The Outer Limits

Season 4 Episode 14

To Tell The Truth

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 24, 1998 on Showtime
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Dr. Larry Chambers (Gregory Harrison) helped build the colony on the Janus Five. He and fellow scientist Amanda Harper (Kimberly Huffman) run computer simulations that show the planet's star will flash over in a matter of days, emitting waves of deadly radiation, so Dr. Chambers urges evacuation. This is not a popular recommendation, especially among the colony's leaders who include council chairman Franklin Murdock (William Atherton), security head Montgomery Bennett (Alan Scarfe) and Amanda's father, Ian Harper (Ken Pogue). They point out that Chambers has been wrong before - - the colony had to be moved at great cost after he warned of deadly volcanic activity - - and suggest that his judgment has been clouded by the death of his wife Elise. When that doesn't stop Chambers, Murdock and Bennett discredit him by falsely accusing him of being one of the aliens who originally inhabited the planet, suggesting that the evacuation plan is a plot to reclaim the planet for his people. Imprisoned and threatened with death, Chamber's only hope is that Amanda will uncover the truth in time to save him and the colony.moreless

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    Kim Huffman

    Kim Huffman

    Amanda Harper

    Guest Star

    Gregory Harrison

    Gregory Harrison

    Dr. Larry Chambers

    Guest Star

    William Atherton

    William Atherton

    Franklin Murdoch

    Guest Star

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      • Chambers : [pointing the neutraliser at Murdoch and the mob] You're afraid for the wrong reasons. This world is gonna be destroyed in a matter of hours and there's nothing anyone can do about it. That's a hell of a lot more frightening that any alien could ever be.
        Murdoch: Put it down..
        Chambers: You know what the funny thing is? You've already killed the colony. You've killed its heart, its soul. You've turned neighbour against neighbour until we're no longer a family.. we're just a mob of frightened people... All right Frank, you win. [he destroys the control pannel]

      • Chambers: What do you want from me !?
        Murdoch: It's not what I want... It's what the law demands.

      • Control Voice: (Closing Narration) Mankind will be forever doomed to destruction, if we continue to ask for the truth but then... refuse to listen.

      • Control Voice: (Opening Narration) It has been said that for the truth to exist it takes two people... one to speak it and another to hear it.

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      • Dr. Larry Chambers is suffering from Cassandra Syndrome. That means having knowledge of an unstoppable doom that no one believes or will act upon. This is named after the legend of Cassandra, who foresaw the demise of Troy and wasn't believed.

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