| || The Outer Limits (2nd Series)|
created by Leslie Stevens
First episode: 5 May 1995
Sadly, this revival (which outlasted the original by more than 100 episodes) was shown mostly on cable, so I didn’t see many of the first airings. But as I was writing up this listing, I realized that between the two runs of The Outer Limits, three runs of The Twilight Zone, one season of Tales of Tomorrow, and a handful of other miscellaneous episodes of weird anthology series, we could easily put together a full season of a new anthology show: The Time Travel Zone Limts. After one season, the network will be ours, and we can continue for many happy seasons into the future.
- Virtual Future (5 May 1995) time travel or v.r.?
- Stitch in Time (14 Jan 1996) murderer with a time machine
- Falling Star (30 Jun 1996) pop music fan from the future
- Vanishing Act (21 Jul 1996) aliens unintentionally time travel
- Tribunal (14 May 1999) to Nazi concentration camps (Prentice)
- Breaking Point (18 Feb 2000) time traveler to wife’s death
- Decompression (30 Jun 2000) time traveler vs. politician
- Gettysburg (28 Jul 2000) to U.S. Civil War (Prentice)
- Time to Time (11 Aug 2001) woman to father’s death (Prentice)
- Final Appeal (3 Sep 2000) Stitch in Time continuation
- Patient Zero (23 Mar 2001) attempt to prevent deadly virus
- Abduction (18 Aug 2001) teens vs alien (with 2s of time travel)
There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are now controlling the transmission. We control the horizontal and the vertical. We can deluge you with a thousand channels or expand one single image to crystal clarity and beyond. We can shape your vision to anything our imagination can conceive. For the next hour, we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the deepest inner mind to . . . The Outer Limits!
| || The Langoliers |
adapted by Tom Holland
First aired: 14-15 May 1995 (made-for-tv)
As in Stephen King’s novella of the same name, this two-night made-for-tv movie follows the ten people who find that they’re the only ones left on board a transcontinental flight. Even after they land, nobody else is on the ground. In order of importance, the movie’s about (1) the characters, (2) horror, and (3) a little speculative fiction. In the end, the resolution involving time is the same as in the book.
I’ve been sitting here, running all these old stories through my head, you know: time warps, space warps, alien raiding parties. I mean, we really don’t know if there’s anything left down there, do we?
| || The Time-Traveling Terraformers |
by Pauline Ashwell
First story: Analog, Aug 1995
Sandy Jennings, an orphan and a red-headed Ph.D. student in microbiology, is recruited into a terraforming project by a group of several hundred time travelers who work in a loosely defined, non-authoritarian structure that spans years of their lifetimes and eons of the planet’s time. Sandy is not seen in the third and fourth stories, which show nick-of-time recruitments of vulcanologist Simon Hardacre and plankton expert Haru.
I liked these last two stories, especially the character of Haru, but I longed for more development beyond what Sandy had already shown us of their common universe.
- Hunted Head (Aug 1995) Analog
- One Thousand Years (May 2000) Analog
- Out of Fire (Mar 2001) Analog
- Elsewhere (Jun 2001) Analog
Knowledge, absolute and definite knowledge of the future as it affects yourself, is never any use. Whether it is bad or good, you cannot do anything that will change it. It simply takes away your power to decide.
| || A Kid in King Arthur’s Court |
by Michael Part and Robert L. Levy (Michael Gottlieb, diretor)
First release: 11 Aug 1995
This time around, the Yankee is failed little-leaguer Calvin Fuller who’s pulled back to Camelot where we see him with a flashlight, a Walkman, roller blades, superglue, a mountain bike with training wheels, bubble gum, karate, a candy bar, a Swiss Army knife, an aging Arthur and a pretty young princess.
Swiss Army knife! The very name conjurs up greatness!