Space: 1999 (1975–1977)
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The Bringers of Wonder: Part 1 

While unconscious and connected to an experimental brain machine, Koenig dreams that he and his friends are on the way home. Upon awakening everyone appears to be hideous monsters.

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Tom Clegg

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Terence Feely, Gerry Anderson (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Landau ... Commander John Koenig
Barbara Bain ... Dr. Helena Russell
Catherine Schell ... Maya
Tony Anholt ... Tony Verdeschi
Nick Tate ... Alan Carter
Zienia Merton ... Sandra Benes
Jeffery Kissoon ... Dr. Ben Vincent
Toby Robins Toby Robins ... Diana Morris
Stuart Damon ... Guido Verdeschi
Jeremy Young ... Jack Bartlett
Drewe Henley ... Joe Ehrlich
Patrick Westwood ... Dr. Shaw
Cher Cameron Cher Cameron ... Louisa
Al Lampert Al Lampert ... Ken Burdett
Billy J. Mitchell ... Professor Hunter
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Commander John Koenig loses his mind and crashes the ship he's piloting. After his crew saves him, Dr. Helena Russell hooks him up to an experimental machine meant to soothe his fevered brain. Meanwhile, it seems that Moonbase Alpha has finally been found by a rescue team made up of volunteers from earth. But the rescuers that look like long-lost friends, family and lovers to everyone else, look to Koenig like glowing heaps of gore. Written by J. Spurlin

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English

Release Date:

4 August 1977 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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The rocking passage of music accompanying Ben Vincent's brawl with Sandstrom originated in a deleted scene from "Space Warp", which featured Maya rampaging through the base in the guise of the monster that resembled the one from "The Beta Cloud". See more »

Goofs

Commander Koenig crashes his Eagle on the surface of the moon where the interior catches on fire. Once the rescue team opens the door to the moon's atmosphere, the fires should have gone out due to lack of oxygen, but they continue to burn. See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. John Koenig: I haven't had so much fun since I burned grandma's wig!
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Edited into Destination Moonbase-Alpha (1978) See more »

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How much fun can you have burning grandma's wig? Find out on today's episode of "Space: 1999"!
23 December 2006 | by J. SpurlinSee all my reviews

Commander John Koenig (Martin Landau) loses his mind and crashes the ship he's piloting. After his crew saves him, Dr. Helena Russell (Barbara Bain) hooks him up to an experimental machine meant to soothe his fevered brain. Meanwhile, it seems that Moonbase Alpha has finally been found by a rescue team made up of volunteers from earth. But the rescuers that look like long-lost friends, family and lovers to everyone else, look to Koenig like mountainous glowing heaps of gore.

Part one isn't over before the delusional Koenig shouts "Whee!" and "Yippee!" and "I haven't had so much fun since I burned grandma's wig!" while playing the daredevil; shape-shifting science officer Maya (Catherine Schell) changes into a cockroach, two lizard-like space creatures, and some kind of half-ninja, half-swordfighter, complete with a hybrid costume; and the faux rescuers send various crew members walking around in a hypnotized daze, sniffing oxygen and tearing up rooms.

If these Bringers of Wonder really are huge glutinous heaps, how are people putting their arms around them, kissing them, and so forth? And why are we, the audience, seeing these creatures steal sinister looks at one another, if they aren't really human beings capable of such expressions? The answer may lie in part two—but don't bet on it.


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