Space: 1999 (1975–1977)
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A Matter of Balance 

Several crew members explore the planet Sunin, including botanist Shermeen Williams, who appears to have visionary gifts. She links up with an alien, called Vindrus, who wants her help in ... See full summary »

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Charles Crichton
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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
Lynne Frederick ... Shermeen Williams
Stuart Wilson ... Vindrus
John Hug John Hug ... Bill Fraser
Nicholas Campbell ... Eddie Collins
Brian Osborne Brian Osborne ... Mr. Potter
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Several crew members explore the planet Sunin, including botanist Shermeen Williams, who appears to have visionary gifts. She links up with an alien, called Vindrus, who wants her help in transferring his body and that of his race, into solid matter, giving them proper human form so that they can join the universe as real matter. However, for every one of his race made flesh, an Alphan must lose their matter. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1976 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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There are deleted scenes where the Alphans realize the meanings behind "Thaed" (death) and "Sunim" (minus). See more »

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When Shermeen enters the nuclear generators room, she tries twice to touch the opening controls without actually looking at them, but can't make it. Even though, the doors open. See more »

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Tony Verdeschi: All right, everybody, get ready for the taste of a lifetime! Verdeschi's Brew #29! Made from a generation of Alpha hops especially brewed by our famous hydroponic botanist, Shermeen Williams! Shermeen, will you do the honors, please?
[He pours. Shermeen offers Tony's beer to each of the Alphans in turn]
Maya: No, thanks. I'd hate to ruin a beautiful friendship.
Dr. Helena Russell: As chief medical officer, I must retain my sanity.
Bill Fraser: Thanks, no, I happen to be on a liquid-free diet.
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Sexism on display
14 December 2016 | by rockford_hintenSee all my reviews

I would say this sets feminism back 40 years, but it already was 40 years ago. The plot driver of this episode revolves around a young female crew member who gets emotionally upset from a crush on Tony so that she is deemed unfit to do her job. Nice one, doctor. Apparently she has the vapors or something and needs a fainting couch, right? She then proceeds to make one after another horrible idiotic choice, following the directions of some alien. People, even Cmdr. Koenig, treat her like a child throughout the episode. This kind of old sexism was a little shocking and awkward to see for people with modern sensibilities.

Add to that the bald alien guy in the Speedo and the creature of the week who has a sound like a wailing cat dubbed onto it make for some interesting visuals as well, and I don't mean that in a good way.


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