Monday, April 29, 2019

THE OUTER LIMITS: "The Human Factor" / Season 1 Episode 8 - 1963

In today's story, at an isolated military installation in Greenland, Major Brothers has allowed one of his men to die after falling in a crevasse. Suffering from hallucinations, he goes to Dr. Hamilton, who has invented a device that allows him to read the thoughts of another person. Hamilton and Brothers connect via the device, but then a power surge causes the minds of the two men to switch bodies! Major Brothers, in Hamilton's body, is bent on destroying the whole base because of his feelings of guilt and his terrifying hallucinations.

This one stars Gary Merrill, Harry Guardino, Joe De Santis, Ivan Dixon, Shirley O'Hara and John Newton...

It all starts when soldiers take a radio active device into a storage facility, there's an earthquake that causes a huge crevasse that swallows up a man. Also, Major Brothers falls down and bumps his head on the device they just brought in...

Then, Brothers sees a ghost-like figure that seems to be attracted to him. Brothers runs away and ends up in the the psychiatric ward after the incident.

Across the hall, Dr. Hamilton is working on an experiment where two people can meld their minds together. He asks his associate, Dr. Soldini, to participate in the test.

Their minds meld and each can understand the other's feelings now. It's found out, unexpectedly, that Dr. Soldini is in love with Dr. Hamilton.

Then, Major Brothers is sent over to talk with Dr. Hamilton about his hallucinations. Brothers is convinced that the thing he saw was coming to destroy the outpost...

So, Hamilton hooks up Brothers to his equipment to see if he can help. Dr. Hamilton senses a lot of darkness in Brothers...

After an electrical outage and the lights come back on, well, their minds have been transferred into each other's bodies. Dr. Hamilton, now Brothers, has the MPs take Brothers, now Hamilton, away to the psycho ward!

Dr. Soldini tries to speak with Hamilton but he seems to be freaked out by something.

Then, he treats her like shit and yells at her to get out of his room after she tells him where a gun is hidden.

Something is wrong, so, she reads the doctor's notes from his mind meld with Brothers. Dr. Soldini goes to the ward where Brothers is being held and requests to speak with him.

After speaking with Brothers for a minute, she realizes that it's Dr. Hamilton, not Brothers! He asks her to find the keys to let him out, which she does.

Hamilton and Brothers meet in the lab and duke it out, and, Hamilton (Brothers) shoots Brothers (Hamilton) in the gut. Dr. Soldini hooks up the men and turns the equipment on.

Just before the switch back, the ghost shows up to confront Brothers (Hamilton) one last time.

As it turns out, the transfer is complete, and, Major Brother dies from actually shooting himself!.. Tune in Wednesday when Eegah!! will lead us into the Merry Month of May!

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