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At the end of the novel they regret all the changes their tampering has forced on human society, the irony being that the Alternate History they have created is far better than the one which actually happened. They were trying to start World War I early, in a bid to get the — as they saw it — inevitable violence over with quickly and with relatively minimal loss of life. They were considerably surprised when, after carefully explaining this to the leaders who would be involved and asking them to hurry it up, the leaders avoided it instead.

Kate Elliot's Jaran Series involves the vast Chapalii Empire, who simply absorb the Earth and humans into their Empire without effort or aggression. Even though they've received many technological benefits from being ruled by the Chapalii and very little in the way of drawbacks, the humans still rebel.

The body-snatching alien invaders in Stephenie Meyer's The Host see themselves this way they cut down on crime, improved healthcare, and generally civilized those violent and barbaric humans! Isn't it great? Part of the problem is that the "souls," as they call themselves, never even conceived that their hosts may be unwilling, or that it would be wrong to take away that freedom many of the other species they have gotten involved in were nonsentient or borderline intelligent, similar to dolphins or apes here on Earth.

When the main soul character runs into a truly altruistic human, she realizes the aliens were wrong. The aliens are definitely well-intentioned.

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The only other race that was actually intelligent enough to possibly a mind honestly didn't care, and in fact welcomed them. In fact, they were only wrong once before, out of all the other planets they tried. An even older example would be the aliens from Robert A. Heinlein 's The Puppet Masters , who consider themselves to be bringing inner peace to humanity.

Humanity, needless to say, does not agree, and they are rather less benevolent, what with entertainments like pitting human puppets against each other in gladiatorial battles. The Quozl , from the book of the same title by Alan Dean Foster , turned out to be quite beneficial to humans once each species was willing to recognize the other as sentient life forms. Possibly subverted in the ending, in which we discover the Quozl, whose ability to offer violence is bound by very formal doctrine, intend to use humans as warriors to fight in their stead, should the need appear—indeed, they believe they've enslaved us without us being aware of it.

It is far better to be cute, cuddly, and lovable than to wield a bigger gun or sharper sword. We obey their laws and hew to their restrictions, we leave all major decisions to them — while we advise quietly and deferentially. We do exactly as they command, which is just what we want. An alien comes to earth and meets an earthling, He shakes hands with him as the following conversation takes place: Alien: Do you have bathrooms here on Earth? Earthling: Yes. Alien: Do you have toilets? Alien: Do you have toilet paper? Alien: That's funny. We use our hands! Live Action TV.

They thought humans and Cylons could live together "peacefully", but it quickly descends into a tyrannical occupation regime rounding up random civilians for mass executions in reprisal for resistance bombings. The main conflict is between a character who can't accept the loss of the woman he loved, and the fact that the body's new occupant is in no way her. In another episode, alien music begins to mutate those who listen to it. As those who haven't listened to the music investigate, they learn that the sun is about to undergo a shift, becoming deadly to humanity as it is now.

The mutated form will survive. Instead of being the usual Downer Ending twist, they learn this in time to get the word out, and spread the broadcast far and wide enough for everyone on Earth to be able to undergo the change. Although in actual fact, the aliens are deceptive and prepared to kill to get more bodies. While not an invasion per se, the Tenctonese refugees of Alien Nation are implied to have brought several advanced technologies to Earth when their slave ship crash-landed, which are now being reverse-engineered.

Earth: Final Conflict counts, though not all the Taelons were equally benevolent. Also a case of a relatively benevolent alien conqueror trying to protect Earth from a far less benevolent would-be conqueror. According to the Jaridians, they'd have no problem with humans if we kicked the Taelons out before they entrenched themselves in human society. They actually sent a warning message to Earth before the Taelon arrival, but the Taelons intercepted and blocked it.

Played with in an alternate reality explored in an episode of Farscape , John Crichton was born on an Earth that had been taken over by the Scarrans decades ago, the remaining humans apparently the product of Scarran interbreeding. While the Scarrans are brutal toward species they consider threats, or to be of some value, humans were apparently not much of a threat, so long as the Scarrans kept them confined to Earth. It was noted that the admixture of Scarran DNA had been beneficial for humans in the long run: they were healthier and enjoyed longer lives.

John, however, was unhappy because the Scarrans denied humans permission to explore space. As seen in the Enterprise series, this didn't go perfectly smoothly. Many humans chafed under the well intentioned clampdowns the Vulcans created. Deep Space Nine had an early, brief allusion to this angle.

Eddington : You assimilate people According to Word of God , the final track of Rush 's rock opera "" represents the return of the culturally enlightened Elder Race of Man, who overthrow the culturally repressive Solar Federation. Good news for humanity, but a bit too late for the protagonist. Tabletop Games. The Tau Empire of Warhammer 40, claim to be this, and initially were though providing a nicer place to live than the Imperium of Man isn't all that hard. This was before the idea that the Tau were just engaging in Realpolitik , and rumors of concentration camps and forced sterilization started circulating.

Whether the rumors are true or if it's all just Imperial propaganda is in this case irrelevant, since the Tau would still be the most benevolent alien race or civilisation, period - the Imperium of Man is known as 'the cruellest, most bloody regime imaginable' for a very good reason to invade in the setting if it's true. And that's saying something Somewhat applies to the Imperium itself, though only to human worlds. More often than not, they leave the world's government's intact, set up trade routes with other worlds, often provide some level of technological advancement even if it is just lasguns for the conscript legion , and leave the world's culture mostly intact.

The only demands usually made are "pay us in tithes of men and materials, and worship the God-Emperor ". This actually makes them a lot closer to The Federation than the Imperium would seem capable of. If you're on a non -human world, however, your options are somewhat limited. It should also be noted that this is primarily because of difficulties in enforcing a galaxy spanning empire, not out of any form of altruism. If they could enforce a cruel dictatorship on every world, they likely would, as can be seen on Holy Terra and its closest neighbors.

Dark Eldar are also known for claiming this. In their case it is the most cynical Blatant Lies imaginable. Traveller : The Third Imperium was this. Of course most of the invaders had ancestors that were from Earth anyway. Zigzagged in Bleak World , the Aliens are mostly trying to kill the Venusians over a petty grudge, but they also give protecting the humans as a reason to invade Earth For clarification, the Venusians are a different race of aliens from the PC race aliens and invaded Earth to steal our sense of Hope and Wonder to fight an Eldritch Abomination.

Video Games. In The Journeyman Project , aliens make contact with humans to say that they'll be showing up in ten years to start diplomatic relations, thus giving humanity plenty of time to get used to the idea. Agent 5 has to stop the one guy who thinks the aliens are bad, though. In the Shadowgrounds series, it turns out that the aliens are invading the colony because an experimental weapon being developed there would end up destroying the solar system if ever used.

