SPACE: 1999 Se­ries Two

Lu­nar ad­ven­tures go loonier

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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

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