The Outer Limits: Season 2, Episode 9

Trial by Fire (1 Mar. 1996)

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The brand new President of the United States must deal with an approaching alien fleet of spaceships and determine whether to welcome them or destroy them, based on a limited amount of information.

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Episode complete credited cast:
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President Charles Halsey
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Mr. Tarquin
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General Covington
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Janet Preston
Dale Wilson ...
NORAD General
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Elizabeth Halsey
Claire Riley ...
News Anchor
David Bloom ...
Expert
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Dr. Norris
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Airman
Scott McNeil ...
Astronaut
Ewan 'Sudsy' Clark ...
Congressman (as Sudsy Ewan Clark)
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The newly inaugurated president, Charles Halsey, is rushed to a secret bunker when authorities realize that an alien object is racing towards Earth. It crashes on the moon but the military soon discovers a fleet of alien vessels heading straight for the planet. Halsey's only advisers are two outgoing members of the previous administration and the Air Force general in charge of Space Command. There is little information to go on and the new president has to decide if the aliens are friends or foes. Written by garykmcd

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The Control Voice: To those who would fail to heed their own words be warned: you never know who's listening.
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So a collision with Earth is imminent. The newly elected president and the available people are brought to a bunker, possibly to hang out till the world ends. Whatever is coming this way is an advanced weapon of an alien force. Just as the possible lone survivors are about to breath their last, it is revealed that weapon has struck the moon and while it has inflicted damage, they are safe for the moment. Of course, the general wants to nuke the alien riffraff and the president wavers on what to do. Pretty clichéd stuff. The strange thing is that despite the cessation of hostilities, the President seeks no advice from anyone else, even though the rest of the world is alive on the surface. A message is picked up by NASA and they set out to interpret it. The President sends his own message to the aliens, telling them to stay in orbit until they can establish diplomatic ties. Of course, there is no assuredness that they will understand his message. They break ranks and send one of their ships into the Pacific. What to do! What to do! There is a bunch of contentious talk and advice from the First Lady. Things lapse into the ludicrous. Hopefully, if we ever find ourselves in such a situation, these clowns won't be making the decisions.


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