The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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Virtual Future 

Dr. Jack Pierce realizes in shock that the VR device he's been developing allows its users to see into their future. His financier, industrialist Bill Trenton, abuses this power to run for the Senate. Jack has to stop him.


Joseph L. Scanlan


Shawn Thompson (as Shawn Alex Thompson)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Brolin ... Jack Pierce
Kelly Rowan ... Isabelle Pierce
Bruce French ... Wayne Fowler
David Warner ... Bill Trenton
Joanna Piros Joanna Piros ... TV Interviewer
Mitchell Kosterman ... FBI Agent
Dee Jay Jackson ... Guard
Jennifer McDonell Jennifer McDonell ... Young Woman


Jack Pierce and his college professor Wayne Fowler have been experimenting with virtual reality. A power boost however gives Jack a glimpse several minutes into the future. Having just been refused a grant to continue their research, Fowler contacts one of the university's benefactors, industrialist Bill Trenton, who after a demonstration is more than happy to finance their work. Jack's wife Isabelle seems less than pleased that her husband will be working for Trenton's CTY Industries. When Trenton takes a jump into the future, he sees a newspaper story about a woman who was killed at an ATM. When they realize that the future can be changed, Trenton intends to use Jack's equipment to forge the future that he desires. Written by garykmcd

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5 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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The filming of some of the CTY Industries segments were shot at the Plaza of the Nations in Vancouver, BC. The sign can be seen when the chase is occurring outside the lab building toward the dock outside. See more »


Jack tells Trenton that Izzie wants to finish her law degree before they have children. However, she later passes the bar, meaning that she would have already had a law degree. See more »


The Control Voice: Man has always been fascinated with the concept of going back in time. The question is often asked, "If you could go back, would you do anything differently?" But what if it goes the other way? We never hear the question, "Would you do anything differently if you could go forward?"
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Waste of time
18 December 2018 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

Yesterday I watched "Jonah Hex" with Josh Brolin in the lead role. Today I continued where I left off with the series "The Outer Limits" and, coincidentally, in the first episode that I watched, there's Josh Brolin in the main role again. Here, he's fifteen years younger and less experienced, and I didn't even recognize him until I looked at credits. Josh plays Jack, a young scientist working on perfecting virtual reality. Accidentally, he finds out that the side effect of his research is the ability to cast a glimpse a few minutes into the future. This brings him a job in a serious computer company, that gives him all necessary means in order to concentrate on this aspect of his research, perfect it and deliver a practical application. But as it always happens, everything that has practical application can be abused, and there is always someone who does not stumble over anything to fulfill his own goals. When abuse begins to enter the extreme, Jack realizes that it is his responsibility to stop evil. The story is unoriginal, sloppily elaborated and executed in an unimpressive and uninteresting way. I wasn't bored, but it left me completely indifferent.


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