The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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White Light Fever 

Harlan is selfish, rich and very old. A private team of top doctors care for him 24/7. He'll do anything to cheat death. His doctor is working on a treatment that might make Harlan immortal but Death intervenes to keep the balance.


(as Tibor Takacs)



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. 'Mac' McEnerney
Sonja Smits ...
Dr. Anne Crain
Harlan Hawkes
Dr. Silcase
Jessie Wells
Dean Barrett ...
Yvonne Campeau ...
Nurse Thomas
Christine Lippa ...
Nurse Hendricks
Medical Technician (as Jason Anthony Griffith)


Harlan Hawkes is a very rich but very ill man who needs a heart transplant. He had a transplant two years ago and his doctor, Mac McEnerney isn't sure the review board would approve another. Hawkes has invested heavily in McEnerney's research and development of an exocardial frame, a mechanical device wrapped around the heart, and now expects his payback. Hawkes is ruthless and only cares only about himself, using his money to keep himself alive for as long as possible. Hawkes has cheated death more than once and there is a power at work seemingly intent on terminating him. When Mac is presented with a young woman, 18 year-old Jessie Wells, who would benefit from the new technology he comes under pressure from his colleague Dr. Anne Crain - Jessie is her future sister-in-law - to give her the new device. He refuses but comes to a decision about Hawkes. Written by garykmcd

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21 April 1995 (USA)  »

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Good Performances Weak Religious Clichés
25 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

An ornery billionaire has his own suite at a hospital where research is being done on a modified heart. The old guy is about as nasty as one can get. He has the bad ticker and is pretty much holding the hospital and its principle researcher hostage. His money is talking as loudly as he is. People who are eligible for heart transplants are overlooked so the old guy can supersede their moral rights. Now throw in the old light in the tunnel thing that has been bandied around forever and a few close trips for our patient, and we have the moral dilemma to the nth degree. But there is a force out there that seems to be attacking the old man. It is lightning-like and it travels through electric cords, computers, and even elevator cables. The researcher must make a decision to save a nineteen-year- old patient or give the donor heart to the insufferable man. He chooses the latter and then the forces get stronger in retaliation. Unfortunately, there are the usual heaven and hell clichés and it's hard to take it very seriously.

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