Space:1999

“The Series Killer” - Can we all please stop calling Fred Freiberger that now?

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Fred Freiberger was a television producer with a long and successful career, which is impressive if you’re the kind of person who’s impressed by that sort of thing. I’m not, personally, but it’s more than I’ve done, so perhaps I should be. He’s also a writer, which is a bit more impressive, but given the stuff that he wrote, not vastly much more so. He was one of the anonymous faces behind the camera, the names at the credit crawl at the end of the episode that no one outside of the industry, and obsessive fans (like me) ever tended to notice.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Space 1999: "Another Time, Another Place" (Season 1, Episode 6)

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The Moon encounters a swirling anomaly that makes everybody walk sideways. They are accelerating 'off the clock'. This doesn't mean that they won't be paid overtime, however. It is an indication that time is a component of acceleration. Everything gets all glowy and we start to see double images of the Alphans as two images of the moon separate. We are also sort of introduced to our "Special Guest star about to die"… Regina, with a hard 'g', played by Judy Geeson.

As everybody checks for bumps and bruises, John asks Victor where they are. Victor doesn't know.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Space:1999 : "Earthbound" (Season 1, Episode 5)

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Ah! The return of Commisioner Simmons. Simmons is complaining that they are doing nothing to return to Earth. Well, he's right. They are more concerned with surviving right now, but thanks for asking, Mister Simmons.

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: Tim Smith Talks To Us About The Making Of UFO: 1999

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Good morning, happy Friday, and welcome to another installment of "Fan Film Friday." Today we'll be interviewing Tim Smith, an in-the-trenches, oldschool Fan Filmaker from Florida. Tim is one of the the two principle creators of the "UFO: 1999" Fan Film series that we've been featuring here on the 'Bot. Tim, thank you very much for agreeing to be with us here, today.

 

TIM SMITH:

Thanks so very much. It is indeed a great honor to be asked to speak about this old project.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Space 1999:"Breakaway" (Season 1, Episode 1)

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It has been a bit over thirty years since I last watched this show attentively. After R3's disastrous encounter with "Man From Atlantis", I was a bit hesitant to subject good childhood memories to the light of 21st century sensibilities.

How well did it hold up? Well, that'd be telling.

Oh, okay. I'll tell you, but after the jump.

(Is it appropriate to post 'Spoilers' for 35 year old TV shows?)

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Plastic Furniture

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In the sixties and seventies, nothing screamed "Futurism" like plastic furniature. Think the mod, swanky interiors in A Clockwork Orange (1970) or the insides of Space Station V from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and you'll see what I mean. Unquestionably, the greatest most over-the-top concatenation of ultra-modern plastic furniature ever seen on TV was in the series Space:1999, which we've refered to numerous times here in this column. Here's a fascinating little website that chronicles one woman's quest to make the inside of her home look like Moonbase Alpha. It's surprisingly cool:

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INTERVIEW: Keith Young talks about his Space:1999 Blueprints and the Revival you never got to see

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With us today, we've got Keith Young, a science fiction draftsman who's been producing some high-quality blueprints for the fan community for most of the last couple decades. Keith, thanks for being with us today.

Keith:
Hello, and thanks for having me.

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