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Space 1999 - Breakaway

episode 1.1
Mondbasis Alpha 1 - Die Katastrophe

UK / Italy 1975
produced by
Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson (executive) for Group 3/ITC, RAI
directed by Lee H.Katzin
starring Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse, Prentis Hancock, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, Roy Dotrice, Philip Madoc, Eric Carte, Alf Joint, Clifton Jones, Lon Satton, Anton Phillips, Suzanne Roquette
screenplay by George Bellak, created by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, music by Barry Gray

TV-series
Space 1999

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When a planet with an earthlike atmosphere happens to pass by our solar system, earth scientists decide to seize the opportunity & start a rocketship to this planet - from the moon. But all's not well, since the astronauts supposed to go on the trip - & some other lunar astronauts alike - start to suffer from a weird disease causing severe brain damage.

To ensure that the space mission takes place nevertheless, earth sends commander Koenig (Martin Landau) up to investigate - who soon, with the help of medical doctor Helen Russell (Barbara Bain) & scientist professor Bergman (Barry Morse) from them moonbase, finds out though that the problems here are far more severe than first expected: Since the moon was regularly used as a nuclear waste dumping area for many years, some areas where the waste has been amassed has concentrated to a point that it causes magnetic (!) radiation, strong enough to drive men insane, then kill them. - & one of these areas has been used regularly for test flights.

As soon as Koenig, Russell & Bergman have found out that though, the area dissolves itself in a giant magnetic storm.

Problem solved ? 

On the contrary, as nearby there is a second nuclear waste site far bigger & more amassed then the first one ... & when the good people of Moonbase Alpha try to defuse that area - it goes up in a giant blast instead ... a blast so big it blows the moon out of earth's orbit, turning it into a giant asteroid (or spaceship, if you may) ... with (for some reason) no possibility whatsoever to return to earth !

 

One of the many 70's no-nonsense sci-fi-tv-series to repeat the success of Star Trek with a somewhat similar premise (other such series were Blake's 7 or Battlestar Galactica), & which is nowadays so funny exactlöy for its dead serious approach to a rather silly premise (after all, this is a series about people flying through the galaxy with the moon as their spaceship).

However, the special effects & miniatures are far above tv-average - as was usual for Gerry & Sylvia Anderson tv-series - even the miniatures of their early marionation-series from the 60's (e.g. Joe 90, Thunderbirds) were superior to those of many life action series of its day.

Americans Martin Landau & Barbara Bain by the way were both also in the popular original Mission Impossible series, & it was hoped teaming them up again would give the series some extra boost.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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