The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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Fear Itself 

Bernard Selden has always had a paralyzing fear which is cured by isolating his brain from the fear. After recovery he finds that he can project fear into others.


James Head


Sam Egan


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Episode cast overview:
Arye Gross ... Bernard Selden
Tanya Allen ... Lisa
Lorena Gale ... Doctor
Benjamin Ratner ... Blanco
Alex Diakun ... Mr. Wilkes / Father Claridge
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dr. Adam Pike
Eric Schneider Eric Schneider ... Dr. Miles Osgoode
Althea McAdam Althea McAdam ... Woman
Matthew Prior Matthew Prior ... Boy
Darren Moore ... Gangmember
Michael Cram ... McKenna
Howard Siegel ... Superintendent
Max Peters ... Young Bernard
Jim Smith Jim Smith ... Mr. Wilkes


Bernard Seldon lives in constant fear, ever since he suffered a trauma at the age of six - he started a fire in the orphanage where he lived which led to the death of his four year old sister. He has nightmares and is haunted by a gaunt man who threatens him by his very presence. Doctors now think they have developed surgical procedure that can reduce that fear giving him hope that he could lead a normal life. As the treatments continue, there is little doubt that there is a positive effect. Bernard finds however that he also has the ability to insert images into people's minds. Written by garykmcd

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10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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This is the only episode of the series to feature its two most prolific guest stars, Alex Diakun (Mr. Wilkes / Father Claridge) and Eric Schneider (Dr. Miles Osgoode), who each appeared in eight episodes. See more »

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The Mind Is the Greatest Terrorist
30 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This was quite a different episode. A man beset by abject terror, beginning at the age of six, when he is convinced he immolated his little sister in an orphanage, finds himself in a doctor's office, trying to find a way to change this. He is not only frightened; he is hallucinatory. He sees the fire and the man who tells him over and over that he has committed the most heinous act. He is also victimized in his real world by punks who travel in a pace and steal from him and tell him what they will do to him. As a radical procedure begins to work and he becomes more assertive (even meeting a nice girl with past issues of her own) he begins to confront some of the things ailing him. There are a couple of kickers. Even though he knows in his own mind he never started that fire, he continues to be haunted by the face of the evil man who did this to him. The other issue is that as he has responded to the treatment, he now has the ability to bring great fear to those with whom he finds anger. This is one of the more creative efforts and it is enthralling.

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