Space: 1999

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Unknown Oct 17, 1975 on
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Commander John Koenig arrives at Moonbase Alpha, where he's faced with a mysterious disease afflicting personnel and an escalating crisis at its nuclear waste dumps that will rip the moon from its orbit.

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  • Space 1999 started off as a smart, strong, good looking sci-fi drama.

    Commander Koenig takes over Moonbase Alpha and finds himself in a sticky situation. Under explicit orders to launch an important space mission at all costs, while at the same time trying to discover the cause of some strange new disease that is killing his astronauts, he must figure out what is going on in a hurry.

    The problem seems to surround nuclear waste dumps on the dark side of the moon. Alhough tests show there is no radiation leaking, new tests show an unexpected increase in magnetic energy. The Alphans speculate that these magnetic forces are behind the illness.

    But a bigger problem looms. The magnetic energy is also increasing the heat inside the nuclear pile and threatens to cause a major disaster unless the nuclear waste dump can be emptied in time...

    This is perhaps one of the very best episodes of Space 1999. It has a great special effects, a good deal of detailed model work and makes use of dozens of lavish moonbase sets. It looks good and the story is smart, featuring a villian everyone can identify with; a driven bureaucrat who seeks personal glory at the risk of those who work for him. I think this show is one that any viewer, hard core sci-fi fan or not, can watch and enjoy.moreless
Roy Dotrice

Roy Dotrice

Commissioner Simmons

Guest Star

Lon Satton

Lon Satton


Guest Star

Eric Carte

Eric Carte


Guest Star

Nick Tate

Nick Tate

Alan Carter

Recurring Role

Prentis Hancock

Prentis Hancock

Paul Morrow

Recurring Role

Zienia Merton

Zienia Merton

Sandra Benes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • The moon is blasted out of Earth's orbit and Carter follows in in an Eagle. He's unable to catch up to it until it starts to slow down. Objects propelled through a vacuum don't slow down unless an opposing force is applied to their path, but no such force is in evidence.

    • In the footage of Nordstrom and Steiner and later Jackson and Ellis at the waste dumps, the numbers on their spacesuits keep changing between 0, 3, 8 and 9.

    • As the moon is thrown out of orbit, everyone is pinned to the floor by the gravitational force except Bergman, who starts at the top of Main Mission's steps on his back, then turns onto his front, then goes back onto his back. However, one step further down, he's back where he started.

    • During Koenig's solo flight over Nuclear Disposal Area One, the collar on his spacesuit changes from being smooth to ribbed several times.

    • When Koenig's Eagle first lands on Alpha, it is positioned such that it's port side is connected to the boarding tube, but Koenig leaves through the starboard side, which would be exposed to space.

    • As Koenig talks to Simmons on the video screen in the Eagle, boxes can be seen underneath the screen, but as Koenig leaves the Eagle, the boxes have changed to spacesuit packs.

    • Nordstrom's name is spelled "Nordstrom" on Dr. Russell's monitors, but it is spelled "Nordstom" on his helmet.

    • As Koenig, Bergman and Collins watch the two astronauts at a waste dump, one of the astronauts jumps into the buggy and in doing so, his helmet almost flies off.

    • In this episode only, the screens in the Eagle cockpits are colour but black and white in subsequent episodes.

    • The news reporter says that the space dock was blown out of orbit though it clearly exploded.

    • Without air or another gasous medium through which to travel, there could not have been any lightning coming from the waste dumps on the moon.

    • Despite what the "The Dark Side of the Moon" caption says, there is no dark side of the moon. One side of the moon always faces away from Earth, but both sides get sunlight for about two weeks at a time as the moon orbits the Earth.

    • When Koenig stuns Collins when he goes crazy, the beam from his gun doesn't orginate anywhere near it, instead appearing to come from just above the gun.

    • Goof: In the opening sequence, when Nordstom goes crazy, he picks up Steiner to throw him. As he does, the visor on Nordstom's helmet swings open for a second - long enough to kill him on the moon! But he survives another 5 seconds or so until his faceplate cracks against a rock. How did they miss that in editing???

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Koenig: A giant leap for Mankind. It's beginning to look like a stumble in the dark.

    • Russell: You knew that that area was suspect. You knew that it already affected the two probe astronauts and the Eagle pilot in some way. And yet you went out there yourself. We're looking for answers, Commander, not heroes.
      Koenig: I didn't know you cared.

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