Sunday, May 14

Space 1999

In 1975 I was hooked on Space 1999 with Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. When the moon is blown out of the earth's orbit following a nuclear explosion, the colony of Moonbase Alpha fight for their survival while meeting alien mystics and cosmic hippies. The program was influenced by 2001: Space Odyssey and the clothes are 1970s far-out with plenty of bell bottoms and polyester. The special effects were terrific for the time and my favorite was the space transport craft - or Eagle. I was so enamoured that I went to Mr Mopps toy store in Berkeley to purchase the model kit, which hung from my bedroom ceiling by a piece of clear thread until the series was cancelled in 1977.