Star Cops (1987)

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The adventures of the International Space Police Force, led by Nathan Spring. The Star Cops are made up of officers from all over the world, including Aussie Pal Lenzy, Russian Alexander, ... See full summary »

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 Nathan Spring / ... (9 episodes, 1987)
Erick Ray Evans ...
 David Theroux (8 episodes, 1987)
Trevor Cooper ...
 Colin Devis (8 episodes, 1987)
Linda Newton ...
 Pal Kenzy (8 episodes, 1987)
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 Alexander Krivenko (6 episodes, 1987)
Sayo Inaba ...
 Anna Shoun (4 episodes, 1987)
Gennie Nevinson ...
 Lee Jones (2 episodes, 1987)
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The adventures of the International Space Police Force, led by Nathan Spring. The Star Cops are made up of officers from all over the world, including Aussie Pal Lenzy, Russian Alexander, Japanese Anna, and American David. Despite the premise, the Star Cops didn't do battle with extraterrestrial invaders; instead, they investigated thefts, sabotage, and kidnappings. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The series suffered from a number of problems, including the very different approaches of the two directors assigned to the series, Christopher Baker and Graeme Harper, which led to a noticeable lack of continuity between episodes, and the strained relationship between writer Chris Boucher and producer Evgeny Gridneff. Boucher has said that he did not feel Gridneff consulted him with certain key decisions regarding the series and he never liked Gridneff's choice of the theme song and incidental music, which he considered completely inappropriate. Boucher also disliked the decision by the BBC to make the show entirely on videotape, as he had hoped it would also have a film budget. He was also critical of the BBC's decision to schedule the programme in the summer months at 8:30 in the evening on BBC2, thereby almost guaranteeing a small audience. See more »

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Pal Kenzy: I'm not very good on pool tables, sir.
Commander Griffin: I'm too much of a gentleman to make the obvious comment.
Pal Kenzy: But not to *think* it!
Commander Griffin: A man's thought's are his own.
Pal Kenzy: So long as he keeps them to himself!
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It Won't Be Easy
Written and Performed by Justin Hayward
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Too good for TV?
5 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

No matter how many times I think about it, 'Star Cops' is still quite possibly the greatest science-fiction show ever on television.

The premise is simple--cops in space, something that sounds like a recipe for schmaltz, but it's the execution that makes it rise head and shoulders above the capsule description. The characters, through the space of nine episodes, show more depth and range than a decade of latter-day 'Star Treks'. They have moments of irritability, seething rage, intense fear, mild annoyance and sheer terror, played out over plots that challenge the viewer to keep up. This is a show that improves exponentially with repeated viewings, with complexities opening up and incidental moments gaining significance as you become able to correlate them. The characters are often unlikeable, quarrelsome, and rude--much like real people.

Dialogue is sometimes cryptic, requiring another viewing for you to understand the joke or the significance of the remark. Often, characters speak over each other's lines, much like real people.

The plots, while often standard mystery fare, offer spins new to the science-fiction format, requiring a little knowledge of human nature rather than of physics or chemistry. It's never the science, or a simple whodunit--it's always the motive. The human element is always what is at issue.

And NO SF SHOW has ever been so firmly within the possibilities of REAL SCIENCE, requiring no long explanations or technobabble justifications. It is, without a doubt, the most scientifically probable program that has ever been on the air.

There are only nine episodes, and that's a pity. Blame the BBC for their infinite lack of wisdom. But at least there are NINE, and that's wonderful.


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