Synopsis by Hal Erickson
North American Federation officer Captain Tavernier (Miguel Fernandes) leads his squadron to a distant planet, there to harvest the vital energy-supplying mineral Peregium on behalf of the earth. Upon arrival, the squadron is forced to fight off the buglike aliens who live on the planet. To avoid having their systems poisoned by the enemy, Tavernier and his soldiers must be injected with a powerful drug -- which may have equally powerful, and unbelievably horrible, side effects. A blatant but compelling Vietnam analogy, "Hearts and Mind" was filmed for The Outer Limits' third season, but was not telecast until season four on February 6, 1998.