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William Sadler ( Roswell ) plays a crippled technician at a firm that has built a humanoid robot. He is offered the chance to test-drive the prototype, Sofia Shinas , who looks like a dark-haired Cameron Diaz . At first he refuses, but then relents - hell, he plays chess with a computer.
Sadler prefers the company of his physiotherapist ( Nancy Allen ), and the robot gets jealous. This episode was written by Jonathan Glassner ( Stargate SG-1 ). One of the techs is played by Bruce Harwood, a Lone Gunman from X-Files .
Thora Birch (American Beauty) plays a young girl who develops Carrie-like telekinetic powers. Frances Sternhagen is a mysterious old woman who may know the answers ...
Sam Robards ( Something Wicked This Way Comes ) plays a man who gets a life-saving electronic device implanted into his brain. However, afterwards he has strange visions; he can see through the eyes of a serial killer, but the killer can see through his eyes too.
A United States Senator vows to encourage the use of super-fuel BE45.
The politician wakes up in hospital diagnosed with a severe concussion. His Security Detail enter and walk him out, along with all records and x-rays. He is interrogated by men who want to know what his mission is, and finds himself reliant on regular injections of a strange substance.
A civilian (Gordon Clapp - NYPD Blue) tries to convince a US Government committee (including a General played by Don S. Davis - Stargate SG-1 ) that Aliens are tryng to take over the world. Because this is the last episode of the series, we get flashbacks to other episodes ...
It is nice to see how the world changes every time Plummer goes back in time. However, the fact that we see Plummer commit the first killing in the pre-credits sequence spoils the whole thing. It would have been better told entirely from Forbes' perspective.
Mark Hamill ( The Flash ) stars in this episode, as a scientist who has invented a VR system that allows access to the minds of coma victims.
An inmate in a mental hospital has flashbacks to an alien abduction experience. He discovers that other patients there have had similar experiences. Then he starts to suspect that the Doctor is part of an alien conspiracy ...
Jayne Heitmeyer guest-stars.
This is set in an Upper-class American boys' Reform School. New inmate Ryan Phillipe (Way of the Gun) discovers that the pupils are being brainwashed.
The US President (Robert Foxworthy - Star Trek: DS9 ) must decide if an approaching alien armada is peaceful or not.
An Astronaut is on a liferaft in an alien ocean.
Space Agency Director Bonny Bedlia (his ex-GF) must organise a rescue.
This episode features a man trapped in a post-apocalyptic world, with nuclear winter in full effect. He finds himself in a survival lodge run by a control freak, and stocked with a number of strange characters. However, all is not what it appears to be.
This week the moral of the story was Carpe Diem. The moon is shining twice as bright as usual, and a scientist realises that the sun has gone nova and he only has hours to live out the rest of his life.
This episode is one of this reviewer's favourites, and is certainly worth watching again. The scientific reasoning is acceptable, the storytelling admirable; instead of the standard SPFX-intensive fare this story is actually character-driven.
Our boy Clancy is a Death Row convict who applies to a medical project; he gets infected with an alien organism at the behest of LA Law's Alan Rachins (recently on Stargate SG-1 ).
Clancy escapes from the facility, and Rachins sends his hunter-killer unit out after the alien. Yes, the whole thing was a plan to test humanity's readiness for an Alien incursion - but who is running the experiment?
Brent Spiner, formerly of TNG and ID4, is now exiled to The Outer Limits - and he is actually quite a talented actor!
This ep lets old women regain their youth in order to get laid. How intellectual!
This week guest-stars Robert Patrick ( Terminator 2 ) and Wil Wheaton ( Star Trek: TNG ). Graham Greene ( Wolf Lake ) is in a supporting role. Their ship's reactor has gone, and both of them have received a lethal dose of radiation. But they have successfully breached the aliens' defences, and will soon be in a position to attack the creatures' homeworld.
Yes, this is the sequel to the Season 1 shocker where Patrick and Nikki de Boer (Ezri Dax in DS9) were POWs held in Alien custody. And though Patrick has a metal hand and a chance to avenge his suffering, one cannot help but wonder as the show progresses ... is it a double-bluff? Are we going to get the same sting-in-the-tale we did last time? And if it is a simple action-adventure story and ending, the anticlimax will be blatant.
