The Outer Limits : The Human Operators (1999)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Anthology Series [TV], Prime-Time Drama [TV], Psychological Sci-Fi  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Adapted from a short story by Harlan Ellison and A.E. Van Vogt, this Outer Limits episode stars Jack Noseworthy as an unnamed man who has been traveling through space for as long as he can remember. All Man knows is that he is in "Ship," and Ship has been his master, ordering him to keep the vessel in working condition at all times. Whenever Man tries to think for himself, Ship exacts a horrible punishment. And thus is Man's sorry lot until he meets Woman (Polly Shannon), who has endured similar experiences throughout her own life. Upon realizing that he and Woman are expected to procreate on behalf of Ship, Man begins plotting a rebellion -- one that may well result in his own death. "Human Operators" first aired on March 12, 1999.