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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Episode complete credited cast:
Barry Morse ...
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Clifton Jones ...
Zienia Merton ...
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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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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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Walking On The Moon
17 February 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The Moon is passing through a solar system with a sun very like our own. One planet in particular - Ariel - has Earth-like conditions, so Carter blasts off in his Eagle to investigate.

Strange objects launched from Ariel land on the lunar surface. Gas emerges from each, giving the Moon a breathable atmosphere. With the sun in the sky, the Alphans find they are able to leave the sterile confines of Alpha and walk about outside. Further Ariellian devices bring about rain.

An Eagle carrying Sandra, Carter, Paul, and Helena is affected by a storm and crashes. Though all aboard survive they face the prospect of dying of starvation before they can be discovered...

Not long after Year 1 was completed, Fred Freiburger was invited to make an assessment of the series. While praising the special effects, he claimed the characters were uninteresting and there was a genuine lack of humour. Well, we all know what his remedy to the 'problem' was

  • bring in a shape-changing alien woman and get a previously

unmentioned Alphan to try and brew his own beer. One wonders which episodes he viewed. Was 'The Last Sunset' among them? Presumably not. If he had seen it, he would have realised it had more characterisation than in the whole of his dismal Year 2. The Alphans, for once, are given an alternative to their quest to find a new planet - live on the Moon itself. Their joy at finding their new 'home' is truly heart warming.

Christopher Penfold's script gives Prentis Hancock's 'Paul Morrow' a bit more to do by having him turn into a religious maniac as the result of consuming the strange mushroom-like fungus he finds on the lunar surface. The situation with the crashed Eagle is reminiscent of the classic 'Star Trek' episode 'The Galileo Seven' - only without those spear-throwing primitives. The absence of guest stars worked in the story's favour, allowing for greater interaction among the regular cast.

Of course the Alphans' hope of turning the Moon into a giant holiday camp is doomed. The Ariellians only gave them this because they wanted to keep them away from their world. The final scene - in which Koenig and co. watch the sun go down for the very last time - is touching and one of the best endings of any episode of this series.

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