The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 1

The Galaxy Being

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 16, 1963 on ABC
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Radio station engineer Allan Maxwell establishes contact with an alien being. But when the station's power is turned up, the alien is teleported to Earth, where its radioactive nature causes havoc.

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  • Cliff Robertson's tinkering finally pays off when he reels in "The Galaxy Being."

    Usually pilot episodes are very good. I hate to do it to one of my very favorite all-time TV series, but this pilot of "The Galaxy Being" is really not that good. Has it's moments like when the Galaxy Being looks through the binoculars or "end of transmission." But otherwise very lackluster. Fortunately other better episodes followed, but it took a while as my following reviews will suggest. However, the format was set. The sonorous tones of Vic Perrin introducing every episode will set a theme for the evening and his concluding voice over winding up the lessons we should have learned. Not a bad way to start a series, but they could have chosen a different episode.moreless
  • The Amazing Colossal Galaxy Being

    This, the pilot episode, establishes the look and feel of this landmark series, although the plot is a good deal more straightforward than usual. Unfortunately though much of it is so preposterous that I found it all a bit difficult to take seriously. It wasn't just a matter of the (clueless) science behind it either. The guy who ups the amps was obviously only put in the story to do that; I mean, what is he, 12 years old? And then we get several minutes of the Amazing Colossal Galaxy Being rampaging through the countryside, at the end of which he (it?) for some reason vaporizes a radio tower to punctuate his Message of Peace.

    Still, the monster did look cool (especially by early TV standards).moreless
  • A solid beginning to the series.

    For the pilot episode of this series, the writers chose to tackle a subject that pops up quite often in this series: man communicating with a being from another planet. A radio engineer makes contact with an alien being and converses

    at length with him via the equipment he has assembled. One thing that should be remembered is that all aliens, on TV and in the movies, spoke fluent English.

    After the engineer is dragged out of his recluse to go into town, the alien is fairly predictably teleported to earth by accident thanks to the ambitious nature of a new disc jockey. If you ask me, this is a prime thing to point out the next time you tell someone to turn down the volume or power........

    Anyhow, this was a solid episode overall. It plays on people's obsession with what lies out in space and the fear of the unknown. Although the effects of radiation are a little downplayed ( superficial burn, the message that we are not alone rings true at the end.

  • Galaxy Being is one of those episodes that keeps you on the edge of your seat. One of the better episodes of this series.

    I love old SciFi shows and movies. My all time favorite TV series was The Outer Limits with its creepy introduction and mature story lines. Today, one must remember and keep in miind that this was all very high tech stuff for the time. The 1950's and early 1960's were the new Atomic age in America. Everything was about outer space and atomic radiation. Galaxy Being played into both of those exploited fears. The episode starts out using the old and tried electricity as the feared unknown force as a radio station operator uses the radio stations power and equipment to attempt to contact a being from outer space. This, in typical SciFi fashion, leaves him little time for his wife and friends who long for his attention and affection. But he will have none of that, he is on an adventure, an adventure to be the first human on earth to contact a being from another galaxy. Much to his suprise, just as pressure from his wife and brother are mounting, he actually makes contact with a strange and erie being from another galaxy. He has somehow worked out an alogrithim computer that can decipher the beings binary code signals into human speach and they communicate with each other. Important questions are asked and answered about such topics as their physical make up, death, war, and God. The inevitable interruption of his wife drags the man away from the biggest discovery of his lifetime. While away for a short hour at an event honoring him, a stand in DJ who wants to be famous increases the signal power to 100% and the being is transported to earth. It breaks out of the 3 dimentional signal aparatus, and partakes in a search for the station owner. Unbeknown to the being, he is giving off high levels of radiation (see I told you they'd work the radiation thing in there) which are harmful and deadly to humans. The being is also nitrogen based and is in conflict with our carbon based world. This gives the being some powers like the ability to walk up to a door and have it give way from the power it is eminating. The DJ who brought the being to earth by disobeying his bosses orders is killed, and a warehouse worker is burned with radiation. The being continues down into town where it curiously roams the streets and enters a pawn shop and examines items inside. The being eventually finds the station owner and is wreaking havoc in the twon hall until the station owner conveys that his radiation is harmful to humans that he must follow him back to the station. Back at the station the being explains what happened and bears out what the station owners saw in the killed DJ and burned warehouse worker. The being explains that he cannot go back as his fellow beings will execute him because he has broken the laws and contacted the beings from earth. As on cue the inept police and military show up with their guns and jeeps. The station owners wife goes to the door to tell them they are alright and some moron shoots her fatally wounding her. The being is able to save her life before he goes out and speaks to the people who, as is typical for these shows, start shooting with the machine guns. But the being is able to convey his message as to why other beings will not contact earthlings, and that earthlings basically need to grow up and start using their resources for good things and learn about the universe. After its speach, the being goes back in and says final goodbyes of sorts to the station owner then dissapates. Everyone goes home, the creepy music starts, and the announcer gives their omnibus warning to mankind.moreless
  • An engaging tale about a man that runs the local radio station, who becomes obsessed with the possibility of finding alien life. When he does, it is with a creature from a place far further than he would have ever imagined.moreless

    As his relationship with his wife and friends disintegrates he makes contact with this Galaxy Being and with the help of a very snappy translation computer, asks some very deep questions on the nature of life in this other dimension.

    Unfortunately in spite of his advice a temp DJ boosts the radio signal that the Galaxy Being is "tuned" in to and he is inadvertenly summoned into our world.

    He doesn\'t appear to mean any harm but can\'t help but cause havoc and destruction, possibly due to the matter he is made from.

    As usual, the police show up and, typical of the time, they shoot first and ask questions later.

    The special effects are pretty good for the time, but the conversations with the Galaxy Being, as they are via a translator, are slow and require intense concentration to understand his side of the dialog.moreless
Lee Philips

Lee Philips

Gene "Buddy" Maxwell

Guest Star

Jacqueline Scott

Jacqueline Scott

Carol Maxwell

Guest Star

Burt Metcalfe

Burt Metcalfe

Eddie Phillips

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits.

    • Allan Maxwell: But the secrets of the Universe don't mind. They reveal themselves to nobodies who care. Isaac Newton was a nobody, Michael Farragut was a bookbinder's apprentice.

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) The planet Earth is a speck of dust, remote and alone in the void. There are powers in the universe inscrutable and profound. Fear cannot save us. Rage cannot help us. We must see the stranger in a new light-the light of understanding. And to achieve this, we must begin to understand ourselves, and each other.

    • Control Voice: (sign-off narration) We now return control of your television set to you, until next week, at the same time when the Control Voice will take you to... The Outer Limits.

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