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A special edition

"A Special Edition" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It was first broadcast on 25 July 1997, during the third season.

Contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Opening narration
  • 3 Plot
  • 4 Closing narration
  • 5 Trivia

Introduction

Donald Rivers, a journalist for the television show The Whole Truth, has found proof that the government and large defense contractors have been illegally and secretly cloning human beings. After locking himself in the studio with only a small crew, he plans to air his report to the world.

Opening narration

Sometimes, to uncover that which is hidden, we must first be made to look.

Plot

Rivers has the show of a lifetime: rock solid proof that the government and private defense contractors have been engaging in secret genetic cloning experiments. However, many mysterious and powerful forces are trying to stop him in order to keep their secrets. After fooling the forces by having a bum wear his hat and coat as a diversion, he goes on-air live, in a locked studio, accompanied only by his producer Sandra, a skeleton crew and Dr. Avery Strong, a live eyewitness to the history of the dark side of science.

As he presents his evidence, the powerful begin to interfere. First, they try to block the transmission. Then, the spokeswoman of the network's parent company named Colleen Winton disavows the show.

When thugs with guns break down the studio door, Rivers continues the show on the fly, transmitting live from the back of the show's mobile unit.

However, during this, another signal overrides theirs, showing a clone of Rivers giving a fraudulent report, saying that Dr. Strong went crazy and killed everyone but Rivers and his driver, who managed to escape.

Shortly thereafter, clones walk into the van followed by the Rivers clone, who pulls a gun on the crew. Stating that the viewers are already starting to forget due to the "fraudulent report", the Rivers clone adds that no matter how influential he is, his show is just a show. Rivers, Strong, Sandra, and the skeleton crew are summarily shot to death by the Rivers clone.

Closing narration

“We rely upon others to inform us but wisdom can never be taught... and we must always decide the truth for ourselves.”

Trivia

  • This episode is a clip show and Donald Rivers's reports are made up from clips from other episodes of The Outer Limits. However, this episode is unusual because one clip came from an episode that had yet to be broadcast; the report that Rivers runs on Mason Stark did not air for another four episodes. Furthermore, given the ending of "In Another Life", Rivers's claim to contact Stark's representatives establishes that every episode of The Outer Limits that fits in this continuity takes place on the reality where Stark developed the inter-dimensional technology and not the one in which he was killed.
  • Dr. Avery Strong is a brother of Randall Strong, a former member of Army intelligence, who tried to convince a high-level government committee that a number of different alien invasions of Earth were occurring, demanding an official investigation and response to those threats (The Voice of Reason). In this episode, Dr. Avery Strong tells us that his brother, Randall, was committed to an asylum.
  • Referenced episodes in order of the news report and the events that are mentioned in there:
    • Last Supper - The experiments done on Jade by Dr. Lawrence Sinclair to discover the secret of her immortality.
    • New Lease - Dr. James Houghton and Dr. Charles McCamber's experiments on reviving the dead.
    • Blood Brothers - The Deighton C. Drug.
    • The Voice of Reason - References to Randall's discovery of aliens.
    • Afterlife - Experiments involving alien DNA being injected into humans.
    • In Another Life - See above.
    • Dark Rain - Footage of the episode Dark Rain is used out of context. It is used to show a video clip of babies that have been cloned and experimented on. In the actual "Dark Rain" story, these babies were mutants birthed by humans who were supposed to be sterile due to contamination. The babies in the original story are not clones at all or even vaguely referenced as clones, and Dark Rain clearly takes place on an alternate Earth. Also, the episode "In Another Life" is referenced showing multiple Starks even though there are numerous versions of him due to use of an inter-dimensional machine which has nothing to do with cloning at all.
    • The motel exterior in this episode is also used in other episodes when an establishing location shot is needed for a motel. Within continuity that may imply that this same motel has seen a lot of very weird action!

Cast

Alan Thicke ... Donald Rivers Bruce Harwood ... Dr. Avery Strong Stevie Vallance ... Sandra (as Louise Vallance) Michael St. John Smith ... Dr. Richard Morgan Colin Lawrence ... Technician Harrison Coe ... Man Colleen Winton ... Spokeswoman Adrian Wheeler Gerry Rousseau ... Bum Peter Onorati ... Frank Martin (archive footage) Sandrine Holt ... Jade / Laura (archive footage) Michael Hogan ... Dr. Lawrence Sinclair (archive footage) Ron Halder ... Lab Assistant (archive footage) Stephen Lang ... Dr. James Houghton (archive footage) Terence Kelly ... Oscar Reynolds (archive footage) Michael Ontkean ... Dr. Charles McCamber (archive footage)

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