The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 4

The Man with the Power (7 Oct. 1963)

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Milquetoast college teacher Harold lacks tenure, and the ability to stand up to anyone, especially his shrewish wife. But after a brain operation so he can aide in a space project to mine ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Harold J. Finley
Priscilla Morrill ...
Vera Finley
Fred Beir ...
Steve Crandon
Frank Maxwell ...
Dr. Sigmund Hindeman
Paul Lambert ...
Dr. Henschell
James McCallion ...
Dr. Tremaine
Harry Ellerbe ...
Dean Radcliffe (as Edward C. Platt)
Ann Loos ...
Emily Radcliffe (as Anne Loos)
Paul Kent ...


Milquetoast college teacher Harold lacks tenure, and the ability to stand up to anyone, especially his shrewish wife. But after a brain operation so he can aide in a space project to mine asteroids, a giant electrical vortex appears when he's angry at someone, unleashing the earth's Magnetic Fields against the offender. Harold is unaware of the new power of his Id, while the rocket scientists are thrilled at compliant Harold's conscious ability to focus massive energy. Written by David Stevens

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Control Voice: Deep beyond the kindest, gentlest soul may lurk violent thoughts, deadly wishes. Someday Man will learn to cope with the monsters of the mind. Then, and only then, when the human mind is truly in control of itself, can we begin to utilize the great and hidden powers of the universe.
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Forbidden Planet 2
25 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Donald Pleasance has a brain operation that creates terror to his family and co-workers.

Other posters have compared this episode to Forbidden Planet (1956), I never picked up on that over the decades, but yes you are correct, so the IMDb has changed my view of this episode. Thanks.

An all-round good episode, not a favourite, not an episode I often return to with repeat viewings...but a well made hour of sci-fi...and all the guest stars really shine (even if one of them is now too associated with comic insanity of Get Smart).

We are now four episodes into the series an all four episodes have things of interest.

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