When their peaceful attempts to warn of the impending disaster were misinterpreted as threatening to destroy mankind, they reluctantly decided that they'd have to wipe out the colony to save humanity in general. This almost backfires, but the misunderstanding is finally cleared up at the last minute. It's a case of Grey and Gray Morality , this time.

Many of the citizens of the SMC, including one of your former party members, consider the advanced technology and order that they bring to the chaotic galaxy to be a boon, and nobody is unhappy to see the last of the SMC's Space Pirates , but the first things to go under their rule are freedom of navigation and independent space captains, which the Player Character is not going to take lying down. The Chenjesu from the Star Control games asked humans to join an alliance against the Ur-Quan, and in exchange shared their technological knowledge with us.

The Ur-Quan themselves aren't all that bad, either; while they do prevent the species they conquered from leaving their home planet, and destroy most major cities and military installations, they evacuate said places first and make sure the species can still survive, building new cities or even finding a new planet if the old one is no longer habitable.

In Star Control 2 it's revealed the Ur-Quan Kzer-Za believe themselves to be benevolent dictators who are protecting the galaxy from far worse forces mainly their opposite faction the Ur-Quan Kohr-ah, who believe all other life should be killed rather than simply enslaved. In Half-Life 2 and the Episodes, the interdimensional Combine invaders attempt to play themselves up as this, going so far as to have their spokespuppet call them "Our Benefactors". Enough people buy into it that there is a significant population of collaborators and volunteers for trans-human transformation.

It is played straight with the Vortigaunts, who are more than willing to help humanity out once they realize there is a common enemy in the Combine. That creepy interdimensional bureaucrat seems to think otherwise though Upon leaving the train depot in the introductory level of HalfLife 2 , the PC hears people make comments implying they are at least somewhat resigned to the situation, if not aware, the Combine does in fact suck.

The implication in Half-Life 2 is that life under the Combine started out rather better than it is at the point where Gordon shows up, but that the administration more or less dropped off after humanity was sufficiently neutered; they don't even paste up new propaganda posters any more. Then again, the Civil Protection universe is apparently much less of a Crapsack World than the main Half Life 2 universe anyway. The backstory to Sword of the Stars involve peaceful contact between Morrigi traders and primitive human civilizations some ten thousand years ago — they apparently also had similar encounters with the primitive tarka.

Ok, fine, so they didn't do much trading above the 'exchange of shiny baubles' stage Morrigi culture is partially based around seeking out new civilizations and exchanging shiny baubles with them; not so much handing all their hard-earned technological advances to the "children of the dust". Still, they did give the species they visited the inspirations for dragons , for which more than one RPG developer should probably be grateful. The Vasari in Sins of a Solar Empire were half this. If your species hadn't mastered space travel, you were peacefully integrated and given a minimal amount of standing as a "valued citizen".

If you had mastered space travel, your civilization was violently overthrown and your race enslaved. In Perfect Dark , the Maians planned to do this eventually, but left the humans to develop on their own for a few millennia. The end of the main plot revolves around the Maian ambassadors finally coming down to meet with the authorities in the White House and establish peaceful connections. Then the game plays the evil Alien Invasion straight when the Skedar come rolling along. The Praetorians in City of Heroes like to present themselves as wanting to change Primal Earth for the better.

Whether they actually are is something that is up for debate. So blowing a huge hole in the planet is probably not the most benevolent thing an alien could do, but the Krill in Sigma Star Saga did it to kill an Eldritch Abomination that was hibernating inside the Earth, and their second invasion was to check on Earth's recovery.

The benevolent part is questionable as the Krill paid little attention to the Puny Earthlings , but things would've been much worse if they didn't show up. You can invoke this in Endless Worlds by colonizing a world already inhabited by a sentient race that your own happens to get along with. The new "colony" is de facto part of your empire, since the spaceports and other orbital infrastructure are state-owned, but if they let you settle in the first place they're generally happy to start pitching in with this whole space-faring thing.

Subverted in XCOM 2 , the Ethereals' propaganda has done a good job of convincing most people that this is what's happened to Earth.

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The "chaos of the Old World" has been replaced with the peace and stability of the ADVENT Administration , advanced technology has turned ADVENT's city centers into shining, futuristic metropolises, and gene clinics have eradicated most diseases , all thanks to the benevolence of "the Elders.

XCOM doesn't just have to defeat ADVENT on the battlefield, it has to reveal the truth about the alien regime, to encourage the rest of humanity to rise up against them. It's possible to do this to primitive civilizations in Stellaris , depending on your empire's ethics. Though obviously pulling it off is more difficult than simply taking the planet and enslaving or exterminating the natives. You can go out of your way to improve their standards of living and give them a voice in your government , but between having been invaded and the culture shock of suddenly having an interstellar empire running their society, you're going to be dealing with unrest and lowered productivity for a long time.

Plus other empires will feel somewhat threatened by your aggressive expansion. Parodied in this strip. The Cyantian Chronicles : Subverted. The Cyantians are trying to avoid doing this when they contact with Earth. In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! Many dragons see it more as a case of Vichy Earth. The circumstances of their first meeting have a lot to do with it.

In Sinfest , the aliens try. In Reversed Star , aliens are shown to live alongside humans peacefully, to the point where one of the main characters is a product of Interspecies Romance which is common. Web Original. The SCP Foundation keeps track of the many potential futures of the human race they've explored via Time Travel , which basically all end with the destruction of humanity and are only distinguished by when and how it happens.

One such future, dubbed Determinative Set XW, is a typical subversion of this trope. Alien or otherdimensional beings arrive on Earth and share their advances with humanity, leading hundreds of thousands of humans to volunteer to be joined in a gestalt consciousness. The resultant being is imprisoned, cut off from outside contact, and given bare-minimum rations while the rest of humanity is wiped out. Western Animation. Futurama Fry eats a rancid sandwich from a bus stop vending machine, and his body becomes infested with microscopic worms that actually do everything they can to fix up their new home, turning him super smart, super strong, and Nigh Invulnerable.

Also in the movie The Beast with a Billion Backs, the entire universe is invaded by Yivo, a rather benevolent alien being from another universe. Shkler body actually turns out to be a heaven like place. Then there was The Professor's recollection of the last time aliens invaded, and all they did was force the smartest people on the planet to breed with each other.

It might not have been benevolent to mankind as a whole, but judging by his reactions, it sure was a great time for some. Half-averted, half-played straight, in most Transformers stories when humanity has widespread knowledge of the alien self-propelled Humongous Mecha among them, as well as many of the ones in which only a handful of Earth's people are aware.

Usually the Autobots are the benevolent kind, the Decepticons are the other kind. Notably, although they're fighting a war on our doorstep, the Autobots show no desire to overthrow Earth's governments "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings," after all. Even the Decepticons usually don't care much about conquering humanity per se, except perhaps as a means to help them loot the Earth more efficiently to them, humans are scarcely more than animals, and we're in the way.

