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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There's Always a Bad Guy!
27 February 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Why is it that whenever one of these episodes deals with technological advances, there's always someone there to ruin the moment. In this case a young researcher, played by a really youthful Josh Brolin, discovers that while experiencing a virtual trip, using a device he has largely developed. The kicker is that while he is on this trip, he realizes he can see about six seconds into the future. To make it even more interesting, the future is mutable; in other words, he can change it. Enter the world renown CEO of a mega-research and development facility who has political aspirations. Once he knows about the virtual time travel, it becomes really important for him to step in on the research and expend big bucks, hiring the young man to work for him. The guy has a reputation as dishonest as nearly all prototypical big-business people are in fiction. Of course, what could be a boon for mankind (and womankind) becomes his pet means to move ahead political, seeing the future and then changing. Brolin doesn't listen to his young wife (a law student) because he knows the corporate world often plays hardball. Things heat up when it is realized that he needs to be stopped. Unfortunately, in addition to the obvious stereotypes, there are a lot of holes in the entire time continuum. Still, it's pretty entertaining.

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