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On its endless journey through the universe, earth's runaway moon
crosses paths with another planet, and the ruler of this planet Zamara
(Billie Whitelaw) is quick to pay Moonbase Alpha a visit, take control of
its life support system so that it will break down in 48 hours, and take
two Alphans, Doctor Helena Russell (Barbara Bain) and Tony Verdeschi (Tony
Anholt) with her to her planet. On the planet, Tony and Helena ... have no
idea what's going on, until the service robots tell them what's going on:
Turns out the service robots aren't robots at all but humans, while the
ruling class, the humans in a word, are actually very very advanced
androids who have eventually taken over the planet. The androids of course
want to kill the humans, but can't because they lack the emotions love and
hate - and they believe you need to hate to kill. So Tony and Helena are
supposed to teach them. Of course they refuse, so they are teleported back
onto Moonbase Alpha, which for some reason is totally unmanned. Also, Tony
and Helena are led to believe that they are a threat to one another, and
soon they face each other guns drawn - but figure out just in time that
they are not on Alpha but a replica, and it was all just an attempt by
Zamara and friends to make them kill.
Zamara returns to Alpha to read
Shakespeare, and she finds out that jealousy is a motive for humans to
kill, so she takes Tony and Helena's romantic partners, shapeshifter Maya
(Catherine Schell) and Commander Koenig (Martin Landau) to her planet.
There, Zamara's second-in-command Zarl (Leigh Lawson) tries his best to
seduce Helena before Koenig's very eyes (in a hilarious dance sequence),
and Tony tries his best to keep Koenig in control, because if he shows
anger, everything will be lost. Maya in the meantime tries to sabotage the
main computer but fails - but finds out all of the androids are somehow
interlinked like a chain, and the chain will break if the weakest link is
broken. So Koenig ultimately attacks Zarl and beats teh crap out of him,
upon which Zarl should theoretically possess the power to kill ... but now
Koenig and Helena show compassion - which somehow (don't ask how) crashes
the whole computer system and deactivates all androids. And now the humans
are allowed to reconquer their planet.
An episode from the
campy end of the series: The story doesn't make much sense and it's full
of plotholes - but it's also hilarious. Their are unfortunately next to no
miniature effects (one of the series' strengths) in this one - but the
sets and costumes of the androids' planet are laugh-inducing. And there
are some moments of inappropriate acting that are almost priceless.
I'm trying to say is, you might find yourself liking this - if for all the