Raumpatrouille - Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion - Die Hüter des Gesetzes
Space Patrol 3
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, Helmut Brasch, Thomas Reiner, Herwig Walter, Alfons Höckmann, Hans Wengefeld, Christine Isensee, Nino Korda, Siegfried Fletscher, Kunibert Gensichen, Ursula Herwig
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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When he learns that an outer space mining colony delivers only rubble
instead of ore and the colonists simply don't answer to radio messages,
Commander McLane (Dietmar Schönherr) of the Orion decides to disobey
orders to deactivate satellites in a nearby space sector and investigate
with crewmembers Mario (Wolfgang Völz) and Hasso (Claus Holm) and space
patrol watchdog Tamara Jagellovsk (Eva Pflug), while Atan (Friedrich
G.Beckhaus) and Helga (Ursula Lillig) stay behind to create a diversion
for ground control.
At the colony, McLane and company find that robots have taken over
control and turned the colonists into slaves after two events
contradicting the laws of robotics reversed their programming, and now
they have turned into killer machines. But somehow McLane and Tamara
Jagellovsk manage to reprogram at least two robots so they bring them
weapons, then shoot down the rest.
Returning to their proposed position, McLane and crew find Atan and
Helga almost breathing their last since to create a distraction, quite a
bit of energy was needed that almost destroyed their shuttle's shields.
But everything ends happily of course.
The sets of the colony are quite impressive actually, and are used to
good effect, too (especially the scenes in which our heroes are looking
for life on the hauntingly empty station), plus the weird robots actually
look pretty nice. On the other hand though, the story of this episode is
kind of weak, and the resolution to the whole robot plot pretty
disappointing and lacking a proper climax. Still, like the whole series,
this episode is in a campy way entertaining.