The Outer Limits (1995) - Vanishing Act

The Outer Limits (1995) - Vanishing Act

"Vanishing Act" is an episode of The Outer Limits television series. It first aired on 21 July 1996, during the second season.

Opening Narration

“Our lives follow a long and winding path through time. But what happens if we're forced off the course of our own destiny?”


A man seemingly becomes bounced through time, vanishing for a decade at a time. He reappears in the life of his loved ones, seeing them age as he intermittently returns.


An alien race that has no concept of time uses wormholes to find planets with living creatures and enter them as hosts. When the host is asleep, they use a wormhole to abduct them and transport them to their home world where they can learn everything the host has experienced. However, since the aliens have no concept of the passage of time, they aren't realizing that each time they return their host — Trevor — home, they are returning him 10 years later each time (due to the effects of relativistic time dilation), putting him further out of touch with everything he loves. At the end they remove the connection and send him back to the night he first left; he has his life back, and nobody knows what happened, except Trevor, who retains the memory of his experiences.


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