The Outer Limits: Season 4, Episode 16

Final Exam (26 Jun. 1998)

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An ex-student returns to blow up a university with bombs he's made by cracking the secret of cold fusion, after being booted from the school's physics program. Todtman swears he won't ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. James Martin
Seth Todtman
Stellina Rusich ...
Dean Irwin
Andrew McIlroy ...
Hal Kaplan
Lt. Jackson
Darcy Kirkpatrick ...
Communications Officer
Captain Litvak
Derek Peakman ...
Professor Wylie
Kyra Azzopardi ...
Kate Martin
Chief Davis
Bob Dawson ...
Mr. Walker
Sharon Alexander ...
Girl Hostage
Tom (as Brennan Elliot)


An ex-student returns to blow up a university with bombs he's made by cracking the secret of cold fusion, after being booted from the school's physics program. Todtman swears he won't follow through if authorities execute 5 people he hates. Most physicists believe cold fusion is impossible, so Todtman detonates a demo bomb by remote control. Should the government kill his 5 or risk Todtman killing 5 million? Written by David Stevens

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Seth Todtman: Oh come on, Martin. Are you trying to tie me up in logical knots like I was some sort of war game computer you can crash with a game of Tic-Tac-Toe?
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Excellent Hostage Drama With Global Implications
31 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An unbalanced young man has broken the code leading to the discovery of cold fusion. Up to this time it has been merely theoretical. He shows up during some final exams for some Masters and PhD students. He locks the door and takes a device out of a bag. It has capabilities of a fifty megaton weapon that will wipe out the city. He has made a list of five people who he feels have mistreated him. A psychologist/scientist is brought in to try to negotiate with him, but he is so irrational that the man is stopped at every juncture. He doesn't seem to care how many victims there may be. He sends out a device that is detonated and kills several men who are trying to disarm it. The task is to figure him out. Meanwhile he gets a wish. One of the men on his list is brought out on the quad and executed as he watches. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. A group of military commandos is trying to tunnel up under the weapon, but their efforts are circumvented. This is a suspenseful, intense drama where the implications are devastating. As is usually the case, the writers put an exclamation point at the end.

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