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However, their elder who is named Hera, rules that they can't turn away someone in need. They therefore accept him into their enclave. Mercer is agreeable, and begins doing his part of the work. Pela, one of the woman, is especially opposed to his presence, but grudgingly accepts the ruling.

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However, their elder who is named Hera, Hera rules that they can't turn away someone in need. They therefore accept him into their enclave. Mercer is agreeable, and begins doing his part of the work. Pela, one of the woman, is especially opposed to his presence, but grudgingly accepts the ruling.



Miranda, one of the women that was more open to Mercer, becomes interested in him, and the two have sex. Pelé, who is her lover, reacts with rage in private at discovering this, fingering her knife and seemingly wishing to kill Mercer for doing this. Hera relates to the girls that she once was engaged to a man, keeping a locket he gave her.

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Miranda, one of the women that was more open to Mercer, becomes interested in him, and the two have sex. Pelé, who is her lover, reacts with rage in private at discovering this, fingering her knife and seemingly wishing to kill Mercer for doing this.that. Hera relates to the girls that she once was engaged to a man, keeping a locket he gave her.


* WomenAreWiser: Played straight and to extremes in the episode. A male soldier awakens in the near future from cryogenic hibernation to find that men have been completely wiped out by war and that only women remain, creating an Amazonian society. The women live in relative peace and harmony with each other, but the male soldier proceeds to make trouble, including getting several women killed while trying to steal items from other villages. It turns out that every male that they have unthawed [[ARealManIsAKiller has caused similar problems for the villagers]], and that the women no longer trust the male sex, meaning Mercer will be returned to cryostasis. The episode ends with an equally ham-fisted moral from the narrator: ''"The differences between men and women have been debated among philosophers since recorded history began. If indeed males are by their nature the aggressor, it is this quality that may one day be their undoing."'' Apparently the problems that arose had nothing to do with him being a trained, futuristic soldier several decades out of place in a communist, extremely primitive village. Nope, it's all about his gonads!

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* WomenAreWiser: Played straight and to extremes in the episode. A male soldier awakens in the near future from cryogenic hibernation to find that men have been completely wiped out by war and that only women remain, creating an Amazonian society. The women live in relative peace and harmony with each other, but the male soldier proceeds to make trouble, including getting several women killed while trying to steal items from other villages. It turns out that every male that they have unthawed [[ARealManIsAKiller has caused similar problems for the villagers]], and that the women no longer trust the male sex, meaning Mercer will be returned to cryostasis. The episode ends with an equally ham-fisted moral from the narrator: ''"The differences between men and women have been debated among philosophers since recorded history began. If indeed males are by their nature the aggressor, it is this quality that may one day be their undoing."'' Apparently the problems that arose had nothing to do with him being a trained, futuristic soldier several decades out of place in a communist, extremely primitive village. Nope, it's all about his gonads!

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* {{Commune}}: The future female society all live in these, which they call "enclaves". All resources appear to be shared as needed wherever the World Council rules they should go. From what can be seen, they even live communally in the same buildings (no separate houses are shown), a feature that not all real communes have.


* GenderRarityValue: {{Subverted}}. Though Major Mercer is the first men alive in generations, no one either views him as god-like or potential breeding stock. In the latter case, this is despite the fact that, while they have semen samples stored for use in artificial insemination, logically this can't last forever. Two of the women ''do'' have sex with him, but that is portrayed as simply due to fascination with him.

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* GenderRarityValue: {{Subverted}}. Though Major Mercer is the first men man alive in generations, no one either views him as god-like or potential breeding stock. In the latter case, this is despite the fact that, while they have semen samples stored for use in artificial insemination, logically this can't last forever. Two of the women ''do'' have sex with him, but that is portrayed as simply due to fascination with him.


He surreptitiously taps into their power lines, getting the wheel running automatically. Mercer easily seduces another woman, Ariel, who's equally fascinated by him. After they have sex in the wheel room, however, he sees it stop working. Hyacinth has learned of what he did and disconnected the cable.

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He surreptitiously taps into their power lines, getting the wheel running automatically. Mercer easily seduces another woman, Ariel, who's equally fascinated by him. After they have sex in the wheel room, however, he sees it stop working. Hyacinth has learned of what he did and disconnected cut the cable.line.


* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Played to its horrific extreme in the episode. It opens with a male soldier, seemingly the LoneSurvivor of the male gender, entering an all-female village, without warning or fanfare, and collapsing from exposure to the elements. Note that just moments before his arrival, the village elder was sharing stories with a room full of small children that could ''easily'' fit with the most radical of Taliban doctrine if the genders were reversed. After the entire episode shows just how badly things could go in that kind of environment, [[spoiler: the ending goes and shows that there are other men, all in cryostasis, and the narrator basically proclaims that humanity doesn't really need the male gender, aside from being a GlorifiedSpermDonor. Of course, if the other men mentioned were re-introduced into society like he was, it's a small wonder the attempts were horrific failures.]]

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* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Played to its horrific extreme in the episode. It opens with a male soldier, seemingly the LoneSurvivor of the male gender, entering an all-female village, without warning or fanfare, and collapsing from exposure to the elements. Note that just moments before his arrival, the village elder girls' teacher was sharing stories with a room full of small children that could ''easily'' fit with the most radical of Taliban doctrine if the genders were reversed. After the entire episode shows just how badly things could go in that kind of environment, [[spoiler: the ending goes and shows that there are other men, all in cryostasis, and the narrator basically proclaims that humanity doesn't really need the male gender, aside from being a GlorifiedSpermDonor. Of course, if the other men mentioned were re-introduced into society like he was, it's a small wonder the attempts were horrific failures.]]


In a future world, no men are left alive. Most of the world's population died years ago in a war, from what was clearly nuclear warfare and its effects afterward. The men left alive were killed by a plague called "the Scourge". The young girls born since that time are told the story by an old woman who lived during the time.

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In a future world, no men are left alive. Most of the world's population died years ago in a war, from what was clearly nuclear warfare and its effects afterward. The men left alive were killed by a plague called "the Scourge". The young girls born since that time are told the story by an old woman who lived during the time.their teacher.



Many of the women in their [[TitleDrop conclave of Lithia]], as they call it, are displeased by his presence however. To them, all men are destructive, and their acts were the source of the devastation they occurred. According to their beliefs, the Goddess destroyed all the men as punishment.

However, their elder, the old woman that told the story who's named Hera, rules that they can't turn away someone in need. They therefore accept him into their conclave. Mercer is agreeable, and begins doing his part of the work. Pela, one of the woman, is especially opposed to his presence, but grudgingly accepts the ruling.

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Many of the women in their [[TitleDrop conclave enclave of Lithia]], as they call it, are displeased by his presence however. To them, all men are destructive, and their acts were the source of the devastation they occurred. According to their beliefs, the Goddess destroyed all the men as punishment.

However, their elder, the old woman that told the story who's elder who is named Hera, rules that they can't turn away someone in need. They therefore accept him into their conclave.enclave. Mercer is agreeable, and begins doing his part of the work. Pela, one of the woman, is especially opposed to his presence, but grudgingly accepts the ruling.



However, the Council which governs the conclaves has restricted technology while they study its impact, presumably wary given the past destruction it caused. Mercer is unwilling to accept this, and says the conclave should take care of its own first, which Hera rebukes as the kind of philosophy which caused the war.

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However, the Council which governs the conclaves enclaves has restricted technology while they study its impact, presumably wary given the past destruction it caused. Mercer is unwilling to accept this, and says the conclave enclave should take care of its own first, which Hera rebukes as the kind of philosophy which caused the war.



Because of their new relationship, Miranda goes along with Mercer's plan to steal electricity from Hyacinth after they refuse to trade for it. He had noticed that the mill wheel was equipped with a backup generator that had broken a long time ago, and the neighboring conclave had disused power lines.

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Because of their new relationship, Miranda goes along with Mercer's plan to steal electricity from Hyacinth after they refuse to trade for it. He had noticed that the mill wheel was equipped with a backup generator that had broken a long time ago, and the neighboring conclave enclave had disused power lines.



Mercer is not the only man left alive anymore. Eleven others, like him, were unthawed. The Council found their pods during an excavation, then placed them near different conclaves before unthawing them, as an experiment to see what would happen. In every case, there was strife and destruction.

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Mercer is not the only man left alive anymore. Eleven others, like him, were unthawed. The Council found their pods during an excavation, then placed them near different conclaves enclaves before unthawing them, as an experiment to see what would happen. In every case, there was strife and destruction.


