The Outer Limits

Season 2 Episode 18

The Light Brigade

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jun 23, 1996 on Showtime
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On a desperate mission, a young Cadet learns the difference between heroic ideals and the bitter realities of war. The only survivors on a crippled battle cruiser - Earth's last hope for victory and survivors - are the Cadet, the weapons Chief and Major John Skokes, a repatriated prisoner of war. Exposed to fatal doses of radiation when their fleet was wiped out by the aliens, they fight illness and death to launch a preemptive strike. As the awesome responsibility for success descends on him, the Cadet learns that fear is not his only enemy.moreless

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  • Earth counters with an attack by the Light Brigade, a ship transporting an enormous bomb to destroy the alien home world.

    Desperate men on a desperate mission! The beauty of this episode is that it comes without warning. After "Quality of Mercy" you were begging for a sequel. And did we ever get it! Stokes is out for revenge against the aliens who imprisoned and tortured him and Bree. Plenty of surprises (the guys with the eye patches, how they detonate the bomb) and good acting by Graham Greene. Robert Patrick is in top form and his determination to conquer all odds to carry out the mission is infectious. It is a rare occasion when the sequel tops the original. But we have it here.moreless
Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Major John Skokes

Guest Star

Graham Greene (II)

Graham Greene (II)

Chief Weapons Officer

Guest Star

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton


Guest Star

Nathaniel Deveaux

Nathaniel Deveaux

voice of Captain

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • [Closing Narration]
      Control Voice: The greatest horror of war is the fateful transformation of our children into heroes.

    • [Opening Narration]
      Control Voice: Warriors may be forged in the fires of battle but heroes are discovered in the most unlikely of places.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Episode Title: The Light Brigade
      The title of this episode is a reference to the Lord Alfred Tennison's war poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade", a story about six hundred heroes that rode "Into the jaws of Death... Into the mouth of Hell" without knowing why they did it. Unlike the episode, the poem ends with them coming back victorious out of the mouth of Hell "All that was left of them... Left of six hundred". The poem is also repeatedly referenced by the Cadet.