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For a few seconds time stands still for all the crewmembers on moonbase
Alpha on eatch's runaway moon, for All except Zerof (Ian McShane), who is
- as would be expected in space - promptly possessed by some alien
creature, which does neither show on the outside though nor does he know
But Zerof soon starts to absrb energy & heat, which after a
while leads to a point that everyone he touches is quickly frozen stiff.
takes the moonbase's commander Koenig (MArtin Landau), its chief physician
Helena Russell (Barbara Bain) & its chief scientist Victor Bergstrom
(Barry Morse) an awful long time though to figure out what's really going
on, & that Zerof is behind it all, then they come to only one sensible
solution ... they have to turn off all the power ... which is a tad
problematic since the whole moonbease's life-support systems run on
... & while the air already runs awfully low (the air
supply & ventilation has to be powered too, of course), Koenig &
company finally track down Zoref, very low on power, only a few feet away
from one of the moonbase's nuclear reactors ... & have the good idea
to shoot him with a laser, which quite naturally pumps Zoref up with power
& makes him strong enough to walk into the reactor's core ... & a
decent part of the moonbase goes up in explosions ...
For some reason
though, the lead characters of the series have all escaped the explosion,
& Koenig states that the damage is only very limited. Ah yes, & a
blue light leaves the moonbase, presumably the alien that has possessed
Zoref, & now continues its journey, refueled.
One of the
livelier episodes of Space 1999, as it features a straightforward
let's-hunt-down-an-alien-plot, albeit with a reather stupid, nonsensical
ending (where the alien causes amssive damage tghat seemingly doesn't
affect the moonbase at all).
Absent here are the weird
sci-fi-philosophy & the psychedelic sets that would make many epsiodes
such (retro-)fun to watch, but the plot is still silly enough to