In 1999, Moonbase Alpha, nestled in the Lunar crater Plato, is a scientific research colony and watchdog over silos of atomic waste from Earth stored on the Moon's far side. On September 13, 1999, magnetic energy builds to cause an explosive chain-reaction of the waste, blasting the Moon out of Earth's orbit and off the plane of the ecliptic, out of the Solar System. The inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha are unable to return to Earth and must survive on their wandering Moon as it is displaced further into unknown space by freak space warps. Along the way, they are joined by an alien woman with the ability to change herself into any living creature at will.Written by
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Special effects supervisor Brian Johnson was asked to helm the special effects for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), but his involvement with this series took priority. While helming the special effects for Alien (1979), Johnson was asked to take charge of the effects for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), so he left the effects duties for Alien (1979) with his assistant on the project, Nick Allder, who had also been his main special effects assistant on this show, then moved on to work with the effects crew on "Empire". Brian Johnson and Nick Allder ended up sharing an Oscar for Special Effects for Alien (1979), then Johnson shared a Special Achievement Award for Special Visual Effects on The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Johnson would later go on to helm the post-production visual effects on "Aliens" (1986), in which he would end up sharing a BAFTA Film Award. See more »
Between seasons 1 and 2, uniforms and signage were altered in ways that are almost completely cosmetic (such as no rhyme or reason as to why some season two characters are always wearing jackets and others not). This makes no logical sense for a base with limited resources and few opportunities for resupply. See more »
During the first season, excerpts for each week's episode were incorporated into the opening credits, more specifically the "This Episode" section, which was something of a Gerry Anderson trademark. See more »
In Germany for unknown reasons only 30 episodes were dubbed by the ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), the other 18 have never been broadcast. Many of the shown episodes were cut by up to 10 minutes. The main theme by Barry Gray (season 1)/Derek Wadsworth (season 2) was deleted from all episodes, instead "Oxygene Part 2" by Jean-Michel Jarre was used. The introductions which came before the main titles were also deleted. See more »
A long time has passed since I last time saw my favourite SciFi programme. Still, with no disrespect, it is the best SciFi I have ever seen. Special effects is not the only thing that makes a SciFi (as well as any other sort of movies) attractive, good and memorable. It is a good script, fine cast and the atmosphere of the time when it has been broadcast. In case of the Space 1999, there is also a strong context of reality. Compared with the other similar programmes and movies, the Space 1999 deals with familiar objects (like Moon), provides usually the imaginable situations. All these make people watching the show more capable to identify themselves with characters and situations. Certainly, the Space 1999 had caught me in front of my TV every Saturday night. Very happy to find the programme on DVD!
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