Space Above and Beyond – The Outer Limits – tape 2232

First on this space, an episode of Space: Above and Beyond. It’s called The Dark Side of the Sun. Kristen Cloke has a nightmare. That’s probably significant.

Yay! CDs are still a thing in this far future tale.

CDs above and beyond

 

The plot seems to revolve around enemy AIs, dubbed ‘silicates’, and there’s a long scene where some of the characters explain the whole backstory to another character.

Naturally the AIs look exactly like humans, except for their eyes (and some battle damage).

AI's Eyes

 

“It’s how they communicate. They network through a wireless modem.” I wonder if it’s 802.11b?

I still don’t like this show.

Next, an episode of the rebooted Outer Limits. The best thing about anthology shows is that you’re not stuck with a cast or setting you just don’t enjoy. This episode is called First Anniversary, and it immediately wins points by starring Matt Frewer. And it was based on a Richard Matheson short story, and co-adapted by his daughter Ali Marie Matheson.

Matt Frewer

Frewer plays a husband whose wife may not be who she seems. He and his friend, played by the always odd-looking Clint Howard, married two women at a joint ceremony, and they’ve just celebrated their first anniversary. The problem is that the women are some kind of shape changers, and this is about the time they have to change. Howard finds out first, and runs, and there’s a slightly odd scene in a park where Frewer finds him to ask why he’s run away, and his wife approaches, having changed shape to a black woman, but Howard somehow recognises her and freaks out. Without any context, this might seem like the most racist scene imaginable. Even with context there’s an undertone.

After this, recording switches and it’s another episode of Space Above and BeyondRay Butts.

Then, More Outer Limits, this time starring Mark Hamill. It’s called Mind over Matter

Mark Hamill

He plays a psychologist using a computer system that can tap into the brain, and create virtual worlds to cure psychiatric patients. He also is useless with women. His colleague Rachel clearly really likes him, but he can’t ask her out.

But tragedy strikes. Rachel’s hit by a car, and in a coma, and the prognosis is she might never come out. So naturally, Dr Mark plugs her in to his brain machine to see if her brain is still active, and it does seem to be. But when he tries to sleep with her in the simulation (don’t ask – his colleagues seem OK with this) the simulation does something to prevent it.

It turns out that the computer itself is in love with Dr Mark, and manifests as another version of Rachel.

There’s a nice ending to this that I won’t spoil.

After this there’s the start of an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation. The away team beam over to a space station  to find nobody there, the cellular remains of one of the crew, and a cute dog. I’ve seen The Thing. This won’t go well. There’s about 7 minutes of this then the tape stops.

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One comment

  1. Given Clint’s looks and how Ron, as Homer Simpson pointed out, grew up and wasn’t cute anymore, I fear for Bryce Dallas in later years.

    It’s a shame Richard Matheson’s son never got him to write for the most famous show he worked on – a Richard Matheson-penned episode of “The A-Team” is an interesting thought.

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