The Catacombs Episode Critics
Compiled by Martin Willey

1. The Metamorph

An enjoyable romp. Production values are still high, but there are worrying signs; Maya transforms herself into a gorilla and there's somebody in the cast called Tony Anholt. But some things never change- in time honoured Space 1999 tradition, everything blows up at the end. 8/10 (Rob Pritchard, Dreamwatch #27, 1996)

An exciting and spectacular start to the reformatted series with more emphasis on action- at the expense of thought provoking and intelligent scripting and realistic characterisation. Good fun all the same. A (Chris Bentley, SFX 20, 1996)

The episode's conflict sustains hard driving action, a plethora of excellent special effects and the dramatic theme that truth is more important than love. Catherine Schell, in particular, performs with great success, registering immediately as both innocent and likeable. (John Kenneth Muir, Exploring Space: 1999, p101)

More action packed and less cerebral than many year one shows and much better than most that followed. *** (good) (James O'Neill, Sci-Fi On Tape, p271, 1997)

The special effects are all astounding, and the entire production is clearly starting off on a very strong footing. The episodes ends on a touching note with emotions which are conveyed with reality and validity. 9/10 (Bob Wood, The Future Is Fantastic, 2001)