Space: 1999 (1975–1977)
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Mission of the Darians 

The Alphans encounter a miles-long ark from the planet Daria, where the inhabitants have a very distinctive class separation.


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Johnny Byrne (screenplay), Gerry Anderson (series creator) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Landau ... Commander John Koenig
Barbara Bain ... Dr. Helena Russell
Barry Morse ... Prof. Victor Bergman
Joan Collins ... Kara
Dennis Burgess Dennis Burgess ... Neman
Aubrey Morris ... Petros High Priest
Prentis Hancock ... Paul Morrow
Clifton Jones ... David Kano
Zienia Merton ... Sandra Benes
Nick Tate ... Alan Carter
Paul Antrim Paul Antrim ... Bill Lowry
Robert Russell ... Hadin
Gerald Staddon Gerald Staddon ... Male Mute (as Gerald Stadden)
Jackie Horton Jackie Horton ... Female Mute


The Alphans encounter a miles-long ark from the planet Daria, where the inhabitants have a very distinctive class separation.

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This episode and "The Infernal Machine" are the only season one episodes that don't include Anton Phillips (Dr. Bob Mathias) in the cast. See more »


When Lowry's injured hand is shown, the first reveal is a substituted hand with pale white skin missing the last joint of the fourth finger. The camera then cuts to an over-the-shoulder view facing him and he's holding up his actual hand and clearly holding his fourth finger folded over, with the last two joints hidden. See more »


[first lines]
Prof. Victor Bergman: Twenty miles long by five miles wide.
Cmdr. John Koenig: One hundred square miles of space ship.
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The Moon Base folks get to meet Joan Collins and find out about her beauty secrets!
26 April 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good episode of "Space: 1999" and it has the added bonus of featuring a rather hot Joan Collins--though the blonde wig and what appears to be potpourri poured all over her head are NOT the most flattering look for her! At this point in her career (pre-"Dynasty") she was actually very hard up for work--and was forced to work in such dreck as "Empire of the Ants" and "I Don't Want to Be Born". So, it's nice to see her in something better--even if it is 'only sci-fi'. However, Joan Collins and sci-fi is a great combination, as you may remember her from one of the best "Star Trek" episodes, "City on the Edge of Forever".

The show begins with the Moon Base moving to within range of a humongous ship that is 20 kilometers long! Because the ship is emitting a distress signal, Koenig orders an Eagle to go investigate. When they land, they are soon separated. Dr. Russell and a 'red shirt' (actually, his shirt had a purple sleeve--but you know what I mean) go one way and soon the guy is killed by some kooky tribal caveman-ish folks who worship a disintegration chamber! Paul and Carter spend much of their time trying to find Russell and the expendable cast member. And, Commander Koenig and Dr. Bergman soon meet up with some advanced and blonde people who are running the ship. However, 'running' is a relative term. It seems that hundreds of years ago, several of the ship's reactors blew up and slowly killed off many of the crew. Most of the rest became either mutants or lived in a troglodytic society that worshiped the disintegrator! Only a tiny group of mostly blondes remained civilized (of sorts) and knew about the ship's original mission--to act almost like an Ark--to ferry the genetic material for a new race on a distant habitable planet. But, because the journey will take about 1000 years, things have become say the least. Aside from the weird disintegration cult and mutants, there is another even MORE sinister thing occurring on the ship. Can Koenig and the rest figure out what this is before too late? Or, will they learn how Miss Collins and her blonde friends actually manage to stay so youthful for so long (and, no, it is NOT because Oil of Olay)? Overall, a very good episode--mostly because there are some interesting moral dilemmas in the show. Mainly, just how far will you go to save your species?! Watch it and these folks go really, really far out! Interesting and thought-provoking.

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30 October 1975 (UK) See more »

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