The Catacombs Episode Critics
Compiled by Martin Willey

11. The Last Sunset

Thinking the object could be a bomb Koenig's first action is to bring the object into the moonbase for examination!?! The result of this act of fine leadership being the destruction of several of Alpha's buildings and several members of the crew jumping into walls and throwing themselves through windows... Although a little short on plot this story has enough interesting quirks and twists to give it the pace it requires. What makes it stand out from the other episodes is its lack of dependence on space aliens and possessed Alphans, although Paul does go a bit loopy towards the end of the episode. Rating 7/10 (Anthony McKay, DWB, 1992)

Disappointing... [a] ludicrous premise (Richard Houldsworth, TV Zone, 1992)

Superb; a delightful premise that gives the supporting cast an opportunity to shine. The last sunset itself brings the episode to a touching conclusion. A+ (Chris Bentley, SFX 20, 1996)

There are just too many events occurring in the story. Despite these problems, it is a delight to see Helena Russell in charge of a mission for a change. (John Kenneth Muir, Exploring Space: 1999, p51)

** (fair) (James O'Neill, Sci-Fi On Tape, p271, 1997)

There is a tremendous atmosphere of light-heartedness and joy throughout much of the first part of the show. There is a genuine warmth and likeability which clearly radiate between and from the regular characters. Penfold constructed layer upon layer of challenges, intrigue and possibilities in a script which truly tests the Alphans. The Last Sunset is memorable, and a charming fan favourite. 9/10 (Bob Wood, The Future Is Fantastic, 2001)

A wonderful, simple concept and moments of real poignancy make this a standout. 4/5 (Alasdair Stuart, SciFiNow #10, 2007)