Space: 1999: Season 1, Episode 13

Matter of Life and Death (27 Nov. 1975)

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Dr. Russell's presumed-dead husband mysteriously reappears on a reconnaissance mission to a nearby planet.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Barry Morse ...
Lee Russell
Prentis Hancock ...
Clifton Jones ...
Zienia Merton ...
Anton Phillips ...
Stuart Damon ...


While returning from a reconnaissance mission to a nearby planet which appears to be capable of sustaining life, an Eagle team pass out and the ship is brought back under remote control. Upon arrival a passenger is found aboard the Eagle, who appears to be Dr. Helena Russell's husband, long presumed dead after a failed mission to Jupiter five years prior. The Moon Base Alpha crew must determine how this seemingly impossible situation occurred, all the while slowly drifting out of range of the planet which has offered the promise of a new home. Koenig must decide whether to go ahead with the evacuation to the planet before time runs out, but questions remain about the true nature of Dr. Russell's "late" husband, and whether the planet is truly safe. Written by Clay Daniel

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27 November 1975 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Alan Carter: Commander, we're getting a reading. Eagle One in orbit and holding.
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weak story
10 June 2014 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

Wandering around in deep space Moonbase Alpha comes across another planet Terra Nova. It all looks good until suddenly the Dr Russel's long-assumed death husband appears. He's warning the people from the base not to enter the planet. even as it looks like earth it will be the end of humanity of the base.

The weakness lays in the fact that Koening does want to go to the planet. By doing so disaster happens. I found this one rather a bit boring because it's a lot of blah blah going on. What did look good was indeed the planet itself. It's clear that you can spot that it was done n a soundstage and not on location but hey, does anyone remember Star Trek.

This episode couldn't stand the time and is a bit of waist of time. But look, Space 1999 became cult so maybe you have to sit through it after all.

Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 1/5 Story 2/5 Comedy 0/5

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