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Space Academy never looked so good,
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This review is from: Space Academy: The Complete Series (DVD)What is the most striking about Space Academy on this DVD set, is how good the visual effects still look. These are effects on par with any of the motion control work done on Star Wars in 1977. This is without a doubt, quality work. The Seeker spaceships are weathered down and lit with convincing shadows and darkness in some shots, and some scenes have the Seeker doing complete 360 degree turns. We're even treated to a mini fleet of Seekers in the final episode spinning 360 in unison, and firing lasers. In some aspects, the work on this series is more sophisticated than Brian Johnson's work on Space: 1999, and comes close to par quality with John Dykstra's work on Star Wars. The makers of Space Academy had a camera system more sophisticated than Brian Johnson's, and not quite as sophisticated as John Dykstra's. The Seeker's engine exhaust flares before the camera, takes off and lands convincingly from it's bay, and sits in it's bay before take-off convincingly. I have yet to see CGI spaceship work that rivals Space Academy, Space: 1999, Battlestar Galactica, or Star Wars in its realism. Though Space Academy had a low budget, I tip my hat to its technical crew for creating realistic spaceship shots that built on the era of weathered down, realistically lit spacecraft miniatures with flared engine exhaust. The innovation and imagination of Space Academy's optical effects unit produced some of the most beautifully photographed and filmed spacecraft miniatures ever put on film. This was too good to be a mere Saturday morning children's show. And the miniature of the Academy asteroid is as iconic as the "Draconia" from Buck Rogers, the "Galactica" from the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series, and "Dracos Dragonship" from "Jason of Star Command."
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Initial post: Jul 15, 2009 6:01:10 AM PDT
F. Todd Jennings says:
I agree! The special effects rivaled anything coming out of the post-Star Wars / phosphorescent explosions school. Looking back I am amazed how well the special effects were done.
Plus it had a low-key but highly effective cast and was not overtly moralistic unlike a lot of live-action kid's shows. Besides, anything with 'girl-next-door' Pam Ferdyn is gonna get my approval!
I just ordered my copy!
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