The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 7

Virtual Future (5 May 1995)

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Jack Pierce and his college professor Wayne Fowler have been experimenting with virtual reality. A power boost however gives Jack a glimpse several minutes into the future. Having just been... See full summary »

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Jack Pierce and his college professor Wayne Fowler have been experimenting with virtual reality. A power boost however gives Jack a glimpse several minutes into the future. Having just been refused a grant to continue their research, Fowler contacts one of the university's benefactors, industrialist Bill Trenton, who after a demonstration is more than happy to finance their work. Jack's wife Isabelle seems less than pleased that her husband will be working for Trenton's CTY Industries. When Trenton takes a jump into the future, he sees a newspaper story about a woman who was killed at an ATM. When they realize that the future can be changed, Trenton intends to use Jack's equipment to forge the future that he desires. Written by garykmcd

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The Control Voice: Time is a river, winding steadily through the landscape of tomorrow. There are those who would steal a glimpse around the next bend and those who would fight the current, but the wisest are those who turn their eyes from the waters and seek out a fellow traveler to share in the journey.
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There's Always a Bad Guy!
27 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why is it that whenever one of these episodes deals with technological advances, there's always someone there to ruin the moment. In this case a young researcher, played by a really youthful Josh Brolin, discovers that while experiencing a virtual trip, using a device he has largely developed. The kicker is that while he is on this trip, he realizes he can see about six seconds into the future. To make it even more interesting, the future is mutable; in other words, he can change it. Enter the world renown CEO of a mega-research and development facility who has political aspirations. Once he knows about the virtual time travel, it becomes really important for him to step in on the research and expend big bucks, hiring the young man to work for him. The guy has a reputation as dishonest as nearly all prototypical big-business people are in fiction. Of course, what could be a boon for mankind (and womankind) becomes his pet means to move ahead political, seeing the future and then changing. Brolin doesn't listen to his young wife (a law student) because he knows the corporate world often plays hardball. Things heat up when it is realized that he needs to be stopped. Unfortunately, in addition to the obvious stereotypes, there are a lot of holes in the entire time continuum. Still, it's pretty entertaining.


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