According to Theo Nischwitz, the principal chief of special effects for this series who was an acquaintance, all effects were photographed & rendered in 35mm black & white Agfa stock with the single exception of those scenes in the starlight casino which contained the enlarged Berlin aquarium fish floating above and in background of the underwater base. - For those the standard blue screen effects of the day were used by draping blue cloth behind all window openings of the set and as such color stock had to be used in order for the FX team to be able to add those fish later from separately shot stock footage. Contrary to popular belief the enlarged fish were not a mistake but rather a deliberate decision in a nod to a post-apocalyptic setting. See more »
You can see two crewmembers in the fifth episode "Kampf um die Sonne" (Translation: "Fight for the Sun"). You can see them in the scene when the "Lanzet"-shuttle of the "Chroma"-people crashes. They were not fast enough to duck behind the shuttle. Actually both should only destroy the shuttle with a pair of wires. See more »
[slightly out of breath]
Commander, you should immediately make contact with Headquarters of the Terrestrial Space Reconnaissance Group. Hurry... It is urgent Mayor...
Cliff Allister McLane:
My agency has a very limited vocabulary: hurry , classified, urgent.
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"Raumpatrouille" was the very first sci-fi series I had the pleasure to watch. My elder brother and me sat in the living room, watching Dietmar Schönherr, Eva Pflug and all the other noble astronauts battling the "Frogs" or renegade robots on a b/w screen.
I was 9 years old, and the whole thing struck me completely. Oh, how i envied a classmate of my brother, who owned Peter Thomas's movie theme on a 12", starting with that unique metallic countdown. For a year I was painting spaceships and foreign planets. Not that i wanted to become an astronaut, but a normal family life with a normal wife, normal kids and a normal job on a normal spacestation would do just fine.
Now that most of us have taken the red pill, passing the outer rims of the known universe in cryosleep, side by side with sigourney, to the proverbial hell and back, the poetry and twinkling of the first days are almost gone.
I got me the series on video, but i can't get back that incredibly "involved" feeling. It was part of the times, i guess. This kind of future really belongs to the past. Yet, none of it's successors made me feel like "orion" again. No, wait: the first "Star Wars" episode (or Episode Four, aargh...) had a comparable impact back in 1977.
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