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The Outer Limits: Zanti Misfits

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One of the best examples of SF on TV

  • Mar 20, 2005
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Despite the absurdity of the bug-eyed giant ants with a semi-human face, this is one of the best episodes of science fiction on television. The authorities on the planet Zanti contact the Earth leadership, and the message is an ultimatum. Receive and intern a collection of Zanti exiles that are a danger to their society. Given no choice in the matter, the Earthlings prepare a ghost town in the southwestern United States called Morgue. The ship arrives and it is very small. Two human criminal malcontents, a man and a woman, break the quarantine area and encounter the ship. The man is killed and the woman is pursued. A historian consultant to the military forces controlling the area goes to the ship and rescues the woman. The creatures then attack the military forces controlling the town and after a battle, all of the Zanti exiles are killed.
The general in command is then deeply concerned that this will launch an interstellar war that will lead to widespread destruction on Earth. However, that is not the case, the deaths of the Zanti malcontents are what the Zanti leadership had planned all along. Their society had long given up the policy of executing criminals and sociopaths, so they looked for another solution. After studying humans they realized that humans were often willing to execute others of their species and that it would not take a great deal of time before the humans killed the Zanti exiles.
Like so many of the best examples of science fiction, this one deals with a fundamental philosophical problem. How does a society remove those dangerous to it in a manner that does not violate their core beliefs? The Zanti's found an interesting solution that is similar to the exile strategy employed several times on Earth. Of course the solution does not paint the human race in a very flattering light.

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The Outer Limits: Zanti Misfits
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)

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