When I went to middle school there were only two comics I ever saw apart from the ones my friends and I were making. One was an adaptation of The Black Hole, Disney’s attempt at making a family-friendly space thriller. The other was what we now call a trade collection of comics based on Space: 1999, one of the live-action science fiction series produced by then-married couple Gerry and Silvia Anderson made for the UK. The series is about the moon being blasted out of Earth orbit and into outer space.
Tonight we’ll be looking at the first episode of the series, starring Martin Landau, as we see just how the push into space began. How DO you turn a moon into a natural spaceship? Let’s learn the answer together as the only time this show was on local TV I never caught it.
I like the series. It has a multiracial crew, the special effects and miniatures are good for their time, and I like the mechanical designs. Except for the guns and that weird communicator that looks more like scanning equipment. Modern-day smartphones still have those beat.
You can catch the whole series for free on at Shout Factory TV. I may check some more episodes out.