The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 1

Sandkings (26 Mar. 1995)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 371 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 1 critic

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)
Watch Episode
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 18 titles
created 17 Oct 2011
a list of 2266 titles
created 26 Nov 2011
a list of 135 titles
created 27 Oct 2012
a list of 112 titles
created 17 Mar 2013
a list of 470 titles
created 5 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Sandkings" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Sandkings (26 Mar 1995)

Sandkings (26 Mar 1995) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Outer Limits.
1 of 153 Episodes | Next Episode »


1 video »


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bare chested male



Release Date:

26 March 1995 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


See  »

Did You Know?


The Control eye (before the opening title) is partly based from the "ANNUIT COEPTIS" all-seeing eye, on the back of a standard US $1.00 bill. See more »


The Control Voice: Some of man's greatest achievements have been motivated by a driving need for love and acceptance. What happens when that need for recognition becomes a desire to be revered and then worshipped like a god?
See more »


Featured in The Outer Limits: Final Appeal (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Nobel Prize
24 April 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The scientist Dr. Simon Kress (Beau Bridges) has been researching the development of a species using eggs found in a sample of Martian soil. When one bug escapes from the laboratory breaking the security of the facility, the project is shut-down by the government due to its hazard. Dr. Simon expected to win the Nobel Prize and steals 275 g of the sample ground, bringing it to the barn of his property and developing new species. He hides the truth from his wife Cathy (Helen Shaver) and shares the secret with his smart son Josh (Dylan Bridges). Along the days, Simon realizes how intelligent the creatures are and feels like a god since they seem to worship him. However, when Simon is bitten by a subject, he changes his irresponsible behavior to insanity, jeopardizing his family, his friend and mankind.

"Sandking" is the pilot of "The Outer Limits" show and presents a story very similar to "The Fly": an ambitious scientist that makes a mistake with his experiment, being affected and becoming insane with the transformation. The story is disclosed in a low pace, with reasonable special effects for a television show, but the character of Dr. Simon Kress looks like a "crazy scientist" since the very beginning with his irrational behavior when one subject escapes. The final message criticizing scientists that wish to behave like gods is silly and shallow, since the development of science is important and necessary within the limits of ethic, otherwise humanity would still be in the Dark Age. The deranged Dr. Simon Kress is not a good example of a responsible man-of-science. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Quinta Dimensão - Reis da Areia - Partes 1 e 2" ("Fifth Dimension - Sandkings - Parts 1 & 2")

15 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Your favorite eerie television themes/music siukong
A Not So Subtle Message For Those Of The Christian Faith? Emmjewels
'Quality of Mercy' and 'The Light Brigade'... nisreenjoseph
Favourite Episodes of Season 6 Danny_84
Favourite Episodes of Season 5 Danny_84
Discuss Sandkings (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: