Space 1999 - The Mark of Archanon
Gerry Anderson, Fred Freiberger for ITC
directed by Charles Crichton
starring Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Tony Anholt, John Standing, Michael Gallagher, Veronica Long, Martin Landau, Catherine Schell, John Alkin, John Hug, Anthony Forrest, Paul Newey, Yasuko Nagazumi
screenplay by Lee Schwartz, created by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, music by Derek Wadsworth, special effects by Brian Johnson
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On earth's runaway moon, two aliens in suspended animation are found in
totally walled in and brought back to Moonbase Alpha - where they turn out
to be Archanons, aliens from another planet who have made it (as a race)
their mission to spread peace through the entire universe. But while one
of the aliens, Etrec (Michael Gallagher), is still a boy who likes nothing
more than playing rugby with his newfound moonbase friend Alan (Nick
Tate), the othger one, Pasc (John Standing), soon shows psychotic traits,
and moonbase Dr Russell (Barbara Bain) soon finds out he has what's called
on his planet "The Killing", pretty much a viral urge to kill, a
virus that is passed on from father to son - which is also why the two of
them were walled in, because without "The Killing", Archanons
are unable to kill.
Eventually, other Archanons come to pick the two of
them up, but while Etrec, in whom the virus is still dormant, is willing
to give in to his fate, Pasc takes Dr Russell hostage and wants to steal
an Eagle to make an escape. Somehow though, Dr Russell talks sense into
him, and in the end, Pasc kills himself, just so Dr Russell has enough
blood to produce an antiserum and cure Etrec.
regulars Martin Landau and Catherine Schell only make a couple of cameo
appearances in this one and are said to be away on a mission ...
pretty much all episodes of Space 1999 (especially the
second season), this one is pretty silly, and as it's low on action and
miniature effects and high on cory philosophy, this is one of the less
entertaining episodes of the series.