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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

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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

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Music

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

Science

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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:

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

Maya transformations:

Larren, alien blob

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Planets:

None

Aliens:

Aliens, non humanoid

Props:

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Errors

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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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