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Behold Before/After Comparisons Demonstrating The Awesomeness Of The SPACE: 1999 Blu-Rays!!

Merrick here...
Season One of SPACE: 1999 has now hit Blu-Ray in the UK and is coming very soon to American Blus as well (the UK version can be found HERE). The folks at Network DVD, who is releasing the series in the UK (some of their extras will also be seen on the US sets), were kind enough to send over some 'before and after' shots demonstrating the extent of the restorative process these episodes are undergoing. These images were presented to me as nifty .gifs that one could mouse over to change the picture/see the before/after comparison. While this effect worked wonderfully in my e-mail, we couldn't actually duplicate the same functionality on the site - and we're not sure why. As such, when viewing the images below, the original/un-tweaked images will always appear on top, followed immediately with the Blu-Ray versions of the same shot. Can't wait to see these shows for myself - quite a difference, my hunch is the series will never have looked so good.

The American Blu-Ray issuance of SPACE: 1999 Season One should happen 'round the end of the month. The title is currently up for pre-order HERE. Here's a trailer for the Blu-Rays giving us a sense of what all of this will look like in motion. Sure looks nice...I'm dying here.

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  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Space 1999:

    by cushing1967

    Now with even more vibrant hues of beige and orange.<P>I love the show but by Christ it looks like Gerry Anderson design team reckoned that everything apart from Space travel would cease to develop after 1975

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by Sluggolicious

    Loved this series but figured it fell into the historical abyss along with Boomer and Just The Ten of Us.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Very nice!

    by DigitalBeachWar

    Can't wait!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Theory I've always had about actors having huge heads

    by skimn

    is confirmed when they wear cheap jumpsuits. Look at the size of those melons perched atop those spindly bodies!!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Love the plastic outdoor patio chairs doubling

    by skimn

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    as futuristic space office chairs or whatever.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Is that Al Swearengen in the 4th photo?

    by skimn

    According to IMDB...It Is!!! Wow! Nice hair Ian.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Great, now could we see a HQ BD version of UFO?

    by Stalkeye

    A far superior series BTW.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Yea! Space: 1999...

    by Cheif Brody

    Finally, now 20%...brighter? Wow.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    i just like the Eagle One(had the model kit)

    by nolan bautista

    and,of course, the ass-kicking music!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    It's SO colorful & vibrant!

    by S-Mart shopper

    and apparently takes 5 of the 15lbs that the camera adds.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Martin Landau looks like he is getting

    by MyNameisSimon

    up to take a crap.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Incredible transfer!!!!

    by TRON

    The details have come out of the shadows, there's so much information that was originally cropped around the borders. In fact there was so much info cut off, just stretch the pix a little and lop off the top and bottom, someone could easily swear it was filmed in 16 X 9.

  • Cool news, but seriously... as I kid, she freaked my shit out. I have to agree on the Eagle One being badass, though. My cousin had a toy version and I was extremely jealous.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Stryder, I had the same issues as a child...

    by LordPorkington

    Maya the shapeshifter scared the shit out of me too. I remember her turning into some kind of jelly monster once and I freaked out.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Kiddie Show

    by unfunnydude

    That's all I will say for now. But it had to be said.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by surprider

    @ Darth Busey comment

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by lead_sharp

    You see one of the reasons it's fondly remembered is that the high shading covered a lot of cheap sets. Now...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    The sad part about this...

    by Cheif Brody this show was set in 1999. Almost a dozen years ago. <p> Somehow, I think even if it was set in 2199...we won't be any further along in space exploration in REAL LIFE than where we are today. <p> Where's our Eagle One? Where's my flying goddamn car? C'mon, NASA... Just because we're no longer in a "space race" doesn't mean we should be in tight fitting track suits with our feet propped up on a table...eating donuts. <p> Fuck playing golf on the damn moon. I want you swimming laps in an olympic sized swimming pool on MARS by 2050. <p> Put the donuts down.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    so does the Bluray contrast show if it's

    by rben

    played on a regular dvd player coming through an old tv or do i haveta buy all that other crap too?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    So basically

    by Abominable Snowcone

    they did what anyone could do with Nero Vision?<p> Nothing against the series. On the contrary, I loved it, and Catherine Schnelle and Barbara Bain were my first crushes. But I ain't buying.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    It doesn't fix the shitty plotting.

