The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 18

I, Robot (23 Jul. 1995)

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After Dr. Link is killed in his university lab, the prime suspect is his robot creation, Adam. The robot is taken into custody and tells Dr. Link's daughter Mina that he has no memory of ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mina Link (as Cyndy Preston)
Carrie Emerson
Nathaniel DeVeaux ...
Col. Birch
Judge Clancy
Eric Schneider ...
Robert Clothier ...
J.B. Bivens ...
Security Guard
Lab Technician
Don MacKay ...
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After Dr. Link is killed in his university lab, the prime suspect is his robot creation, Adam. The robot is taken into custody and tells Dr. Link's daughter Mina that he has no memory of what happened. She wants him released but a court hearing has been scheduled for the following Monday and the expected result is that Adam will be dismantled. Mina convinces now retired civil right attorney Thurman Cutler to defend him. Mina believes Adam to be a sentient being whose artificial intelligence allows him to make reasoned decisions. Cutler wants him tried for murder because if he can do so, Adam's humanity must first be recognized. Written by garykmcd

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The action starts at Rossom Hall Robotics Laboratory. This is undoubtedly an homage to the play "R.U.R.", subtitled "Rossum's Universal Robots", by Czech writer Karel Capek, and credited with introducing the word "robot" to the English language. (From a Czech word meaning "worker".) See more »


In his ruling at the end of the episode, the judge says that "the Constitution defines a person has a human being", and that the Constitution "empowers the courts to interpret and reinterpret its meaning..." In fact, the U.S. Constitution contains no definition whatsoever of "person" (though the word is used frequently), never uses the words "human" or "human being" at all, and contains no grant of an "interpretative power" to the courts in any of its provisions or amendments. See more »


Carrie Emerson: Miss Link, how do you know that the robot was actually reading the material you provided?
Mina Link: He looked at it, and he remembered it. I don't know how else...
Carrie Emerson: Wasn't he merely scanning the documentation, like any photocopying machine, storing it like any laptop computer?
Mina Link: Laptop computers don't enjoy poetry. Adam liked to hear the sound of poetry, particularly when I read it to him.
Carrie Emerson: Wasn't the robot merely reacting the way you wanted it to, the way it was programmed to?
Mina Link: You don't get it. Shortly ...
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Remake of The Outer Limits: I, Robot (1964) See more »

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A Little Too Formulaic
18 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I enjoyed this, there was conspiracy theory element that just didn't work for me. Of course, updating the story is perfectly valid and Leonard Nimoy's lawyer is an interesting figure. But I was expecting a little bit of leftover from the Isaac Asimov stories. This story doesn't pretend to follow the Laws of Robotics, even though it shares its title with the Asimov collection. Actually, this was more remindful of "Miracle on 34th Street" where the court must decide if Santa Claus is real. The piece of artificial intelligence here is very engaging and lovable, but apparently has been betrayed in some way. The issue of whether a machine can have emotions and human mores is what this is about. What makes this more interesting is that in order to undergo a murder trial, there must first be a hearing to see if "Adam" can be treated as such a human. If you saw the first effort in the original series, you know that there are some real contrivances at work and it comes off like a simple children's story with a formulaic conclusion. Not a great effort but not a bad one either.

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