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Title:
The Last Orbit
Plot:
Plagued by visions of a woman claiming to be from another galaxy, an astronaut is more than surprised when she makes her presence known aboard his ship.
Episode:
1274
Air Dates:
First Run - January 8, 1982
Repeat - March 11, 1982
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8 Responses to Episode 1274


Without a doubt, my favorite episode on Mystery Theater. In short, an astronaut is sure that he is hearing and even seeing a beautiful woman while in space. Luna, the lovely alien he is experiencing frightens the astronaut at first as he questions her objectives with him, but she has a wonderful task for him to complete for the rest of his life. It reminds me of a recent beer commercial where a ship of female alien beauties come to earth and make contact with an average Jo. That was a big hint with my apologies. Another aspect of this episode that was great was the use of tangible sound effects. Science Fiction episodes on CBSMT are weak, but not in this episode. If you have never heard an episode of Mystery Theater, make this one your first.

I listened to the episode THE LAST ORBIT today at the office while engaged in some of the least pleasant activities a synthesis chemist deals with. The show stars Larry Haines as a Shuttle astronaut who is about to retire after his last mission. He is visited by an alien being who has ideas about how his retirement will go. The show may seem a little far fetched at times, clearly borrowing from some basic science ficion elements which by modern day standards seem cliche, but hey this is the Mystery Theatre and it was written more than 20 years ago! It is also interesting to see how the writer (Douglass Dempsey. Dempsy?) viewed where the Shuttle program would evolve relative to where is it today. Entertaining episode... Definitely worth a listen! I think you will also like the only other episode I am aware of by this writer: POSTAGE DUE.

This play is a futuristic tale about a space shuttle commander who cut a deal with a woman during his first shuttle flight. He's preparing for his final flight when the woman comes to collect on the debt. The commander fails to remember the deal but the woman persists and reminds him of his duty.

I was hoping for a follow up episode to this one or at least a couple of minutes of "the rest of the story". What happens when they get back to her planet, hmmm

Didn't know if Luna was real or imaginary. The music in ACT 2 was dark & mystifying; well done. I wish there was an ACT 4 to the story where Emit meets the rest of the females on Planet Argon that want to mingle with him. Check this Episode out, everybody. =0)

This one reminded me of an old sci-fi movie...wasn't it starring Zaa Zaa Gabor as the queen of a planet inhabited by women? Enjoyed this episode!

The film was called "Queen of Outer Space" (1958)

I rate this episode 4 out of 5 space suits! I enjoyed it very mush it kind-of reminded me of an old audio version of a short story by Ray Bradbury... I suppose it reminds me of his style. I liked it very much and I am with Scott Benson in that I wanted more! Maybe that was the intent. :)

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