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The New Outer Limits is a modern retelling of the classic 60s sci-fi TV show. Each episode is a self-contained story with new characters in a sci-fi or fantasy scenario. Each hour-long episode may be an elaborate story full of future technology, an alternate historical storyline or a modern fantasy story. Many episodes feature twist endings that give the viewer a new way of looking at the storyline.

MGM
3 Seasons, 36 Episodes
January 26, 1996
Science Fiction, Drama
7.7/10
Cast: Kevin Conway
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  • The bombs are in place, ready to destroy the super-computers at the Department of Information Technology. Inside, the members of the Syndrome, the anti-technology group that planted the bombs, lay dead or dying. All of them, that is, except Cliff Unger - or as he calls himself now, Zig Fowler. Unger has his finger on the detonator as he negotiates with Pete Yastremski, the head of the department and, as the two men talk and FBI agents prepare to storm the building, we move back in time, through the hours, days and years leading up to the attack . We see how Unger, once a rabidly pro-technology cyber-columnist, led the attack, using a plan devised by Fowler, a mysterious cyber-terrorist who was hunted by Yastremski down several years earlier. We see the tension between Unger and Syndrome stalwarts like Dell Tinker and Roy Chance, who don't trust him, and his blossoming romance wit Weatherman, the group's only female members. And we see how Unger was driven to join the group after his identity chip, which all citizens in this society have implanted in the palm of their hands, apparently malfunctioned and began to identify him as Zig Fowler.

  • Jerry Miller (TOM ARNOLD) is a manager in a large corporation, who?s demanding life is in chaos. His wife, Brooke (CATHERINE MARY STEWART), resentful of her husband?s lack of attention to the family, takes the occasional sip of vodka. The kids? (KIMBERLY WARNAT, GIACOMO BAESSATO) behavior is unruly and their grades poor. One night, Jerry sees an infomercial about the Gideon 4000 from Gideon Robotics, the latest in modern home conveniences. Both caretaker and caregiver, Gideon (GERARD PLUNKET) is programmed to help out in hundreds of different ways, and converse on any number of subjects. Jerry sees an end to his problems at home and orders the robot on a thirty day free trial. Upon delivery, Gideon quickly proves his worth. He cooks gourmet meals, keeps the house spotless, helps the kids with their homework and can throw a baseball too. Life is great until Jerry begins to realize Gideon's full influence on his family. Worried he?s being replaced, Jerry tries to get rid of the robot, but he is the only one who wants Gideon gone. What are the consequences for the misplaced devotions of a workaholic family man?

  • Senator Wyndom Brody has just won the New Hampshire primary, upsetting a heavily favored opponent, and he's flying to South Carolina to press his campaign for the Presidency. He's joined on the plane by his campaign manager Jon Tarkman, his deputy campaign manager (and lover) Catherine Walsh, his newly appointed Secret Service agent Frank McKenna and journalist Will Sunderland. As the plane flies south, it's hit by lightning. The plane and its passengers appear unaffected, but a mysterious woman appears in Brody's private quarters warning him that the strike has damaged the airplane. She also tells him that the plane will crash on landing, killing him and six others. She explains that she is a projection from the future, a virtual time-traveler sent here to save him because his presidency is the key to preventing an apocalyptic future. If he is to live, he must shoot out the emergency exit and allow himself be sucked out of the plane by decompression, whereupon he will be saved by The Stranger's sophisticated technology. As his staff tries to mask his increasingly bizarre behavior from journalist Sunderland, Brody wrestles with a dilemma. Must he save himself - and the future - even if it means killing everyone elseaboard. Or has his success, now suddenly within reach, simply driven his mad?

  • Pioneers in biogenetic research, Nora Griffiths (SHERILYN FENN) and her husband Zach (PETER OUTERBRIDGE) have successfully created the world's first perfectly cloned organs. But Nora wants to take the ultimate step and also replicate the synaptic array of the human brain. This would conceivably allow the full cloning of a human, an illegal procedure veamently opposed by their business partner Peter Chandler (GARWIN SANFORD). She convinces Zach to apply her discovery and download her own thought and brain patterns, but when the process is complete, she is left in a deep coma. One year later, with no hope that his wife will ever regain conciousness, Zach is driven by despair to make a clone of Nora using the technology he has since perfected. The clandestine procedure is a complete success. Nora's mind and body seem to have been duplicated in every way and Nora II is born. With his wife back, everything in Zach's world is perfect once more, until the real thing wakes up...