    by V'Shael

    So, yeah, I'll pass.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Didn't know Nero Vision had those capabilities Abom

    by Stalkeye

    Being as how it couldnt even Mux MKV to mts. I'll have to look further into the program as I only use it(Nero Rom that is.) for recoding and burning ACVHD files.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I kinda prefer the dark, moody "before" pics.

    by Royston Lodge

    In colour-corrected HD, the miniatures really look more like miniatures.<p> Is that a good thing?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    I like what they did with ST:TOS

    by Cheif Brody

    Adding in the updated special effect shots for the HD broadcast. Staying true to the original design, but just tweaked a touch to our level of FX sophistication. <p> I think they should have done the same to this release...but, sadly...not much you can do with those cheesy ass sets.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Remember the Avery Brooks commercial?

    by Bill Clay

    The one he did during Y2K, where he said, "It's the year 2000. Where are the flying cars? I was promised flying cars!"<p> I feel that way seeing Space:1999 today. Watching the show back in the 70's, it seemed completely plausible that we would have all of that fantastic technology by 1999. Where did our technology drive go wrong? We got iPads instead of moonbases. Heck, 2019 is right around the corner. Where's the replicants? I was promised Nexus 6's!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    They whiten up teh black guy

    by estacado1


  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Pyjamas! In HD!

    by Bot-Bot

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    AICN never gave Barry Morse his proper obit

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    He deserved a little RIP love. Just sayin'.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    "Where's my flying goddamn car?"

    by jim

    Right here: <p> <p>It's even FAA aproved

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    and by "aproved" I mean "approved"

    by jim


  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I have a soft spot for this show

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    But owww. Just owww. You can't be a kid again. At least the Eagles still look cool. Notice how the re-imagined Battlestar show stole the format of the show's intro (minus the Space Disco?)

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Joan Collins with a fruitbasket on her head!

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Silly image, but from one of the best (and scariest) episodes. This show was best when it did horror... lousy when it tried to be "deep".

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lee with a Johnny Winter wig!

    by Seven_of_Borgnine


  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Earth with no Moon?

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Imagine that. No tides in the oceans. Ecological mega-disaster! I always wondered what the EARTH was like after that happened. I'd like to see a spin-off series about that (as long as Syfy doesn't have anything to do with it)

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Got my first stiffy...

    by Stale Elvis

    ...during the adverts on Space 1999 in the 80s. It was for a Playtex Cross Your Heart Bra. Ah, you never forget your first time...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Steaming Pile..

    by crimsoncinder

    In DVD or BluRay is still a steaming pile.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    This used to scare the shit

    by papabendi

    out of me on Sunday afternoons in the 70s. I seem to remember one episode when they escape an ice planet with a group of its inhabitants on board. Once they got into space they all melted. Freaky. Spunds fucking stupid now though Had a little metal Eagle one as a kid too.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    The problem with snogging Maya was....

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

    If you did something to piss her off she could turn into a pig during the snog.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Snog. Um. Yeah.

    by Astronut

    No one says that here.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    The lead actors in this were all over 65!

    by Rameses

    It was like some sort of old peaples home in space!I've tried watching this during its recent reruns on Brit TV , and its impossible to get through a single episode.And thats from someone who loves Gerry Anderson's stuff .Give me UFO any day.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    The tackiness is much clearer...

    by Mickster_Island

    ...this show IS shit right?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    The contrast on theoriginal shots looks better...

    by Rameses

    Espescially the one showing the view, out of the eagle window.They've killed ,what little atmosphere it had.That said the vidio looks like theres no where near the sharp contrast in the pics

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Ian McShane

    by trekguy1966

    I have watched it bunches of times and never noticed him in there. I guess I must not have been paying attention.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    So I guess the consensus is

    by Astronut

    this series is loved by very few people. I remember this being on after school on Canadian television via UHF (before cable), along with the old lovable Spider-Man cartoon and Battle of the Planets. I just remember Space:1999 being very dark and slow and I couldn't take more than 5 minutes of it as a 12 year-old. It was like a depressing, slow-motion, wooden version of Star Trek only this world had almost no color! NO COLOR! Even as a kid I could perceive that much. Kinda sad. I mean, I wanted to love it then and I wanna love it now but it's hard.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Where Is A Film Version Already? "Space: 2199"

    by Media Messiah

    If you want my money, that is what I'll be paying to see, not a Blue Ray DVD.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    What V'Shael said

    by The StarWolf

    Terrific model work, but most episode plots made no sense. Part way through the series it was suggested they'd traveled in time as well as in space so they really couldn't ever go home again and that by itself cost a lot of interest as you already knew they were screwed anyway. Pity they didn't take the opportunity to tweak the silly laser effect in one of the shots.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Return of the "Best Sci-Fi TV music" ever!

