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.
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).
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 marks....ummm...no), the message that we are not alone rings true at the end.
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.
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.
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.
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