Space: 1999

Season 1 Episode 8

Dragon's Domain

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Aired Unknown Dec 05, 1975 on
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The Alphans encounter an eerie graveyard of lost spaceships that may be the result of encounters with a deadly monster in outer space. Is the threat real or imagined? Koenig must determine the truth before it may be too late....

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  • die hard meets the killer oven.

    10
    And let's not forget the musical score. For the longest time I tried to find out what that was. Only years later did I find out it was the Pachelbel Canon. The same score used for Galipoli. It was both haunting and compelling. Calling up thoughts of lonliness and adventure.

    I always thought the creature was sort of hokey. And the way it dispatched the crew members even more so. Kind of like an outerspace easy bake oven. Now years later I see the Lovecraft-Cthuluness to it. But despite all this, it remains one of my favorite episodes. I'd love to see it again after all these years.moreless
  • This is a real series highlight, inspired by the works of author H.P.Lovecraft.A deranged man is rescued by Alpha with a bizarre tale concerning the deaths of his crew. Is it real, or is he a murderer? Koenig and co. set out to investigate. Scary as hell.moreless

    10
    This episode features genuine atmosphere and tension as Alpha rescues Tony Cellini, sent out with his crew to investigate a mysterious distress call. He is the sole survivor of an apparently horrific attack on his ship by a shapeless, Cthulhu-esque creature that has killed his entire crew.Is his story to be believed, or did Cellini cold-bloodedly murder his crew for reasons unknown? Koenig and crew set out to see for themselves.This is where things get downright scary.Absolutely unbeatable in terms of storytelling, script,and execution, this episode succeeds on all levels. Intelligent, well-acted, and scary as hell. You've been warned.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)

Michael Sheard

Michael Sheard

Dr. Darwin King

Guest Star

Gianni Garko

Gianni Garko

Tony Cellini

Guest Star

Susan Jameson

Susan Jameson

Professor Juliet Mackie

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Per Helena's voiceover, it took the Ultra Probe eight months to get to Ultra. However, when Cellini returns, it only takes him four months despite the fact that his "lifeboat" clearly doesn't have the same engine power as the probe ship.

    • When Koenig is playing chess against Kano, Kano has a captured piece of Koenig's in his pile which has a fat X shape on it. It matches no known chess piece, although it could potentially be a queen. However, Kano does not have a similar piece among his 16 pieces, all of which are clearly visible.

    • In this episode we learn that the controlling agency of Moonbase Alpha is the World Space Commission (WSC)before it broke orbit. In the first scene, Dr. Russell is seen typing her report on letterhead stationery bearing the commission's name.

      The International Lunar Finance Committee, mentioned in "Breakaway," must be either a different agency, an affiliate of the WSC, or a subagency under the WSC.

    • Cellini's commlock changes position between the time it is dropped next to Alan and when Koenig finds him.

    • When Cellini wakes up, his hair is messed up, but in a different scene, it is combed and tidy.

    • Helena says that the events of this episode take place 877 days after leaving Earth. That would mean that as of this, the 8th episode, they had been adrift for almost two and half years, which clearly isn't the case. Specifically, this contradicts the Year 2 episode "Mark Of Archanon" as this is dated as 640 days after leaving, but is clearly set after this episode.

    • The newsreader in the flashback gives the date of the probe launch as September 3rd, 1996, but in the next scene, Helena give the date for the launch as June 6th, 1996.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Kano: Check.
      Koenig: You're playing Computer all day.
      Kano: Well, I was hoping for a real game, Commander. I beat Computer every time.
      Koenig: Sure, you programmed it.
      Kano: Won't stop me beating you. Checkmate.

    • Helena: (about Cellini) He's a suppressed hysteric. Where do you think he was trying to get to, out there, in his pajamas? We're nowhere. We're three months' Eagle travel time to the nearest star system and he was going off on his own. Now if that's an act of a rational man... he didn't even take his toothbrush.

    • Cellini: I want to tell you the truth, doctor. I want to tell you that everything I put down in my report is true. Tentacles, bloodsuckers, fire breath. The whole slimy, fantastic story is true. No wanderings of a sick mind. I'm absolutely certain of every detail I've put down. And if the black box data conflicts with my story, then the black box is wrong.
      Helena: Now that is a somewhat surprising statement for a rational man.
      Cellini: I'm not a rational man!
      Helena: And yet you want to be believed.
      Cellini: I want all of you, Koenig, Bergman, Dixon, everyone of you to throw out the criteria by which you judge what's real. You've got to abandon reason! You have to believe that I, Tony Cellini, stood face-to-face with the dragon. I fought it single-handed and survived. That's what you've got to believe!

    • Helena: John, if we ever do find a new place to live, and if we succeed, we're going to need a whole new mythology.
      Koenig: Tony Cellini and the Monster?
      Helena: St. George and the Dragon sounds pretty flat until you know the story.
      Koenig: This story is part of our history now, Helena. I think Tony would be very happy to know he put new life into an old myth.

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