Space: 1999: Season 1, Episode 21

Space Brain (29 Jan. 1976)

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Alien hieroglyphics appear on all of Alpha's screens and Koenig sends an Eagle to investigate. The Eagle is lost and the pilot is taken over by a huge, alien 'Space Brain', using him as a ... See full summary »

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Alien hieroglyphics appear on all of Alpha's screens and Koenig sends an Eagle to investigate. The Eagle is lost and the pilot is taken over by a huge, alien 'Space Brain', using him as a channel to make the Alphans do its bidding. Koenig has to destroy it. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Commander Koenig instructs Alan Carter to set the computer to detonate the nuclear charges at "1845" but Carter punches "1574" into the keypad and then tells the Commander, "Destruct mechanism set for 1845." See more »

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Cmdr. John Koenig: Paul. Sandra. I'm turning in.
Paul Morrow: Lucky you.
Cmdr. John Koenig: Four hours, fifty-two minutes and twenty second.
Sandra Benes: Congratulations. I thought no one would break the five hour barrier.
Cmdr. John Koenig: Well, it's time we had a new puzzle.
Paul Morrow: Time we had a new world.
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Meh...
8 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a slight below average episode of "Space: 1999". Part of the reason this one drags is that there really are no cool aliens or strange new worlds in this one--just a giant floating space intelligence. Considering that too often the series was criticized for having dull characters and plots, this one did little to help the show gain acceptance.

The show begins with most of the people on the station off-duty and each seems to be working on jigsaw puzzles alone in their rooms. Why? I dunno. Suddenly, the computers go crazy and weird symbols begin flying across the screens all over Moonbase. Because of is, the computers freeze up and they have no idea who or what is doing this. Koenig orders an Eagle to explore in space for a source and immediately the viewer KNOWS the folks flying it will die--after all, they are unknown actors and Carter is back on Moonbase. Plus, this small Moon colony seems to have a bazillion ships--as they loose them every other episode (and here, they end up losing two). And, surprise, surprise, the ship is lost and is sent whooshing back in the form of a compressed block of metal and human tissue!! Yecch! Eventually, the entity in space tries to reach out to Moonbase by taking over one of the humans and interfacing him with the computers. Through this AND a voyage by Carter into space (where you KNOW he'll survive), they learn about the giant floating intelligent thingie. But unless something extraordinary happens, they'll all die!

This episode reminds me a lot of one from the original "Star Trek" series where there's a huge space amoeba that sucks the life out of everything near it. That one, too, wasn't a great show for the same reason--no cool aliens and almost every moment is spent on the base or ship. Not bad--just not all that good--plus the end and how they miraculously survived seems pretty limp.


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