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Friday, January 27, 2017

THE OUTER LIMITS: The Human Factor

Guest Stars:  Gary Merrill, Harry Guardino, Sally Kellerman, Joe De Santis, Ivan Dixon
Directed by Abner Biberman
(actor & director credits courtesy

A scientist at a military outpost in the Arctic develops a means of linking human minds, but when he uses it on a paranoid officer, an accident causes the two men's minds to switch bodies.

Although it's hard to figure why a scientist who's created such a revolutionary device is working at a base dedicated to launching atomic weapons in the event of an enemy attack, I was entertained by this episode, with a fine roster of guest actors on display, with Kellerman in particular giving a fine performance.  The teleplay is by David Duncan, a veteran science fiction writer who scripted many memorable movies including The Black Scorpion, The Time Machine, and Fantastic Voyage, and although there's not much in the way of special effects in this outing, or the philosophizing found in other episodes, it's still an interesting adventure.

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