Rest-assured, the twists are worth it - the final one almost too obvious, but what the hell. A worthy sequel, and nice to see that something was carried over from Season 1 - even if it was not the copious female nudity.
This stars Peri Gilpin (Frasier) and Joely Fisher (Ellen). A more familiar SF face crops up too - CSM ( X-Files ) is his ever-creepy self as a religious fanatic opposed to Professor Gilpin's experiments to find the human soul.
The show is visited by yet another Frasier star - last week it was Peri Gilpin , this time David Hyde Pierce is the scientist struggling to make a breakthrough that will revolutionise society. He has a machine that will make the penal system obsolete - but a convict dies while the machine is being tested, and the inventor finds himself a victim of the RL penal system!
In the near future, children will be genetically mutated to order. Gary Cole ( American Gothic, Crusade ) is a police detective assigned to hunt down dangerous genetic mutants. One is an Elephant Man-looking serial killer with Predator-type infrared vision. He is killing off Cole's friends - because he is secretly Cole's son!
Cole injects himself with the mutation serum in order to get the same physical advantages his son has. However, now he falls foul of his fellow cops ...
A group of prisoners are released in the middle of a forest. They are ordered to run - they are the prey in a version of The Most Dangerous Game.
The hunters are a gung-ho man, his pacifist teenage son, and a pair of experienced guides.
The prisoners are actually androids, perfect enough to pass for human. They are not Terminator-style war machines, they are used for slave labour down the mines! Also, they have inhibitors which prevent them from harming humans.
A small group of soldiers and scientists land on an alien planet which looks oddly like the Canadian forest. They wander around, dressed in SG-1 uniforms, until one of them is killed. It appears there are unfriendly locals, lizard men with very primitive technology ...
The survivors suit up in proper combat gear, more like the uniforms in Aliens . Although the expedition is officially under the command of a female scientist, she is usurped by the psychotic military commander. He adopts a search-and-destroy policy towards the locals, as opposed to the British policy of hearts-and-minds.
Out in the Canadian forest, a young girl takes a bad fall down a slope. A helpful bystander (Alex McArthur - L.A. Takedown) provides First Aid - and gets videotaped reviving her from death with a supernatural glow!
The USAF Captain thinks McArthur is God. The Colonel thinks he is an alien. The General thinks he is too dangerous to let live ...
A doctor travels to a small town to examine a young woman named Cassie who has a strange mental disorder. Twelve years previously every child in the town developed brain tumours. Cassie and her brother, children of the town doctor (Lane Smith - V, Lois & Clark ), are the only survivors.
Cassie is hypnotically regressed back to age six, when the brain tumours began. She remembers discovering a strange artefact in a cave in the woods ...
Colonel Mayborne from Stargate: SG-1 pops up as a brain surgeon intent on operating on the patient.
In a secret lab, the US military is testing a new android. The control system works by downloading the mind of a soldier (Lou Diamond Philips - Stargate Universe ) into the machine. However, things go wrong. Of course.
Philips' body is destroyed, and his mind is trapped in the machine. Worse, the robot is slowly rejecting his mind and he has only 12 hours to live. With the help of his wife ( Teri Polo ) he tries to find out who sabotaged the transfer machine.
The streets of big-city America are empty, cleared out by the deadly Berlin Virus. The only survivors are in a hermetically sealed clinic; a Doctor ( Maria Conchita Alonso ) and twelve patients.
A US Army truck delivers a supply of vaccine to the virus. However, there is only enough for three people. The vaccine cannot be used for 72 hours, so there is a long and stressful countdown.
Ayre Gross ( ) plays a man who has paranoid halucinations. His psychiatrist (Jeffrey DeMunn - The Walking Dead ) decides the only way to save him is through brain surgery.
Predictably, the surgery is too successful. He develops the ability to instill fear in others ...
