Space: 1999: Season 2, Episode 16

The Beta Cloud (16 Dec. 1976)

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A strange cloud drifts over the base and causes most of the crew to be stricken with illness. A monster, the 'cloud creature' appears out of the cloud and runs amok on the base. A voice ... See full summary »

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A strange cloud drifts over the base and causes most of the crew to be stricken with illness. A monster, the 'cloud creature' appears out of the cloud and runs amok on the base. A voice from the cloud explains its purpose. The base must give up its life support in order to prevent the cloud from dying. With most of the crew indisposed through illness, it is down to Maya to employ her shape-shifting skills to beat the creature. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Deadly Cloud (1967)?
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A mysterious cloud appears over Moonbase Alpha, an eagle is sent out to explore the cloud but returns with a hulking monster (David Prowse just before Darth Vader) wanting the Alpha life support system...and he will kill to get it!

The pulse pounding Derek Wadsworth action score steals the show! Great style! Seriously folks, The Beta Cloud has almost nothing to do with Space 1999 as part of the main regular cast spend the hour locked away in a room away from the action. And the cartoon-like action comes in truck loads with a pleasing young actor named John Hug - Bill Fraser - doing battle with the very 1970s looking monster!

Granted, Bill Fraser also appears for short periods in other year two episodes, but this was his big episode and the hour has an identity that is refreshingly unique in the two season run of Space 1999. But back to the style over substance.

David Jackson (the cloud voice) worked on other year two 1999 episodes, but he or the script writer seem to be having more fun in this episode as the cloud's arrogant blunt lines about getting the life support system seem to put a smile on my face as I type this review. It is amazing what remains in the memory and what is not remembered.

Last night I thought back to the year two 1999 episodes I recently watched on DVD, and guess what, The Beta Cloud was the first to be remembered. Granted, the hour is not perfect, the pulse pounding action music seems a bit out of place when used over a simple scene of Fraser setting up a barrier, and the cornball romance is boring to a heartless Aussie male like me, but hey, this comment might go down as not useful to many, but I just can't get enough of Darth Vader In Irwin Allen Land. The Beta Cloud is a gem!


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