The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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In Our Own Image 

An android capable of emotions is damaged. He escapes from the laboratory and kidnaps a secretary to repair him. The woman begins to fall for him and tries to convince him that he is more than the sum of his parts.

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Steve Anker

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Brad Wright (excerpts by), James Crocker (excerpts by) | 6 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Nana Visitor ... Cecilia Fairman
Nicholas Lea ... Mac 27
Timothy Webber ... Martin Nash
Bill Dow ... Dr. Keeler
Tim O'Halloran ... Security Chief
Dana Pemberton Dana Pemberton ... Security Guard
John Wardlow John Wardlow ... Dr. Blake
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When scientists at Innobotics Corporation attempt to debug an android, it goes berserk, escaping to the parking lot where it takes a secretary, Cecilia Farman, hostage. He expects her to repair him - his circuitry was damaged from several gunshots - and with his help does as best she can. He is a MAC 27 model developed for use as a farm laborer and is supposed to be emotionless, though Cecilia begins to have her doubts. He shows her some of the images he saw just before he had an uncontrollable urge to escape. She develops feelings for him and is prepared to kill to help him. It's not all as it seems however. Written by garykmcd

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18 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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Per the title, in Genesis God's says that he will make man in his own image. See more »

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Features The Outer Limits: Identity Crisis (1998) See more »

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Like a Chocolate Chip Cookie
27 August 2010 | by roedygSee all my reviews

This episode is like a chocolate chip cookie. The chocolate chips are scenes between Nana Vistor (Cecilia Fairman, the captive) and Nicholas Lea as MAC 27 the android. The cookie is all the filler clips from other episodes that contain anything even remotely to do with androids.

The interactions between the two keep you on your toes. It quite sophisticated writing, anything but predictable. The dialogue keeps you thinking and guessing. The two actors are compelling. I was completely sucked into the drama, something that does not usually happen with SciFi.

The filler is pretty chintzy. The clip scenes have almost nothing to do with the main plot. They feel almost like commercial interruptions. This would one the best episodes ever if it were remade with the clips rewritten to be more germane, or written out altogether.

It is subtle episode with hints it might head off in all kinds of intriguing directions, but backs off. In a rewrite, some of those might be explored. It might be the seed of an incredible movie.

Most fun with an "alien" intelligence since Starman.


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