Space: 1999: Season 1, Episode 23

The Testament of Arkadia (12 Feb. 1976)

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The Alphans land on the planet Arkadia, where hieroglyphics suggest that it is the cradle of civilization from which life on Earth began. Now it is desolate and cheerless and Koenig feels ... See full summary »

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

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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 writing...in 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.


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