“A middle aged geek” puts it well: “Utter nonsense, yes, but very well-made nonsense.”
The incredibly detailed miniature effects and feature film production design of Moonbase Alpha make the original Star Trek’s balsa wood & cardboard sets look like a fifth grade play. While the story of ‘unknown magnetic radiation’ causing crewmen at the base to go mad is never really resolved (some genuinely sloppy writing), it doesn’t really matter; the stage is set for some dazzling eye candy, even if it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The tension building up to, and including, the actual breakaway of the moon from Earth orbit is on a par with some of the best 1970s Irwin Allen disaster movies. —“Space: 1999” is a blast from a past that never was…
And another great quote:
“The Bringers of Wonder” Part Two sees the vomit-noodle aliens further using their will to pacify and manipulate the Alphans, but due to an experimental brain treatment from Helena, Koenig is unable to be fooled by their illusions.