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Space 1999 - One Moment of Humanity

episode 2.4

UK 1976
produced by
Gerry Anderson, Fred Freiberger for ITC
directed by Charles Crichton
starring Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Catherine Schell, Tony Anholt, Billie Whitelaw, Leigh Lawson, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, Geoffrey Bayldon, Sarah Bullen
screenplay by Tony Barwick, created by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, music by Derek Wadsworth, special effects by Brian Johnson

TV-series
Space 1999

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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.

What I'm trying to say is, you might find yourself liking this - if for all the wrong reasons.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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