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Recap / The Outer Limits 1995 S 2 E 16 The Deprogrammers

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The Control Voice: 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?

Aliens have taken over Earth and brainwashed humans into slaves. Rebels capture a slave and attempt to deprogram him.

The Control Voice: For centuries philosophers have wrestled with the question, "Is man able to decide his destiny through his own actions or does fate have the final say?"
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The Detropeammers:

  • Bottle Episode: All but two scenes take place in the abandoned KBDL 13 television studio.
  • Celebrity Survivor: Earth has been invaded by an alien race called the Torkor and mankind has been brainwashed into slaves, Dr. Trent Davis stating that the aliens took a perverse pleasure in turning celebrities and leaders into slaves. A group of rebels, including his wife Jill, rescue Evan Cooper and try to deprogram him by reminding him of his life, including showing him a poster of his favorite movie.
    "I wonder where they are right now, I wonder where all the famous people are now."
  • Les Collaborateurs: Evan and Jill Cooper are horrified to discover that Professor Trent Davis and the other apparent Vindicators are in fact in the service of a Torkor named Megwan.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: A group of humans including Evan beat alien brainwashing with the help of an underground resistance (which includes his wife) and Professor Trent Davis eventually manage to take down their master Milord. Once he is dead it is revealed that Trent is under the control of another alien who now takes control of his rival's territory, captures the resistance members, and begins reprogramming Evan and his wife for his benefit.
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  • Decapitation Presentation: Evan Cooper kills his former master Koltok and presents his head to Professor Trent Davis as proof. Davis then presents it to his own master Megwan, who had secretly orchestrated his rival Koltok's death.
  • Deprogram: A heartbreaking example. A scientist and his assistant deprogram the personal servant of an alien from a race that has conquered the Earth in order to assassinate him. It ends with The Cruel Twist Ending that the assassination was orchestrated by a rival of the alien's same species, and both the servant and his wife will now be reprogrammed.
  • Ditto Aliens: The Torkor Koltok mentions that humans all look alike to him.
  • Mad Doctor: Professor Trent Davis is told by his Torkor master Megwan that he may continue his experiments on his fellow humans after he successfully deprogrammed Evan Cooper. As he thought that he was working for the resistance group the Vindicators, Evan had killed Megwan's rival Koltok.
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  • Made a Slave: Evan Cooper and millions of other humans were enslaved when the Torkor conquered Earth.
  • Phony Newscast: Professor Trent Davis shows Evan Cooper a news report on the Torkor invasion of Earth.
  • La Résistance: There is a resistance movement called the Vindicators which is attempting to liberate Earth from its alien occupiers, the Torkor.
  • The Short War: The Torkor conquered Earth in a little over a week.
  • Slave Race: Humans themselves have become a slave race and are conditioned not to feel any emotion and follow all orders without question. Many of them serve as the personal slaves of the alien conquerors, the Torkor. The Torkor refer to their slaves as "Jollem."
  • Super Strength: The Torkor are considerably stronger than humans. With an angry sweep of his arm, Evan Cooper's master Koltok kills another of his slaves, throwing him across the room in the process, for breaking a valuable container of Seragon oil.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: This episode takes place in the near future, two years after Earth was conquered by the Torkor. Millions of humans have been brainwashed into becoming the perfect slaves.
  • Vichy Earth: This episode contains a very dark, slavery-themed version.
  • Washington D.C. Invasion: It is mentioned that the Torkor invasion of Earth began with one ship landing on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..
  • Would Hurt a Child: An extreme example. After they conquered Earth, the Torkor had millions of children put to death as they were of no use to them.
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