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Space: 1999


Chase - Posted on 10 February 2010

Recently, thanks to the new books and finally getting a UK and better version of Year Two, I've had an interest in rewatching the series in no particular order.

EARTHBOUND: I found this one very surprizing. Rather than the staid, almost too stable and dull story I thought this was, I found it, perhaps thanks to expectations low, rather grand and rather good. It was interesting, entertaining and refreshing. I found it good that the aliens were not evil minded and Helena's relationship to Zantor was subtle but nice. Koenig's loyalty to the aliens was also nice. This one seemed very mature and serious but also different. It is true there was not much action but the ending was a Twilight Zone/Outer Limits/One Step Beyond type twist and Simmond's fate, no matter how horrible he acted, was truly.... horrible and disturbing. Roy Dotrice is a good actor and he later starred in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as Father. Lee was also very good in this. The interplay among the Alphans was also good as was the dilemma of picking who would go.

VOYAGER'S RETURN: I am biased toward this ep for some reason. It's really not a typical First Year story as it's rather straight forward. The guy that plays Jim Haines is rather good looking. The story is probably sort of like some of the more serious VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA episodes: man vs his own obsession or his own creation. The aliens are rather...odd in this and very hostile and mad. And very alien in some ways although they are human in shape. This one had some very odd camea angles and to this day I cannot understand why they would shoot a pole or through a small doorway when two people are talking and you can't see them fully: maybe it's because they are old men and no one wants to see old men? No. I think it's was just the director trying to be artful and it kinda works in that something, God if you like, is watching the Alphans. That Mysterious Unknown Force maybe. In any event, a good episode.

TESTAMENT OF ARKADIA: this loses nothing at all over the years. In fact, it's gained a lot. It holds up remarkably well today. The guest stars are rather good, even if one of them had some dubbing done to his lines (some or a lot I do not know). It all works and rather than having a specific alien threat, there is the interplay among the Alphans again and the strange events that happen on the planet. The music works rather well and the entire atmosphere also works. There IS religious/spiritual connotations that perhaps religion and spirituality are not the same thing and maybe even be at odds. In any event, like most First Year stories, there are more than one way to look at the story. It's very good and that ending of the book and pen is also good. Enjoyable.

GUARIDAN OF PIRI: Perhaps when I watched this, I was very tired. I kept falling asleep. I still like the art design, the effects, the message, the music, and Catherine. She looks lovely. The planet, at least in the area the Alphans descend, is well done and well decorated. I just found it to be a rather dull storyline...everyone taken over ala INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, robots ala WESTWORLD and/or THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN/BIONIC WOMAN, and I don't know what else. The ending is nice with life being brought back to the planet thanks to the Alphans and they cannot stay. But the rush away from the planet could have been better as the Moon leaves and frankly my memory played it up more than what is actually there. Another thing that bothered me when I first saw this and bothers me now is the death of the girl having a blood transfusion. NOW that is scary. And disturbing.

DRAGON'S DOMAIN: This is the scariest monster on tv. In fact, until CRIMINAL MINDS, 1999 might have been the scariest show thanks to just this episode. Yeah today it looks a bit hokey at times but there was something disturbing in 1976 about women dying on TV--it rarely happened. In addition guest stars rarely died so horribly and the entire graveyard in space is nothing new, not a new idea but it was so aptly portrayed here, the models look great and the music and the flashbacks...all added together with the conflict between John and Helena make this smashing ep still have impact. This ep is one of the best of the entire run and to be honest, it's unforgettable.

I've also watched bits and pieces of other episodes but not sure that qualifies for a review. More next time. I'm also of the mind that the second season is not that bad. I was intially drawn to the show because of the second season...the action, the music, Maya...and that drew me to take a look again at the First Season. When SEason one went on I was rather young and the monster from DRAGON'S DOMAIN, the violence of ray guns exploding and bursting chests (John in WAR GAMES; Paul in MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH), the apparent coldness of the Alphans, and the horror of sutff like FORCE OF LIFE rather scared me off of it. I then watched some of the later eps such as THE LAST ENEMY and liked them. Others, like FULL CIRCLE, warned me off again. It is not my fav ep. In any event I think some of the second season can be linked to the first. Eps such as THE EXILES, IMMUNITY SYNDROME, even the strange force in SPACE WARP and BETA CLOUD, ABChrysalis, LAMBDA FACTOR, A MATTER OF BALANCE etc have a strange First YEar like quality to them in parts.
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Recently, thanks to the new books and finally getting a UK and better version of Year Two, I've had an interest in rewatching the series in no particular order.

