Dr. Martin Nodel, a brilliant geneticist, tries a formula to advance evolution on himself with amazing and disturbing results.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dean Hardwick
Dr. Greeson
Reverend Leblanc
Kathleen Duborg ...
Edward Diaz ...
Sara Johnson ...
Sharon (as Kirsten Williamson)
Terri Lynn Ibisoglu ...
Female Student
Brent Fordham ...
Overweight Student
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Dr. Martin Nodel, a geneticist of some repute, believes he has made a major breakthrough in genetic engineering. His experiments on small animals have provided advances in evolution and now it only remains for him to test it on humans. He has no authority from the university to do so and therefore injects himself. The changes come rapidly. Physically, a large, triangle-like blister develops in the palm of his hand. Blisters also form on his back and it appears to be a map. He launches a special study program for eight of his brightest students. As he explains to them, he now senses what they must do and they set off into the woods where they make an amazing discovery. Written by garykmcd

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28 March 1997 (USA)  »

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One story arc with mostly the same original cast was shown in two parts over consecutive seasons: "The Outer Limits: Double Helix (#3.12)" (1997) and "The Outer Limits: The Origin of Species (#4.23)" (1998). See more »

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It Was All Pretty Convoluted Defying Logic
18 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ron Rifkin made a career of playing edgy, smart, and arrogant characters. Here he is a major geneticist who is working on some coding in the DNA that affects future generations. he has sort of created evolution. He has developed a kind of serum (it's interesting that some of the stuff that has these qualities can be reduced to a little bottle of brown liquid) that will accelerate this gene. He has no way of knowing what the effects will be. Because his university does not cotton to his experiments, he knows they will never allow him to use it on human subjects, he decides to inject himself. The only visible change is a big one, a series of huge welts begin to form on his hands and then on his back. They form a kind of map resembling a diagram of plate tectonics, which he recognizes. Meanwhile, he is enlisting the help of a group of hand-picked students, who have strong physical and mental attributes. At one point in an injection of gratuitous sexuality, the kids are asked to disrobe. A couple of them find this disgusting and leave. We have a little moment of titillation and then move on. It is done in the name of having a body free of blemishes (one person is dismissed for having an appendectomy scar). There is a subplot of his estrangement with his son (the good doctor, driven by his obsessive behavior has driven his family away) and his girlfriend. Ultimately, they all end up in a woods and are confronted by a battery of soldiers, guns drawn. Here is where everything is revealed. The thing that diminishes this is a lack of logic for what transpires (we could use a little explanation) and the ridiculous process of paring down the candidates. I haven't seen all the Outer Limits episodes cries out for a sequel. I wonder if this ever happened.

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