Watch Space 1999
- 2 Seasons
Space 1999 is a science fiction television show created and produced by British science fiction legend Gerry Anderson. Although the work for which Anderson became famous was done with puppets, such as Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlett, by the mid 1970s Anderson had switched to live action TV shows. Space 1999 ran for two seasons totaling 48 episodes running for around 50 minutes each; at the time of production backed by the British distributor ITC the show was the most expensive ever produced in the U.K. Now seen as a classic of 1970s science fiction Space 1999 has long been rumored for a potential reboot as either a TV show or movie. The plot of Space 1999 revolves around the people living on a Moon based research center called Moon Base Alpha. On the near side of the Moon the scientists of the Moon base are working while the dark side of the Moon is being used as an illegal dumping ground for Earth's nuclear waste. In an event never completely explained the nuclear waste dump explodes sending the Moon out of its Earthbound orbit and the residents of the base on a journey through space where they encounter alien lifeforms. Sharing a special effects expert with the Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey makes Space 1999 share similar special effects to the movie. The first season also shares the idea of an alien presence on the Moon guiding the Moon Base Alpha inhabitants, who number 311 on their journey to find a new planet to call home. By the commencement of the second season Space 1999 switches away from an unknown hand guiding events to more common plot themes with a different alien race or monster encountered each week. At the time of production the series was famous for the appearance of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain as the American stars of the show, appearing as Commander John Koenig and Doctor Helena Russell; Landau and Bain were married at the time of production.