Space: 1999: Season 1, Episode 7

Alpha Child (16 Oct. 1975)

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The Alphans' joy turns to horror when the first child born on the Alpha matures into a five year old in a matter of hours. This is only a prelude to the arrival of formless alien fugitives- who plan to inhabit Alpha's population.

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The Alphans' joy turns to horror when the first child born on the Alpha matures into a five year old in a matter of hours. This is only a prelude to the arrival of formless alien fugitives- who plan to inhabit Alpha's population.

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Paul Morrow: [as alarm sounds] That's it!
Cmdr. John Koenig: Alan, cut the alarm.
Alan Carter: A day to remember.
Dr. Helena Russell: [on view screen] It's a boy!
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While I didn't love the second half of the show as much, it still was wildly creative...
25 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While few Trekkies would ever want to admit it, this episode of "Space: 1999" was actually recycled as an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"--though the second half of the show was quite different.

The show begins with a VERY freaky occurrence! The first child is born on Moon Base and you assume things might be a bit different here--after all, they are all traveling in a different star system on a rogue moon! But, what happens next is REEEAAALLLY weird! In a matter of seconds, the child goes from being a baby to looking like a five year-old! Naturally, the mom is freaked out but the rest of the station seems to accept this odd kid rather quickly--even when he appears to be deaf. Koenig, however, is the voice of reason. He thinks this is very freaky and isn't about to just accept the kid with open arms. Later, when the kid transforms into an entirely different adult person (oddly, in all-new alien clothes that fit him perfectly), Koenig's fears are justified. The 'kid' turns out to be an evil guy who is the prelude to a full-scale invasion!! All in all, you certainly have to give this show credit for being original and cool. Having a kid change so quickly as the result of alien intervention is a cool idea--even if I wasn't quite so thrilled when the kid turned out to be evil. I do think having the kid come in human form to learn about the humans and pave the way for first contact was a great idea. Well worth seeing and not as bland and sterile as many of the other episodes.


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