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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13 September 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I know, everyone who watches an anthology TV show like THE OUTER LIMITS regularly most likely has his/hers favorite Installments and this episode isn't among it (this is based on personal Inqueries I made concerning this show). When I saw DARK MATTERS in the first season of this then young show (despite the fact that this is the "second Beginning" since there was a predecessor) I immediately knew - no matter how long this show will run - it would be hard for any subsequent episode to surpass this single installment. After having seen all it's about 150 shows, despite some very good installment in between, I haven't changed my attitude. I was impressed by D.M. from the very beginning. The Cast was formidable and the SPFX especially the aliens featured on this show were terrific. But that was only the outer shell. It was the writing talent of Allan Brennert who took me under it's spell. His quality writing and his ability to combine elements of religion, science-fiction and - literally - the human soul is very fascinating and touching and, at least in my opinion, among the best even SF in literature can deliver. If you too are among those (few) who liked this episode check out his work on THE (New) TWILIGHT ZONE, especially HER PILGRIM SOUL which has similar Qualities and featuring a brilliant Gary Cole, QUARANTINE, and A SMALL TALENT FOR WAR for example.

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