Space: 1999: Season 1, Episode 14

Earthbound (19 Jan. 1976)

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Barry Morse ...
Captain Zandor
Prentis Hancock ...
Clifton Jones ...
Zienia Merton ...
Anton Phillips ...


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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[first lines]
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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Holy crap....that's Christopher Lee!
1 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Wow, I sure didn't expect to see Christopher Lee starring in this episode as a somewhat hard to recognize alien. However, when his beautiful voice rang out, it was obvious that someone at ITC had done a good job of arranging for this talented actor to appear on the show. Yes, I realize that Lee has possibly more TV and movie credits than anyone in history (look him up--you'll see what I mean), but he sure lent an element of class to the show--even if his part wasn't all that interesting (I would have preferred to see him as a villain).

A ship with humanoids aboard is discovered in the vicinity and the Moonbase folks investigate. They revive the aliens and find that they are a group of pacifists who are, oddly, bound for Earth (what are the odds?!). However, sadly, in the process one of the aliens is accidentally killed. While it should take these aliens another 75 years to reach the Earth, they understood that the death was accidental and are quite forgiving--after all, they ARE pacifists. So, to show they are swell people, they offer to let one of the humans use their suspended animation chambers and come to Earth with them.

Who will take this place is where the episode gets really interesting. While almost all the crew of Moonbase are very professional and are willing to let the computer decide, objectively, who should go with the aliens, the Commissioner (who was last seen in the initial episode) decides HE is the one who should be chosen and behaves like a boorish jerk. What happens next is what takes this episode to the next level--with an ironic twist or two that make the sci-fi show almost like a "Twilight Episode" at the same time! Initially, this show seemed pretty dull--don't believe it! Just sit tight and keep watching.

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