The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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The Deprogrammers 

After Earth is conquered by aliens and humans are 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.

Director:

Joseph L. Scanlan

Writer:

James Crocker
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Brent Spiner ... Professor Trent Davis
Erich Anderson ... Evan Robert Cooper
Nicole Oliver ... Jill Cooper
Sam Vincent ... Akira Matsumoto (as Sam Khouth)
Vincent Hammond Vincent Hammond ... Koltok / Megwan
Dean McKenzie Dean McKenzie ... Newscaster
Adam J. Harrington ... Puppet Show Host (as Adam Harrington)
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After Earth is conquered by aliens and humans are 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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TV-PG
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Release Date:

26 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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Trivia

Erich Anderson (Evan Cooper) guest starred as Commander Kieran Macduff in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Conundrum (1992). Brent Spiner (Professor Trent Davis) played Lt. Commander Data on the series. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

The Control Voice: [opening narration] At what point does a human being's free will cease to exist? And if we have forfeited our free will... are we still human?
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Connections

References Hackers (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

What A Wonderful World
Written by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of MCA Records
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They Have to Work So Hard
12 April 2014 | by HitchcocSee 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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