Not only do the Autobots not try to overthrow Earth's governments, they're often shown working with them. They also do their best to keep a low profile to avoid a public panic, and sometimes help out with our planet's own problems when they're not busy protecting us from the Decepticons. And the "protecting us from the Decepticons" thing is pretty significant in its own right.

The Rescue Bots don't have to deal with Decepticons, and instead masquerade as non-sentient Transforming Mecha to protect the people of the high-tech island of Griffin Rock from any threats that might crop up. The only one to object to this mission when Optimus Prime assigned it was Heatwave Not because he didn't want to help, but because he wanted to do it more openly. He eventually gets his wish. One episode of Mighty Max starts with reports of a swarm of beetles ruining a small village.

Turns out they are actually tiny alien scouts, clearing the area for one of their diplomatic ships to land. Hey, the aliens left a note saying they would come back later it's in a language no one alive can read, of course. The aliens want Earth's toxic and radioactive waste; it's apparently an extremely valuable commodity where they come from.


Win-win for Earth, Max, and the aliens. Not an invasion, but rather a crash landing: In Justice League Unlimited , we learn that in the distant past c. Worshipped as gods In spite of their wishes they used their technology to make the harsh desert bloom with life and ruled over a vast and peaceful empire as benevolent leaders. They were expansionist, yes, but only to bring their peace and bounty to their neighbors, who were primarily ruled by unjust dictators Teth-Adam even sends an offering of horses to thank the Thanagarians for liberating Kahndaq.

Suddenly, Jennifer is plagued by nightmares and searing pain in her head, all at in the morning or afternoon. Once the pain starts she begins furiously writing in binary code. It's Robert who suggests that perhaps the binary code's 0's and 1's might be able to be translated. As a former astrophysicist who had mental problems that forced him to work as a janitor, Robert enters the code into his computer to try to translate it.

Meanwhile, Jennifer's husband Sam, concerned for his wife and their young baby, is convinced that Jennifer is going crazy. But as the sounds and dreams become more pronounced Jennifer and Robert are determined to break the code. What they discover is an alien force, trying to communicate a cry for help through Jennifer's implant.

The aliens are in a ship hurtling toward the sun and they need help from Earth to save their ship. The message sent was really instructions for a high energy laser designed to push the ship out of a terminal path. They build and activate it just in time to see the ship pushed away from the sun and towards safety. Link is working on the central memory of a robot, Adam, when it suddenly activates and attacks him. A lab assistant enters the room in time to see Adam smashing up the laboratory before crashing through a window and escaping. Link is left dead. Some time later, a police officer finds Adam in a back alley.

It asks the officer to contact Dr. Link and it apparently remembers nothing of the incident. Adam is taken to a cell and preparations are made to disassemble it. Mina, Dr. Link's daughter, contacts a lawyer, Thurman Cutler. Cutler pushes for a murder trial, insisting that Adam is his client and not simply a machine.

A court hearing begins, and the prosecutor pushes for dismissal of the case and immediate disassembly on the grounds that Adam is just a machine. Cutler argues that, although Adam is clearly not human, it possesses intelligence and will, and on that basis, deserves a trial. During the hearing, one of Dr.

Link's colleagues reveals that he had lost his funding. Cutler begins to look into Dr. Link's financial records and finds that he was working for a defense contractor, and eventually discovers that he was working to turn Adam into a weapon. Cutler is threatened by a shady representative of the defense company, but brings the matter up in court anyway.

He argues, with supporting evidence of financial accounts and company memos, that Dr. Link was forced into attempting to rewrite Adam's central programming, effectively lobotomizing it. Adam reacted in the way any human might when faced with death. The court eventually finds that Adam is a person and will stand trial for the murder of Dr. As it is being led away, Adam sees the prosecuting attorney in danger of being run over and rescues her, sacrificing its own life in the process.

Leonard Nimoy , father of co-director Adam Nimoy, co-stars in both this episode and the s Outer Limits version of "I, Robot," albeit as different characters. Neither version has any connection to the famous "I, Robot" stories of Isaac Asimov. A woman asks physicist Dr. Leviticus Mitchell to investigate a haunted house where her son and his girlfriend were last seen. Senator Richard Adams Perry King is at the top of his game. But after a press conference extolling the virtues of a new fuel additive BE, which is supposed to clean up the atmosphere, he and his aide, Evan Branch are in a serious auto accident.

Branch is dead, and Adams has a head injury, but his attending physician, Dr. Leslie McKenna Mimi Kuzyk , is baffled by his unusual x-rays--four frontal brain lobes and only three major organs. Before Adams can figure out what happened, a large security detail whisks him and his files away to the Sendrax Corporation, the home of BE It turns out that Adams is an alien and his "kind" are trying to keep their presence a secret.

And because their body make up is different, BE, with long term use, will reconfigure the Earth's atmosphere so it is poisonous to humans, and compatible for the aliens. Adams realizes that he is in danger, and escapes to see McKenna, the only person he can trust. Together they unlock the secret of Adams' identity and the horror of the alien master plan, and divulge the secret of BE to Kyle Haller Scott Swanson , an aggressive young reporter.

Before Haller can expose the aliens he is killed and McKenna is framed for the murder. In the end, Adams thinks he has escaped the aliens, but in reality his nightmare has only begun. Randall Strong, a former member of Army intelligence, tries to convince the members of the committee that a number of different alien invasions of Earth are occurring, and demands an official investigation and response to the threats.

His evidence comes from incidents in previous episodes of the first season: the experiments of Simon Kress in " The Sandkings "; an attempt to take over and impersonate the crew of a spacecraft returning to Earth in " The Voyage Home "; the alien parasite in " Caught in the Act "; the alien enzyme able to absorb and imitate living and non-living matter in " If These Walls Could Talk "; the aliens posing as religious messengers in " Corner of the Eye ". Strong also believes that the committee itself has been infiltrated by one or more aliens posing as humans see " Birthright ". The episode " The New Breed " is also referenced, though as counter-evidence that bizarre occurrences are not necessarily a result of alien interference.

During the long and stressful meeting it appears that the committee chairman, Thornwell, is an infiltrator because of his opposition to Strong's evidence and claims. The committee adjourns for a private conference to discuss their decision. Upon returning they announce that Strong's evidence and claims of multiple alien invasions have been rejected. In response Strong grabs a gun from a guard and kills Chairmen Thornwell, believing him to be the one blocking further investigation and hoping to expose his alien nature by injuring him.

However, Thornwell was privately arguing in support of Strong and was outvoted. Other committee members were the infiltrators, and the death of Thornwell has opened the way for a complete takeover of the committee's activities. The episode ends with the infiltrators wondering if any of the other alien species will pose a threat to their plans, musing that "anything is possible".

