The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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Mind Over Matter 

A doctor uses a virtual reality A.I. device that gives him direct access inside the human mind to enter the mind of a colleague he deeply cares about and help her after she's hit by a car and slips into a coma. Things go horribly wrong.


Brad Turner

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Episode cast overview:
Debrah Farentino ... Dr. Rachel Carter
Scott Hylands ... Dr. Howard Sarrazin
Noah Heney Noah Heney ... James Kendal
Natsuko Ohama Natsuko Ohama ... Dr. Stephanie Codada
Peter Breck ... Kendal's Father
Mark Hamill ... Dr. Sam Stein
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Kendal's Girlfriend (as Sarah Jane Redmond)


Dr. Sam Stein has created the CAVE (Computer Aided Virtual Environment) system which creates a virtual environment that allows a medical professional to enter the mind of an individual to treat them. Their first subject, James Kendal, suffers from schizophrenia and while Stein was able to observe the psychosis, it will take a number of attempts to successfully treat him. Stein is quite shy and has never had the courage to tell a member of his team, Dr. Rachel Carter, how much he likes her. When Rachel is the victim of a hit and run however, he uses CAVE to enter her comatose body and intends to keep her company until she awakens. He is convinced that Rachel is conscious but trapped in her own body. A colleague can't help but wonder however if the Rachel Sam sees in the CAVE isn't just an image from his own mind. The explanation lies elsewhere forcing Sam to make a choice. Written by garykmcd

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2 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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Did You Know?


Peter Breck (Kendal's Father) previously played Senator Orville in The Outer Limits: O.B.I.T. (1963). Along with Leonard Nimoy, David McCallum, Cliff Robertson and Barbara Rush, he is one of only five actors to appear in both The Outer Limits (1963) and The Outer Limits (1995). See more »


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Introducing Outer Limits for the 1990s.
19 April 2019 | by aikenlloydSee all my reviews

And I think it's better the second time around. This season 2 episode 5 offering was the one that got me hooked on the 1995 version of Outer Limits. A feast for the emotions, it tells the story of love lost and found again in cyberspace. But things are not quite as they appear. Debrah Farentino is the extremely attractive female lead and Mark Hamill as her would-be lover makes this a must see for Star Wars fans. But as usual his acting is pretty awful especially at the end. Oh well, 9 stars instead of 10 isn't bad.

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