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The second series was scored by jazz musician and composer Derek Wadsworth ; American producer Fred Freiberger wanted a more "driving, searing" score for his new action-adventure format. Much of this music was reused in other episodes. Other Anderson shows influenced the Space: The cockpit of the Eagle has a slight resemblance to the cockpit of an earlier Anderson Supermarionation series, Fireball XL5.
Lighting effects for Moonbase Alpha were comparable to those from UFO, as well as the concept of the elevating spacecraft launch pad. After almost 30 years, the original Moonbase Alpha model reappeared in the public eye online when a site gained exclusive access to photomap the model and solicit its sale.
Story consultant Christopher Penfold acted as head writer, bringing in American writer Edward di Lorenzo and Irish poet Johnny Byrne as script editors.
Penfold reworked Bellak's opening episode into a one-hour draft first re-titled "Turning Point", then finalised as "Breakaway". For the first six weeks, no usable footage resulted until the team discovered a dragging brake [ clarification needed ] had affected film speed.
During filming of the first episode, it became apparent that the troubled Elstree was under the threat of imminent closure. One weekend, the company secretly relocated sets, props, costumes, etc. Lee Katzin was a perfectionist and demanded take after take of scenes; even coverage of reaction shots of the background extras required running a whole scene from beginning to end.
Abe Mandell was horrified by the finished product. Anderson re-wrote several key scenes and, after three days of re-shoots, re-edited the pilot into a one-hour episode that appeased the fears of ITC. Katzin was not asked back to the programme after the filming of his second episode "Black Sun", which also ran over schedule. Scheduled for a twelve-month shoot, the twenty-four episodes took fifteen months to complete, with the production experiencing a number of difficulties.
Britain's mandatory three-day work week and the unplugging of the National Grid during the coal shortages due to industrial unrest of the early s did not delay filming as Pinewood had its own generators, but it affected film processing as the lab was an off-site contractor.
Originally, two supporting roles were intended for Italian actors; with the casting of Nick Tate and Zienia Merton in those roles, a solution had to be worked out. The necessity to telex story outlines and scripts to New York for approval caused further production delays. The incessant re-writing this brought about eventually caused Christopher Penfold to resign during the shooting of " Space Brain ", after completing his writing commitment with the script " Dragon's Domain ".
In a later interview, Johnny Byrne stated that "one episode they New York would ask us to speed things up, forcing us to cut out character development; then the next episode, they asked for more character moments, which would slow down the action; then they would complain there weren't enough pretty girls in another. The scenes re-mounted for "The Last Enemy" concluded principal photography on 28 February One of the first previews of the series was in Australia on the Seven Network in Julybut the station later split the first series into two seasons.
The second season was shown in Reception[ edit ] Response to the series varied; some critics praised it as a classic, citing the production values and multi-layered storytelling "Space: It is the most flashy, gorgeous sci-fi trip ever to appear on TV He did, however, praise the programme for the accuracy of the representation of movement in the low gravity environment of the Moon, and for its realistic production design Asimov's responses were based on the pilot episode only.
Subsequent episodes such as "The Black Sun", third in production order, and "Another Time, Another Place", sixth in production order suggest the Moon reaches the stars by passing through wormholes and hyperspatial tunnels, a plot point made more overt in second-season episodes, notably "The Taybor" and "Space Warp". Gerry and Sylvia Anderson were surprised and disappointed that the public and critics never granted them the suspension of disbelief given to other science-fiction programmes.
In "Black Sun", Victor Bergman asserts the chances of their surviving the explosion which knocked them from orbit are "just about infinite. In speaking about the show inBain reflected: For instance, they knew that sound up there wouldn't travel, and it would just be quiet up there. But then we wouldn't have a series, so we couldn't do that. There were various considerations that had to be made, but they were based on what is, or what was, known at the time.
For all I know now it's out of date. I don't really know. Someone would simply be lying on the floor half dead, and I would [scan them] with this funny little thing that was a prop.
