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Dragon's Domain
(Dragens domæne)
SPACE:1999, episode 23 (1.23)

Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 20:47:20

Martin Landau   IMDB   Commander John Koenig
Barbara Bain   IMDB   Doctor Helena Russell
Barry Morse   IMDB   Professor Victor Bergman
Nick Tate   IMDB   Alan Carter
Prentis Hancock   IMDB   Paul Morrow
Clifton Jones   IMDB   David Kano
Zienia Merton   IMDB   Sandra Benes
Anton Philips   IMDB   Doctor Bob Mathias
Guest Cast:
Gianni Garko   IMDB   Tony Cellini
Douglas Wilmer   IMDB   Commisioner Dixon
Barbara Kellerman   IMDB   Minique Fauchere
Michael Sheard   IMDB   Doctor Darwin King
Susan Jameson   IMDB   Juliet Mackie
Sarah Bullen   IMDB   Operative Kate
Laser Disc   SPACE:1999 LaserDisc Volume 02
DVD   SPACE:1999 DVD #06
VHS   SPACE:1999 VHS #02

Tony Cellini and Koenig are old friends. But when the Moon drifts close to an area near the planet Ultra where Cellini survived an incredible experience, he appears to go beserk and attempts to take off, entirely alone, in an Eagle command module. It was once on his way to Ultra that Cellini and three others came to eerie graveyard of spaceships. They were attacked by a monster, a gruesome, rampaging mass of writhing tentacles, and only Cellini survived to tell the tale. Now back to the same area of space, Cellini wants to vindicate himself.
While Tony Cellini is sleeping, swirling lights appear in his room which disturb his sleep. He wakes up in an extremely agitated state and and tries to attack the lights with a tomahawk. After a few attempts, he embeds the tomahawk into the commpost and the lights vanish.

An alarm is sounded in Medical Centre due to his elevated pulse and metabolic rate. Helena contacts him to see if he is alright. He tells her it was just a bad dream, and that he is fine. He leaves his quarters for the launch pad embarkation area.

Main Mission in alerted to his presence in a restricted area while off duty. Unable to contact him, Koenig restricts his commlock's access to that launch pad until he can find out what is going on. Tony realizes this, knocks Alan out, takes his commlock, and boards an Eagle.

Koenig Finds Alan, aborts the launch and is forced to stun Tony at point blank range. Cellini is taken to Medical Centre to recover. Helena thinks that Tony has been unstable since the the disaster aboard the Ultra Probe killing three of his crewmates, which he blamed on a monster that was undetectable to their life scans.

The Ultra Probe was launched June 6, 1996 from the Interplanetary Space Station to invetsigate the newest planet discovered in Earth's solar system. When they reached Ultra, eight months later, sensors picked up a group of spaceships just after passing behind the planet, and out of communications range. They detected no signs of life on any of the alien craft, and couldn't figure out why. They guessed it might be some kind of "car park" for an intergalacic conference.

After finding a ship with a suitable atmosphere they docked with it. When everything appeared safe, Tony opened the hatch from the command module. A wind blew through the open hatch, and strange lights and sounds came from within.

Darwin King told Tony to close the hatch. Tony did, but too late. A horrific creature materialized aboard the Ultra Probe. By the time he fixed the doors (which had shorted out) from the Command Module, it had consumed Darwin King, Juliet Mackie, and expelled their smoldering corpses.

He tried to save Dr. Monique Fauchere, but the creature had it's tentacles around her throat, and his laser had no effect. Ultimately she, too, was consumed. Tony tried to kill the monster. He failed, and barely escaped with his life. He separated the Command Module from the probe ship and used a low orbit around Ultra to slingshot his craft back towards Earth. His module was found over six months later, with Tony on the brink of death. He recovered, but his story was met with incredulity.

Comissioner Dixon believed that he bungled the docking procedure, killing his crew, and made up the story to cover for his mistake. Dr. Russell was on the medical team assigned to evaluate Cellini. He begged her to believe his story, but ultimately, her report supported the case against him, and he was grounded for more psychiatric treatment.

John brings Helena flowers to apologise for snapping at her earlier. Koenig is contacted by Main Mission to let him know that sensore picked up new contacts. When he arrives at Main Mission he has Kano check the computer to match the new contacts against the ones detected by the Ultra Probe, but Sandra locates the Ultra Probe amongst the alien ships before Kano has a chance.

Koenig decides to investigate the derelict ships, and asks Tony to come along. They board the Eagle and Tony says he wants to apologise to Alan in the cockpit. He knocks Alan out, again, drags his body itno the passenger module, separates the Eagle's superstructure from the pod, and leaves the others on the launch pad.

Koenig has another Eagle pick them up and follows Cellini to the Ultra Probe. When Tony gets there, he separates the Command Module from the Eagle and docks with the Ultra Probe. When Koenig's Eagle arrives, they dock with the probe ship and enter in time to see Tony fighting a losing battle with the Dragon. He is consumed by the creature, to the Alphans horror.

Koenig and two Security personnel try their lasers on the creature to no effect. Koenig grabs a hatchet and faces off against the Dragon. In a move of either pure luck or divine inspiration, he strikes the creature in the eye with the hatchet, killing it.

The Alphans return to Alpha before it moves out of range of their Eagle, leaving behind the many unanswered questions about the aliens who piloted those ships.

The only thing they do know, is their fates, the fate of Tony Cellini. When they get back to the base, Helena suggests that if they do find a new home, they will need a whole new mythology.

Koenig asks if she means "Tony Cellini and the Monster". He tell's her that it is not mythology, but part of their history now. But he does think that Tony would have been happy to have put new life into an old myth.
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