The Outer Limits: Season 4, Episode 21

Promised Land (21 Aug. 1998)

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In a future earth a group of alien settlers and group of escaped human slaves battle the environment and each other. As the casualties pile up, can they set aside their misunderstandings and learn to co-exist?

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On an Earth destroyed after an alien invasion, two groups fight for survival. Humans, all former slaves who escaped from a prison only to find that the war with aliens ended 100 years ago (see The Outer Limits: The Camp (1997)) Meanwhile, some aliens have settled on the planet and taken up farming. The young son, Ma'al, likes to go into a destroyed city to roam around the ruins. The humans are starving and many of them begin eating the vegetation despite the warnings in the camp that all plant life had been poisoned. Reduced to just a few, the humans follow Ma'al to his home and when they become aware of each other's existence, centuries-old fears and prejudices come to the surface. Written by garykmcd

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The title makes reference to "The Promised Land" that describes the land promised by God in the Bible to the Israelites to Abraham. The promise was fulfilled when the Israelites completed their forty year journey following the Exodus from Eqypt led by the prophet Moses. See more »

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Among the best Outer Limits episodes - and it's not really about Humans and Aliens
19 October 2012 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

What I am gonna say now, may not sound like it's relevant to the episode, but it is and if you saw it you will know.

My family is German and my grandfather always told me about how there used to be German villages in Bessarabia and how he grew up in one of those villages. At the time those villages belonged to neither Germany or the Soviet Union. All the people in those villages where farmers, none of them where Nazis. A few of them where drafted as soldiers, but they all served in the Romanian army, since technically they were all Romanians. A deal between Hitler and Stalin (during the beginning of WWII when Germany and the USSR fought together and invaded neutral countries together) gave those villages to Stalin, so the Red Army attacked Romania and destroyed all those villages, so my family had to flee to Germany (anyone who remained was put into soviet labor camps). It was difficult for my family in Germany and they where not really accepted as Germans and where put into refugee camps where the conditions where harsh. But they where promised that (since Germany had sold their land and farms to the Soviet Union) they would be compensated accordingly and would receive new land and new farms. They had to wait a couple of years, but then they where finally given the land and farms they where promised. What they didn't know is that those used to belong to polish settlers that where driven away by the Wehrmacht with many of them being put into labor camps. Naturally the polish weren't happy about that and decided to strike back. So one day the Polish massacred the entire village with my grandfather being the only survivor.

Why did I tell you that? Well I didn't just tell you my family history, I told you what this episode is about. Of course it's not necessarily about presumed Nazis and polish resistance fighters, it could be about anybody, and that's the point.

We hate what we fear, and we fear what we don't understand.


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