The Catacombs Production Guide
Observations: Collision Course

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The mines hang below from the Eagles, although the cables are not rigid. They are taut even in the zero gravity of space. Thanks to John Day.

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Consecutive shots of Kano from opposite sides show him always facing camera. He may be rotating his desk, but he does it very fast.

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Carter could have jettisoned the passenger pod to release the bomb (but this would have prevented Koenig's Eagle from docking). Thanks to Chris Moore.

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The 44inch Eagle rescue pod has been repainted since its last use in Missing Link; the red stripes do not extend to the lower rim of the transporter pod. However, on the 22inch Eagle, the stripes do.

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The first shot of Alan's Eagle is the 11 inch Eagle, showing burns. The docking shot is the second 44 inch Eagle (Koenig's rescue Eagle is the first 44 inch). The POV shot through the cockpit windows shows the 22 inch Eagle, but the model is clean, without the burn marks in the other two shots. Thanks to Richard Totis.

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When Koenig rushes into the travel tube after decontamination, he goes straight to the side door and points his commlock at it, as if it would open immediately at his destination (or he wants to get out onto the launch pad). Thanks to David A. Sobral

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Apparently Alan Carter doesn't wear anything under his spacesuit. When Helena unzips his top, his bare chest is revealed.

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As they tensely wait for the countdown to Operation Shockwave, Operative Julie (Annie Lambert) places a tray of coffee cups in front of Bergman and Morrow. We cut to a shot of the space mines, then return to the same angle as Julie returns, picks up the tray, and carries it away. It has been there for 3 seconds of screen time. Thanks to Simon Rhodes.

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In the last section of the story, a duplicate sound effects track can be heard, about 2 seconds before the actual sound effects and action. This is particularly noticeable when Koenig wakes from sedation and attacks the guards. As the close-up shows him looking at the Communications Post, the sound of the the button is heard being pressed before he presses it. Then, as Koenig turns his head to the door after seeing the guards on the screen, the sound of the Commlock can be heard and a shuffle as he hits the guards, again, before he actually does so. Thanks to Elliot.

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When Helena and Mathias run in through the Main Mission doors, a studio microphone is visible at the top of the frame (it is only visible on the HD version of the episode; previous DVD versions had a smaller picture area). A few shots later, as Helena advances to Koenig, the microphone is still visible, then disappears. Thanks to Jonathan Baxter.

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At the climax, Koenig could have simply stunned people to keep them away (presuming that stun is truely harmless)

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Stunt men Vic Armstrong and Alf Joint (in a blonde wig) are featured, but stunt doubles for Paul, Bergman and Koenig are briefly visible.

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After the Main Mission staff have retreated up the stairs, Helena is a double, not Barbara Bain


Copyright Martin Willey