The Outer Limits: Season 3, Episode 14

Music of the Spheres (9 May 1997)

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A college student records what he believes to be an intelligent transmission from outer space, but when younger people are drawn to listening to it, they begin to undergo a terrifying transformation.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Emory Taylor
Larry Musser ...
Dr. Evan Swift
Dr. Riddle
Joyce Taylor
Ryan Taylor ...
Colonel Bowen
News Anchor
Ronin Wong ...
Doctor #1
Kamilyn Kaneko ...
Andrew Younghusband ...
Doctor #2
Douglas Newell ...
Freda Perry ...


Working in the lab at his university, student Devon Taylor records what he believes is a radio signal from outer space. His professor dismisses it, but when he takes the recording home, his younger sister Joyce listens to it for hours on end in a state of euphoria. The recording seems to have the same effect on all of her friends. When a group of them are found listening to what they say is music, it's apparent that they have also begun to mutate. As far as the government and the military are concerned, this constitutes an alien attack on the Earth. Doctors, including Devon and Joyce's father, work tirelessly to find a cure. It's Devon, however. who finally understands just what this "music" is meant to accomplish. Written by garykmcd

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An Intriguing Concept
19 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode focuses primarily on a brother and a sister. The brother is a university TA who spends every waking moment listening to "noise" that come from a distant star system. He knows there's a pattern but can't really figure it out. He makes a tape of this and leaves it on his deck (sounds like a hundred years ago, now) and his sister, played by Kirsten Dunst (Spiderman) picks up the headphones and begins listening to it. She drops into a state of orgasmic euphoria and has the need to share this with all her friends. At a rave the kids become totally enraptured with the "music" and begin to show symptoms of a plague-like manifestation on their skin. They become incredibly ill. The brother tries to convince his scientist/widower/father that it is the music that is causing this. At first, the authorities can't buy this but, before long, see that he has a point. While I found the episode somewhat creative, every once in a while, this series got sappy and maudlin. I felt they slipped into this again as the story concluded. I remember laughing when I first saw this some 17 years ago. I got a little of that this time as well. Just a personal response.

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