Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The year is 2076: Dr Theresa Givens (Amanda Plummer), a time traveler from the 20th century, has been sentenced to death for violating the anti-technology laws which govern this post-apocalyptic society. The rulers of the new, pre-industrial judiciary offer Theresa a reprieve, but only if she can successfully plead her case before the Supreme Court, which is evenly divided between anti-tech conservatives and progressive liberals. Dr. Givens' testimony consists primarily of excerpts from such previous Outer Limits episodes as "A Stitch in Time" (in which Amanda Plummer first created the character of Theresa Givens), "Donor," "Vaccine," "The New Breed," "Sandkings," "Fathers & Sons," "Final Exam," "Déjà Vu," "New Lease," and "Relativity Theory." Originally telecast on September 3, 2000, "Final Appeal" was planned as the last-ever episode of The Outer Limits, as indicated by its extended length (two hours), its all-star cast, and its truly shocking denouement. However, the series' option was picked up by cable TV's Sci-Fi Channel (taking over from Showtime), thus the episode was merely the conclusion of The Outer Limits' sixth season, with dozens more episodes still to come. Since its original telecast, "Final Appeal" has been rerun as two separate one-hour installments.