Film 2 (1979)
- There are additional shots in the title sequence from The Bringers Of Wonder part 1 (Koenig's swooping Eagle), Missing Link and Black Sun, and, at the end, Space Brain.
- ITC promoted the film with the tags "The ultimate space age disaster was just the beginning..." and "The ultimate space-age disaster...and a desperate struggle for survival"
- Although designed with a cinema release in mind (and film posters and trailers to support it), the main target was cable and satellite TV, and home video. There does not seem to have been a theatrical release.
|Deputy chairman Walsh
Int. International Lunar Finance Commission Boardroom
Ext. City at night (establishing shots)
Ext. Building Entrance (establishing shot)
The boardroom decoration includes unpainted Airfix models including a Saturn V rocket, two space shuttles and, on the desk, Starcruiser (an aborted Gerry Anderson project that spawned an Airfix kit). The consoles are old props from Gerry Anderson's 1969 series UFO. Strangely there is an American stars and stripes flag, although this is an "International" organisation with British chairman and deputy.
Scenes of the Eagle training crash were reversed (left for right) shots from elsewhere in the episode, especially Koenig's crash. (The scenes of Main Mission glimpsed in this segment are also reversed).
Additional library music is sourced from three British composers in the Bruton library. Thanks to Oliver Lomax and Chris Dale.
- The background music before and after the main titles is by composer Richard Hill (born 1942); the tracks are "Universe" and (heard briefly) "Threat to Universe". A variation of the first track, "Universe Link One", is also heard briefly between the two episodes. These appear on the 1979 Bruton album 'Universe/Deadly Nightshade' (BRJ 11), possibly under different titles ("Imposing Theme" and "In The Beginning"; the track order is uncertain).
- The title music for the "Alien Attack" film is called "Giants Causeway" by British composer Nick Ingman, composed for the Bruton music library and on the 1978 Bruton LP "The Will to Win" (BRG 9). Thanks to Oliver Lomax
- The end title score is "Disco Dynamite" by Keith Mansfield (born 1941). It appears on the 1978 Bruton LP 'Light My Fire' (BRH 5).
- ITC Music Cue Sheet
- An introductory narration. This is reworked from the narration for the film Destination Moonbase Alpha. The narration is spoken by Mark Smith (the voice of the Cloud in Beta Cloud).
- Title sequence is made from the "This Episode" clips from Breakaway and War Games, plus a few shots from The Bringers Of Wonder part 1, Missing Link and Black Sun.
- An opening sequence in the International Lunar Finance meeting monitoring a Meta Probe pilot training flight. Their Eagle passes Navigation Beacon Delta, then crashes (reversed footage from Koenig's crash plus clips of War Games pilots and pilots during the dispersal of the waste). This is supposedly Warren and Sparkman.
- Interval with the lunar finance boardroom where the deputy chairman argues that the Meta Probe should be launched immediately but the chairman asserts Koenig will take the decision.
- Minor editing in the final scenes of breakaway, removing shots of Roy Dotrice. There are two substitute shots from act 2, one of Helena walking by the desks (flopped left for right), one of Koenig and Bergman (in the NDA 2 depot). One line from Koenig's speech; "...without travel plots," is removed since it is heard over a shot of Simmonds. Thanks David Penn
- Interval (after the breakaway and the news cast finishes). The Chairman announces that during the last transmission from Alpha they learned Simmonds had died. They cannot mount a rescue mission but must instead devote their resources to the state of emergency on Earth.
Apart from the above, there were no cuts in the episodes.
The Lunar Commission scenes, filmed especially for this film.
- The narration states the year is 2100, not 1999. This copies the narration in Destination Moonbase Alpha.
- The extra sequences state Simmonds has died after the breakaway. This contradicts Earthbound.
"From the very first moment in time when man looked out into the Universe, our galaxy has been dominated by the Moon, the Earth's great natural satellite." Our galaxy contains billions of stars, none of which are dominated by the Moon. It should probably read "our sky has been dominated". It is still far better than the nonsense narration in Destination Moonbase Alpha.
"The Command Centre, Moon Base Alpha, is a well established colonised space station, regularly monitored and smoothly functioning, its very existence made possible by a specially developed support system fed by nuclear waste from Earth." This is a confusing sentence, probably as it is adapted from the narration in Destination Moonbase Alpha. Command Centre is the control room that replaces Main Mission in Year Two (and not seen in these episodes). According to the rest of the film, nuclear waste is just dumped on the far side of the Moon, not recycled.
Why is a training flight on the dark side of the Moon being monitored from Earth in an otherwise ordinary office board room? By looking out the curtains the deputy determines they are passing over navigation beacon delta.
Note the Starcruiser model on the table and Saturn V rocket beyond.
- UK Video: Precision (UK, 1980), Channel 5 (UK, 1987), Polygram (UK, 1992)
- US Video: USA IVE (Sybil Danning's Adventure Video) (US, 1986).
- France Video: AYF
- Germany Video: Arcade
- Japan Video: Emotion (video and laserdisc)
- DVD: PVB Editions (France, 2003)
- DVD: Prisvideo Editions (Portugal, 2004)
- DVD: Passworld (Italy, 2006)
- DVD: Seven Sept (France, 2007)
- DVD: Laser Paradise (Germany, 2011)