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The Origin of Species 

Dr. Ira Nodel has his body altered to communicate with aliens who have seeded Earth with their genetic material. He is joined on an alien spaceship by son Paul, girlfriend Hope, and six students who are individually absorbed into the ship.



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Paul Nodel
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Clare Lapinskie ...
Terri Lynn Ibisoglu ...
Dr. Martin Nodel


It a continuation of the story that began on The Outer Limits: Double Helix (1997), Dr. Martin Nodel, his son Paul, several of his brightest students and Paul's girlfriend Hope are now on a spaceship traveling to the planet that seeded the Earth with their DNA millions of years ago. When Dr. Nodel and Paul try to interface with the ship's data banks however they vanish, leaving the others frightened and confused. They decide to explore the ship but some of them also begin to vanish. Hope begins to develop the same triangular blister on the palm of her hand as happened to Dr. Nodel. All is revealed when they arrive at the home world. Written by garykmcd

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27 November 1998 (USA)  »

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The title refers to Charles Darwin's book "On the Origin of Species" published in 1859 that was the first scientific dissertation on evolutionary biology and natural selection. See more »


Ryan Reynolds' shaved eyebrows suddenly grow to their natural length from the 'Double Helix' to the 'Origin of the Species' episodes, while there was not reasonable time difference between the two episodes in the drama (15 minutes perhaps). See more »

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Brilliant, Hopeful, Optimistic Two-Parter
8 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed the two-part episode of Outer Limits. I have watched it often and derive different lessons from it.

What makes this special episode compelling was the aura of complete mystery until the final minutes reveal the entire arc of the story.

The acting especially by Ron Rifkin, Kathleen Duborg and Tara Spencer-Nairn was compelling and always sounded true to the tensions of the story.

The story is complicated but it takes one beyond what the viewer may imagine. It winds around a premise of pure discovery and comes out an exercise in hope's possibilities.

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