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Space 1999 - Mission of the Darians

episode 1.9

UK / Italy 1975
produced by
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, Joan Collins, Dennis Burgess, Paul Antrim, Aubrey Morris, Jackie Horton, Gerald Staddon, Robert Russell, Clifton Jones, Anton Phillips, Suzanne Roquette
screenplay by Johnny Byrne, created by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, music by Barry Gray

TV-series
Space 1999

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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After they receive a distress call from a giant spaceship (that will eventually turn out to be an ark from a doomed civilisation), the crew of Moonbase Alpha on earth's runaway moon sends a rescue party, made up of the usual lot: Commander Koenig himself (Martin Landau), his chief MD Helena Russell (Barbara Bain), action guys Paul (Prentis Hancock) & Alan (Nick Tate), chief scientist Victor (Barry Morse), and the one who dies, Bill (Paul Antrim).

Aboard the spaceship the sextet is soon divided into 3 groups: Koenig & Victor meet lovely Kara (Joan Collins) from the lost civilisation of the Darians, who invites all the Alphans to travel with them to the promised land, while Paul & Alan soon find themselves in a jungle (yes, aboard the ship), and Helena & Bill are soon abducted by some savages, who before long sacrifice Bill (told you he is going to die).

Paul and Alan eventually save Helena, gut they soon enough start to realize soemthing is wrong ...

And yes it is, Koenig & Victor soon enough find out the Darians actually feed on the savages (whom they regard as mutants after an explosion destroyed vast parts of the ship), but since the supply of savages is running low, they have decided to feed on the Alphans instead (that's the reason for the invite).

However, Alan soon starts a revolt and leads the savages against the Darians ... & eventually peace is made between the two fractions, only the Alphans have missed a chance to reach a friendly planet.

 

Another enjoyably spaced out episode, full of colourful sets & costume designs (I especially liked Joan Collins silvery eyebrows), a trashy story and genuine sci-fi-silliness. You might hate it ... but you might still somehow enjoy it.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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