Space 1999 - Missing Link
Mondbasis Alpha 1 - Koenig : 2
UK / Italy 1976
Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson (executive) for Group 3/ITC, RAI
directed by Ray Austin
starring Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse, Prentis Hancock, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, Peter Cushing, Joanna Dunham, Clifton Jones, Anton Phillips, Suzanne Roquette
screenplay by Edward Di Lorenzo, created by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, music by Barry Gray
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After an accident, John Koenig (Martin Landau), commander on moonbase Alpha
on earth's runaway moon, is lefet in a critical state & it is doubtful that
he will survive ... but a mirror image of him is abducted to planet Xenno by
Xenno's leading anthropologist Raan (Peter Cushing), where he is to be
subjected to a series of tests (more like malevolent mindgames) so that Raan
can finally understand manking.
Of course, Koenig resents being the guinea
pig for Raan & tries to reason with him - quite unsuccessfully.
there's Raan's daughter Vana (Joanna Dunham), who feels somehow drawn to her
father's captive ... & he to her too, & soon they become a couple,
& Koenig asks her father for her hand in marriage ... which he outright
refuses, thinking Koenig to be of a more primitive sopecies. But neither Koenig
nor Vana are willing to give up their love, so Raan abducts someone else
from Moonbase Alpha to Xenno: data analyst Sandra (Zienia Merton), who tells
him about the sorrow state Alpha is in without its beloved commander, & all
of a sudden Koenig knows his place in space & agrees to Raan to be sent
back ... & arriving on Alpha he wakes up from his coma just when doc Russell
(Barbara Bain) wants to turn off his life-sustaining machines ...
rather silly sci-fi-story with colourful costumes & make-ups (Peter
Cushing's face is painted golden throughout the episode), cheesy sets &
effects, & a bit of misunderstood hippie-philosophy thrown in just for good
measuer - in other words, a totally entertaining little story.