UFO – Space 1999 – tape 2066

Back to Bravo on this tape, for more from Gerry Anderson’s Live Action period, and UFO. Yay, more actual aliens.

UFO Alien

This episode is Survival, and starts on Moonbase with the alien shooting a hole in a window leading to a ‘pressure leak’. It’s nicely signalled by a balloon with Straker’s face on it getting larger.

Straker Balloon

Foster has to leave one of his men in the room as the air rushes out. Luckily, Moonbase has a 24 hour glazier service.

24 hour glaziers

Trying to get hold of the UFO on the moon, Foster is stranded out there, presumed dead. Straker offers command of Moonbase to the next most senior officer, Mark Bradley.

Harry Baird

To Straker’s surprise, he refuses, because he thinks Straker doesn’t really want him, and is only asking because of seniority. Straker says “Don’t give me that… racial prejudice burned itself out five years ago.” “How would you know?” replies Bradley. Whilst it’s still quite naive, this is also quite a nuanced exchange, especially for 1970.

After this, over to Space 1999. The Alphans are investigating a planet, which the computer has designated ‘Terra Nova’ – New Earth. It sounds perfect, but the Eagle crew on their way back is zapped by something.

This episode is called Matter of Life and Death. What on earth is going on with Rudi Gernreich’s credit font? All the others are as normal, but his has gone all blocky and sixties. It’s not usually like this.

Rudi Gernreich

When the Eagle returns, it has an extra passenger – Dr Russell’s husband, who has been presumed dead for five years.

Mr Russell

He’s warning them not to go to the planet, but they don’t listen. Everything goes wrong and everybody dies, then he comes back to talk to Helena again, everyone’s back to normal, and they cancel the exodus to the planet.

God this show is like anti-drama.

After this, there’s a very brief glimpse of BBC1 – I presume this was a recording I recorded over. More from that later.

Because what’s now on it is more Space 1999. Black Sun sees the moon pulled into a black hole. A single escape craft can hold six people to save them from the black hole, but the rest of Alpha is drawn in. Koenig and Bergman have a philosophical discussion about God, or a mysterious cosmic force, as Bergman describes it. I’m reminded again how much I like Barry Morse in this, and how much better he is that either of the two leads.

Barry Morse

KOENIG: “Do you have any idea what’ll happen to us inside the Black Sun.

BERGMAN: “Whatever it is, I just hope it’s interesting.”

Lovely.

Then, of course, the show goes all silly again, with the crew of the rescue ship fading away, Koening and Bergman suddenly looking really old, and they decide that the ultimate answer is “Everything is everything else. Every star is a cell in the brain of the universe.”

Old Koenig

But the moon survives the trip through the black hole, thanks to Professor Bergman’s force field, and then, miraculously, the rescue ship finds them, all the way at the other end of the universe.

Nonsense, really.

After this, there’s the start of an episode of Twin Peaks, but that recording stops, and underneath, there’s an episode of Come Dancing, which I think is the end of the recording earlier that was overwritten.

After this, there’s a trailer for Always and one for Smith and Jones.

Then, the start of a comedy film, Born in East LA. A delve through BBC Genome tells me this was 11th September 1995, so looking back, I’m assuming that the programme that was overwritten was Omnibus – One Prom Short of a Season. Which is a shame, as I’d like to have seen that again. However, looking at my database, I have another recording of that on another tape, so that might be why this one wasn’t kept.

The tape ends during the film.

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