When Dr. Jack Henson (David Hyde Pierce), an ambitious inventor comes up with a "virtual prison" government officials are interested in its cost efficiency. Rather than life sentences, ... See full summary »

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Dr. Jack Henson
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Dr. Dana Elwin
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Senator Meade
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Senator Sara Watson
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Cory Izacks (as Doron Bell Jr.)
Dave 'Squatch' Ward ...
Giant Convict
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Dr. Glass
Alexander Boynton ...
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Watts (as J. Douglas Stewart)
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Hall
Judith Maxie ...
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When Dr. Jack Henson (David Hyde Pierce), an ambitious inventor comes up with a "virtual prison" government officials are interested in its cost efficiency. Rather than life sentences, criminals would only have to spend hours being subjected to harsh treatment. When an innocent man's life is at stake the doctor must submit himself to his own invention--while learning the true meaning of justice. Written by Anonymous

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4 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Reformation
14 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

David Hyde-Pierce from "Frazier" is a brilliant scientist. He has developed a way to enter the minds of violent prisoners and in so doing, reform them. He has a ninety-five percent success rate. The episode begins with his "showing off" for a politician who, he needs to finance further research. The force behind it is the saving of tremendous amounts of money through quick rehabilitation. The "Outer Limits" pushed this theme many times, but this one is nicely done so they can be forgiven. The scientist has a serious flaw (that many fictional scientists have going back to Frankenstein) of overstepping the bounds of morality and forgetting that his obsessiveness dismisses the human element. He smugly puts a young man into his machine without properly using fail-safes in planning the procedure. The man, who claims he is innocent, goes into cardiac arrest and the scientist sends himself into the machine's realm to try to right the situation. It doesn't work and he is arrested and convicted of manslaughter, receiving a twenty year sentence in a brutal prison. This is cleverly done and the acting is superb. Hyde-Pierce is one of our truly great American actors, having done extensive theatre in addition to his TV work and really rises to the top here.


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