This is an interesting episode because of two big reasons. First, the alien was NOT evil--just different and curious. It was a bit change from the typical alien in 50s sci-fi movies. Second, when you read on IMDb's trivia page how they made this very effective looking alien, it's really amazing how cheaply they made the creature--as "The Outer Limits" had a tinny budget and always seemed to make the most of it. The net effect is an entertaining and quite philosophical look at alien life as well as human nature. A good start to the series.
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.
("The Galaxy Being" is the first episode of "Outer Limits" with a great story of direct contact with an alien. In the period of the Cold War, there is an exaggerated importance and participation of the army. The special effects are ahead of time. The conclusion with the ignorance of the army and the being fading out is the reflection of this dark period. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "O Ser da Galáxia" ("The Galaxy Being")
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 Shows...so for that reason I pair up Limits with Star Trek (and the 1967 series The Invaders makes that pair a trilogy).
I give it a 10 because of the acting, and the fact that the presentation of life as another form of existence was very interesting considering our preconditioning that all must be made (even god) in our image.
First watch: 2017 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 7.25
Its no suprise that the first episode of this wonderful '60 sci fi anthology series was about a human contacting an alien being from another galaxy. The story about a radio station operator managing to find life outside earth thru a radio station signal is a pretty nice unique story. The creature itself is done very well I must say and holds up very good by today's standards. However the only thing that is keeping me from giving this a higher rating is that it seems every character in this thing is an insensitive idiot other then Cliff Robertson. The wife as I think another review stated is the worst and seems to be here for nothing other then to give Robertson's character a hard time, which makes it even more better towards the end when the being saves her life in an incredible stupid scene were she is accidentally shot. All in all its a nice start to a much to short lived series.