The Grid (The Outer Limits)
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|The Outer Limits episode|
|Episode no.||Season 6|
|Directed by||Brad Turner|
|Written by||Duncan Kennedy|
|Original air date||July 14, 2000|
"The Grid" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It was first broadcast 14 July 2000, during the sixth season.
A man investigating the murder of his brother uncovers a mind control project controlled by a super-intelligent computer.
|“||Technology is designed to serve us, to ease our burdens. But will our machines become so sophisticated that it is we who do the serving?||”|
Scott Bowman gets a strange message from his brother Peter, and decides to drive back to their hometown of Halford, Washington, to see what's wrong. But when he gets there, he discovers that Peter is dead and his wife Eileen has been charged with his murder.
But that's not the only shock awaiting Scott. The town where he grew up has been transformed. Antenna towers dot the landscape and the people act strangely, as if they are under some kind of sporadic mind control. Scott goes to the jail to visit Eileen, where she warns him about the towers — just moments before grabbing the Sheriff's gun and killing herself. This turn of events convinces Scott that he needs to investigate further. He meets with a former colleague of Peter's, Dr. Jim Holbrook, who seems friendly, but doesn't give Scott any information.
Scott doesn't know where to turn next, when out of the blue, one of Peter's former students shows up. She tells Scott about a book that holds the secret to what is known as Project Halford. Scott finds the book and a videotape that reveals the Army's plan to construct a neural computer network that would communicate directly with the brain. It also reveals that the project spun out of control and that Peter stole vital codes in an attempt to halt the computer's drive to take over the minds of the townspeople.
Sadly, Scott was too late and the towers are placed all over the nation, including near his home. Scott's wife is already under their control and shoots Scott.
|“||When the human mind is made obsolete by advancing technology, the soul may not be far behind.||”|