Space: 1999 (1975–1977)
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The tall and imposing Magus arrives on board the ship. He claims godlike powers, namely that he effected the Creation. But he is now disillusioned with the way that Life has progressed and ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Carter
Albin Pahernik ...
Maya / Creature
1st Operative
Barbara Wise ...
Beautiful Girl
Yasuko Nagazumi ...


The tall and imposing Magus arrives on board the ship. He claims godlike powers, namely that he effected the Creation. But he is now disillusioned with the way that Life has progressed and wishes to start again. He plans to mate Helena and Tony and Maya with Koenig. But of course he is not God but a renegade cosmic sorcerer, and quite illogical at that, who needs to be controlled. Written by don @ minifie-1

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9 October 1976 (UK)  »

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Guest Star Guy Rolfe played Count Oga, the main antagonist on "Snow White and the Three Stooges", a part that Martin Landau had auditioned for. See more »


By the time Koenig sends Maya out on a reconnaissance as an owl, it has already been established several times that Maya and Tony can't touch each other. Yet after Maya transforms into an owl, Tony holds her on his arm. If the interdiction doesn't work while she's in a form other than her own, the Alphans should take note of it, and if it does still work, then Tony shouldn't be able to hold her. See more »


Commander John Koenig: We make our own choices!
Magus: Much less often than you think.
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Further evidence that the show had "jumped the shark"
4 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

The expression "jumped the shark" refers to when a TV series, out of desperation, does something so atypical and so wrong to try (in vain) to rejuvenate the series. To fans, it marks the beginning of the end. The exact reference is when on "Happy Days", Fonzie jumped a tank full of sharks with his motorcycle--a very dumb and desperate gimmick to say the least.

As far as "Space: 1999" goes, it was obvious during season one that the series had problems. Despite a large budget and international syndication, the show had trouble attracting an audience. Some of this was due to the show's strange plots but much of it was the sterile and static nature of the show. In a completely misguided attempt to rejuvenate the show, the series decided that instead of making a few minor tweaks, it changed a lot--too much. It essentially jumped the shark by losing some of its stars (the big loss was Barry Morse), changing its music, adding a new character that could shape-shift into animals(!!!), bringing in "Star Trek" producer Fred Freiberger and 'jazzing up' the scripts. What this jazzing up entailed was actually much cheaper special effects (season one had been very good--two was just god-awful) and lots of silly monsters in latex suits! In addition, the show (with Freiberger) had one more ace up their sleeves--ripping off scripts from the original "Star Trek" series!! Sadly, they didn't even bother ripping off the good shows--mostly just the terrible ones.

In this episode, the script clearly is a rip-off of one of the very, very worst "Trek" shows, "Who Mourns for Adonis?". While there were of course a few small differences, it is practically impossible to see the two shows and not see the similarities--especially at the way it ends. Because the show is one giant rip-off, I can't give it a score any higher than 3.

The show's 'big four' (Commander Koenig, Dr. Russell, Mya and Tony) are brought to a new world by a guy claiming he's God. By the way, beware--this sort of plot totally sucks ("Star Trek V" is a great case in point) and you KNOW that ultimately the guy can't be God! In this case, a very, very technically advanced and god-like guy brings them to the planet to have them create a whole new population--sort of like having two Adams and two Eves! Despite his powers, Koenig and the rest are not about to worship this guy nor stay on the planet if they can help it. Been there, done that.

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