The Outer Limits: Season 5, Episode 17

The Inheritors (16 Jul. 1999)

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A man is killed when a meteor strikes him in the head. When the coroner examines him, tentacles exit the hole in his head and then the corpse gets up and walks off.


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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Ian Michaels
Jacob Hardy
Kara Delaney
Don MacKay ...
Ollie Gibb
Kelly Risely
Curtis Sawyer
Lt. Joseph Dane
Corrine Koslo ...
Rachel Victoria ...
Angus Wheaton
Ron Small ...
Harold Sanborn
Nicole Robert ...
Helen Darnell
Candus Churchill ...
Daria Michaels


A man is killed when a meteor strikes him in the head. When the coroner examines him, tentacles exit the hole in his head and then the corpse gets up and walks off.

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Flawed remake
16 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Inheritors" is a truncated remake of the original episode, shown in two parts, in the 1960's incarnation of "The Outer Limits". It isn't as good, basically because it tries to crowd too much of the story into half as much time. It is impossible to do it justice in a little under one hour playing time. For those who want to get a review of the story, there are two wonderful ones written by viewers of the original series. I will do a little comparison in this review. Instead of four ex-soldiers in the original, we get in the remake three (supposedly) terminally ill, or even dead, patients (one is female). Instead of the government being involved (the men in black, led by Robert Duvall), we get a pretty lame detective and a doctor. Predictably, the pacing is wrong. The detective goes from severe doubter of anything wrong in the beginning, to a full believer as the episode rushes towards its climax. Some of the stories of these "aliens'" new-found passions (business, metallurgy) are told, but without nearly enough depth as in the original. There are rather messy additions to the plot which make no sense. Only one of the actors in the remake is notable. Nicholas Lea (now in "V") is almost pitch-perfect as the leader of the group, and compares favorably with the actor who played the original role. The final scene is touching, but the show as a whole was a missed opportunity. Perhaps OL couldn't have improved on the original, but it could have tried (perhaps by reprising the Duvall role). Only a 6 of 10.

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