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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Power Records adapted five episodes from the first season as audio dramas for children in the mid-70s ("Breakaway," "Death's Other Dominion," "Mission of the Darians," "Dragon's Domain," and "End of Eternity"). The first three were released on a single LP. The latter two were released on a second LP that also featured two original stories, "Return to the Beginning" (featuring the Alphans returning to Earth but during Biblical times and meeting Noah, a decidedly uncharacteristic story for the series) and "It Played So Softly on the Ear" (in which a strange musical signal lures the Alphans into investigating it). Both "Breakaway" and "Return to the Beginning" were released separately as book-and-record sets complete with comic book art - the "Breakaway" art was later adapted for the 2012 graphic novel SPACE 1999: AFTERSHOCK AND AWE. Interestingly, the audio stories, which ran anywhere from 10-15 minutes each, often compressed the plots significantly and did away with some plot points altogether (Simmonds appears only briefly in Power's version of "Breakaway," for example). They also at times added content to lighten the mood for their young audiences - the audio version of "End of Eternity," for instance, ends with a comical scene that does nothing to diminish the horror of the main plot, and the televised version feels somehow incomplete without it. See more »

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The Moon would have be accelerating at an exceptional rate to move from solar system to solar system each episode. How the Eagles (the sub-light speed spacecraft used by the cast) are able to keep up with or return to Moonbase Alpha when they depart is never explained as it would be nearly impossible to do so. See more »

Quotes

John Koenig: We're all aliens, until we get to know one another.
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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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I love this show like family
18 June 2004 | by 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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