Glyphic (The Outer Limits)

The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 9
Directed by Catherine O'Hara
Written by Naren Shankar
Original air date March 3, 1998
Guest appearance(s)

Rachael Leigh Cook
Peter Flemming
Tom McBeath
Robin Duke
Tom Heaton
Lane Smith
Brad Swaille
Shannon Beaty
Ryan de Boer
Jonathon Young
Constance Barnes
Heather Chopko

Episode chronology

"Glyphic" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It was first broadcast on March 20, 1998, during the fourth season.

Opening narration

Human beings naturally fear that which is unknown or different. But unless we strive to conquer those fears, they may exact a price far greater than we can bear.


When Tom Young (Peter Flemming) from the Department of Health travels to a small town in the Pacific Northwest to examine an old case file, it appears as though long ago the town had stopped trying to live in the present. Twelve years have passed since a tragedy killed many of their young children and left the residents without hope, without a future. Many of them are still angry with the medical community for not finding a cure to save the children in their small community. The town's physician, Dr. Malcolm Boussard (Lane Smith) has felt the brunt of their anger, especially since his own two children did not die during the epidemic. Although they were spared, his son Louis (Brad Swaile) still lies in a coma while his daughter Cassie (Rachael Leigh Cook) has learning disabilities and expresses herself through abstract sculpture and artwork. Through hypnosis, Tom begins to probe Cassie's mind and unravels a memory of 'alien' proportions.

Closing narration

It is said the human capacity for language is the quality which separates us from all other species on Earth. Perhaps it is also the same quality which can link us to those beyond... but only if we are willing to listen.
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