The Outer Limits

Showtime (ended 2002)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 22

    Human Trials

    Aired 1/18/02

  • S 7 : Ep 21

    The Human Factor

    Aired 1/11/02

  • S 7 : Ep 20

    Dark Child

    Aired 1/4/02

  • S 7 : Ep 19

    The Tipping Point

    Aired 9/15/01

  • S 7 : Ep 18

    Lion's Den

    Aired 9/8/01

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kevin Conway

    The Control Voice

  • Mark Hamill

    Dr. Sam Stein

  • Robert Loggia

    Earl Clayton

  • Tom Arnold

    Jerry Miller

  • Charlton Heston

    Chief Justice Haden Wainwright

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  • show Description
  • Like the classic 1960s series of the same name, each episode is a celebration of the human imagination in which humanity's exploration of new frontiers in technology, outer space and the human experience reveal our greatest hopes and darkest fears. Stories on The Outer Limits have explored the consequences of such controversial and thought-provoking topics as genetic manipulation, alien visitation and life after death.

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (367)

    • Josh: What are they? Simon: They're very special. I call them Sandkings.

    • Control Voice: (Opening Narration) Some of man's greatest achievements have been motivated by a driving need for love and acceptance. What happens when that need for recognition, becomes a desire to be revered, and then worshipped... like a god?

    • Control Voice: (Closing Narration) Increasingly, modern science pursues powers traditionally reserved for the Almighty. But those who encroach upon the province of the gods realize too late that the price for entrance... is destruction.

    • Frank: Hey, Rach? Rachel: Yeah? Frank: In all your studies of philosophy, do you ever come across a good definition of what makes something alive? Rachel: Are you kidding? That ranks right up there in the Philosophy Top Ten with "Does God Exist?" and "Fate Versus Free Will".

    • Control Voice: (Closing Narration) The pursuit of technology exists to make human life easier and more pleasurable. But once such forces intrude upon the most intimate parts of our lives, will we then forfeit our very soul?

    • Control Voice: (Opening Narration) Poets argue that you are truly alive if you possess the ability to feel and love. Scientists, on the other hand, choose to define life in terms of proteins and carbon building blocks. But what happens when these two beliefs come crashing together?

    • Control Voice: (Closing Narration) There is an old proverb that says: 'Be careful what you wish for, for it might come true.' And if your wish is for immortality, it is something you'll have to live with...for a very long time.

    • Control Voice: (Opening Narration) It is said that civilization began when man first became capable of changing his environment. What will happen when man has the ability to change himself, when no human need be cursed by heredity? Will it be the beginning of a glorious new kind of civilization... or the end of everything we know?

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    Notes (110)

    • Lloyd Bridges is credited as "Special Guest Appearance".

    • Although this is the series premiere, it was actually the fourth episode filmed.

    • Lloyd Bridges (Colonel Kress) is the real life father of Beau Bridges (Dr. Simon Kress) and grandfather of Dylan Bridges (Josh Kress).

    • A clip of this episode is featured in the episode "The Voice of Reason".

    • This episode is based on the short story "Sandkings" by George R. R. Martin. The story was first published in Omni (August, 1979).

    • This episode was part of a 2 hour series premiere.

    • Lloyd Bridges is credited as "Special Guest Appearance".

    • Although this is the series premiere, it was actually the fourth episode filmed.

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    Trivia (18)

    • One scene of this episode featured over 200 live scorpions.

    • The footage of the elevator going down to Simon's lab, and the elevator display saying "Sub Level 10, 11...etc." is the same footage used in the series premiere of Stargate: SG-1, of which now in it's 9th Season, Beau Bridges (Simon) is a regular.

    • The footage of the test monkey in the cage that appears during the opening credits was also seen in the movie The Andromeda Strain.

    • The beautiful music was from Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, variation 18, by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The same music was featured in Somewhere In Time starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini V18 has also been used in several other movies.

    • Early in the episode, there is a live exchange between the astronauts and Megan Halliwell at ground control. However, there should have been a couple second of delay between question and response, the time it takes for the radio signal to reach a spacecraft three days' travel from Earth.

    • "I, Robot" was also the name of a 2004 movie which dealt with a robot killing his creator. It was based on a collection of short stories written by Isaac Asimov in the 1940s and published in book form in 1950.

    • Goof: When Givens travels back to kill Horowitz, she sets the computer to 12:00, February 18, 1980. When she arrives in the park, the date displayed in the subtitle is February 16, 1980

    • Plot Hole: If the message was in plain english all along, that means the aliens were able to understand english. In this case why did they not heed the president's warning and violated his request? It doesn't make sense. If they were friendly, they could have waited in Earth's orbit until they received the permission to enter.

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    Allusions (17)

    • Control Voice: The Book of Job tells us..
      The Book of Job is a book from the Bible. It tells a story about a man named Job whose life has been decimated to prove that he will always follow God.

    • Episode Title: A Stitch In Time
      This refers to the folksy saying "A Stitch In Time Saves Nine"; the concept is that repair at an early time can cut down on the effort required in the future (for clothing, but it has obvious other applications). This show applies the concept to the 'fabric' of time.

    • Character: The Protagonist
      Since the plotline is about how only androids are left after mankind murders himself off the planet, 'Cain' is obviously taken from the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, brothers who constantly fought with each other and were allegedly involved in the first recorded murder in history when Cain killed his brother Abel.

    • Episode Title: The Light Brigade The title of this episode is a reference to the Lord Alfred Tennison's war poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade", a story about six hundred heroes that rode "Into the jaws of Death... Into the mouth of Hell" without knowing why they did it. Unlike the episode, the poem ends with them coming back victorious out of the mouth of Hell "All that was left of them... Left of six hundred". The poem is also repeatedly referenced by the Cadet.

    • Episode Title: Bits of Love The "bits of love" are not bits as in pieces as you could think at first, but in fact computer bits, an allusion to the fact that, as the computer AI was a program made of bits of information, also was it's love.

    • Doogie is a reference to the television show, "Doogie Howser, M.D." about a teenage doctor.

    • Kind of an allusion to the famous science fiction story (later rewritten as a novel) "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. It is a tale in which a man of less than average intelligence is given an experimental treatment that makes him suddenly become very smart. But it turns out that the results are only temporary. The bullet in her brain affects her, sort of, as that treatment affected him.

    • The main idea of this episode strongly resembles the main idea behind "Sliders", another succesful science-fiction TV show. The whole show, which ran for 5 seasons, revolves around the idea of multiple dimensions, some slightly, some greatly different than ours. In one particular episode, one of the main characters was mistaken to his otherwordly counterpart who was a criminal.

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  • Fan Reviews (26)
  • This is a remake of the original from the 1960's.

    By tacoman771, Jun 30, 2011

  • A remake of a past classic.

    By Jaykeson, Apr 02, 2011

  • A great episode about a series of clinical killings with very little connection other than a few minor sex crimes like an episode of Columbo we know the connection but why does Miss. Thereas Givens go back in time killing murderers before they can act?

    By BradleyKerr, Mar 12, 2011

  • Really Interesting....

    By TvPatriik, Sep 27, 2008

  • Not all but many of the episodes have a negative outlook to technology, why?

    By bmoshier, Sep 08, 2006

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