The Outer Limits : Small Friends (1999)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Anthology Series [TV], Prime-Time Drama [TV], Psychological Sci-Fi  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Jailed for killing the man who stole the credit for his greatest discovery, inventor Gene Morton (Ralph Waite) has become a model prisoner during his decades of incarceration. Avoiding his fellow prisoners, Gene has in his spare time created a group of "small friends" called MEMS -- an anagram for micro-electro-mechanical machines. When Gene is blackmailed into using his MEMS to help vicious inmate Marlon (Rowdy Roddy Piper) break out of prison, the wily "lifer" formulates a plan to foil the villains -- and, hopefully, save his own skin in the process. "Small Friends" first aired on February 5, 1999.