Raumpatrouille - Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion - Deserteure
Space Patrol 4
West Germany 1966
Hans Gottschalk, Helmut Krapp for Bavaria, WDR
directed by Theo Mezger
starring Dietmar Schönherr, Eva Pflug, Wolfgang Völz, Claus Holm, Friedrich G.Beckhaus, Ursula Lillig, Benno Sterzenbach, Friedrich Joloff, Charlotte Kerr, Thomas Reiner, Erwin Linder, Wolf Petersen, Franz Schafheitlin, Alfons Höckmann, Norbert Gastell, Hans-Dieter Asner, Nino Korda
written by Rolf Honold, W.G.Larsen, music by Peter Thomas, special effects by Werner Hierl, Jörg M.Kunsdorff, Theo Nischwitz, Vinzenz Sandner, Götz Weidner
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Commander Pietro (Wolfgang Petersen) tried to defect to the alien
invaders, the Frogs, even if that meant his own death, now he is
court-martialed, but claims he can't remember the incident.
In the meantime, the Orion under commander McLane (Dietmar Schönherr)
is to install a new defense system called Overkill on several earth
outposts, but weirdly enough, Space Patrol command has sent a Doctor
(Erwin Linder) with them. At the first outpost, McLane and company find
the robots running the station out of action, and while repairing them,
Hasso (Claus Holm), the only one remaining back on the Orion, reprograms
the navigation computer to head straight to the Frogs' outpost. When the
others later arrive back on the ship and notice this, Space Patrol
Jagellovsk is quick to try Hasso for treason - until the doctor points out
that the whole incident is a work of the Frogs and has to do with
telenosis, a form of hypnosis over a distance ... and now McLane sees a
way to handle the Frogs a decisive blow by seemingly defecting to their
side to come into striking distance and use Overkill to blow up their
And wouldn't you know it, the plan works.
Of course, most of this episode's scientific mumbo-jumbo is just plain
silly, but the whole thing is still fun to watch and has high camp value.
The special effects in this one range from pretty good (an exploding
planet) to pathetic (the paper airplane-like alien spacecrafts attacking
the Orion) - but that doesn#t hurt the fun factor one bit.