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"Space: 1999" Earthbound (1975)

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Space: 1999 -- Representatives from a dying planet land on the Moon, presenting some members of the Alpha crew with the chance of returning home. But who will be chosen?
Space: 1999 -- Kaldorians, representatives from a dying planet crash land on the moon.


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Original Air Date:
4 December 1975 (Season 1, Episode 14)
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. | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Charles Crichton 
Writing credits
Anthony Terpiloff (screenplay)

Gerry Anderson (series creator) and
Sylvia Anderson (series creator)

Produced by
Gerry Anderson .... executive producer
Sylvia Anderson .... producer
Original Music by
Barry Gray 
Cinematography by
Frank Watts (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mike Campbell 
Casting by
Michael Barnes 
Production Design by
Keith Wilson 
Makeup Department
Helene Bevan .... hair designer
Ann Cotton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ron Fry .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Baker .... assistant director
Art Department
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
John Chisholm .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Bowen .... sound recordist
Peter Pennell .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects director
Michael S.E. Downing .... electronics
Frank Drake .... camera operator
Brian Johnson .... special effects
Harry Oakes .... lighting cameraman
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rudi Gernreich .... costumes: moon city
Eileen Sullivan .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
David Lane .... supervising editor (as Dave Lane)
Music Department
Vic Elms .... associate
Alan Willis .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ray Atkins .... driver (uncredited)
Steve Smith .... driver (uncredited)
Doug Wetherley .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Edward Di Lorenzo .... script editor (as Edward di Lorenzo)
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Christopher Penfold .... story consultant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

50 min | USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Holy crap....that's Christopher Lee!, 1 May 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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