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Space 1999 - War Games

episode 1.4
Mondbasis Alpha 1 - Angriff aus dem Weltraum

UK / Italy 1975
produced by
Sylvia Anderson, Gerry Anderson (executive) for Group 3/ITC, RAI
directed by Charles Crichton
starring Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse, Prentis Hancock, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, Isla Blair, Anthony Valentine, Clifton Jones, Anton Phillips, Suzanne Roquette
screenplay by Christopher Penfold, created by Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, music by Barry Gray

Space 1999

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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