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The Outer Limits: The Sixth Finger

A professor studies the biological evolution of living things in order to erase a past failure about an atomic bomb. He lives alone in the countryside and hires a new assistant, Gwyllm Griffiths who used to be a coal miner. The experience succeeds in on Griffiths who carries on evolving. But the assistant becomes malevolent and his desire for revenge re-appears despite his superior intellect.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Monday October 14th, 1963

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Guest Stars
David McCallum
As Gwyllm Griffiths
Robert Doyle
As Wilt Morgan
Constance Cavendish
As Gert Evans
Edward Mulhare
As Professor Mathers
George Pelling
As Policeman
Jill Haworth
As Cathy Evans
Nora Marlowe
As Mrs. Ives
Main Cast
Vic Perrin
voiced The Control Voice
Episode Quotes
Opening Narration: Where are we going? Life, the timeless, mysterious gift, is still evolving. What wonders-or-terrors-does evolution hold in store for us in the next ten thousand year? In a million? In six million? Perhaps the answer lies in this old house in this old and misty valley...

Closing Narration: An experiment too soon, too swift, and yet may we still hope to discover a method by which, in one generation, the whole human race could be rended intelligent, beyond hatred, or revenge, or the desire for power? Is that not after all the ultimate goal of evolution?

Gwyllm Griffiths: The human race has a gift, Professor, a gift that sets it above all the other creatures that abound upon this planet: the gift of thought, of reasoning, of understanding. The highly-developed brain. But the human race has ceased to develop. It struggles for petty comfort and false security; there is no time for thought. Soon there will be no time for reasoning, and Man will lose sight of the truth!

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoseph Stefano  |  Leslie Stevens
Warning: The Outer Limits season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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