Space Precinct 2040: The Complete Series
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The series takes place in 2040 and stars Ted Shackelford ("Knots Landing", "Another World") as Patrick Brogan, a former NYPD detective who joins the Demeter City Police force (Precinct 88) in the planet Altor. As the new lieutenant, Brogan balances his life as a husband and father to his family while adjusting to his new life in another planet and working alongside his partner Jack Haldane (played by Rob Youngblood) and Officer Jane Castle (played by Simone Bendix) investigating various crimes.
While the primary characters are human, many of the other characters are aliens who are part of the police force or are part of organized crime. In planet Altor, humans and aliens co-exist.
Here is a basic synopsis of each episode featured in this DVD set:
* EPISODE 1: Protect and Survive - Brogan and Haldane must protect a crooked business executive named Armand loyster.
* EPISODE 2: Enforcer - Someone is killing people in Demeter City with their hearts shredded but no single mark on their bodies.
* EPISODE 3: Body and Soul - Brogan and his son visit a space probe lost in space and find a dead body.
* EPISODE 4: Double Duty - A drug war is taking place in Demeter City and an assassin is killing the competition.Read more ›
But it's not just a cop show, it's a cop show IN SPACE, and the sci-fi elements are used better than I've ever seen in this genre. The aliens, in particular, actually look alien. There are some of the so-called "nose aliens" a la Star Trek, but the main races have their facial features done with puppetry, which makes them fabulously non-human looking while still being fully expressive. (Surprisingly, given the subject matter and the level of cheesiness, Space Precinct rarely descends into Men In Rubber Suits territory.)
And the alien location is used for maximum comedic effect: alien pizzas with horrible toppings delivered by parodic alien delivery guys on flying bikes, alien blind dates with unexpected biology, flying cop cars that look suspiciously like they were lifted from a 1980s US cop show, the bellowing Ethnic Stereotype boss who's neither Irish nor black but instead a googly-eyed alien, godawful intentionlally absurd Future Slang, wacky alien reproductive processes and childrearing techniques...
The main human characters are cops who've transfered from New York to an alien planet known for its tough streets. For the two of them, the show cast genuine Americans with genuine American accents, which was a very good idea.Read more ›
This is NOT for everyone. It is for me. I'm by no means a uber sci-fi geek. I roll my eyes when my bf mentions Star Trek or Star Wars. I just don't care. Space shows, aliens, blah blah blah. Whatever. Most sci-fi stuff doesn't interest me at all. There are a few exceptions to the rule. I like comedic sci-fi. I like the cutesy aliens (Yoda) - hey I said I'm a she, apparently a stereotypical one. And for some reason I love love love Gerry Anderson stuff. I'm not sure I'd go so far as to call his shows "campy" but they're not overly serious even when they have somewhat serious story lines for the characters in them. It's not comedic. It just is. Simple yet you can tell the people involved really put a lot of heart into it. They made sure you knew the characters, even some of the aliens (who all looked alike at first) all got very distinct looks as time went on. The romances are alway cheesy but are not the main stories.
It's not the puppets of the earlier Anderson shows (Supercar, Stingray, Thunderbirds, etc) but it definitely has that feel of an Anderson show. You know the feel - just a bit in the future with today's technology (well today's or lesser) but hey the vehicles are ahead of us anyway! In this case as there are actual human actors onscreen and you'll also find some of them get recycled in multiple roles. Cars that blow up soon at they bump a building just barely but the cop cars can take anything and not get a scratch.
They definitely progressed, even in a one year show.Read more ›
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little campy but still a pretty entertaining show. Cops in space is always a good topic for tv.Published 12 days ago by Steve Kraemer
One of my all time favorite series. A true classic. It's a shame it did not last longer. I return to this often. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Seeking New Things
new, arrive on time. As for the series I only saw a few episode, so it was on on my wish list.Published 1 month ago by Anthony. K
Seems like it would be OK, but feels like something is missing. The Stories, Cast and Special Effects are great but it feels empty. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MikeFrett
I gave this 5 stars because it did meet my expectations. Do not compare this to any of the high-tech sci-fi movies of today. It won't meet it, but it is very entertaining. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Victoria S. Darrow