The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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The Second Soul 

When an alien race makes first contact with the Earth, they request only one thing: Earth's dead. It seems the alien beings exist in a gaseous state that will come to an end if they are not... See full summary »


Paul Lynch


Alan Brennert


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Episode complete credited cast:
D.W. Moffett ... James Heatherton
Rae Dawn Chong ... Karen Heatherton
Richard Grove ... Kadimas
Mykelti Williamson ... Dr. Michael Alders
Garry Davey ... Randall Kelly
Kent Gallie Kent Gallie ... Jeffrey Littman
Madison Graie Madison Graie ... Nancy
Julian Christopher ... David Aftergood
Debbie Podowski ... Tali MacGregor
Fulvio Cecere ... Det. Richard Jacobs
Barry W. Levy ... Vila (as Barry Levy)
Yvonne Campeau Yvonne Campeau ... Jaru
Alex Diakun ... Minister
Victoria Maxwell Victoria Maxwell ... First Protester (as Victoria S. Maxwell)
Dax Belanger ... Second Protester (as Michael-Dax Belanger)


When an alien race makes first contact with the Earth, they request only one thing: Earth's dead. It seems the alien beings exist in a gaseous state that will come to an end if they are not given host bodies to occupy. The bodies of the dead will serve that function. One year later, Dr. Michael Alders is in charge of the program to provide the aliens with bodies. He considers them them to be parasites but carries on as best he can. When his best friends, Karen and James Heatherton die and are included in the program, his discomfort grows. When he learns however that the aliens have transported potentially toxic gases to Earth, he assumes the worse. Written by garykmcd

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14 April 1995 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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Rae Dawn Chong who plays Karen Heatherton is one of two stars from Commando (1985) to star in this series. Alyssa Milano starred in The Outer Limits: Caught in the Act (1995) See more »


[last lines]
The Control Voice: What if you were to wake up to a different world tomorrow - a world of invaders? Would you raise your voice with the aliens in a chant of remembrance and regret, bidding farewell to a vanished world... or would you fight against those who might ultimately help us?
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well acted and the story was compelling, but it felt to rushed
17 May 2007 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

An alien race, the N'Tal, make the first contact with Earth's public at large following weeks of behind the scenes diplomatic negotiations with the plea that the aliens get dead human bodies to use as hosts for them. This, of course, doesn't sit well with a lot of public citizens who rise up out of fear and hatred to rebel against what they see as an aberration. Micheal Alders (Mykelti Williamson best known as Bubba from "Forrest Gump") is tasked by the president of America to procure suitable disease-free dead carcasses. He does his job fairly well even if his personal feelings are conflicted, a problem that only increases with the death of his best friend's wife (Rae Dawn Chong). This episode started off well enough and all the right ingredients for a compelling good outer limits episode were there (parinia, fear, hatred, etcetera), but somehow it comes all unglued at the end, feeling a bit rushed, a tad to forced. I did enjoy this episode, just not as much as I should have if the story was given more time to truly breathe.

My Grade: C+

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