An advanced civilization contacts the U.S. to test both worlds' experimental-stage teleportation systems by exchanging citizens. Fearing the matter transport will fail, U.S. military select... See full summary »

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Chino Rivera
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Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander
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An advanced civilization contacts the U.S. to test both worlds' experimental-stage teleportation systems by exchanging citizens. Fearing the matter transport will fail, U.S. military select a prisoner serving a life sentence, not caring that a murderer's being loosed on Chromos, because it's 10 light years away. But will the ex-boxer escape before the exchange is completed, in the narrow window when the planets are aligned? Written by David Stevens

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Writer Joseph Stefano named the protagonist Chino Rivera after his good friend, actress and dancer Chita Rivera. See more »

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Dabney Coleman's line "The lab! Stop him!" was post-dubbed; his lips aren't moving at all. See more »

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Dr. Julia Harrison: It tried to kill me. It must have killed Dr. Richardson. It broke the force field and started to climb into the infirmary.
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It SNOT What It Seems!
14 October 2009 | by (Camden, NJ (The Forbidden Zone)) – See all my reviews

A distant planet contacts Earth and sends plans for a matter-transmitter (a primitive prototype for the Transporter seen on STAR TREK 3 years later). The authorities decide to test it by using a convict pulling a life sentence. But when the alien arrives, things get a LOT stranger than anyone imagined...

Like a lot of "lesser" OUTER LIMITS episodes, this one rambles a bit, and the more action-filled 2nd half is more confusing than suspenseful. But there are 2 standouts that make it memorable. One is Henry Silva's convict, who proves a far more fascinating and likable character than one might expect (indeed, I find this one of his BEST roles!). The other is the alien, which I can only describe as looking like something you'd get if you blew your nose too hard. Not sure if the thing is actually frightening, or just really disgusting to look at!

Look quick (and carefully) near the end for an early cameo role by Dabney Coleman, still more than a decade away from fame as the preacher on MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN (growing that moustache must be the best career move he ever made).

I get a kick out of it when Silva's character hands a revolver over and says, "Just watching him for you. He's a killer!"


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