In Review: Big Finish: Space 1999 Volume 01

The crew of Moonbase Alpha returns in three new tales.
Volume 01

Synopsis: The crew of Moonbase Alpha returns in three new tales.

The Moon has been sucked through a wormhole in space. It has arrived countless miles away from its proper place. The crew of Moonbase Alpha can only guess at the resultant devastation left behind on Earth. 

They must decide how best they can survive. Some Alphans find it difficult to let go of the notion of returning to Earth. Others are facing the reality that they must find another home to ensure the survival of the human race. They can’t survive on Alpha indefinitely.

Review: Space 1999 Volume 01 is a cracking continuation from the pilot. This set could be titled Space 1999: Differently Alive.

Story

“The Siren Call” by Andrew Smith addressed the cause of Moonbase Alpha’s new trajectory. In the process, the Alphans encountered some wonderfully Lovecraftian aliens. 

Moreover, Smith made great thematic use of siren myth. He poignantly and potently juxtaposed the Metans’ motivations with those of a grieving spouse.

“Death’s Other Dominion” by Roland Moore was an excellent meditation on immortality. It was adapted from the original teleplay by Anthony Terpiloff and Elizabeth Barrows. 

The original teleplay suffered from flaws in structure and pacing. Moore deftly fixed all those flaws with narrative economy and modern character depth.

As a result, the characters didn’t feel like hastily rendered Shakespearean archetypes. The predicaments inherent in facing eternity were more engaging and nuanced.

“Goldilocks” by Andrew Smith referred to conditions that are perfect for life. The planet they find is neither too hot nor too cold. Of course, the Moonbase Alpha crew doesn’t actually find perfection.

Instead, they find a precariously balanced ecosystem teetering on the brink. If they survive a new dawn, our heroes will learn a new definition for community.

Acting 

Mark Bonnar and Maria Teresa Creasey do a stellar job anchoring the cast. They are surrounded by a supporting cast more than equal to the task.

The guest cast is also excellent. That said, I must single out Chris Jarman as Dr Chaney Rowland. It’s no small thing to take on a role originally played by Brian Blessed and make it his own.

Overall

Thank you, Big Finish. Space 1999 Volume 01 was a treat. I can’t wait for Volume 02.

 

You can purchase Space 1999 Volume 01 here.

9.5
Big Finish: Space 1999 Volume 01
  • Story
    8.5
  • Perfomances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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