Space: 1999: Season 1, Episode 8

Dragon's Domain (23 Oct. 1975)

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Discredited eagle pilot Tony Cellini is beset by recurring nightmares in which he was the only survivor of disastrous space mission. Now the moon is approaching the same set of circumstances that Cellini encountered.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Barry Morse ...
Gianni Garko ...
Tony Cellini
Douglas Wilmer ...
Commissioner Dixon
Prentis Hancock ...
Clifton Jones ...
Zienia Merton ...
Anton Phillips ...
Dr. Monique Bouchere (as Barbara Kellermann)
Dr. Darwin King
Susan Jameson ...
Professor Juliet Mackie


Discredited eagle pilot Tony Cellini is beset by recurring nightmares in which he was the only survivor of disastrous space mission. Now the moon is approaching the same set of circumstances that Cellini encountered.

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23 October 1975 (UK)  »

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The James Bond series was on hiatus (which was also filmed at Pinewood Studios), so the set for M's office was used as the office of Commissioner Dixon. See more »


The script has Helena's opening narration stating that the moon is "drifting between galaxies" when it should have been "solar systems". See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Helena Russell: [voice over] It was the eight hundredth and seventy seventh day since our moon left Earth. We were between galaxies drifting through empty space, when Tony Cellini began to believe that he was closing for a second time with his mortal enemy.
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Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor
composed by Tomaso Albinoni
arranged by Alain Lombard
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Sort of like Moby Dick in outer space...
26 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an unusual episode of "Space: 1999" because unlike the rest because much of it is told through flashbacks narrated by Dr. Russell. It seems that Tony Cellini is an emotionally scarred Eagle pilot on Moon Base and he's suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. How he got that way is what the flashback is all about--and it's a pretty weird one. It seems that way back in 1996, Cellini was in command of a mission to a far off planet. However, when he alone came back in a command capsule many months later, his story about a 'space monster' were taken as either the ravings of a lunatic or a story he made up to cover up his own incompetence. Surprisingly, however, the man's recent flashbacks turn out to possibly be related to the presence of the monster, as all the wrecked ships that were adrift because of the monster suddenly appear nearby! Now considering this was nowhere near where they were three years ago and they apparently coincidentally drifted to the exact same position the rogue moon now approached, it strains the plot quite a bit--even for sci-fi! Unfortunately, Cellini's obsession with the monster turn out to be pretty much identical to Captain Ahab's obsession with Mob Dick. In fact, he's even loonier than Dr. Russell suspected, as he has a hidden plan to steal a ship and take on the crazy beast all alone! And, in the process, he might be risking his fellow Moon Base officers.

Aside from Moby Dick, this theme of a monster who must be destroyed is quite similar to the one where Captain Kirk is determined to destroy a weird cloud that kills in "Obsession"--so similar that you really have to see "Dragon's Domain" as a bit of a retooling of the story from a decade earlier. This is not a huge complaint--as it's still a good story. Unfortunately, however, Cellini's character is just a bit too stupid to live AND the monster is one of the silliest creations in the show's history--looking almost laughably silly. A case of a pretty good episode with rather crappy job of special effects. Worth seeing but far from perfect.

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