  • He doesn't know what it is, but Captain William Clark (MARIO VAN PEEBLES) can see that something terrible and strange is happening on the space station Meridian. Within a matter of minutes, three of the space stations crew - Commander Richard Gordon, Dr. Thomas Somerset and Commander Lara Nabakov - have been lured to their deaths by impossible visions of loved ones or enemies - - visions created by someone or something capable of reaching into the minds of human beings and recreating their darkest nightmares and fondest desires. Fearing for his safety and that of the one surviving crew member, Dr. Helene Dufour (GUYLAINE ST. ONGE), Clark uses the escape pod and abandons ship. When he winds up on earth, however, nobody will believe his story. Instead, Clark is accused of committing the murders while suffering from space psychosis, and must turn to his ex-wife, Robyn Dysart (JENNIFER BEALS) to defend him. She manages to raise a reasonable doubt by suggesting that Soroxin, a chemical used in Somerset and Dufour's research, may have caused the space psychosis, but Captain Clark insists on telling the truth even at his own peril. Is Clark a madman, his mind twisted by too much time in orbit, or has the Captain seen the face of evil floating in the zero-gravity of deep space?

  • A mysterious alien descends upon the town of Heart's Desire and offers to share his extraordinary powers with four outlaws - Jake Miller (CASPER VAN DIEN), his brother Ben (GARY BASARABA) and their partners in crime, Frank (ESAI MORALES) and J.D. Kelton (JED REES). Taking on the human form of his first victim, a mild-mannered preacher (DAVID LONGWORTH), the alien follows the quartet to the Miller's hometown and gives both sets of brothers strange new powers that make them virtually invincible. As the Keltons kick off a crime spree by destroying all opposition with blasts of pure energy, Jake struggles with his divided loyalties, between love for his family and his childhood sweetheart Miriam (OCEAN HELLMAN) - - and the terrible question: who is this mysterious stranger and why has he given the outlaws such deadly powers?

  • Dr. Neal Eberhardt (Ralph Macchio), a former boy genius gone bitterly to seed, studies brain-damaged and comatose patients hoping to learn how the brain reroutes itself. Despite having a revolutionary new machine to work with - the Neural Intercortex Stimulation Array or NISA - Dr.. Eberhardt is getting nowhere. To make matters worse, his valued assistant Vince Carter has just quit. But suddenly, Neal has a breakthrough. The brain waves of two comatose patients, Adam (Aaron Smolinski) and Lisa (Emmanuelle Vaugier), fall into sync while they're hooked up to the NISA and one of them whispers the other's name. Neal knows he's onto something and tells his boss, Marty Kilgore (Michael Sarrazin). What Neal doesn't know is that Adam and Lisa have landed in an idyllic parallel consciousness and are falling in love. As Adam and Lisa get to know each other, Neal continues his research, joined now by his ex-girlfriend and colleague Janice Claymore (Susannah Hoffman). Desperate to try the technique on other comatose subjects, Neal loses patience and makes the journey himself. After giving himself a calculated overdose of Phenobarbital, he hooks himself up to NISA and launches himself into Adam and Lisa's world. He catches a glimpse, but he's pulled back at the last minute, leaving him more determined than ever to find a way to rescue his patients from the other side. But do they really want to be rescued? Or is it really Neal that wants to cross over to the other side?

  • A mysterious alien gives five high-school students a harrowing life-or-death choice. Cody Phillips (JESSE CADOTTE) is the eternal outsider, a kid whose smart remarks hide the pain of constant rejection. Jason Stewart (JESSE MOSS) is a popular jock sidelined from his dreams by a knee injury. Danielle Hobson (MEGAN ORY) has coasted on her good looks so long, she's forgotten there's any other way to behave. Ray Kruger (ZACHERY TY BRYAN) is a brainiac who uses his high IQ to boost his self-esteem. And Brianna Lake (KANDYSE McCLURE) is taunted for her conservative dress and old-fashioned views of the world. In the scramble for high-school survival, these five are each floundering in their own way when they are abducted by an alien and given an ultimatum ? they have five hours to decide which one of them the alien will kill. If they choose, the rest can go free. As the hour of decision ticks nearer, the teenagers confront their deepest fears. Will a new understanding of each other earn them a chance at survival in their captor's eyes?

  • Karl Durand (HOWIE MANDEL) is in his 30's, but he has the mind of a child. That is, until he receives a unique gift from Dr. Jacob Valerian, a dying scientist who has been working on a secret project. As his last living act, Valerian uses his new invention to transfer his memories and experiences into Karl's brain. But Karl isn't content with just being a genius. In an effort to win the love of his social worker, Rose (JENNIFER RUBIN), he uses the doctor's invention to capture other minds. Leaving a trail of bodies in his wake and his own brain ever more crowded and confused, Karl soon discovers that sometimes the mind can be a minefield.