In a building near where they are, however, one man is left alive in cryogenic hibernation. the machinery of the hibernation capsule he's held in begins thawing him out, and the man staggers into their midst, astonishing all of them.

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In a building near where they are, however, one man is left alive in cryogenic hibernation. the The machinery of the hibernation capsule he's held in begins thawing him out, and the man staggers into their midst, astonishing all of them.



Many of the women in their [[TitleDrop enclave of Lithia]], as they call it, are displeased by his presence however. To them, all men are destructive, and their acts were the source of the devastation they occurred. According to their beliefs, the Goddess destroyed all the men as punishment.

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Many of the women in their [[TitleDrop enclave conclave of Lithia]], as they call it, are displeased by his presence however. To them, all men are destructive, and their acts were the source of the devastation they occurred. According to their beliefs, the Goddess destroyed all the men as punishment.



Mercer opposes them having to simply accept this, proposing that they trade with them for electricity, since the wheel has a motor that is broken too, and Hyacinth still possesses a working power plant. Mercer is also dismayed at seeing that they're required to away supplies for other enclaves deemed as needing them more.

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Mercer opposes them having to simply accept this, proposing that they trade with them the others for electricity, since the wheel has a motor that is broken too, and Hyacinth still possesses a working power plant. Mercer is also dismayed at seeing that they're required to give away supplies for other enclaves deemed as needing them more.



He surreptitiously taps into their power lines, getting the wheel running automatically. Mercer easily seduces another woman, Ariel, who's equally fascinated by him. After they have sex in the wheel room, however, he sees it stop working. Hyacinth had learned of what he did and disconnected the cable.

From this and his prior visit too, Hyacinth's leader had grown suspicious, so her hunters were ordered to patrol the area. Thus, when Mercer goes back to fix it with Miranda, they are approached by a female archer who orders him to get down with her bow nocked. Miranda, to defend him, shoots the woman with his pistol.

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He surreptitiously taps into their power lines, getting the wheel running automatically. Mercer easily seduces another woman, Ariel, who's equally fascinated by him. After they have sex in the wheel room, however, he sees it stop working. Hyacinth had has learned of what he did and disconnected the cable.

From this and his prior visit too, Hyacinth's leader had has grown suspicious, so her hunters were ordered to patrol the area. Thus, when Mercer goes back to fix it with Miranda, they are approached by a female archer who orders him to get down with her bow nocked. Miranda, to defend him, shoots the woman with his pistol.



Mercer is put back into the cryogenic pod, despite his protest that he meant only to help. As they put him, Hera tearfully says farewell and calls him Jason. Mercer is shocked, asking how she knew his first name, and we see the locket in her hand displays his photo. He was her fiancee, all of those many years ago.

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Mercer is put back into the cryogenic pod, despite his protest that he meant only to help. As they put him, him in, Hera tearfully says farewell and calls him Jason. Mercer is shocked, asking how she knew his first name, and we see the locket in her hand displays his photo. He was her fiancee, all of those many years ago.

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* {{Technophobia}}: The all-female society opposes most post-Industrial Revolution technology as a result of the war destroying civilization with biological and nuclear weapons. For coordination, they allow a kind of {{video phone}}. This is the source of the conflict when Major Mercer tries to reintroduce an electrical mill in the community.


-->'''The Control Voice:'''Evolution teaches that the failure of a species to adapt will result in extinction. But could an entire gender fall victim to the same immutable loss?

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-->'''The Control Voice:'''Evolution Voice:''' Evolution teaches that the failure of a species to adapt will result in extinction. But could an entire gender fall victim to the same immutable loss?



-->'''The Control Voice:'''The differences between men and women have been debated among philosophers since recorded history began. If indeed males are by their nature the aggressor, it is this quality that may one day be their undoing.

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-->'''The Control Voice:'''The Voice:''' The differences between men and women have been debated among philosophers since recorded history began. If indeed males are by their nature the aggressor, it is this quality that may one day be their undoing.



* ThemeNaming: There are two examples of theme naming in the episode. Hera and Phoebe are named after female characters from Greek Myth/ClassicalMythology, while Lithia's neighboring enclave Hyacinth is named after a male Greek hero, in spite of the fact that this female-only world abhors men. Major Jason Mercer is presumably named after Jason, the leader of the Argonauts. The second is a more minor example which relates to
** Hyacinth may be be following a different theme, as it is also the name of a flower, and flowers are often associated more with women than men in real life culture and fiction.
''Theatre/TheTempest'': two of the other women are named Ariel (a male character in the play) and Miranda.

