The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 1

The Galaxy Being (16 Sep. 1963)

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Adventurous radio station operator contacts a fellow experimenter in another galaxy. The operator locks in 3D communication, but a DJ who wants to impress his girlfriend with the station's ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Radio DJ Gene 'Buddy' Maxwell
Carol Maxwell
Alan Maxwell
Burt Metcalfe ...
Eddie Phillips
Allyson Ames ...
Joseph V. Perry ...
Police chief (as Joseph Perry)
Don C. Harvey ...
Military commander (as Don Harvey)
William Stevens ...
Mavis Neal Palmer ...
(as Mavis Neal)
Peter Madsen ...
Carter - watchman
William Douglas ...
Galaxy Being (as Wm. O. Douglas)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Rawley


Adventurous radio station operator contacts a fellow experimenter in another galaxy. The operator locks in 3D communication, but a DJ who wants to impress his girlfriend with the station's range, boosts the signal all the way up, unknowingly sucking the alien, who's composed of electricity, into the remote desert town. Written by David Stevens

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The shimmering Galaxy Being effect was achieved by filming actor William O. Douglas in a brown rubber alien outfit which was coated with glycerin to reflect the hot lights shone against it. In post-production, this footage was negative-reversed and then superimposed onto the main footage. See more »


Alan is having a discussion over radio signals with the Galaxy Being who is located in the Andromeda Galaxy. Radio waves, like all electromagnetic waves, travel at the speed of light. Since the Andromeda Galaxy is 2.5 million light years away, it would have taken any single radio messages 2.5 million years to go one direction, making any communication impossible. See more »


Carol Maxwell: What makes you think you can invent the atom bomb? Who do you think you are?
Alan Maxwell: Nobody, nobody at all. But the universe doesn't care about that.
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Setting the tone for the series
10 December 2007 | by (Bolton, England) – See all my reviews

The first episode of The Outer Limits contains many elements which would reoccur throughout its run. A dedicated scientist who is obsessed with his work and neglects his emotional life until it's almost too late. A misunderstood alien visitor. A clash between high ideals of scholarship and the more venal concerns of commerce and greed. There are some minor differences between this pilot and later episodes, most notably a slightly longer title sequence which merges into the first scene of the story. But the strengths of the series are self-evident: intelligent writing, a well-realised alien creature and a terrific film noir look to it all, lots of stark shadows and a hard cold look to the picture. Cliff Robertson is ideal as the man reaching out to the stars, but missing the importance of people around him. A great template for the series.

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