The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Man with the Power 

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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Harold J. Finley
Priscilla Morrill ...
Vera Finley
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Steve Crandon
Frank Maxwell ...
Keenan
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Dr. Sigmund Hindeman
Paul Lambert ...
Dr. Henschell
James McCallion ...
Dr. Tremaine
Harry Ellerbe ...
Doctor
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Dean Radcliffe (as Edward C. Platt)
Anne Loos ...
Emily Radcliffe
Paul Kent ...
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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 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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7 October 1963 (USA)  »

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From this episode forward, the opening monologue by the Control Voice is shorter. See more »

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When Finley levitates the rock, the wires holding up the prop are visible. See more »

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Harold J. Finley: You want me to stay a worm, don't you? Unimportant, unproductive, classroom worm! Some women take their husband by the hands and say, "Together we'll climb to the stars." Not you... never you.
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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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