The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 5

The Sixth Finger

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 1963 on ABC

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  • "The Man Who Evolved"

    I believe this is my favorite episode of the series (and bearing a considerable debt to Edmond Hamilton's "The Man Who Evolved"). In this one though Hamilton's "ending as I began" conclusion is achieved from another direction, which is unfortunately the only real weakness in this episode. Why some superguy who can read minds trusts the girl who he knows full well is against the whole experiment to handle the controls for him is beyond me. Indeed, why a guy with telekinesis even needs an assistant by that point is a bit inexplicable (Hamilton addressed this point himself in his story, although I unfortunately can't quite recall how). The mad-scientist guy is certainly the stereotypical Uppity Jerk, but McCallum is very good in his role. And the girl is quite sweet and cute, although her sister comes off like somebody from Cinderella's family reunion.
  • Not a bad episode....

    This episode deals with an eccentric, reclusive scientist and his determination to speed up evolution on his test subjects. The scientist, after using an ape for an early trial, decides to test his theories on a good hearted, though low educated, coal miner William, ably portrayed by David McCallum. At first, the most noticeable change to William is that his forehead increases quite noticeably along with a thirst for knowledge. Unfortunately, the increase in IQ also marks a growing disinterest in the people around him. This disinterest is shown when the scientist's maid encounters William and suffers a fatal heart attack as a result of her being frightened by his appearance.

    Emboldened by his rapidly increasing intelligence, William decides to increase his intelligence even further with the aid of the scientist's assistant ( though buyer of food and essentials might be a more accurate description). Although the episode ends in a fairly routine manner, it is overall a decent episode....
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