The Outer Limits

Season 4 Episode 10

Identity Crisis

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 27, 1998 on Showtime
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Captain Cotter McCoy (Lou Diamond Phillips) is the first of a new breed of soldier. As part of a top secret program overseen by Dr. Greg Olander (Robert Joy), General Langston Chase (Dale Wilson), and Cotter's friend, Colonel Pete Butler (Scott Kraft), the contents of McCoy's brain can be temporarily transferred into an android version of himself. This process creates a virtually indestructible fighting machine with the smarts and experience of a human being. But, one day something goes wrong. During the transfer, the real McCoy's body is blasted with electricity, stopping his heart, inflicting serious brain damage and leaving Cotter's mind trapped in the android body. To make matters worse, the interface between his mind and the android body is flawed. McCoy's motor control is already beginning to break down and the interface will likely collapse within 12 hours. The general is prepared to sacrifice McCoy to keep the program secret, but McCoy uses his enormous strength to break out and visit his wife, Sally (Teri Polo). Together, they track down Olander and begin a desperate search for what went wrong. All the signs point to sabotage, but who would do such a thing? And, more important, how can it be undone?moreless

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  • Lou Diamond Phillips stars in "Identity Crisis" about a solider that is assigned the very special mission of becoming a super soldier by placing the soldier's mind in an androids body that can withstand virtually anything!moreless

    Lou Diamond Phillips stars in "Identity Crisis" about a solider that is assigned the very special mission of becoming a super soldier by placing a soldier's mind in an android's body that can withstand virtually anything!

    Though this wasn't one of my favorite episodes in this TV series, it is still a good episode to watch, and of course, always fun to see Lou Diamond Phillips do this kind of TV acting. There is something about his personality (or perhaps because he was born at a Naval hospital!) that he plays a military character so well - very believable.

Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips

Captain Cotter McCoy

Guest Star

Teri Polo

Teri Polo

Sally McCoy

Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Robert Olander

Guest Star

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    • [Closing Narration]
      Control Voice: A great philosopher once said, "The endeavor to persist in it's own being is the essence of the individual thing." But when the day comes that the mind and body can be separated... what will happen to the soul?

    • [Opening Narration]
      Control Voice: Since our earliest beginnings we have always believed in some form of transcendence. But, when we finally discover how to transcend our own biological bodies, what exactly will we gain... and what will we leave behind?

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