The Outer Limits

Season 1 Episode 12

Dark Matters

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jun 02, 1995 on Showtime
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Dark Matters
Dropped out of hyperspace by a mysterious chunk of dark matter, Pilot Paul Stein must save the transport vessel by facing his past and ultimately trusting his own decisions.

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  • Good science-fiction, good drama, and a fine example of what you miss if you insist that your dramas must be good for five years of 22 episodes...

    I came across this episode of OL whilst channel hopping - and stopped hopping.

    OL again and again shows that if you let people explore an idea, you can produce some excellent television - especially if you don't force them to "develop" the idea into something which can run for five years of 20+ episodes, so you end up with something chock full of "filler" material and can hardly discern the original idea at all.

    It's a neat idea, uncluttered with "star trek" backstory or constraints of "knowing" how to solve such a problem or why it can't happen. The science doesn't "take over", it just sets the scene. The parts are well defined and well played. If the FX are not "award winning" it doesn't matter - they're quite good enough to suit the piece, they are, after all, not the point.

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Commander Lydia Manning

Guest Star

Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith

Young Paul

Guest Star

Shane Meier

Shane Meier

Young Kevin

Guest Star

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    • Control Voice: (Closing Narration) Within the human soul reside mysteries dark and deep; about our frailties, our fears, our shame. Today, or a hundred years from now, the darkest matter will still lie in the human heart.

    • Control Voice: (Opening Narration) For the crew of the transport vessel Nestor, their moment has come. The eternal night of space has vanished and the night to come will be longer, and darker, than they can possibly imagine.

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