A scientist experimenting with speeding up human evolution, hires on uneducated, but bright Gwyllim, from the nearby Welsh mining town. He proves a devoted lab assistant, but not content to stick to animal subjects, Gwyllim speeds up his own evolution, becoming a super genius with 6 fingers and a huge cranium. With such mental powers does the rebellious, former coal miner acquire equivalent wisdom and maturity too ? Written by
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David McCallum would appear in a second episode in the series. After this classic sci-fi is rebooted in the 1990's McCallum stars for a third time. See more
The entire story line illustrates the misperception that evolution is a directed process leading to improvements in a species. The actual processes of evolution were known long before the time of original airing. See more
An experiment too soon, too swift, and yet, may we not still hope to discover a method by which within one generation the whole human race could be rendered intelligent, beyond hatred, or revenge, or the desire for power? Is that not, after all, the ultimate goal of evolution?
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