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Isaac Asimov reportedly described Space: 1999 as "scientifically preposterous." That hasn't stopped Thunderbirds creators Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's 1975 British series from gaining a devoted cult following. Still, after watching the six episodes included on this two-disc set, one has to concede that (entertaining though they are) Isaac may have been on to something. In "The Troubled Spirit" Moonbase Alpha Commander John Koenig (Martin Landau) resorts to a little "bell, book, and candle" to exorcise a crew member's destructive spirit. "Space Brain"--or, as it is known to series aficionados, the one with all the foam--finds the Alphans desperately seeking a way to communicate with a cosmic intelligence. As Professor Bergman (Barry Morse) observes, "This is either a practical joke or something very interesting." You be the judge. Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey) guest-stars in "The Infernal Machine" as the aged companion to Gwent, an odd-looking plundering spacecraft. In the "can't we all just get along" episode, "Mission of the Darians," guest star Joan Collins looks good for a 900-something alien, one of 14 who survived a mammoth ship's nuclear-reactor explosion. The same can't be said for the other onboard savages whom the Darians use for transplants. "Dragon's Domain" puts new life into the ancient myth about St. George, as crewman Tony Cellini is reunited with a real-life nightmare in the form of a tentacled beast. In "Testament of Arkadia," which closed out Space: 1999's first season, crew members Luke and Anna are determined to live as a futuristic Adam and Eve and "make fertile" a barren planet. As for Moonbase Alpha, it would drift through the universe for just one more season.

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