The Outer Limits: Season 5, Episode 11

Ripper (7 May 1999)

TV Episode  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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A alien that inhabits woman eventually killing them is resulting in a modern "jack the ripper" crime wave and wants to plant the blame on a man who is trying to stop him.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. John York
Clare Sims ...
Lady Ellen
Eliza Norbury ...
Lady Sophie (as Eliza Murbach)
Robert Saunders ...
Madame Li Yu
Lady Julia
Colin Skinner ...
Scott Elam ...
Lord Reston
Mary Ann Skoll ...
Candice Connelly ...
Woman in Cream Dress
Brian Linds ...
Danielle Ayotte ...


A alien that inhabits woman eventually killing them is resulting in a modern "jack the ripper" crime wave and wants to plant the blame on a man who is trying to stop him.

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The titles refer to the late 19th century murder who killed several white prostitutes in the White Chapel area of London - Jack the Ripper. See more »


Featured in The Outer Limits: Better Luck Next Time (1999) See more »

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Visually Quite Engaging; Good Acting; Good Story
30 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The central character played by Cary Elwes is a doctor who has lost his way in Victorian England. He hangs around a brothel, drinking absinthe, and wasting his time. Apparently, he has been blamed for the death of a girl, the daughter of a rich and powerful duke. He wants to marry a rich young woman but is so conflicted and so depressed, he can't move. This is the time when Jack the Ripper has made his presence known, and the doctor is thrust into the middle of this mystery when he comes to realize that it is an alien entity that is actually entering the bodies of young girls. He becomes the whipping boy for this entity and sets out to regain his standing by putting an end the reign of terror. He, himself. has "killed" because he has attacked the women infested with the entity. The thing talks to him like a latter day Regan from "The Exorcist." It is a slick episode that works quite well and keeps us in suspense.

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