The Outer Limits: Season 6, Episode 6

The Beholder (25 Feb. 2000)

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A man blind from an early age undergoes a new medical procedure to restore his vision which is successful and he begins to get messages from an alien who is trapped on earth.

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Patrick Tarloff
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A man blind from an early age undergoes a new medical procedure to restore his vision which is successful and he begins to get messages from an alien who is trapped on earth.

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bittersweet love story
17 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Beholder" is a bittersweet love story, and one of the Outer Linits best episodes. Patrick is an English teacher who is blind. He volunteers for an experiment that is intended to cure his blindness by implanting a small prosthetic device in his head. To his amazement, he is now able to see. His joy soon turns to fear, however, as in the distance he can see a mysterious figure that seems to beckon to him. It is difficult for him to explain the figure to the female psychiatrist assigned to his case, as he also fears being considered a "whack job" (his words). In a dramatic scene, he encounters the figure, a beautiful woman with red hair and light skin, who reveals herself as a being from "another world". Later they meet again, and fall in love. If this isn't complicated enough, both of them are being watched by the scientist and the sponsor of the experiment. The sponsor is pushing (blackmailing?) the scientist to ply Patrick with a drug, ostensibly to guarantee the success of the operation, but really to "investigate" Kyra. That is all I will tell you about the plot. The resolution of the story is memorable and beautifully told. Mackenzie Astin (the son of John Astin and Patty Duke) and Canadian-born Claire Rankin are perfect in the leads. One of the hallmarks of OL is the sympathetic way that the disabled are portrayed, and that continues here. Also, the idea that alien beings can sometimes be good is a theme that is explored time and time again (in both versions of the series). A 9 of 10.


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