The Outer Limits

Season 7 Episode 2

Patient Zero

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 23, 2001 on Showtime

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  • One of the many reasons why time travel shouldn't be misused.

    In the present day, a massive plague has devastated the planet. The few who have survived have been driven underground. Beckett, one of the survivors, is a soldier sent back through time to kill the origin of the epidemic: Amy Barrett. Beckett lost his wife and child to the plague, so if he succeeds, the plague will have never happened. But, through a chance happening, Beckett is hurt and Amy, not knowing his intentions, takes him back to her apartment to care for his injury. While getting to know each other, Beckett learns that Amy's husband was killed by a drunk driver, and she wanted to kill him, but didn't. As Beckett forms a bond with this girl, he decides not to kill her, but to find another way to stop the plague. The scenes between these two are great. This episode is one of the reasons why one can learn a lot from this show.
  • Honorable man travels back in time to prevent future human catastrophe.

    In my opinion 'Patient Zero' is the best 'Outer Limits' episode ever produced by either incarnation (60s or 90s).. The mood is heavy and mysterious, the acting is great.. and most important in this kinda' genre.. the theme, self-sacrifice for the betterment of society, is timeless and touching... The closing narraration is great, and set with the backdrop of the lead character making the ultimate sacrifice to save mankind.. I didn't feel there were any weaknesses in this episode.. Even tho' you can see the Seattle Space Needle in the background,this episode was supposed to be set in New York, which made it even deeper for me, 'cuz the episode opens with a shot of the Twin Towers and this one aired just a couple monhs before 9/11 ~