The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 1

The Galaxy Being (16 Sep. 1963)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
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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:
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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 »


The alien tells the human to move his finger due east on the star chart, however in space there are no normal compass-based directions since these relate to a planet while on the planet. The alien could have said left or right and been correct. 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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The Start Of A 1960s Trilogy
25 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Cliff Robertson makes contact with a friendly being from the outer limits of the galaxy.

I was not alive in 1963 when this first aired, instead I first saw it in about 1980 when I was still a High School kid.

The wonderful musical score, the B&W photography, the script, the acting from Cliff Robertson (aka Shame from the Adam West Batman series) all come together to create a top pilot for a top series! This pilot has no negatives, everything about it is good. As for the series as a whole (which I will do 49 IMDb reviews for), I view The Outer Limits as a pre-Star Trek (1966).

Granted, Limits was a monster-of-the-week show and Star Trek was not, but both shows were complicated and adult compared to Irwin Allen's Big Four 1960s for that reason I pair up Limits with Star Trek (and the 1967 series The Invaders makes that pair a trilogy).

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