The Brain of Colonel Barham
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|"The Brain of Colonel Barham"|
|The Outer Limits episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||Charles Haas|
|Written by||Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Sidney Ellis (story)
|Cinematography by||Kenneth Peach|
|Original air date||January 2, 1965|
"The Brain of Colonel Barham" (original title: The Brain of Donald Duncan) is an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 2 January 1965, during the second season.
"With the world growing more crowded, the great powers strive to conquer other planets. The race is on. The interplanetary sea has been charted; the first caravelle of space is being constructed. Who will get there first? Who will be the new Columbus?"
The space race continues as the American military strives to be the first to successfully land a man on Mars. But the best candidate for the job, Col. Barham, is dying of an incurable ailment. It is decided to separate his brain from his body and keep it alive, with neural implants connecting it to visual and audio input/output for the mission. But without a body, the brain becomes extremely powerful and megalomaniacal.
"Progress goes on. One experiment fails, but even out of failure valuable lessons are learned. A way will be found, someday, somehow. It always is."
- Grant Williams as Major Douglas McKinnon
- Anthony Eisley as Colonel Alec Barham
- Elizabeth Perry as Jennifer Barham
- Douglas Kennedy as General Daniel Petit
- Martin Kosleck as Dr. Leo Hausner
- Wesley Addy as Dr. Rahm
- Peter Hansen as Major Locke
- Paul Lukather as Ed Nichols
- George Robotham as Paul Lukather's stunt double