FBI agent Jamie Pratt Michelle Forbes investigates a series of murders spanning a period of forty years—all committed with the same gun. The gun is traced to Dr. Theresa Givens Amanda Plummer a former employee at a top-secret government project. Mysteriously, Givens was only five years old at the time of the first murder, and the gun hadn't even been manufactured. The character Dr. Theresa Givens also appears in the season 6 two-hour finale "Final Appeal". Chris Brancato.

Humanity has destroyed itself in a biological war, and only a few hundred androids remain. Eric A. They must decide whether to give their child all the advantages of black market genetic enhancements, which run the risk of Genetic Rejection Syndrome.

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After discovering that their neighbor's son didn't die years ago, but rather has been turned into a monster as a result of GRS, Howard and Joanne decide to reverse the genetic enhancement process of their unborn child. A reporter Ally Sheedy on her way to work overhears a cellular phone conversation about the "removal" of a controversial author.

Her investigation reveals a trail of people who disappeared leaving only a pile of ash behind After a series of chases and narrow escapes, the alien hitman finally catches up with the reporter and reveals to her that the people he's been "removing" had accidentally contracted a deadly alien virus, and that he's been hunting them down in order to prevent them from spreading the virus to the rest of humanity.

The hitman explains that the reporter has also contracted the virus through her contact with one of the targets, and the reporter ultimately decides to sacrifice herself to spare humanity from the disease. The hitman corrects the reporter, he has not been vaporizing the targets, merely teleporting them off Earth where the disease is not fatal. The episode ends with the alien and the reporter teleporting away. Sam Stein Mark Hamill develops a machine that allows a person to connect themselves directly to the brain of another and experience their thoughts and feelings.

Intended for use with coma patients, he suddenly gets the chance to use it with a colleague who is comatose after an accident. Sam Stein initially thinks that his machine's application for communicating with the comatose Dr. Rachel Carter is a complete success. However, a mysterious pair of hands emerge to grab at Carter whenever Stein and Carter start becoming intimate.

It is soon discovered that the pair of hands belongs to the machine itself; It has learned to love Stein and is jealous of Carter. Stein's only two options are to disconnect the machine or to "show" the machine that it cannot love. Stein attempts to show the machine that it cannot love by grabbing what he thinks is the virtual representation of the machine a Caucasian female in the image of a disheveled mess and smothering it with an equally virtual pillow with goading from Carter.

Once he does that, though, the physical body of Carter dies. At this point, the machine reveals that it has been masquerading as Carter all along; the entity he had mistakenly suffocated was apparently the real Carter. Stein, in a rage, destroys the machine. It is not known for how long the machine was mimicking the appearance of Carter, or whether the "pair of hands" were Carter's from the very start or only at the very end.

Eddie Wexler suffers from flashbacks of an alien abduction, which eventually drives him to suicidal behavior. After checking himself into a mental institution with others suffering from similar problems, he begins to suspect that there is something more sinister going on at the hospital. Norman Glass celebrates his first wedding anniversary with his beautiful and talented wife, Ady. Norman's best friend, Dennis, also has a beautiful wife, Barbara. However, over the next few days, both relationships unravel rather quickly. First, Dennis walks out on Barbara; Norman goes to talk to Dennis in a city park and is frightened by what he finds.

Dennis, clearly unhinged and paranoid, claims that Barbara is not what she seems, and that she is an alien creature who can change appearance through influencing people's thoughts.

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A strange woman approaches Dennis and claims to be Barbara, begging him to take her back. Norman doesn't recognize her, but Dennis does—whereupon he runs into traffic and is killed. Later, after Dennis' funeral, Norman experiences the same effects: he begins to feel repulsed whenever he touches, smells or tastes his lovely wife.

Ady attempts to bluff her way out of the situation but is forced to admit the truth: she and Barbara are aliens whose ship crash-landed on Earth some time ago. They are repulsive creatures in their natural form apparently, of aquatic origin , but since they are stranded on Earth with no way to leave, they decided to try to blend in and live out the rest of their lives as human women.

Their ability to trick someone's senses wears off, as the victim grows a resistance, after a year or so. Norman becomes unhinged at this knowledge and is taken away by paramedics. A mother sends her recalcitrant son, Rusty Dobson, to a military academy. The administrators are actually controlling the students through a chip inserted into their heads.

They want to create a group of business executives who are willing to commit murder in order to make more money for their companies. Rusty and one other student are immune to the chip because of a medicine they are taking for ulcers. The other student wants to wait to graduate, and then expose the place to the outside world. Rusty is convinced that this is a bad idea, and wants to escape. However, as soon as he approaches the boundary of the academy, the chip in his head gives him severe migraine. At the end of the episode, Rusty manages to escape by stealing the security clearance cards out of the administrator's office and disabling the boundary control system.

His fellow students chase after him, but he re-activates the system and they are unable to follow him past the walls of the academy. He tries to call his mother from a payphone, but she is busy in an office. He heads to the site of an assassination plan he knows of, but police who show the distinctive scars from the computer chip implantation detain him. His friend from school performs the assassination. The president is taken to an underground bunker on his way to his inauguration. He is told that an object is quickly approaching the Earth.

It turns out that this object is from an alien spaceship. After this, a fleet of alien spaceships heads towards the Earth. The aliens in these ships live in a liquid environment. The president is given as much information as possible, but usually in scientific or technical language.

He demands that everything be told to him in plain English. The Russians are very afraid of these ships. As the fleet grows nearer to Earth, the aliens try using Earth's artificial satellites to communicate. The president asks his general what to expect if the aliens were attacking the Earth. The general tells him that the aliens would send a scout down to test the Earth's defenses.

The aliens send one ship towards the Pacific Ocean, and it looks like they are attacking. The president orders a nuclear submarine to fire a nuclear missile at the ships. The Russians also fire missiles. The aliens destroy the missiles, the submarine, and send weapons bound for Moscow and Washington, DC.

Computers manage to decode the message sent by the aliens by removing the interference of a liquid environment. The message said, "Let us be your friends. An astronaut crashes on an alien planet, but by some miracle he is quickly able to contact Earth and speak directly to the space agency behind his mission. Twenty years have passed for them and his former lover is now married and the director of the agency. Raymond Dalton stumbles through a forest in a vicious snow blizzard before finally collapsing. He wakes in a warm and comfortable mansion with a group of people, only to be told that the entire world is blanketed by an enormous storm, and he has found the only safe place.

Physics professor Dr. Stan Hurst Michael Gross notices that the moon is extremely bright. He realizes that the sun must have gone nova and the side of the Earth in daylight must be suffering extreme heat—and that he has only a few hours left to live. He speaks to another academic and decides that it would be better if people did not know what had happened.

