The Tribunal is perhaps one of the darkest and most disturbing stories that the 1995 revival of The Outer Limits had to offer. The episode begins against the backdrop of the Holocaust during World War II, as German SS officers line up Jewish prisoners for search and ex*cution in a Nazi d*ath camp. There we meet a young man named Leon Zgerski, who is forced to watch his wife m*rdered in cold blood.
Today we meet Aaron Zgersky (Saul Rubinek), a lawyer and the son of Leon, who has dedicated his life to hunting down members of the Nazi Party who escaped justice. His latest target is Robert Green, a Philadelphia resident whom he believes is actually Karl Rademacher, the Nazi commandant and the same man who m*rdered his father’s first wife in a concentration camp. But just when it seems like his evidence isn’t enough, a mysterious traveler shows up with everything he needs to prove Green is the commandant. When Aaron discovers the pocket watch that the mysterious man uses to travel through time, he realizes he can use it for more than just proving himself right against Radermacher.
One of the most touching and heartbreaking stories of the show’s seven seasons, Tribunal is a triumph for sci-fi storytelling. An episode about the power of grief, guilt and healing, it has a truly unsettling double ending that is both bone-chilling and tear-inducing.
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