Space: 1999: Season 1, Episode 17

The Last Sunset (1 Jan. 1976)

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As the Alphans are planning to explore the planet Ariel, a 'missile' attaches itself to the en route Eagle. Upon returning to Alpha, the 'missile' gives the Alphans a lunar atmosphere. But ... See full summary »



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As the Alphans are planning to explore the planet Ariel, a 'missile' attaches itself to the en route Eagle. Upon returning to Alpha, the 'missile' gives the Alphans a lunar atmosphere. But the joy at the possibility of making a new world out of the Moon is short lived, as the moon does not enter orbit around the planet or its sun, and Alpha faces destruction from the newly acquired lunar air. Written by James Rowings

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1 January 1976 (UK)  »

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When air starts being pumped into Moonbase Alpha, a hatch is slammed shut, but clouds of vapor continue to seep around what should be an airtight seal. This is followed by a scene in which a window in the control room is lowered - but why would this be deemed necessary on a lunar base, and why is there no lock in case of accidental use? See more »


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Prof. Victor Bergman: A sun like ours. Planet Ariel with its atmosphere. It's a perfectly balanced little solar system.
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Most implausible episode EVER!
11 July 2010 | by (Sunnyvale CA) – See all my reviews

Plot was as the other reviewers noted - aliens send probes to make a temporary atmosphere.

I understand that you have to suspend disbelief to buy into the idea that the moon can be blown out of orbit to relativistic speeds by a nuclear waste explosion, without turning various b-league British actors and Mission:Impossible refugees into "ham paste", and the moon to a plasma. OK, I got past that one. I even got managed to at least not entirely choke on the idea that, in another episode, they went through a "de-evolution" field that altered their DNA and turn them into cavemen - and also somehow managed to "devolve" their quasi-futuristic uniforms into *bearskins and loincloths*. But I am sorry, the idea that someone thought it was a good idea to build a moon base *with windows that can be opened* is a little too much for me. And all the inhabitants of the moon base thought to bring bikinis, beach balls, umbrellas - *to the moon*!?

On a positive note, the motivations of the aliens - that they did it to make sure that Barbara Bain and Martin Landau never came to their beautiful planet - are entirely understandable.

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