One scene of this episode featured over 200 live scorpions.
The footage of the elevator going down to Simon's lab, and the elevator display saying "Sub Level 10, 11...etc." is the same footage used in the series premiere of Stargate: SG-1, of which now in it's 9th Season, Beau Bridges (Simon) is a regular.
Josh: What are they?
Simon: They're very special. I call them Sandkings.
Control Voice: (Opening Narration) 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?
Lloyd Bridges is credited as "Special Guest Appearance".
Although this is the series premiere, it was actually the fourth episode filmed.
A clip of this episode is featured in the episode "The Voice of Reason".
This episode is based on the short story "Sandkings" by George R. R. Martin. The story was first published in Omni (August, 1979).
This episode was part of a 2 hour series premiere.