Criminal Nature (The Outer Limits)

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"Criminal Nature"
The Outer Limits episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 1
Directed bySteve Anker
Written byBrad Markowitz
Production code63
Original air date23 January 1998
Guest appearance(s)

Gary Cole as Ray Venable
Lynda Boyd as Marie Venable
Jason Gray-Stanford as Dylan Venable
Louis Del Grande as Detective Renfro
Kavan Smith as Lt. O'Neill
Rachel Cronin as GRS Girl

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"Criminal Nature" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It was first broadcast on 23 January 1998, as the first episode of the fourth season.


Genetic engineering of human beings is now commonplace, but not perfect. Detective Ray Venable is in charge of a team responsible for hunting down deformed children suffering from Genetic Rejection Syndrome.

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The GRS monster children are now adults who commit murders. Detective Ray Venable has a "secret" son with GRS, Dylan, who is harassing his family. Ray injects himself with a serum to temporarily enhance his sensory abilities (like GRS people) in order to hunt him. He does this successfully - only to find out that it was a plot by his son, who placed the serum so that Ray would find it. His son forcefully injects more of the serum into his dad (and reveals to him that his rage/murderous intentions were not caused by the drug), so that Ray now has irreversible GRS and transforms into a monster. Ray kills Dylan, but his family no longer loves him because he looks like the other GRS monsters.

Closing narration[edit]


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