The Outer Limits

Season 3 Episode 15

Revelations of Becka Paulson

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jun 06, 1997 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Becka Paulson accidentally shoots herself in the head. The bullet becomes lodged in Becka's brain, though she survives. Soon Becka begins to notice changes when she suddenly becomes more intelligent, but stranger: a photo is talking to Becka.

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  • This episode had a lot of silliness and goofiness. It didn't have the usual seriousness or edge that Outer Limits shows so often have.

    I enjoyed this diversion very much. The main character, Becka Paulson, accidentally shoots herself in the beginning of the episode, but doesn't die or even freak out about what happens. Instead, she puts a Band-Aid over the bullet hole. From this point on, we know we're not watching a realistic plot, but rather a comedic one. She lives in a dumpy trailer house and has a loser and obnoxious husband, but one who's not vicious or violent; he's just an insensitive dolt. He sex scenes between the two are hilarious in her portrayal of boredom and disgust. Much of the episode is spent in her head as she converses with a talking framed photo and plots her revenge. The conclusion is so preposterous, it's a scream. Revelations of Becka Paulson doesn't have the usual science fiction themes or hard-edge twists that OL episodes so often have, but its humor makes up for it.moreless
  • Whole premise of the episode was silly. Story was dull because it was too absurd. Two main characters were very flat. Both were exaggerated stereotypes.

    Suspension of disbelief just did not kick in on this episode. For one thing, the accident at the beginning of the show would have killed her.

    The way her man treated her was painful to watch but really did not morally justify the conclusion that the plot was spinning towards.

    There really was no way to identify with the characters. Both of them seemed to go on with their hopeless lives, ignoring the harm it or their own actions did them. She just ignored the problems and looked for distractions. He, bored, tried to hurt her feelings for his own amusement and to stoke his ego. If there was a moral, it was: do not live like these people!

    This episode was pretty bizarre. Frankly, I found it boring. Also, there really was not really any science fiction to speak of in it.moreless
Steven Weber

Steven Weber

The Handsome Man

Guest Star

John Diehl

John Diehl

Joe Paulson

Guest Star

Catherine O'Hara

Catherine O'Hara

Becka Paulson

Guest Star

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    • The characters and events of this short story are similar to those of a sub-plot in Stephen King's novel "The Tommyknockers", as well as the miniseries adapted from that book. The difference is the man is not in a picture frame, he is in the TV.

    • This episode is based on the short story "Revelations of 'Becka Paulson" by Stephen King. This story was first published in Rolling Stone (July 19, 1984-August 2, 1984).


    • 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.