The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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In his own garage, a discredited scientist creates intelligent, insect-like creatures that were yielded by soil samples from Mars.


Stuart Gillard


George R.R. Martin (novel), Melinda M. Snodgrass (teleplay) (as Melinda Snodgrass)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Beau Bridges ... Dr. Simon Kress
Helen Shaver ... Cathy Kress
Dylan Bridges Dylan Bridges ... Josh Kress
Kim Coates ... Dave Stockley
Lloyd Bridges ... Col. Kress
Patricia Harras ... Debbie
Nathaniel DeVeaux Nathaniel DeVeaux ... Security Captain
Deryl Hayes ... Policeman
Mark Saunders Mark Saunders ... Lab Assistant
J.B. Bivens ... Mover
David Cameron David Cameron ... Technician #1
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brandon Obray 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) See more »

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Atlantis Films See more »
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Did You Know?


The house used for the Kress house, Foxglove Farm located at 6471 224 Street in the township of Langley, British Columbia, was also used as a house in East Germany in Stargate SG-1: The Gamekeeper (1998) and as the Kane house in Stargate SG-1: Icon (2004). See more »


In the scene about 01:09:00 into the movie Dr. Simon Kress is in the bathroom throwing up in the toilet and it cuts to him sitting on the floor of the bathroom next to the toilet, and then the toilet slightly moves. Furthermore you can see that it is not anchored to the floor and doesn't have a water supply line and shut off valve coming out of the wall, I'm surprised nobody else has noticed this it's clearly visible at 1:09:20. 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?
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Featured in The Outer Limits: The Voice of Reason (1995) See more »

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Acting and score both above average
26 June 2018 | by eseidelSee all my reviews

Science-as-horror entertainment for the entire family. Adults can indulge the gleeful overacting while kids get to experience fright night as they take everything at face value. Casting is marvelous, with Helen Shaver as the mad scientist's blonde wife an especially inspired choice. Years before, she had played the protagonist's love interest in the voodoo-horror flick "The Believers" in which her classically beautiful WASP face was progressively disfigured by ugly boils that turned out to be ... spiders living under the skin! With this subtext under the viewers' belt, the horrifying encounters she has with the "sandkings" carry an added resonance and punch.

Of course the TV show's plot has been greatly altered from the sci-fi short story, no doubt partly due to budget limitations. I didn't mind. Lloyd Bridges is content to play out his part's stereotype to the hilt, but Beau Bridges gives an acting masterclass by additionally injecting some truly disturbing moments into his performance (the bathroom scene, as noted by other reviewers). For a TV drama, the music score is above average.

Recommended for a rainy evening while curled up in front of the fireplace.

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