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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Radio DJ Gene 'Buddy' Maxwell
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Carol Maxwell
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Alan Maxwell
Burt Metcalfe ...
Eddie Phillips
Allyson Ames ...
Loreen
Joseph V. Perry ...
Police chief (as Joseph Perry)
Don C. Harvey ...
Military commander (as Don Harvey)
William Stevens ...
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Mavis Neal Palmer ...
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Peter Madsen ...
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William Douglas ...
Galaxy Being (as Wm. O. Douglas)
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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 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 »

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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 »

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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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Radio can play host to a galaxy of stars.
19 September 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

In terms of TV sci-fi and/or horror from the late 1950s and early 1960s, fans were really spoiled for choice. There was The Twilight Zone and there was The Outer Limits. But fans didn't have to divide themselves. It wasn't exactly a case of The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones. The two shows were very, very similar but also very, very different and they remain two of the finest examples of great television from any era, showcasing great scripts and great acting and showing how easily those factors can help to overcome budgetary limitations.

This very first episode of The Outer Limits, "The Galaxy Being", perfectly embodies just what made the show so popular and memorable to so many people. It concerns a radio engineer named Alan Maxwell (Cliff Robertson) who spends time at his radio station conducting experiments that he hopes will result in him contacting alien life. When he succeeds it turns out to be a great moment marred by bad timing. The Galaxy Being (William Douglas) ends up getting closer to Earth than either part envisaged and it's not long until deaths are caused and panic starts to spread.

With a very eerie, off-kilter atmosphere, a decent cast (the two leads are excellent) and a script that takes some sci-fi/horror stereotypes and nicely subverts them, this is a pleasure for fans of great storytelling. Writer-director Leslie Stevens does a fantastic job and launches the show with an episode every bit as enjoyable and impressive as any that would come along further down the line.


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