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05-23-2012 09:52 PMI'm going to Earth and I have a spare cryopod... Let the bidding begin!
05-24-2012 01:14 AM
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I'd always wanted to see this, as Keith Wilson was art director, but... wow.
Wasn't as bad as I'd been led to believe, but... wow.
It was nice to see familiar Space faces, sound effects, and furniture.
Mike CampbellGuest05-24-2012 03:44 AM
Honestly, it is no worse than some of other sci fi of that time. It reminds me of Buck Rogers in tone and feel.
How sad that Keith Wilson passed. I don't know if he'd have had any influence on Space 2099 but I think he was offered something for the Moonbase Alpha Legacy project. He was a genius and truth be told, his work on the Alpha sets had more than a passing influence on Star Wars and Star Trek the Motion Picture.
07-07-2012 08:50 PM
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As an aside, Star Maiden's "Breakaway" mechanism is quite plausible! Planet Medusa is ejected into interstellar space following a close encounter with another celestial body. The planet then drifts through space for "generations" (=actually tens of thousands of years, since it hails from Proxima Centauri) before finally arriving in our solar system. It's a highly unlikely scenario, but unlike Space:1999's Breakaway it is not scientifically impossible.
Do you think the same plot could work in Space:2099, BTW? (sans camp 1970s "femi-nazism", obviously!) What if the Space:2099 "Breakaway" episode begins with the Moon entering another solar system and there is a brief explanation that our natural satellite was ejected from our solar system by the rogue planet Meta countless generations ago? From this point on, all the action takes place in this new star system as the Alphans explore & colonize its planets...
07-07-2012 11:41 PM
Could have been a Year One 1999 episode!! Interesting pilot!
08-30-2012 11:22 PMSciFi fan, 36+ RPGer (AD&D v2.5 & v3.5, Traveller, Hero Systems R5, D100 Basic Roleplaying) Resin Space Minis Table top War Gamer.
08-31-2012 02:32 AM
Belated; However Rest in Peace Keith Wilson, your designs have helped color my life.
08-31-2012 02:57 AM
Thanks for the link to Star Maidens, Captain Zantor. I read the novelisation (yes we down under spell it with an 's' not a 'z') in the late 1970's...it featured a fabulous picture of the Star Maiden's city on the cover. I can't remember the story I read though I was aware that we never got the show in Australia.
What a fabulous Space 1999y-ish visual and auditory tributey thingy it is. It's absolutely visually delicious from the point of view of someone who would do anything to see another 1999-ish set designed by Wilson. It has a Season 2 feel for me, though that could be the sound effects and how about about Gareth Thomas (Roj Blake) being present (still feel he was a really wooden actor).