The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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A doctor is brought back to life using technology he and a colleague developed. He has one day to live and must decide between revenge on those who killed him or reunite with his neglected family.


Jason Priestley


Sam Egan

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Episode complete credited cast:
Stephen Lang ... Dr. James Houghton
Terence Kelly ... Oscar Reynolds
Nancy Sorel ... Page Houghton
Michael Ontkean ... Dr. Charles McCamber
Britt Irvin ... Katrine Houghton (as Brittney Irvin)
Jason Priestley ... Anthony Szigetti
Michael Kopsa ... Detective Broder
Rick Ravanello ... Driver


Dr. James Houghton and Dr. Charles McCamber have developed a technique to reanimate cryogenically preserved bodies. They know from their experiments with animals that the revival will last a couple of days at best. Their first success with a human, Oscar Reynolds, struggles and indicates he would have preferred to have been left dead. Houghton is fanatical however and takes extraordinary measures to keep Reynolds alive. After Houghton is shot dead by a mugger in the parking lot, McCamber re-animates him. Knowing he only has a short time available to him, Houghton decides to spend time with his family. When he sees his killer on the street he kills him but not before McCamber has some shocking news for him. Written by garykmcd

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21 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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A man is brought back to life through regeneration using a high tech machine. During close-ups of the machine's display panels, we see the words "Perotid Gland" in big, bold, red letters. It should have been spelled "Parotid Gland". See more »


Featured in The Outer Limits: Final Appeal (2000) See more »

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Revenge Isn't Always What It's Stacked Up to Be
16 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

O Henry would have been proud. That's all I will say. This is the story of a couple of men who truly go beyond what they had a right to do. The have a body delivered to them. The man did, indeed, give his body to science. What he didn't realize was that a couple of overzealous scientists were going to bring him back to life. His body has been frozen and he is eventually resuscitated. Think about the implications of this. The man is incredibly ill and never recovers. Not only that, he is driven to deep depression, wanting to die as the ghoulish pair prance around him, telling him how lucky he is to have two days. He does die again and then an event sets up the rest of the episode. The more zealous of the two men is going to his car when a mugger comes up and robs him. In the process, the guy shoots and kills the man. His partner comes along, the mugger runs, and it's back to the lab. That's right. He uses the technology to revive his friend. Unfortunately, the problem with the original case was that his cells immediately began to degenerate. A natural prognosis is 24 hours. There is a kicker here that I won't mention, but it is classic.

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