Space 1999 – Star Trek – Voyager – The Simpsons – The Final Cut – tape 2055

First on this tape, Space 1999. In The Last Enemy The Alphans approach two planets. “It’d be nice to have a choice” says Dr Russell.

There’s some nice matte painting going on here.

Matte Painting

And some more great spaceship models.

Space 1999 Dione's ship

The two planets orbit opposite each other, so they can’t directly attack each other – because of course they’re at war. So one of them sends a weapons platform to the moon to start firing on their enemy. It doesn’t end well.

Kevin Stoney plays the leader of one of the planets.

Kevin Stoney

After this, recording continues for a short time with the start of Jason King.

Then recording switches to Sky and an episode of Star Trek Voyager called Time and Again. Going by the usual Star Trek naming conventions, I suspect time travel, or time loops.

The ship encounters the shock wave of a massive explosion on a planet which has destroyed all life. Kes has the look of someone who will impart important plot information at some point.

Kes Thinking

Sure enough, while the away team is discovering that the whole planet used a dangerous form of energy to power their whole planet, Kes is telling Neelix that she could see the disaster happening on the planet. She’s basically the Guinan in this version of Yesterday’s Enterprise.

On the planet, Paris starts seeing visions of the planet as it was, and he and Janeway are suddenly pulled back to the day before the explosion destroyed the planet.

As with so many Star Trek planet, costume homogeneity is a given, with everyone dressed in the same basic clothes.

Costume Homogeneity

Janeway and Paris need to find a way back to the present day, and because of the prime directive, they aren’t allowed to prevent the explosion. Until Janeway realises that it’s their presence in the past that caused the catastrophe somehow.

It’s a nice story, although, as with most time travel stories, it doesn’t fully hold up, causally speaking.

After this, recording continues with some WWF.

Then, recording switches to The Simpsons and Treehouse of Horror VI which has the stories Attack of the 50ft EyesoresNightmare on Evergreen Terrace and the classic Homer3

Homer 3

Which ends with Homer entering our world.

Erotic Cakes

After this, recording switches again, to the end of Keeping Up Appearances.

Then, Episode One of The Final Cut, the last part of Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Michael Dobbs’ political drama. This episode opens with Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson) shooting his own dog. I presume this is inspired by the story of Michael Heseltine having his dog put down after it bit him

Shoot the Dog

Then it continues with the funeral of Margaret Thatcher. Urquhart is not a fan.

“I want to do something about Europe before I go” he says. Maybe he should have a referendum.

There are some famous faces in Urquhart’s cabinet. Paul Freeman (Belloq in Raiders).

Paul Freeman

Nickolas Grace

Nickolas Grace

Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes

The main plot here involves negotiations with Cyprus over a peace deal with Greece, and underhand dealings over possible oil fields. But Urquhart has flashbacks to a younger time when he was in Cyprus, and probably not behaving witht he utmost moral sobriety. And I’m not talking about all night raves.

Young Urquhart

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th November 1995 – 21:00

After this, recording continues with the news, and coverage of the assassination of Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, shot by a Jewish extremist shortly after addressing a peace rally.

Plus, the discovery in Parkhurst Prison of the impressions of two security keys, found “in the pastry of a pie.”

Here’s the whole bulletin, plus the weather and some trailers at the end as a bonus.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th November 1995 – 21:50

After this, the tape runs out during an episode of Angus Deayton’s In Search of Happiness.

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