Space 1999 - Voyager's Return
Mondbasis Alpha 1 - Der Mann, der seinen Namen änderte
UK / Italy 1975
Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson (executive) for Group 3/ITC, RAI
directed by Bob Kellett
starring Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse, Prentis Hancock, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, Jeremy Kemp, Barry Stokes, Alex Scott, Anton Phillips, Lawrence Trimble, Clifton Jones, Suzanne Roquette
screenplay by Johnny Byrne, created by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, music by Barry Gray
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On their way through the universe, the crew of the Moonbase Alpha on
earth's runaway moon discovers Voyager 1, a satelite that has once been
sent out to explore other worlds ... but that had soon become a menace
because of the Queller-drive, that pretty much destroys everything in its
vicinity. So when the Alphans find out that Voyager is on direct collision
course with the moonbase, they decide to intercept it & destroy it ...
all but the moonbase's scientist Doctor Bergstrom (Barry Morse), who wants
to somehow save the satelite & make use of its vast database - &
somehow he can convince the others, but the problem is, nobody knowsw how
to turn off the Queller-drive .... nobody but Doctor Queller (Jeremy Kemp)
of course, who has gone into hiding after the desaster with his drive
& who has - coincidently - found a safe haven on Alpha, pretending to
be technician Linden.
He soon finds a wqay to turn of the drive, naturally, when his
assistant Haines (Barry Stokes) suddenly realizes who he really is, &
beatts him half dead, because he has lost both his parents to the Queller
drive. Only with the greatest of efforts can Voyager 1 be landed
nevertheless, & its database secured, when 3 alien spaceships approach
the station, on one of them Sidon judge Aarchon (Alex Scott), who, after 2 planets have
ben annihilated by the Queller drive, has sentenced the human race to
extinction, & he has chosen to start with Moonbase Alpha ... &
there is no reasoning with him.
In the end though, a still weakened Doctor Queller takes of int he
Voyager, flies it towards the Sidon spaceships, offers to gie himself up
if the Sidons let humankind live, & after judge Aarchon refuses, he
turns on the Queller drive, bowing up the Sidon spaceships & himself
with the Voyager as well as atonement for his sins ... Alpha though is
saved once more.
Another one of these enjoyably silly science fiction stories, done in
best 1970's sets & outfits, with great miniatures but sloppy
low-tech-effects, & a narrative that just fails to make sense but has
big computers with flashing lights & lightbulbs in it.