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A cynical old lawyer must come out of retirement to defend an intelligent robot named Adam in court, who stands accused of murdering his own creator.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x19
Airdate: Sunday July 23rd, 1995

Director: Tibor Takács
Writer: Brad Wright


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Guest Stars
Barbara TysonBarbara Tyson
As Carrie Emerson
Recurring
Nathaniel DeveauxNathaniel Deveaux
As Colonel Burch
Recurring
Cynthia PrestonCynthia Preston
As Nina Link
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Thurman Cutler (credited by character name)

Co-Guest Stars
Don MacKayDon MacKay
As Dr. Link
Recurring
Eric SchneiderEric Schneider
As Det. Barclay
Recurring
J.B. BivensJ.B. Bivens
As Security Guard
Recurring
John NovakJohn Novak
voiced Adam
Recurring
Robert MoloneyRobert Moloney
As Lab Technician
Recurring
Jake McKinnonJake McKinnon
As Adam Link
Ken Kramer (1)Ken Kramer (1)
As Judge Clancy
Robert ClothierRobert Clothier
As Dr. Linstrop
Main Cast
Kevin Conway (1)Kevin Conway (1)
voiced The Control Voice

Recap

In a darkened laboratory, Dr. Charles Link works on a robot, Adam. Ordering Adam to go into sleep mode, Dr. Link begins probing his circuits. Suddenly something happens and Adam snaps awake! His mechanical hand wraps around Dr. Link’s throat and he hurls the elderly researcher across a table. Then he smashes the lab and disappears through a window...

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Episode Notes
This episode is a remake of “I Robot” from The Outer Limits. Leonard Nimoy played reporter Judson Ellis in that episode.



Episode Quotes
Control Voice: (opening narration) It is said that God made man in His image, but man fell from grace. Still, man has retained from his humble beginnings the innate desire to create. But how will ma man’s creations fare? Will they attain a measure of the divine? Or will they, too, fall from grace?

Adam Link: Dr. Link was my creator. He was my friend. When I learned from Nina that he was dead the world seemed somehow… faded, to me.

Thurman Cutler: I shall push Constitutional protection to the point of absurdity.
Adam Link: I was not aware that this hearing was intended to be a lesson in the absurd.

Adam Link: Is that how you really see me, Mr. Cutler? As a talking mannequin?
Thurman Cutler: A man suffers, a man bleeds, a man has a soul.
Adam Link: (seizing Cutler’s throat) I could snap your neck as if it were a toothpick! In that sense, you’re right. I’m not like most men. But like most men, I choose not to.
Thurman Cutler: Let me go.
Adam Link: Why? Because I have respect for life, all life, even that of a jaded attorney who wants to put a talking mannequin on trial to discredit the legal system. You don’t know me, Mr. Cutler. You don’t know anything about me. The thought that Dr. Link, my creator, my friend, is dead saddens me to no end. And the thought that I might have killed him, even if by accident, is abhorrent to me. I do suffer, but unlike men my face doesn’t show my feelings! Now, leave me alone!!

(After Carrie Emerson has demonstrated Adam Link’s potential hazard in a theatrical way.)
Thurman Cutler: If I were in your position, I might have done the same thing.
Carrie Emerson: Well, you have been in my position, and you have done the same thing.
Thurman Cutler: Well, there’s a difference. I’d have got away with it!

Control Voice: (closing narration) Empathy. Sacrifice. Love. These qualities are not confined to walls of flesh and blood, but are found within the deepest, best parts of man’s soul, no matter where that soul resides.



Cultural References
Rossom Hall
The name of the research hall where Dr. Link works on his creation alludes to the play Rossum's Universal Robots written in 1920 by Karel Čapek.



Warning: The Outer Limits season 1 episode 19 guide may contain spoilers
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