March 16, 2017

So I got Hulu

Filed under: Pop culture — acagle @ 7:02 pm

And I’ve been watching some of the old shows they have on. For example. . . .Space: 1999!

I like (read: how goofy is that?!) how Martin Landau turns one way and then Barbara Bain turns the other way.

Here’s the premise for the noobs:

The premise of Space: 1999 centres on the plight of the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, a scientific research centre on the Moon. Humanity had been storing its nuclear waste in vast disposal sites on the far side of the Moon, but when an unknown form of electromagnetic radiation is detected, the accumulated waste reaches critical mass and causes a massive thermonuclear explosion on September 13, 1999. The force of the blast propels the Moon like an enormous booster rocket, hurling it out of Earth orbit and into deep space at colossal speed, thus stranding the 311 personnel stationed on Alpha.[2] The runaway Moon, in effect, becomes the “spacecraft” on which the protagonists travel, searching for a new home.

Anyway, at the time I thought it was kind of pathetic how we went from studly Captain Kirk to weenie John Koenig wearing pajamas. But I still think I watched every episode; strangely, I haven’t really remembered ever seeing any of these before, it’s like watching a new/old series. It’s definitely cheesy. I think I built a plastic model of one of the Eagles when I was a kid. I thought they were functionally cool.

It’s obvious now that the writers knew next to nothing about actual space. For one thing, even though they’re far, far away from the Sun the whole area around the moonbase is always brightly lit. Plus there’s sound in airless space. They don’t seem to understand distance in space either, or speed for that matter. They’re supposedly blasted away from the earth, but almost immediately end up in different solar systems. By the 8th episode they’re actually between galaxies! Yet, when they are approaching various plants and such they have at least a couple of days where they can shuttle back and forth.

It’s kind of fun experiencing the mid-1970s vibe though. Especially after having watched a bunch of the old Star Trek episodes recently.

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