Maya was a shape-shifting character introduced in the second and final season of the ITC space opera Space: 1999
. Maya was played by actress Catherine Schell
In the episode "The Metamorph" (first aired in 1976), Maya was the stunningly beautiful, side-burned daughter of Mentor. Mentor and Maya were the last of a race called the Psychons. The Psychons mastered the secrets of molecular transformation
and they could shape shift. Alas all their science did not save them from the near destruction of their planet's environment. Psychon, once a beautiful verdant world, now resembled a British sound stage
complete with hunks of rock grey foam and shredded green plastic trash bags made to resemble alien foliage. So what I mean to say is Psychon was one huge volcano
. Volcano planet. You dig? It wasn't a super great place to live.
Alas, Mentor's desire to return his world to a verdant paradise knew no ethical limit. He was like a Raelian crossed with a Scientologist crossed with a Microsoft biz dev guy. He believed the citizens of Moonbase Alpha
could be turned into bio-batteries that would help power a super computer that could restore the planet's original environment. How that was all going to come about was a bit hazy but this was 1976. If a computer could understand human speech in The Six Million Dollar Man
, by 1999 a computer could certainly handle the trivial task of teraforming
a shattered planet. Know what I'm saying there, Action Jackson
Maya -- a sweet innocent bearded version of Prospero
's daughter Miranda
-- was made aware of her dad's malevolent
plans and helped the Moonbase Alphaians to escape by blowing up her dad and her home world. After slaughtering her father, she joined the Moonbase Alphaians and used her shape shifting, advanced scientific knowledge, pluck, and sexiness to save Walter Koenig
and crew many a time.