The Outer Limits

Season 5 Episode 17

The Inheritors

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 16, 1999 on Showtime
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Musician Jacob Hardy (Nicholas Lea) is strolling with his fiancee Kara Delaney (Stacy Grant) when a meteor explodes over the city. One of the tiny fireballs which rain down seems to chase Jacob, striking him down and penetrating his skull, instantly killing him. Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Michaels (Tom Irwin) conducts the autopsy with the help of his assistant, Ollie Gibb (Don MacKay). He finds an unusual bullet-like projectile lodged in the victim's brain. Moments after removing the object, the hole in Hardy's skull begins to emit an eerie light, and a horrific tentacle emerges, thrashing briefly before retreating back into the wound. And, more astonishing still, the corpse sits bolt upright, shoves the coroners aside and escapes into the night. Ian, shaken, reports the bizarre events to homicide investigator Lt. Joseph Dane (Bill Smitrovich), who is skeptical to say the least. The mystery deepens, when during a visit to his comatose wife (a long-term victim of a hit and run driver) at a local hospital, Ian learns that Jacob Hardy was not the only meteor casualty who had inexplicably risen from the dead. So did taxi driver, Curtis Sawyer, and waitress Kelly Risely (Sarah Jane Redmond). Police Lieutenant Dane investigates and learns that all three have apparently become borderline geniuses in the wake of their transformations. More unsettling, they seem to be working in concert. Unbeknownst to Ian or the police, the three meteor victims are using the alien projectiles which struck them, to build a mysterious machine, capable of vaporizing any living thing. The conspiracy becomes more sinister when the three gather a large group of patients who are near death, including Ian's wife, Daria and prepare to subject them to the incinerating ray. Is it mercy killing? Is it murder? Or is it something beyond human understanding?moreless

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    Nicholas Lea

    Nicholas Lea

    Jacob Hardy

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    Stacy Grant

    Stacy Grant

    Kara Delaney

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    Tom Irwin

    Tom Irwin

    Dr. Ian Michaels

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