The Brain of Colonel Barham

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"The Brain of Colonel Barham"
The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 15
Directed by Charles Haas
Written by Robert C. Dennis (teleplay)
Sidney Ellis (story)
Cinematography by Kenneth Peach
Production code 46
Original air date January 2, 1965
Guest appearance(s)
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"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.

Opening narration[edit]

"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.

Closing narration[edit]

"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."