The Catacombs Episode Guide

The Bringers of Wonder Part 2

France/Canada Un message d'espoir 2ème partie A Message Of Hope Part 2
Spain Portadores de ilusiones 2 Carriers of illusion 1
Italy Attenti ai terrestri Beware the Earth People (terrestrials)!
Portugal Os Emissários do Terror II The Emissaries of Terror 2
Portugal Os Criadores de Sonhos II The Creators of Dreams 2

People from Earth have landed on Moonbase Alpha, promising to take the Alphans back home. Commander Koenig, however, sees not fellow human beings, but aliens, and tries to kill some of them. Horrified, Helena stuns him with a laser gun and later, as he lies unconscious in the Medical Center, Koenig is approached by one of the aliens (for that is what they really are) who tries to smother him...

Background

  • Shooting script dated 23rd June 1976. Filmed 25th August- 28th September 1976
  • Edited with part 1 in the compilation movie Destination Moonbase Alpha
  • The scene when Maya stuns the guard in Medical. Promptly after the guard had fallen, Shaw trips over the guard's body (seen on "It'll Be Alright On The Night" UK blooper program). More.
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Sets

Int. Command Centre
Int. Medical Centre
Int. Alpha Corridor
Int. Travel Tube
Int. Eagle Pilot Section
Int. Eagle Passenger Section

Int. Pilot Ship
Ext. Moon Surface
Int. Fuel Store (airlock)
Int. Monitoring Station
Int. Reactor Core Corridor
Ext. Earth forest (location)
Ext. Bartlett's garden (location)
Int. Bartlett's home

SFX

  • The alien ship was built by Martin Bower with projecting panels like the alien ships in UFO. Only the side facing the camera was built. It was a late addition to the script (Johnson and Bower only had one day's notice that the model was needed).
  • On the underside of the pilot ship the top of an Airfix Eagle leg pod can just be seen
  • Stock footage of New York is seen (sc 119)
  • There seem to be just 3 sculpted alien "blobs"- where more appear, full-sized photo cut outs are used. (thanks to Patrick Zimmerman for spotting this!)
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Music

Bartlett plays Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (a 51 second extract).

Science

  • White noise is like white light, all frequencies heard together. It is commonly used for relaxing. It is not ultrasonic or anaesthetic.
  • Contact gases affect on skin contact; they do not need to be inhaled. Helena would be affected herself. Any air circulation system needs to have filters and protections to prevent, for instance, the spread of infection- here Helena is able to override or disable the atmosphere controls for the entire moonbase with a single, simple alteration.
  • A human brain runs on 4 watts, which is considerably less than the lights and other electrical equipment in Moonbase Alpha.
  • Intense radation is ionising and causes genetic damage. In addition, explosions have a tendency to tear up and scatter cells in an often violent manner. If they need intense radiation, they should fly closer to a star. It seems unlikely any complex organism could withstand such treatment. How do they build a spaceship with such little kinetic energy?
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New York as seen in the episode

The real New York in 1999.
The World Trade Centre towers (finished in 1977, destroyed 2001), Battery Park and 1 New York Plaza (the black building) are the most prominent features in these shots. The aerial shot was probably taken in early to mid 1972. The Bankers Trust building (later the Deutsche Bank Building) at 130 Liberty Street in front of the towers has a yellow stripe near the top. The upper levels were still being built when this film was taken (it would open in 1974; it was badly damaged in 2001 and demolished by 2011). Fortunately more recent developments such as the World Financial Centre and Battery Park City are not visible.

Continuity

Chronology:

2515 days after leaving Earth orbit (Wed 2 Aug 2006). This is 2 years after the date given in part 1.

Alpha Personnel:

0 fatalities.

Alpha Technology:

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Eagles:

1 (Pursuit Eagle, although spacesuit badges indicate Eagle 5). Unnumbered Eagle used by Alan (spacesuit badges indicate Eagle 2).

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Maya transformations:

Larren, alien blob
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Planets:

None

Aliens:

Aliens, non humanoid

Props:

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Errors

  • At the end of part 1, Tony and Maya are going to show Koenig pictures. At the start of part 2, Helena and Maya arrive.
  • Part 1 is 1912 days after leaving Earth orbit; part 2 is 2515 days
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When Helena & Maya look at Eagle/pilot ship they see the pilot ship- not in New York, but by the waste domes
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Koenig's spacesuit visor knocks open during the fight on the lunar surface (also a bare wrist is glimpsed)
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When the Command Centre staff fall asleep, they are improbably leaning over their desks.

Observations

  • In the recap of part one, alternative shots of Koenig's Eagle hitting a dome and the Superswift landing are seen.
  • Note the number of shots of eyes: the aliens, Koenig, the larren's cyclops eye.
  • There are some dramatically different reactions to the aliens appearance. Koenig and Kander go mad. Maya merely looks repulsed. Tony says "ugh". Helena has no reaction whatsoever.
  • The vehicle they drive in the forest has a UK-style registration number, LPN 355.
  • A large number of publicity shots were taken of Alan's girlfriend Jeanie.
  • The ending, with Koenig fighting Alan as he tries to insert the nuclear fuel rod, is replayed in the climax of the 1999 James Bond film "The World Is Not Enough". James Bond tries to stop the villain putting a fuel rod into a submarine reactor and causing a nuclear explosion. Unlike Alan, the villain does not survive...
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Contents copyright Martin Willey