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"Worlds Apart" is an episode of The Outer Limits television series. It first aired on March 22, 1996, during the second season.

Contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Opening narration
  • 3 Plot
  • 4 Closing narration
  • 5 External links

Introduction

An astronaut crashes on an alien planet—but by some miracle he is quickly able to contact Earth and speak directly to the space agency behind his mission. Unfortunately, twenty years have passed for them and his former lover is now the director of the agency.

Opening narration

“As technology evolves, the means to communicate with each other become increasingly sophisticated. But will these means ever be sufficient to bridge the gaps between us... or will they only serve to pull us further apart?”

Plot

An astronaut makes a water landing on an alien planet, escaping from a squid-like creature by means of an inflatable raft. When he contacts home, using a radio on the raft, he is unaware that 20 years have passed. In those years, the new head of the space agency, his former lover, has moved on with her life. A senator critical of the space agency interjects himself into the situation, as they debate the possibility and merits of a rescue through an unstable wormhole. Once the astronaut learns of the risk to the rescue team, he requests not to be rescued. A care package is sent through the wormhole, but the rescue attempt is aborted. His lover then reveals that it is 20 years in the future on Earth, and the astronaut gazes at a picture of the two of them. He puts in a disk, and the scene closes with the couple's song "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Ella Fitzgerald playing. The portal to home closes and he is left to his fate on an alien world. However, as dawn breaks on the alien planet, it is revealed to be an apparent tropical paradise, which suggests that he’ll be alright.

Closing narration

“The distances between us, so vast and so close, are so easily bridged. Not by what we make... but by what we feel.”

Cast

Bonnie Bedelia as Nancy McDonald
Chad Willett as Astronaut Chris Lindy
Colin Cunningham as Professor George Ernst
Michael MacRea as Greg Tilman

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