Space: 1999: Season 1, Episode 23

The Testament of Arkadia (12 Feb. 1976)

TV Episode  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 84 users  
Reviews: 1 user

The Alphans land on the planet Arkadia, where glyphs suggest it is the cradle of civilisation from which life on Earth began. Now it is desolate and Koenig feels it is unsuitable for ... See full summary »



(screenplay), (series creator), 1 more credit »
Watch Episode
0Check in

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

« Previous Episode | 23 of 48 Episodes | Next Episode »




Episode complete credited cast:
Luke Ferro
Anna Davis (as Liza Harrow)
Prentis Hancock ...
Clifton Jones ...
Zienia Merton ...
Anton Phillips ...


The Alphans land on the planet Arkadia, where glyphs suggest it is the cradle of civilisation from which life on Earth began. Now it is desolate and Koenig feels it is unsuitable for colonisation. Two renegade crew members have other ideas, however, and take Helena hostage in their demands to settle on Arkadia. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Release Date:

12 February 1976 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The shot of the Alphans exiting the eagle on the planet's surface is stock footage from "Another Time, Another Place". See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Improbable...but kinda cool.
17 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The rogue moon has now come within range of Planet Arkadia and something odd is happening--Moonbase is rapidly being drained of all its power. The situation is so critical that it appears that they will all die unless something happens to stop this odd loss. Naturally, they explore Arkadia in the hopes that they'd somehow be able to colonize it. However, the place appears barren--devoid of all life. But, then something totally bizarre happens--they enter a cave and find Sanskrit--an ancient Earth language! How could this be?! Well, apparently life on Earth actually originated here--and the humans left Arkadia following some disaster that wiped out all life.

Suddenly, the power loss to Moonbase stops for no discernible reason. But, what happens next would seem to prove that some intelligent force is at work. Two of the landing party members, a man and woman, suddenly begin behaving strangely--insisting that they MUST remain behind on Arkadia. When Koenig refuses, as they cannot spare the supplies for two colonists, the two take matters into their own hands--forcing the Alphans to give in to their demands.

Overall, the episode is pretty good due to an interesting story. I liked the idea of a planet that seeded the Earth as well as the idea of a planet who has an intelligence about it that insists on a rebirth! The only negative, and it's in all the "Space: 1999" shows, is the very, very quiet moments in the show (they are too many)--resulting in a somewhat sterile mood. Despite the amazing discovery and the two commandeering supplies, there is practically no life to the proceedings--and this is hard to imagine, but it's true. Like the planet Arkadia, things just seemed barren.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
No Alien cares about the MOON?!?!? lodger3
Who Is Your Favorite Alphan? littlenightmusic-15077
SPACE 2099 is a go! Maciste_Brother
Who is your favorite non-Alphan character ? KO_Man
Comparison to 'Lost' godwinj
Discuss The Testament of Arkadia (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: