Best of The Outer Limits (New Series), Vol. 1Closed Captioning
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This volume contains 12 hand-selected episodes from the acclaimed, thought-provoking, and fascinating series. Highlights include an extra-terrestrial serial killer, a telepathic clone that communicates from inside the womb, an ultimate fighter experimenting with neural grafting, and a timeless beauty who is literally ageless.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoI Hear You Calling||Reporter Carter Jones (Ally Sheedy) is on her way to work when her cellular phone picks up a suspicious conversation about the "removal" of a controversial author. Her journalistic curiosity piqued, Carter investigates, despite the objections of her boss and the police. As a result, she finds herself in a deadly game of cat and mouse, involving a strange man (Michael Sarrazin) with violet eyes, an ill-fated cruise and people who disappear leaving behind only a pile of purple ash. Can Carter get to the bottom of these mysterious disappearances? Or will she be the next to vanish?||44:09||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoRe-Generation||After their four-year-old son Justin (Liam Ranger) dies in a household accident aspiring politician Graham Highfield (Daniel Benzali) and his wife Rebecca (Kim Cattrall) get a second chance at happiness. Dr. Lucy Cole (Teryl Rothery) clones a new embryo from Justin's brain and nerve cells and implants it in Rebecca's womb. As the pregnancy progresses, however, it becomes clear to Rebecca that this isn't just any fetus -- this is Justin himself, a fetus with the skills -- and the memories -- of a little boy. As he shares those memories with his mother, Justin reveals secrets that may destroy the whole family.||44:09||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoIn the Zone||With its deadly lasers and hand-to-hand battles, "The Octal" is a combat sport for a new generation of athletes - but Tanner Brooks (Adrian Pasdar) is no longer a young man. Although he's promised his wife Jessica (Claudette Mink) that this will be his final tournament, Tanner is desperate to go out a winner. Dr. Michael Chen (Pat Morita) has a way to make that happen. Through an experimental treatment that taps the power of the human nervous system, Chen accelerates Tanner's reflexes and perceptions. To Tanner, everything in the Octal begins to move in slow motion . . . and Tanner quickly becomes unbeatable. However, there are side effects: Jessica notices that Tanner is tired, haggard and his hair is going gray. But, when Tanner's body begins to blur and fade out of existence, Tanner and Jessica must choose between one last moment of glory . . . their love for each other . . . and oblivion.||44:09||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Gun||When Matthew Logan gets out of prison after serving time for spousal abuse, his first stop is a gun show. He buys a strange handgun from a mysterious stranger named Donald Finley and uses it to shoot and kill his wife, Sandra. From the moment he pulls the trigger, however, Logan knows this is no ordinary gun. The weapon instantly attaches itself to his hand and arm, beginning a process, which will change his body into a self-contained killing machine. Panicked by the transformation, but thrilled by his newfound power, Logan escapes into the woods. Meanwhile, Sandra's father, Cord Vanowen, vows revenge. The victim's sister Dana, an anti-gun attorney, arrives in the wake of her murder and questions the system that allowed the tragedy to happen. Dana takes her nephew, Ty, to safety in the neighboring state, only to be ambushed en route by the crazed gunman. Meanwhile, Cord assembles a posse to hunt down his son-in-law. As the posse heads out in pursuit of Logan, it is joined by the mysterious stranger, Finley, who offers Cord his help - and a very special handgun.||44:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoJudgement Day||Capitol punishment makes it to primetime. Judgment Day has quickly become the hottest show on the Justice Channel and on television - period. Produced by Jack Parson and hosted by Stan Draper and Heather Cattrell, the show has turned the Justice system on its ear by becoming judge, jury and executioner, allowing a murder victim's family to carry out the death sentence on live television. Today, Allison Channing will hunt down Declan McMahon, the petty criminal who killed her sister Kaitlin. Declan gets a 20 minute head start, but he's got a microchip in his brain that's tuned to the taser that Allison carries. He's also had a camera implanted in his eye, allowing the home audience to see his point of view as they phone in tips and send digicam images to the studio in exchange for cash rewards. There's only one problem: Declan insists he was framed, that the security camera footage that would have cleared him has been altered by someone. With Allison on his trail and the ratings going through the roof, Declan turns to his brother Dooley to help him provehis innocence to Allison, his would-be executioner and to the watching world.||44:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoBeyond the Veil||After flashbacks of an alien abduction drives him to the brink of suicide, Eddie Wexler (Michael O'Keefe) finds himself at a mental institute, where Dr. Sherrick (Stephen McHattie) is using a controversial technique to treat those who believe they have been abducted by extraterrestrials. Eddie and some of the other patients are suspicious of Sherrick and his methods, which forces patients to re-live their abductions in the memory chamber. Some even think that their abductors have infiltrated the institute. Is this just a paranoid delusion or is there an alien face behind the doctor's mask?||44:09||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoLast Supper||Frank Martin (Peter Onorati) can't believe his eyes when his son Danny (Fred Savage) brings home a beautiful new girlfriend from college. The girl, Jade (Sandrine Holt), is a dead ringer for a woman Frank rescued from a top-secret military experiment when he was a private in the army 20 years earlier. Of course, she can't be the same woman. Or can she? The Martins' world is turned upside down as Frank's past catches up with him and they gain a deeper understanding of Jade's timeless beauty.||44:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoRelativity Theory||Biologist Teresa Janovitch (Melissa Gilbert) is a civilian among military men, traveling on the Resource Survey Vehicle Cortez to Tau Ceti Prime in search of minerals for an Earth that has squandered its own. Initial signs indicate that the planet is both uninhabited and rich in mineral resources, which could mean a million dollar payday for both the crew and the company that owns the Cortez. But on the first exploration, the crew is attacked by gigantic and apparently primitive aliens. After the command falls to Janovitch, she is overpowered by her crew: Sgt. Adam Sears (Jeremy Ratchford), a veteran of pacification missions on Earth, who favors annihilation of the new race and an ambiguous Corporal Charles Pendelton (Tim Guinee). Sears leads a patrol that hunts down and kills the aliens, in the process seizing a golden object that appears to be a religious totem. As he celebrates his slaughter, Janovitch examines his victims and makes a shocking discovery.||44:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoA New Life||Daniel (Brad Rowe) is a young mover and shaker who has grown tired of the rat race and yearns to trade in his stressed out existence for one more spiritual and simple. He joins an order led by the seemingly benevolent and serene "Father" (Nick Mancuso) and, with his girlfriend Beth (Michelle Beaudoin) and best friend Thomas (Jeremy Sisto) boards the bus to "the promised land," bound for a new life, one that can only be attained, as Father says, "through faith and service." But once there, Daniel senses that all is not right with "Father" and the safe haven he and the other followers have built for themselves may not be all it's cracked up to be.||43:41||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoRule of Law||A human judge travels from earth to a remote alien mining colony to try and establish law and order. The Honorable Judge Joshua Finch (Dennis Haysbert) is an old-style lawman from Earth newly landed on an alien world. He's been made the territorial judge of this quadrant to bring law and order to the commercial mining colony of Daedelus where the Earth colonists are pitting themselves against the reputedly savage Medusans, an indigenous race. He arrives in time to stop an attempted lynching of a Medusan (Ian Marsh) accused of murdering three members of a mapping party. Aided by the simulated human Miranda (Anne Marie Loder), who was sent from Earth to assist him, Finch manages to move the escalating dispute into the courtroom. But as Finch soon discovers, the words "guilt," "innocence" and "truth" have many different definitions on this world.||43:39||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoTo Tell the Truth||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.||44:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoI, Robot||Adam (Jake McKinnon) is a powerful and generally good-natured robot. One evening while his creator, a university professor named Dr. Link (Don Mackay), adjusts his programming, Adam goes wild. He assaults and kills Dr. Link destroying the lab in the process. Accused of the murder, Adam goes quietly into police custody. When Dr. Link's daughter Mina (Cyndy Preston) reads about her father's death she contacts Detective Barclay (Eric Schneider) who is in charge of the case, and they visit Adam in his cell. The robot replays his memory of the previous night for them but finds no record of his outburst. Mina tells him that Dr. Link is dead and asks Adam to keep searching for the missing information. She needs it for the hearing which will determine if Adam is so dangerous should he be destroyed. Mina hires Thurman Cutler (Leonard Nimoy) a washed up civil liberties attorney to argue in favor of Adam. It soon becomes apparent, however, that Cutler is more interested in his own notoriety than in justice. He wants to convince the judge that this machine has legal rights and deserves a murder trial. This can only mean a media circus. The hearing proves eventful. One of the security guards perjures himself trying to make Adam appear dangerous. An experiment performed on Adam's hardware causes the robot to go berserk in the courtroom. Though traumatic for everyone present, the experiment stimulates Adam's memory so that he remembers having killed Dr. Link. Mention of the funding for Adam makes Cutler suspicious of its source. Cutler and Mina discover that a defense contractor had been funding Dr. Link's work. At that point Col. Birch (Nathaniel Deveausx) who has been watching the hearing closely, reveals to Cutler that Adam was being retrofitted for military purposes -- he's being turned into a killing machine. The robot's gentle side was interfering with the conversion, so Dr. Link was trying to obliterate it. The military fears that if the case goes to trial all this information would appear in the press, and national security would be in jeopardy. Birch threatens to ruin Cutler if he continues. The next day Cutler tells Adam that he will do his best to get a murder trial, but that he probably won't be able to defend him. The robot shows the court his memory sequence of Dr. Link's death, and the crowd is timid. Adam describes the dream-like state he was in when Dr. Link was trying to obliterate it. The military fears that if the case goes to trial all this information would appear in the press, and national security would be in jeopardy. Birch threatens to ruin Cutler if he continues. They wait nervously to hear the outcome. Mina is so frightened she wants Adam to run away with her. He wants very much to be accepted as human and feels that will happen only if he acts with dignity and faces his fate. The judge rules that the robot will have his murder trial. As they leave the courtroom the waiting crowd rushes toward Adam. In the process they knock Col. Birch down in the street directly in the path of a speeding police van. The driver tries to brake but skids toward Birch. Adam, seeing this, breaks free of his police escort, pushes Birch to safety and is hit by the van. This act of human bravery kills him.||44:15||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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Where's the Beef? Or My Toy Poodle Could Pick A Better "Best Of" Collection!
New Outer Limits began life as part of Showtime's Sci-Friday line-up. From the start, it was intelligent, well-written and filled with in jokes. (Every NOL episode has a hockey puck hidden somewhere.) When Stargate SG-1 came along, the two series often shared elements -- and the Gou'ald symbiotes fly unfettered in NOL's Rite of Passage. New Outer Limits episodes contain nudity and "adult language," so alternate scenes were shot for syndication. iTunes' versions are unedited originals, if "Revival" is any indication. And who picked these so-called "best" episodes, anyway? My Toy Poodle would've picked the following fan favorites in all their Showtime glory: 1) The Beholder -- poetic and weird 2) Mary 25 (Gratuitous robot nanny; but hey, Joey's a guy!) 3) Music of The Spheres -- poetic and poignant 4) Rite of Passge -- lovely penguin talking aliens with Heart Please give us the COMPLETE New Outer Limits Seasons 1-7 ! I'd buy them all! Kayla