The Joining (The Outer Limits)
|The Outer Limits episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4|
|Directed by||Brad Turner|
|Written by||Sam Egan|
|Original air date||April 17, 1998|
"The Joining" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It was first broadcast on 17 April 1998, during the fourth season.
|“||Our history abounds with the exploits of heroes who brave overwhelming odds and live to tell the tale. But is there a point at which the determination to survive... comes at too high a price?||”|
When a transport ship crashed and wiped out the colony on Venus, Capt. Miles Davidow (C. Thomas Howell) was the sole survivor. But, after he's rescued by a team that includes his fiancee, Kate Girard (Amanda Tapping) and Scott Perkins (Jeffrey Jones), it soon becomes clear that Davidow did not escape unscathed. Removed from the high radiation atmosphere of Venus, his body is reacting to the Earth's air like that of a chemotherapy patient. When doctors give him the radiation his body seems to crave, strange things start to happen. Davidow's body begins to spawn duplicate parts: a hand, a torso and more from wounds that miraculously heal. In spite of this, Miles and Kate get married while he's still in isolation, but his time on Venus and the strange creatures he encountered there have had a profound change on Miles.
After his body spawns a complete humanoid creature that kills another scientist, Davidow admits the truth: in order to survive on Venus, he injected himself with Venusian DNA to adapt his body to the atmospheric conditions. The DNA came from creatures that reproduce by mitosis, and his body is now duplicating that reproductive process. The government debates killing Davidow to prevent any possible spread of his Venusian DNA, but Kate prevails upon them to return Davidow to Venus instead. The final scene shows Davidow, with several duplicate Davidows, manning a research station on Venus in permanent exile.
|“||It is nature’s imperative that the differences among us endure. But what if we can no longer distinguish one being from another?||”|