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The Troubled Spirit
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SPACE:1999, episode 19 (1.19)
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 20:47:31
Dan Mateo, a botanist conducting experiments in the Hydroponic Unit with his assistent Laura Adams, suddenly collapses. Then, under Helena's care in the Medical Unit, he sees the shadowy shape of a horribly scarred man. Helena also sees it, believing it to resemble Mateo. When Koenig and Dr. Warren, head of the Hydroponic Unit, forbid Mateo to continue his experiments, Warren sees the shadowy figure - and then dies. When Mateo secretly continues his experiemnts, Laura Adams quarrels with him. Again the mysterious figure appears - and Laura dies. On Bergman's advice, Mateo is allowed to carry out his experiments openly. Once again, the ghostly, mutilated figure appears, and it is without doubt a spirit Mateo. Now some form of scientific exorcism may be the only hope.
While off-duty Moonbase personnel are enjoying a concert in the Recreation Centre, four scientists, lead by Dan Mateo are working on an unusual experiment in the Hydroponics Lab. They are trying to communicate with vegetation via amplified brain wave patterns similar to those given off by plants.
When section head James Warren interrupts what he considers to be a dangerous experiment, Mateo collapses. Suddenly the temperature drops and a cold wind blows through Alpha.
Mateo is brought to Medical Centre and soon regains consciousness. He tells Helena that he sensed a coldness in his mind, then fear and pain before he collapsed.
Meanwhile Koenig and Victor investigate the unexplained drop in temperature recorded by Computer. Although it originated in the Hydroponics Lab where the experiment took place, Victor can find no equipment present capable of causing the effect.
Koenig interviews the people present to see if they have any explanation as to what happened. They can offer no insight as to what happened, but James Warren tells Koenig that he warned Mateo not to continue with his experiments because he felt they were dangerous.
Laura Adams (Mateo's assistant) counters that it had only gone wrong when he interfered. Helena keeps Mateo in Medical Centre overnight so he can get some rest. While Mateo is sleeping, Helena sees a disfigured Alphan lurking in the shadows. When security arrives to investigate, they find nothing. She tells John that she experienced the same feelings of cold and dread descibed to her by Mateo.
When Mateo is released he heads towards the Hydroponics Lab. On his way, he sees a shadow move accross the interior of the travel tube. As it approaches, he arrives at the terminal and quickly exits the car. When he gets to the Hydroponics Lab Warren tells him that he no longer wants him in his
department. Mateo threatens to kill him, then storms out.
A chill wind blows through Hypoponics and Warren senses a presence. A disfigured hand reaches out and grabs him. His body is found and an autopsy reveals that his spinal column was shattered. Stating that no blow could have caused that kind of damage, Helena attributes it to "fear generated to an unimaginable intensity".
Laura takes a circuit board from Mateo's equipment after failing to convince him to discontinue his experiments. They fight, and as she leaves she is confronted by the disfigured spectre. Her body is found, having died the same way as James Warren. Mateo blames himself, believing that he released the spectre stalking the base.
Victor wants to re-create the experiment so that they might find a way to battle the entity. Koenig feels it is too dangerous, but grudingly accedes. The experiment is recreated with the command staff, and the spectre appears. It is Mateo! He has returned to seek vengeance for a death that has not yet occurred. A death he blames on the Alphans.
When Mateo sees his own ghost, he goes into shock and the spectre fades away. Victor has an idea of how to contain it, so they sedate Mateo and strap him into a chair, with an energy barrier around it, in an observation chamber. Once secured they give him a shot of Methadrine to bring out his violent tendencies, to summon the entity.
When it does appear it tries to attack Koenig but is caught in the enrgy barrier. Mateo, afraid that it will get free, attempts to stop it and breaks lose of his bindings. They struggle and Mateo is forced into the barrier and killed.
When Koenig Victor and Helena enter the room to investigate, they see both bodies on the floor. The spirit is consumed by an unearthly glow and is absorbed by Mateo's body. When Koenig turns him over, his faced is burned in exactly the same fashion as the troubled spirit's was.
Koenig holds himself responsible for Mateo's death. Helena tries to tell him that it was not his fault, that it was pre-ordained in some way, and that Mateo was simply beyond their kind of help... that life and death are still the greatest mysteries of all.
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