The Outer Limits: Season 4, Episode 14

To Tell the Truth (24 Apr. 1998)

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The founder of a colony on Janus Five believes that their sun will explode, however the council chairman resists his pleas to move the colony because he was found to have been wrong before.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Larry Chambers
Amanda Harper
Montgomery Bennett
Ken Pogue ...
Ian Harper
Franklin Murdoch
David Pearson ...
Stanley Fenton
Marcy Goldberg ...
Council Member Roark
Alien #1
Eg Mahan ...
Alien #2


On an Earth colony deep in space, Dr. Larry Chambers has been studying their new sun. His simulation model however suggests that a solar flare of catastrophic proportions will destroy the colony within a few days. The problem is that he can't get anyone to believe him as the result of an incorrect prediction he made five years ago that the colony would be destroyed from volcanic eruptions. The head of the colony, Franklin Murdoch, wants to avoid any possibility that some of the colonists might evacuate and so arranges for Chambers to be falsely identified as one of the alien race they had pushed out when establishing the colony 20 years ago. It leads to tragedy for all of the colonists. Written by garykmcd

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The title comes from the American game show 'To Tell The Truth (1956)' hosted by Bud Collyer where a panel was given three contestants who had a unique occupation, experience or story, but only one contestant was telling the truth and the panel had to identify him or her. See more »


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The Control Voice: Mankind will be forever doomed to destruction if we continue to ask for the truth, but then refuse to listen.
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You Make One Apocalyptic Mistake and No one Believes You
31 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are a significant number of people living on a planet where the biology has been controlled. Earth is overpopulated and under control of a very strict government. This is the hope of the future. Gregory Harrison plays a botanist who has been instrumental in the success of this project. He is also looked at with disdain because at one time he predicted a catastrophe and it didn't happen. Now, in running simulations, he has recognized that if everyone doesn't evacuate the settlement, they will be destroyed by predictable forces having to do with the sun. Of course, because of the previous mistake, no one will believe him. Evacuation will bring financial ruin. It will also set the project so far back, it will never be renewed. There are other factors. One is that in a kind of Native American purge, the colonists destroyed the alien culture, but it is suspected there may still be a presence which would move in if they left. An overzealous man who wants control, leads the people in opposition to the botanist, even accusing of being an alien himself. He has a little fascist group that supports him. Things play out nicely a rather depressing, but excellent, episode.

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