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Saturday, July 2, 2016

THE OUTER LIMITS: The Galaxy Being

Guest Stars:  Cliff Robertson, Lee Philips, Jacqueline Scott, Burt Metcalfe, Allyson Ames
Directed by Leslie Stevens
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

The technician for a radio station borrows the station's power to transmit into space, and succeeds in contacting an alien being from another galaxy.

The debut episode of this revered anthology series features an intriguing script from director and series creator Stevens, in which the alien encountered is far different from anything seen before or in most of the filmed science fiction to that point.  It's appearance as a glowing robot-like form with claw like hands is very distinctive, and one wonders if Star Wars character C-3P0 may have been inspired by this creature.  It makes for daringly different television, and a fine kickoff to the short-lived but memorable series.

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