The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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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 »



(novel), (teleplay) (as Melinda Snodgrass)

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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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26 March 1995 (USA)  »

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At the start of the episode Dr. Simon Kress refers to activity in section 51 and a map is visible that says "Area 51". This is an apparent reference to the location where some people believe the government is holding the remains of aliens from a crashed space craft. See more »


Dr. Simon Kress: Charlton Heston, eat your heart out.
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References The Ten Commandments (1956) See more »

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Disappointing Adaptation of George R.R. Martin Novella
4 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read this novella as part of a sci-fi "short story" collection I checked out from my local library in the late 1980s, although it was almost long enough to be it's own book (close to 60 pages). At the time, I had no idea who George R.R. Martin was, or that he'd go on to create something as monumental as the "Songs of Ice and Fire" novel series that is currently in its fourth season on HBO (with some episodes being written by Martin while he also works feverishly to finish the novel series before the TV series catches up).

At the time I was halfway through my college degree and had a journalism professor who was as much or more of a movie buff than a journalism professor (he's been a local movie critic ever since). I discussed the story with him (I don't think he'd read it, but I gave him ALL the high points) and told him what a great movie I thought it would make, but he said he thought it would be too much of "a downer" to be successful in Hollywood. Of course THAT was before so many other successful movies and TV shows with "down" endings came out.

I didn't catch this "The Outer Limits" version until it was in re-runs, and I WAS NOT IMPRESSED. It completely changed the story. I'm not going to go into any details, except to say that in the original story, the central character was no research scientist and the sandkings were the result of NO research project he'd ever been a part of. Rather, he was more of an affluent business man on an unnamed alien planet (or perhaps Earth in the distant future, although from what I recall, it seemed more like an alien planet -- been about 25 years since I read it).

Who knows WHY screenwriters make the choices they do in adaptations? The professor I mentioned taught a course in "The American Short Story" which I took that covered the adaptation process from a PBS series that had done that, with a book made to accompany the series, with the original story, screenplay, and sometimes even commentary on the differences by the original author. It was QUITE enlightening, so I understand why it often NEEDS to be done. In this case, I think it just made a much LESS interesting and MUCH less powerful story.

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