The Outer Limits: Season 2, Episode 16

The Deprogrammers (26 May 1996)

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After the earth is conquered by aliens and programmed to be slaves, the human slave of the alien leader is kidnapped and deprogrammed by rebels. The slave assassinates his owner, with disastrous results.

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After the earth is conquered by aliens and programmed to be slaves, the human slave of the alien leader is kidnapped and deprogrammed by rebels. The slave assassinates his owner, with disastrous results.

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The prisoner's sleeves are pulled out the whole way just before Davis attempts to cut his arm, but in the next cut as Davis draws the knife near, the prisoner's sleeves are pulled back all the way. See more »

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12 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The problem with The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone is the anticipation of a twist. I won't go into that, however. This is a tale of a future society where people have been programmed to serve a new master alien race. It begins with a sycophantic human being at the behest of an ugly, scaly alien. These guys were all quite similar in appearance in the newer series, generally quite reptilian. This man is kidnapped and taken to a facility run by Brent Spiner (Commander Data from The Next Generation. He is like a drill sergeant as he badgers, physically abuses, and tries to reprogram the poor fellow. I should also mention that his wife is at the scene and participates in his "rehabilitation." They work to turn him human. Through time he comes to realized that these creatures were responsible for the death of his daughter and all children on the planet. The whole episode is quite satisfying. The catch is that of our expectations which diminishes the result.


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