The Outer Limits

Season 5 Episode 21

Star Crossed

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Aug 13, 1999 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

It is 2056, six years after the Hing, a humanoid race, invaded earth. While America fights on, Russia has reached an uneasy truce with the aliens, leaving some regions under their control and other declared neutral. In the neutral city of Archangelsk, on the White Sea, cynical American expatriate Michael Ryan (Nathan Fillion) runs Heaven, a small coffee bar and music club, where shady Russians mingle with Hing soldiers and other dubious characters. Everything is agreeably corrupt until Alexandra Nevsky (Natasha Vasiluk) informs Michael that Hing commander Sulat Ray (Derek de Lint) is on the lookout for two NATO soldiers who might be interested in buying a Hing scout vehicle that has gone missing. Those soldiers, Winston Meyerburg (Justin Louis) and Cass Trenton (Angeline Ball) have dodged Hing patrols and found their way Michael's bar. Cass, who was Michael's lover before the war - she only took up with Winston because she thought he was dead - suspects Michael can get them the scout vehicle. She appeals to his sense of patriotism, revealing that she is carrying a deadly parasite that she and Winston stole from the Hing and, if it can be replicated, might defeat the Hing. But it becomes clear that it's going to take more than flag-waving and high ideals to get Michael to risk his neck in this situation.moreless

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  • Confusing and boring

    I love The Outer Limits but I hated this episode. I couldn't understand a word the female Russian officer was saying. Apparently, whatever she was saying was important to the plot because I was totally lost. If possible, I would have given this a -1 rating , as in minus one hour, because it wasted an hour of my life.
  • This episode is a blatant rip-off of Casablanca with a little Matrix-esque action thrown in on the side. Did they think no one would notice? I mean, what the heck?!

    I gave this installment of The Outer Limits (remake) a 9/10 purely on the basis of the comedy value it provided for me. This episode features Nathan Fillion playing a character who bears a striking similarity (if not resemblance) to Humphrey Bogart's Rick Blaine. I still can't decide whether to consider this episode a blatant rip-off, or merely a bad homage to the classic 1942 film. Either way, the plot of this episode follows that of Casablanca exactly, and it is amazing to me that the writers thought they could get away with this. Still, I must acknowledge that Fillion does do a good job in the lead role, although I couldn't help but feel I was watching Capt. Malcolm Reynolds somehow thrown into the Casablanca storyline (in fairness, Fillion didn't take on the role of Mal until a few years later, but Firefly fans will surely know what I'm talking about). Additionally, the fact that the main villain is costumed much like M. Bison from the Street Fighter video games ads a little extra kick to the hilarity. In short, this episode is Captain Malcolm Reynolds of Firefly playing Rick Blaine from Casablanca, facing off against evil alien M. Bison and "the Russians," and ripping off action scenes from the Matrix (the lower-budget way). Sound awesomely hilarious? Oh it is. It is.moreless
Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion

Michael Ryan

Guest Star

Natasha Vasiluk Olechko

Natasha Vasiluk Olechko

Alexandra Nevsky

Guest Star

Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Winston Meyerburg

Guest Star

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