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A Visit with Old Friends
, February 18, 2007
This review is from: Space Academy: The Complete Series (DVD)
I was thrilled to see that one of my all time favorite series "Space Academy" was coming out on DVD!!! Naturally, I HAD to order it!!
Back when it was on, I had a HUGE crush on Ric Carrott who played Chris Gentry and I've always been a fan of Pamelyn Ferdin.
I hadn't seen the show since it was first broadcast - 29 years ago. It was amazing how much I remembered - even whole scenes of dialog.
I'll admit I DIDN'T remember quite how melodramatic it was, but it WAS kids TV circa 1977 - even had some of the same music as animated Star Trek because it was the same production company. And Jonathan Harris seemed be having his usual fun time chewing up the scenery. I noticed they managed not to pull too many Lost in Space comments - but Robbie the Robot DOES pop up in one episode.
The SFX and model work (which were created by some of the group who did Star Wars) do hold up pretty well, but since I went through all the episodes in two marathon sessions (Leah made me go to bed after the first DVD) I found myself forwarding through the Seeker launching and landing sequences and the opening and closing bits.
The show was just as much fun as I remembered though. I DID forward through parts of one episode called "Space Hookey" because the scenes were just TOO silly. The story is that Loki and Peepo (the robot) play hookey and land on a rock inside a comet that chases them - they meet two balls of light that are supposed to be "children" on the planet who take over Loki and when they go back to the Academy - one of them passes to Gampu (Jonathan Harris) who starts skipping around and playing pirate. He even has Chris and Laura arrested and threatens to have them walk the plank when they try to stop him from starting a war with another race. Their "daddy" finally shows up (ala "Squire of Gothos") and takes them away to be punished.
They also filmed a "Back to School at the Space Academy" documentary. It was fun to see how Eric Greene (Loki) has turned out to be a lawyer and an activist. Brian Tochi (Tee Gar) is still acting and Ric Carrott (Chris) has become a computer specialist. I'd never have recognized him on the street tho. He's changed quite a bit, but still VERY handsome. They also spoke to one of the producers and the SFX specialist. They didn't have anything with Ty Henderson (Paul) or either of the girls Maggie Cooper (Adrian) and Pamelyn Ferdin (Laura) dunno whether they weren't able to find them or they didn't want to participate. It's a shame - I'd have loved to see them too.
They dedicated the documentary to Jonathan Harris and all of them seemed to have very fond memories of him.
Now waiting for my next acquisition - Ark II!
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