The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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An amber-like cocoon mass found in an ancient burial chamber begins to affect a man, imprinting him with the last memories of a long suspended alien and begins to affect his life and decisions.


Jeff Woolnough


Bill Froehlich


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Episode cast overview:
Lisa Zane ... Natalie Grainger
David Cubitt ... Curtis Grainger
Peter Wilds Peter Wilds ... Dean
Eli Gabay Eli Gabay ... Faber
Robert Picardo ... Emmet Harley
Doug Jones ... Alien / Alien Doctor
Patricia Dahlquist Patricia Dahlquist ... Doctor


While searching for evidence of an advanced neolithic culture archaeologists find a burial chamber. There are what appear to be several human skeletons but most fascinating is a skeleton wrapped in a resin-like material. Expedition leader Nathalie Granger insists that they continue excavating the site themselves keeping what they've found secret lest someone else take the credit from them. As the cocoon dissolves, Nathalie's husband Curtis feels like something has entered his mind and sees images of a battle with a group of primitive humans. The creature, which Curtis feels is of alien origin, begins to reconstitute itself and one of the expedition members starts to be more concerned about the profit they could make rather than the scientific value of the find. Curtis - and a reluctant Nathalie - decide to save the creature. Written by garykmcd

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7 August 1998 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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Robert Picardo is an employee of Ferretin Labs which has been used in earlier episodes. See more »


References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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The Doctor Is Out
2 June 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

An overzealous archaeologist makes the discovery of the century when she finds an alien life form buried in a cave. She and her cohorts, including her long suffering husband, work to get the thing cleaned up. She is afraid to call in experts, fearing they will steal her credit. Meanwhile, the people who have worked with her, lo these many years, stage a mutiny, led by Robert Picardo, the holographic doctor on Star Trek Voyager. He sees big bucks here and fears she is just after credit and will leave them with nothing to show for all their efforts. It doesn't take long to talk the other guys into following him. They know she is an incredibly strong personality. She has been pushing her husband around since they married and he is near the end of his rope. Things get really complicated because the thing begins to regenerate and come to life. The husband has touched it and a kind of force goes through his body and he sees horrible creatures attacking. It is in the mind of the alien. It all went well to here. The way they end it is another example of an inability to close the case. My reaction was, "Did I just waste a whole hour." Not terrible but very disappointing and not character driven at all.

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