Saw a TV episode / movie in the 90s with this plot. Can anyone remember the name of this movie / TV show?

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    – DavidW
    Dec 8, 2020 at 2:11
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    You seem happy with the other Outer limits answer but note also: "The Outer Limits" Dead Man's Switch (TV Episode 1997) - IMDb An American soldier learns that he is one of five people around the world who are separately sealed underground for a year and are charged with preventing Earth's self-destruction as the world awaits a possible invasion by aliens. (He's tricked at the end.) Dec 8, 2020 at 2:33
  • Looks interesting too. Thx! Dec 8, 2020 at 14:04

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There is very little detail in your question so its hard to be certain, but this is possibly an episode of The Outer limits from the mid 1990's called The Quality of Mercy. The plot is very much as you describe.

Major John Skokes has been captured by the seemingly unbeatable aliens with whom humanity are at war. His companion is a young cadet captured on a training flight, Bree Tristan. Skokes must find a way out of the dank prison for himself and his fellow prisoner before the aliens succeed in converting her to one of their own species.

This plot synopsis comes from the IMDB page for the episode which can be found here...


You can read about the episode on TV tropes here... https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S1E14QualityOfMercy

  • That must be it. Thx! Dec 8, 2020 at 2:20
  • Sounds like a rip-off of "Second Variety" by PKD
    – Federico
    Dec 8, 2020 at 10:26

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