    by Rendell

    The thing about Space 1999 was (And I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned it) it looked like Moonbase Alpha was modelled on the Death Star's surface! Seriously, remove all the jump-suited crew and replace them with Stomtroopers and Imperial personnel and could be a Death Star TV show.<p><p>How cool would that be!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    I must say though

    by Astronut

    the day I came home from school and saw that episode with the horrible monster eating people and spitting their bones out was the day I said to myself, "Wow! There's actually some ACTION for once! Ya know what? Maybe there's hope..."

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    why bother

    by Rupee88

    show wasn't even good

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Bell Bottoms...

    by REDD

    In Space!!!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I'll wait till it drops to $40

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    I've got Christmas to think about and credit cards I'm trying to pay down. I really like the show and would love to have it right next to my Star Trek BDs, but I have to wait.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Always loved the disco theme music

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    The only real problem with the show is how goddamn solemn it is. If the characters would have been a bit more lively and smiled once in a while it probably would have been more popular.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by The_Skook

    ... that episode was 'Dragon's Domain'. My favourite one... scared the bejusus out of me as well!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Watch on Youtube for 1080HD

    by Antz

    The embedded video is low-res. The HD version looks pretty nice, even with the youtube compression.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by Astronut

    Right, right. I remember now. Yeah it was scary. I was home alone after school and saw that shit and it affected me. Mainly because I never saw an episode of what I called "That Boring, No Color Space Show" that had anyone actually MOVING! ALL THEY DID WAS STAND AROUND AND TALK!!!!!! Like I said earlier I wanted to like it but wow.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Mission from Moonbase Alpha

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I like how the effect in last image is still terrible.

    by Squashua

    Like, they cleaned it up, but no Lucas / Star Trek CGI-ing.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I only saw this show in B&W back then

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    and it worked a bit better that way somehow.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I mean MESSAGE from Moonbase Alpha

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    "auto-spellcheck error of the mind" sorry

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by BirthSchoolWorkDeath

    "Dragons Domain" freaked me out too, nothing like seeing that on TV in the 70's! Multi-tentacled one-eyed thing reaches out and shoves screaming innocent women & men into it's fiery mouth and shats out smoldering bones, as if to say "ta-dah!". Sweet dreams, kids!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Dragon's Domain

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    I missed this episode as a kid (unlike many of the other episodes) but saw it as an adult so I had a weird mix of rosy childhood nostalgia for the series as a whole mixed with the harsh critical thinking of adulthood directed at this particular episode. FREAKY? Absolutely. But it made NO. SENSE. WHATSOEVER!!!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    And the puppet strings on the Eagle...

    by tangcameo

    ...are so much clearer now as it gets swung around and around and around...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Made me keep an eye on moon when I was 5

    by tangcameo

    That's when I watched it here in Canada on the CBC. For a year after, whenever there was a full moon, I looked up and watched it, expecting it to drift away like on the show.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    'Tis sad

    by Astronut

    Well, it is!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    @DwarfSidious - UFO Available on Netflix

    by thorin01

    I've run through the series set twice in the last couple of years. The last time was November of 09. I haven't checked recently so perhaps they pulled it but it was available as of last year. The DVDs look good. A bit dark and some minor artifacts but nothing really noticable unless you're being picky. They're sparce on extras (mostly production stills and incidental stuff).

