Space: 1999 (1975–1977)
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The expansive Taybor, an inter-galactic merchant arrives from hyper-space on his ship the 'Emporium'. He is offering to sell things to the Alphans. Koenig realizes that if the Taybor sold ... See full summary »

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Bob Brooks

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Thom Keyes, Gerry Anderson (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Landau ... Commander John Koenig
Barbara Bain ... Dr. Helena Russell
Catherine Schell ... Maya
Tony Anholt ... Tony Verdeschi
Willoughby Goddard ... Taybor
Jeffery Kissoon ... Dr. Ben Vincent
John Hug ... Fraser
Yasuko Nagazumi Yasuko Nagazumi ... Yasko
Laraine Humphrys Laraine Humphrys ... Karen (as Larraine Humphrys)
Rita Webb Rita Webb ... Slatternly Woman
Mel Taylor Mel Taylor ... Andrews
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The expansive Taybor, an inter-galactic merchant arrives from hyper-space on his ship the 'Emporium'. He is offering to sell things to the Alphans. Koenig realizes that if the Taybor sold them his space-ship, it would enable the Alphans to fly back to Earth, but the price the Taybor is asking for this transaction is Maya. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Fred Freiberger's original intention was to replace season one's entire supporting cast. He didn't get his way entirely, as Zienia Merton and Anton Phillips were asked back as familiar faces, but without contracts (being paid as though they were "extras"). Nick Tate's popularity was brought to Freiberger's attention, so he was re-hired after eight episodes had already been written. Some of those episodes (such as "The Metamorph") were then re-written to include Carter, but after the second episode "The Exiles" had Carter in mere cameo capacity, Tate refused to be involved unless his character had significant air time (of which "The Taybor" also would've been a cameo - so his character was replaced with Bill Fraser). See more »

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When Maya finally reappears in Command Center, the regular characters respond, but the background extras never look away from their consoles, as though they were robots (the blame goes to the inexperience of newcomer Director Bob Brooks). See more »

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A Poor Man's "Harry Mudd."
5 February 2019 | by clwyd-92205See all my reviews

The Tabor is another 2nd season episode of SPACE:1999 that is essentially a pale copy of an earlier and better episode of Star Trek. Tabor (Willoughby Goddard) is a jovial, flamboyant intergalactic trader who is far less trustworthy and scheming that he at first appears. Basically, he's supposed to be Harry Mudd.

To Goddard's credit, he plays the part with suitable bombast and slipperiness. It would have worked better in smaller doses. In fairness, it's kind of hard to limit the screen time of your guest star/nemesis of the week. I just wish he'd dialed it down to a 7 or 8 a couple of times.

Another plus in the episode is the pretty decent writing for both Landau's Koenig and Tony Anholt's Tony Verdeschi. Both men are believably suspicious and wary of the too-good-to-be-true offers of Tabor, and Koenig exercises some clever initiative that was often lacking for his character in S2 scripts.

The downsides to the episode are pretty much everything else. We suddenly learn that Dr. Russell can make robotic copies of crew members. We've never seen this technology used before, and I don't think it's ever used again in the show. It's a cheap gimmick to advance the plot. The F/X are subpar, with most of Tabor's collection of wondrous treasures looking like dollar store knockoffs of QVC jewelry. The resolution borrows heavily from "I, Mudd", and isn't humorous so much as it Is cringey.

It's still worth a look, but even by the lowered expectations of S2, it's not one of the better episodes of 1999.


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4 November 1976 (UK) See more »

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