I could read all his vital signs. They can pretty much do that [with a medical device] nowadays. There were times that we were playing with props that didn't read anything — I just had a bunch of dialogue to say after.
We had the Commlock. All of those things were on the verge of happening anyway. Now we're way past it. When we made it, seemed so far away.♫ The Beautiful Songs of Moonbase Alpha ♫
Gerry Anderson had staff writer Johnny Byrne prepare a critical analysis of the first twenty-four episodes, assessing their strengths and weaknesses in order to mount a new and improved second year. The largest stumbling block for the staff had been having all material vetted by ITC's New York office. ITC's compromise was to hire a high-profile American staff writer-producer.
At this time, Sylvia Anderson left her role as producer when she and Gerry Anderson formally separated and subsequently divorced. Fred Freibergerwhom Gerry Anderson had considered for the writing position, was then brought on board to help guide the series as a producer and acted as show-runner.
Freiberger had produced the third and final season of Star Trek in — and eight episodes of the first season of The Wild Wild West including one in which Martin Landau guest-starred before being dismissed. Though Anderson and Grade were satisfied with this choice, Abe Mandell had concerns about why he was unemployed and available at the time. Grade had already been disappointed by the lack of an American network broadcast sale. Gerry Anderson and Fred Freiberger rallied and pitched the idea of a new series with the addition of an alien character to Moonbase Alpha, who would shake up the dynamic of interaction on the Moonbase and regain viewer interest in the United States.
On the strength of Anderson and Freiberger's proposal of adding an alien character from the planet Psychon named MayaMandell approved a renewal of the series for a second year. In addition to the alien Maya character, to be played by Catherine Schellnumerous other changes were made for what was branded Year Two. The most visible change was the absence of Professor Bergman Barry Morse. Morse's departure was due to a salary dispute, but he later claimed that he was glad to leave, and he had told Anderson: Also, her character was conceived to be able to provide "outside observation of human behaviour" as had been provided by the character of Mr.
Spock on Star Trek. Maya shared Spock's logical approach to problem-solving and advanced intelligence, but differed in that she was a charming, fully emotional person. Most importantly, however, her Psychon abilities as a metamorph with the power of "molecular transformation" allowed her to convert herself into any living thing for an hour at a time, were designed to add a certain "wow" factor to the newly revamped series.
Maya had an impish sense of humour. When love-interest Tony Verdeschi offered her some of his home-brewed beer, Maya tried it, then turned herself into Mister Hyde. In addition to the cosmetic changes, the characters were "warmed up. Dr Bob Mathias Anton Phillips was present in the first two Year Two episodes, was mentioned in the third episode, and then also disappeared without a trace. His character was replaced by several recurring physicians. Alan Carter Nick Tate was to have been written out of the series, but he had become so popular with fans that he remained.
Sandra Benes Zienia Merton remained with the series in an on-again off-again association, but the character only appeared in a fraction of the episodes, albeit more prominently in some than in many of those of the first series.
Verdeschi, who assumed the base's second-in-command role, neither appeared, nor was ever mentioned, in Year One. However, Moonbase Alpha personnel treated Verdeschi as if he had been in their midst since "Breakaway". His character was designed to serve primarily as a secondary male action hero, and became a romantic interest for Maya. No on-screen explanations were offered for the cast changes. One scene in " The Metamorph " mentioning Bergman's death was scripted and filmed, but cut from the final edit.
The Moonbase Alpha Technical Manual produced by Starlog magazine picks up this explanation, stating Bergman died due to a faulty spacesuit per the scripted scene. Likewise, it was mentioned in this publication that Morrow and Kano had died in an Eagle crash between seasons, and explained that Dr Mathias, supposedly Alpha's psychiatrist although he seems to be more Russell's assistant was on sabbatical doing research.
