The Outer Limits

Season 4 Episode 1

Criminal Nature

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 23, 1998 on Showtime
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Criminal Nature
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Genetic Engineering has produced a generation of super-babies, but the technology is not perfect. It has also produced horribly deformed children who suffer from Genetic Rejection Syndrome (GRS), a condition which makes them even stronger, faster, smarter than the super-babies and more deadly to boot. Detective Ray Venable (Gary Cole), is in charge of the team that must hunt down the most severe GRS cases, but he carries with him a dark secret. Years before, he and his wife Marie (Lynda Boyd) had a child, Dylan (Jason Gray-Stanford), who developed GRS and who they secretly sent away to a home. Now, Ray suspects that Dylan is behind a series of brutal murders and is closing in on his old family. The only way Ray can stop him is to take a genetic serum that will make him more like the son he rejected.moreless

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  • Man confronting the nature & legacy of his offspring.

    8.1
    "Criminal Nature" I felt that this was one of the stronger episodes of Season 4.. It had the classic sci-fi/monster elements of 'Outer Limits'.. but it was distinguished by an idea, that the writer conveyed (and it is an idea that I as a father, have often thought about).. are our children defined by the genes we pass on to them.. or by the parts of our soul (good & bad) that they inescapably inherit from us? I guess, philosophy aside, it also had some moments of suspense and it had the typical dark feel & direction of the 90s Outer Limits.moreless
Judith Maxie

Judith Maxie

Mayor Gant

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John MacLaren

John MacLaren

Rosen

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Dave Cameron

Dave Cameron

Medic

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Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Lieutenant O`Neill

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