Fear Itself (The Outer Limits)
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|The Outer Limits episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4|
|Directed by||James Head|
|Written by||Sam Egan|
|Original air date||April 10, 1998|
"Fear Itself" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It was first broadcast on April 10, 1998, during the fourth season.
|“||Experience teaches that of all the emotions, fear stands alone in its power to move us or to capture us in its grip...forever.||”|
For as long as he can remember, Bernard Selden (Arye Gross) has been haunted by a paralyzing fear, which began when he was 6, and set a fire that killed his four-year-old sister. Dr. Adam Pike (Jeffrey DeMunn) has hope for a cure. He has diagnosed Bernard's condition and believes that if he can isolate the part of the brain responsible for fear, the amygdala, he can cure him. The series of injections and radiation designed to build a layer of calcium around the amygdala produces stunning results: Bernard's fear recedes. He even starts a relationship with his neighbour Lisa (Tanya Allen). But there are side effects. Now, Bernard can use his brain to make others feel the kind of crippling fear he used to feel. He is still a prisoner of the past, haunted by images of Mr. Wilkes (Alex Diakun), the owner of the foster home where Bernard's sister died. It is a terrible risk, but Bernard knows that if he is to be truly cured, he must go back to the day when the fear began and discover the truth, that he did not kill his sister; Father Claridge did. He then unleashes his powers on Claridge, who hallucinates about being on fire, and passes out. Dr. Pike later reveals the amygdala has finally been closed and Selden is freed from his fear. Claridge is shown still trapped in his illusion, seemingly forever.
|“||In a world of terrors there is nothing more fearsome than the unknown. Especially when what is unknown...is ourselves.||”|