The Outer Limits: Season 6, Episode 11

Inner Child (28 Apr. 2000)

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Anne Reynolds, estranged from her mother, haunted by her dead father and terrified of being close to anyone, is attacked, injured and wakes up on the operating table a changed woman. ... See full summary »

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Anne Reynolds, estranged from her mother, haunted by her dead father and terrified of being close to anyone, is attacked, injured and wakes up on the operating table a changed woman. Learning of a Siamese twin sister that was sacrificed so that she could live, the personalty of the dead sister begins to take over. Written by laird-3

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"The Host" in its primary form
30 April 2010 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

"The Inner Child" is a brilliant episode that, unfortunately, sparkled the imagination of author Stephenie Meyer into carefully copying it under the new name of "The Host". For anybody who has not seen this episode but has read this book, you should know the story is virtually the EXACT same.

This girl, Anne, tries to take her own life in a desperate act, but the attempt is unsuccessful. Instead, she is inoculated with an alien life form that becomes attached to her brain and coexists with her. (I did not see the episode from the very beginning, so I'm only deducing this part from what I saw) At some point, Anne begins to feel the presence of this alien inside of her and becomes terrified. The alien life form can hear her thoughts and appears to possess her body on occasion, or at least becomes an alter-persona of her. Anne feels that she will gradually disappear as time goes by, the alien's influence gradually increasing over her. And so she decides to take her own life once more, as the only means of disposing of the entity inside her head. Just as she tries to commit suicide, the alien reveals itself as a benevolent life form, claiming that it likes Anne and that it was its influence that saved Anne from dying the first time. The episode lets us decide whether Anne is persuaded by the alien and continues co-existing with it, or kills herself as she intended.

I could not believe when I saw this episode on TV. How remarkably similar it is to Stephenie Meyer's book, although it was aired in 2000 and the book was released in 2008.

I am honestly disgusted by Meyer's copy-cat success, and feel that she is no more than a fraud.

It's unfortunate how nobody from the cast or scriptwriters of "The Outer Limits" has not yet taken action to sanction her. The series or the episode is not even mentioned among her so-called inspirations sources for her book. So, for all you Stephenie Meyer or "The Host" fans, watch this episode and stop encouraging fake writers to claim they have written best-sellers. Shame on her... This episode gets a perfect 10 from me because THE ORIGINAL IS ALWAYS BEST!


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