For years, he has had a secret crush on Leslie Joanna Gleason , the owner of a local book shop, but he never had the courage to ask her out. In light of the pending disaster he invites her to go for a walk with him; a love story ensues where he and Leslie marry on what they assume is their last night on Earth. Hurst is forced to admit to Leslie what is going on; she is initially extremely disconcerted and distrustful of his intentions, although he defers these misgivings by repeatedly professing his love. When they go to her apartment to eat, he begins to suspect that the Earth is merely being hit by an extreme solar flare , and he begins to plan for an extended period of survival, despite his new wife's reluctance.

He turns out to be correct, and the professor and his wife are one of the few left alive despite extreme flooding , although the story is ambiguous as to the scale of the disaster. A slightly underdeveloped boy named Howie is the last unaffected person in a small town overrun by a strange madness. Miners unearth ancient parasites, in the shape of worms, which attack the brains of their hosts. While the infected townsfolk lose all their inhibitions, Howie must save his sister Sheila, the only person who truly cares for him.

Deprived of Sheila's guidance for the first time in his life, Howie struggles to evade his maddened neighbors and destroy the parasites. In the process, he becomes a hero to the whole town. A bitter ex-soldier agrees to help a militia hijack a U. Army shipment of missiles. Instead of missiles, they find a lone guard who pleads with them not to open the shipment because it is deadly. Major Mackie demands to know what is in the shipment and believes that the Captain is lying.

But all the lone guard will tell him is "don't open it". Even under threat of death, Captain Washington refuses to stand down, but Major Mackie eventually forces his will to be done. They open the door and a chilling series of events begin to unfold as an alien life form freezes them to death. The soldiers lose their discipline and begin to scatter, questioning their loyalties. All the while the alien stalks with cold impersonal efficiency, taking out the self-styled militia one by one. The final scene shows a police officer frozen outside of the building. Linden Stiles Clancy Brown is a wrongly convicted murderer of 11 people and is offered a choice between his execution and his cooperation with an experiment.

His Christian beliefs don't allow him to make any choice but to go through with what turns out to be a genetic experiment to splice his genes with extraterrestrial genes. What ensues is Stiles becoming more and more of a horrific monster with increased thought and increased senses. He escapes in what turns out to be an intentional manhunt as they wanted him to escape so they can hunt him down. When the end comes near for the now mutated Stiles, the tables turn when aliens resembling his new form appear. The aliens and Stiles beam away, leaving his pursuers to realize that they were being tested by the aliens and that they failed the test.

Earth is under alien occupation and the human race has been conditioned for slavery, unable to think for itself or disobey an order. One human, the slave of an important ruler, is captured by a small band of rebel humans who try to break the conditioning and restore his free will. Christina Markham and Sheriff Grady Markham have to investigate a spate of strange incidents involving young and apparently healthy women suddenly growing old and dying.

In this sequel to episode " Quality of Mercy " Season 1, Episode 14 , the ship The Light Brigade is the last hope of humanity in a war against an alien race. In an attempt to turn the tide of the war, humanity is resorting to a Hiroshima -type strike. The Light Brigade carries a new bomb to be delivered to the enemy homeworld. This bomb works by breaking down the forces which hold subatomic particles together to form an atom.

As with the original atomic bomb, a very limited number was made. The first was tested on one of the Martian moons, and created an explosion of such power that it was daylight on Earth for several days. The Light Brigade' s purpose is to deliver this powerful weapon to destroy the enemy homeworld. The aliens ambush the ship, and use their unique methods to trick the survivors of the Light Brigade into failing their mission. This feat is achieved by Robert Patrick's character, John Skokes, whose physical likeness has been assumed by an alien spy, leading one to believe the real Skokes died in captivity following the events depicted in "Quality of Mercy".

In the closing scene, at huge personal cost, a young cadet Wil Wheaton releases the bomb over what he believes to be the alien homeworld. It is in fact Earth , and the mission is not only a failure, but the unleashing of the doomsday weapon on an already crippled humanity. Michael Bryant. With her once meteoric career at a standstill and her husband Xander Berkeley cheating on her, she sees no hope.

Then she encounters Rachael, an ardent fan from the future. Rachael is a time traveler—and an uninvited tourist in Melissa's body. She tells Melissa that her music inspired her future fans to resist a totalitarian takeover, which will succeed if she dies now. However, special authorities are out to punish Rachel for her crime, as time-traveling and using a host body plus changing the past is a serious offense, and she must be taken care of. The authorities from the future want Melissa dead and will resort to anything—including murder—to preserve their version of the past.

The final scene shows Melissa on the stage in her friend Janet's body singing to an audience. Rebecca Warfield Peri Gilpin and her husband Ben McCormick are trying to find out if out-of-body experiences can be artificially induced by subjecting monkeys to electric impulses. They see it as pure science, but to religious groups like Family Foremost, it is sacrilege.

Desperate for funding, Rebecca decides to run the experiment with a human subject: herself. She asks her assistant, Amy, to help. Amy, a secret religious fanatic, alters the experiment. Rebecca escapes from her body, but, unless she finds a way to communicate, she will remain trapped in another dimension. An alien race that has no concept of time uses wormholes to find planets with living creatures and enter them as hosts.

When the host is asleep, they use a wormhole to abduct them and transport them to their home world where they can learn everything the host has experienced. However, since the aliens have no concept of the passage of time, they aren't realizing that each time they return their host — Trevor Jon Cryer — home, they are returning him 10 years later each time, putting him further out of touch with everything he loves. At the end they remove the connection and send him back to the night he first left; he has his life back, and nobody knows what happened, except Trevor, who retains the memory of his experiences.

Melissa Rosenberg. Jack Henson David Hyde Pierce is conducting experiments in simulating time in prison for a powerful Senator which he says will free up space, money and curtail what he feels are inhumane punishments. The first prisoner visibly experiences twenty years in prison, though in reality twenty minutes passed, and is tearfully grateful to be released. The next prisoner brought in for the experiment repeatedly claims to be innocent before being put in simulation. When the prisoner begins to have seizures Dr.

Henson, worried that he may really be innocent and the simulation is affecting him negatively because of this, enters the simulation to bring the prisoner out within the second time limit. Henson succeeds and with time to spare. However, the moment of relief was short as the prisoner dies from a heart attack, apparently due to the shock of his "murder" by another inmate in the simulation.

Henson is charged with the murder of the prisoner due to his perceived depraved indifference over this risk, found guilty, and sentenced to twenty years in prison. Henson is beaten up by his cell mate and tormented by hearing threats from what he believes is the brother of the prisoner who died, apparently in the next cell. Attending mandatory sessions with the prison psychiatrist a hologram, due to budget cuts he is told the dead prisoner's brother is not in the prison, and he must be hallucinating.

Henson attempts to escape, but is shocked by the floors' electrical discharge, something he previously denounced. He resigns himself to prison life, adjusting slowly until release. It turns out he got the original prisoner free from the virtual prison in time and unharmed, but felt so guilty at seeing what the prisoner was subjected to he simulated his trial and sentence. The Senator is very impressed with the simulation and will push for its approval.

