The Outer Limits (1995) s01e07 Episode Script

The Choice

Hook me in, Wayne.
Jacking you in, Jack.
I'm gonna try a bite of your lunch.
I'm not getting zip from the tactile wall though.
Boost the analog simulation rate.
More.
Don't hold back on me, Wayne.
So close I can almost taste it.
I'll be home soon.
I promise.
No, you won't have to take legal action.
I'll see you in a little while.
I love you too.
It's from the board.
They've denied additional funding.
The analog rate increased on its own.
What did you see? I'm putting dinner in the oven.
- I'll be home soon.
- Make that a promise? - I promise.
- I'm considering that a verbal contract.
Don't worry.
You're not gonna have to- It's from the board.
They denied additional funding.
He's gonna knock over the- I'll see you in a little while.
- I love you.
- I love you too.
Jack, what the hell did you see? I saw the future.
There is nothing wrong with your television.
Do not attempt to adjust the picture.
We are now controlling the transmission.
We control the horizontal and the vertical.
We can deluge you with a thousand channels or expand one single image to crystal clarity and beyond.
We can shape your vision to anything our imagination can conceive.
For the next hour we will control all that you see and hear.
You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the deepest inner mind to- Man has always been fascinated with the concept of going back in time.
The question is often asked "If you could go back, would you do anything differently?" But what if it goes the other way? We never hear the question, "Would you do anything differently if you could go forward?" You're positive it was real? As real as you and I, right here, right now.
Where did you watch from? Right here.
You were an observer of your own future several minutes before the event happened? That's about the size of it.
It has to be coincidence.
It was no coincidence.
We've tapped into something.
The Al module can't cook up something that isn't programmed in or picked up by the brain wave sensors.
But what if it did get it from the sensors? A future experience.
How? I don't know.
That's what we need to find out.
Izzy? Izzy? Oh, honey, I made the most amazing discovery last night.
Listen to this.
- I don't have time for excuses, Jack.
- But, honey.
I'm late for class as it is.
I'm sorry that I didn't come home last night.
I think it would be in your best interest to meet with him, Mr.
Trenton.
Yes, well, I think it's fair to say that your definition of my best interest isn't always on the money.
- I think I found something useful.
- I see.
- I worked up an idea similar to this- - Hang on.
It's official.
Senator Avery announced today that he'd seek another term.
Meanwhile, speculations still scroll around Washington that Bill Trenton has his eye on Avery's seat.
How does this afternoon work out? 3:00? You won't be disappointed, sir.
Wayne, take a look at this.
What have you got? Jungian theory states that the brain contains memories of past events even ones we haven't yet experienced.
- The collective unconscious.
- Exactly.
Say our lives are stored, past and future.
It's like identical twins separated at birth.
They go on to marry women of the same name drive the same car, have identical jobs.
Genetic destiny.
Are you suggesting your telemetry suit may have somehow accessed future memories? Not only accessed but processed it and sent it back to my brain as a real image.
- Are they fried? - They couldn't handle all the power.
I think we can have them up and running by this afternoon.
It's a miracle we get any results out of these things.
I'd give my left arm for a state-of-the-art rig.
If we could amp up the analog rate even more we could boost the distance jumped into the future.
I don't know if we can even duplicate it without frying out the system again.
Well, we're just going to have to go for it.
A highly commendable attitude.
After all, if you want to discover new frontiers you must first lose sight of the shore.
- Jack Pierce, I'd like you to meet- - Bill Trenton.
It's a great pleasure, young man.
No, no, the pleasure's all mine, sir.
Your professor here tells me that you've come across something quite amazing.
I asked him to come down.
Mr.
Trenton is a good friend of the university.
It's my way of giving something back to society.
Today's young minds are tomorrow's future.
And by the sound of it, this young mind has been to that future and back.
Well, it's only six minutes.
Six minutes? Even six seconds would herald the greatest discovery since Oppenheimer split the atom.
Would it be possible to see a demonstration? It's a little early for another run, sir.
Oh, I see.
Afraid to lose sight of the shore, Jack? All right.
Lab.
It's for you, sir.
Hello.
I'll call you back.
