The Catacombs Production Guide
Observations: Missing Link

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The opening scene in Main Mission shows Paul from behind. We then cut to the other side. In the first shot, Tanya was standing to his side. In the second, there is a female security guard.

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The number on the Eagle 1 door is "4" except when Alan opens the door after the crash, when it has suddenly changed to "6". (The earlier scene was a re-shoot, the later shot is from the original version of the episode).

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One reason for Koenig's injuries is that he and Alan were not wearing seatbelts. They didn't even try to fit them when the Eagle went out of control.

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"Come in, Eagle Four! Come in, Eagle Four!" calls Koenig. How does he know it is Eagle 4? We can assume a rescue Eagle is always ready on a launch pad, and Koenig knows that the current duty Eagle is Eagle 4.
Koenig holds his commlock by his helmet, although in the vacuum his voice would not be carried across the short distance. There must be short range radio microphones in the helmet. The commlock must pick up the radio signals and transmit them over a longer range. Thanks to Richard Totis.
We see Koenig waving to the Eagle passing overhead. A little later, Koenig enters the airlock. In both scenes, the lunar landscape behind is identical, with a small crater rim visible.

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Moonbase corridors don't normally have windows, or steps (not clearly seen in the episode, but watch carefully in the shot through the Diagnostic Unit doors). The production redressed Koenig's command office set as Diagnostic, and used part of Main Mission as the corridor. These windows are actually in Main Mission, with a curved corner and blank walls along the top of the Main Mission steps.
We also see Koenig alone in an empty Moonbase in the next episode, Guardian of Piri, and Helena and Tony visit another replica Moonbase in One Moment Of Humanity. Thanks to Richard Totis.

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The body of the crashed Eagle is a photograph; the nose is a special damaged model.
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The 44 inch Rescue Eagle lands.
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The Cargo Eagle is the 22 inch model; below is the 44 inch Rescue Eagle. While the shot could have been done by filming both Eagles separately in double exposure, it seems these shots are forced perspective, with the 22 inch Eagle closer.
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Now the Rescue Eagle is a cut-out and the Cargo Eagle is the 44inch model.
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The Rescue Eagle nose cone is fixed without a body.
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Again the 44 inch Rescue and 22 inch Cargo Eagles together. The damaged nose cone is this time a cut-out.
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When the command module is detached from the Eagle, the interior set still shows the door open to the access corridor.

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When Koenig walks down the steps into the deserted Main Mission, a studio light is visible at the top of the frame.

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In the scene when Paul says "No one's being callous, just realistic", there is the faint shadow of a boom mike swinging over (just left of by the Lucciola lamp, over Paul and Alan's head). Thanks to David A. Sobral.

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Alan Carter argues with Victor and Paul: "he is still the Commander". The contrast is striking between Alan's fierce loyalty and Koenig in the next scene on Zenno, apparently willing to abandon Alpha to live with Vana. In the script, it's a little clearer that Koenig is manipulating Vana so that Raan will send him back, although by this scene he has real feelings for her. This is too subtle to be seen on screen. Thanks to Richard Totis.

After Helena performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation, we see Sandra. She has sensors are on the outside of her gauze. Later shots show them inside. Thanks to Anthony D.

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The This Episode segment contains several scenes that did not appear in the episode.

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The Rescue Eagle takes off from the crashsite. In the episode, the last we see of the crash site is when the crash Eagle command module is taken away.

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A view of the Zennite city with a small Eagle flying above. In the episode, we only see the alien city framed as a projection by Raan, and on the Big Screen in the Zennite Main Mission. This shot is the one seen on the Big Screen.

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Tony Allyn and another guard walk into a travel tube.

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Sandra looks concerned in Medical. In the episode she never leaves her bed.



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