The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.
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In 1999, Moonbase Alpha, nestled in the Lunar crater Plato, is a scientific research colony and watchdog over silos of atomic waste from Earth stored on the Moon's far side. On September 13, 1999, magnetic energy builds to cause an explosive chain-reaction of the waste, blasting the Moon out of Earth orbit and off the plane of the ecliptic, out of the Solar System. The inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha are unable to return to Earth and must survive on their wandering Moon as it is displaced further into unknown space by freak space warps. Along the way, they are joined by an alien woman with the ability to change herself into any living creature at will. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Originally conceived as a new season of UFO (1970). The plot would have had the aliens from that series trying to destroy SHADO's moonbase by knocking the moon out of orbit. See more »

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While the core narrative is for the Moonbase Alpha crew to return to Earth, no one every mentions that their space travel at relative speeds and faster would result in time slow down for them, but continuing at the same rate on Earth. This would mean that while years passed for them decades or even centuries are going by one Earth. Even if they did somehow manage a return, they would do so centuries after they left. See more »

Quotes

Maya: You mean, people killed people, just because they were different from each other? That's disgusting.
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Crazy Credits

During the first season, excerpts for each week's episode were incorporated into the opening credits, which was something of a Gerry Anderson trademark. See more »

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Referenced in Malcolm in the Middle: Malcolm's Girlfriend (2001) See more »

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I love this show like family
18 June 2004 | by (Grand Rapids) – See all my reviews

This show calls up happy memories of laying on my grandma's shag carpeted living room, totally enthralled by this show. It was the mid 70s and we didn't even have a space shuttle yet. The ships, clothes and hardware of this show looked like something I could possibly experience in my lifetime. I figured that by 1999, I would be living and working in space as an adult. Well none of that really panned out but all these years later, this show is still great fun to watch. It has a style and mood that is so unique. I hope they never try to do a remake. Part of it's charm is how 70s it is. The bell bottom uniforms, the sketchy science, the sideburns. It's all so perfect. As a child, this show made me excited for the future like nothing else.


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