The scientific ship UFS Mercury finds a derelict battleship that had just destroyed all the vegetation on a planet prior to their colonization. The salvage crew enters the ship and finds an alien presence on board.

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Captain, UFS Mercury
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Dr. Will Olsten
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Megan
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Franklin
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Milus O'Brien
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Hanna Sheafer
Rick Dobran ...
Lieutenant Mason
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The scientific ship UFS Mercury finds a derelict battleship that had just destroyed all the vegetation on a planet prior to their colonization. The salvage crew enters the ship and finds an alien presence on board.

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Per the title, manifest destiny is the historical belief that the United States is destined to expand across the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific. See more »

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Featured in The Outer Limits: The Human Factor (2002) See more »

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Ersatz "Alien"
17 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes where one needs to focus in on what is and isn't reality. A space ship is sent to investigate a huge station that has brought about the destruction of all flora and fauna on planet, leaving it available for colonization. The rub is that all aboard seem to be dead or at least absent. The factor that isn't fully thought out is that such action may have also destroyed a sentient race. The actions of the investigating team are being recorded. Something is causing paranoia and depression, nee madness on board. So as the crew comes to realize the violence of the adversary (whatever that is), they seemingly become the monster. The issue at hand is what we (or any explorers or colonists) are allowed to do to gain the future. Once the invaders "infected" the indigenous culture, like Cortez and the Indians, a race disappeared, but the invaders brought back the object of reprisals. Watch this a couple of times, especially after you've seen the results.


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