|'The AB Chrysalis'
by Tony Barwick
When the Moon is hit by enormous electrical waves emanating from an unidentified planet, Commander Koenig, Maya and Carter take an Eagle to the planet in an attempt to persuade its people to stop the bombardment. The discover that the planet is surrounded by a ring of moons; they land on one and encounter strange, spherical machines who inform them that their humanoid Masters are not yet in existence. Intrigued, Koenig and the others then travel to the planet surface and meet more spheres who explain that their masters have a unique life-cycle - after they grow old they enter a chrysalis stage and are reborn; however, during this phase they are helpless and must be protected by a computer defence system. It is this computer that now perceives Alpha as a threat, and but the only remaining master, known as the Guardian, is unable to countermand its instructions as he has just entered his chrysalis stage. Alpha is doomed unless Commander Koenig can convince two newly-reborn female masters, known only as ‘A’ and ‘B’, that the Moon is no longer a threat - but will they decide in time…?
Martin Landau (Commander John Koenig), Barbara Bain (Doctor Helena Russell), Catherine Schell (Maya), Nick Tate (Captain Alan Carter), John Hug (Bill Fraser), Yasuko Nagazumi (Yasko Nugami), Ina Skriver (A), Sarah Douglas (B), Robert Rietty (Sphere Voice), David Sebastian Bach (Guardian's Brother), Sarah Bullen (Operative Kate), Albin Pahernik (Creature)
Directed by Val Guest
Produced by Fred Freiberger
Series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson
UK (ATV Midlands):
November 18th, 1976
*Featuring Commander John Koenig, Doctor Helena Russell, Maya, Captain Alan Carter and Bill Fraser
*Working title: ‘The Chrysalis A-B-C’