Space: 1999

Season 1 Episode 4

War Games

Aired Unknown Nov 07, 1975 on
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Moonbase Alpha finds itself at war with an unnamed planet. Unfortunately, the outcome is disastrous with death and destruction everywhere. Are the Alphans doomed or is there a future for the survivors on the aggressor planet?

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  • One of my favorite episodes, Koenig gets a lesson in fear.

    After so many episodes with Alpha taking punishment without much consequences, here we get the whole place destroyed and some of the main characters killed off. I was shocked as a kid to see this & wondered if this was the last episode. Lots of action, Alan playing dead & taking out the doomsday machine or Russell's assistant killed trying to seal the cracked glass. The aliens were once again great, so strange & higher than us. Helena saves Koenig's hide twice, about time. All seems lost until we get the whole "it never happened" ending. This time, it was deserved. Too bad Koenig seems to forget this lesson in other episodes where he shoots first & asks questions later.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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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Victor: We are mankind. We came from planet Earth and built this base called Alpha to learn more about space. But human error blasted this moon out of the Earth's orbit, and so we have travelled the universe searching for a place to live. Now we can no longer live here, and we go to face an uncertain future on the planet that has nearly destroyed us. You, whoever you are, who find this empty vessel of Alpha, come and seek us out, if we still exist. Come and teach us all you know... because we have learned many things. But most of all, we have learned that we still have much to learn. Good-bye, Alpha.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode reveals that Koenig is the ninth commander of Moonbase Alpha, with his predecessor, Commander Gorski (seen in "Breakaway"), being eighth.