Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

Season 1 Episode 12

Lunarville 7

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Aired Friday 5:25 PM Dec 15, 1967 on ITV
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The commanding controller of Lunarville 7 on the moon, announces that he has made direct contact with the force, and agreed to a undisturbed, and peaceful settlement, and to finally end the war of nerves. However this is a trick by the Mysterons, as the controller and his personnel aid are reconstructed agents, and have Captain Scarlet, Captain Blue and Lieutenant Green trapped on the compound when they are sent to investigate how he managed to make a deal with the Mysterons.

When suspecting that the controller and his right hand man could be Mysteron agents, they leave Lunarville 7, and travel to the Humboldt Sea on the far side of the Moon, where an enormous and potentially powerful Mysteron complex is being developed and built in Crater 101.moreless

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  • To the moon!

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    The first Captain Scarlet episode since the pilot episode (The Mysterons) to have something happen away from Earth, in this case, on the moon. I do have to laugh everytime I see those Moon Mobiles hopping around all over the place and Scarlet's comment that it's "surprisingly smooth". Interestingly, the Moon Mobiles would show up in UFO some years later, but with fixed legs and proper smooth gliding abilities. I did like Scarlet deafening Orsen as well, which is worth a chuckle. It's again nice to see Lieutenant Green getting in some action. I do feel sorry for the colonel though, being stuck with Captain Magenta in the control room while he's gone. The controller's destroying of SID was spectacular if a little out of character even for a Mysteron. Surely he could grasp the fact that his disk had been taken. Anyway, a fine episode and one that gets the "moon arc" of episodes off to a good start.moreless
Francis Matthews

Francis Matthews

Captain Scarlet (Paul Metcalfe)

Ed Bishop

Ed Bishop

Captain Blue (Adam Svenson)

Donald Gray

Donald Gray

Colonel White (Charles Grey) / Captain Black (Conrad Turner) / Voice Of The Mysterons

Cy Grant

Cy Grant

Lieutenant Green (Seymour Griffiths)

Jeremy Wilkin

Jeremy Wilkin

Control

David Healy

David Healy

Lunar Controller

Recurring Role

Martin King

Martin King

Orson

Recurring Role

Gary Files

Gary Files

Captain Magenta (Patrick Donaghue)/Pilot

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • The Score: Spectrum finds the Mysteron base. Spectrum: 9 Mysterons: 3.

    • Mysteron Reconstructions: Lunar Controller (unknown/killed in destruction of Lunarville 7), Orson, (unknown/killed in destruction of Lunarville 7).

    • Spectrum Losses: None.

    • Collateral Damage: Lunarville 7, 1 SID computer.

    • Captain Blue reveals that the MEV piloted by Captain Black to Mars in "The Mysterons" had recorded the encounter with the Mysterons. This recording had safely made it back into Spectrum hands. What became of the other two crewmembers or the MEV itself is not revealed.

    • When the rocket blasted off to the moon, everyone was sat in normal sitting positions, so all their necks should have been broken by the G-force from the acceleration as theren't facing the direction of travel. They weren't even wearing spacesuits.

    • Colonel White says that the "Lunar Controller has banned personal radios and all other equipment". Even given how unlikely it is that he could do this and still have a functional base, all three Spectrum officers get to keep the radios built into their caps at all times.

    • In some of the shots of the Lunarville 7 complex exploding, particularly the first shot, you can see the primer cord that sets off the miniature pyrotechnic explosive device flying across the model set from left to right.

    • When the Spectrum officers arrive back at Lunarville 7 after discovering Crater 101, SID notifies the Lunar Controller that Captain Scarlet has re-entered the base, accompanied by Blue and Green. However, as Scarlet changed his recognition disc with the Lunar Controller while he was asleep, SID should have reported that the Lunar Controller had re-entered the complex, along with Blue and Green.

    • In every side close-up shot of Captain Scarlet and Lieutenant Green inside the Moonmobile en route to the Humboldt Sea, Green has a red seat-belt and Scarlet has a white belt. In all other shots, Scarlet has the red belt, and Green has the white belt.

    • The coloured seat-belts that Captains Scarlet, Blue and Lieutenant Green wear inside the Moonmobile match their Spectrum uniforms, except for Green's, who has a white seatbelt, perhaps indicating that the writers originally planned to send Colonel White to the Moon along with his two captains.

    • The rocket that Captains Scarlet, Blue and Lieutenant Green fly in to the Moon is referred to by Captain Magenta as "XK3", which can also clearly be seen written on the rocket itself. However, the rocket pilot describes the machine as an "XK5".

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Lunar Controller: This is Lunar Controller. Since man's first successful landing on the moon back in the 1970s, we have gradually learned to live on this barren, apparently uninviting world in safety and comfort. At present, there are some 4,000 men and women living and working on the lunar surface. The Earth is engaged in a savage war of nerves with the Mysterons. This is none of our doing and we want no part of it. I wish to announce that I have been able to contact the Mysterons, to communciate with them and come to a peaceful settlement. This is not our fight. The Moon does not take sides, but we will not support the Earth against the Mysterons.

    • Mysterons: This is the voice of the Mysterons. We know that you can hear us Earthmen. We have no quarrel with the Moon and we accept their offer of friendship, but we will continue to take our revenge against the Earth. We will be avenged.

    • Lunar Controller: Let them plot, Orson. They're trapped in Lunarville 7. We will deal with them at our leisure.

  • NOTES (7)

    • In his opening speech, the Lunar Controller states that the first moon landing occured in the 1970s. This comment, while wrong today, was a prediction when the episode was made in 1967, and turned out to be only 164 days out from the actual date of the real landings, July 20th 1969.

    • The moon mobiles bear a striking similarity to the moon vehicles used in Gerry Anderson's later production, UFO.

      SID, the Speech Intelligence Decoder, also shares his name with the tracking satellite in UFO but in that case, SID stood for Space Intruder Detector.

    • The set used to represent the cockpit of the Moonmobile in this episode and "Crater 101" was created from the old Thunderbird 4 cockpit used in Thunderbirds. In publicity shots of the band Spectrum and this miniture set, TB4's yellow side inlet pods were still attached and are clearly visible.

    • Official ITC Recommended Broadcast-Order Number: 15

    • First U.K. (BBC 2) Network Airdate: Friday 21 January, 1994 - 6:00 PM

    • In the original drafted script for this episode, the Lunar Controller's speech which starts the episode was extensively longer than what made it to the final cut.

      After saying: "At present, there are some 4,000 people living and working on the lunar surface", the Controller originally went on to say the following: "Many of us have been here for several years. I myself have lived in Lunarville 7 for the past eight years, and have come to regard the Moon as my home. We were all born on Earth, but I see a future where men will be born, spend all their lives, and die on the Moon. We have now developed our centres to the extent of being self-sufficient, able to support all their inhabitants."

      This would of helped the viewer answer the rethorical question Colonel White poses at the end of the episode: "We shall never know how the Lunar Controller and his personal aide were taken over by the Mysterons." - Eight years is certainly a long enough time to be killed and resurrected as a Mysteron.

    • This episode is the first of a 3-part story arc. Captains Scarlet, Blue and Lieutenant Green return again to the Moon, with the orders to remove the power source of the new Mysteron complex in Crater 101 before destroying the whole base. The third and final part of the story arc is seen in "Dangerous Rendezvous", where Spectrum finally comes into direct contact with the Mysterons in an attempt to end the war of nerves between them.

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