Playing to a full house, the solo artist performs a haunting piece on a sitar. The concert is simulcast throughout the base, the eerie melody providing the appropriate atmosphere to an unusual gathering in Hydroponic Unit Two. There, Doctor Dan Mateo and three colleagues are in the midst of an unorthodox experiment. Linked to a transmitting apparatus by electrodesthe four botanists sit holding hands around a table Working from the premise that humans have an innate affinity with plants, Mateo has discovered that botanical life emits electrical waves analogous to those produced by the human brain.
In tonight's experiment, the Italian botanist hopes to isolate these brain-wave patterns in his own mind, amplify them using the combined mental powers of the group, transmit them at plants sitting on the table and measure the response.
The ultimate goal is to establish communication between humans and plants. As the group concentrates, Mateo slips into a trance-state. He is soon moaning and writhing like a trapped animal. While the others trade anxious glances, Doctor James Warren, head of Hydroponicsenters the unit and witnesses their activity.
Incensed, the elderly scientist begins tearing the electrodes from their wrists. When the circle is broken, Mateo spasms in agony and crumples to the floor. Suddenly, the lights dim and a freezing wind blows across the workroom, through the beds of cultivated plants and out the hatch John Koenig arrives at Hydroponics with a medical team. Mateo, still unconscious and in shockis conveyed to Medical straight away. While the Commander questions the other participants, an argument breaks out between Warren and Laura Adams, Mateo's girlfriend and willing accomplice.
Having advised Mateo to abandon this dangerous avenue of research, the priggish old man is indignant at having caught him proceeding without authorisation. The girl is furious that Warren's interference could have cost Mateo his life. Their dispute is interrupted by a report that all Alpha sections experienced a momentary drop in temperature—emanating outward from Hydroponics.
Koenig presses Victor Bergman for an explanation, but the professor is stumped. Mateo's work is based on sound scientific principles; nothing about the experiment could have caused this disturbance. In the Medical Centre, Mateo regains consciousness. After describing his experience to Helena Russellshe advises caution as he seems extremely sensitive to psychic phenomena. When Laura comes to check on him, the couple ends up quarrelling when she expresses her concerns over the danger.
Helena ends the spat by administering a sedative to help the now-angry Mateo sleep. As he drifts off, he spies a shadowy form lurking in a dark corner. Seeing Laura out, Helena settles down to some paperwork. The doctor looks up when a chilling breeze wafts over her. She is filled with dread when she, too, sees the figure of a man standing in the shadows. It steps into the light, revealing one side of its face to be scarred and mutilated. Helena recoils in horror. Minutes later, Koenig arrives with a Security team.
A thorough search uncovers no sign of Helena's horrific intruder. Mateo, resting in a drugged sleep, is the only other person present. When she relates the details of her bizarre encounter, Koenig is hard-pressed to accept the conclusion that this was some sort of psychic experience. However, the recorded temperature drop in this compartment convinces him it is somehow connected to Mateo's work. He calls Hydroponics to declare the project officially terminated.
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Delighted with Koenig's decision, Warren immediately begins disassembling Mateo's equipment. The following morning, Helena discharges Mateo, who is seething over the order to end his research.
Upon leaving the care unit, the botanist is party to a series of eerie occurrences: After he boards a travel tube, the hatch briefly pauses while closing—as if held open by an invisible person wishing to gain access. During the ride, Mateo watches a sourceless shadow roam the capsule interior; when it falls over him, he breaks into a cold sweat.
Terrified, he bolts from the capsule when it reaches his destination. Arriving at Hydroponics, the incident is forgotten when Mateo sees his transmitter dismantled and tossed in a bin. With murderous rage, he charges over to confront the culprit: While threatening the older man's life, Mateo is horrified to see that the hand with which he is gripping the lapels of Warren's lab coat has transformed into a scarred and withered claw.
Panicked, Mateo releases the cowering Warren and runs from the unit, concealing his shrivelled hand in his armpit. When alone, he slowly pulls it out—and is baffled when the hand is completely normal. After the assault, Warren returns to work, determined to discharge Mateo from his department.