In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up in the hope of defending ... See full summary »
David Vincent, an architect returning home after a hard, hard, day parks his car in an old ghost town in order to rest for a while before continuing on home. Suddenly, in the middle of the ... See full summary »
After an atomic explosion blasts the Moon out of Earth orbit, Moonbase Alpha drifts in space, with 300 people on board. When a rescue team from Earth arrives in a faster-than-light space ... See full summary »
In 1999, Moonbase Alpha, nestled in the Lunar crater Plato, is a scientific research colony and watchdog over silos of atomic waste from Earth stored on the Moon's far side. On September 13, 1999, magnetic energy builds to cause an explosive chain-reaction of the waste, blasting the Moon out of Earth orbit and off the plane of the ecliptic, out of the Solar System. The inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha are unable to return to Earth and must survive on their wandering Moon as it is displaced further into unknown space by freak space warps. Along the way, they are joined by an alien woman with the ability to change herself into any living creature at will. Written by
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Power Records adapted five episodes from the first season as audio dramas for children in the mid-70s ("Breakaway," "Death's Other Dominion," "Mission of the Darians," "Dragon's Domain," and "End of Eternity"). The first three were released on a single LP. The latter two were released on a second LP that also featured two original stories, "Return to the Beginning" (featuring the Alphans returning to Earth but during Biblical times and meeting Noah, a decidedly uncharacteristic story for the series) and "It Played So Softly on the Ear" (in which a strange musical signal lures the Alphans into investigating it). Both "Breakaway" and "Return to the Beginning" were released separately as book-and-record sets complete with comic book art - the "Breakaway" art was later adapted for the 2012 graphic novel SPACE 1999: AFTERSHOCK AND AWE. Interestingly, the audio stories, which ran anywhere from 10-15 minutes each, often compressed the plots significantly and did away with some plot points altogether (Simmonds appears only briefly in Power's version of "Breakaway," for example). They also at times added content to lighten the mood for their young audiences - the audio version of "End of Eternity," for instance, ends with a comical scene that does nothing to diminish the horror of the main plot, and the televised version feels somehow incomplete without it. See more »
The lack of resources is frequently referred to throughout the series. This is contradicted by the fact that throughout dozens of Eagles are destroyed. As they never run out they must be replacing them, the alternative is they have dozens of spare craft on a moon-base. See more »
It's better to live as your own man than as a fool in someone else's dream.
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During the first season, excerpts for each week's episode were incorporated into the opening credits, which was something of a Gerry Anderson trademark. See more »
"Space 1999" could not really be considered a classic. It's premise seems too close to "Star Trek" to be original, and some of the acting and many of the episodes are, quite simply, terrible.
That said, it does have a certain charm to it. As other reviewers have mentioned, the sound-track is nicely done (love that theme song) and the sets are excellent, as are the model shots. The Eagle scout ship design is probably one of the most sensible and realistic designs of any spaceship on a sci-fi show. And some of the shows were very enjoyable, even if the writers did have a fondness for leaving us wondering what the !!!! was going on!
Women seemed to have better roles than were given to them on "Star Trek", which is appropriate for a show made several years later. Gerry Anderson made a conscious effort to give black actors intelligent roles, which is far more than could be said of most other directors of the time. And, not being American, I also appreciate the fact that, for once, Earth is not represented as just being America. It's nice to hear English, European, Caribbean accents amongst others, coming from actors that aren't Americans putting on bad accents.
Spooky: I'm writing this on "the" day - yes, September 13th, 1999...I wondered why the moon looked so strange tonight!
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