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"The Grell"
The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 4
Written by Jeff King
Directed by Jorge Montesi
Original airdate 12 February 1999
Guest stars

Ted Shackelford
Maurice Dean Wint
Marina Sirtis
Britt McKillip
Blair Slater
Roger R. Cross
G. Patrick Currie
David McNally
Jake T. Roberts
Jane Spence

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"The Grell" is an episode of The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 12 February 1999.


Opening narration

We denounce the bigotry of the past, secure in our own enlightenment. But if we were to encounter a race totally unlike our own... would we remain so pure of heart?


The Grells were rescued from their dry and dying planet by humans, only to be turned into slaves on Earth. Now the aliens are rebelling against their masters, fighting a guerrilla war against a government led by men like High Secretary Paul Kohler.

When a jet carrying Paul, his wife Olivia and their children is shot down by a missile, his Grell slaves Jesha and Ep have the opportunity to escape. Ep breaks for freedom and is killed when Paul activates the electronic slave collar that all grells must wear. Jesha, driven by his love for Paul's children Sara and Ken, stays and rescues his master's family from the jet's twisted wreckage. Despite his horror at Ep's death and Paul's brutal treatment of him, Jesha remains loyal to the humans. He rescues Sara when the rebel slave leader Shak-el captures her. Then he uses his Grell alchemy to heal Paul, who has been mortally wounded in a fire fight with a Grell rebel.

When Jesha saves Paul, however, the master becomes a half-breed; his skin changes to a mottled yellow, like a Grell's, and he is able to see ultraviolet light by day and heat at night. Paul also begins to see the world from a Grell point-of-view. He's horrified when he comes across a rebel settlement, where men, women and children have been massacred by federal troops.

And he's terrified when a federal soldier, Lt. Lockhart, captures him and slaps a slave collar on him, believing him to be a Grell rebel. The experience changes Paul, but will he, his family or Jesha live long enough to change the world?

Closing narration

With each new generation, hopes for a brighter future are rekindled. But until we shrug off the shackles of hatred, we will remain prisoners of our own ignorance.


External links

Season 5 of The Outer Limits (1995-2002)

Alien RadioDonorSmall FriendsThe GrellThe Other SideJoyrideThe Human OperatorsBlank SlateWhat Will The Neighbors ThinkThe ShroudRipperTribunalSummitDescentThe HavenDeja VuThe InheritorsEssence of LifeStrandedFathers and SonsStar CrossedBetter Luck Next Time

List of The Outer Limits episodes: Original Series (1963-1965)The New Series (1995-2002)



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