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* ThemeNaming: There are two examples of theme naming in the episode. Hera and Phoebe are named after female characters from Greek Myth/ClassicalMythology, while Lithia's neighboring enclave Hyacinth is named after a male Greek hero, in spite of the fact that this female-only world abhors men. Major Jason Mercer is presumably named after Jason, the leader of the Argonauts. The second is a more minor example which relates to
**
to ''Theatre/TheTempest'': two of the other women are named Ariel (a male character in the play) and Miranda. Hyacinth may be be following a different theme, as it is also the name of a flower, and flowers are often associated more with women than men in real life culture and fiction.
''Theatre/TheTempest'': two of the other women are named Ariel (a male character in the play) and Miranda.
fiction.


** Hyacinth may be an aversion however, as it is also the name of a flower, and flowers are often associated more with women than men in real life and fiction.

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** Hyacinth may be an aversion however, be following a different theme, as it is also the name of a flower, and flowers are often associated more with women than men in real life culture and fiction.


* ThemeNaming: There are two examples of theme naming in the episode. Hera and Phoebe are named after female characters from Greek Myth/ClassicalMythology, while Lithia's neighboring enclave Hyacinth is named after a male Greek hero, in spite of the fact that this female-only world abhors men. Major Jason Mercer is presumably named after Jason, the leader of the Argonauts. The second is a more minor example which relates to ''Theatre/TheTempest'': two of the other women are named Ariel (a male character in the play) and Miranda.

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* ThemeNaming: There are two examples of theme naming in the episode. Hera and Phoebe are named after female characters from Greek Myth/ClassicalMythology, while Lithia's neighboring enclave Hyacinth is named after a male Greek hero, in spite of the fact that this female-only world abhors men. Major Jason Mercer is presumably named after Jason, the leader of the Argonauts. The second is a more minor example which relates to to
**Hyacinth may be an aversion however, as it is also the name of a flower, and flowers are often associated more with women than men in real life and fiction.
''Theatre/TheTempest'': two of the other women are named Ariel (a male character in the play) and Miranda.


* INeverToldYouMyName: This is part of the DownerEnding." [[spoiler: Set in the post-apocalyptic commune of the title - entirely populated by females due to a plague having killed all but a few cryogenically frozen men - a defrosted male is put back into freeze after his aggressive tendencies cause tragedy, and the leader of the commune (who says "Goodbye, Jason" as he's frozen, even though he never... you know) is his lost love.]]

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* INeverToldYouMyName: This is part of the DownerEnding." [[spoiler: Set in the post-apocalyptic commune of the title - entirely populated by females due to a plague having killed all but a few cryogenically frozen men - a defrosted male is put back into freeze after his aggressive tendencies cause tragedy, and the leader of the commune (who says "Goodbye, Jason" as he's frozen, even though he never... you know) is his lost love.]]


* DirtyCommunists: The female society in the future appears to be communist, allocating resources and supplies based on need, as decided by their Council. Mercer, a man from the man, does not like this attitude one bit.

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* DirtyCommunists: The female society in the future appears to be communist, allocating resources and supplies based on need, as decided by their Council. Mercer, a man from the man, past, does not like this attitude one bit.


In an a building near where they are, however, one man is left alive in cryogenic hibernation. the machinery of the hibernation capsule he's held in begins thawing him out, and the man staggers into their midst, astonishing all of them.

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In an a building near where they are, however, one man is left alive in cryogenic hibernation. the machinery of the hibernation capsule he's held in begins thawing him out, and the man staggers into their midst, astonishing all of them.



Many of the women in their [[TitleDrop enclave of Lythia]], as they call it, are displeased by his presence however. To them, all men are destructive, and their acts were the source of the devastation they occurred. According to their beliefs, the Goddess destroyed all the men as punishment.

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Many of the women in their [[TitleDrop enclave of Lythia]], Lithia]], as they call it, are displeased by his presence however. To them, all men are destructive, and their acts were the source of the devastation they occurred. According to their beliefs, the Goddess destroyed all the men as punishment.

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