Space: 1999 (1975–1977)
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The Troubled Spirit 

Dan Mateo, one of Alpha's botanists, believes that he can increase their food supply by communicating telepathically with his plants. After passing out during one of his electronic ... See full summary »

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Ray Austin

Writers:

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

Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Landau ... Commander John Koenig
Barbara Bain ... Dr. Helena Russell
Barry Morse ... Prof. Victor Bergman
Giancarlo Prete ... Dan Mateo
Hilary Heath ... Laura Adams (as Hilary Dwyer)
Anthony Nicholls ... Dr. James Warren
Prentis Hancock ... Paul Morrow
Clifton Jones ... David Kano
Zienia Merton ... Sandra Benes
Anton Phillips Anton Phillips ... Dr. Mathias
Nick Tate ... Alan Carter
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Dan Mateo, one of Alpha's botanists, believes that he can increase their food supply by communicating telepathically with his plants. After passing out during one of his electronic experiments, Alpha seems to become haunted by a murderous and disfigured spirit. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Trivia

Space 1999 does not normally show a lot of skin except that Nick Tate who plays Carter is frequently shirtless. In this episode the actor who played Mateo is shirtless for more than half a minute. Since that actor was originally supposed to play handsome pilot Alan Carter (or the Italian equivalent), this is appropriate. See more »

Goofs

When the camera pans back at the audience during the sitar recital, there are several "disinterested" Alphans. (possibly forgot they were being filmed?) Victor is sleeping, and two others look bored - an Alphan girl is hanging her head, and a man sits propping his head up with his hand. See more »

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[first lines]
Laura Adams: Doctor?
Dr. Helena Russell: He'll be alright.
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Plodding
6 May 2019 | by RrrobertSee all my reviews

This has an intriguing start with the well-shot recital sequence. Guest star Giancarlo Prete has great screen presence and the ghostly apparitions are effectively scary.

Unfortunately the story seems to plod. The mystical pronouncements ("Hmmm I know! Let's try an exorcism!") and resulting disputes seem to have been awkwardly grafted on to pad things out and give the proceedings some sort of reason for being told, but feel a bit like filler.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1976 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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