Space 1999 - Dragon's Domain
UK / Italy 1975
Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson (executive) for Group 3/ITC, RAI
directed by Charles Crichton
starring Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse, Nick Tate, Gianni Garko, Douglas Wilmer, Susan Jameson, Prentis Hancock, Zienia Merton, Clifton Jones, Anton Phillips, Suzanne Roquette
screenplay by Christopher Penfold, created by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, music by Barry Gray
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Tony Cellini (Gianni Garko) has a nervous breakdown - which leads
Helena Russell (Barbara Bain), chief physician of Moonbase Alpha on
earth's runaway moon, to recount his story: Once, back on earth, he was
leading a mission to planet Ultra, the earthlike planet closest to earth.
But instead of reaching the planet, he & his crew passed a spaceship
graveyard and decided to explore one of the ships ... but on the ship,
they discovered a tentacled monster which killed all of the crew, only
Cellini managed to escape in an escape pod. Back on earth though, nobody
wanted to believe his story of a dragon, everyone thinking he failed and
was just looking for a way to cover up his failure ... and his present
breakdown could have something to do with the events back then.
And wouldn't you know it, the moon really passes Cellini's spaceship
graveyard (no explanation given why the graveyard is suddenly here and no
longer close to Ultra), and Cellini steals a shuttle,docks onto his former
spaceship and faces the monster again ... but is killed doing so. Only
Alpha's commander Koenig (Martin Landau) finally manages to kill the
The plot is of course ridiculous and full of gaping holes, but at least
it's told in a way that makes you almost forget its shortcomings and
features great miniature effects (as usual for the series) and some quite
gruesome scenes. Probably one of the best episodes of the series.