  • Let the punishment fit the crime: an ambitious inventor, Dr. Jack Henson (DAVID HYDE PIERCE), creates a "virtual prison" and wants the government to adopt it nation-wide. Using his invention, convicts serve a life sentence in just a few hours. Henson claims the harsh sentences will ensure that criminals never offend again while the short time required cuts prison costs. He seems to be making his point until they connect an innocent man to the apparatus and the demonstration goes sour. To save the young man's life, Henson must submit to his own invention -- and to a lesson in the true meaning of justice.

  • It is 2055 and the post-apocalyptic world is populated exclusively by women; all the men were killed in the Great War and the Scourge that followed. Into this matriarchy comes Major Jason Mercer (DAVID KEITH), who was cryogenically frozen forty years earlier and now awakened in Lithia. Lithia is a small agricultural enclave overseen by a group of women that include the regal elder Hera (JULIE HARRIS), Ariel (CLAIRE RANKIN), Miranda (NADIA CAPONE) and Pele (KIRSTEN WILLIAMSON). Mercer's arrival sparks a debate about the nature of men among some women and revives long-dormant sexual feelings in others. The debate intensifies as Mercer, seeing the enclave's poverty and primitive tools, begins to repair the community's broken machines and pushes Miranda, the group's trade representative to barter with Hyacinth, a neighboring community, for electricity to run the machines. Over the objections of the elders, Mercer gets the machines running by stealing power from Hyacinth's dam. But, can Mercer revive the world of men, without also bringing back the violence, anger and death which led to his gender's extinction?

  • It is the year 2076 and Dr. Theresa Givens (Amanda Plummer), a time-traveler from the 20th Century has been sentenced to death. Her crime - violating severe anti-technology laws passed in the wake of the nuclear holocaust 20 years earlier, an event that destroyed most of the world and prompted those who survived to return to the bucolic world that existed before the Industrial Revolution. Theresa has one last chance for a reprieve. Her lawyer, Nicole Whitley (Kelly McGillis) has won leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, a body headed by Chief Justice Haden Wainwright (Charlton Heston). The balance of the court is divided evenly between conservatives like Oliver Harbison (Hal Holbrook) and Gretchen Parkhurst (Cecily Tyson) who support the ban on technology and liberals like Earl Clayton (Robert Loggia) and Kendall Woods (Swoozie Kurtz) who favor a review. In light of the importance of the case, the government has sent Solicitor General Wallace Gannon (Michael Moriarty), a fierce defender of the law, to argue its case and the court has suspended the normal rules, allowing Theresa to join her lawyer in speaking in her defense. The two sides illustrate their arguments with examples plucked from the six-year history of THE OUTER LIMITS, showing the power of technology to benefit and destroy mankind, and Theresa warns that if this world continues to shun technology it will be destroyed by a biological holocaust twenty years hence. Those proceedings are interrupted by Ezekiel (Walla...

  • It is the year 2076 and Dr. Theresa Givens (Amanda Plummer), a time-traveler from the 20th Century has been sentenced to death. Her crime - violating severe anti-technology laws passed in the wake of the nuclear holocaust 20 years earlier, an event that destroyed most of the world and prompted those who survived to return to the bucolic world that existed before the Industrial Revolution. Theresa has one last chance for a reprieve. Her lawyer, Nicole Whitley (Kelly McGillis) has won leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, a body headed by Chief Justice Haden Wainwright (Charlton Heston). The balance of the court is divided evenly between conservatives like Oliver Harbison (Hal Holbrook) and Gretchen Parkhurst (Cecily Tyson) who support the ban on technology and liberals like Earl Clayton (Robert Loggia) and Kendall Woods (Swoozie Kurtz) who favor a review. In light of the importance of the case, the government has sent Solicitor General Wallace Gannon (Michael Moriarty), a fierce defender of the law, to argue its case and the court has suspended the normal rules, allowing Theresa to join her lawyer in speaking in her defense. The two sides illustrate their arguments with examples plucked from the six-year history of THE OUTER LIMITS, showing the power of technology to benefit and destroy mankind, and Theresa warns that if this world continues to shun technology it will be destroyed by a biological holocaust twenty years hence. Those proceedings are interrupted by Ezekiel (Walla...

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