Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Dr. Ira Nodel (Ron Rifkin) artificially alters his body in order to communicate with aliens who have pollinated the earth with genetic material. During this experiment, both Nodel and his son Paul (Ryan Reynolds) disappear in a huge burst of light on an alien spaceship. Nodel's colleagues are amazed, then terrified when they also begin disappearing -- two by two. A sequel to the 1997 Outer Limits installment "Double Helix," this episode includes excerpts from its predecessor. "The Origin of Species" debuted in Canada on August 26, 1998, and in the U.S. on November 27 of that same year.