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Space: 1999's Writers Keep On Dropping Acid...Until Season 2,
This review is from: Space 1999, Set 4 (DVD)
The fourth and final volume of the first season episodes (A&E has confirmed it will release the entire second season on DVD as well) continues the trippy trek across the stars for the beleaguered Moonbase Alpha; it also signals the end of the metaphysical, drug-inspired plots, impressive special effects and most of the cast. Martin Landau's John Koenig continues to bark and grimace, Barbara Bain sustains her zombie impersonation and Barry Morse maintains the only likeable character, Professor Victor Bergman. Episodes like "The Troubled Spirit" and "The Testament of Arkadia" continue denying scientific reasoning, but the series' writers never cared about plausibility anyway, so why continue to bluster about inaccuracies? Much of Space:1999's weird plots would turn into just plain silly plots when its second season premiered. Bergman and the entire cast, save for Landau and Bain, would be dumped for Maya, the alien with the cool sideburns and Tony Verdeshi, Koenig's number one. The special effects wouldn't be, well, as special in the second season and the Main Mission set is replaced with a cheap-looking, multi-light-blinking Command Center(but those jackets everybody wears are retro cool). Oh well. At least Landau SMILES in the second season (When Space: 1999 aired in Canada in the early-mid Nineties, the second season prints looked murky, not as clean looking as season one-- I hope the future DVDs will rectify the problem). Regardless if you prefer season one's metaphysical pondering or season two's more traditional sci-fi adventure, Space: 1999 is pure kitsch and a delight to watch all over again on DVD.