The season ends with Harlan Ellison's “The Discarded.” An emissary from Earth (James Denton) arrives on a spacecraft loaded with disfigured outcasts and offers their leader (Brian Dennehy) an opportunity for the group to return home. But there's a catch: They'll have to donate their blood first, because it's needed as an inoculation against a new outbreak of the disease that caused their disfigurement. Jonathan Frakes directed; Ellison has a cameo as Nate. Samswope: John Hurt.
In “Jerry Was a Man,” a rich woman (Anne Heche) living in 2077 leases a soon-to-be-destroyed anthropoid from the genetic engineer (Malcolm McDowell) who designed it. Or is it really a human? The question ends up in court, and it's a life-or-death matter for Jerry (Jason Diablo). Bronson: Russell Porter. Based on a 1947 short story by Robert Heinlein.
“The Awakening” features Terry O'Quinn as a retired U.S. military UFO investigator called back when troops in Iraq are unable to identify “corpses” that don't seem human...or dead. Eye contact with them causes instant catatonia, but their victims aren't traumatized. “It's like they're in a state of bliss,” says a stumped military doctor. Based on the 1970 short story “The General Zapped an Angel” by Howard Fast (“Spartacus”). Lt. Granger: Elisabeth Rohm. The President: William B. Davis.
In John Kessel's 1986 short story “A Clean Escape,” a psychiatrist (Judy Davis) questions a distinguished-looking man (Sam Waterston) with a memory lapse that troubles her considerably more than it troubles him. In fact, he doesn't even admit to it. Mark Rydell (“On Golden Pond”) directed the drama, which is set in the not-too-distant future.