The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 8

The Human Factor

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 1963 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Ingrid Larkin: (Speaking to Dr. Hamilton) It's your mind that attracts me most.

    • Major Roger Brothers: (Referring to Dr. Hamilton's cowardice) It's a crime to run away from fear.

    • Major Roger Brothers: (Speaking to Dr. Hamilton) I don't drink [coffee]. I've given up all habits that might affect my nerves or weaken my mind and body. These are a lot healthier--sunflower seeds.
      Dr. James Hamilton : Yeah, as the old woman said as she kissed the cow, "each to our own taste."

    • Dr. James Hamilton: (Defending himself before two soldiers) I was born in Billings, Montana, I went to the University of Chicago, and I'm going to destroy everyone on this base.

    • Major Roger Brothers: (Speaking to Dr. James Hamilton) We live in a world of cowards, Dr. Hamilton. Every man is afraid of his brother, and most men try to hide from that awful fact. Even here, the men are afraid to see the evil that is here on this base. And they are responsible for it.

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) A weapon? No, only an instrument: neither good nor evil until men put it to use. And then like so many of man's inventions it can be used either to save lives or destroy them, to make men sane or to drive them mad, to increase human understanding or to betray it. But it will be men that make the choice by itself the instrument is nothing until you add the human factor.

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) In northern Greenland, the mountains stand like a wall along Victoria Channel whose straight course marks the line of the great Baffin Fault. Until recently not even the Eskimos ventured into this arctic waste, but today, as in other lonely places of the world, the land is dominated by those instruments of detection which stand as a grim reminder of man's fear of man. This is Point TABU, a name given this predominately underground base by a young officer who explained that the letters in TABU stood for 'Total Abandonment of Better Understanding'. Some two hundred men and a few women make this their permanent residence. Their task is to maintain a constant alert against enemy attack and be prepared to respond to it devastatingly.

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