The Outer Limits

Trial by Fire

Season 2, Ep 9, Aired 3/1/96
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  • Episode Description
  • On the day of Charles Halsey's inauguration as President of the United States, scientists detect a large object heading towards Earth at half the speed of light. Halsey, a peace-loving liberal, is rushed to an underground bunker by the Presidential transition team, a group of aides and military men that share the hawkish bent of the previous administration. As the crisis unfolds, it becomes clear that the object came from an armada of alien ships, which are fast approaching Earth. Contact is made, but the aliens' message is unclear. As the U.S. and the other nuclear powers gear up to defend themselves, Halsey must decide: Are these invaders bent on conquering earth or benevolent explorers reaching out to another civilization?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kevin Conway

    The Control Voice

  • Brad Wright

  • Jonathan Glassner

  • Bruce Harwood

    Dr. Norris

  • Teryl Rothery

    Janet Peston

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Tie for best episode of Season 2

    By scifinpa, Aug 01, 2012

  • Doesn't Quite Make Sense

    By asfhgwt, Jul 03, 2012

  • Question of humanity's true nature.

    By fifth_dimension, May 30, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Control Voice: (Closing Narration) To those who would fail to heed their own words be warned: you never know who's listening!

    • Control Voice:(Opening Narration) Is man the center of the Universe made in the image of his God? Or is mankind merely the temporary occupant of an insignificant world about to be extinguished?

    Notes (1)

    • Teryl Rothery and Bruce Harwood would later be reunited in the Stargate SG-1 episode entitled Frozen.

    Trivia (1)

    • 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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