The phone's gonna ring.
It'll be for Mr.
Trenton.
Lab.
It's for you, sir.
Hello? I'll call you back.
Who knows about this? Just Wayne and I.
And you.
I'm quite impressed.
With a little more work, I believe we can go further into the future.
I believe you can with the proper tools at your disposal.
And if you're willing to leave the nest.
Are you willing, Jack? Oh, yeah.
Are you offering me a job? No, I don't offer jobs.
I offer futures.
And yours is standing before you.
And this I can promise you- it'll last considerably longer than six minutes.
What's this for? Oh, come on.
Do I have to have a reason? No, but you do, don't you? Guess who came by the lab to see me today.
- Who? - Guess.
I don't know, Jack.
I hate guessing.
Yes! The man who invented the ratiocinative computer.
The man who started CTY Industries- - I know who Trenton is.
What'd he want? - Oh, I don't know.
Maybe to offer me my own lab at his company.
He wants you to come work for him? I have a meeting with him tomorrow to discuss it.
- I can't believe it! - Why did he come to you? Wayne called him and told him what I was working on.
- The virtual reality suit.
- Right.
I don't know.
Maybe he wants to expand his VR division.
You don't seem too excited.
I am.
I'm very proud of you.
Thank you.
- Shouldn't you be wearing a helmet? - Only when I'm working, sir.
- I'm very pleased to see you, Jack.
- Me too.
Let me give you the tour.
Thank you.
- Nice place.
- I believe an aesthetically balanced working environment helps focus the mind.
- Morning, Mr.
Trenton.
- Morning.
We also have a fully equipped gymnasium and a day-care center downstairs.
- Do you have children? - No, not yet.
My wife wants to get her law degree first.
It never hurts to have a lawyer in the family.
Access granted.
And this is where CTY develops its virtual reality system.
An optical neural net.
Yes, I like to call it my engine.
Seven years in the making.
Nobody's running optical processing.
I mean, it's only been talked about.
What other people talk about, I make reality.
Same with you, Jack.
When your university was lacking a digital scanning array, you made one.
Yes, I've been doing my homework on you, as I'm sure you've been doing on me.
But the point is that neural net could be working for you.
Everything you see here can be at your disposal.
Plus 200,000 a year.
Stock options.
Company car.
But that's not what's important, is it? At least not to men like you and me.
What's important is the opportunity to excel.
Excel for me, Jack.
I couldn't believe it.
An optical neural net.
I mean, I never thought I'd see one, much less have one to work with.
And the speed of the thing was incredible.
I need to tell you something.
Do you remember last fall when I worked at Bowman, Stiller and Webb? Today I called a friend of mine who still works there - and I asked her about Bill Trenton.
- Why? Well, I remembered this case involving him.
A competitor ofTrenton's was attempting to bring him up on charges of corporate spying.
It happens all the time, Izzy.
But from this case file, Trenton outright stole their idea and made it his own.
So, what happened? The case was dropped.
They settled out of court.
That's how business gets done.
- I don't trust him.
- Well, trust me.
I know what I'm doing.
I understand you made some progress.
Well, I am not used to working with so much help.
I have gone further in one week here than a year at the university.
You know, I envy you this stage in your life.
Where I was 15 years ago.
Creating.
Working with your hands.
If you ever want to get your hands dirty again, I'd be honored to have your help.
- May I? Get my hands dirty? - Sure.
I want to take a future jump.
- A future jump? - Well, it's safe, isn't it? Of course, but it's still in its beginning stages.
It'd mean a great deal to me, Jack.
All right, Mr.
Trenton.
I'm gonna increase the analog rate for a few minutes.
Put me into tomorrow, Jack.
Yeah, hi.
! How are you doing? Morning.
Good morning.
Here we go.
- Incredible.
- What did you see? What I saw isn't important.
What's important is- can it be changed? - Do you feel it, Jack? - Sir? The rush.
The surge of energy flowing through a man's veins when he's about to face the unknown.
It can become an addiction.
Sir, shouldn't we call the police? Gimme your money.
- Don't shoot, man.
- Drop the knife or the next shot doesn't go in the air.
It can change.
