The Outer Limits

Season 4 Episode 17

Lithia

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 03, 1998 on Showtime
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It is 2055 and the post-apocalyptic world is populated exclusively by
women; all the men were killed in the Great War and the Scourge that
followed. Into this matriarchy comes Major Jason Mercer (David Keith),
who was cryogenically frozen forty years earlier and now awakened in
Lithia. Lithia is a small agricultural enclave overseen by a group of women
that include the regal elder Hera (Julie Harris), Ariel (Claire Rankin),
Miranda (Nadia Capone) and Pele (Kirsten Williamson). Mercer's arrival
sparks a debate about the nature of men among some women and
revives long-dormant sexual feelings in others. The debate intensifies as
Mercer, seeing the enclave's poverty and primitive tools, begins to repair
the community's broken machines and pushes Miranda, the group's trade
representative to barter with Hyacinth, a neighboring community, for
electricity to run the machines. Over the objections of the elders, Mercer
gets the machines running by stealing power from Hyacinth's dam. But,
can Mercer revive the world of men, without also bringing back the
violence, anger and death which led to his gender's extinction?

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