Space: 1999 (1975–1977)
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The Seance Spectre 

Some subterranean miner start chanting for a planet that will cause the Moon to pass through a nebula deadly to those living at Moonbase Alpha.


Peter Medak


Donald James, 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
Zienia Merton ... Sandra Benes
Ken Hutchison ... Greg Sanderson (as Ken Hutchinson)
Carolyn Seymour ... Eva
Nigel Pegram ... Cernik
James Snell James Snell ... Stevens
Gyearbuor Asante Gyearbuor Asante ... Guard (as Christopher Asante)


The moon is discovered to be on a collision course with a huge "dust cloud" within a solar system, possibly containing a planet. The leader of one of Alpha's lunar surface exploration teams (who Helena believes is suffering psychological issues), Sanderson, becomes a mutineer, posing a threat to the entire base by attempting to undermine the Alphan's anti-collision plans.

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18 August 1977 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tony Anholt had worked with guest star Ken Hutchison on The Protectors episode "Burning Bush" (1974). See more »


Guest star Ken Hutchison's name is misspelled in the episode's title credits. See more »


Dr. Helena Russell: [trying to wake an oxygen-deprived Koenig] John... John, do you hear me? John, do you know who I am?
Commander John Koenig: I never saw you before in my life...
[he grins]
Commander John Koenig: ... Doctor Russell.
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Well, at least it's different...
19 July 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This show begins with a cult-like crew member getting his three minions to try everything they can to get the Moonbase to do nothing when there is a pending collision with a planet. While the planet clearly has a toxic atmosphere and cannot support life, this nutty guy insists that the crew should do nothing--and everything will work out fine. But, common sense says that Koenig should order the atomic piles to be exploded in a last-minute effort to force the Moon on a different course. In the meantime, the plan is for all the crew members to wait in Eagles in space--waiting until after the explosions have occurred. However, the nutter and his minions have other plans--and it might just include killing Koenig and Maya and stopping the nuclear detonations...all for the good of Alpha as the cult-like guy insists that doing nothing is their best course of action...or 'inaction' in this case.

So is this a good episode of "Space: 1999"? Well, not really...but at least it's not a blatant rip-off of episodes from "Star Trek" and there is only one goofy-looking alien in the show (when Maya does one of her transformation). The main problem, however, is that it's not particularly interesting. However, in a strange but cute moment, you do get to see a 'Mini-Maya'--which you'll just have to see to believe.

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