Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The 1990s revival of the classic science fiction anthology The Outer Limits got off to a rousing start with this adaptation of George R.R. Martin's novella The Sandkings. Beau Bridges stars as obsessive scientist Simon Kress, whose top-secret government work includes the incubation of eggs found in Martian soil samples. After a near disaster compels the government to cancel the Martian egg project, Dr. Kress sneaks a few samples home and sets up his own lab, ultimately pouring all of his time and money into his experiments at the expense of his family. Things reach the crisis stage when the omnivorous Martian life forms go on a literally poisonous rampage of destruction. This episode features three generations of the acting Bridges family: Paterfamilias Lloyd Bridges; Lloyd's son, Beau; and Beau's own offspring, Dylan Bridges. Actually the fourth Outer Limits episode filmed, "The Sandkings" was the first one broadcast by the Showtime cable network, on March 26, 1995. The two-hour installment has since been syndicated as two one-hour programs.