldo
Randolph E. Branch
Jan Shutan ...
Mrs. Subiron
Joanne Stewart ...
Miss Steen
Paulle Clark ...
Second Nurse
David Brady ...
Danny Masters
Kim Hector ...
Johnny Subiron
Minerva Gordon (as Suzanne Cupito)


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 laird-3

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An amazing, thoughtful and beautiful episode--even if you only watch Part Two.
10 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When I watched this two-part episode of "The Outer Limits", I had no idea that it was a two-parter. Instead, I accidentally watched the second episode--because the DVD had part one and part two on different sides of the disc. Oddly, however, part two alone made for one of the greatest episodes in the series! Episode one begins with a tiny recap of the first--hence I was able to understand what I missed very easily. It seems that a G-man is out to discover why four men are behaving the way they are. It seems the four were shot in the head and, oddly, they survived AND began exhibiting severe changes in their mood and TWO separate brain wave patterns---like some alien force is living within them and controlling them. The men all are compelled to work on what seems like a crazy project--and the G-man (Robert Duvall) seems destined to try to stop them.

This episode was so good in so many ways. Instead of the typical malevolent aliens, this episode is a sharp contrast--and offers a different sort of alien invasion scenario. Intelligent, very touching and DIFFERENT--and I really liked that. My one gripe, by the way, is not a serious one. Back in 1964, the expression 'deaf and dumb' was quite acceptable. As a father of a deaf daughter, I encourage you simply to use the word 'deaf'--it's much more accurate and not especially cruel. I also liked how the kids in the show were not all white kids--a nice subtle way of saying such things are unimportant to superior beings! black and white kids

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