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Space 1999 - The Exiles

episode 2.2

UK 1976
produced by
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

TV-series
Space 1999

review by
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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.

And on 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.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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