There was a programme I saw on TV a long time ago (it could have been anywhere from 8 to 20 years ago). I think since that "episode" was self-contained that it was either an episode of a series similar to the Twilight Zone or the Outer Limit or it could have been a movie.

There was a disease (it might have been called Rigum) and those infected were exiled to this ship. The story I think starts in medias res, so the exiling had already happened and this disease was a fact of life for the inhabitants. The disease caused the human bodies to mutate. The captain had his hands extra large, and his lover had her chest entirely with this gooey transformation.

A military guy (he might have been wearing white) comes asking for a sample of their blood or DNA in exchange for a cure and a ticket back to Earth if they succeed. The disease had mutated so whatever countermeasures they had no longer work. He himself had the disease, and shows it to the Captain to try to earn his trust. The Captain refuses, and his crew mutinies against him and kills him. They agree to the Military guy's request.

When the Military guy comes back, he brings back more exiled people instead of a cure, so it looked like the cure didn't work. The current Mutineering Captain commits suicide, since he didn't listen to the previous Captain and had killed him. The previous Captain's lover then takes command of the ship.

I looked for a long time based on the disease name but I must have remembered the name wrong since I couldn't find it. The show was in colored. It was in English.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F! Nice description, but it might be possible to remember some more details if you check out the suggestions and edit in anything additional you recall. You could also be more clear about when "a long time ago" could have been.
    – DavidW
    Commented May 29, 2019 at 18:49
  • @DavidW Unfortunately, I only can provide a range of years, but it was in the last 20 years I believe. As for more details, I provided the plot as I remembered it but I don't remember more at the moment.
    – Rockyx123
    Commented May 29, 2019 at 19:34
  • This is also in a book! I know I've read this as a novelette or a fairly long short story, now I gotta remember it
    – Danny Mc G
    Commented May 29, 2019 at 20:27
  • @DannyMcG. I think you might be remembering the Harlan Ellison story in the answer I posted? Is "Paingod and Other Delusions" the book you remembered?
    – the guest
    Commented May 29, 2019 at 21:32
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    @the guest yeah, I read 'Paingod etc' a few years ago, cheers. I think a re-read is due
    – Danny Mc G
    Commented May 30, 2019 at 0:03

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This might be an episode of "Masters of Science Fiction" (2007 TV series), called "The Discarded".

This series debuted on ABC and only ran for 6 episodes, each an hour long.

Here is a plot synopsis of this episode from IMDb.com:

After 37 years traveling in space in the hope of finding a new home, a group of mutants face an interesting proposition. There are now only 93 discards left on the ship, less that one-third of the original group. An envoy from Earth visits them to advise that the virus that caused their mutations has spread but that they have managed to find a cure. The only problem is that they need the mutants' blood in order to manufacture the serum and in exchange, the discards are offered the opportunity to return to Earth....but is the offer genuine?


This episode was based on a short story written by Harlan Ellison in 1959 and was also known as "The Abnormals". It first appeared in an anthology called Paingod and Other Delusions in 1965.

Here is a clip from YouTube that shows the character with the large hand meeting the military type guy dressed in white:

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    THANKS! Yes that's the captain I remember his face. This is it! I been looking for this for a while.
    – Rockyx123
    Commented May 30, 2019 at 2:52

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