Moonbase Alpha

By pgn
@pgntwo (21648)
Derry, Northern Ireland
April 10, 2016 11:28am CST
Science fiction buffs may remember a British television series, SPACE: 1999 from the mid-1970s. It was a show from the stable of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, UFO...), that was, in some ways, the UK Star Trek of its day, albeit one that used the Moon as the vehicle to carry off its adventures. Starring many well-known faces throughout the 48 episodes that spanned two series, I remember watching these in black-and-white and occasionally having the wits scared out of me by some of the ideas used in particular episodes. The premise for the series is set in the first episode, Breakaway, which shows how Man's incessant quest for energy, and the proliferation of nuclear power, has resulted in a need to dispose of the spent nuclear waste products somewhere out of sight. Where better than the far side of the Moon? Needless to say, something goes wrong. Moonbase Alpha was set up on the Moon to house the 300+ personnel needed to operate and monitor the nuclear waste dumps. Weird things start to happen, and the resulting explosion blasts the Moon out of its orbit around planet Earth... What follows is a series of encounters and adventures as the Moon, freed from its gravitational prison of Earth orbit, heads off out into the deep unknown of Outer Space. I've found some of the 50-minute episodes, complete, on YouTube recently, and have realised just how easily-impressed I must have been as a teen!
Space 1999, A Cult Television/Sci-Fi series from 1975.. Created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson, In the opening episode, set in September 1999, nuclear waste stor...
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
10 Apr 16
This was definitely one of the poorer science fiction series from that era and never really appealed to me.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
10 Apr 16
That, and UFO which preceded it, I think.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
10 Apr 16
@pgntwo UFO was not quite as bland, but also not one of the impressive ones.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
10 Apr 16
@Asylum Is there a show or series of that ilk that you feel was groundbreaking and gripping at the same time?
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• Preston, England
10 Apr 16
it was a fun series with great model work on the Eagle space ships and a fantastic theme tune - season two was poor though with the shapeshifter conveniently saving everyone every week
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
10 Apr 16
The sets were a bit sparse, but did seem to be better than some of those on the equivalent US sci-fi shows of the time.
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• Preston, England
13 Apr 16
@pgntwo yes Anderson had some very impressive set designs and no one did explosions as well as Anderson - they still don't to this day
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
13 Apr 16
@arthurchappell I guess Supermarionation gave you that eye for the details...
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• United States
10 Apr 16
Hello pgn. I do not recall this series, but thanks for sharing it here my friend. Its good that you found these episodes too.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
10 Apr 16
Not sure how many of the 48 episodes are available on YouTube, in case you are thinking of watching them...
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• United States
10 Apr 16
@pgntwo I am more for ghosties though I hope they do have them all on there for you friend though.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
10 Apr 16
@TiarasOceanView Unto each their own ;)
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@JohnRoberts (56906)
• Los Angeles, California
10 Apr 16
I remember that series which starred Martin Landau and Barbara Bain who were married at the time and previously co-starred on Mission: Impossible.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
10 Apr 16
Yes, the very same!
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@epiffanie (10466)
• Australia
17 Apr 16
I don't remember watching that series.. that sounds interesting to watch .. Thanks to youtube we get the chance to watch them..
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
17 Apr 16
YouTube, the world's biggest waste of time...
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@epiffanie (10466)
• Australia
17 Apr 16
@pgntwo hahah! but I watch movies and documentaries on youtube.. why is it a waste of time? ..
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
17 Apr 16
@epiffanie Because once you enter the YouTube rabbit-hole, only hunger or the need to perform some other bodily function drives you back out again...
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@xFiacre (4438)
• Ireland
12 Apr 16
@pgntwo You are jogging my tired memory.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
12 Apr 16
Shock horror! Camus or Dostoyevsky must've been given the night off that night...
@xFiacre (4438)
• Ireland
12 Apr 16
@pgntwo 75 was the year I discovered Dostoyevsky so I got quite breathless then and needed some light relief from time to time.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
12 Apr 16
@xFiacre Well, it was certainly light, both on the science fiction and acting fronts.
@MarymargII (9743)
• Toronto, Ontario
14 Apr 16
No it's not just that- it's that things evolve so fast and then you're wondering what you saw in the things of the past.
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• Toronto, Ontario
15 Apr 16
@pgntwo True we get to not really care as much as we've seen it all go forward so quickly anyway
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@Inlemay (16542)
• South Africa
15 Apr 16
I love the Star Trek movies, Space 1999 was not a series that came to SA
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
15 Apr 16
Well now you can see what you were missing, courtesy of YouTube
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
12 Apr 16
I remember watching it but the details are fuzzy. It would be fun to go back and watch them again.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
12 Apr 16
The beauty of YouTube. The scary one I remember was the episode called Dragon's Lair...
@garymarsh6 (14072)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 16
I am really a sci fi fan but this series was a bit dire if I can remember correctly?
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
12 Apr 16
I think I was young and impressionable...
@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Apr 16
Nopee. Never heard of it.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
11 Apr 16
You've read of it now though. And it wasn't a spoof, unlike that one with Sigourney Weaver and the late, great Alan Rickman ...
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@just4him (117005)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Apr 16
I always liked that show.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
11 Apr 16
I never followed it routinely, but now I've found it on YouTube... :)
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
10 Apr 16
I have never been a fan of science fiction, sorry.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
10 Apr 16
It is not everyone's cup of tea, that is true.
@Corbin5 (106276)
• United States
10 Apr 16
I think the only sci-fi I ever watched was Lost in Space, an oldie for sure. I have not seen Space 1999. Will take a loo just for fun!
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
10 Apr 16
The link I shared is for the very first episode - it got a little more "realistic" as the first series progressed.