The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 11

Dark Matters (2 Jun. 1995)

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A cargo ship is forced from hyperspace into a strange region of "dark matter" where some of the normal laws of physics seem not to apply - even the dead linger, unable to find their reward.... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Commander Lydia Manning
Michael Dolan ...
Rob Anderson
Allison Hossack ...
Erin Whitley
Kevin Stein
Captain John Owens
Paul Stein
Young Paul
Young Kevin


A cargo ship is forced from hyperspace into a strange region of "dark matter" where some of the normal laws of physics seem not to apply - even the dead linger, unable to find their reward. Worse, contact with these specters is fatal to the living. If the crew can't escape quickly, they'll join the current residents, human and alien, eternally denied whatever lies beyond death... Written by CommanderBalok

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Per the title, dark matter is an astronomical term referring to matter that cannot be detected by electromagnetic (EM) means, only by gravitational means since it does not emit EM waves. See more »

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Good Suspense and Decent Character Development
3 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some of the better entries in this series are those that take place in deep space. This is a bit of a "Star Trek Voyager" type of episode. A cargo ship has been driven into a hole of some kind where the stars have disappeared and ghosts of dead space travelers come aboard. Add to that the fact that the brother of one of the principle characters, who disappeared years ago on an explorer vessel, appears as a hologram/ghost. He imparts his contentiousness. The sibling rivalry continues beyond death. The dead man was the perfect son, sports star, military hero, and dad's favorite. However, he does have a secret that if brought up would tarnish his reputation. There are also some aliens that look like big praying mantises. They are also non-corporeal but very threatening. The issue at hand is, how does one get out of this spot and not become the next victim of this interplanetary graveyard. As with the aforementioned "Star Trek" thing, there is considerable jargon and a lot of activities taken at faith. Still, it's fun and suspenseful, and not as depressing as some of the other episodes.

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