The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 13

Quality of Mercy (16 Jun. 1995)

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Major John Skokes has been captured by the seemingly unbeatable aliens currently warring on Earth. His companion is a young Cadet captured on a training flight, Bree Tristan. Skokes must ... See full summary »



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Cadet 2nd Class Bree Tristan (as Nikki de Boer)


Major John Skokes has been captured by the seemingly unbeatable aliens currently warring on Earth. His companion is a young Cadet captured on a training flight, Bree Tristan. Skokes must find a way out of the dank prison for himself and his fellow prisoner before the aliens succeed in converting her to one of their own species! Written by CommanderBalok

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The title is from a quote from William Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice" - "The quality of mercy is not strained, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven". See more »


Cadet 2nd Class Bree Tristan: They're not changing me - they're changing me back.
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The Emptiness of the Outer Limits
6 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the hard things about this series is that there is very little sunshine. In this episode a couple of leftover humans are in a dungeon-like environment, trapped by impersonal, warrior aliens who treat them as trash. These people are introduced as soldiers. The man is himself a combatant who has fought the good fight with a marine-like affirmation. The young woman (about 20 years old) says that she has been drafted and taught to fly fighter jets. She is just a child and is routinely removed from the prison cell and operated on. It appears that the aliens are in the process of turning her into an alien. She starts with skin lesions and eventually grows spikes on her back. He spends his days trying to get through an vent opening above the cell. He doesn't know what's out there, but it behooves him to try. A relationship develops between them and he begins to feel protective of her. They talk about their humanity and their connection to earth and resisting being changed. This would be a relatively simple plot, but because this is one of the harshest episodes the writers/producers had something else in mind. Stay with this to the end and count your blessings.

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