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So I just finished Battlestar Galactica ... let's remake 'Space: 1999'

So after many weeks of serious effort, I finally made it all the way through all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica on Netflix. No, not the late '70s version, which by the way is also available there. (And which I'd watch now if I weren't afraid it's screw up my Netflix auto-recommendations for the next decade.) It was the fairly new version with Edward James Olmos.

Verdict: Two great seasons. One fairly decent season. And one final season that was so depressing that I wanted to jump out an airlock.

As long as we're remaking sci-fi series from ye olden days, why not Space: 1999?

This British series, about the chaos that follows when the moon (and its inhabitants) are thrown out of orbit with Earth, aired from 1975 to 1977. Yes, pre-Star Wars. I still get nightmares from some episodes. And like Battlestar, it used its opening credits to give fans a quick look at scenes coming up in the show.

Technically, there was a sequel already. In 1999, a fan-produced mini-episode was filmed. Message from Moonbase Alpha had the blessing of the original series' writers and was aired that year at a fan convention. The film showed the final "broadcast" from the crew of Moonbase Alpha and revived hopes for a remake of the series. Alas, we still wait.

[Last modified: Monday, May 13, 2013 7:20am]


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