The Outer Limits: Season 5, Episode 13

Summit (21 May 1999)

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A planet of genetically engineering humanoids that are mining resources for Earth are demanding their independence from human oppression.

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Thought-provoking
15 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The concept of personal responsibility is not easily realized. There are too many lies, excuses, and not guilty pleas. Luckily we have "The Outer Limits", which, in its best episodes, metes out justice. Such is the case with "Summit". It concerns a meeting between two civilizations in a futuristic time and setting. While awaiting the meeting with the Dregocian Ambassador, there is an explosion among the spacecraft carrying the representatives from Earth. The chief negotiator is killed, and his deputy (Marcia Cross, currently in "Desperate Housewives") assumes the role, amid dissension from another member of the team (John Spencer, who is now deceased), and her own doubts. The rival negotiator (Michael Ironside, who is devilishly good) plays on those doubts. There is even someone shot (I won't tell you who it is--you'll have to watch). Is it possible for the two sides to come to an agreement? Will there be peace? The series has dealt with these issues before, but never in such a stunning and poignant way. From a thematic standpoint, this episode reminded me of "All Quiet On the Western Front" in that it dared to imagine the people who give the orders for war should themselves bear the burdens for it. "Summit" is an episode you either love or hate, but it is one you will never forget. An 8 out of 10.


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