The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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The Light Brigade 

Former POW John Skokes, a chief weapons officer and a glory seeking cadet obsessed with the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" try to drop a doomsday weapon on the aliens' homeworld and win the war.


Michael Keusch


Chris Dickie (story editor), Brad Wright

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Patrick ... Major John Skokes
Graham Greene ... Chief Weapons Officer
Wil Wheaton ... Cadet
Adrian G. Griffiths ... Boromir (as Adrian Hughes)
Michael Kopsa ... Engineer (as Mike Kopsa)
Adrian Holmes ... Soldier
Nathaniel DeVeaux Nathaniel DeVeaux ... Captain (voice)


Major Skokes returns (Quality of Mercy) to the war against the aliens. He's been stationed aboard a ship making a last ditch effort to destroy the alien home world as a Re-commissioned Prisoner of War. After the ship is attacked only a handful of survivors, suffering from lethal doses of radiation, attempt to complete the mission, and end the war. Written by kamas716

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Release Date:

23 June 1996 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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The title is based on the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred Lord Tennyson. See more »


When reciting Alfred Lord Tennyson's 1854 poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade", the cadet says, "Theirs was not to reason why. Theirs was but to do and die." The correct quote is "Theirs not to reason why. Theirs but to do and die." See more »


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The Control Voice: The greatest horror of war is the fateful transformation of our children into heroes.
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Futuristic War with Aliens... in space.
19 October 2006 | by dickielynchSee all my reviews

Humanity is at war with an alien species, when a lone ship is sent out to the alien home world with a final solution to the conflict. A weapon of massive destructive capabilities, capable of annihilating life from the entire planet. However, the ship is intercepted en route and the crew rendered unconscious. Upon awakening, several members of the crew realise that the enemy have boarded the ship and endangered the mission. Suffering from increasing radiation poisoning, Wil Wheaton and several other crew members engage in a last ditch attempt to save the mission. Cut off from their chain of command, and knowing that they will not survive the radiation sickness that is slowly killing them, they must face one final shocking twist that will blow you away in true Outer Limits style. This episode will not disappoint!

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