Space: 1999

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Space: 1999
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It's 1999 and a base has been built on the Moon. Moonbase Alpha safeguards the nuclear waste shipped from Earth and carries out research. Moonbase Alpha is staffed with 311 crew members. On September 13, 1999, disaster strikes. The nuclear waste explodes, in a chain reaction, and the Moon is hurled out of Earth's orbit, into deep space. Thus begins the adventures of Space:1999. "We've had a lot of success so far. We know what dangers to expect out there from black suns, neutron storms, radiation and the like, but if we think we know everything that goes on out there, we're making a terrible mistake!" -- John Koenig, Commander Moonbase Alpha In 1976 several episodes were compiled into movie length specials. Compilation movies: Alien Attack: #1-1 Breakaway & #1-4 War Games Journey Through the Black Sun: #1-3 Collision Course & 1-10 Black Sun Cosmic Princess: #2-1 The Metamorph & #2-14 Space Warp Destination: Moonbase Alpha: #2-18 & 2-19 The Bringers of Wonder pts 1 & 2 Video special: Message From Moonbase Alpha shown at Space: 1999 Breakway Convention in Los Angelas, California on September 13, 1999. This "final" episode is 7 minutes long and features Data Section Coordinator Sandra Benes (Zienia Merton) transmitting a final message from Moonbase Alpha to Earth.

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  • It is hard to rate the series, because it was really two series, not one. The first season was one of the most unique, albeit flawed, sci-fi shows ever made. The second season was a blatant, and poor, Star Trek rip-offs ever made. 1st=A- 2nd=Dmoreless

    7.6
    The first season was surely one of the most unique sci fi series to ever hit the airwaves. The scripts were clearly morality plays, more interested in saying something than in being accurate science. In fact, the poor science and logical flaws apparent in the scripts is often the shows biggest drawbacks. Fans were left scratching their heads and wondering how X, Y, or Z happened. If you expect hard core science in your sci fi, then avoid this show at all cost, but if you don't really care, this is a great show.



    Essentially Space 1999 (the first season) was a philosophical show about destiny. God (usually treated in a new age manner) was a central focus of the show. The inhabitants of the moon were not truly in control of their fate, not matter how hard they tried. Each week they would encounter events which made for morality plays. One week, they encountered an immortal man whose immortality made him a madman. The next week they would find a group of travelers who had resorted to cannibalism to survive, loosing their very humanity. Still another week they would find that paradise cost far more than they are willing to pay.



    The best episode from 1st season were "Death's Other Dominion," "End of Eternity," "Mission of the Darians" featuring Joan Collins, and "Dragon's Domain."



    The first season was done by Gerry Anderson and was originally a follow-up to his UFO series, but Americans were not familar with the show so they dropped the crossover, except for the moonbase itself. Ultimately, the logic flaws in the scripts led to so much criticism that the studios demanded major changes for second season. Those changes killed the series.



    The second season was dramatically altered and the original producer left the show. The result was a blatant Star Trek rip off with atheistic philosophy borrowed from the worst Star Trek episodes permeating the show. One episode even features Commander Koenig uttering Captain Kirk's famous lines where he shouts down "god" declaring that the serpent was right to give us the apple! A new character was also added who could transform into anything including rats! Ick.moreless
  • A captain and his space crew are on Earth's moon. a nuclear explosion causes the Earth's moon to break out of Earth's gravitation. The moon along with a space colony is released into a space adventure!moreless

    9.5
    Being a Star Trek fan, I think this show is very interesting! Instead of a using a starship to space travel, this show uses Earth's moon moving out of orbit! The most unique factor about this sci-fi show is using a traveling moon rather than a starhip. The show is more like Star Trek in the second season. In the second season it seems like the moon is traveling faster. They seem to go to a different planet in each episode. They also get an alien that can shapeshift. This shapeshifter was very useful in many occassions when the crew got into trouble. I gave this show a 9.5 but would have givin it a perfect 10 if there were a couple of more improvements. For one, I think the show should have added "Brian the Brain" to the crew, a robot they discovered early in the second season.moreless
  • Space 1999 was the pinnacle of 1970s television. Only a 70s TV show could have come up with the extreme and elaborate premise of the moon being blown out of Earth orbit!moreless

    8.5
    Space: 1999 tells the story of a group humans living and working on the moon in facility called Moonbase Alpha. After an explosion occurs in one of the toxic waste dumps, the moon is propelled into deep space, far away from Earth.



    I don't remember the original broadcast of Space: 1999; probably because I wasn't even born! But I do remember watching it in the late 90s (!) as a child and I loved it.



    The effects were bad, the character's weren't that believable and the storyline's could have used some sprucing up, but that is what made it a brilliant show - a 1970s show.



    I liked every moment of Space: 1999 as a child. I remember the Eagles being my favorite vehicle, and the laser being my favourite weapon. I recently went back and watched a few episodes of the series and, by god does it look a lot different than I remember! I suppose a child's imagination get's the better of you.



    Overall, I loved Space: 1999 and still do today. It is a classic Sci-Fi series, and to me, the original; the one that got me interested in Sci-Fi programs altogether.moreless
  • Space 1999 was a show that you either loved or hated.

    4.0
    On September 13, 1999 the nuclear waste dumps on the moon go critical. The massive explosions tear the moon from the Earth's orbit and send it hurtling into deep space. Our heros, trapped inside Moonbase Alpha and cut off from the rest of humanity must ride the runaway moon until they either find a way back to Earth or a new home.



    Produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the creative minds behind such sci-fi classics as The Thunderbirds and UFO, Space 1999 featured good costumes, fairly believable futuristic sets and great props. Above all, the show has wonderfully detailed model work that easily rivals feature films, like Star Wars, that were made around the same time. Even today, in the age of CG graphics, the show's special effects still look surprisingly good.



    The downside of Space 1999 is in the stories. Because the show has an especially weak premise it immediately turns off most hard core sci-fi fans. The first season does its best and soldiers through mostly on the strength of its cast. There are some good episodes and some surprisingly bad ones too. By the second season the show's producers seem to understand that their main audience is children and re-work the show to include new characters which would make the show even more appealing to kids.



    Overall, I have fond memories of this show from my childhood and have bought at least three of the first season DVD sets. I must say, however, that the show is better nostalgia than science fiction and I can't recommend it for anyone who isn't looking for a little campy, 70s sci fi.moreless
  • A childhood fav that I somehow still like inspite of how bad it is.

    7.5
    I was watching this show as a 7-9 year old who had seen every episode of Star Trek re-run a 100 times already. I loved space shows & adventure shows & I was hooked. The music & acting & themes made me think I was watching something really IMPORTANT. Now, I realize how silly it all is. And yet, I still have a soft spot for it. Like UFO, there is no character development & no continuing story. But I like 99 better than UFO. 99 could run into anything out there while UFO was always just the next plan of invasion by the aliens. The science of 99 is ridiculous to say the least. How come the moon doesn't get caught in another planet's orbit? How fast are they traveling? Where do they get replacements for the 20 Eagles they lose per episode? The stories were actually more mystical than scienific. They met "God" and all kinds of beyond human comprehension aliens. The endings were often downbeat which they would never do in a show marketed for kids today. Made me realize that life wasn't all heroics that all worked out in the end. Season 2 of course ruins it. Now it is just a Trek rip off. Nice that the crew is more friendly and personable but the plots are total cheese. And that action jazz music is priceless, right up there with Trek fight theme! I like Maya but she would save the day so easily. Still both seasons are worth a look for the great FX (for the 70s this was top notch) and the scripts that almost pull off a winner.moreless
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