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Earth's runaway moon crosses paths with a Kaldorian spaceship, that lands on
its surface, & the good people of moonbase Alpha, always grateful for a
little distraction, soon enter the vessel, & while examining it, they
accidently kill one of the cryogenically frozen Kaldorians.
waking up, the rest of the Kaldorians, led by Zontar (Christophjer Lee) bear no
grudge, since the death quite clearly was an accident, & they tell Alpha's
commander Koenig (Martin Landau) & his crew their story: Their home planet
Kaldor was dieing so the Kaldorians sent out ships to various planets to ensure
their race's survival ... & one such planet is earth. So the Kaldorian ship
has made a short stop on moon just to use it as a launchpad to go to earth ...
they didn't know though is that the moon by now is several lightyears away from
earth, & it would take the Kaldorian spaceship another 75 years to get
there ... no problem say the Kaldorians let's just have another round of
cryogenic sleep, & since one of our crewmembers has just died, why not take
one of Alpha's crew with us ... & it seems Zontrar would favour Alpha's
head physican doc Helena Russell (Barbara Bain) to become his travel companion.
Koenig insists that the computer picks who's allowed to go, & then Alpha
has an earth politician, commissioner Simmonds (Roy Dotirce) amongst their
midst, & he is rather keen on going back to earth, even earth 75 years in
his future, & he doesn't trust the computer picking him, so he decides to
blackmail his way aboard the Kaldorians' ship, by threatening to destroy the
power unit of the moonbase ...
Koenig is left with no choice but to give in,
& Zontar, always the compassionate alien, naturally offers him a place
aboard his ship ...
Later. Simmobnds wakes up in his cryogenic chamber,
convinced that he has done his 75 years of sleep, & tries to contact earth,
but earth doesn't answer. Alpha on the other hand receives his signals, &
it turns out that in alll the turmoil everyone has forgotten to feed the
Kaldorians' computer with Simmonds personal matrix, so he wasn't put to
cryogenic sleep at all but now has to spend the next 75 years trapped inside
the cryogenic chamber ... & his chances for survival are very low indeed,
especially since he's just out of reach to be saved by the moon's crew. Divine
justice after all. & what's more, it turns out that the computer would have
picked him to go with the Kaldorians in the first place.
this is another talky episode (something Space 1999 was generally
suffering from), but at the same time it has Christopher Lee with long white
hair in surreal warpaint wearing glittery robes, plus one very stupid looking
UFO amidst the rather convincing spaceship-miniatures, which should be worth at
least some chuckles.