Space: 1999

Season 2 Episode 9

All That Glisters

Aired Unknown Oct 29, 1976 on
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Alpha' s water system needs a rare mineral named Milgonite and scanners detect quantities of it on a barren planet the moon is passing. When Koenig leads a party to the planet to obtain the mineral, the Alphans discover that the rock structures on the planet are sentient and have a need for water, which they intend to take from the Alphans themselves!moreless

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  • This has got to be one of the worst episodes of Space: 1999. Quite an achievement, considering that by the second season we were always in danger of meeting a turkey like this one. Sometimes we did, but All That Glisters is particularly bad.moreless

    The premise is no more idiotic than many used in the second season. It's a very different Space: 1999 from the first season. They act differently, the characters behave different - those that weren't inexplicably thrown overboard - and interact in a childish way. There's a monster of the week episode more often than not and the poor thing is usually someone dressed up in a rubber suit that has you in laughter easier than it scares you. What little attempts were made to use rational, scientific explanations for unusual events are completely thrown away.

    All That Glisters is a serious offender in every aspect. Its guest star plays an Irish geologist (never featured before or after but not because he is killed more's the pity) who thinks he is and acts as a womanizing cowboy from Texas. Virtually the entire episode is set inside one Eagle and one Cave (on a planet supposedly rich a mineral the Alphans desperately need to survive, a thing they never happened to mention before - or after).

    The monster of the week is a living Rock (rock based living organism, I suppose) who decoyed them to the planet by misleading their central computer into "believing" the much needed mineral was abundant there. It isn't, of course. And do you begin to see the plot holes?

    Then the rock kills Tony. Only he isn't dead even though his heart has stopped as well as his breathing and so on. By telepathy (please!) the Rock controls Tony's body and makes him take a part of itself into the Eagle. You see, the rock is dying from thirst as the clouds which cover the planet's sky never rain (?).

    Plotwise it only goes downhill. Everyone plays out of character, the episode is of no consequence in terms of overall story development and they have not saved Alpha from its energy crisis or whatever but return laughing and joking about it. Even the Irish-Texan geologist-cowboy.

    Not even SFX to make this one esier on the eyes. The highlight there is that bits of rock change color (and look like lava lamps) and there is some rain.

    Boring, pointless, a waste of scarce resources and (a few) good actors.

Catherine Schell

Catherine Schell

Maya (Season 2)

Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain

Dr. Helena Russell

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Commander John Koenig

Nick Tate

Nick Tate

Capt. Alan Carter

Zienia Merton

Zienia Merton

Sandra Benes

Barbara Kelly

Barbara Kelly

voice of Computer

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The episode has no scenes set on Moonbase Alpha and no characters other than the six on the Eagle.

    • The Eagle featured in this episode was carrying an extra-wide laboratory pod, yet whenever the characters used the door from the standard pod interior, it leads immediately outside. Also, the door to the pod as used by the characters was the wide door of a standard pod rather than the narrower door shown on the model of the laboratory pod.

    • The rocks could teleport Tony from the cave to the Eagle, yet they didn't seem to be able to do this to themselves so they wouldn't need other lifeforms to carry them to water.

    • As Eagle 4 lifts off under the rock's control, one shot of it in mid air showed a standard Eagle, not the "specially adapted laboratory section" it has at all other times.

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