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Old 14-04-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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A positive review of the series boxset in UK Guardian newspaper this weekend. Not sure why they are reviewing it right now though.

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Old 15-04-2013, 12:12 PM   #2
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You KNOW why. April 14th, 1929.
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Old 15-04-2013, 01:11 PM   #3
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The penny has dropped.

Still, nice to see a good notice from the mainstream press after decades of mostly trashing the series.
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I agree, Space: 1999 has been sadly underappreciated.
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Old 15-04-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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The penny has dropped.

Still, nice to see a good notice from the mainstream press after decades of mostly trashing the series.


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I agree, Space: 1999 has been sadly underappreciated.

Agree, it is about time.
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Old 16-04-2013, 08:53 PM   #6
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1999 is a good show in its own right. Comparing it to Star Trek is like apples and oranges.

Why do Sci-Fi fans do this. Did anyone compare ER to Chicago Hope? Did anyone compare CSI to Law & Order?
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Old 17-04-2013, 09:37 PM   #7
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1999 is a good show in its own right. Comparing it to Star Trek is like apples and oranges.

Why do Sci-Fi fans do this. Did anyone compare ER to Chicago Hope? Did anyone compare CSI to Law & Order?
I don't know. I think it's basically what used to be called a "dickwar" on usenet. ie "My favorite show is better than yours". It's one of the things that really put me off fandom in general. It also happens outside SF fandom. I used to attend a very well-put-together Kinks (the band, OK? Before anyone starts ) convention in Utrecht, until I got tired of "I'm a bigger fan than you are" types.
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Apples and Oranges indeed. In the US the common comparison was The Simpsons vs. any other prime time animated series. Great example of the nonsense, when King of The Hill was canceled after 11 years on the air, some people in the press were commenting on how it seemed to have failed, while Simpsons kept going. A decade long series was somehow a dissapointment?

King of the Hill was to Simpsons just like I Love Lucy was to Friends. In other words.... uh, well they were both half hour TV comedies. And... uh....
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Exactly. The only similarities Space: 1999 had with Star Trek was that they were set in space, and in the future (as 1999 was made in the mid-70's).

Of course, it didn't help when Freddie boy came along and added a lone alien science officer which practically screamed "Spock rip off! Spock rip off!"
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Of course, it didn't help when Freddie boy came along and added a lone alien science officer which practically screamed "Spock rip off! Spock rip off!"
Yeah.... and did anyone else notice that Sandra Benes was a Data Analyst in Series I, but in Series II became a Communications Officer (aka Lt. Uhura) ?
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The fact that the show is far from perfect is largely down to the leads: husband-and-wife team Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, who were hired to appease US investors.
Ouch! Definitely a Guardian review methinks.
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and did anyone else notice that Sandra Benes was a Data Analyst in Series I, but in Series II became a Communications Officer (aka Lt. Uhura) ?
Freddie turning a great show into a second rate Star Trek
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:57 PM   #13
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Thanks very much for that scan, StrakersWig! I think that was a pretty even-handed review, taking the rough with the smooth and reaching a net positive result.

I have only seen a couple of episides of UFO, but I was a little surprised to see it charcterised as a 'grim alien attack drama'. I'm curious, would other fans of UFO agree with that description?
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I have only seen a couple of episides of UFO, but I was a little surprised to see it charcterised as a 'grim alien attack drama'. I'm curious, would other fans of UFO agree with that description?
I'd agree with it. Straker's personal life seemed fairly grim. At least he never got to the salmon sandwich stage with Jane Merrow.

(Thats a 6 of 1 in-joke, btw)
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I would also agree. Consider how some episodes began with one of the aliens on a medical table before the usual teleprinter intro. Plus, as Steve says, there was a lot of material about the breakup of Straker's marriage, plus the death of his son. Add to that the aliens motive: not wanting to invade Earth but to kidnap people for organ transplants. Also, the episode where SHADO intervene in a murder plot. Also, the high-level security/surveillance culture that SHADO imposed on the world and it does sound a very dark, pessimistic series.
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Sometimes I wonder if Space: 1999 would have been better off if Season Two had never been made. Most of the time when people mock the show, this is the season they go after.
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Thanks for the feedback, SteveDix & PeteQ. Clearly I should give UFO another chance, as my impression of it seems to have been way off.
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UFO will not disappoint you. It is an engaging television series that made an impression on me, as a boy in the '70s, and still is one of my favorite series.
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