SPACE: 1999 Series Two
Lunar adventures go loonier
released OUT NOW! 1976- 1977 | PG | Blu- ray
Creator Gerry Anderson
Cast Martin Landau, Barbara Bain,
Catherine Schell, Tony Anholt, Nick Tate
This second run of the series about a lunar base crew’s adventures after the Moon’s blasted into deep space saw American producer Fred Freiberger come onboard, a man often blamed for wrecking the original Star Trek – and, indeed, Space: 1999. But his attempts to inject more action and drama aren’t as fatal as sometimes claimed.
New regular Maya, a shapechanger, is very daft, mind, her ability to save pretty much every situation undercutting any sense of threat. Aside from her, the villains are camper – a chap in yellow undies in “A Matter Of Balance” is a corker – and the monsters ropier ( like the one- eyed rugs in enjoyable two- parter “The Bringers Of Wonder”).
The spaceship FX have endured best, not at all diminished by presentation in hi- def, and while Space: 1999 series two is no classic, it’s watchable enough in its own kooky yet homely way. Silly fun.
Extras A vintage behind- thescenes piece on the making of “The Mark Of Archanon” ( 25 minutes), plus another on the model shop; 1976 interviews with cast and crew; a Martin Landau interview from 1994; original audio source recordings for four episodes; series two episode “Seed Of Destruction” re- edited and re- scored as if it were made for series one; Cosmos: 1999, a stopmotion fan film from 1979; a blooper; music- only tracks for every episode; alternate/ longer effects shots from a stock footage archive; script and annual PDFs; trailers and promos; clean titles; image galleries. A few of these were on the 2001 DVDs, but most are new to this release. Russell Lewin
Stanley Kubrick threatened legal action as he reckoned the show pinched the look of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The spaceship FX have endured best