The Tipping Point (The Outer Limits)

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"The Tipping Point"
The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 19
Directed by Brent Clackson
Written by Jim Crocker
Original air date September 15, 2001
Guest actors
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"The Tipping Point" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on September 15, 2001, during the seventh season.


A computer programmer must destroy a deadly artificial intelligence and avert a Technological singularity.

Opening narration[edit]


A woman, Megan, brings her hacker boyfriend, Zach (who had formerly hacked into the Pentagon), into a high-tech company. Programmers there begin dying off as he, only able to see his own small part of the puzzle, tries to figure out what exactly he's programming.

Clues start showing up, including glasses that can see some sort of electrical humanoid enemies (who have been the ones killing programmers). The protagonist realizes that a "Merlin" is supplying him with clues about a program called "Prometheus", a sentient AI which will try to take over the world once programmers finish building interfaces to every electronic device in the world.

The protagonist (Zach) is given a virus that will destroy the program. He tries to destroy Prometheus but is stopped at the last minute and is almost killed.

In the end, it is revealed that his girlfriend was actually "Merlin". The protagonist turns to the dark side to expose her instead of trying to stop the Prometheus program.

Closing narration[edit]


This episode mentioned the website as part of the story line. This website had lead directly to The Outer Limits website on

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