The Outer Limits

Season 4 Episode 17


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 03, 1998 on Showtime
out of 10
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Episode Summary


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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  • Sweet jesus. I thought this season couldn't get any worse and this proved me wrong.

    Women overexaggerating the stereotype of males, that's definitely unexpected. I feel a bit inconsiderate typing this blasphemy out, instead i should have thrown the remote across the room and slammed the door behind me. Shortly afterwards i could have called one of my 'besties' and initiated conversation about how incredibly insensitive and degrading this episode was to my gender. There is a twist to this review though. I feel as though i have also exaggerated myself, which is a perfect way of outlining what this episode is all about. Not all women have mood swings as not all men feel as though violence or aggression is needed to resolve problems. The main problem with this episode is it simply doesn't offer any ground breaking resolutions. It raises the question as to whether men should perhaps re-evaluate their level of aggression. However, aren't there a few million qualities in both genders that could potentially constrict humans from further development?

    The reason i'm giving this episode 4 and not 1 is because i agree that violence is an unnecessary human action. Aside from that, this episode doesn't offer anything particularly captivating.moreless
  • In a future where there are only women, a man (David Keith) is brought out of decades long sleep, where he is the only remaining individual of his gender. His attempts to improve quality of life lead to a reawakening of violence, and his presence stirs otmoreless

    True to the character of Outer Limits, this episode is controversial. However, that is the only credit I can give to this particular storyline.

    It unfairly excuses whatever faults women might have as being the fault of men. Without men in the world, women are perfect. Men are the reason for all of the problems of the world.

    What a crock!

    If Outer Limits made an episode that blamed women for all of the problems of the world, and suggested that if we just removed all of the women from the earth, the world's problems would be solved, the episode would be banned. If Outer Limits suggested that black people were the reason for all of the world's problems, that episode would be banned. So, why is it okay to say that men are the reason for the world's problems? This promotes an unfair prejudice against men.

    My mother beat her children. I don't believe that removing men from the world would stop my mother from beating her children. I've known several young boys through out my childhood, who were molested by adult women. Removing men from the world wouldn't cure those women of their sexual problems. There are an increasing number of men who are coming forward, because they are being brutally beaten by their abusive wives. Ironic, I thought only men did that. Violence, greed, jealousy, and every other dark quality are human traits present in all races and in both genders. It is time to quit blaming blacks, Hispanics, whites, women, men, etc. for the world's problems and start taking collective responsibility for our own actions.

    Men and women are different in many ways, yes. However, our differences serve a purpose of good in this world. One isn't better than the other. All colors and both genders are beautiful, and we should celebrate our differences instead of eliminating everyone who is different than us.

    Quite frankly, this episode is not only an insult, it's an obscenity. There is already too much disrespect between men and women in our society, and that disrespect goes both ways. This episode of Outer Limits is the ultimate disrespect to both genders. It doesn't even give women credit for having the ability to be responsible for their own actions. Further, it seems to say that while a man could never take a woman's place, a woman can certainly take a man's place. Sorry, nobody can take anybody else's place in this life. For these reasons, I have to rate this episode as the worst Outer Limits ever made.moreless

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