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Recap / The Outer Limits 1995 S 2 E 12 Inconstant Moon

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The Control Voice: Moonlight can drive man to madness and lovers to swoon, but this night, for one last and glorious moment, it shines bright as a grim harbinger of dawn.

Suspecting that the sun has gone nova, a professor attempts to woo a woman he had always loved.

The Control Voice: Perhaps, how we face death is not as important as how we face life. To live each day with hope, with courage and with love... as if it were our last.
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Inconstant Tropes:

  • Monumental Damage: Professor Stan Hurst imagines New York City, with the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center in full view, being destroyed as a result of The Sun going nova.
  • Snow Means Love: Professor Hurst believing the sun has gone nova and burned off half the Earth's atmosphere tries to distract his longtime love interest by walking downtown. The erratic weather causes a romantic snowfall.
  • Solar Flare Disaster: Earth is struck by a massive solar flare and the resulting extreme heat causes the Moon to look far brighter than is normal. The physics professor Stan Hurst initially thought that the Sun had gone nova and that they had only five hours to live before the entire planet was destroyed. As such, this episode treats Earth "merely" being hit by a solar flare as preferable. At the end of the episode, there is extreme flooding but the scale of the disaster is not made clear.note 
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