Original Airdate: September 16, 1963
And we’re off. “The Galaxy Being” is a nice, smooth debut for the great series. While not usually picked by fans as a personal favorite, it certainly set the stage for what was to come with a sense of wonder about the universe and its possibilities. The Being, as the first bear, remains one of the most memorable, creatively produced and sympathetic. His stand-off with the military at the end reminds me of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” in some ways. As Gort handled the guns and tanks with a flash of his ray, the Being was impenetrable and demonstrated his capabilities on the station transmitter. - Then afterward, gave his would-be destroyers some food for thought as Klaatu did during the finale.
It’s always a joy watching a youthful Cliff Robertson as the main character, Alan Maxwell. (Was great seeing him as Uncle Ben in “Spiderman”(2002) too!) Already an established actor in 1963, his performance and presence gave credibility to the premiere. I enjoy his character throughout, but especially the scenes where he is first communicating with the Being. Astonished at first, he quickly regains composure to ask some awesome questions, such as:
"Where you are, do you have death? We have death. End of being." ~ Alan
“Death? No death here. Electromagnetic waves go on.” ~ Being
“Do my brainwaves go on?” ~ Alan
Being nods yes.
“Do you have a God?” ~ Alan
“Electromagnetic waves underline everything.” ~ Being
“No, I mean... intelligent force. All powerful.” ~ Alan
“Electromagnetic waves intelligent. Infinity. God is infinity. All the same.” ~ Being
Hard to believe it’s over 40 years since the ep first graced the airways. It was all the rave in the schoolyard the next day. For this 8-year old and his buddies, all we could talk about was that cool creature. The show made Mondays a day to look forward to. We kept wondering what neat monster or thing would be next. It’s going to be fun reliving the series once more.
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