Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal

Season 1 Episode 2

Possession/Man Out of Time

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Aired Saturday 5:00 PM Oct 05, 1996 on
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Possession/Man Out of Time
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Case File #67102: "Possession"

A software designer in San Francisco, California, is suspected of demonic possession.

Case File #10103: "Man Out of Time"

In a flash of light, a disoriented man appears on a road in Bedfordshire County, England, with a tale of being from the 17th century.moreless

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    Dan Aykroyd

    Dan Aykroyd

    The Host

    Colin Fox

    Colin Fox

    Dr. Anton Hendricks

    Barclay Hope

    Barclay Hope

    Physicist Peter Axon

    Nancy Anne Sakovich

    Nancy Anne Sakovich

    Senior Data Analyst Lindsay Donner

    Paul Miller (III)

    Paul Miller (III)

    Case Manager Professor Connor Doyle

    Maurice Dean Wint

    Maurice Dean Wint

    Case Manager Dr. Curtis Rollins

    Jesse Collins

    Jesse Collins

    Peter Tanner

    Guest Star

    Nicole de Boer

    Nicole de Boer

    Kelly Starr Tanner

    Guest Star

    Richard McMillan

    Richard McMillan

    John Hanrahan

    Guest Star

    Peter MacNeill

    Peter MacNeill

    Security Co-ordinator Ray Donahue

    Recurring Role

    Lindsay Collins

    Lindsay Collins

    Dr. Sandra Miles

    Recurring Role

    Kathryn Winslow

    Kathryn Winslow

    Technician

    Recurring Role

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      • Possession Opening Narration: Demonic possession, occupation of an individual's soul by the devil, is a primitive belief. Yet despite centuries of social advancement, many still appeal to demonic lore when explaining some frightening and disturbing events. Paul Tanner, software developer, gourmet cook, proud owner with his wife Kelly of a restored Victorian-era San Francisco house, is very much a modern man but when the foundations of his life were shaken by wrenching visions, fuelled through an image of the devil, everyone assumed that this force had set out to capture his soul. Was Paul Tanner battling an evil influence over the control of his spirit?

      • Possession Closing Narration: The devil Paul and Kelly Tanner fought was not the demon of ancient superstition, but one created by pharmaceutical technology. Fear and paranoia, however, often couple with a strong religious element, a relatively common response to psychotropic drugs. A remarkable example might be the Salem witch hunts of 1692 which some historians propose were caused by the ingestion of ergot fungus, the derivative being LSD. Scientific investigation offered the Tanners a conventional explanation for the events in their home. To Paul and Kelly, that there was a rational explanation did not make their visions any less terrifying, or any less real.

      • Man Out of Time Opening Narration: Time travel, it's a concept that captivates our imagination. For science fiction authors, time travelers are usually depicted as courageous adventurers willing to conquer an unknown future or alter a troubled past. But what of the ordinary man, snatched from his own time and thrown into an unfamiliar future, there to be tortured by the loss of his family and tormented by a strange and threatening world. Within 36 hours after the discovery of a disoriented man in the English countryside the Office of Scientific Investigation and Research was onsite and attempting to determine whether his ravings were the delusions of a madman or the desperate pleas of a reluctant traveler, a man out of time.

      • Man Out of Time Closing Narration: The Office of Scientific Investigation and Research discovered no conclusive evidence of how John Hanrahan's unhappy journey occurred. But, if as the work of Einstein, Rosen and Hawking suggests, the fabric of space and time is one which can be bent, then perhaps he was unlucky enough to stumble through a compressed fold in that fabric. Whatever the reason, Hanrahan's tragic experience is a disturbing antidote to science fiction's premise that time travel is an exciting and glorious adventure.

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