The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 1

Sandkings (26 Mar. 1995)

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When his research project is closed down, Simon Kress rescues a few of its living subjects and transplants them to a recreation of their native Martian environment in his barn. They grow ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Simon Kress
Cathy Kress
Dylan Bridges ...
Josh Kress
Col. Kress
Nathaniel DeVeaux ...
Security Captain
Deryl Hayes ...
Mark Saunders ...
Lab Assistant
J.B. Bivens ...
David Cameron ...
Technician #1
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brandon Obray ...
Todd Brantley (scenes deleted)


When his research project is closed down, Simon Kress rescues a few of its living subjects and transplants them to a recreation of their native Martian environment in his barn. They grow and learn, but then Kress makes an error with disastrous implications. Written by CommanderBalok

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The cast of this episode includes three generations of the Bridges family. The main character, Dr. Simon Kress, is played by Beau Bridges. His father is played by his real-life father Lloyd Bridges and his son is played by his real-life son Dylan Bridges. See more »


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Not a good adaptation of an amazing story
18 November 2014 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

I've read this short story/novella several times and it's always been enthralling. Pacing, characters, setting, everything. Just something that George RR Martin penned decades before Game of Thrones. The TV episode of Outer Limits that is supposedly based on 'Sandkings' is really a sad treatment of a great story. To be honest I haven't seen the episode in years but I can still remember the excitement and anticipation I had waiting for the episode to first air and then the complete disappointment when I actually viewed it and thought to myself "What the heck was that?" The despair and loneliness, the utter horror, the creepiness, the style, basically everything that made the story great was missing from the TV episode. All I can say is, do yourself a favor and read the story before (or instead of) viewing the TV episode. You won't be disappointed.

Also, the story itself is not very long (maybe 35 - 40 pages?) and should be available free online. Check it out.

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