In 1999, Moonbase Alpha, nestled in the Lunar crater Plato, is a scientific research colony and watchdog over silos of atomic waste from Earth stored on the Moon's far side. On September 13, 1999, magnetic energy builds to cause an explosive chain-reaction of the waste, blasting the Moon out of Earth's orbit and off the plane of the ecliptic, out of the Solar System. The inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha are unable to return to Earth and must survive on their wandering Moon as it is displaced further into unknown space by freak space warps. Along the way, they are joined by an alien woman with the ability to change herself into any living creature at will.Written by
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Barry Morse (Professor Victor Bergman) was unhappy with what he saw as a lack of organization during production and not getting along with producer Gerry Anderson. Morse was disappointed that the pre-production meetings (for "Breakaway") focused on what the characters would be wearing instead of any character development in the roles they'd be playing. In a Starlog interview, he was quoted as appreciating only one scene in the whole first series; in "Black Sun" where Bergman and Koenig quietly get drunk together while waiting for their deaths. See more »
Between seasons 1 and 2, uniforms and signage were altered in ways that are almost completely cosmetic (such as no rhyme or reason as to why some season two characters are always wearing jackets and others not). This makes no logical sense for a base with limited resources and few opportunities for resupply. See more »
We've had a lot of success so far. We know what dangers to expect out there from black suns, neutron storms, radiation and the like, but if we think we know everything that goes on out there, we're making a terrible mistake!
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During the first season, excerpts for each week's episode were incorporated into the opening credits, more specifically the "This Episode" section, which was something of a Gerry Anderson trademark. See more »
In Germany for unknown reasons only 30 episodes were dubbed by the ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), the other 18 have never been broadcast. Many of the shown episodes were cut by up to 10 minutes. The main theme by Barry Gray (season 1)/Derek Wadsworth (season 2) was deleted from all episodes, instead "Oxygene Part 2" by Jean-Michel Jarre was used. The introductions which came before the main titles were also deleted. See more »
A five-star opening episode, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse, Bill Fraser, some striking eagle miniature effects, some haunting year one Barry Gray music, some in-your-face action music in year two, disaster plot lines in year one, monsters in year two, The Beta Cloud...this series is not too bad at all. Granted, I can think of about ten sci-fic TV shows I like more than Space 1999, but then, I can think of about 100 sci-fic shows that are less pleasing.
Here are some highlights of the series...
EPISODE ONE: BREAKAWAY: This was the only episode that was a total winner from the first frame to the last frame. Shades of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with a new commander taking over things, shades of a disaster movie, shades of 1960s Lost In Space, tiny moments of Australia with Alan Carter getting a few short bits, but best of all, the Barry Gray score is so hauntingly good you will shake your head wondering why current sci-fic is missing such good music. Best episode of the series.
EPISODE TWO: MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH: A small drop in quality is present even in these early stages. This episode has a highly touching scene where the music steals the scene. Barbara Bain glares out of a moonbase window at a distant planet, the commander walks up to her, note the music playing here...a simply outstanding work of art!
BLACK SUN: Good, Barry Morse is fine, don't know about the ending???
COLLISION COURSE: This plays like a disaster movie and for that reason it is well worth a look. Some great moments here.
WAR GAMES: The teaser and act one are outstanding but you can have the rest! Great battle scenes in space filmed with great music playing over it.
SPACE BRAIN: It begins so well, it ends so well, but forget about act one, act two, act three! Someone let the washing machine go for too long and this also happened in Land Of The Giants episode Brainwash. Great music and disaster...again!
YEAR TWO OPENER: THE METAMORPH: What a start! What a teaser! I was at the edge of my seat in the 1970s! However, after a shocked Bill Fraser (new cast member) struggles to fly his eagle away from a strange ball in space, the problems start as early as act one. But the action music and drama of the teaser make The Metamorph well worth a look. Also, you must hang around for the end, Landau gets a great closing line...his best line of the series in fact. THE MARK OF ARCHANON: Attention Australian fans! Alan Carter lets out a few Aussie terms and ideas that make this one a Down Under treat! SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION: Landau goes nuts, which bring back memories of 1960s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea when the leads went nuts in Voyage year three/year four.
THE BETA CLOUD: This episode is reviewed by me in detail on this site...the second best episode of the whole series! SPACE WARP: Great space warp start, great monster, great eagle action. A MATTER OF BALANCE: Quality outdoor filming, nice to see Bill Fraser again, but... THE BRINGERS OF WONDER PART ONE: Out-of-control Landau in out-of-control eagle in teaser. THE SEANCE SPECTRE: Dust planet eagle effects coated with action music. DORZAK: "Is being Australian important?" asks an alien. "It is to me" responds Alan Carter.
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