The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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In Another Life 

A despondent man is pulled into a parallel universe full of different versions of himself and is given a mission to track down and kill one of them.


Allan Eastman


Naren Shankar (story), Brad Wright (story) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Kelly Rowan ... Kristin
Mitchell Laurance ... Mason Stark
Matthew Laurance ... Mr. Stark
Andrew Wheeler ... Gary
Peter Yunker Peter Yunker ... Palmer
Cheryl Wilson Cheryl Wilson ... Cynthia Walker
Deshka Penoff Deshka Penoff ... Janice
Phillip Mitchell ... Mugger
Jim Swansburg Jim Swansburg ... Man
Benz Antoine ... Security Guard #1
Rob Daprocida ... Security Guard #2


Mason Stark lost his wife a year ago when she was shot by a mugger and he's now lost his job. He isn't too receptive to a colleague's suggestion that he get psychiatric help and locks himself in his office. He retrieves a gun from his desk drawer but suddenly finds himself transported to a hospital or prison where he sees other versions of himself locked away. Another version of himself tells him he's in an alternate reality where he can change the decisions he's made in life. He's asked to hunt down another extremely violent version of himself and stop him before he kills....again. Mason soon realizes that the choices he makes in this new world also have their own impact. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

16 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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Did You Know?


Although it was broadcast as part of the fourth season, this episode was produced during Season Three. This is evidenced by the fact that a clip from this episode was shown in the third season finale The Outer Limits: A Special Edition (1997). See more »


The Control Voice: If our lives are indeed the sum total of the choices we've made, then we cannot change who we are. But with every new choice we're given, we can change who we're going to be.
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Featured in The Outer Limits: A Special Edition (1997) See more »

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23 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

While it is one of the most creative episodes in the series, it is also monumentally confusing. There are two elements here: time travel and parallel universes.....I think. A man on the verge of suicide due to anger, guilt, and depression, finds himself thrust into a setting created by his own company through experimentation. He is asked by another version of himself to kill an evil version of himself. The inciting incident is the death of his wife by a mugger, a needless killing which he blames himself for. The other incident that brings it all to a head is his being fired from his job as project manager. There are trust issues, issues of time mutation, and about ten other things. Promises are made and things are not what they seem. Watch this once and then go back to the beginning and watch it again.

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