Criminal nature

"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.


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Opening narration
  • 3 Plot
  • 4 Closing narration
  • 5 Trivia
  • 6 Cast


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.

Opening narration

With every scientific advance we grow closer to unlocking the mysteries of

life and creation. But what have we gained if, in the process, we lose our humanity?


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

The most powerful thing we pass along to our children may not reside in the genes...but in the soul.



Gary Cole ... Detective Ray Venable Louis Del Grande ... Detective Renfro Jason Gray-Stanford ... Dylan Venable Lynda Boyd ... Marie Venable Jill Teed ... Carolyn Anthony Ulc Joel Palmer ... Jesse Venable Kavan Smith ... Lt. O'Neill Rachel Cronin ... GRS Girl - Melanie John Maclaren ... Rosen (as John MacLaren) Judith Maxie ... Mayor Grant Fred Henderson ... Acosta David Cameron ... Medic

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