My only memories of THE OUTER LIMITS
remains with me though I saw the episode THE CHAMELEON as a re-run when but very small.
A very young Robert Duvall is playing guitar in a rural Mexican village.
He is attacked by enemies from his violent past.
He subdues them but at the cost of his guitar.
A small boy hands him the broken guitar with a sad, longing expression in a silent request to fix it.
"I can only destroy, son. Only destroy."
"The race of Man is known for its mutability.
We can change our moods, our faces, our lives to suit whatever situation confronts us. Adapt and survive.
Even among the most changeable of living things,
Man is quicksilver: more chameleon-like than the chameleon, determined to survive,
no matter what the cost to others... or to himself."
Robert Duvall is convinced by the U.S. Military to be altered to look like the aliens who have crash-landed on our planet.
He goes among them, sees that they are peaceful, and want nothing but to leave our primitive, hostile world.
After giving in to his violent nature initially, Duvall decides to leave with them if they will have him.
They are more forgiving than Mankind and accept him as one of their own, leaving.
"A man's survival can take many shapes, and the shape in which a man finds his humanity is not always a human one."
It is an episode that haunts me still and influences much of my writing to this day.