The Outer Limits

Season 1 Episode 3

Valerie 23

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 31, 1995 on Showtime
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Frank Hellner, a lonely paraplegic, takes part in a top-secret project -- allowing an "inorganic human" or robot named Valerie, to be his companion for a week. The experiment goes awry when Valerie, unable to control her programmed emotions, becomes jealous and threatens the life of Frank's physical therapist and close friend Rachel.moreless

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  • A machine designed to be a companion for a specific market by a corporation has a life of its own.

    Ah the great but never boring question about robots having feelings. This episode is great and has a hot (albeit brief) Sofia Shinas (who really should have been offered more Hollywood roles in her careers). William Sadler (another underrated actor) plays Frank Hellner a scientist confined to a wheelchair. He gets chose to continue work on the robot known as Valeria 23. Originally he doesn't want to continue the experiment but faced with rejection by his physical therapist Rachel, he decides to continue.

    Man any guy would be lucky to have a machine like Valeria 23 and actually she's much better than the older Rachel, who despite being beat by her current boyfriend, is too idiotic to dump him in favor of Frank.

    The only thing they might have done differently with this episode is not make the character of Frank such a loser, a sore bitter loser. As a viewer, you feel compassion for him at, but soon that fades away as Frank is one of those people who are destined to be miserable by their own hand. He mistreats Val at one point, and it's not hard to see why this machine become prone to violence (she was built to be as close to human as possible). While very predictable, Valeria 23 is an entertaining episode.

    There is a special feature for this episode on MGM DVD.moreless

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Frank: Hey, Rach?
      Rachel: Yeah?
      Frank: In all your studies of philosophy, do you ever come across a good definition of what makes something alive?
      Rachel: Are you kidding? That ranks right up there in the Philosophy Top Ten with "Does God Exist?" and "Fate Versus Free Will".

    • Control Voice: (Closing Narration) The pursuit of technology exists to make human life easier and more pleasurable. But once such forces intrude upon the most intimate parts of our lives, will we then forfeit our very soul?

    • Control Voice: (Opening Narration) Poets argue that you are truly alive if you possess the ability to feel and love. Scientists, on the other hand, choose to define life in terms of proteins and carbon building blocks. But what happens when these two beliefs come crashing together?

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