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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Isaac (as Devin Drewitz)


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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Sometimes Lessons Are Learned Slowly
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This is a sequel to a previous episode. A group of earth people have escaped bondage. They were held by robot overlords, even though the war ended long ago. Now they forage for what food they can, but the aliens contaminated the food supply. They are desperate. One loose cannon eats some of the food and most of the others follow. They are soon dying. A small group goes out find what they can. They held fast to not eating the forbidden fruit (this thing is full of Biblical images, even the names they take).

We are also shown another group of characters. They are aliens who are left from the war. They have learned hydroponics and other growing methods and continue to tend these things. There is a grandfather, a mother, and two sons. One day the younger son, who is a curious guy, comes upon the earth people. He is chased back to his house and it is obvious that one group has what the other want. The aliens are armed but the earth people are enterprising and desperate. Soon they begin to hit and run, stealing the vegetables the aliens are growing. The aliens have set up booby traps and one of the earthlings is impaled. It isn't long before an actual war takes place between them, even though they have both preached against it. It is survival now. What happens is quite interesting and hopeful.

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