The Aphrodite Highlands, Venus. The wreckage of a research station is explored by a suited-up Amanda Tapping . She manages to rescue C. Thomas Howell ( Red Dawn ). Seven Months later they are back on Earth, and Howell is debriefed by NASA bigwigs Jim Byrnes ( Highlander ) and Jeffrey Jones ( Howard The Duck ).
Howell managed to survive in the hostile conditions because he was somehow infected by alien insect-like things. His body has physically changed ...
A scientist in a colony on a distant planet predicts that the sun will flare and destroy the colony. He has discovered strange artefacts that indicate an alien civilisation existed there, but that (as in Nightfall by Isaac Asimov ) all life on the planet was destroyed every thousand years.
A man is unfrozen from cryo into a Post-apocalypse, female-only world where he is enslaved. Only two women are hetero (the man-hating lesbo is more typical), they never argue (no bitchy backstabbing), and always share with other enclaves (one steals water but will not share hydro-electricity)! Not like RL women at all!
It should be every man's dream, but becomes a nightmare. The women do not like progress, and prefer poverty.
A group of American geologists, including Robert Picardo ( Star Trek: VGR ) and Lisa Zane , are on a field expedition in the mountains. Unlike glossy American shows the actors actually look haggard, the men unshaven and Zane somewhat dowdy. They discover a Neolithic cave habitation filled with skeletons, along with an apparently well-preserved survivor ... an alien creature, sealed in a transparent sacrophagus, regererating.
The Alien creature looks like a slime-covered Unas monster from Stargate SG-1 . Zane wants to keep it secret, while Picardo wants to sell it. Zane's husband develops a psychic link with the creature when he touches it.
A man tries to cure his wife of a disfiguring and deadly disease. However, his technology is not up to the task and she dies.
A year later, he relocates to a small town and secretly continues his experiments in his basement. However, he bargains without his wife-beating OAP neighbour.
The future, and Earth is split pollitically between the American-led Free Alliance and the Chinese-dominated Coalition of Middle Eastern states. Both sides have established bases on Mars. However, a nuclear war destroys Earth. The Free Alliance crew suspect that the Coalition started it using a weapon smuggled from Mars. Will cool heads prevail, or will both sides destroy each other?
This episode was directed by the actress Helen Shaver .
Scientists build a robot, then worry it might be too human.
Joe Pantoliano ( Goonies ) is a radio shock jock who hosts a call-in show on conspiracies and aliens, then slanders everyone who phones in. He sees an alien himself, but his sceptical nature means he will not allow himself to accept it.
Cynthia Nixon plays the radio show's producer.
An American doctor prepares to perform the first FBT - Full Body Transplant. In order to save her boyfriend (Robert Hays - Airplane) she murders a potential donor.
The operation is a success and the patient survives. However, he starts to have visions from the donor's memories. He even has a relationship with the donor's woman ...
In a US Penitentiary where a scientist builds microscopic machines, he has secretly created a group of small-size fairy creatures.
An alien race named The Grell, refugees from their dying planet, have been enslaved by the humans. We follow the adventures of a Grell slave and his owners, a human family (including Marina Sirtis ) as they trek through a forest filled with dangerous runaway slaves.
Karate Kid Ralph Macchio plays a doctor who is researching coma patients. He discovers that the patients in his ward have telepathically linked, and takes it upon himself to guide them back to the real world.
An entrepreneur (Barry Corbin - Northern Exposure) builds a space-plane, the Daedalus. For the first flight, he choses a pilot (Cliff Robertson - Malone) who was fired from NASA thirty years previously for seeing a UFO.
The passengers are a sarcastic journalist, a newlywed couple and a cosmetics millionairess.
A bedraggled-looking man (Dale Midkiff - Time Trax ) is on the run from some MIBs. He takes refuge in a hostel for tramps run by a beautiful African-American woman. He is an amnesiac, and the only thing in his possessions is a small case containing glass tubes. He claims they are his memories, and when he injects one he starts to recover his memory.
This was directed by Lou Diamond Philips ( Bats ).
A disabled woman sees her neighbours having graphic sex in their apartment block's laundromat. She accidentally electrocutes herself, and develops the ability to read minds.
