VIDEO: Space: 1999 “The Exiles”

Tom recaps the second season Space: 1999 episode “The Exiles”, featuring an incredibly original plot where Moonbase Alpha is surrounded by missiles that turn out to contain alien outlaws who have been frozen in suspended animation for centuries.

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  • danbreunig

    Thanks for coming through with this, Thomas! To be fair, there are quite a few episodes to choose from for the definitive sampler of Season 2, but Exiles is a nice choice showing what’s changed since Season 1. This was well worth the wait.

    This is one of those episodes I was barely old enough to remember on PBS except for some individual images, scenes, and bits of dialogue, so I was eager to watch it just a few years back on the dvd collection and…it really paid off. Not only from just my being older enough to get what’s happening, but I think this is one of their more engaging (albeit simple) plots. The most memorable scene for me was Helena Russell psychically getting her skull crushed voodoo-style–which is quite a deal-breaker, since they would potentially lose their chief medical officer. I’ll call that my favorite Dr. Russell moment ever; nice to see how she can actually be involved in true immediate physical agony for once–and yet mighty Mya really drops the ball in letting herself get shot at.

    I thought they were using badminton birdies in real life for the Exiles’ ships. Of course, being a Gerry Anderson show they used tons of models and other assorted toys for ships, including one alien ship that was clearly a repainted clarinet (!). Speaking of Gerry A. shows, Kanter’s last stand kinda looks like a precursor to YungStar.

    Mmm, Miss Schell–I know that feeling, my man. If they do make a Space 1999 relaunch someday, I’d really want to have both Professor Bergman and Mya side-by-side in the same scenes and just watch their personalities bounce off each other.

    • Thomas Stockel

      My pleasure, Dan. And yeah, Halena’s torture scene was very effective; I thought using the clay model of her face was a nice way to get around them actually showing her getting physically tortured. And it was nice that the writers allowed her to get her own back. That was something I noticed in season two; women got to do more. In the first season Doctor Russel did not seem to do a whole lot and Zienia Merton was the stand in woman in peril. In season two they tried to rectify that error; Russel was more dynamic and Maya on hand was pretty bad ass both intellectually and physically.

      Yeah, I had trouble deciding which episode to pick. I had considered New Adam, New Eve, for example; the Star Trek V allusions were pretty obvious with that one. If I were to pick my favorite from that season I would go with The Bringers of Wonder (season one’s Mission of The Darians is my favorite from season one; it’s a great sci-fi theme).

      Yeah, they do look like badminton birdies, don’t they? And yes, I think a Space 1999 reboot with both Bergman and Maya on hand would be an awesome thing. Bergman was an awesome character and it’s a pity Barry Morse could not be talked into coming back.

  • Gallen_Dugall

    I’m enjoying your reviews on this series.
    My guess for the pants-less scenes would be all those that take place between time 1:49 and 12:11
    I have a minor observation/nit pick. There’s an audio hiss that becomes distracting during the natural pauses in your speech. Some kind of sound overlay, faint music maybe, might help. On the other hand if it doesn’t bother anyone else so you could probably just ignore it. It’s a very minor issue.

    • Thomas Stockel

      Guilty as charged. :) And I’m glad you are enjoy them. I probably won’t be doing another one for a long while. I have two movies I want to tackle and I am looking into doing something a little different in between films.

      As to the sound issues, thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’m not going to get any better at these things unless people point out the flaws (And no, saying “You’re not funny” is not pointing out a flaw, people; that’s just being mean.). The music idea isn’t a bad idea if I can’t find another way to clean it up.

      • Gallen_Dugall

        I found your humor perfectly engaging.

        • Thomas Stockel

          Thank you. :)

  • April

    Well done. I’m really enjoying your reviews of the series (and seeing Kate Bush in the intro makes me jam out to the “Love and Anger” video). Hate to get personal here but I hope you get back to the Trek: TAS reviews. I was in the hospital for two weeks a few months ago and the TAS reviews offered me laughs at a time when I really needed them. I can’t thank you enough.

    • Thomas Stockel

      I’ll be uploading something to the Raw Feed next week, but some time after that I will definitely start work on another TAS review.

      • April

        Very cool. Glad to hear it. :)