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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Excellent pilot with daring discussion.
17 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the other reviewers pointed out, this was the beginning of a wonderful series of science fiction on early television. Even with a limited budget,Leslie Stevens & his colleagues managed to convey the effects needed for each thought-provoking story very well. Even the Schaper Cootie lookalikes in "The Zanti Misfits" scared the s#!+ out of me when I was a kid. (I couldn't play with the toy/game for a couple of months after that.)

But this episode also contained a unique, fascinating discussion of God, life & death and existence - an interesting give and take on mortality, immortality and how the universe all tie in together on a basic level. Similar to Kenobi explaining the Force to Luke but more grounded in the real science of physics and matter.

When I first saw this, it blew my Catholic-raised mind. Then I realized this was from 1963 and was stunned it was even allowed to air. But sci-fi can get away with this kind of thing since it's not 'real'.

Like the 1st interracial kiss on "Star Trek" or discussions on racism and intolerance that wouldn't make mainstream TV for several more years

  • when "All in the Family" burst on the airwaves. (A show that would

never be made now, thanks to political correctness.) If you haven't seen it, give this episode a try and see what your reaction is to the Q&A between the Terran and the Andromedan.

And remember, don't be offended. It's just another point of view.

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