While everyone in the building pretends to be nice, they are all filled with rage and hate. As her power becomes stronger, reality blurs for her and she starts to envision her own death.
She tries to use her powers in a way that will benefit people. She joins in a poker game with Brent Stait ( Andromeda ) and Byers from the X-Files . However, everything she does causes the neighbours to become more angry and bitter than ever.
Scientists try to create a clone using DNA extracted from the Turin Shroud.
London 1888, and a mentally unstable doctor named Jack is trying to uncover the identity of the Ripper. He discovers it is a body-hopping demon that makes the host's voice change (like the Ghouls in Stargate SG-1 ) and spits green slime ...
David Warner (Titanic) is the police detective in charge of the investigation.
Saul Rubinek is a Jewish investigator obsessed with bringing a Nazi War Criminal to justice. Lindsay Crouse plays Rubinek's ex-wife, now-boss.
Rubinek gets helped by a time-traveller, who provides useful clues and evidence. That is the only real scifi element to the episode, which is basically a political exercise by one of the producers.
The Earth Alliance sends a diplomatic delegation to a neutral planet. The hawkish military type is played by Leo from The West Wing. Unfortunately the Ambassador of the other side, the Dregs, crashes due to sabotage. Both fleets prepare for war.
The Dreg ambassador arrives, in the shape of Michael Ironside ( V, SeaQuest ). He and the Terrans try to negotiate a way to prevent the war ...
The episode starts with a scene straight from 2001: A Space Odyssey - some low-budget cave-men fight over a female. Our protagonist is a nerdy museum curator who is studying the biological basis for alpha-male dominance. He believes that he has isolated the appropriate substance, which he predictably injects himself with.
This is a terribly unoriginal concept, and not terribly well executed.
This is set in a hi-tech apartment block where everything is automated. However, there is a power cut ...
The US Military develops a system of teleportation. However, something goes wrong ...
The scientist in charge of the experiment is trapped in a time loop. He must correct the malfunction, but avoid the suspicions of the paranoid USMC Colonel (Ronny Cox - Robocop, Total Recall ).
Dr Seward (Joel Grey - Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous ) is a drug-dealer with a difference: he supplies a potion that lets the user see the ghost of their beloved. Daniel Baldwin ( John Carpenter's Vampires ) is the detective assigned to capture him. He is grieving his own wife ( Daphne Zuniga ), but at least he has his sexy partner ( Jessica Steen ) to help him get over his loss.
Aliens -style, some space-truckers encounter a mysterious piece of space debris. Earth is now run by The Company, and the Company Rep orders they take it aboard.
The coffin contains Vergil Nygard (Corbin Bernsen - The Dentist ), a Cult leader who led a rebellion against the Company 200 years previously. Sort of like Khan Noonan Singh.
This is a role-reversal of Stepford Wives .
Heather Donahue is pregnant.
A rookie goes to a space-station run by intelligent dinosaurs and Enrico Cantolioni ( Veronica Mars ). The station is a transmission point for the dinosaurs' interstellar teleportation tech. An attractive young woman is the next person due to jump.
The teleportation creates a duplicate at the destination - Mr Mars' job is to manually annihilate the original person at the source! Unfortunately, something goes wrong and he is left with a terrible choice.
This is a rather boring and humdrum morality tale. The narrator is an alien shapeshifter who poses as the owner of a back-street shop of curiosities.
The protagonist is a worthless piece of white trash, like Earl Hickey (though slightly better-dressed). After a mugging gone wrong he stumbles into the shop - and is given a magic wallet that fills itself with the property of anyone he shakes hands with!
The thug is made to be somewhat sympathetic, with a pregnant wife. However, eventually he is forced to take the consequences of his actions. All very predictable.
A Female scientist has visions.
William B Davis ( X-Files ) is her boss. Despite being easily recognisable, he has alreeady played TWO entirely different characters in this show. Perhaps because it is an anthology series the showrunners think they can get away with recycling the Guest Stars.
Nora Dunn remembers alien abduction.
Katherine Isabelle is her Daughter.