Hey, Wayne, how ya doin'? - Hangin' in there.
- Good.
Listen.
- Sorry I haven't called.
I've been busy.
- Oh, that's no sweat.
I've been meaning to stop by and see how you were making out.
From the looks of things, you're making out pretty damn well.
- Thanks to you.
- Listen I was going over the algorithms of the intelligence amplifying system - and I think I found something useful.
- Oh, like what? I worked up an idea similar to this back at NASA for molecular docking.
The trick about timing future trips may be linked with the sensory transducer.
Transducer? The transducer isn't wired to the central power grid.
But that doesn't matter, you see.
Okay.
Boost the analog.
We have to talk.
How far? It's a full 36 hours.
You were right about the inverse square law.
You found the formula- quadruple the power fed in doubles the time traveled.
It was weird.
I was upset about something.
Trenton was upset.
- What happened? - You passed out.
Sensory overload.
I think you should let a doctor check you out.
I gotta figure out what happened.
The transducer.
It's gotta be the transducer.
Jack, are you home? - In here.
- Can you stop working for a minute and come into the other room? I have something to tell you.
You need to wait a second, honey.
I'm on to something really important here.
Yeah.
I guess it can wait.
We now go live to the Trenton interview.
The ordinary citizen needs to be involved whether it's about crime or politics.
And America's technological future is being jeopardized by the present government.
This country must lead, not follow.
Does this mean you've decided to run for the Senate? Yes, I have.
And given the economy I certainly think I'd make a better choice in this election than Senator Avery.
So this means you can come in here and listen to your hero? He's not my hero.
I think you'll have a lot of support from the ordinary citizen.
Thank you.
And now we return you back to your scheduled programming.
- What's the matter? - Nothing.
Nothing? Jack, we don't talk anymore! Izzy, I've had a lot on my mind lately.
Yeah, well, I wish that I was on your mind lately! Look, it's not all my fault.
You've been preoccupied too.
You've been studying.
- Not anymore.
- Why? Sweetheart, I just passed the bar.
Oh, damn.
We have to talk.
It's come to my attention that you passed out yesterday.
Yes, Mr.
Trenton, but I believe I've isolated that problem.
I've just future jumped with no adverse physiological effects.
- It means unlimited distance.
- That's very exciting news, Jack.
But I believe that you've been jeopardizing one of this company's most invaluable assets, and I won't stand for it.
- I have? - Yes.
You.
You're overworking yourself.
Fatigue can lead one to draw to the wrong conclusions to make rash decisions.
A strong intellect is useless without good health.
I'm okay, Mr.
Trenton, really.
But I need to jump again.
There's something else I need to find out.
What you have to do is to go home and get some sleep.
That's an order.
Unlimited distance.
I hope you're right, Jack.
A toast.
To CTYand the future.
Both of which belong to us.
- William Trenton? - Yes? We've been sent by the Senate Commerce Committee.
I've already communicated to Avery that I'm not interested in appearing before his committee.
As a matter of fact, I'm arranging to file charges.
He's been harassing me ever since I lost the election.
This is not a request.
You've been subpoenaed.
As have all the records of CTYIndustries and its subsidiaries.
If you fail to provide access to said records, you will be placed under arrest.
As a matter of fact, I'm arranging to file charges.
He's been harassing me ever since I lost the election.
This is not a request.
You've been subpoenaed.
As have all the records of CTYIndustries and its subsidiaries.
If you fail to provide access to said records, you will be placed under arrest.
He's gonna lose.
Jack, I thought we had an agreement.
You were going home to get some rest.
I did, but I couldn't sleep.
That's what happens when I get an idea.
But it's a good thing I stopped in because someone made a jump.
- It wasn't me.
- Are you certain? The readout on the simulator read at a different level than where I'd left it.
I'll speak to Security immediately.
I guess I'll take your advice then and head on home.
Good morning.
- Good morning.
- Coffee.
- What time did you get in? - Oh, late.
Can you turn this up? Sure.
was killed in an early morning robbery attempt as he walked his dog.
No word yet from police about suspects but it is believed to be a random attack.
Senator Avery had recently announced he would run again for a seat he had held for two terms.
