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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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 »

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Cadet 2nd Class Bree Tristan: They're not changing me - they're changing me back.
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Haunting, disturbing, quite brilliant episode!
9 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yes, an outstanding, and very disturbing episode.

It has qualities, as suggested by the above reviewers, that haunt me to this day.

Terrific how, what is essentially a two-handed, and probably relatively low-budget drama in a confined space, manages to be a brilliant piece of TV drama. Robert Patrick is very good - and I found the female lead arrestingly beautiful, even as she was being gradually transformed - and her increasingly pathetic plight is both shocking and very moving.

But drawn in, and caring for them both, as you inevitably are, nothing prepares you for the brilliant and mind-twisting final revelation.

A real humdinger of an episode - and, as I say, one that will probably, as it does for me, and the reviewers above, haunt you forever!


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