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Recap / The Outer Limits 1995 S 4 E 4 In Another Life

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The Control Voice: Do we have the power to shape our lives or are we predestined to be who we are? If our fate is but one amongst many, then whose life, if anyone's, is real?

A man is pulled into an alternate universe by a version of him who is a successful CEO. The CEO asks him to help stop another version of him who is a murderer.

The Control Voice: If our lives are indeed the sum total of the choices we've made, then we cannot change who we are. But with every new choice we're given, we can change who we're going to be.
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In Another Trope:

  • Abusive Parents: The various Alternate Universe versions of Mason Stark were beaten by their alcoholic fathers on a regular basis.
  • Alternate Universe: The Eigenphase Industries CEO Mason Stark transports various versions of himself from parallel universes to his own.
  • Can't Take Anything with You: A variation is shown here as it involves travel to an Alternate Universe rather than Time Travel. When the various alternate versions of Mason Stark are transported to the Eigenphase Industries CEO Mason's universe by the Quantum Mirror, they arrive naked.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: The project manager Mason Stark impersonates his Alternate Universe counterpart, the Eigenphase Industries CEO Mason, after he is killed.
  • Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: A man mourning the death of his wife gets sent to a parallel universe. He quickly tries to find the alternate version of her, only to discover she already has a boyfriend. In the end, when he decides to stay, he meets the alternate version of his wife again and they strike up a friendship, leaving him hopeful that they may get together in the future.
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  • For Want of a Nail: This is explored through the lives of three Alternate Universe versions of Mason Stark. The lives of the clinically depressed former Eigenphase Industries project manager Mason and the more confident Eigenphase CEO Mason diverged when they were fifteen years old and they each arrived home late and got into an argument with their alcoholic fathers, who started beating them. In the project manager Mason's universe, he let his father beat him instead of fighting back as otherwise he would have beaten his mother again. In the CEO Mason's universe, he fought back and was able to stop him. As a result, his father entered detox and successfully turned his life around. The CEO Mason's life improved considerably as a consequence of this, allowing him to develop greater self-confidence. Unlike the project manager Mason, he finished graduate school and slowly worked his way up the corporate ladder at Eigenphase. The killer Mason's life followed an almost identical path to the project manager Mason's but the former shot most of the people in his office while the latter only considered doing so briefly, quickly realizing that he could never go through with it. The project manager was about to shoot himself when he was brought to the CEO's universe.
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  • Interdimensional Travel Device: The Quantum Mirror.
  • Killing Your Alternate Self: The version of Mason Stark who killed everyone in his office tried to kill the Eigenphase Industries CEO Mason.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Both the project manager and killer versions of Mason Stark dislike the Eigenphase Industries CEO Mason.
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