The Outer Limits: Season 4, Episode 1

Criminal Nature (23 Jan. 1998)

TV Episode  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 71 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Genetically enhanced children who grew up to become monsters are committing murders. Ray Venable has a "secret" son with GRS, injects himself with a serum to temporarily enhance his sensory abilities in order to hunt him.



, (based on a concept by) (as Eric A. Morris) , 1 more credit »
0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

Related Items

Search for "Criminal Nature" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Criminal Nature (23 Jan 1998)

Criminal Nature (23 Jan 1998) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Outer Limits.
« Previous Episode | 62 of 154 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode cast overview:
Detective Ray Venable
Louis Del Grande ...
Detective Renfro
Dylan Venable
Marie Venable
Jesse Venable
Lt. O'Neill
GRS Girl
Rosen (as John MacLaren)
Judith Maxie ...
Mayor Grant
David Cameron ...


Earth in the not-too-distant future is having to deal with the results of genetic engineering that began some ten years before. While it benefited most who underwent the treatment some of the children suffered genetic rejection syndrome, GRS, and are now mutants. These children have now grown up with enhanced capabilities but are prone to crime and violence. Detective Ray Venable heads the police department's GRS unit and is shocked to learn that the latest attack was by his eldest son Dylan who was given away to an organization who promised to care for him. In fact the children were sent to labor camps and they have no idea what may have happened to him in the intervening ten years. Feeling the need to find Dylan, he injects himself with a drug to genetically enhance his senses. It doesn't quite go as planned. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Release Date:

23 January 1998 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Another Self-Injenction
20 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

GRS was featured in a previous episode. Parents who wanted their children to raise their physical and mental quotients went to a doctor to have an injection while the child was in the womb. Sometimes this procedure failed and the children became deformed and homicidal. Now some of these children, wielding special powers, are loose on society. A middle aged cop who has a gifted son but also one whose procedure failed, is known as the best hunter of these GSR victims. In the process, he encounters Dylan, his deformed son, and has the task of apprehending or killing him. It doesn't work so well because of his limited abilities to keep up with the beast like person. So Ray, the police officer, injects himself with the stuff that caused Dylan's condition. We know, because we've been here before, that this is going to end badly. The stuff is reversible if treated in time and if too much isn't used. The greatest danger is to the mother and the little brother because of Dylan's resentment. The ultimate confrontation is on its way. This episode left me fairly cold.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Your favorite eerie television themes/music siukong
A Not So Subtle Message For Those Of The Christian Faith? Emmjewels
'Quality of Mercy' and 'The Light Brigade'... nisreenjoseph
Favourite Episodes of Season 5 Danny_84
Favourite Episodes of Season 6 Danny_84
Discuss Criminal Nature (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: