The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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The Voice of Reason 

Dr. Randall Strong tries desperately to convince a skeptical high level committee that various alien forces are trying to take over the human race. In desperation, he becomes unhinged.


Neill Fearnley


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Clapp ... Dr. Randall Strong
Lochlyn Munro ... Waters
Don S. Davis ... General Callahan
Daniel J. Travanti ... Thornwell
Kate Robbins Kate Robbins ... Perry
Gillian Barber ... Fisk
D. Neil Mark ... Guard
David Birznieks David Birznieks ... Horner
Beau Bridges ... Dr. Simon Kress (archive footage)
Jay O. Sanders ... Ed Barkley (archive footage)
Matt Craven ... Alan Wells (archive footage)
Michael Dorn ... Pete Claridge (archive footage)
Kavan Smith ... Quarterback (archive footage)
Alyssa Milano ... Hannah Valesic (archive footage)
Dwight Schultz ... Levi Mitchell (archive footage)


Dr. Randall Strong meets with a committee of senior government officials to try and convince them that extra-terrestrials are living among them. The committee was formed to deal with unforeseen external threats to the United States but Strong is facing a skeptical audience. He points to experiments by Dr. Simon Kress on eggs brought to Earth in Martian soil the previous year. Strong believes some of those creatures are now on the loose and multiplying rapidly. He also points to several other incidents: the destruction of the Mars lander on it's return to Earth; an artifact that turned a young woman into a killer; a house that was supposedly made up of non-terrestrial organic material. There are more examples but little sympathy. Written by garykmcd

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20 August 1995 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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Did You Know?


Daniel J. Travanti (Chairman Thornwell) and Gordon Clapp (Dr. Randall Strong) both starred in police dramas co-created by Steven Bochco: Travanti played Captain Frank Furillo in Hill Street Blues (1981) and Clapp played Detective Greg Medavoy in NYPD Blue (1993). See more »


Ms. Fisk refers to the capsule seen in The Outer Limits: The Voyage Home as Mars II. However, it was repeatedly referred to as Mars III in that episode. See more »


The Control Voice: What is our last line of defense? Is it the military with all of their power and might, or is the courage of a solitary man?
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Were they running out of money?
28 May 2008 | by cspenglerSee all my reviews

What a horrible episode ... We are shown clips from many episodes of the first season, combined with a hearing of a committee. That is very poor episode recycling (just one set, no special effects, very cheap to produce). The only question I have is if they ran out of ideas or money to do this. In total season one had a lot of very good episodes, so it's a pity in my opinion that they ended with this weak episode. In addition to that, the behavior of the scientist is very much exaggerated. If he really wanted to convince the committee, he should have realized that being cooler would be quite more convincing than giving the paranoid mad man. I think any real committee would have ended that hearing quite earlier.

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