Should've listened to you.
Oh, you were right.
What are you talking about? The telemetry suit- the virtual reality suit.
It doesn't just create virtual reality.
It can project you into the future.
- Can you say that again? - It can see into the future.
- You're serious.
- Yes.
- Why didn't you tell me this before? - Because I thought- Trenton thought it needed to be kept secret.
From me too.
I'm sorry.
I went down to the lab last night, and Trenton used the suit.
Is that a problem? If he can see the future, he can change it.
- What do you think he saw? - I know what he saw.
He's not gonna win the election and Avery's gonna have him investigated.
I don't think that Avery's death was random.
I think Trenton had him killed.
Oh, my God.
I saw something else.
- What? - Me.
My death! That doesn't mean it's gonna come true.
- We have to call the police.
- No, I have to get proof.
- How? Trenton is dangerous! - Exactly! I mean, what would Hitler have done if he knew the where and when of D-Day? I have to destroy the research.
I have to destroy the suit.
- I have to get to the lab.
- I'm coming with you.
No, ifTrenton did kill Avery then he's not gonna think twice about coming after me.
I know too much, and I'm not gonna put you in that kind of danger.
When you saw your death, was I with you? Then I'm safe.
I'm not gonna die.
No, Isabelle, listen to me.
Jack, I'm going with you.
- They don't get it.
- I don't think so.
- I don't agree with that stance at all.
- It's policy.
Access denied.
- Access denied.
- Damn it! - Trenton's locked me out.
- Now what? I got an idea.
Come on.
I knew they wouldn't change the locks.
It took them a month just to issue me a key.
Okay, now I'm gonna hack my way into the security system at CTY.
I'll lay down a virus.
And as soon as my card gives me access the virus will shut down the whole system behind me.
All right.
He limited my access.
I can't get to the lab or security.
- Well, can you hack past it? - I don't know.
I'll go down to machine code level.
Bull's-eye.
Not anymore.
Hey, hey, excuse me.
Can I see your I D? Sure.
Here you go.
- Have a nice night, Mr.
Pierce.
- Thank you.
Thanks.
Access granted.
- Jack, wait.
- What, Izzy? What? Before you destroy the suit, you have to use it to find out what happened to you.
That's impossible.
We don't have enough time.
- We can't take that kind of risk.
- But we have to.
Look, damn it, Izzy! I am responsible for this! We are responsible for this! It is up to us to make sure that the future isn't stolen by this thing! What about our future? Isn't our future important? I love you, Jack! And I'm not gonna lose you.
Please.
- Good evening, sir.
- Evening, George.
Access denied.
Access denied.
Has something been changed? Something's lockin' up the whole system.
- Who's been here? - Just Mr.
Pierce.
Yes, sir.
I've got the neural net.
Through there.
Quick.
! I'm running down the fire stairs.
Trenton and the guard are right behind me.
Pauli jumped out at me.
Pauli, you okay? Pauli? Just leave him.
! We'll come back later.
! Pauli's out of commission.
I guess I hurt him pretty bad.
They're still on me.
I keep running.
I'm leaving the building now.
I'm headed for the pier.
- Shoot him.
! - But, sir- Shoot him.
! - Sir, I don't think we- - Gimme that.
Trenton's got the gun.
Shoot me, and it goes in the water.
! I'm sorry, Jack.
Now it's time to lose sight of the shore.
It's an LT virus.
I should be able to stop it.
- There.
- We're in.
I saw it.
Okay.
All right, now listen to me.
- I left my card.
Give me yours.
- Okay.
Come on.
Through there.
Quick! Pauli? Pauli? Pauli, you okay? Leave him! We'll come back later! - Shoot him! - But, sir- - Shoot him! - Sir, I don't think we- Gimme that.
Shoot me, and it goes in the water! I'm sorry, Jack.
Now it's time to lose sight of the shore.
You were right.
Pauli had a gun.
Time is a river winding steadily through the landscape of tomorrow.
There are those who would steal a glimpse around the next bend and those who would fight the current.
But the wisest are those who turn their eyes from the waters and seek out a fellow traveler to share in thejourney.