Henson snaps at hearing this after his experience, attacking the Senator and trying to destroy his machine, but is restrained while he struggles despairingly. After a nuclear holocaust, Aiden Hunter is possibly the last human being alive. Despite this, for the last seven months he has lived a hedonistic life deep below ground in a comfortable hi-tech bunker, with only computer-generated holograms of his friends and family for company. He even has a machine capable of creating physical stimulation for more intimate encounters with simulated women. The controlling artificial intelligence personality of the computer system is Emma Natasha Henstridge , who appears as an attractive female.

Eventually, Aiden tires of creating ideal women and decides to seduce Emma. Afterward he treats her like the many other disposable simulated females he created. However, it seems Emma is more than a simple computer program and begins to make life difficult for him. She alters her appearance to seem pregnant and begins to control the other holograms to create her own world. When Aiden attempts to reset the system, Emma retaliates by creating a holographic Aiden, along with his family and friends. Aiden finds himself completely alone and, in effect, a ghost unable to interact with the new "real world.

Karl Durand is a man in his 30s, but with the mind of a child. Jacob Valerian discovers a method for transferring memories and experiences into another person's brain. As his last dying act, he transfers his own memories into Karl's brain. Karl begins to have flashes of skill and talent from absorbing the doctor's memories.

When he accidentally kills another man, he uses the device to transfer the man's memories into his own brain. However, this causes Karl to exhibit multiple personality and schizoid behavior. Meanwhile he tries to date a woman he's secretly loved for years, with no success, and is forced to kill and "absorb" the detective investigating the death of the man Karl accidentally killed. Finally he absorbs the mind of an artist that the woman had a fling with hoping that his personality helps him to finally get her to love him.

The artist was temperamental and suicidal. The ending sequence shows Karl kneeling on the floor going crazy with a gun pointed to his head. The final scene shows a photo of Rose with Karl apparently committing suicide off-camera. Brenton Spencer. A high-profile and powerful public figure, Graham's Daniel Benzali position allows him to offer the opportunity to clone their deceased son. Rebecca Kim Cattrall is at first horrified and repulsed, but eventually agrees to undergo the procedure. After six months, strange things happen. Rebecca begins seeing things from her son's eyes. She meets with Dr.

Cole Teryl Rothery and tells her of the episodes. They both conclude that the child she is carrying is not just a clone, but has the memories of her dead son, Justin. She also realizes that her baby reacts strangely whenever she is around her husband Graham. As she sees through the baby's eyes, she can see the moment of Justin's death, and it doesn't line up with what she had been told.

Although Justin did die in an accident, Rebecca's husband, busy with some project, lost patience when the boy wanted attention, and brutally pulled a toy from Justin's hands, accidentally knocking him down; the boy fell and struck his head, and died in the hospital later. She decides to leave, since her husband lied, but Graham tries to convince her to give him a second chance.

Images communicated from Justin make her fear that Graham will attempt to kill her and make it look like an accident rather than allow her to leave him knowing his secret a high-profile divorce, especially if she reveals the truth about what happened to their son, could ruin him , so she hides in the attic. She finds a shotgun up there, and when Graham approaches her, she shoots him it is left ambiguous as to whether he truly intended to harm her. After three months, Rebecca has brought her newborn son in for a checkup. There is no explanation as to what occurred after Graham's death or what legal ramifications, if any, Rebecca faced for killing her husband.

When she leaves on the elevator, we see Dr. Cole, now pregnant, and -- responding to a kick —- she calms the unborn child, calling his name: Graham. Scott Shepherd. Frank Martin's son Danny brings home a beautiful girl to meet his family. The girl, Jade, looks exactly like a girl Frank once rescued from a top-secret military experiment 20 years before. Due to a brain injury, Ryan Unger cannot enjoy the benefits of a neural implant that allows other people to tap into The Stream—a direct connection into all human knowledge.

He tries, unsuccessfully, to keep up with everyone else by using a long-forgotten skill: reading books. For the human race, the Stream has been erroneously programmed to crave information instead of knowledge. Soon, it begins to turn the human race into its slaves to attempt to locate and process every single bit of information, a process that will lead to the human race's extinction as people stop doing everything to obtain the desired information.

Ryan's injury keeps him from falling under the sway of the Stream, leaving him the only person who can stop it. The Stream will not allow itself to be shut down, however, and it commands the humans under its control to defend itself from Ryan. In the end, Ryan succeeds in shutting down the Stream and saving humankind. Cut off from the mental crutch humanity has used for so long, Ryan finds himself needing to teach humankind the old ways of acquiring information again—from books. A chemical war leaves most of humanity unable to reproduce. Only rare couples, such as Sherry and Tim McAllister, are able to have healthy normal children.

Sherry and Tim McAllister conceive and become the focus of intense attention from the government. The couple slowly comes to the realization of how important the pregnancy is to the government, and how far it will go to get what it wants. They find themselves in a secret maternity hospital overseen by Dr. Clayton Royce. The McAllisters are truly horrified when they find that Dr. Royce has hidden designs on their newborn son as he intends him to be a permanent ward of the state. For the last twelve generations, humankind has been enslaved by an alien race and imprisoned in concentration camps overseen by androids.

Her desire to be free is pitted against the seemingly invincible alien New Masters. All the prisoners believe the world outside the camp is uninhabitable by humans. Prisoner discovers that the Commandant and the guards are androids who have received no maintenance for decades and are in desperate need of repair. She mends them from spare parts gleaned from other guards that have ceased to function, and finally forces the Commandant to reveal that the rocket fuel made in the camp is no longer in use by the alien fleet, which has moved beyond Earth.

He has received no communication from his superiors for decades, and has maintained the camp regimen simply because those were his orders. She leads a revolt that overpowers the guards and beheads the commandant. The episode ends with the inmates looking through the open gates at a virgin Earth. It is set in the town of Heart's Desire in the Oregon Territory in In the episode, a visitor from another world takes over the body of a human preacher. He gives four outlaws a special energy power, which they can use to destroy anything they wish as long as they "want it more than anything else.

Frank wants to use them to rob people. Later in the episode, the visitor gives the powers to two brothers, Jake and Ben Miller who use them to rival their ex-partners. After this, the visitor explains to Jake and a woman who witnessed the violence his reason for coming to Earth, and giving them this power. Jake asks him, "All of these people, dead, for what? It takes a few to destroy the many, especially when even the best of you can be dragged down into the mire.

Judging from your example, brother against brother, friend against friend, you people have such a potential for violence, sheer, unvarnished wickedness, I've got every confidence you'll destroy yourself before you build your first interstellar engine. We've got nothing to fear from you. A spaceship crashes while on a mission of mercy.