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    1999 came after 2001

    by Nem_Wan

    The biggest visual difference between this show and Star Trek is the attempt to ape Kubrick's production design, which is not a bad thing. Yes, HD shows the seams but I really appreciate the look of this show and a vision of what it would have been like if Nixon had kept Apollo going full speed.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    The Moon drifted at Warp Twelve

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    A new inhabited solar system every week! That was quite an explosion that sent them hurtling away. Funny how it didn't atomize the moon, though. The funny thing is I love the premise anyway. The idea of being stuck on the moon while visiting other planets remains a very eerie idea. The moon is like home by comparison to the weird places they visit, but they'll never see the Earth again, and the Earth will never see the moon again. It's physically ridiculous, but psychologically brilliant.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    All we got was...

    by VideoE

    I'm mad that instead of cool spaceships, stunguns and such, in 2010 the only thing from the show we have are bell-bottoms. I wish I still had the way-cool Eagle toy with the sound effects.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:48 p.m. CST

    They couldn't go back to Earth...

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    because the moon was going really fast and those ships are only "short range" and the moonbase had very limited resources... except an endless supply of redshirts and Eagle ships to blow up. @Nem_Wan, yeah I loved that Apollo-meets-Kubric-meets-Bonestell vibe. Nobody knew then that we'd lose interest in the moon by 1974, which is obvious now but this show was produced right after that, when everybody assumed we'd be back to build bases pretty soon.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Yes that show creeped me the fuck out

    by Rupee88

    even as a little kid. I must have been 7 or 8 years old when it was on...very poor taste and liked all kinds of crappy shows and love sci-fi but Space 1999 was just horrible. I think I watched it all the time but never liked it. As a kid in the 70s, you just sat in front of the TV and watched whatever was on though. I can't remember what episodes creeped me out the most, but if you just pull up a random clip on youtube, you see how bad the show was.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    The coolest funkiest opening theme song of any Scifi show!

    by Orionsangels

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 4:10 a.m. CST

    The moon had to be going Warp 12, EXCEPT for when it wasn't.

    by V'Shael

    They may have made it to a new solar system every week, but apparently once they were in that solar system, they would slow right the fuck down. And then once the mission was over, I dunno how, somehow jump back into warp again?<br /><br />Even as a kid, I found this show more illogical than the Book of Genesis.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    So They Did a New Color Corrrect....

    by mkultra55

    ...and took out the mood on many of those shots and REALLY made it look like a cheesy daytime soap. Yes the images are sharper but the big changes are they opened up the shadows and added a lot of color. That's not a Blu Ray thing that's a crappy color correct thing.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST


    by Madmarek

    Blu-ray technology DOES NOT EXIST! All the do is GO BACK IN TIME and deliver more lights to the studios.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    The Eagle spacecrafts are total coolness

    by AsimovLives

    They are in the very top of the coolest spaceships ever created for a TV show or movie. They were so cool, that original design for the Millenarium Falcon was very very close to the Eagles, because Lucas loved the show and the ships design. The Falcon's disk shape was a last minute design change.<br><br>Nobody would had the guts to make a show like SPACE 1999 today. specially because the major influnece on the show was 2001: A SPACE ODDYSSEY. Today's Sf show sare all recycled from Star Wars, Star Trek or X-Files and nothing else. Nobody today has the cojones to make a TV show based and heavily inspired by the look and mood of 2001. This is what still makes SPACE 1999 unique among space shows. Nobody has the guts and the balls to make a show like that anymore, and most of the people in the audiences wouldn't like to watch it too because it's not Michael Bay or Jar Jar Abrams enough. Hell, the last show that tried to pull a 2001, VIRTUOSITY, didn't went past the pilot. SPACE 1999 is not 2001 on TV, but it's heavily inspired by it, and as such, stands alone.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Why can't we have THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN in USA???

    by JDanielP

    Not even in dvd??? Let alone blu-ray??? <P>I want my USA region release of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and I want it NOW!!!

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Why can't we have THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN

    by Astronut

    on DVD? What's the deal with that?

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, the "moon with parking brakes" effect

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    I think instead of dilithium crystals the moon's warp drive was powered with magic mushrooms. It would explain a lot about this show.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I also love that the Eagles came in 59 flavors

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    The modular design allowed for them to be really varied so it appeared they were be specialized for specific purposes (lifting freight, combat, ambulance, etc). It seemed like about 100 more Eagles than they were stated to have in the pilot were destroyed in the course of the series (not to mention it seemed like about 200 more crew members than their stated number died).

