Space vessel moves deeper into space and her crew of 3 adults and 2 children battle several dangers while getting pulled into another universe.

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The spaceship Antares, with a photon drive capable of accelerating it to the speed of light, leaves an Earth-orbiting space station. The Altares crew, two families of scientific specialists, journey at light speed with time-dilation to Alpha Centauri, where they launch several satellites to transmit information on the Centauri star system back to Earth and guide future manned vessels in exploring the region. The crew decides to proceed further into unknown space, and the Altares becomes caught in the gravitational field of a black hole, through which the Altares passes and is thrust into another universe! Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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9 December 1975 (USA)  »

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Originally shot as a pilot for a series "The Day After Tomorrow", it was screened with the opening title removed, as a one-off film. See more »

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Edited into Spaced Out (1979) See more »

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Flight 76, Pt. 2
Written and performed by Walter Murphy
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Andserson curio
8 February 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I had vague memories of seeing this show as a kid in the 70s, and recently found one of the Fanderson DVDs on ebay to add to my Gerry Anderson collection.

Well, let's be blunt about this: it's not very good. The effects and models are very much influenced by 'Space 1999' (the main ship looks a lot like the 'Ultra Probe' from that show), and for the era they're not bad. But the plot, characterisation and acting is even below 'Space 1999' levels and in many ways the setting makes even less sense. The music is also rather naff: the music in most of Anderson's shows was memorable in itself, but this one sounds like they accidentally used a music tape from a 70s cop show.

So it's an odd combination of science lecture (relativistic red-shift, etc) and SF adventure for nine year olds. For me one of the the biggest issues is the way it makes the kids such a major part of the plot: I mean, are you really going to trust interstellar navigation to a ten year old boy? They justify having them on the ship by saying that the adults don't want to leave their kids behind because they'll be decades older by the time their parents come back, both due to travel time and time dilation, but an adult crew might have made the story more believable. Another issue is that they lecture about relativity so much but don't understand it, nor is the technology even remotely accurate: an Anderson 'hard SF' show in the 70s would have been a pretty interesting concept, but you don't get that here.

All in all, an interesting curio and it might have made a decent series if they'd produced any more, but it's well below the standard of Anderson's earlier SF shows. I couldn't recommend it to anyone other than Anderson fans, but if you do want to see it the Fanderson DVD has both NTSC and PAL versions on one disk and decent picture quality, so it's probably the best way of doing so.


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