Space 1999 - The Exiles
Gerry Anderson, Fred Freiberger for ITC
directed by Ray Austin
starring Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Catherine Schell, Peter Duncan, Stacy Dorning, Tony Anholt, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, Margaret Inglis, Anthony Blackett, Peggy Ledger, Anton Phillips, Sarah Bullen, Peter Borteous
screenplay by Donald James, created by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, music by Derek Wadsworth, special effects by Brian Johnson
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A group of pods start circling earth's runaway moon, pods that might be
missiles that threaten moonbase Alpha, so Commander Koenig (Martin Landau)
decides to take down one of the pods for examination - and finds out it
contains a young man, Cantar (Peter Duncan), in suspended animation. The
Alphans return him to normal, and later his wife Zova (Stacy Dorning), who
has been travelling in a pod of her own, too, and the two of them persuade
Koenig to bring down all the other pods and reanimate their
"passengers" as well. In exchange they promise to increase the
power of Alpha's life support system and promise him the secret of
suspended animation ... but of course they are traitors who actually only
need moonbase Alpha as a hub to reconquer their home planet, and to ensure
Koenig's assistance, they take Doctor Russell (Barbara Bain) and
second-in-command Tony (Tony Anholt) hostage.
However, while Koenig is
able to just throw Zova into outer space, Doc Russell, on Cantar's home
planet, scratches the protective layer of his skin, without which Cantar
rapidly ages to his actual age, 300 years, decays and dies.
travels the moon through the universe ...
Rather childish in
story, this is a pretty typical episode of Space 1999: Silly
concepts are counterbalanced by impressive miniature effects, while AMrtin
Landau does his best to give a serious performance to conterbalance some
of the crazy 1970's style sets and costumes. And the intentional jokes are
the least funny elements of the whole episode.
Have I made this sound
bad. Well, it probably is, objectively speaking - but also highly
entertaining to watch.