Insane comedy quiz show, played purely for laughs, with the winners irrelevant. Comedian Greg Proops is the host; team captains are Craig Charles (Red Dwarf) and comedian Bill Bailey. Each ... See full summary »




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 Himself - Space Captain 10 episodes, 1997
 Himself - Space Captain 10 episodes, 1997


Insane comedy quiz show, played purely for laughs, with the winners irrelevant. Comedian Greg Proops is the host; team captains are Craig Charles (Red Dwarf) and comedian Bill Bailey. Each team's 3 members are generally filled out with one comedian and one star each from a classic TV science-fiction series: eg Walter Koenig and Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Sophie Aldred and Sylvester McCoy (Dr Who), or Armin Shimerman and Max Grodenchik (Deep Space 9). Written by Cynan Rees <>

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15 July 1997 (UK)  »

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(10 episodes)

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Greg Proops: [Trivia Scan] Whose soon to be published autobiography is entitled "Beaming up and getting off" ?
Walter Koenig: [Buzzes in and points to himself, mouth open]
Greg Proops: Absolutely correct! It's George Takei!
[Walter has a tantrum]
Greg Proops: In The Wrath of Khan...
Walter Koenig: [Buzzes in and raises hand]
Greg Proops: Oh my God, you haven't even waited!
[Walter puts is hand down, hoping it's him again]
Greg Proops: It is you! In the Wrath of Khan, Chekov is made first officer of which ship?
Walter Koenig: The Hindenburg!
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" Open The Gates "
10 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I`ve got to disagree with my fellow reviewer Mark because I didn`t think much of SPACE CADETS . I think the problem is that it was presented by Greg Proops who`s painfully unfunny while Craig Charles and Bill Bailey are just plain unfunny . It`s one of those comedy quiz shows where the regulars and guests have a great time while the viewers don`t

There was one redeeming thing about the format and that was when we had a " What happened next " section similar to A QUESTION OF SPORT except it revolved around these old cliff hanger serials from the 1930s . For example we`re shown an ending from KING OF THE ROCKET MEN where the hero is knocked unconcious and spirals to the ground to a certain death and the contestants have to guess how the opening of the recap plays out . Due to some editing ( ie cheating ) the hero escapes death when he regains conciousness just before he hits the ground and turns on his rocket back pack . Like I said it`s cheating

And SPACE CADETS shows the worst example of this type of cheating with a cliff hanger ending from UNDERSEA KINGDOM where the good guy is captured by the baddies outside a fort . He is tied to the front of a tank and the defenders of the fort are told if they don`t surrender the hero will die . The defenders don`t comply so the episode finishes with the tank smashing through the gates of the fort obviously killing the hero . The contestants scratched their heads and rubbed their chins wondering how the good guy could have possibly survived . They gave up and the recap showed the heavily re-filmed action of the next episode where the chief defender shouts " Open the gates " and instead of smashing through the gates the tank drives through an open gateway thereby saving the hero . This totally bemused the contestants who started moaning that the ending and the recap were totally different , an identical reaction I had after seeing UNDERSEA KINGDOM in the early 1980s

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