Space: 1999 (1975–1977)
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The tall and imposing Magus arrives on board the ship. He claims godlike powers, namely that he effected the Creation. But he is now disillusioned with the way that Life has progressed and ... See full summary »


Charles Crichton


Terence Feely, Gerry Anderson (creator) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Landau ... Commander John Koenig
Barbara Bain ... Dr. Helena Russell
Catherine Schell ... Maya
Tony Anholt ... Tony Verdeschi
Nick Tate ... Alan Carter
Guy Rolfe ... Magus
Bernard Kay ... Humanoid
Albin Pahernik Albin Pahernik ... Maya / Creature
Annie Lambert ... 1st Operative
Barbara Wise Barbara Wise ... Beautiful Girl
Yasuko Nagazumi Yasuko Nagazumi ... Yasko


The tall and imposing Magus arrives on board the ship. He claims godlike powers, namely that he effected the Creation. But he is now disillusioned with the way that Life has progressed and wishes to start again. He plans to mate Helena and Tony and Maya with Koenig. But of course he is not God but a renegade cosmic sorcerer, and quite illogical at that, who needs to be controlled. Written by don @ minifie-1

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9 October 1976 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Filmed June 2nd to the 18th 1976. "The Metamorph" over-ran its planned shooting schedule, leaving less time to film the second episode "The Exiles", so the explosion scene on "The Exiles" in the Technical Department (where Maya transforms into an ape-like creature) was shot June 7th during filming of this episode. See more »


The second season episode "New Adam, New Eve", the villain - pretending he is God - makes a stun gun vanish from Koenig's hand and appear in his own. But a stagehand can actually be seen placing the gun in the bad guy's hand where it is supposed to suddenly appear. See more »


Commander John Koenig: We make our own choices!
Magus: Much less often than you think.
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Further evidence that the show had "jumped the shark"
4 July 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The expression "jumped the shark" refers to when a TV series, out of desperation, does something so atypical and so wrong to try (in vain) to rejuvenate the series. To fans, it marks the beginning of the end. The exact reference is when on "Happy Days", Fonzie jumped a tank full of sharks with his motorcycle--a very dumb and desperate gimmick to say the least.

As far as "Space: 1999" goes, it was obvious during season one that the series had problems. Despite a large budget and international syndication, the show had trouble attracting an audience. Some of this was due to the show's strange plots but much of it was the sterile and static nature of the show. In a completely misguided attempt to rejuvenate the show, the series decided that instead of making a few minor tweaks, it changed a lot--too much. It essentially jumped the shark by losing some of its stars (the big loss was Barry Morse), changing its music, adding a new character that could shape-shift into animals(!!!), bringing in "Star Trek" producer Fred Freiberger and 'jazzing up' the scripts. What this jazzing up entailed was actually much cheaper special effects (season one had been very good--two was just god-awful) and lots of silly monsters in latex suits! In addition, the show (with Freiberger) had one more ace up their sleeves--ripping off scripts from the original "Star Trek" series!! Sadly, they didn't even bother ripping off the good shows--mostly just the terrible ones.

In this episode, the script clearly is a rip-off of one of the very, very worst "Trek" shows, "Who Mourns for Adonis?". While there were of course a few small differences, it is practically impossible to see the two shows and not see the similarities--especially at the way it ends. Because the show is one giant rip-off, I can't give it a score any higher than 3.

The show's 'big four' (Commander Koenig, Dr. Russell, Mya and Tony) are brought to a new world by a guy claiming he's God. By the way, beware--this sort of plot totally sucks ("Star Trek V" is a great case in point) and you KNOW that ultimately the guy can't be God! In this case, a very, very technically advanced and god-like guy brings them to the planet to have them create a whole new population--sort of like having two Adams and two Eves! Despite his powers, Koenig and the rest are not about to worship this guy nor stay on the planet if they can help it. Been there, done that.

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