Space: 1999

BLUEPRINTS: “Moonbase Alpha Reference Guide (Special Preview Edition)” by Keith Young (2012)

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In my capacity as “Keeper of the Sacred Blueprints,” I have long been aware of - and a fan of - Keith Young. For those not in the know, he basically got a copy of the old “Moonbase Alpha Technical Manual” put out by Starlog in the 1970s, and quickly decided it was a very limited, slapdash, and generally inaccurate product all ‘round. It was, however, intended to be updated, and came in a three-ring binder so that Starlog could send out periodic new pages. These never came, of course. The project was a bust, and quickly abandoned.

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JUST RANDOM CRAP THAT'S COOL: "The Sci Fi Air Show"

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Is this a fan film? It's hard to say, in that there's no plot, but it's entirely derived from five different long-dead TV series. So maybe it is, maybe it isn't, more likely it's its own weird subset thereof. Let's just call it "Random Crap That's Cool."

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[UPDATED] BREAKING NEWS: SPACE:1999 REBOOT?

Deadline.com is reporting that ITV America and HDFilms are teaming to 'reimagine' the 70's Gerry Anderson series about the Earth's moon gone a wanderin'.

Okay. Space:2099 is going to have a real steep grade to climb to make the rather goofy (at best) central conceit of the show work. On the other hand, Space:2099 benefits from the rather low bar set by the original in terms of story, science, drama and general watchability.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "The Troubled Spirit" from Space: 1999 (1976)

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This is the teaser for an episode of Space: 1999. Well worth a look for a bunch of reasons, most of which involve it being completely unlike anything else in the series:

We've got good direction, great cinematography (In all fairness, the cinematography of the series was pretty above average in the first season), a nice juxtoposition of the ultrafuturistic and the spooky, the *Really* neat wandering POV camera, and it's all synched nicely to the weird music.

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: "Massage From Moonbase Alpha" (2010)

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Well, here we are, at the end of the trilogy in four parts. Regular readers of Fan Film Friday may recall the "UFO: 1999" episodes we've run in the past, a comedic merging of Space: 1999 and Gerry Anderson's UFO. The series functioned as kind of a mashup where both series take place in the same "Universe," and showing the slapstick that results after Breakaway, when the two moonbases end up annoying the frack out of each other.

For those that don't remember, or are simply new, we've covered them pretty thoroughly. Check 'em out here:

EPISODE 1: "Breakified"

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: "Message From Moonbase Alpha" (1999)

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I've been holding off on this one for a while, because I'm not sure if it qualifies as a Fan Film or not.

Basically, back in the 1970s, there was a show called "Space: 1999," which has been much maligned, and more-or-less rightly so. It was beautiful, but simultaneously pretentious, incoherent, goofy, and suffered from an unfortunate overdose of "Like, wow, man!" It was cancelled after two seasons, and despite the occasional failed revival attemtp, there it languished in infrequent syndication purgatory.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Space:1999 : "Ring Around the Moon" (Season 1, Episode 4)

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I have begun to get an inkling of what R3 is going through with his Man From Atlantis reviews.  It took me weeks, literally, to get through this episode.  But we're all about self sacrifice and individual responsibility here at Republibot, so may I present to you my impressions of the Space:1999 episode "Ring around the Moon"

 

Except there's no ring.  There's a forcefield thingee, but no ring.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Space:1999 : "The Black Sun" (Season 1, Episode 3)

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This week, we visit a ‘Black Sun’... an astrophysical impossibility, but since when did that ever stop a science fiction TV show?

 

Since this is the Seventies, and we are more interested in the story than the science (or at least that’s what they tell us), let’s take a peek, shall we?

 

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: "UFO: 1999 SID's Return" (2001)

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A month ago we featured a "Bridge" fan film parody that tied UFO and Space: 1999 together. Much to my surprise, it turns out the same people did another one. This episode gives us more of the same, but it also throws some Captain Scarlet into the mix. Check it out after the jump.

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