The Outer Limits: Season 2, Episode 12

Inconstant Moon (12 Apr. 1996)

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When professor Stanley Hurst sees the moon suddenly shine brightly, he concludes that something must have happened to the sun. If it's gone nova, it means the end of the world. It's the ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Jeremy Hart ...
Henry Walker
Tom Heaton ...
Crazed Man
Silver-Haired Man
James Bell ...
Drunk Executive


When professor Stanley Hurst sees the moon suddenly shine brightly, he concludes that something must have happened to the sun. If it's gone nova, it means the end of the world. It's the middle of the night and few people know what's happened. He decides to contact Leslie, a woman he has known for many years - she runs a local bookstore he frequents - and ask her out for coffee. She thinks he's crazy but goes along. He's been in love with her for a long while and never had the nerve to ask her out, let alone tell her how he felt. Now he has only a few hours to make up for his foolishness. Written by garykmcd

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If the moon is showing a crescent, it cannot be as late as Stanley claims, and certainly no more than a couple of hours after sunset. See more »


[last lines]
Leslie: What do you see?
Stanley: [surveys the widespread devastation outside from the window of an apartment on a higher floor] Another day.
The Control Voice: Perhaps how we face death is not as important as how we face life - to live each day with hope, with courage and with love... as if it were our last.
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What Would You Do if Today Were Your Last
9 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man looks out the window at the moon and realizes there is something wrong. He knows physics and recognizes the unusual brightness. He suspects that the sun (currently on the bright side of the earth) may have gone supernova. This means there is little time left before the earth and everything on it dies. What does one do when there is not opportunity to counteract a situation; you have literally hours to make meaningful. He calls a woman he has been in love with for years (but has been too shy to approach) and asks her to go out after midnight. He is persuasive and she acquiesces. During their late night sojourn, there are frequent indicators that things aren't at all well. A horrible storm erupts and they take refuge in her apartment building and basically await the end. The strength of this episode is in the fine acting of Michael Gross (Family Ties) and Joanna Gleason (frequently on The West Wing). They are kind loving people and the tragedy is that they never connected. Now this tragedy is about to take all this away in one night. If one were to take issue with this, it is the lack of overall expectation of the population. Where are the news people and the scientists? That aside, it is a very thoughtful entry.

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