Had this project gone ahead, Maya would have been absent from Space: 1999. The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Space: 1999, Denbigshire 2010, ISBN 1-84583-034-2. For this release, to coincide with the series' 30th Anniversary, each episode was digitally restored by creating new 35 mm film elements (a new interpositive made from the original negative which is then used to make further copies). Fred Freiberger felt that these characters were one-dimensional and had no fan support; he told Nick Tate that the audience would not remember them and that, as far as he was concerned, they were just "somewhere else" on Alpha, lost in the crowd of three hundred other people. Maya had an impish sense of humour. The second series eliminated this montage. This was followed by a title sequence that managed to convey prestige for its two main stars, Landau and Bain (both billed as 'starring') and to give the audience some thirty-plus fast cut shots of the forthcoming episode. In late 2014, Network finally announced that Year Two would be released in 2015. Likewise, it was mentioned in this publication that Morrow and Kano had died in an Eagle crash between seasons, and explained that Dr Mathias, supposedly Alpha's psychiatrist (although he seems to be more Russell's assistant) was on sabbatical doing research. Wilson's innovative Moonbase set construction, using 4-by-8-foot (120 by 240 cm) plastic foam-board panels, linked together Lego-like into whatever room configuration was required, made for a uniform and realistic appearance for the Alpha interiors (not to mention being relatively cheap and quickly assembled). And thereafter, a 1977–1978 run of first-season episodes began with "War Games" on 17 September. Filmed on 29 August 1999, Message From Moonbase Alpha is a fan-produced mini-episode made with the co-operation and involvement of Space: 1999 script editor Johnny Byrne, who penned the script. [47] In July 2019 Shout Factory released both seasons of Space:1999 on Blu-ray using restored and remastered HD transfers and remastered 5.1 DTS-HD MA surround sound re-mix. The disadvantage was that the number of possible angles was more limited; for instance, a spaceship could be seen approaching a planet from the side, but could not move in front of it without the elements overlapping.[9]. During filming of the first episode, it became apparent that the troubled Elstree was under the threat of imminent closure. "[7] Years later, Byrne and Penfold would agree that the process they worked under made "good scripts less than they had been" and forced them to waste time re-writing "bad scripts to make them acceptable". The episode was adapted in the sixth Year Two Space: 1999 novel The Edge of the Infinite by Michael Butterworth, published in 1977. The largest stumbling block for the staff had been having all material vetted by ITC's New York office. BrianJohnsonSFX twitter feed. in 2000 and 2001, and later on MTV3 Scifi in 2008. Johnny Byrne's script "The Biological Soul", involving the Alphans' encounter with the unstable Mentor of the planet Psychon and his biological computer Psyche, was rewritten to include the new character Maya and the rest of the format changes; the episode produced from this script was retitled "The Metamorph". The costumes for Year Two were designed by Emma Porteous, who later designed the wardrobes for several James Bond films.[10]. In 1972, Sir Lew Grade, head of ITC Entertainment, proposed financing a second series of the Century 21 production UFO to show-runners Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. They're very attractive, aren't they? See more ideas about space 1999, space, space 1999 tv series. Much of this music was reused in other episodes. Isaac Asimov criticised the scientific accuracy of the series by pointing out that any explosion capable of knocking the Moon out of its orbit would actually blow it apart, and even if it did leave orbit it would take hundreds of thousands of years to reach the nearest star. )[4][5] The English actor Nicholas Young (who portrayed John in the original version of The Tomorrow People) appeared in a Year Two episode, "The Bringers of Wonder". Add To Cart. [6], Anderson would not let the project die; he approached Grade's number two in New York, Abe Mandell, with the proposal for taking the research and development done for UFO: 1999 and creating a new science fiction series. With the start of the second season in September 1976, CBC Television upgraded Space: 1999 to full-network status, airing it Saturdays on all CBC owned-and-operated stations, with affiliated, privately owned stations also offering the show on Saturdays. [12], One week before live action filming commenced, Visual Effects Supervisor Brian Johnson and his team began work on the visual effects sequences for the first episode at Bray Studios near Maidenhead, Berkshire on 5 November 1973. Key roles in The Metamorph, The Taybor, The Rules Of Luton, New Adam, New Eve, The A B Chrysalis, Seed Of Destruction, The Beta Cloud, Space Warp (in alien forms), The Bringers Of Wonder, Dorzak, The