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Inexplicably, three people are struck in the head after a meteor explodes. The devices in their brains resemble spearheads. When removed, a tentacle come out and waves around, seemingly testing the environment. Two forensic pathologists are at the scene the first time this happens. The "dead" patient leaps to his feet and runs out the door, leaving them stunned. One issue that is brought up is the one pathologist has a wife on life support in a hospital. She was victimized by a careless driver and there is no hope. Still, he brings her flowers every day and talks to her. The man they treated goes to his fiancée and tells her to trust him. She is so confused because she has been told he is dead. Later, she sees him get in a car with a strange woman. The trio are up to something; it appears they have some plot to take over the world. They find a way to get huge amounts of money and resources to build a machine of some kind. They test it on a cat and the cat begins to fade out and disappears in a fiery flash. There next step is to round up a group of people who have death sentences from cancer, brain trauma, and so on. There is good suspense in this; we want to know. I found the conclusion unsatisfying. It felt incomplete. Judge for yourself.
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"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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