The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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Sandkings 

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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Dr. Simon Kress
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Cathy Kress
Dylan Bridges ...
Josh Kress
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Col. Kress
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Debbie
Nathaniel DeVeaux ...
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Deryl Hayes ...
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Mark Saunders ...
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J.B. Bivens ...
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David Cameron ...
Technician #1
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Todd Brantley (scenes deleted)
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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 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 »

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The Control Voice: Increasingly, modern science pursues powers traditionally reserved for the almighty, but those who encroach upon the province of the gods realize too late that the price for entrance is destruction.
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Featured in The Outer Limits: Final Appeal (2000) 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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