Space: 1999 is a British science-fiction television series that ran for two seasons and originally aired from 1975 to 1977. The series was the last production by the partnership of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and was the most expensive series produced for British television up to that time. The first season was co-produced by the British television ITC and the Italian television RAI, while the second season was produced solely by ITC.
|Barbara Bain||Doctor Helena Russell, head of Medical Section||(48 episodes, 1975–77)|
|Martin Landau||Commander John Koenig, leader of Moonbase Alpha||(47 episodes, 1975–77)|
|Nick Tate||Alan Carter, third in command, chief pilot||(45 episodes, 1975–77)|
|Zienia Merton||Sandra Benes, data analyst||(37 episodes, 1975–77)|
|Anton Phillips||Doctor Bob Mathias, Helena’s deputy||(24 episodes, 1975–76)|
|Barry Morse||Professor Victor Bergman, science adviser (Year One only)||(24 episodes, 1975–76)|
|Catherine Schell||Maya, science officer (Year Two) and guest artist (guardian’s servant in “Guardian of Piri”, Year One)||(25 episodes, 1976–77)|
|Prentice Hancock||Paul Morrow, base second in command and Main Mission controller (Year One only)||(23 episodes, 1975–76)|
|Clifton Jones||David Kano, computer operations officer (Year One only)||(23 episodes, 1975–76)|
|Tony Anholt||Tony Verdeschi, second in command, head of Security and Command Centre controller (Year Two only)||(23 episodes, 1976–77)|
|Suzanne Roquette||Tanya Alexander, base operations officer (Year One only)||(19 episodes, 1975–76)|
|John Hug||Bill Fraser, Eagle pilot (Year Two only)||(9 episodes, 1976–77)|
|Jeffrey Kissoon||Doctor Ben Vincent, deputy medical officer (Year Two only)||(7 episodes, 1976–77)|
In the opening episode, set on 13 September 1999, nuclear waste stored on the Moon’s far side explodes, knocking the Moon out of orbit and sending it, as well as the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, hurtling uncontrollably into space.
The runaway Moon, in effect, becomes the “spacecraft” on which the protagonists travel, searching for a new home. During their interstellar journey, the Alphans encounter an array of alien civilizations, dystopian societies, and mind-bending phenomena previously unseen by humanity. Several episodes of the first series hinted that the Moon’s journey was influenced (and perhaps initiated) by a “mysterious unknown force”, which was guiding the Alphans toward an ultimate destiny. The second series used more simplified “action-oriented” plots.
Categories: Cult TV