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Space: 1999 

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The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Martin Landau ...  Commander John Koenig 48 episodes, 1975-1977
Barbara Bain ...  Dr. Helena Russell 48 episodes, 1975-1977
Nick Tate ...  Alan Carter 42 episodes, 1975-1977
Zienia Merton ...  Sandra Benes 35 episodes, 1975-1977
Sarah Bullen Sarah Bullen ...  Operative Kate / ... 25 episodes, 1975-1977
Barry Morse ...  Prof. Victor Bergman 24 episodes, 1975-1976
Catherine Schell ...  Maya / ... 25 episodes, 1975-1977
Prentis Hancock ...  Paul Morrow 23 episodes, 1975-1976
Clifton Jones ...  David Kano 23 episodes, 1975-1976
Anton Phillips Anton Phillips ...  Dr. Mathias / ... 23 episodes, 1975-1976
Tony Anholt ...  Tony Verdeschi 23 episodes, 1976-1977
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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 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 Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Official Sites:

Carlton Video Ltd

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UK | Italy

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English

Release Date:

5 September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosmos 1999 See more »

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(48 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

All of the Italian male guest stars of the first season were dubbed by Robert Rietty. See more »

Goofs

The Moon would have be accelerating at an exceptional rate to move from solar system to solar system each episode. How the Eagles (the sub-light speed spacecraft used by the cast) are able to keep up with or return to Moonbase Alpha when they depart is never explained as it would be nearly impossible to do so. See more »

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John Koenig: We're all aliens, until we get to know one another.
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During the first season, excerpts for each week's episode were incorporated into the opening credits, which was something of a Gerry Anderson trademark. See more »

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You don't feel at home in deep space.
20 January 2004 | by MarcelloDLSee all my reviews

The first science fiction work I ever saw was Space:1999, and i was six. Italian Tv had co-produced the stuff so it was aired around 6pm, not a very appropriate slot to broadcast scenes of people burned alive by their commander's lasergun... I probably had nightmares about it, but missing a single episode was out of the question. I got to see some first season episodes some twenty years later and I appreciated the show even more. I don't recall much of the second season apart Maya and Tony, so let me concentrate on the first one.

The electronic soundtrack and the opening credits (a kind of "Pulp Fiction" style guitar alternated with an orchestral version of the same theme) were very original, as it was the look of the Eagles: they are solid transport spacecrafts but at the same time one can see their pilots from the outside, so that Eagles seem vulnerable... well, they are, most of the time. Base Alpha is a large, well lit and comfortable place (some stylish seventies furniture, too) which is home and prison at the same time.

Anyway the most peculiar aspect is the atmosphere in Moonbase Alpha: The crew is shocked for what happened to them, unprepared to deal with the future, they don't agree with each other, they make mistakes, they often prefer not to show much emotion. No "Space as the last frontier" rhetoric, here. Space is cold and mistakes are lethal. That increases the realism even if 1999 is well past. Action progresses like a slowly unfolding bad dream.

Don't believe people complaining about bad acting. They just expect things that Space:1999 wasn't going to offer. The actors performed well. For example, Commander Koenig (the symbolism in the name is evident) is waiting for the "black sun" to swallow the base, he's talking with Prof. Bergman. He's about to break into tears but manages to restrain himself so that his eyes show only a little trace of what he's feeling underneath: A very good performance from Martin Landau, nearly impossible to find in better rated SF series/movies.


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