The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 5

The Sixth Finger (14 Oct. 1963)

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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... See full summary »

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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 David Stevens

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Control Voice: [Closing Narration] 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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Fine Hour With Great Make-Up Work
26 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

David McCallum plays a coal miner who wants more for himself so he gets transformed into a weird creature.

The storyline of someone is a lesser job wanting something big time is well explored. Who could not like this episode? Who could not like the creature make up? I would love to see this episode in colour!

I personally liked McCallum more in the coming episode - The Forms Of Things Unknown - as I would put that hour as McCallum's best work ever! However, The Sixth Finger is fine, but to me at least, it is not one of the best hours of the series.

Trivia: the guy inside the ape costume was also be in an ape costume in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea/Lost In Space/Land Of The Giants.


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