A reporter her over his phone hears about the "removal" of a controversial author. Despite official objections she finds herself in a deadly game with people with violet eyes and corpses that are reduced to a violet ash.



(short story) (as Catherine Weber), (teleplay)

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Episode cast overview:
Carter Jones
Mr. Jones
(as Jon Cuthbert)
Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
George Fallson (as Ken Camroux)
Phoebe Collins
Jano Frandsen ...
Russell Ferrier ...
Motel Manager (as Alan Peterson)
Frank Ferrucci ...
Receptionist (as Francesco Ferrucci)


Stuck in traffic and talking on the phone in her car, the signal on print journalist Carter Jones. phone is crossed with another and overhears plans to eliminate a controversial author, Joseph Krieger. It's clear that the crossed call came from a car near hers and she sees the caller - who has bright violet eyes. Neither her editor nor the police make much of her story even after Krieger disappears. As she digs into the story she begins to receive threatening phone calls and emails. She eventually finds the man with the violet eyes in the process of eliminating people with a futuristic weapon. Things are not what they seem however. Written by garykmcd

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26 January 1996 (USA)  »

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Lots of Twists
27 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Outer Limits" differed from "Twilight Zone" by generally presenting a really dark image. The first two seasons of the newer version continued this. In this episode, Ally Sheedy's reporter character is on the track of a killer who fires a kind of death ray that leaves only purple residue. She is contacted by this supposed killer (Michael Sarazen) and told to mind her own business. Part of the problem is that he makes threats rather than trying to reason with her. She gets deeply involved in the case and sense she is under constant pursuit. She is really persistent and draws the ire of the police. When she attempts to tell her father (with whom she has a very strained relationship) and her editor, she is thought to be off her rocker. As is usually the case with the show, there are a series of interesting developments. Part of what works is Sheedy was quite a good actress in her prime and she carries the embattled reporter/character quite nicely. Sarazen is his creepy self, looking like a deranged Kevin McHale with purple eyes. Still, I really liked this episode.

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