"The Outer Limits" The Second Soul (TV Episode 1995) Poster

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well acted and the story was compelling, but it felt to rushed
movieman_kev17 May 2007
An alien race, the N'Tal, make the first contact with Earth's public at large following weeks of behind the scenes diplomatic negotiations with the plea that the aliens get dead human bodies to use as hosts for them. This, of course, doesn't sit well with a lot of public citizens who rise up out of fear and hatred to rebel against what they see as an aberration. Micheal Alders (Mykelti Williamson best known as Bubba from "Forrest Gump") is tasked by the president of America to procure suitable disease-free dead carcasses. He does his job fairly well even if his personal feelings are conflicted, a problem that only increases with the death of his best friend's wife (Rae Dawn Chong). This episode started off well enough and all the right ingredients for a compelling good outer limits episode were there (parinia, fear, hatred, etcetera), but somehow it comes all unglued at the end, feeling a bit rushed, a tad to forced. I did enjoy this episode, just not as much as I should have if the story was given more time to truly breathe.

My Grade: C+
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Just a Little Too Slick
Hitchcoc23 February 2014
An alien race suddenly makes its presence known. Of course, the government is a bit suspicious at first, but the aliens ask just one thing. They want the bodies of dead people who died without severe physical damage. Once they have the bodies, they transfer their own beings into the corpses, re-animating them. They have no trace of the memory of the deceased. The person supervising this process is disgusted by his work, but carries on because his superiors have forced him. All goes reasonably well. He maintains a working agreement with the alien representative who gets frustrated with the slowness of the process. The interplanetary visitors are seen as parasites and demonstrations are actually held in the streets against the robbing of graves. All is reasonably well until the death of the wife of a coworker at the agency. He wants his wife back, even if she is only a walking shadow. This leads to his boss allowing the procedure against his better judgment, but the man insists on following the woman/alien around. The conclusion is interesting but a bit much.
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Unless you are a hardcore fan, you can safely skip this one.
Manuel-Hoerth29 October 2012
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I love Outer Limits. Overall it is a great show with some of the best writers and many awesome episodes. But this episode is not one of those episode. Every show, no matter how good it is overall has some weak episodes.

Like the other reviewer already said, this episode felt very rushed. The acting was passable at best. And at times the acting was plain bad - so bad that I had trouble following what's going on. The special effects where even worse. The twist at the end... well (here comes the spoiler) the entire twist, is that there is no twist. Things are exactly what they appear to be, making this one of the most boring episodes.
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