Space: 1999

Season 1 Episode 21

Space Brain

Aired Unknown Mar 12, 1976 on
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The Alphans encounter an intangible mass as the moon heads though space and it could spell disaster for them. The energy field seems to have a strange and frightening power that Koenig and the others try to figure out before it's too late.

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  • No matter what you do, soap suds aren't scary.

    Another interesting idea and moody presentation but not a great climax. Some kind of giant "brain" is about to collide with Alpha and does all it can to help them move out of the way. Being Alpha, this of course fails & they basically kill it and shrug off the fact that many planets depend on the brain. Use of "The Planets" becomes silly once the foam attacks. People running around in foam is funny not scary. Worked for Jack Lemmon in "Mr. Roberts" not here. Alpha damage report: 2 Eagles destroyed, 3 personel dead. This ep claims all their nuclear charges are now gone so one assumes they never suddenly had one again. I would need to check season 2, I suppose the other S1 eps that used nukes could have happened earlier.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)

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The foam like substance that threatens to crush Alpha (and the Moon) gets its look from the fact that the SFX crew resorted to soap bubbles for creating the effect.

    • Whereas most of the music heard on Space: 1999 was composed specifically for the series, in the Space Brain episode we can hear extracts of Gustav Holt's orchestral suite "The Planets". This happens towards the end of the episode when it is uncertain if the Moon will survive going through the Brain.

      Another addition to Mr. Gray's score is Remo Giazotto's composition 'Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ in G Minor' it is played over the flight sequences of the Ultra Probe.

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