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The Grell 

An alien slave belonging to the species Grell rescues his owner's family after their plane is shot down in an attack by the Grell rebellion.


Jorge Montesi


Jeff King

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Episode complete credited cast:
Ted Shackelford ... High Secretary Paul Kohler
Maurice Dean Wint ... Jesha
Britt McKillip ... Sara Kohler
Blair Slater ... Ken Kohler
Roger Cross ... Lt. Lockhart (as Roger R. Cross)
Marina Sirtis ... Olivia 'Liv' Kohler
David McNally David McNally ... Shak-El
Jane Spence Jane Spence ... Female Rebel
G. Patrick Currie G. Patrick Currie ... Ep (as Gerry Currie)
Jake T. Roberts ... Colonel Vaux


An alien slave belonging to the species Grell rescues his owner's family after their plane is shot down in an attack by the Grell rebellion.

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12 February 1999 (Canada) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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Per the title, in the "Dungeons & Dragons" fantasy role-playing game, the grell is an aberration. See more »


After he is exposed to Jesha's blood, Paul Kohler begins to turn into a Grell. The right side of his face becomes mottled yellow like that of a Grell while the left side remains human. When the planes open fire on the Grell village, a shot of Kohler depicts the right side as being human and the left as being Grell, indicating that the image has been reversed. See more »

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Racism of the Future
22 July 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The Grell are a subjugated people who are made to serve their more "enlightened" masters. They have the best of humanity, kindness and compassion, and yet are treated as if they were filthy insects. They raise the children, give of their own being to save others, and receive nothing in return. In this episode, a family of earth people are trapped and must find a way to their place of rescue. Unfortunately (or not), they are hunted by the Grell who have formed a resistance. The poor servant must choose between his loyalty to his family and joining the rebels. He gets an agreement from the family as he uses his devices to save the father in exchange for his freedom. Of course, the earth people will promise anything and then not deliver on their promises. How can you make a pact with something so inhuman? The bodily fluids used to save the man have some interesting side effects and that's when the themes of the story come out to play. Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation stars as a bigoted mother who has no scruples whatsoever. This is a very interesting episode.

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