The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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Inconstant Moon 

When Professor Stanley Hurst sees the moon suddenly shine brightly, he concludes that something must have happened to the sun. If it's gone nova, it means the end of the world. It's the ... See full summary »


Joseph L. Scanlan


Larry Niven (short story), Brad Wright (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
Michael Gross ... Stanley
Joanna Gleason ... Leslie
Jeremy Hart Jeremy Hart ... Henry Walker
Tom Heaton ... Crazed Man
William deVry ... Bartender
Scott Swanson Scott Swanson ... Silver-Haired Man
James Bell James Bell ... Drunk Executive


When Professor Stanley Hurst sees the moon suddenly shine brightly, he concludes that something must have happened to the sun. If it's gone nova, it means the end of the world. It's the middle of the night and few people know what's happened. He decides to contact Leslie, a woman he has known for many years - she runs a local bookstore he frequents - and ask her out for coffee. She thinks he's crazy but goes along. He's been in love with her for a long while and never had the nerve to ask her out, let alone tell her how he felt. Now he has only a few hours to make up for his foolishness. Written by garykmcd

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12 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Delta, British Columbia, Canada

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Atlantis Films See more »
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Adapted from a classic Larry Niven story of the same title See more »


While talking to Leslie on the phone, Stanley says that her bookshop has the largest collection of astrology books that he has ever seen in reference to the Moon's strange appearance. He should have said "astronomy." See more »


[last lines]
Leslie: What do you see?
Stanley: [surveys the widespread devastation outside from the window of an apartment on a higher floor] Another day.
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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GREAT adaptation
2 January 2008 | by jpmarmaro-2See all my reviews

This is perhaps my very favorite of all the episodes of the New Outer Limits I have seen, and I have seen most of them. I am an aficionado of Apolcalyptic/End of the World SciFi/Fantasy, and this is one of the best in the genre in recent years. When MGM came out with the DVD set labeled "Outer Limits Seasons 1 and 2" I bought it, most especially for this episode... which wasn't included. Instead of the entire seasons 1 and 2 it was a "best of", which very annoyingly did NOT include this episode. They have since released the complete Season 1. Seasons 3 and 4 are available from Europe. But not Season 2. I am really, REALLY piqued at that! This adaptation is, if anything, an improvement on Larry Niven's fine story of the same name, and is finely acted by leads Michael Gross and Joanna Gleason. The screenplay is, if anything, more exciting than the source story. The production also has excellent special effects and a great climax and denouement, rather perfunctorily dealt with in the story, but very nicely realized here. So, MGM, get off your corporate duffs and release this on DVD... either in a complete Season 2, or perhaps in an Apocalyptic/End-of-the-World selection.

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