As a species, humans are fiercely independent, naturally rebellious against the thought of slavery. In this episode, an alien species that has lost their freedom of movement abducts a six-block section of a city to their planet in order to perform a test. Their goal is to determine if humans are capable of serving as long-term slave labor. The people are city dwellers, so they have no full comprehension of working as manual laborers, but they are humans and object to the concept of being slaves to others. Furthermore, if the initial group proves acceptable, then the aliens plan on abducting the entire human race as slaves. The main point here is the power of the human spirit to resist control and to fight back against oppression. Despite all of the differences between humans, we are all the same and we are all responsible for protecting the species. There is a final message and it is a powerful one, ironically the network censors at first objected to the course of action taken by the feasibility subjects. This is one of the best episodes in the "Outer Limits" series.
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