The newscast they were watching said the Jamestown colony was being expanded. Perhaps the plutonium will be used as an energy source.
OTOH, the Cold War is probably still going strong, as it was in our 1983. Unless something major changed in the show’s 1970s-1983, there’d be a significant Russian presence on the moon. Also, Reagan seemed to be gaining a foothold with all the worries about the space program problems being possible Russian sabotage. So my theory is, the Jamestown colony is real but also being used as a cover for a military base and the plutonium will be weaponized.
Another, happier, possibility: by 1983 we’re aiming to beat the Russians to Mars and the plutonium will power spacecraft being built on the moon (or in orbit) to get there.
This was the first episode where I actually started to like Karen.
I half expected Mikhail to sabotage Jamestown while Ed was gone, after that shot of him looking up at the departing LEM and then over at Jamestown. Seemed a bit ominous, especially after he helped Ed. Or maybe I’m just misinterpreting what I thought I saw?
When Ed left Jamestown, why the hell didn’t he warn Ellen about what had been going on with the Russians? Seems like information she really needed to know!
Still don’t think real highly of Gordo and his cheating, but I have to admit I teared up a bit at his and Tracy’s kiss in Mission Control and him giving her the gold pin.
Deke: sorry to see him go, but his last words to Ellen when warning her about “people like [him]” should have been “You deserve better”.