Trailblazer I is on route to the Moon when one of the crew gets word their wife has been hurt in a car wreck. Although distracted, the crewman needs to focus all his skills and abilities to overcome a major accident.
McCauley takes two scientists to the moon to conduct seismographic experiments. His communication officer, Captain Tom Farrow, learns of his wife's car accident and begins to make mistakes. However, when a moonquake damages the ship and destroys the radio, Farrow is the crew's only help of repairing the radio so that they can contact Mission Control and summoning a rescue ship. Written by
Col. McCauley heads a six-man lunar mission. As part of their study of the lunar crust a series of charges are placed and detonated. Moonquake! A fissure opens and an astronaut falls in. Other men are stranded by the fresh chasms. The ship topples over. Contact with Earth is lost. The best episode so far.
Effects highlights: On lunar surface miniatures fissures open, the ground moves, mountains wobble and the ship topples. McCauley leaps a wide chasm via wires and slow motion (He makes a test leap on solid ground first, in keeping with the shows emphasis on realism.) Astronauts stand on opposite outcroppings as an oxygen cylinder is tossed across a wider chasm to a stranded man. And later the ship's ladder is used to straddle the chasm as a makeshift bridge. Nice space shots of the descending moonship are used again.
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