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Space: 1999: Earthbound

Aliens heading for Earth from their dying planet stop at the Moon. They offer passage for one person to accompany them, and the Alphans must decide which of them will go.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x14
Production Number: 105
Airdate: Friday January 23rd, 1976

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Special Guest Stars
Christopher LeeChristopher Lee
As Captain Zantor

Guest Stars
Roy DotriceRoy Dotrice
As Commissioner Simmonds

Andy DempseyAndy Dempsey
As Main Mission Operative
Barbara KellyBarbara Kelly
voiced Computer Voice
Emily BoltonEmily Bolton
As Operative June
Loftus BurtonLoftus Burton
As Main Mission Operative
Quentin PierreQuentin Pierre
As Security Guard
Sarah BullenSarah Bullen
As Operative Kate
Suzanne RoquetteSuzanne Roquette
As Tanya Aleksandr
Tony AllynTony Allyn
As Security Guard
Christine HewettChristine Hewett
As Kaldorian
Joy HarrisonJoy Harrison
As Main Mission Operative
Rhonda ParkerRhonda Parker
As Kaldorian
Main Cast
Martin LandauMartin Landau
As Commander John Koenig
Barbara BainBarbara Bain
As Dr. Helena Russell
Barry MorseBarry Morse
As Professor Victor Bergman


Koenig is finishing a staff meeting and Commissioner Simmonds speaks up, complaining that they're more focused on adapting to their existing circumstances then finding a way to return to Earth. Koenig points out that it's impossible and Dr. Russell doesn't want to encourage false hope. Simmonds insists they should focus on going home to boost morale, but Koenig refuses to entertain his suggestions. Sandra calls in to report they've detected a manned spacecraft approaching the Moon. Koenig orders Alan to intercept the object and two Eagles depart. ..

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Episode Quotes
Koenig: Simmonds, we can't afford to waste our time on something scientifically impossible.
Commissioner Simmonds: Impossible? The impossible takes just a little longer, that's all, Commander.

Commissioner Simmonds: Koenig. I think I'd better come too.
Koenig: Commissioner, right now I need a doctor and a scientist out there. Not a politician.

Captain Zantor: On Earth, you freeze food to keep it fresh, do you not?
Dr. Russell: Yes. We do here.
Captain Zantor: But the flavor fades.
Dr. Russell: The problem's the same all over the universe.
Captain Zantor: Exactly. The flavor of life itself is lost.

Commissioner Simmonds: Look, Koenig, I ought to be the one to go. I mean, I have no place here on Alpha. No function.
Koenig: Believe me, Simmonds, if I could rig that computer, it would shout out your name. But you take your chance like the rest of them.

Episode Goofs
At the 50:36 mark, as Simmonds pounds on his cell wall, one of the Kaldorians that is supposed to be in suspended animation gets up, as if the actor thinks the scene is over. A few seconds later the alien is lying down again.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGerry Anderson (1)  |  Sylvia Anderson
Executive ProducerGerry Anderson (1)
ProducerSylvia Anderson
Production DesignerKeith Wilson (1)
EditorMike Campbell (1)
MusicBarry Gray (1)
Music EditorAlan Willis
Costume DesignerRudi Gernreich
Make-upAnn Cotton
Camera OperatorNeil Binney
Director of PhotographyFrank Watts
Production ManagementRon Fry
Sound EditorPeter Pennell
Special EffectsBrian Johnson (4)  |  Michael S.E. Downing
Script EditorEdward Di Lorenzo
Sound RecordistDavid Bowen (1)
WardrobeEileen Sullivan
Assistant DirectorKen Baker (1)
Lighting CameramanHarry Oakes
ContinuityGladys Goldsmith
Story ConsultantChristopher Penfold
Casting DirectorMichael Barnes (2)
Supervising EditorDavid Lane (1)
AssociateVic Elms
Hair DesignerHelene Bevan
Special Effects DirectorNick Allder
Special Effects Camera OperatorFrank Drake
Warning: Space: 1999 season 1 episode 14 guide may contain spoilers
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