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"Straight and Narrow" is an episode of The Outer Limits television series. It was first shown on 23 February 1996, during the second season.

Contents

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

Introduction

A mother sends her recalcitrant son, Rusty Dobson, to the Milgram Academy in a misguided desire to instill discipline and make him conform to her expectations regarding his future career.

Opening narration

“In our relentless pursuit of career and worldly possessions, is it we who pay the highest price or is it...our children?”

Plot

The administrators are actually controlling the students through a chip inserted into their heads. They want to create a group of business executives who are willing to commit murder in order to make more money for their companies.

Rusty and one other student are immune to the chip because of a medicine they are taking for ulcers.

The other student wants to wait to graduate, and then expose the place to the outside world. Rusty is convinced that this is a bad idea, and wants to escape. However, as soon as he approaches the boundary of the academy, the chip in his head gives him a severe migraine.

At the end of the episode, Rusty manages to escape by stealing the security clearance cards from the administrator's office and disabling the boundary control system. His fellow students chase after him, but he re-activates the system and they are unable to follow him past the walls of the academy.

He tries to call his mother from a payphone, but she is busy in an office. He heads to site of an assassination plan he knows of, but two police officers detain him. His friend from school performs the assassination while the police officers are shown to bear the distinctive scar from the computer chip implantation. The police tell Rusty to "get with the programme" and take him back to academy.

Closing narration

“It's said the road to hell is paved with good intentions. It is with these same good intentions that we blindly place our trust in those with power, the architects of our future and all too often, the manipulators of our ultimate fate."

Notes

The movie "Disturbing Behavior" has some remarkable simiarities to this earlier story.

Cast

Ryan Phillippe ... Russell 'Rusty' Dobson Tom Butler ... Dr. Werner Jonathan Scarfe ... Charlie Walters Kavan Smith ... Harrison Taylor Peter Donat ... Principal Kern Jane MacDougall ... Marianne Dobson Peter Yunker ... Instructor Tygh Runyan ... James Scardale Jabin Litwiniec ... Student #1 Austin Basile ... Student #2 Arnie Walters ... Committee Member Paul Hubbard ... Officer Scovil Steve Makaj ... Officer Brown Campbell Lane ... Roland Baker Kevin Hansen ... Young Man

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