The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 25

The Mutant (16 Mar. 1964)

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A scientist visits an isolated expedition on a planet plagued by radioactive dust storms. He discovers that one of the team has been mutated by the dust and gained telepathic powers, which he is using to tyrannize the rest of the colony.

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A scientist visits an isolated expedition on a planet plagued by radioactive dust storms. He discovers that one of the team has been mutated by the dust and gained telepathic powers, which he is using to tyrannize the rest of the colony.

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Chilling and superbly eerie...
6 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first Outer Limits episode I ever saw as a little kid, and found it incredibly scary. When I recently picked up a box set of episodes, it was the first one I watched just to see how it held up.

While not nearly as frightening as when I was small, it still had plenty of punch and overall is still very eerie, and wholly chilling. Warren Oates is not recognizable as himself playing the human space-explorer crewman turned mutant with a Napoleon complex, but gives his usual fine performance.

Quite interestingly, the premise was rehashed in a Star Trek episode, Where No Man Has Gone Before, however two years later, with less hideousness and fright but just as much maliciousness by the affected crew member.


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