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The Light Brigade 

Former POW John Skokes, a chief weapons officer and a glory seeking cadet obsessed with the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" try to drop a doomsday weapon on the aliens' homeworld and win the war.


Michael Keusch


Chris Dickie (story editor), Brad Wright


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Patrick ... Major John Skokes
Graham Greene ... Chief Weapons Officer
Wil Wheaton ... Cadet
Adrian G. Griffiths Adrian G. Griffiths ... Boromir (as Adrian Hughes)
Michael Kopsa ... Engineer (as Mike Kopsa)
Adrian Holmes ... Soldier
Nathaniel DeVeaux Nathaniel DeVeaux ... Captain (voice)


Major Skokes returns (Quality of Mercy) to the war against the aliens. He's been stationed aboard a ship making a last ditch effort to destroy the alien home world as a Re-commissioned Prisoner of War. After the ship is attacked only a handful of survivors, suffering from lethal doses of radiation, attempt to complete the mission, and end the war. Written by kamas716

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23 June 1996 (USA) See more »

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Robert Patrick reprises his role as Major John Skokes from За гранью возможного: Quality of Mercy (1995). This is the first sequel in the history of "The Outer Limits". See more »


When reciting Alfred Lord Tennyson's 1854 poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade", the cadet says, "Theirs was not to reason why. Theirs was but to do and die." The correct quote is "Theirs not to reason why. Theirs but to do and die." See more »


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Not All That Well Conceived
12 April 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Wil Wheaton must have done this pretty close to his Wesley Crusher days. This is a sequel to a previous episode which left us hanging (just a bit). A crew is on its way to a planet, populated by those who have conquered earth. They are going to deliver a weapon and destroy the planet. However, it is a suicide mission. Somehow, word of their mission was intercepted and they are attacked. Unfortunately, the few that are left receive lethal doses of radiation and will die soon. The agree to carry out the mission, despite the fact they will never see the results. The obstacles are presented by the damage to the ship and the difficulty of arming the bomb. There is the usual macho stuff going on. Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade" becomes a part of the plot though I never really understood. Of course, the poem is about the brigade of six hundred in the Crimean war, who went on a similar suicide mission ("Ours not to reason why…..etc.) Anyway, through courageous maneuvers they come to the crisis point and must act. It just seemed a bit trite for me.

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