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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  • 1999: A future without a moon

    9.0
    September 13, 1999 - Nuclear waste stored on earth's moon explodes due to magnetic radiation, propelling earth's moon and the 311 Alpha moon-base personnel on an odyssey into the Cosmos. The show was breathtaking in scope, top of the line special effects, used theatrical filming techniques, and offered story-lines that question Man's role in the Universe. Season one offers a dystopian view where: earth's moon is a nuclear garbage dump, safety takes a back seat to politics, and a cover-up is employed to keep an expensive space missions on target. Our technological folly causes us to lose our moon. What comes next can be described as half horror/terror of the unknown combined with humanity's ill preparedness to leave our planet and undergo a jump into deep space.





    Season 2 jettison's most of Season's 1's premise. Instead focuses on typical action adventure format where humanity's view of things is altogether right and proper. There's more humor, not exactly character development, more cliched situations, bad visuals, specifically where "alien monsters" are concerned, in fact they are quite cartoonish. The biggest drawback for me at 11 years of age was how season 2 pretty much restaffed the moonbase, changed sets, and changed costumes with no explanation.





    Unlike some of the criticism written by others, by way of season 1's "bad" science, I submit Space 1999 had better science than Star Trek since all the '99's technology was well grounded in 1960's 1970's US Space program in terms of being believable. As for an interstellar traveling moon, that is no more unbelievable than Trek's warp technology powered by crystals of all things. Also Trek never explained what "warp" was--- only seemed to mean a ship can go very fast which in reality would cause time-dilation on the order of 1000's of years, earth time, for the Enterprise to reach so many star systems. To these critics of '99, not only is science fiction not real, but also, one of season 1's points is that humanity is a young species and does not know all the answers--and may not be able to figure things out for some time to come. A few episodes point to a larger destiny for Man that is not known to the Alphans, but can be seen by older alien civilizations and entities that are ready to evolve to other planes of existence. Pretty heavy stuff for mid 70's sci fi.moreless
  • 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
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