The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Inheritors: Part I 

Four soldiers have been shot in the head by bullets made from the fragment of a meteorite. As a result, they have developed genius level IQs. Three of them have disappeared, one remains in ... See full summary »


James Goldstone


Seeleg Lester (teleplay by), Sam Neuman (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Adam Ballard
Donald Harron ... Art Harris
James Shigeta ... AIO Capt. Newa
Steve Ihnat ... Lt. Philip Minns
Ivan Dixon ... Sgt. James Conover
Dee Pollock ... Pfc. Francis Hadley
James Frawley ... Pvt. Robert Renaldo
Ted de Corsia ... Randolph E. Branch
Dabbs Greer ... E.F. Larkin
Robert Nelson Robert Nelson ... The Surgeon (as Robert J. Nelson)
Kim Hector Kim Hector ... Johnny Subiron
Robert Cinder Robert Cinder ... Jessup
William Wintersole ... Prof. Andrew Whitsett (as William Winterside)
Simon Prescott ... The Guard (as Sy Prescott)
Linda Hutchings Linda Hutchings ... The Nurse


Four soldiers have been shot in the head by bullets made from the fragment of a meteorite. As a result, they have developed genius level IQs. Three of them have disappeared, one remains in hospital. Adam Ballard, Assistant Secretary of Science, believes the men have been taken over by an alien intelligence, and that they are working to bring some evil plan to fruition. Written by Barbara Peterson

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21 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only 2 part episode in the original series. See more »


Closing credits misspell the character description for Leon Askin as "Shop Superintendant". The correct spelling is "Superintendent". See more »


[first lines]
Control Voice: In the troubled places of the world, the Devil's hunter finds rare game. For manmade savagery is only the instrument for a secret terror stirring from its dark place of ambush.
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An amazing and beautiful episode
10 January 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When I watched this two-part episode of "The Outer Limits", I had no idea that it was a two-parter. Instead, I accidentally watched the second episode--because the DVD had part one and part two on different sides of the disc. Oddly, however, part two alone made for one of the greatest episodes in the series!

Everything in part one was explained or alluded to in part two. What you see in part one is mostly about the Lieutenant--his injury, the surgery, the beginnings of his odd psychic powers, etc.--but there is also much more emphasis on the work of the government investigator (Robert Duvall) and his tracking down the cause of the strange changes in four soldiers all shot in a place which seems to probably be Vietnam (though the country is left unnamed). Regardless, four soldiers have brain injuries from weird bullets and the four find themselves being compelled to work on some strange other-worldy project--and the government is very worried about what this project may be. I'd say more, but it would spoil the suspense.

It's all very interesting but also seemed a bit stretched thin--like the episode could have been done in 30 minutes. Still, it's all very interesting and along with its conclusion make for great viewing. Well worth seeing--and very intelligently written.

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