A vessel of alien pacifists, bound for Earth, lands on the moon. They are greeted as friends by all- except Commissioner Simmons who sees their vessel as way to return home.

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A vessel of alien pacifists, bound for Earth, lands on the moon. They are greeted as friends by all- except Commissioner Simmons who sees their vessel as way to return home.

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This was the fifth episode produced ("Breakaway", "Matter of Life and Death", "Black Sun", and "Ring Around the Moon" preceded it) and the first to present Barry Morse's image during the opening titles (taken from "Ring Around the Moon"). See more »

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Before Simmons is about to take up his travel position in Zantors craft for the voyage back to Earth, he asks Zantor (Christopher Lee) to go first. As Zantor lies down you can clearly see his long white wig fall off revealing his natural dark hair. See more »

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Commissioner Simmonds: Alright, just a minute. Well, once again, I've sat in at a command conference and listened to a cozy round of self congratulations. Aren't we doing well? Hmm? Adapting, adjusting, coming to terms. And, once again, I am shocked that we've not discussed a serious attempt to locate Earth and return there.
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SPACE: 1999 – EARTHBOUND {TV} (Charles Crichton, 1975) **1/2
2 July 2015 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Gerry Anderson's second live action TV series was like his first, UFO (1969-73), of the Sci-Fi variety and one which I recall catching episodes of during afternoon reruns on Italian TV in my childhood days; ironically enough, while I have since acquired similarly-set cult TV series of the era on DVD – like STAR TREK (1966-69), BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1978-79) and BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY (1979-81) – I have yet to add SPACE: 1999 (1975-77) to the collection and my viewing of the episode under review, which features the late Christopher Lee, came via the ubiquitous "You Tube" channel. Although this particular episode was the handiwork of Ealing Studios veteran Crichton, the overall feel is a grim one that belies Anderson's earlier fantastical puppet productions.

The plot here revolves around the group of humans fleeing from a war- torn Earth under the leadership of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain – both already veterans of a previous TV phenomenon, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1966- 69) – coming across some alien pacifists headed by an albino-in-KISS- make-up (Lee); the necessary drama to keep one watching – apart from the moderately inventive production design – is created by one of Landau's team, scheming politician Roy Dotrice, who wants to join Lee's party and return home and, in his attempt to force himself on the latter, runs amok with a space gun and shoots several humans as a result. Previously, Bain had already put herself at risk while testing whether an earthling can withstand the alien's glass pods for the 75-year journey homeward but Lee's intervention saves the day. Similarly, it was him who ultimately gives Dotrice his chilling come-uppance at the end…a very cruel fate that is itself topped by the ironic reveal of the identity of the member of Landau's crew that the computer had decided should be earthbound.


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