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Space Academy: The Complete Series

4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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STUDY HARD MEET ALIENS TAKE TESTS FLY SPACESHIPS...ENROLL NOW FOR THE COOLEST SCHOOL IN THE COSMOS...SPACE ACADEMY!Class was never this much fun at your school...the students at Space Academy major in adventure! Under the guidance of their instructor Commander Isaac Gampu (played by Lost in Space's Jonathan Harris) the young cadets attending Space Academy in the year 3732 include Captain Chris Gentry his telepathic sister Laura Gentry action-oriented Tee Gar Soom brainy Lieutenant Paul Jerome and the pretty young Adrian Pryce-Jones. Joining the Blue Team for learning and adventure are the robot Peepo and the blue-haired mysterious orphan Loki.Airing on CBS in the 1977 season Space Academy was another ground-breaking live-action series from Filmation Studios. With special effects by some of the technical wizards who had created Star Wars that same year space Academy proved popular with audiences both young and old. Later rerun on the network and in syndication worldwide Space Academy also launched a line of character dolls and other memorabilia and a spin-off the following season called Jason of Star Command.15 Episodes on 4 DiscsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS UPC: 787364725397

Special Features

  • 15 episodes on four discs
  • "Back to School with Space Academy" featurette
  • Commentary on two episodes
  • Still galleries
  • DVD-ROM scripts and series bible
  • Commercial bumpers
  • Easter Eggs
  • Bonus trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Jonathan Harris, Pamelyn Ferdin, Ric Carrott, Ty Henderson, Maggie Cooper
  • Writers: Allen Ducovny
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K4X5U8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Space Academy: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Who could forget that the year Star Wars blasted its way across cinemas that Space Academy launched on CBS Saturday mornings? The SA was a man-made planetoid built upon a large asteroid in space that was navigated by way of an interstellar star drive and commanded by Lost In Space's Dr. Smith, Jonathan Harris, who played 300 year-old Commander Isaac Gampu. The SA contained several really cool space shuttles or "Seekers" that allowed them to take off-campus expeditions to nearby planets. The Seekers were basically designed after the Ark II vehicle (minus the wheels) which had been Filmation's previous live-action Saturday morning sci-fi entry. The culturally diverse and co-ed students attending the SA included Lt. Adrian played by Maggie Cooper, Lt. Laura Gentry played by Pamelyn Ferdin (the voice of Lucy from the Peanuts and Sally on Sealab 2020) and her brother Captain Chris Gentry played by Ric Carrott, Lt. Paul Jerome played by Ty Henderson, Tee-Gar Soom played by Brian Tochi (the voice of Leonardo in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films), and Loki played by Eric Greene along with a funky robot named Peepo (voiced by She-Ra Erika Scheimer) who looked as though he could have been the distant cousin of Buck Rogers' Twiki. The students each had some kind of special skills and abilities like telekinesis and invisibility which were attributes used to overcome hostile situations and the stories generally involved plots that included some kind of moral for kids by teaching them the consequences about making the right choices but who really cared? For its day, this show boasted some of the best visual effects on television (cheezy by today's standards of course) with detailed scale models and stop-motion aliens. What kid wouldn't be intrigued by this show at that age?Read more ›
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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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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.
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