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Patient Zero 

Colonel Beckett goes back in time to poison a physician who unintentionally spread a global pandemic. When the traveler returns to the future, nothing has changed. Though haunted by the ... See full summary »

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Mario Azzopardi
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Michael Rooker ... Colonel Beckett
Tanya Allen ... Amy Barrett
Laurie Murdoch ... Quisling
Gillian Barber ... General
David Cubitt ... Colonel Faber
Patrick McManus Patrick McManus ... Dr. Mandel
Myfanwy Meilen Myfanwy Meilen ... Beckett's Wife
Karina Carreck Karina Carreck ... Nurse
Aaron Joseph Aaron Joseph ... Basketball Kid
Kyra Azzopardi Kyra Azzopardi ... Catherine
Bruce Campbell Bruce Campbell ... Coffee Guy
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Colonel Beckett goes back in time to poison a physician who unintentionally spread a global pandemic. When the traveler returns to the future, nothing has changed. Though haunted by the plague death of his own family, the Colonel is ordered to an earlier time, to assassinate a young woman carrier, plus the physician. Written by David Stevens

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TV-PG
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Release Date:

23 March 2001 (Canada) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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Trivia

Kyra Azzopardi (Catherine Beckett) is the daughter of the director Mario Azzopardi. See more »

Goofs

For most of Beckett and Barrett's scene behind the health clinic, alongside the fence, the weather is clear. But when the characters start running and the shot changes, suddenly it's snowing. See more »

Connections

Features The Outer Limits: The Vaccine (1998) See more »

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I'm confused...didn't't anybody else see 12 Monkeys?
11 September 2016 | by donlecouteur-1See all my reviews

I enjoyed this episode almost as much as I enjoyed the Terry Gilliam movie 12 Monkeys. But then I got terribly confused when I watched the special feature on the episode and found no one giving even an homage nod to the "original" idea. I believe it is possible for multiple writers in any genre to come up with the same or similar idea completely independently of each other, so I'm not suggesting Pen Densham "stole" the idea for Patient Zero from 12 Monkeys...I just don't understand why everyone pretends the coincidence doesn't exist. This confusion of mine is now compounded by the fact there is a new movie being released soon which bears the same title and seems to be based on the same plot...and once again, no mention in any of the publicity I've seen so far of either this Outer Limits episode or the Terry Gilliam film.


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