The Outer Limits: Season 2, Episode 11

The Refuge (5 Apr. 1996)

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A man walking through a snow storm suddenly finds himself at a refuge. They tell him that the entire world is covered in ice. Just as he begins to fall in love with someone, the people's personalities suddenly change. What's happening?



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Episode complete credited cast:
Raymond Dalton
Gina Beaumont
David McNally ...
Thomas Vallé
Justine Vallé
Lisa Melilli ...
Debi Richardson
Paul Jarrett ...
Dr. Franklin Dreiden
Lorretta Bailey ...
Sister Angelique
Sanford Vallé
Joel Haas
David Cohen
Warren Takeuchi ...
Male Med Tech
Lorraine Landry ...
Female Med Tech


Caught in a freezing blizzard, Raymond Dalton loses consciousness in the snow. He awakens to find himself in the Refuge, a self-contained and self-sufficient house built by Sanford Vallé. He was taken in by the attractive Gina Beaumont who clearly was not supposed to do so. Vallé explains to Raymond that the Earth has undergone a new ice age brought about by a bacteria that polymerized water allowing water to freeze at a much higher temperature. There are 7 others living in the house and with the exception of Gina, they seem to be quite an odd crew. Suddenly however, the characters all adopt a different personality. When it happens again, an explanation begins to take shape. Written by garykmcd

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A Bad Place to Stop
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A young man runs through a snowstorm. He is disoriented and can't remember how he got there. At some point, he runs into what appears to be a force field. He awakens in the care of a group of disparate people. Among them are a doctor, a young attractive nurse, a hotheaded young guy, a vampish, middle aged woman, a young religious zealot, and, finally, an older man, played by M. Emmett Walsh, the famous character actor. He is an overbearing control freak who controls those in the house with an iron fist. It becomes obvious that no one leaves this house and most have no control over their lives. The young intruder finds himself battered back and forth by the personalities present. He aligns himself with the pretty young woman and plans to escape, but since he has no memories, he can't enlist a plan. After one escape attempt, he is back in his bed and among the same people, but their roles have changed. The vampish woman is now the kind woman and so on. What happens next is what makes this a truly memorable episode. It is one of the more imaginative efforts of the Outer Limits.

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