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The Human Operators 

On a ship controlled by an authoritarian computer maintained by human slaves, a man and woman learn that the ship fears them. The humans dream of sabotaging the ship's sentient control system and freeing themselves.

Director:

Jeff Woolnough

Writers:

Harlan Ellison (based on the short story by), A.E. van Vogt (based on the short story by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Noseworthy ... Man
Polly Shannon ... Human Operator of Starfighter-88
David Kaye ... Young Man
Noah Heney Noah Heney ... Man's Father
Malcolm McDowell ... Ship (voice)
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On a ship controlled by an authoritarian computer maintained by human slaves, a man and woman learn that the ship fears them. The humans dream of sabotaging the ship's sentient control system and freeing themselves.

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TV-PG

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Release Date:

12 March 1999 (Canada) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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This episode is based on the short story of the same name by Harlan Ellison and A.E. van Vogt, which was first published in the January 1971 issue of "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction". See more »

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Featured in The Outer Limits: Human Trials (2002) See more »

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Soft Porn
17 October 2010 | by roedygSee all my reviews

The ship's computer orders two human occupants to couple in order to create a new being who can keep the ship in repair. This happens again and again.

Jack Noseworthy in this role is arguably the handsomest soft porn star of all time. He took my breath away.

This is an unusually kinky episode. Malcolm McDowell as the ship oozes contempt, menace and sadism.

The scenes that stuck in my mind most was the ship's computer ordering the humans into a chamber to be tortured. They voluntarily entered, even though the ship apparently had no means to coerce them there.

It is all a metaphor for how people submit to oppression, and the gradual mental shifts that make them break free.

I felt embarrassed watching the episode, and turned away several times. There is no getting away from it, it is in-your-face pornographic, though without frontal genital nudity.


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