The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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Relativity Theory 

A survey team searching for resources for Earth lands on a promising planet which appears to be uninhabited. However, they soon come under attack and must decide how to respond.


Ken Girotti


Episode cast overview:
Melissa Gilbert ... Teresa Janovitch
Jeremy Ratchford ... Sgt. Adam Sears
Tim Guinee ... Corporal Charles Pendelton
Hiro Kanagawa ... Tali
Michael Kopsa ... Commander Ivers
Robert Lewis ... Jake Sternlight
Mary Ann Skoll Mary Ann Skoll ... Judith Mason
Doug Jones ... Elder Alien
Eg Mahan Eg Mahan ... Wounded Alien


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An interstellar exploration team arrives on a planet to conduct a mineral survey. Earth has quickly depleted its natural resources and private companies have been encouraged to seek out Earth-like planets. With the military providing security, one such team has found what they believe is an ideal candidate for mining. Biologist Teresa Janovitch confirms that she can find no signs of intelligent life. The team plans to conduct a survey and if their initial impressions are confirmed, will file a claim on their return. On their first night however, they realize they are are not alone. In the battle that follows the ship's commander is killed and Teresa takes over. She wants to learn more about the creatures but the arrogant Sgt. Adam Sears has his eyes firmly set on the riches the planet can provide and sees the aliens as nothing more than wild animals. They will all learn otherwise. Written by garykmcd

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The title refers to the theory of relativity of Albert Einstein introduced in 1905. See more »


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We're the Only Ones That Matter
24 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Yet another mining expedition. This time the Earth is running out of rare metals and a crew is sent to explore a planet to create strip mines and take what is there. While on patrol, the agents are attacked by some lizard men (again). The issue in this one is "Little House's" Melissa Gilbert, who feels that the indigenous people are not evil and are only responding in self defense. She is seen as weak by one of the soldiers and a mutiny occurs. She bonds with one of the creatures that has been seriously injured and tries to save him, all to no avail. The killing in cold blood goes on. Even when the creatures cower and beg for their lives, they are gunned down mercilessly. Colonization seems to be an issue and the earth is desperate for resources. Sound familiar. This is the road we seem to be traveling, so this may be a bit allegorical.

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27 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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