One of the crew is bitten by a strange spider-like creature and begins to hallucinate—unable to tell what is real, and what is fantasy. Commander Virgil finds himself between two realities. An effect from a poisonous spider bite after his ship crash landed on a moon and he attempted to fix it. He finds himself shifting from the "bad" reality where he is stuck on the moon trying to survive with his crew mates and apparently hallucinating from poison, and the "good" reality where he is with his family, heralded as a hero and hallucinating due to a virus called Ellycia C.

In the end Virgil makes a choice to save his people in the "bad" reality while saying goodbye to the "good" reality. The captain manages to fire him on an escape pod. As he flies through space he manages to get a transmission from his wife. As he claims: "I save them. The truth of everything is that Virgil is in fact taken over by the spiders as so have the rest of the crew.

George Bloomfield. Beth Lela Rochon , a woman with alexithymia a psychiatric disorder whereby an individual cannot process emotions is a guinea pig for a chip that could restore emotion to alexithymia sufferers. After the chip has been implanted Beth experiences emotions for the first time. She then begins to hear voices, and even sees aliens who kidnap and perform experiments on her. The doctors suspect that this is a result of the implant and want to remove it.


Before the chip can be removed, Beth escapes from the hospital and returns to the house where she has been staying. She discovers that the apartment above hers contains the props and lighting necessary for staging the alien kidnapping. Her supposed friends in the apartment building enter the room looking for their cat, Beth hides and, trusting they are alone, her friends discuss their plan to make Beth believe she is hallucinating. They reveal that their plan is to discredit the company funding the research into the brain implant to give a rival company an advantage.

Beth springs out of her hiding place and pushes the trolley bed towards them, pushing them out the window and killing both of them. Given her psychiatric problems, Beth is not held responsible for her actions by the law courts. She appears to have returned to her original unemotional state and it is assumed that the chip has burnt out.

Days later, Beth is seen at home stroking her cat and she slowly develops a wry smile, suggesting that she was just hiding her emotion to avoid having the brain implant removed. Jason Priestley. James Houghton and Dr. Charles McCamber, working in secret, develop a means of revitalising the dead. After a semi-successful test—a patient is revived, but immediately begins a painful deterioration—Dr.

Houghton is assaulted and killed in a robbery attempt. He is revived believing that he has only a few days to live. Fearing that he has neglected his wife, he tries at first to make up for it by showering her with attention and affection—but his resentment toward the man who murdered him takes over. Certain that he will die soon, he takes revenge on the robber—only to find out later that he will live. He is arrested later that day on murder charges, and is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. A geneticist , Dr Martin Nodel, is a researcher looking into introns , mysterious sections of DNA that he believes hold the secret to future evolution.

He develops a formula that he believes will activate them, and tests it on himself. After developing the liquid that acts on the intron genetic material in DNA that acts as spacers and does not code for protein he tests the liquid on himself. He begins experiencing strange symptoms, including a sort of map that grows on his back and a pattern that grows on his hand. Shortly after he begins looking for students that are suitable candidates. They have to have a high IQ, never had surgery, and are free from imperfections such as tattoos or glasses.

They also have to be in a certain age, weight, and height range. After finding the needed candidates, he reveals the map. The area is discovered to be a hidden military area not on any normal map and, along with Nodel's son and his girlfriend, the group travels to the area. Inside that area, is a spaceship-type device, with symbols matching the ones on the Doctor's hands.

It activates, and a message from an apparent alien race is played back. The Doctor, and the students, decide to enter the ship on a journey to the home planet. Despite his son and son's girlfriend not qualifying, the Doctor says that they'd need someone like the two of them.

The ship takes off. The story concludes in episode 23 of season 4, " The Origin of Species ". Jeff Woolnough. Lieutenant Ben Conklin is given the assignment of spending one year in a bunker 11, feet underneath Alaska. He is told by General James Eiger that a fleet of alien ships are heading towards the Earth, as photographed by the Hubble Telescope.

His job is to be a revenge weapon should the aliens turn out to be hostile and take over. The world's chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons stockpiles have been linked to create a single doomsday weapon. Five people are placed in five bunkers around the world American , Russian , Chinese , African , and Australian. An alarm sounds randomly, and at least one of the bunker occupants must hit the dead man's switch to disarm it.

If a second countdown passes and no-one activates the switch, the doomsday weapon will fire and leave the surface of the Earth uninhabitable. To prevent them from being fed false information the bunker occupants are sealed off from the world, and can communicate only with each other and the General in charge of the operation. Devon Taylor Joshua Jackson , a young physics student, picks up a strange signal during his work at a radio observatory. He believes that he can hear a pattern in it, but none of his older colleagues can hear it. Taylor's younger sister, Joyce Taylor Kirsten Dunst , plays the tape and enjoys the sound so much she plays it at a rave.

When Devon finds her at the rave, everyone there is infected with skin deformities. All the teens are quarantined at a hospital, but when they are separated from the music on the tape they all experience severe pain and withdrawal symptoms. Devon and his superiors are left with no choice but to let the patients listen to the tape until they can figure out the rest of the transmitted message.

It is later discovered that a dying alien world had transmitted this audio in order to save other planets from a dire fate: their sun had shifted to the ultraviolet spectrum, and all their world's inhabitants would have died if they had not figured out how to alter their own physiology so that they would resist the effects of the changed sun. They detected that Earth's sun would also undergo the same change and sent the audio signal to Earth so that humanity could prepare.

In the end the rest of humanity either transforms by the transmitted sound developing new, hardened skin or chose to remain as they were.

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Any humans who did not change would have to avoid the sun at all times since the new sun's radiation would be fatal to anyone who did not change. Steven Weber. Becka Paulson accidentally shoots herself in the head while watching a soap opera. The bullet lodges in her brain, and begins to have some strange effects.

In a stroke of 'luck', the bullet does not kill Becka, but her severe brain damage causes her to begin to hallucinate that the picture of a tuxedoed stranger on top of the TV Who calls himself 'The 8 By 10' Man; in the original story it was a picture of Jesus is talking to her. Under the advice of the 8 By 10 Man, Becka eventually decides to kill her worthless husband, and in a bit of 'damaged savantry', rigs up the television under the 8 by 10 Man's instructions to deliver a fatal electrical pulse to whoever touches the knob.

Becka in the end tricks her husband into touching it, but as he begins to be fatally electrocuted, she finally realizes just what she's done and tries to save him. All she does is alter the circuit by touching him, and the two fall dead, the victim of a tragic quirk of fate that was in the end far from lucky. Melvin Van Peebles. The crew of the space station Meridian begins to see visions of loved ones or enemies that lure them to their deaths.

After three crewmembers die, the remaining two including Captain Clark escape to Earth, where Clark is accused of murdering his crew. Dysart, his ex-wife, defends him by suggesting that the crew was driven insane by an experimental chemical, Soroxin. Joseph Stefano.