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    "i'm going to use these bionic arms to put

    by rben

    you in the hospital, Oscar". There are a few six million eps introducing jamie on The Bionic Woman season one dvd, but i get your point jdaniel. Weren't there a couple tv movies with lee majors first before it went to series. I seem to recall the first one had darren mcgavin as oscar. And wern't there a few 90 minute ones where the steve austin character was more of a james bond type? Does anyone know if this is true? I seem to recall one where austin throws a guy threw a car window which was pretty violent for the times before they switched to more cartoon slow-mo action.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Remember the "Conehead" aliens?

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Pre-SNL this show had some "Coneheads" presented as serious villains. I wonder if it's what gave SNL the idea.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    I agree with you Asimov

    by Astronut

    The show was unique. I really wanted to love it. At the very most I was entertained sporadically. It truly needed more action and less stilted dialog. I'm not saying they should have pulled an Abrams with it but seriously, when one of the most memorable episodes feature a monster eating people and spitting their corpses out, you know you've got a problem. Now that I'm an adult and not 12 maybe the show would be more appealing to me. I'm thinking of buying this set...

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    @rben - That's true, there were 3 tv movies before the

    by V'Shael

    series started.<br /><br />You can read all about them on wikipedia.<br /><br /><br /><br />Usual drill, remove the spaces that AICN inserts into the URL...<br /><br />

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    This is probably the worst show I've ever loved

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    This article has me on a nostalgia research spree. There's no denying it, the show is pretty terrible. Except that I love it anyway. The good ingredients somehow mitigate the dumb parts (of which there are MANY). Without the Eagles, 2001 vibe and the wacky premise, this show would not be fondly remembered. A few standout episodes elevate it to the classics shelf... just barely.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    No. I'm not thinking of buying this

    by Astronut

    ... I AM buying this. And I will make myself like it. I'm actually not kidding.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    BrainDrain - You can't go home again

    by The StarWolf

    Later in the series it was established that, at some point, they'd done a time warp thing and were centuries in the future. Earth was devastated and, even if they could, there was no point in going back. So they were stuck on the moon until they could fine a new home.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives - The inspiration

    by The StarWolf

    Actually, 2001 didn't have much to do with it. Originally 1999 was supposed to be season 2 of UFO set a few years in that universe's future, until CBS pulled out of the deal and left Anderson hanging. He'd already had the new set designs and tech worked out, so he had to come up with a series to use them in.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    The lunar setting gives it a 2001 feel

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    sort of by default. What else... the spacesuits are similar. The ships-that-look-plausible. All of this could be explained by the zeitgeist of the times rather than by 2001 directly, but it's hard to escape the similarities

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    ...and like 2001, 1999 was "metaphysical"

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    and weird, etc... but the quality of the LSD was not as high

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Space:1999 connected to Empire Strikes Back!

    by Big Dumb Ape

    For those picking on the effects work in Space:1999, first of all, remember it was a TV show operating on a TV budget. And it was 35 years ago. Wow, which suddenly makes me feel old since I remember so vividly watching the show week after week because I LOVED the production look of the show at the time.<p>Also, in terms of the effects, just remember that for 2 people Space:1999 led The Empire Strikes Back. After STAR WARS came out and John Dykstra won an Oscar for the SFX work, the rifts that he had with Lucas behind the scenes also came to a head. As a result, Dykstra as a part of ILM went his own way and Lucas now needed someone to supervise the effects work for EMPIRE.<p>So, Lucas split the duties. He promoted Richard Edlund, who had worked on the first film AND he hired Richard Johnson to be the other SFX supervisor, given all the model work and stuff he had done on...yes, Space:1999. In fact, Lucas hired Johnson's Space:1999 SFX partner Nick Adler to work on Empire as well.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    This was my after school TV

    by Astronut

    as a 12 year-old kid living in Ohio: 1) turn to UHF 2) move antennea around with tin foil attached 3) find Canadian station and hope I could get a good signal 4) watch 60's Spider-Man cartoon 5) watch Space:1999 6) watch Wait Till Your Father Gets Home It was awesome.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Oh... and Battle of the Planets

    by Astronut

    Forgot to mention that.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Um. Yeah.

    by Astronut

    But what about Martin Landau's wooden acting?

