The Catacombs The Continuity Guide
Moonbase Guide
by Martin Willey

Main Mission


Main Mission

Main Mission (named "Main Mission Control" in Ring Around The Moon) is the control room which monitors and supervises all Moonbase operations. Later in Year 2, operations moved to Command Centre. The "big screen" is the large view screen at the front of these rooms. Both are staffed by members of all organisational sections. Normal staff levels are about double the number of desks: various staff are employed looking at the computer panels (this was Kano's position until he got a desk) or walking round carrying pieces of colourful plastic. Minimum staff levels are two or less (Black Sun, Space Brain).

The layout and lighting of Main Mission changed through the series. In early episodes, the panels are illuminated white. In Alpha Child they became green for six episodes. In End Of Eternity only they are yellow. In War Games and The Last Enemy they are both white and red. In the remaining six episodes they are white, except for some scenes in Space Brain when they are green.

Another Time, Another Place

In Another Time, Another Place, we see Main Mission stripped of all electronics. The camera pans over the deserted room, as shown in this panorama here.

General

Black Sun

A view to the balcony steps.

Black Sun

A wider view, showing the initial compact desk layout.

Black Sun

Note the high ceiling.

Alpha Child

View towards Command Office, doors open.

Black Sun

A view towards the other corner.

Guardian Of Piri

Note the steps continue to the wall, in contrast to the picture on the left.

Desk layout

Breakaway

The view from Koenig's desk.

Breakaway

Breakaway: Main Mission is in the early layout with steps to the viewports (there is a slight change in Ring Around The Moon; the new layout is in Earthbound).

Black Sun

Black Sun: early layout

Black Sun Black Sun
Earthbound

Earthbound: the steps to the windows are gone, and the desks open out slightly; but Kano still does not have a desk.

Another Time, Another Place

Another Time, Another Place: the wider layout

Guardian Of Piri

The later layout with Kano's desk, which first appeared in Missing Link.

Force Of Life

View from the balcony

Space Brain

Space Brain: including Kano's desk

Force Of Life

Often wires are seen running on the floor between desks.

Collision Course

The desks move forwards and backwards in each episode, and sometimes foreground desks even disappear for particular shots.

End Of Eternity

Paul's desk has a flip-up compartment; here used to open an airlock. It has various other functions

Black Sun

Despite the electronics, staff frequently drink coffee at their desks.

Kano's desk

Kano's desk first appeared in Missing Link. While those at other desks sit in Gaudi chairs, Kano sits in a more upright Selene chair.

Guardian Of Piri

Kano's desk is has a slightly different design. In front there is a small screen (never seen in use). The flat desk has rows of red and white buttons. The sides are illuminated, and there are print-out slots in front.

Guardian Of Piri

Another view, showing the small screen and lighted side sections.

The Last Sunset

Print-outs always emerge from the left slots.

End Of Eternity

In End Of Eternity, Balor rips up Kano's desk.


Copyright Martin Willey