Space: 1999: Season 2, Episode 15

A Matter of Balance (9 Dec. 1976)

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Several crew members explore the planet Sunin, including botanist Shermeen Williams, who appears to have visionary gifts. She links up with an alien, called Vindrus, who wants her help in ... See full summary »

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Several crew members explore the planet Sunin, including botanist Shermeen Williams, who appears to have visionary gifts. She links up with an alien, called Vindrus, who wants her help in transferring his body and that of his race, into solid matter, giving them proper human form so that they can join the universe as real matter. However, for every one of his race made flesh, an Alphan must lose their matter. Written by don @ minifie-1

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When Shermeen enters the nuclear generators room, she tries twice to touch the opening controls without actually looking at them, but can't make it. Even though, the doors open. See more »

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Can anyone be that stupid?!
8 July 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

As in most of the episodes in the second season of "Space: 1999", this one ranks very high in the 'cheese factor'. In other words, the special effects were really, really bad at times--and a radical departure from the higher quality and budget shows of season one. In this case, you have a goofy looking alien creature that you just need to see to believe--and it looks like it escaped from a Larry Buchanan grade-Z film. And, to top if off, you have an alien wearing a weird male stripper-type costume!! Whoa...talk about cheese! The show begins with an incredibly stupid crew member (who, naturally, we've never seen before). Shermeen is apparently addle-brained (desite being a biologist), as when a bald alien just appears to her on Moonbase and starts telling her to do his bidding, she just agrees and never questions him!!! And, when she heads down to the planet below and he tells her to walk past a dangerous-looking alien with a weapon, she just does it! Wow, talk about stupid! And, not surprisingly, this baldy turns out to be bad and gets her to do things that jeopardize the crew of Alpha! And even when she sees this, she continues to do what Mr. Klean tells her! What a nit-wit!! She's dumber than a pile of snot! Can the Alphans stop this dummy and her new master? Tune in and see...if you really want.

In addition to the dumb character and silly monster, the show also has some amazingly lame moments with Maya. Either she's pulling answers out of left field (how did she know about the people/creatures made of anti-matter?!?!) or stating the obvious (when a guy is staring into space and is 100% unresponsive, she looks him over and says "he's in a trance"--way to go, Einstein!). Couldn't the writers give her character anything better to say? It's all a bit of a shame, actually, as the basic story idea is pretty cool. Why he's appeared and his evil plan is truly original--something not seen often enough in sci-fi. But, because it was so ineptly handled, it's just not particularly worth seeing.

By the way, watch when Maya turns into a fox. In some scenes, she's actually a dog--not a fox. Way to go!


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