Monday, December 07, 2020

Article I, section 8, clause 8 on the "Outer Limits" in September 2000

One suspects that the text of Article I, section 8, clause 8 ["To promote the progress of science and useful arts, ..."] does not appear within many television dramas. Yet, in the "Final Appeal" (part 1) episode of the "Outer Limits," first broadcast on September 3, 2000, there it was. The episode is an unusual one, depicting an appeal to the five-member U.S. Supreme Court in the year 2076. The justices are portrayed by well-known actors, including Charlton Heston, Cicely Tyson, Hal Holbrook, Robert Loggia, and Swoozie Kurtz. The solicitor general is played by Michael Moriarty, affecting an odd speech mannerism. There is time travel, and a very real embodiment of cold fusion. There are several flashbacks to previous Outer Limits episodes. One could view the episode as Shaw's "Major Barbara" on steroids.


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