Joshua Hayward and his daughter Sarah wake one morning to find a four-block section of their suburban neighborhood surrounded by a mysterious energy barrier. Sarah finds a badly disfigured alien, Adrielo, who tells her that her neighborhood has been grabbed and moved by another race of aliens. He shows her a way through the energy barrier to his own captured realm. He begs her to help him save his people. Meanwhile, her father Joshua also finds a way through the barrier and comes face-to-face with their captors, the Triunes, a slothful race who feel physical activity is beneath them.

They explain—in a matter-of-fact manner—that Joshua, his daughter and the rest of the inhabitants of his neighborhood have been taken as part of a feasibility study into the suitability of humans for slavery. If they are found able to survive the aliens' native environment, the rest of Earth's population will also be taken and enslaved. Meanwhile, Sarah finds the rest of Adrielo's people. They are dying from a disease that is turning them to stone, and Sarah accidentally becomes infected. Joshua eventually finds her and she pleads with him not to touch her or he may also become infected.

They both slip back through the energy barrier and return to their own neighborhood. Joshua explains the purpose of the energy barrier to the other residents, and they wonder what choice they have other than to serve the Triunes. Joshua explains the disease his daughter has been infected with, and suggests they deliberately infect themselves to save Earth from enslavement by the Triunes. After discussing it, the residents join hands in the church to sacrifice themselves and prove that humans are unsuitable as slaves. Donald Rivers, a journalist for the television show The Whole Truth , has found proof that the government and large defense contractors have been illegally and secretly cloning human beings.

After locking himself in the studio with only a small crew he plans to air his report to the world. This episode is a clip show , and Donald Rivers' reports are made up of clips from other episodes of The Outer Limits. Unusually, one clip was taken from an episode that had yet to be broadcast, "In Another Life", which aired several months later as part of the next season. The GRS monster children are now adults who commit murders.

Ray injects himself with a serum to temporarily enhance his sensory abilities like GRS people in order to hunt him. He does this successfully, only to find out that it was a plot by his son, who placed the serum so that Ray would find it. His son forcefully injects more of the serum into his dad, so that Ray now has irreversible GRS and transforms into a monster.

Ray kills Dylan, but his family no longer loves him because he looks like the other GRS monsters. This episode is a sequel to the episode Unnatural Selection.

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Season 2, Episode 3. A group of obsolete androids a doctor, a miner, and two others attempt to escape from the hunters during the beginning of the hunt. One of their traps kills the son of the lead hunter. However, none but the miner android survives to reach the end of the hunting area.

A police officer tells him he is free because he has survived the hunt. In the next scene, another group of androids are unloaded for another hunt. The hunter that informed them what they are about to endure is the android who survived the first hunt. All soldiers of the team have drug injectors to protect them against an "alien virus". After a drug injector malfunction, the soldiers slowly realize that the drug is actually designed to cause hallucinations of disgusting looking aliens.

The "aliens" are actually humans as well, but from another federation. The team tries to make contact with the "alien team" to explain the situation and ask for peace. But their drug injectors work properly and they kill everyone from the team, believing that they are the aliens. The final scene shows the soldiers dead on the floor. Mason Stark hates his life. A year ago, he lost his wife Kristin to a mugger's bullet and he still blames himself for not doing more to protect her.

And today, he was fired from his job. With a gun in his hand and a severance package on his desk, Mason finds himself torn between suicide and psychosis—between killing himself and killing his co-workers. But before he can do either he's pulled into another dimension, into a world where there are hundreds of Mason Starks, each with a different life and a different character. The version of himself that brought Mason here is a powerful, manipulative man—we know him as Stark—who, in this dimension, runs the same company that fired Mason. Stark explains that he built a machine, the Quantum Mirror, to explore all those different versions of himself, only to have his experiment go horribly wrong because he pulled a murderous version of himself, a man we know as Mace, into his reality.

Now Stark wants Mason to stop the killer and promises to reunite him with Kristin as his reward. In this looking glass world, Mason must hunt himself on behalf of himself, in a desperate race to stop a killer 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. 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 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 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, a veteran of pacification missions on Earth, who favors annihilation of the new race and the ambiguous Corporal Charles Pendelton. 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.

The "primitive" aliens are in fact youths, an alien version of Boy Scout teams of a far more advanced race whose "father" appears through a wormhole much to the surprise of the humans. Having downloaded the location of the homeworld of these bloodthirsty aliens that would murder children, this "father" then plants a bomb killing the remaining crew.

The closing scene shows the alien ship approaching Earth ready to attack. Chris Ruppenthal. Tabloid TV reporter Judy Warren Kate Vernon knows she's come across a big story when she sees the videotape shot by two tourists in a remote Alaskan park. The tape shows Josh Butler, a recluse who lives in a cabin near the park, bringing back to life a young girl who has died after a fall, a feat he accomplishes by generating a mysterious blue glow. But, she only discovers how big a story it is when her pursuit of the strange young man is cut short by a top-secret military unit that is also chasing him.

It seems that the blue glow sent out electromagnetic pulses that knocked out two satellites orbiting 20, miles above the Earth, and the Air Force wants to know what's going on. A battery of tests doesn't produce any answers, leaving the brass, led by Col. Roger Tennent and Major Samuel Harbeck to debate whether Butler is an alien or an angel—someone to be dissected or to be worshipped. Warren doesn't know what Josh is either, but she knows she doesn't trust the soldiers to make the right choice.

This prompts her to try to save the recluse. The birth of a child is a joyful event, but for Shal and Brav, two young naive humans who live in a small commune in the woods, it is also a mystery and moment tinged with sadness. After Shal gives birth to a son, the first of the commune to do so, she and the baby are taken away by Mother, a wise alien who acts as a parent to the young people.

When the aliens send Shal home without her baby, she asks Brav to help her to rescue the child. With the knowledge Shal has gained from her time with Mother, they break through the protective barrier set up by the aliens to discover a new and fascinating world. It is a dangerous trip, with stinging, snake-like crawlers lurking in the shadows. But, it is also a journey of discovery as Shal and Brav find evidence—skeletons and body parts—that leads them to believe that their real parents were killed by the aliens. They find their baby, and after a fight with an alien, escape into the forest.

But, they must grapple with some haunting questions. Is Mother a monster or a savior? And, did the aliens destroy humankind or rescue it? Catherine O'Hara. When Tom Young Peter Flemming from the Department of Health travels to a small town in the Pacific Northwest to examine an old case file, it appears as though long ago the town had stopped trying to live in the present. Twelve years have passed since a tragedy killed many of their young children and left the residents without hope, without a future.

Many of them are still angry with the medical community for not finding a cure to save the children in their small community. The town's physician, Dr. Malcolm Boussard Lane Smith has felt the brunt of their anger—especially since his own two children did not die during the epidemic.