The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 20

Birthright (13 Aug. 1995)

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Senator Richard Adams is an attractive and popular politician who has been promoting a new synthetic fuel additive, a methane-based product from the Sendrax Corporation. The legislation he ... See full summary »

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Senator Richard Adams
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Senator Richard Adams is an attractive and popular politician who has been promoting a new synthetic fuel additive, a methane-based product from the Sendrax Corporation. The legislation he has sponsored is certain to pass. He's rushed to the hospital after he's in a car accident and his doctor, Leslie McKenna, makes an astounding discovery: Adams physiology isn't human. Adams' security derail take charge of him and is soon interrogated about his mission but has no idea what they are talking about. When he's ordered killed, Adams goes on the run and with Dr. McKenna's help gets to the bottom of exactly what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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In the hospital, Dr. McKenna tells Senator Adams that he has four lobes to his brain instead of two. In this statement, the correct word should be hemispheres, not lobes, as a normal human brain in fact has six lobes (parietal, temporal, frontal, occipital, limbic and insular). See more »

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The Control Voice: The Roman philosopher Boethius said, "In other living creatures, the ignorance of themselves is nature, but in men, it is a vice." Imagine treading into the deeper recesses of one's self and finding someone you never knew existed.
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Intergalactic Politician
20 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting premise though a bit stodgy science-fiction wise. The plot has to do with an alien race that has already established itself pretty well in our nation's capital. It even has a senator in its pocket. Unfortunately for this poor guy, due to circumstances, he has forgotten his "mission." He is a liberal who is attempting to find a way to lower the carbon footprint. He is an up-and-comer with an attractive demeanor. After a short press conference, he is being driven to another meeting and his aide, after using some contaminated (for him) eye drops, loses control of the car and crashes into an oncoming truck. The senator finds himself in a hospital and all hell breaks loose. He meets a young nurse (Mimi Kusack) who tells him that his scans have revealed great abnormalities in his physiology. He is also acting irrationally and his vital signs are screwed up. Suddenly, a band of supposed CIA people enter the hospital and take him hostage. He is targeted for extermination, but as is the case in stories like this, he gets out of a badly secured van and escapes. From then on, he is treated to a series of discoveries. He enlists the aid of the doctor and they begin the process of trying to figure all this out. His absence is in all the newspapers, of course. There is a true sense of hopelessness that pervades this episode (something that will infest future episodes as well), but it is interesting to see it unfold. Some of the science asks the viewer for a lot of patience, but it's certainly worth a look.


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