Dorcons. Freiberger had appropriated this approach from Star Trek; the endings of many of that show's episodes featured an upbeat discussion among the cast of the lessons learned during the episode and closing on a joke; this approach was copied for Space: 1999 with Koenig, Verdeschi, Russell, Carter and Maya enjoying a laugh in the Command Center. It was initially released in 8 sets with 6 episodes each in 2001 and 2002. The Eagle (designed by Brian Johnson) is the primary form of transportation for the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha. The Moonbase Alpha Technical Manual produced by Starlog magazine picks up this explanation, stating Bergman died due to a faulty spacesuit per the scripted scene. However, Moonbase Alpha personnel treated Verdeschi as if he had been in their midst since "Breakaway". Stage M was the "swing stage" – used for planet exteriors, spaceship interiors, and whatever else was needed for a given episode. Also starring Barbara Bain as Dr. Helena Russell, Barry Morse as Victor Bergman, and Catherine Schell as Maya, Space: 1999 is a true classic of science fiction television, presented here in a deluxe box set with a galaxy's worth of special features that fans and newcomers alike will treasure. The first releases on American home video were in the VHS in the mid-1980s and consisted of the theatrical compilation films (see above). Life on Moonbase Alpha is driven by the human need to survive while being tempered by tragedy and loss. Subsequent episodes (such as "The Black Sun", third in production order, and "Another Time, Another Place", sixth in production order) suggest the Moon reaches the stars by passing through wormholes and hyperspatial tunnels, a plot point made more overt in second-season episodes, notably "The Taybor" and "Space Warp". The background of the series was retconned, with the events now stated to having taken place in the year 2100 A.D. rather than 1999.[26]. Angered by humanity's innate hostility and WANDER's defensive posture, they travel to Earth with the intent of isolating mankind within the boundary of Earth's atmosphere. With Maya now a crew member the Alphans discover a young couple called Cantor and Zova who have been in suspended animation for some while. [2] The runaway Moon, in effect, becomes the "spacecraft" on which the protagonists travel, searching for a new home. [44] The remastered Year Two was eventually released on Blu-ray and DVD in September 2015, to coincide with the series' 40th Anniversary. "[21] With Morse gone, the role of the boffin on Alpha was filled completely by Maya, whose people's science was far in advance of mankind's. Koenig and Russell went from a barely noticeable courtship to a physically passionate, full-fledged romance, in which the devotion ran so deep that they offered to die for each other ("Brian the Brain"). Strap yourselves in — the journey of a lifetime is about to begin! Maya was taught the skill of metamorphosis by Mentor (not all Psychons have the skill: Dorzak has to command her to teach him). The Eagle 1 is made mostly of molded plastic and has a number of parts and accessories. The same thing happened when MTV tried to air the second season in 1978. In the cut scenes for The Metamorph the trees are in pots, which she must also have transformed into. Mandell countered that this concept might be off-putting to viewers, to which Anderson replied he would "blow up the Moon".[7]. Released in 1976, the Eagle 1 is over 2.5-feet long and a foot wide. The Moonbase interiors were also upgraded for the second year, with the existing stock of wall panels, doors, and computer panels (along with some bits from other Anderson productions) being assembled for the first time—on Stage L—into a standing complex of interconnected sets (the first series' sets had been assembled as needed and the size of the Main Mission/Command Office complex was prohibitive for the construction of a lasting series of rooms. The full-network English CBC airing began with the series opener, "Breakaway", on 11 September 1976, then "The Metamorph", the Year Two opener, on 18 September. In 2001, it was released on DVD in the UK by Carlton Media, both in single disc volumes (each volume contained four episodes) and also as two complete season boxed sets (titled as "Year One" and "Year Two") comprising six discs each. It starred Martin Landau as Commander John Koenig, Barbara Bain as Doctor Helena Russell, and Barry Morse as Professor Victor Bergman.. $42.95. Planning for some hires poster size prints, so following through with UV mapping, textures, look dev, lighting, etc.… The French version was also broadcast, in early evening on Saturdays. This vastly improved the picture quality in comparison to the previous DVD releases, however the restoration process has actually made some of the space scenes (that involve special effects and model work) less realistic due to increased brightness and contrast. The series has been translated into other media. Avaruusasema Alfa (engl. OFFICIAL SPACE 1999 POSTER: SEASON 1. 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