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Recap / The Outer Limits 1995 S 7 E 15 Time To Time

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The Control Voice: It is said the moving finger of fate, having written, is indelible. But what if destiny's trail could be erased and etched anew?

A woman is recruited by a time travel organization, but she defies orders and attempts to prevent her father's death.

The Control Voice: As our scientific knowledge expands so do the borders of our explorations, ultimately moving beyond the bounds of three dimensions.

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  • And the Adventure Continues: At the end, Lorelle Palmer has officially joined the time travel for hire agency Chrononics in 2059.
  • Chronoscope: The time travel agency Chrononics has a viewing portal which allows them to monitor their agents when they travel through time. Clips from "Tribunal" and "Gettysburg" are used to represent these missions.
  • The Constant: Angie Palmer is present in UC Berkeley in both 1969 and 1989.
  • I'm Mr. [Future Pop Culture Reference]: The time traveler Gavin uses "Luke Skywalker" as an alias when in the year 1969. He even finished a phone call with "May the Force be with you."
  • Kid from the Future: A variation occurs when Tom and Angie Palmer from 1969 met their 25-year-old daughter Lorelle Palmer from 1989 and never realized that she was the adult version of their five-year-old.
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  • My Future Self and Me: Subverted when the 25-year-old Lorelle Palmer from 1989 meets herself as a five-year-old girl in 1969. Like her parents and everyone else from 1969, the younger Lorelle doesn't realize the older Lorelle's true identity.
  • Parents Know Their Children: Downplayed. The 25-year-old Lorelle Palmer from 1989 travels back in time to April 14, 1969 and meets her parents Tom and Angie. Both of them find her very familiar and Angie automatically trusts her for reasons that she can't explain but neither makes the connection.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: This episode was an attempt at a new spin-off series, but it wasn't picked up.
  • Popular History: Lorelle Palmer and Gavin visit the UC Berkeley campus on April 14, 1969 and see many hippies, several protests against The Vietnam War and an ROTC officer trying to recruit students.
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  • Ret-Gone: Satchko Watanabe, a member of the time travel agency Chrononics, ceased to exist after Lorelle Palmer altered history when she visited UC Berkeley on April 14, 1969. Lorelle caused her father Tom to miss his bus, which prevented his friend James Williams from telling him about a meeting later that night. At this meeting, he learned of Richard's plans to plant a bomb in the ROTC campus headquarters in McClanahan Hall. As a result, Tom lived and the bomb went off the next day instead of that night. Twelve people died in the altered timeline. In the original timeline, one of them had a child who became a medical researcher and discovered the cure for AIDS, saving thousands of lives in the process. Satchko was never born as she was a descendant of one of the AIDS sufferers. The course of history is restored and Satchko returns when Lorelle decides to allow her father to die in his attempt to deactivate the bomb.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Lorelle Palmer has Gavin bring her to UC Berkeley on April 14, 1969 in order to prove that he is telling the truth about being a time traveler. She picked this date deliberately as it was the day that her father Tom died. She grew up believing that he was killed when the bomb that he planted in the ROTC campus headquarters detonated prematurely. However, it turns out that he had actually been attempting to deactivate the bomb when it went off. Lorelle does briefly change history and save her father but she ultimately decides to allow history to run its course after learning that the child of one of the twelve people who would have otherwise died in the explosion went on to discover a cure for AIDS. Although her father still dies, Lorelle succeeds in changing her mother Angie's life for the better. In the original timeline, Angie never recovered from Tom's death and spent most of her days in bed in Lorelle's native time of 1989. Lorelle asking her five-year-old self to tell her mother how much she loved a painting that she had made for her resulted in Angie gaining solace and comfort from pursuing art as a career.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: A variation occurs considering that time travel is involved. In "Tribunal", Nicholas Prentice helps his great-grandfather Aaron Zgierski expose Robert Greene as SS-Obersturmführer Karl Rademacher. Gavin, Prentice's colleague at the time travel agency Chrononics, takes Lorelle Palmer back in time to UC Berkeley on April 14, 1969. When he loses her, he asks Satchko Watanabe and Travis to keep it from Prentice when he gets back. The Chrononics viewing portal shows Prentice and Aaron in Auschwitz in 1944 and later reuniting Aaron's half-sister Hannah (whom history recorded as dying at Auschwitz) with their father Leon in 1999. Prentice then returns to Chrononics in 2059 and learns that Gavin brought Lorelle to 1969 without permission.
  • Time-Travel Episode
  • Time Travel Escape: The time travel agency Nicholas Prentice works for recruits via this method; they take the potential recruit to the future seconds before they would have died, then offers them a choice between joining or being sent back to their death.
  • You Already Changed the Past: Subverted when a new recruit into the temporal agency goes back in time and prevents her father's death due to an eco terrorists' bomb going off prematurely. This results in another member of the agency suddenly vanishing. His colleagues figured out that, without her father to tamper with the bomb, it went off as planned and killed a lot of innocent people, including an ancestor of the temporal agent who disappeared. Reluctantly, the girl has to let her father sacrifice himself. However, she does alter her mother's fate somewhat by giving her a coping mechanism (in her timeline, her mother's a wreck; in the altered one, she is an accomplished artist).

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