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Recap / The Outer Limits (1963) S 2 E 4 "Expanding Human"

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An "expanded" Roy prepares to dose Peter. "If you'd care to sample this, I promise you'll be charmed with its effect.... it will lead you into a world whose glory is magnificently beyond anything you've ever known."

The Control Voice: As far back as men have recorded their history, veils have been lowered to disclose a vast new reality — rents in the fabric of Man's awareness. And somewhere, in the endless search of the curious mind, lies the next vision, the next key to his infinite capacity...

A researcher takes drugs that turn him into a superbeing who wants to convert or destroy the rest of humanity.

The Control Voice: Some success, some failure, but either way the gnawing hunger to know is never sated, and the road to the unknown continues to be dark and strange.

Expanding Tropes:

  • Jekyll & Hyde: The episode is basically an update of the original story for The '60s.
  • Monster of the Week: The CE drug transforms Roy physically as well as mentally, distorting his facial structure for reasons that are never explained.
  • Super Strength: One of the effects of the CE formula.
  • Tastes Like Chicken: A variation. Roy says that the CE formula is "reminiscent of cucumbers, a characteristic I'm unable to account for, but it's not bad at all."
  • Waking Up at the Morgue: Happens to Dr. Akada after he takes the CE drug.
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  • "What Now?" Ending: While Roy is out of the way, the damage has already been done: Peter has been forced to take the drug and will presumably begin his own "expansion" soon.


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