Space 1999 - Journey to Where
Gerry Anderson, Fred Freiberger for ITC
directed by Tom Clegg
starring Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Catherine Schell, Nick Tate, Tony Anholt, Freddie Jones, Isla Blair, Jefery Kissoon, Yasuko Nagazumi, Roger Bizley, Laurence Harrington, Norwich Duff, Peggy Page
screenplay by Donald James, created by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, music by Derek Wadsworth, special effects by Brian Johnson
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Moonbase Alpha on earth's runaway moon, receives a message from earth,
or rather from earth over a century into the future. Earth scientist Logan
(Freddie Jones), it appears, has developed a system to teleport the
Alphans back to earth, but all the Alphans have is a 72 hours window to
complete a teleporter on their side for the whole thing to work, and to
teleport everybody down. However, when commander Koenig (Martin Landau),
Doctor Russell (Barbara Bain) and pilot Alan (Nick Tate) test the system
for the others to be on the safe side, something goes wrong due to seismic
activities, and they land on earth alright - but on medieval earth in
Scotland, where they are soon taken hostage by a gang of local cutthroats.
And if that wasn't bad enough, Doc Russell catches a common cold which
might prove lethal to her, since due to the antiseptic climate on Alpha,
her immune systems are down. Things go from bad to worse when the Scottish
locals believe she's suffering from the plague, and soon enough, they want
to burn her, and Koenig and Alan as well.
Meanwhile, both Logan on earth
and all the Alphans try to locate Koenig, Alan and Doc Russell, and pretty
soon know where to look ... but not when to look. It's only when commander
Koenig manages to turn the device supposed to monitor Doc Russell's vital
signs into a morse radio that he can give his folks the exact year when to
look for them, and as a result, they are teleported right from the bonfire
back to Alpha.
Once they are home, the window to teleport everybody back
to earth has closed though ...
Another typical Space 1999-episode:
The science this story is based on is complete mumbojumbo, and the plot as
such is not without holes, but then there are these wonderful wannabe
futuristic sets, camp costumes and wonderful miniature effects that make
the whole thing worthwhile in a slightly nostalgic way nevertheless. Sure,
it's not great science fiction, but it's somehow great nevertheless ...