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Patient Zero 

Colonel Beckett goes back in time to poison a physician who unintentionally spread a global pandemic. When the traveler returns to the future, nothing has changed. Though haunted by the ... See full summary »

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Mario Azzopardi
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Episode cast overview:
Michael Rooker ... Colonel Beckett
Tanya Allen ... Amy Barrett
Laurie Murdoch ... Quisling
Gillian Barber ... General
David Cubitt ... Colonel Faber
Patrick McManus Patrick McManus ... Dr. Mandel
Myfanwy Meilen Myfanwy Meilen ... Beckett's Wife
Karina Carreck Karina Carreck ... Nurse
Aaron Joseph Aaron Joseph ... Basketball Kid
Kyra Azzopardi Kyra Azzopardi ... Catherine
Bruce Campbell Bruce Campbell ... Coffee Guy
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Colonel Beckett goes back in time to poison a physician who unintentionally spread a global pandemic. When the traveler returns to the future, nothing has changed. Though haunted by the plague death of his own family, the Colonel is ordered to an earlier time, to assassinate a young woman carrier, plus the physician. Written by David Stevens

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23 March 2001 (Canada) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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Trivia

Laurie Murdoch (Quisling) previously played Lawrence in The Outer Limits: The Vaccine (1998), another episode involving a plague which wiped out billions of people worldwide. See more »

Goofs

Although this was supposedly set in New York, the Vancouver Lookout is visible in several shots. See more »

Connections

Features The Outer Limits: The Vaccine (1998) See more »

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14 November 2011 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Colonel Beckett comes from the near future, a time where mankind is on the brink of annihilation - the cause is a plague, which scientists have now determined the source of. He is sent back to our present, in order to prevent the outbreak... by killing Patient Zero. This goes into the themes of revenge, and the value of human life. Should a few people die to save millions? This does a great job of establishing the lead(and Rooker gives a really compelling performance, as the determined, tortured soldier on a mission), the stakes and the overall situation swiftly and smoothly, leaving room for development of him, as well as Amy(played charmingly by Allen), the woman he is there to take out. We find ourselves getting to like her, and it becomes difficult to accept that she has to go, even considering the gain. The acting in general is quite good. Characters(the focus is on the duo, though) are well-written, credible and likable. The FX are nicely done and minimally(and effectively) used. This is paced impeccably, it moves very fast(effortlessly is a fitting term for it) without it being confusing. Like the best episodes, it has a point(or perhaps rather an interesting question, up to the individual to answer for themselves) but it doesn't hammer it home. There is a little violence and strong, disturbing content in this. I recommend this to all fans of The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. 8/10


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