Space 1999, Set 2

ISBN 13: 9780767032353

Space 1999, Set 2

 
9780767032353: Space 1999, Set 2
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Episode 7, "Missing Link": Commander Koenig's soul is captured after his eagle crashes and is scrutinized by an alien on the planet Zenno, where humans appear to be their missing link. Guest star: Peter Cushing.

Episode 8, "The Guardian of Piri": The planet Piri is discovered to be hospitable to humans, promising a potential home for the wandering Alphans. But there's a catch: on Piri, humans are lured by the promise of eternal, zombie-like happiness, and only Koenig knows how to rescue his crew from their hypnotic captivity. Guest star Catherine Schell would later join the regular cast as Maya.

Episode 9, "Force of Life": Technician Anton Zoref becomes possessed by an energy being that feeds on heat, making everyone on Alpha a target to its icy touch of death. As the body count rises, Koenig must order that Zoref be killed... But will his orders be carried out in time to save Alpha?

Episode 10, "Alpha Child": Unto Alpha a child is born, but soon joy will change to fear as every Alphan must bend to the will of its newest resident. The newborn swiftly transforms into something totally unexpected...the leader of an alien invasion.

Episode 11, "The Last Sunset": A miracle has happened: the moon has an atmosphere, which has been emitted by a satellite from the nearby planet Ariel. It seems as though Alpha will become a permanently habitable home for its human occupants--but will this surprising gift signal the final days of Moonbase Alpha?

Episode 12, "Voyager's Return": Sent from Earth years ago, the Voyager One probe is returning to Earth propelled by its innovative "Queller Drive." The probe's memory banks provide valuable data for Moonbase Alpha, but a fleet of alien ships arrives to condemn all of humanity for unleashing the "Queller Drive" as a destructive force in the galaxy.

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When it was first broadcast in 1975, there had never been a more lavishly produced science fiction TV series than Space: 1999, a British production whose budget for the first of its two seasons ran an astounding 3.25 million pounds. What keeps us fans enthralled after all these years has only partly to due with the first-rate production values, the plausibly constructed spaceship models, and expert special effects. The tone of the show is one of scientific dispassion, setting it apart from its TV sci-fi predecessors such as Star Trek, whose mood was more convivial. Our heroes here are in dire circumstances that require cool heads as a survival trait. Those circumstances: the 311 crew members of Moonbase Alpha experience a cataclysm that causes the moon to break away from Earth's orbit and travel endlessly through space, turning our heroes into unintentional explorers. No TV series has created a more palpable feel of hard science fiction than this. This set includes the episodes "Missing Link," "Guardian of Piri," "Force of Life," "Alpha Child," "The Last Sunset," and "Voyager's Return." --Jim Gay

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