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"Flower Child" is an episode of The Outer Limits television series. It aired during the seventh season.

Contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Opening narration
  • 3 Plot
  • 4 Closing narration
  • 5 Not Entirely Different From
  • 6 Cast

Introduction

In this episode, a mysterious glowing green object hurtles towards Earth and lands in a flower bed. An old lady who tends to the flowers finds a new flower the next day. As she's trying to figure out what it is, the plant reaches out with its roots and sucks the life out of her. The plant uses her substance to form a new body: the body of a beautiful woman.

Opening narration

“Has humankind risen to the top of the evolutionary ladder because of its monogamous nature...or in spite of it?”

Plot

A meteor enters Earth's atmosphere and a single piece survives and buries itself in the rich soil of a community garden. The next day, the piece has grown into a lovely but deadly plant. It takes the life of the garden's owner and uses her substance to transform itself into a beautiful and equally deadly woman named Violet, with a scent few men are able to resist.

Down the hall, newly engaged Chris and Mia are struggling with pre-marriage jitters and the overwhelming concept of lifelong monogamy. Not helping matters is Mia's co-worker at the forensics lab, Tom, who wants to be more than just a professional colleague. When Chris runs into the seductive Violet he feels vulnerable, but steels himself to resist her.

Other men, unable to resist Violet, pay with their lives. Ultimately, despite his commitment to Mia, Chris finds his flesh is weak next to her primal pull and he sleeps with her. Later Violet reveals that she is an alien with an agenda to preserve the survival of her plant species. Having mated with Chris she ejects her millions of resultant offspring to spread and ultimately replace the human race.

Closing narration

“Commitment and loyalty are not stuffy issues of the past, but are enduring qualities that raise us above creatures that procreate without compassion or discretion.”

Not Entirely Different From

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Cast

Jeremy London ... Chris
Rebecca Reichert ... Mia
Jud Tylor ... Violet
Kavan Smith ... Allan
Ken Tremblett ... Tom
James Crescenzo ... Sylvano
Christina Jastrzembska ... Mary Cummings

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