EARTHBOUND: I found this one very surprizing. Rather than the staid, almost too stable and dull story I thought this was, I found it, perhaps thanks to expectations low, rather grand and rather good. It was interesting, entertaining and refreshing. I found it good that the aliens were not evil minded and Helena's relationship to Zantor was subtle but nice. Koenig's loyalty to the aliens was also nice. This one seemed very mature and serious but also different. It is true there was not much action but the ending was a Twilight Zone/Outer Limits/One Step Beyond type twist and Simmond's fate, no matter how horrible he acted, was truly.... horrible and disturbing. Roy Dotrice is a good actor and he later starred in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as Father. Lee was also very good in this. The interplay among the Alphans was also good as was the dilemma of picking who would go.

VOYAGER'S RETURN: I am biased toward this ep for some reason. It's really not a typical First Year story as it's rather straight forward. The guy that plays Jim Haines is rather good looking. The story is probably sort of like some of the more serious VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA episodes: man vs his own obsession or his own creation. The aliens are rather...odd in this and very hostile and mad. And very alien in some ways although they are human in shape. This one had some very odd camea angles and to this day I cannot understand why they would shoot a pole or through a small doorway when two people are talking and you can't see them fully: maybe it's because they are old men and no one wants to see old men? No. I think it's was just the director trying to be artful and it kinda works in that something, God if you like, is watching the Alphans. That Mysterious Unknown Force maybe. In any event, a good episode.

TESTAMENT OF ARKADIA: this loses nothing at all over the years. In fact, it's gained a lot. It holds up remarkably well today. The guest stars are rather good, even if one of them had some dubbing done to his lines (some or a lot I do not know). It all works and rather than having a specific alien threat, there is the interplay among the Alphans again and the strange events that happen on the planet. The music works rather well and the entire atmosphere also works. There IS religious/spiritual connotations that perhaps religion and spirituality are not the same thing and maybe even be at odds. In any event, like most First Year stories, there are more than one way to look at the story. It's very good and that ending of the book and pen is also good. Enjoyable.

GUARIDAN OF PIRI: Perhaps when I watched this, I was very tired. I kept falling asleep. I still like the art design, the effects, the message, the music, and Catherine. She looks lovely. The planet, at least in the area the Alphans descend, is well done and well decorated. I just found it to be a rather dull storyline...everyone taken over ala INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, robots ala WESTWORLD and/or THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN/BIONIC WOMAN, and I don't know what else. The ending is nice with life being brought back to the planet thanks to the Alphans and they cannot stay. But the rush away from the planet could have been better as the Moon leaves and frankly my memory played it up more than what is actually there. Another thing that bothered me when I first saw this and bothers me now is the death of the girl having a blood transfusion. NOW that is scary. And disturbing.

DRAGON'S DOMAIN: This is the scariest monster on tv. In fact, until CRIMINAL MINDS, 1999 might have been the scariest show thanks to just this episode. Yeah today it looks a bit hokey at times but there was something disturbing in 1976 about women dying on TV--it rarely happened. In addition guest stars rarely died so horribly and the entire graveyard in space is nothing new, not a new idea but it was so aptly portrayed here, the models look great and the music and the flashbacks...all added together with the conflict between John and Helena make this smashing ep still have impact. This ep is one of the best of the entire run and to be honest, it's unforgettable.

I've also watched bits and pieces of other episodes but not sure that qualifies for a review. More next time. I'm also of the mind that the second season is not that bad. I was intially drawn to the show because of the second season...the action, the music, Maya...and that drew me to take a look again at the First Season. When SEason one went on I was rather young and the monster from DRAGON'S DOMAIN, the violence of ray guns exploding and bursting chests (John in WAR GAMES; Paul in MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH), the apparent coldness of the Alphans, and the horror of sutff like FORCE OF LIFE rather scared me off of it. I then watched some of the later eps such as THE LAST ENEMY and liked them. Others, like FULL CIRCLE, warned me off again. It is not my fav ep. In any event I think some of the second season can be linked to the first. Eps such as THE EXILES, IMMUNITY SYNDROME, even the strange force in SPACE WARP and BETA CLOUD, ABChrysalis, LAMBDA FACTOR, A MATTER OF BALANCE etc have a strange First YEar like quality to them in parts.

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