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From a planet they happen to be passing, Moonbase Alpha on earth's
runaway moon is attacked by some fighterships, who first lure Alpha's
laser-equipped Eagles (their brand of spaceships) away from the moonbase,
then launch a full-scale attack, that not only destroys vast parts of
Alpha & kills of some regular characters, it also detroys all but one
fighter Eagle. Then the aliens leave again.
But Alpha is now helpless, so commander Koenig (Martin Landau) &
chief physician Helena Russell (Barbara Bain) go down to the hostile
planet to ask for help (now with a large portion of the crew either dead
or injured, why would a chief physician go on such a mission ?). On the
planet, the pair of them are welcomed by the usual array of coloured
lights & pop art objects that are supposed to be alien machinery ...
& they are welcomed by 2 big brained aliens (Isla Blair, Anthony
Valentine), who before long shoot dead Koenig & imprison Doc Russell
in a glass box, where she is suddenly wearing a purple robe & treated
with half-cooked philosophy about conquering her fear ... & conquering
her fear brings Koenig back to life, who immediately goes back to Alpha,
& orders the moonbase to be evacuated to the planet ...
Somehow though this doesn't seem to be the best idea, since the evacuee
ships are attacked by more fighter ships from the planet, & even
Koenig's ship is blown up - he however seems to have come out of it
unharmed, & now floats through outer space. But he conquers his fear,
& suddenly he's back on the planet again ...
Turns out that the aliens, as a defense mechanism, turn their
attackers' fear against them, & thus everyone is defeated by his own
ghreatest fear. Knowing that, Koenig shoots the aliens pop art gadgets,
frees Helena ... & suddenly he & she are back on the moonbase
again, back at the beginning of the episode when the aliens are about to
attack. This time though, Koenig manages to conquer his fear of the alien
ships, & orders his fighter Eagles not to fire. & really,
as soon as the alien ships are not shot at, they disappear ...
The story of this episode is based on the Harry S.Truman quote
"There's nothing to fear but fear itself", mixed with some
watered down hippie philosophy (not a mix you encouter very often), &
the resulting story is of course a tad silly. However, this episode has
all you can wish for, great miniature effects (always a forte of the
series), massive destruction & explosions, an alien pop art world
& aliens right from a 1950's pulp cover.
So if you can overlook the weak it was all just a dream-story,
you will be greatly entertained.