The Outer Limits: Season 3, Episode 6

Dark Rain (14 Feb. 1997)

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With a majority of humanity unable to produce healthy children, the government agency wants to keep the healthy newborn of a couple to repopulate Earth.

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Tim McAllister
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Sherry McAllister
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Orderly Grant
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In the future, most of humanity is sterile as a result of chemical warfare. As the years go buy children born before the catastrophe age normally and teacher Sherry McAllister is now out of a job. She also finds herself pregnant and knows that the few women who given birth since the black rain have had horribly mutated children. Tests reveal however that none of the genetic markers suggesting mutation are to be found and she may be carrying the first normal fetus in 10 years. Sherry and her husband Tim move into a government-run facility run by Dr. Royce and a few months later she gives birth to a normal and perfectly healthy baby boy. They also find that they're prisoners in the hospital with Royce expecting them to produce other children. Salvation may be at hand however. Written by garykmcd

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The Control Voice: Every child born is linked in a chain to generations past and future, but what happens when that chain is snapped?
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What Happens When There Is No Future
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My issue with this episode is the way the world responds to the problem that it has become sterile. No more children will be born, at least "normal" children. First of all it is through utter carelessness and lack of oversight that the whole thing happened (sort of like we are doing with climate change). Secondly, the governments that are responsible for this now form a kind of gestapo group, waiting for a normal birth that they can then test and figure out their next strategy. This, of course, leaves the mother no more than a cog in their wheel. There is an underground anti-government movement that is seen as a terrorist cell. We don't know what they are up to. This has shades of the book "Children of Men." A young couple becomes pregnant and apparently the wife going to have a normal, healthy baby. Enter the fascists, led by one of the men who was responsible for the problem in the first place. This is an intriguing effort to that point, but for me the conclusion is a bit too pat. See it anyway and just ask yourself what would our civilization be like if there were no more children.


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