The Outer Limits

Season 7 Episode 4

The Surrogate

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 06, 2001 on Showtime
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The Surrogate
Claire Linkwood is the perfect candidate for the surrogate birth mother program at the Deanston Clinic. She's young, healthy, driven by the need for money, and without family attachments. In Dr. Deanston's treatment room, Claire is successfully implanted with an embryo, instructed to join the clinic's surrogacy support group, eat well and ingest specially formulated vitamin pills daily. Then the bad dreams start. Vivid nightmares of her and the fetus in terrible distress. This is not an uncommon thing according to the doctor and the other women in her support group who have all experienced the same thing. But these assurances are undermined by her boyfriend, Ben, and Special Agent Grant of the FBI who has had her and other Deanston surrogacy birth mothers under surveillance. He warns her that all the babies born through his program have disappeared... as if they never existed. Claire refuses to believe his conspiracy theory until Ben convinces her to see another doctor, and that examination yields very alarming questions with no plausible answers.moreless

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  • Most of the episodes of this series I have seen really got me thinking. This one was an exception.

    This episode did okay at installing a mild sense of dread and foreboding. Though it lacked much in the way of major special effects, it did have one pretty impressive one.

    What I like about this series, in general, is the way that it makes you think. Most of the stories have a moral.

    They tell a fantastic tale, there is some kind of a theme to it, and then at the end, the narrator or the story itself tells you what you should worry about.

    In this episode, the moral was not that clear.

    I guess it was not to let life, or the pursuit of creating life, become a hollow goal. Do not sacrifice everything, in order to create something that in the end merely destroys you. Not for money, not for ennui, not just because it is something to do.

    It was kind of ironic that the woman who was the protagonist had a suitor, who she chose to ignore.

    Maybe the case the show was trying to make is that turning to science as a means of getting a little extra money can backfire. When nature is just as capable of providing a solution, maybe you should go with nature.

    I am really grasping about for straws, though. I really do now know for sure what lesson this particular episode was trying to teach. Somehow, for a show in this series, that is really unsatisfying.moreless

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