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Recap / The Outer Limits 1995 S 4 E 2 The Hunt

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The Control Voice: Humankind has proven to be unique among lifeforms, distinguished not only by its lofty intelligence, morality and self awareness, but also by a baser side... it is the only creature that kills for sport.

A group of hunters decide to hunt androids like animals, but the androids fight back.

The Control Voice: As machines grow more human, we must be wary that we do not become... less so.

"I only wish to lay in the ground tropes of the hunt":

  • Fantastic Slur: The Nichols family refer to androids as "andies" while the android Tara refers to humans as "fleshers."
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: This episode has humans hunting androids that all look indistinguishable from humans. The androids are programmed to be unable to harm humans, though, until they find schematics detailing how to disable that feature.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: The plot involves an illegal android hunt. The androids are prevented by inhibitor chips from harming humans. That is, until they find plans for their bodies in a shack and proceed to remove their inhibitors. They kill several hunters but are ultimately gunned down, except for one who manages to escape.
  • Offing the Offspring: An accidental example. George Nichols wants revenge against the androids who captured his son Eric during the hunt and, having spotted one of their distinctive uniforms in the forest, shoots the wearer in the back. It turns out that the wearer was in fact Eric, who had been released by the androids because he had not actively participated in the hunt and therefore never did anything to harm them.
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  • Pinocchio Syndrome: The android Kel wants to be a human because humans have real feelings as opposed to "analogue sensations." He believes that humans have the right to take the lives of androids in the hunt as they gave them life in the first place. The major reason for Kel's positive attitude towards humans is that he was formerly a mine foreman and was programmed to respect them because he had to interact with them on a daily basis. Unlike most applications of this trope, he abandons his desire as he comes to the conclusion that Humans Are Bastards.

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