Space: 1999

Season 1 Episode 5

Death's other Dominion

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Aired Unknown Nov 14, 1975 on
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Commander Koenig and his colleagues speed through space and time into a chilling world of ice. However, once there, they encounter people who appear to be former inhabitants of earth stranded there when their expedition crashed on the planet they call Ultima Thule.

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  • The Alphans encounter the icy planet of Ultima Thule where humans have managed to survive the hostile environment on the surface by living in a complex of underground caves and tunnels. Their technological achievement seem nothing short of miraculous.moreless

    9.4
    This is one of the most outstanding episodes of Space: 1999 and certainly the themes it explores are literally larger than life. Well than human life as it is defined for all those on Alpha.

    The inhabitants of Ultima Thule, led by the distinguished scientist played by Brian Blessed have achieved immortality, no less. And they are quite willing to share their knowledge with anyone willing to submit to a series of experiments.

    Professor Bergman is an eager volunteer. Commander Koenig vehemently opposed. Even among the planet's "immortals" there is dissent. It falls to Jack, once captain of the ill-fated expedition that marooned them on the planet and is now a truly Shakesperean character to warn Koenig and the others about the price to pay for achieving immortality.

    Jack is half lucid profet of doom, half mad bird-like creature. His warnings are at first enigmatic, being cloaked in much metaphoric language with a positive Elizabethan quality in it. Ultimately he reveals to Koenig the fate of the first ones that volunteered for the mad doctor's tampering with forces beyond his understanding. They are called "the Revered Ones" and are cared for by the community. They are sacred in a way - but also taboo as a subject of conversation. For they have become vegetating beings - no thoughts, no feelings, just empty shells condemned to live forever.

    Despite Jack's pleas the majority of the people back in Alpha seems willing to try to become immortal themselves.

    It is only as the eagle carrying Koenig, Helena, Bergman, Alan and the Doctor leaves the Planet's orbit that the gruesome reality becomes evident. Not immortality then. Just extraordinary local circumstances.

    Both the inhabitants of the Moon and those of Ultima Thule learn something from their encounter and re-evaluate their respective priorities.

    Science-Fiction on a grand scale as far as themes are concerned, but also spectacular SFX used to create Ultima Thule's surface blizzards.

    Literate and entertaining. Very hard to surpass.moreless
Barry Morse

Barry Morse

Prof. Victor Bergman (Season 1)

Prentis Hancock

Prentis Hancock

Paul Morrow (Season 1)

Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain

Dr. Helena Russell

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Commander John Koenig

Nick Tate

Nick Tate

Capt. Alan Carter

Clifton Jones

Clifton Jones

David Kano (Season 1)

Mary Miller

Mary Miller

Freda

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Valerie Leon

Valerie Leon

Thulian Beauty

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John Shrapnel

John Shrapnel

Captain Jack Tanner

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