"...In 2012, is it optimistic to postulate a Moon base even eight decades from now? After all, we’ve already spent forty years notsending humans to the Moon. Efforts to revive human lunar programs in 1989 and again in 2005 were canceled. And when a presidential candidate recently announced plans to establish a base on the Moon within a decade, he received nothing but derision. The idea is not mainstream. Moonbase Alpha barely qualifies as fringe...If Space: 2099 does take flight, it will have a tough time going, not just because space shows are no longer doing well on television, but because it’s not 1975 anymore."
So we ask, given society's apparent lack of desire to explore space, let alone construct a mainstream idea of developing a base on the moon, does this make it a PERFECT TIME to launch Space 2099 The Series? Considering our hiatus in traveling to the moon, are we hungrier than ever to explore space -- be it physically or through the medium of online entertainment?
"...Space: 1999 was a downer. Lots of people consider the premise—Moon blasted out of Earth orbit, visiting a new planet each week—to be unbelievable. But from a physics standpoint, it’s no crazier than Star Trek’s warp drive. What annoyed me most was that spaceflight was not depicted as fun or exciting or uplifting"
Fans familiar with Space 1999 are fully aware of the "gritty" tone of the original series, but assume the tone of 2099 was of a different nature, would this offset the belief that people are seemingly not as enthusiastic about space exploration in 2012?
"...Spaceflight—and space opera—no longer occupies the American consciousness the way it once did. Then again, a decade ago I would have argued that it was impossible to remake Battlestar Galactica, because the theme of a bunch of people endlessly fleeing killer robots was too defeatist for American television. But producer Ron Moore demonstrated that he could turn that premise into great drama with a social message. If Space: 2099 somehow keeps the original show’s premise, it’s still possible that it could work."
Are we lacking enthusiasm for space exploration because of who we are or because of what we've been given? Is it because of a LACK of programming that explore the possibilities of space that has caused 1975 to feel like 1775?
Could a Space 2099 series not only re-invigorate the Space 1999 fanbase but those looking to rekindle their imagination of what the moon, the planets and the cosmos could hold for all of us? Could it bring us together and re-focus the discussion on space, or have we become too focused on life outside our front door, to care?