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Recap / The Outer Limits 1995 S 6 E 6 The Beholder

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The Control Voice: It is said that what we behold with our eyes is merely the surface of reality. But if we could see beneath that facade, what would lie within?

A blind professor is given a treatment to restore his sight and begins to see a beautiful, ghost-like woman.

The Control Voice: Of all the gifts his Maker has bestowed upon man, none is more precious than his ability to love another.

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  • Angelic Aliens: Kyra, who lives on a different plane of existence, is a beautiful young woman with an ethereal, angelic appearance.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Patrick destroys the means for Kyra to be tracked down by the agents so that she can remain free, then ends up losing his sight again. In the final scene, she touches his cheek and he is able to feel it.
  • Captured Super-Entity: Kyra, whose species lives on a different plane of existence, is briefly trapped in a magnetic field by Dwight Bordon, an MI-6 agent on attachment to the NSA.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Kyra, though she's an alien that's "out of phase".
  • Intangibility: Since Kyra exists on a different plane of existence, she passes through normal matter. After exposing Patrick to a device, he is able to touch (and have sex with) her.
  • Invisible to Normals: Patrick Tarloff, who was blinded in an accident when he was seven, receives a brain implant which allows him to see for the first time in almost 20 years. The treatment is supplemented by regular injections of iridium (produced in space) which forms a neural bridge to his optic nerve. Immediately after regaining his sight, Patrick begins to see an ethereal woman. Although his psychiatrist Dr. Louise Burrows dismisses it as a hallucination and he comes to accept this, he later discovers that she is in fact real. She is an alien named Kyra who lives on a different plane of existence. Patrick can see her because the iridium in his system expands his perception.
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  • Mistaken from Behind: Patrick Tarloff is still getting used to regaining his sight and continually sees a mysterious, beautiful redhead everywhere he goes. At one point, he sees a redhead walking by and confronts her, but she turns out to be some ordinary woman.
  • Sole Survivor: There are two examples. Patrick Tarloff's parents were killed when their single engine airplane crashed in the vicinity of Fort Yukon, Alaska. Patrick, who was seven years old, was the only survivor but was blinded. Similarly, Kyra was the only member of her family to survive the crash of their ship, which was severely damaged when it got too close to Earth's magnetic field.
  • Starfish Aliens: Kyra's species lives on a different plane of existence, making them invisible to (most) humans. They are capable of existing inside a neutron star but magnetic fields are potentially deadly to them.
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  • Talking with Signs: A variation. Kyra, an alien who lives on a different plane of existence, is initially only able to communicate with Patrick Tarloff by writing in the air. He later gains the ability to hear her when she exposes him to a device that she salvaged from her ship.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Kyra has red eyes.
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