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Space: 1999 Season One Review

Updated on September 9, 2014

As a kid, one of my favorite science fiction shows was Space 1999. From 1975 to 1977 I was parked in front of the television every Saturday night at 8pm for an hour while Space 1999 aired. In fact one of my prized possessions as a kid was an Eagle, a transport space ship that was a integral part of the Space 1999 series.My toy Eagle was four feet long and could house several three inch action figures from the series.

The premise of series is that the Moon and the inhabitants of Moon Base Alpha, a settlement on the moon, are hurtled into outer space when an explosion of a nuclear waste site on the opposite side of the moon hurtles it out of Earth orbit and into deep space. The moon effectively becomes a space ship of which the inhabitants travel. The series follows the inhabitants of Moon Base Alpha or "Alphans" as they hurtle through space encountering alien civilizations and strange phenomena.

Season One of Space 1999 was produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and had a distinct British flare with much influence from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Season One explores mystical and metaphysical themes and that the moon is being guided by a "mysterious unknown force", which was guiding the Alphans toward an ultimate destiny.

Season Two was produced by Fred Freiberger who produced American TV Shows such as The Wild Wild West and the the final season of Star Trek. Fred “Americanized” Space 1999 and reworked the series with major cast changes and with emphasis on action on drama.

I am a fan of Space 1999 Seasons One as I enjoy the show’s exploration into the mysterious forces the Alphans encounter.

Season Two of Space 1999 is action packed and more akin to the makeup of a Star Trek episode.

If you are a science fiction fan, I definitely recommend purchasing Space 1999 Series One from Amazon.

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Space 1999 Season 1 Intro, I love the groovy music in the intro!

Space: 1999 Eagle Space Ship toy by Mattel, one of my prized possessions growing up!

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      jbdkz 3 years ago from Cleveland

      @PaigSr: One of my favorite toys as a kid was a toy Eagle space ship with figures. I believe it came with Commander John Koenig, Helena Russel, and Victor Bergman characters. As I recall, the Eagle was almost 3 feet long. The action figures were about 2 1/2 inches high. Wish I had it now.

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      Looking back my favorite part of this show was their ships. Sort of the early space shuttle. Favorite character - Maya the shape shifter. She started in season two.