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The final transmission of a cancelled space opera


Recently at lunch we had a conversation about old television shows and Space 1999 came up. I had nearly forgotten about Moon Base Alpha, which makes the video above all the more compelling. It was the 1970s and I was just a teen, but I remember watching. I even made a model of the Eagle spaceships featured on the show. However, after viewing some of the clips on You Tube I don't remember there being such high melodrama. Space 1999 was a very serious show with serious themes, but I just remember the cool space stuff and strange aliens.

I wonder if Space 1999 would be a good candidate for a modern-day remake ala Battlestar Galactica?

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25 comments
JamesRL
JamesRL

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Power Its a kids show, its not a kids show. I didn't watch every episode, but I was lucky enough to get a studio tour (it was in an old Toronto warehouse). They used many of the techniques from the first three non digital Star Wars movies; detailled minatures, flying minature cameras etc. James

seanferd
seanferd

Kids show with Ruth Buzzy and Jim Neighbors as the wacky alien androids. Where are they going in that lost saucer?

mel.alliswell9
mel.alliswell9

Bring back Marshall, Will and Holly! I'd like to see a remake of Land of the Lost. (or Dark Shadows would be cool, too)

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

I liked Space 1999 it was a believable science fiction program with very good sets and acting.Good entertainment---not too scary.

mark.ireland-spicer
mark.ireland-spicer

If you live in the UK and have the free to air digital service, you'll be able to see Space 1999 and UFO regularly on ITV4. Even now (allowing for the slightly dodgy datelines) these are the dogs dangly bits!!!

nigel_Stallard
nigel_Stallard

If you want to avoid those pesky adverts UFO is available on DVD, good quality transfer too. Note sure about Space 1999. I can't remember which way round it went, but I think after UFO was cancelled Gerry Anderson re-used some of the moonbase models for Space 1999

seanferd
seanferd

Odd, because I don't remember seeing the actual episodes Alien Attack was spliced together from. Oh well. It is nice that UFO and Space 1999 are available on DVD. Also nice that media savvy folks inform us as to what is available. I know that I would probably never have reseached these things. And the first duty of a Prisoner is to ESCAPE!

gardnermandy
gardnermandy

I have Space 1999 Series 1 and 2 on dvd (box sets 6 per set) IMDB trivia says the following: The TV movie "alien Attack" was edited from scenes of two episodes ("Breakaway" and "War Games") of "Space: 1999" (1975).

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Time Tunnel The Prisoner The Invaders Thunderbirds

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

but The Prisoner is my choice for tops! Lol - big bad overgrown beachball forcing escapees back to the village! Edit to add: It might be tough to remake - Patrick McGoohan will be hard to replace and I bet that 60's feel wouldn't be the same.

seanferd
seanferd

Austin Powers is THE PRISONER. Baby. That is probably what it would be like.

rknox
rknox

Don't forget Land of the Giants Green Hornet Gilligans Island and I Love Lucy

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

I have the Murray Leinster Land of the Giants novel. Picked it up at a used book store.

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

Rumor has it that Number 6, Patrick McGoohan, is working on a screen play for a feature-length movie. Of course, this rumor has been around for a couple of years. Also, wasn't the story-line finished? If I recall it ended with Number 6 becoming Number 2 and meeting Number 1. Although, they leave it hanging and we never get to see number 1.

michaellashinsky
michaellashinsky

When I was a kid, Number 1 and Number 2 were nothing you wanted to be...

LocoLobo
LocoLobo

Although the ending was... wierd. That was a cool series though.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Unfortunately, I've only seen it in out-of-sequence reruns.

JamesRL
JamesRL

Made by the team from Thunderbirds and Space 1999, it revolved around Aliens invading Earth on a small scale. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO_%28TV_series%29 Loved the prisoner, have it on DVD (wish I had the Lotus super seven). James

seanferd
seanferd

Isn't that how they pronounced the acronym in the series? That was one cool show, although I never saw all of the episodes. UFO and Space 1999 were the first two sci-fi shows I learned to appreciate, as I was more a "hard" science fiction reader. I hated Star Trek as a kid, but found it highly amusing later in life. As for Space 1999, there was a film version of this: Alien Attack. I could never tell if it was actually supposed to be contiguous with the series, but had the same premise, actors, and moon base sets and ships. You can watch as Martin Landau & company trash the aliens pad. SPOILER: In the end, it seems that the aliens doing the attacking were the humans. As I seem to remember it. It was available for rental in the days of VHS.

runningwolf
runningwolf

UFO is available on DVD. I rented it recently from Netflix. There are 8 series disk.

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

Star Lost, it had so much promise and was so poorly executed. The basic concept was a compartmentized generation ship that had an accident. They forgot about Earth, their mission, about the ship and even about the other compartments. This meant that after a couple of hundred years each compartment became their own little civilization. Alas, the producers took the cheap route and it died after sixteen episodes.

LocoLobo
LocoLobo

Can't remember title. 4 or 5 kids wake up from hibernation early aboard a ship. Several years ago mid 90s? Anybody remember the title?

nigel_Stallard
nigel_Stallard

I remember a show on BBC Radio 4 with that premise...called Earth Search...there were 2 series, three computers called Angel 1, Angel 2 and Angel 3 ran the ship.

LocoLobo
LocoLobo

But the details elude me. The actors were all young teenagers. Probably from 14-16 yrs old.