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Dragon's Domain

    by chuckmoose

    Scared the fool out of me as a kid. The tentacled monster was of the childhood horrors that haunted me for years.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Soooo dodgy

    by BBSloth

    no wonder I never watched it

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by lukestarkiller

    ...goofy now but kinda cool for kid back then... And the "still not quiet believable" back story they concocted in Season 2 was: The moon was blasted out of Earth orbit, travelled above the solar system's plane of ecliptic and immediately got sucked into a handy "space warp" tossing them light years. Never explained why they 'drifted' past a new solar system every week but at least in Season 2 they left time between each week's planet in the log (a steal of Trek's Captain's log that producer Fred Frieberger probably brought from Trek when he took over 1999 in season 2), revealing that season 2 encompassed about 6 years of "moon time" via the log entries tag "days since leaving Earth Orbit". Also, as goofy as it sometimes was, it NEVER in it's run was an episode macguffin that one of the main character's BRAIN gone missing... ...and the SPFX guy who went on to co lead "Empire" was Brian Johnson not Richard...who also BTW won an VFX Oscar for the original "Alien".

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST


    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    That was like my experience too... I had to tolerate a lot of static-y, fuzzy, barely visible TV signals from far-away large cities (the only places with the independent TV stations that showed creature movies, and all the weird syndicated sci-fi and cartoon imports). I had a tinfoil antenna plan for every relative's house. For years I could never get any of this stuff in my OWN house, but when traveling, the "ham TV" project would swing into full gear. When I say my Space 1999 memories are fuzzy, I sometimes mean it literally.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Lukestarkiller: I had wrong first name, but RIGHT guy

    by Big Dumb Ape

    I mistakenly typed "Richard" twice because I had Richard Edlund in my head as I was writing the post. So, you're right that it was BRIAN Johnson who was the co-SFX supervisor on EMPIRE...<p>...But that is still the SAME Brian Johnson who was SFX supervisor on SPACE:1999 (and yes, he also worked on ALIEN).<p>So, your correction about his first name is duly noted, however the point I was making about his connection to both SPACE and EMPIRE is still correct.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Lukestarkiller: one more thing...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    You said: "...and the SPFX guy who went on to co-lead EMPIRE was Brian Johnson not Richard, who also BTW won an VFX Oscar for the original ALIEN."<p>Just for the record, he also won an Oscar for co-leading EMPIRE. So he's actually a two-time winner. And he was nominated a third time in 1982 for being co-head of ILM's DRAGONSLAYER team, which ironically lost that year to ILM's RAIDER team.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    @Fareal - Unsourced "quotes" mean nothing.

    by V'Shael

    Look:<br /><br />"I eat cock" - Fareal,, 2010.<br /><br />See what I did there?<br /><br />How about this?<br /><br />"I love all the peoples of the world." - David Rockefeller, September 1994.<br /><br />If you can't source it, it's meaningless. Though perhaps you and Media Messiah can trade conspiracy theories about how the Bilderberg group plan to secretly reduce the worlds population by 90% and blah de blah.<br /><br />Here's another one favoured by the conspiracy nuts.<br /><br />"Don't worry about American pressure. We, the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it." - Arial Sharon, Oct 3rd 2001, Kol Israel.<br /><br />Of course that quote, like the others above, is ALSO a fabrication. It was first circulated by the pro-Hamas group, the Islamic Association for Palestine. It's original form was released on October 3rd 2001, and said "An acrimonious argument erupted during the Israeli cabinet weekly session last week between Ariel Sharon and his foreign Minister Shimon Peres during which Sharon reportedly yelled at Peres, saying "Don’t worry about American pressure, we control America."<br /><br />Or did he? Quote? Or merely heresay? Or utter fabrication by someone else with an axe to grind?<br /><br />But no. I'm sure you're right. Let's all go back to thinking David Rockefeller is Doctor Doom or something.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    I remember watching this as a kid and thinking

    by bagwanbob

    that the second season was when they found the light switch. . .

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    The light switch

    by Astronut

    Good one! Let's keep this thread alive. I loves me some Space:1999. Even if I do have to keep talking myself into it.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Have to say

    by bagwanbob

    I picked up the boxed set of this, and the complet run of UFO. Man, the kitsch is hip deep. Made it about 3/4 of the way through 1999 before I had to bail. Nostalgia sometimes ain't all we'd like it to be. Still, the show does have a quirky vibe - AND Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. . .

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by Astronut

    Agreed. Sort of like when you buy an Atari 2600 at a garage sale and then realize you can only stand playing each game cartridge for like seven seconds. Except maybe Adventure or Superman. Those were FUN!