Dr. Stephen Ledbetter believes he has found the cure for everything: tiny nanobots that can cure diseases at the cellular level. He is frustrated by the limits put on his research and the ... See full summary »

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Dr. Stephen Ledbetter believes he has found the cure for everything: tiny nanobots that can cure diseases at the cellular level. He is frustrated by the limits put on his research and the fact he does not have authority to takes his tests to the next level and use it on humans. After his his future brother-in-law Andy Groenig learns that he has pelvic cancer, he breaks into Leadbetter's lab and injects himself with the serum. The effects are rapid and quite dramatic. Within three days, the cancer has been reduced by 90 percent and he no longer requires glasses. Stephen is upset when he learns what he's done but agrees to monitor his progress. As time goes on however, Andy begins to develop in ways that one could have imagined. Written by garykmcd

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In this episode, Peter Outerbridge's character (Dr. Andy Groenig) is engaged to Tammy Isbell's character, Judy Hudson. Five years after this episode aired, Outerbridge and Isbell were married in real life. See more »

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The Control Voice: Man has long worked to stave off the disease that can ravage us, but what can happen when the cure grows more fearsome than the disease?
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Referenced in The Outer Limits: The Voice of Reason (1995) See more »

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Blood Music
14 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very good episode, but I am shocked that Greg Bear got no writing credit. This is an almost verbatim adaptation of his novella and later expanded into novel 'Blood Music' In the original story, the 'infection' was a tailored virus, but in the expanded novel Bear jumped on the nano bandwagon and had the technology be tiny organic machines. I hope Bear got some sort of compensation for use of his ideas, even if he apparently got no screen credit.

Other minor differences involve who gets injected - in the story it was the inventor, who injected them into his own body to smuggle them out of the laboratory, after being told he was being laid off. The ending was visually interesting, and implied that the infection had spread to the wife. In the story the 'good' scientist tried to stop it by killing and bleaching the wife, too, but it was too late. Common 'Outer Limits' cautionary tale of our technology getting away from us and ultimately dooming us.


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