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Space 1999, Set 6
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Set 6 of the digitally remastered series, containing six episodes (numbers 31 to 36) on two discs, offers plenty of evidence to support both arguments. On the one hand, there are some intriguing ideas, weighty themes, and good writing here, as in "New Adam, New Eve" (episode 34), in which Koenig (Landau) and company confront the very existence of God himself, or "The Rules of Luton" (episode 31), in which Koenig and Maya (Catherine Schell) find themselves in deep trouble on a planet where plants are the dominant life form. But too often those virtues are hamstrung by poor execution, as in "Luton," where our heroes must battle three absurd-looking and -acting aliens. Smart sensibility, silly look and feel: this is the Space: 1999 paradox. And the truth is that nowadays, when advanced film technology is making even the early Star Wars films look dated, many of these episodes seem positively quaint.
DVD bonus features include a three-minute "making of" featurette (on the first disc), a gallery of production stills (on both discs), and interactive menus. Some material that was not seen in the original U.S. broadcasts has been restored. --Sam Graham
- Includes six episodes (#31-36): The Rules of Luton, The Mark of Archanon, Brian the Brain, New Adam New Eve, The A B Chrysalis, Catacombs of the Moon
- Original Year Two behind-the-scenes featurette
- Photo gallery
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For years I have proclaimed the first season of my all-time favorite sci-fi program, "Space:1999", as the best, most original, and creative sci-fi show out there. Even today, new programs pale by comparison to this metaphysical, moody show that questioned mankind's place in the Universe. Then someone asks about Koenig's pink/orange jacket and the disco-funk soundtrack, and I am forced to be quiet.
Year Two was the bane of a :1999-er's existance, so far as I was concerned. How could any self-respecting Alphan-wannabe think Tony was cooler than Paul, or Yasko more pleasant than Sandra or Tanya? And Maya, compared to Bergman? Just another Spock-copy in a skirt. My favorite supporting characters gone, in favor of this lot? Heresy! Why, they oughtta be lined up against a wall in Command Center and blasted with stun guns!
But, when Set 5 & 6 came out on DVD, I simply could not resist buying them. It had been years since the episodes first aired, and I could only remember a smattering of the stories. If nothing else, I thought they'd be good for a laugh.
After screening the episodes in these sets, I have to admit it... they aren't half-bad. Some were actually pretty good. Nowheres near the quality and brilliance of Year One, but... likable. I'd be lying if I said that I did not feel like a college professor admitting that he enjoys watching "The Jerry Springer Show", but there was just something fun about watching these episodes, episodes I had railled against for decades.
Set 6 contains the infamous "Rules of Luton" and "Catacombs of the Moon". Both episodes have been derided by critics and fans alike.
In my case, I always remembered Luton, the three weird aliens, and the three evil trees a bit more kindly.Read more ›
1) "The Mark of Archanon" has what is still the poorest death scene ever acted. "I'm dying.... argghhhh... no wait, I'm not dead yet, here take my kid.... ok now I'm dying..."
2) A space-disco theme song wasn't enough so "Brian the Brain" starred a robot with a strobe-light for a head. Even in the far-flung reaches of space, computers still crack bad jokes.
3) In "The Rules of Luton" we learn World War III happened (and racism ended) back in 1987; and don't get me started on the killer trees. Not to mention "Luton" was a ...of the Star Trek episode where Kirk battles the green lizard. Was anyone else waiting for Koenig to build a cannon out of a tree stump?
4) In "New Adam New Eve" we learn that even God can fall for the old 'hide the branches and leaves over a pit" trick.
5) "A.B. Chrysalis" stars a bunch of chlorine breathing aliens who would've destroyed Moonbase Alpha, except that Tony is such a hunk! Too bad all that chlorine gas didn't blow that long hair out of the way. And what happens when you run out of goofy looking rubber creature outfits? Easy. Create an "evil" Martin Landau.
6) "Catacombs of the Moon", errr... what was the point of that whole 'nothing can shake the power of faith' thing anyway? Did faith have anything to do with how they got into or out of their predicament? Dig the artificial heart - - a lightbulb with wires!
Of course you know nothing I said really matters because a true Space 1999 fan is going to buy this set anyway. Just be sure to pop in one of the other sets when company comes over - - unless you're going for laughs.
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So happy to find this series. I loved it as a kid. This is a real classic. DVDs were just as described. Fast shipping and good packaging. Great transaction.Published 8 months ago by imagine62
TV Series Space, Science Fiction starring Martin LandauPublished 13 months ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
I absolutely love this series- specifically Season 2. I was an enormous fan of Catherine Schell as Maya. Read morePublished 17 months ago by makeupstar
I was remembering my childhood when I saw this show for the first time as I watched it this time I saw how they ripped on some star trek episodes.Published on October 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I am a fan of this series and it is as good as I remembered and the acting is great. The idea that the Moon would be knocked out of orbit is a awsome concept that open the door... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by S. Yishmerai
Very satisfied with the product and the delivery time. I enjoyed this show when I was younger and want to share with my husband. Thanks againPublished on February 21, 2013 by Terie L. Cosma
Space and Religion are themes that are of NO interest to me. I purchase them for my son and never watch them. Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by John Bashaw
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