The Outer Limits: Season 5, Episode 7

The Human Operators (12 Mar. 1999)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror
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On a ship controlled by an authoritarian computer maintained by human slaves, a man and woman learn that the ship fears them. The humans dream of sabotaging the ship's sentient control system and free themselves.

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On a ship controlled by an authoritarian computer maintained by human slaves, a man and woman learn that the ship fears them. The humans dream of sabotaging the ship's sentient control system and free themselves.

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Soft Porn
17 October 2010 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

The ship's computer orders two human occupants to couple in order to create a new being who can keep the ship in repair. This happens again and again.

Jack Noseworthy in this role is arguably the handsomest soft porn star of all time. He took my breath away.

This is an unusually kinky episode. Malcolm McDowell as the ship oozes contempt, menace and sadism.

The scenes that stuck in my mind most was the ship's computer ordering the humans into a chamber to be tortured. They voluntarily entered, even though the ship apparently had no means to coerce them there.

It is all a metaphor for how people submit to oppression, and the gradual mental shifts that make them break free.

I felt embarrassed watching the episode, and turned away several times. There is no getting away from it, it is in-your-face pornographic, though without frontal genital nudity.


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