Space: 1999: Season 1, Episode 4

War Games (25 Sep. 1975)

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Moonbase Alpha is attacked and devastated by warships from a nearby planet. With half of its population dead Alpha can no longer survive. Commander Koenig and Dr. Russel go to the alien ... See full summary »

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Moonbase Alpha is attacked and devastated by warships from a nearby planet. With half of its population dead Alpha can no longer survive. Commander Koenig and Dr. Russel go to the alien world to plead for the survivors, but the inhabitants wish no one to disturb their serene existence. Written by Anonymous

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Cmdr. John Koenig: Where did they come from?
Sandra Benes: There was no indication on the long range scanner.
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Ugghhh! This is the sort of episode that helped kill this show....
24 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although I was a devoted fan of this series when I was a kid, I wasn't so devoted a fan that I could ignore the show's deficiencies. I liked it because there just wasn't much sci-fi on TV back then--but I realized that sterile sets, overly subdued acting and occasionally insane scripts (like this episode) helped to doom the show to only two seasons. Even with the re-tooling of the show in the second season, it was just too little too late.

This episode, up to at about the halfway point, was actually very good. Moon Base is attacked by ships that appear to be Earth-style ships (though they didn't think this was amazingly odd or question this). After a short battle, about half the people and much of the base is destroyed--and they have no choice but to try to colonize the nearby planet from which these hostilities arose. Good premise...so far. But, when Koenig and Russell land on the planet to try to talk things out, two goofy things happen--Koenig starts smashing things and acting a bit like a chimp on crack (great way to negotiate, Koenig!) and the aliens turn out to be as interesting as watching paint dry. These aliens are superior creatures who mostly sit around inside clear Plexiglas boxes and think--not the sort of aliens you love to hate like the Klingons or Romulans! And, out of the blue, they ask Dr. Russell to join them in her own little cubicle and they think....and talk...and think some more!! By the time it was all over, I could see why Koenig got mad and started breaking things--I felt like doing this as the episode got WAAAAY too cerebral and dull. Many more episodes like this would spell doom to this series--and it's too bad, as it started off so well. Overall, it's a very disappointing episode and not at all worth your time---unless like dull sci-fi. I so much wanted to enjoy this one.


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