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The Outer Limits: The Voice of Reason

A government employee presents evidence to a top-secret committee, in an effort to convince them that an alien conspiracy endangers the human race.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x22
Airdate: Sunday August 20th, 1995



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Guest Stars
Don S. Davis
As Callahan
Recurring
Lochlyn Munro
As Waters
Recurring
Daniel J. Travanti
As Thornwell (credited by character name)
Gordon Clapp
As Randall Strong

Co-Guest Stars
Alberta Watson
As Lynda Tillman (archive footage)
Recurring
Alyssa Milano
As Hannah Valesic (archive footage) (credited by character name)
Recurring
Andrew McIlroy
As Pallas (Demon) (archive footage)
Recurring
Beau Bridges
As Simon Kress (archive footage)
Recurring
Chris Sarandon
As Dr. Pallas (archive footage) (credited by character name)
Recurring
Dwight Schultz
As Leviticus Mitchell (archive footage)
Recurring
Garvin Cross
As Officer #1 (archive footage)
Recurring
Gillian Barber
As Fisk
Recurring
Jay O. Sanders
As Ed Barkley (archive footage)
Recurring
John Novak
As Dave Pettigrew (archive footage)
Recurring
Kavan Smith
As Quarterback (archive footage)
Recurring
Len Cariou
As Father Anton Jenescu (archive footage)
Recurring
Louis Ferreira
As Father John Royce (archive footage)
Recurring
Matt Craven
As Alan Wells (archive footage)
Recurring
Michael Dorn
As Pete Claridge (archive footage) (credited by character name)
Recurring
Mimi Kuzyk
As Dr. Leslie McKenna (archive footage)
Recurring
Perry King
As Richard Adams (archive footage)
Recurring
Peter Outerbridge
As Dr. Andy Groening (archive footage)
Recurring
Richard Thomas
As Dr. Stephen Ledbetter (archive footage)
Recurring
Robert Lewis (1)
As Gould (archive footage)
Recurring
Ryan Reynolds
As Derek Tillman (archive footage)
Recurring
Tom McBeath
As Detective Roth (archive footage)
Recurring
Vanessa Morley
As Miranda (archive footage)
Recurring
D. Neil Mark
As Guard
Main Cast
Kevin Conway (1)
voiced The Control Voice

Recap

The perspective pulls back from an overhead shot of the Earth to reveal a map that dominates one wall of a dark paneled and low lit conference room. A man enters the room carrying a case. Ill-at-ease and somewhat rumpled, he rummages through his case to find a tape that’s missing! The airman guarding the door calmly informs him it has already been cued in the machine. The man gets some water and drinks nervously as several other people file into the room...

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Episode Notes
This episode is a clip show – a show consisting of a loose framing sequence linking scenes from previous episodes (see “Internal References”)

This show is a bottle show – a show using a minimal number of sets. In this case, the action takes place entirely within a single conference room.



Episode Quotes
Control Voice: (opening narration) What is our last line of defense? Is it the military with all of their power and might? Or is it the courage of a solitary man?

Thornhill: Mr. Strong. If you are aware of this committee then you must be aware of its purpose.
Strong: Sir, this committee was formed to investigate unforeseen external threats to the United States
Thornhill: That’s exactly correct! Suffice it to say that we have not come to the same conclusions that you apparently have.
Strong: Then it will be up to me to convince you…

Waters: You know… Strong was right about those sandkings. They could be a real problem in twenty or thirty years.
Fisk: You think they can survive in a methane atmosphere?
Waters: I don’t know. But I suppose anything’s possible.

Control Voice: (closing narration) Sleep soundly in the knowledge that the dawn will come. Rest assured that our leaders are watching over us, but beware – for it is only their vigilance that stands between our restful slumber… and the end of the world.



Episode Goofs
Bloodless?
When Thornhill digs the bullet from the wall, there is no blood on it. There should be since it passed through his body on its way into the wall.



Episode References
As a clip show, the episode contains references to and actual footage from the following episodes, all in the first season:

Two members of the committee are revealed to be aliens at the end of the episode. The teleplay employs the tried and tested plot device of misdirection to convince viewers that someone else is the villain.



Warning: The Outer Limits season 1 episode 22 guide may contain spoilers
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