The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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Straight and Narrow 

Two students discover an academy with an outstanding reputation for taming youthful rebellion is using brain implants to create political assassins.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Russell 'Rusty' Dobson
Dr. Werner
Charlie Walters
Harrison Taylor
Principal Kern
Jane MacDougall ...
Marianne Dobson
Peter Yunker ...
James Scardale
Jabin Litwiniec ...
Student #1
Austin Basile ...
Student #2
Committee Member
Paul Hubbard ...
Officer Scovil
Officer Brown
Roland Baker
Kevin Hansen ...
Young Man


Rusty Dotson is not too keen when his mother enrolls him in a private school. The residential academy for boys have a long history of turning troubled boys around many of whom have gone on to outstanding careers. Rusty is rebellious to say the least and doesn't fall into what everyone refers to as "the program". He finds another student who hasn't been brainwashed, Charlie Walters, and they learn that they have had computer chips implanted in their brains. When Rusty realizes the students are being programmed as killers, he is determined to stop them. Written by garykmcd

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23 February 1996 (USA)  »

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What Did He Do to Deserve This?
31 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Quite a predictable episode. A defiant young man is brought to a military-like facility by his corporate CEO mother. She is washing her hands of him. He is doomed to years away from his friends, girlfriend, and temptations. He is no sooner there then he is rendered unconscious and has a device implanted in his neck. This allows his superiors to inflict commands and pain at the right times. He even witnesses the suicide of a fellow cadet where the cold hearted commandant simply says, "We've got to get this lock fixed." He finds these young men are being turned into death machines. Apparently, because he has had an ulcer in the past, it has messed up the neural pathways and made some of the controls ineffective. However, his efforts to resist "getting with the program" fail. He soon allies himself with another student who has similar misgivings. What the instructors are teaching is that sometimes assassination is a necessary tool to help the corporations benefit financially. He realizes that they don't just talk; they are perfectly capable of carrying out their principles. This leads to what must be done.

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