The Outer Limits: Season 6, Episode 13

Decompression (30 Jun. 2000)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror
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An emissary from the future struggles to convince the next U.S. President to jump from an airliner, before it crashes, killing him and setting off a disastrous future. The candidate is ... See full summary »

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An emissary from the future struggles to convince the next U.S. President to jump from an airliner, before it crashes, killing him and setting off a disastrous future. The candidate is already torn in several directions, elated from a big primary win, avoiding an interview by an aggressive reporter, excited by having his mistress on-board, with his frigid wife absent. The time traveler assures the candidate he needs no parachute, because the advanced technology his presidency will make possible, allows them to scoop him out of the sky. Written by David Stevens

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Impeccably well-done
16 September 2011 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

The senator and top candidate for presidency Brody(Boxleitner, doing a fantastic job) is flying to South Carolina to gather further support. However, a woman(the surprisingly creepy CCH Pounder) appears, claiming that she's from the future, that no one but him can see her, and that the plane will crash upon landing. The entire episode takes place on the flight, and this small and claustrophobic setting is effective. There is a ton of suspense, and you never take your eyes off the screen. The tension is strong, and the pace is solid throughout. This is a character study of Wyndom, and the development and writing of every role is excellent. The acting is great. Everyone comes across as credible. This looks at and comments on the focus on personal issues rather than agendas when it comes to politics, especially during campaigns. The reporter who scored an interview ignores the actual ideology upon seeing the man behave erratically, the affair is hidden, etc. This has a marvelous conclusion. There is disturbing content in this. I recommend this to any fan of morality plays, science-fiction and drama. 9/10


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