The Outer Limits: Season 6, Episode 13

Decompression (30 Jun. 2000)

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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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Episode cast overview:
Jon Tarkman
Catherine Walsh
Will Sunderland
Michael Dowd
Dale Wilson ...
Frank McKenna
The Stranger
Keith Martin Gordey ...
Kristina Matisic ...
Winston Brown ...
Male Staff Member
Colin Banner ...
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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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Never Trust a Time Traveler
2 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an episode that keeps us guessing throughout. A U.S. Senator has just won a primary vote and appears on his way to being the Presidential candidate from his party. While he is a populist, he does have some weakness, including carrying on an affair with an aide that has been with him for a long time. As he revels in his victory, a woman appears with news from the future. She is a hologram. She tells him that there is going to be a burnout in one of the engines and they will crash as they approach the landing strip. The woman tells him that as they approach the airport, he must blow out a window, causing the escape hatch to blow out. If he is to become President, he must leap from the plane at the last minute. Of course, during all this there is a lot of emotion that has not gone unnoticed, particularly from a headhunting reporter who strikes fear into political candidates. The Senator is seen talking to no one. Only he can see the hologram and he is starting to look a bit deranged. He even goes to the cockpit to warn the pilots, who throw him out. His secret service escort also is quite bewildered. The key issue that keeps us going is whether he will believe the warning and act, or let things just happen.

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