The Outer Limits: Season 4, Episode 6

Relativity Theory (27 Feb. 1998)

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A survey team searching for resources for Earth land on a promising uninhabited planet which appears to be uninhabited, but who is attacking the team?


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Episode cast overview:
Teresa Janovitch
Sgt. Adam Sears
Corporal Charles Pendelton
Commander Ivers
Robert Lewis ...
Jake Sternlight
Mary Ann Skoll ...
Judith Mason
Elder Alien
Eg Mahan ...
Wounded Alien


An interstellar exploration team arrives on a planet to conduct a mineral survey. Earth has quickly depleted its natural resources and private companies have been encouraged to seek out Earth-like planets. With the military providing security, one such team has found what they believe is an ideal candidate for mining. Biologist Teresa Janovitch confirms that she can find no signs of intelligent life. The team plans to conduct a survey and if their initial impressions are confirmed, will file a claim on their return. On their first night however, they realize they are are not alone. In the battle that follows the ship's commander is killed and Teresa takes over. She wants to learn more about the creatures but the arrogant Sgt. Adam Sears has his eyes firmly set on the riches the planet can provide and sees the aliens as nothing more than wild animals. They will all learn otherwise. Written by garykmcd

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The title refers to the theory of relativity of Albert Einstein introduced in 1905. See more »


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Melissa Gilbert Delivered the Deathknell
10 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Think of Aliens with Sigourney Weaver.

That is pretty much what this looked like. Creepy, spiked, lizard like creatures found on a planet by an Earth expedition.

The planet they are found on is barren, with virtually no form of civilization whatsoever.

They are inferior to us, beneath us.

I caught this one on the Sci Fi channel, and watched to see the outcome.

Melissa Gilbert was the biologist who found herself in command, then had her command taken from her in a mutiny, because she was pitying the aliens too much.

She sought to get one to safety, but her three male cohorts overtook her and killed the alien lizard thing.

Two are found in a cave. Primitive. One is holding an object, apparently an idol.

Melissa is back in the lab with two of the alien bodies and observes the item. It isn't an idol. It is a probe. For communication.

She then realizes something and does a scan on the alien corpses. Their craniums aren't developed fully.

They are in fact, children. Teen agers.

What the Earth team just wiped out wasn't primitive aliens, it was an alien boy scout troop, Melissa says.

And the parents and alien authorities are seeking justice. Here they come.


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