Then ITC Entertainment President Sir Lew Grade abruptly cancelled the series' production in late 1975, when ratings in the United States had dropped during the later autumn months of the year. )[4][5] The English actor Nicholas Young (who portrayed John in the original version of The Tomorrow People) appeared in a Year Two episode, "The Bringers of Wonder". The first episode took place on September 9, 1999. The first series (or season, often referred to as Year One) of 24 episodes began transmission in 1975, though production of the first episode began in 1973. Gerry Anderson had staff writer Johnny Byrne prepare a critical analysis of the first twenty-four episodes, assessing their strengths and weaknesses in order to mount a new and improved second year. $19.95. "Our planet was so rich in resources that there was no separation of classes." Most ITV regions (including Yorkshire, Grampian, Ulster, Scottish, Border, ATV, and Tyne Tees) premiered the series on Thursday, 4 September 1975 in a 7.00pm slot. I might as well work less hard in all of them. The first story "Breakaway", is adapted by Nicholas Briggs who previously reimagined The Prisoner and also acts as director. [30] The HTV region did not begin showing the series until October 1975, again in an early Friday evening slot. Mentor. Add To Cart. It also includes several new extras including a "Memories of Space" featurette, a Sylvia Anderson interview (in which she frankly discusses the series and her thoughts about Landau and Bain), an expanded version of the "These Episodes" documentary from the DVD set, several PDF files containing scripts and annuals, an extensive set of photo galleries with hundreds of stills, and the first episode of Year Two, "The Metamorph", in digitally restored hi-definition. For all I know now it's out of date. Landau disliked the story so strongly that he wrote the following notes on his copy of the script: "All the credibility we're building up is totally forsaken in this script. 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. Mar 13, 2016 - Space 1999: Catherine Schell {Played Maya}:. [44] The remastered Year Two was eventually released on Blu-ray and DVD in September 2015, to coincide with the series' 40th Anniversary. Retrieved on 2019-01-01 from, Learn how and when to remove this template message, ATV following on just a few hours later at 5.40pm. [citation needed], For the second series, the Moonbase uniforms were updated and coloured decorative stitching and turtleneck collars were added, as were various badges and patches. Planning for some hires poster size prints, so following through with UV mapping, textures, look dev, lighting, etc.… (The Dorcons). In the months leading to the beginning of the fall (autumn) 1975 television season Landau and Bain participated in special preview screenings in select cities. Space: 1999 was the last production by the partnership of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and was the most expensive series produced for British television up to that time. Space: 1999 was the last in a long line of science-fiction series that Gerry and Sylvia Anderson produced as a working partnership, beginning with Supercar in the early 1960s and including the marionette fantasy programmes Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90 and The Secret Service, as well as the live-action drama UFO. It starred Martin Landau as Commander John Koenig, Barbara Bain as Doctor Helena Russell, and Barry Morse as Professor Victor Bergman.. Next were "The Mark of Archanon", "Brian the Brain", "The Rules of Luton", "The AB Chrysalis", "Catacombs of the Moon", and "Seed of Destruction". It had a special "Space 1999 Night" on 13 September 1999, showing several episodes. "Maya, Daughter of Mentor" (used only in certain formal introductions) Miss Maya: used by Taybor; Who: An alien character in Y2, given sanctuary, a new home, and a role by the Alphans after Psychon, her homeworld, is destroyed ("The Metamorph") and her father, Mentor dies with it. Around the same time Message From Moonbase Alpha was being filmed, Johnny Byrne and Christopher Penfold attempted to revive the franchise as a movie series, similar to the way Star Trek had been revived cinematically in the late 1970s. "[21] With Morse gone, the role of the boffin on Alpha was filled completely by Maya, whose people's science was far in advance of mankind's. The largest stumbling block for the staff had been having all material vetted by ITC's New York office. Previously unused footage shot for the Year Two title sequence and "The Last Enemy" was used to create a sequence showing the Moon being affected by a gravitational disturbance and thrown into an unknown solar system. Abe Mandell was horrified by the finished product. The Maya character's integration into the regular cast of the show is explored in depth, since the events depicted in the novel immediately follow her self imposed exile from the planet Psychon . Space 1999 - 22 inch Eagle Photoetch Set 1/48 scale - PGX199. 'The Lambda Factor' was the eighteenth episode of the last 'Space 1999' series. Everything seems okay but, in actual fact, they are being bombarded with 'Lamda Waves', which enhance crew member Carolyn Powell's latent extrasensory powers to deadly levels. Some subterranean miner start chanting for a planet that will cause the Moon to pass through a nebula deadly to those living at Moonbase Alpha. He engaged British writer Donald James to develop his first-series format story "The Exiles". The Eagle (designed by Brian Johnson) is the primary form of transportation for the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha. Born in Budapest, Hungary, her true name is Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauschlott, the scion of a once wealthy German patrician family. In "Black Sun", Victor Bergman asserts the chances of their surviving the explosion which knocked them from orbit are "just about infinite." Following the series' cancellation, four feature-length films were compiled from various episodes for syndication and foreign theatrical release: Destination Moonbase Alpha (1978), Alien Attack (1979), Journey Through the Black Sun (1982), and Cosmic Princess (1982). For instance, they knew that sound up there wouldn't travel, and it would just be quiet up there. Jan 20, 2019 - Recreating the Space 1999 Eagle in high detail using Autodesk Maya, based off of the 44" studio model and the Prudhomme Eagle Blue Prints. Britain's mandatory three-day work week in the early months of 1974 and the unplugging of the National Grid during the coal shortages due to industrial unrest of the early 1970s did not delay filming, for Pinewood had its own generators, but it affected film processing because the lab was an off-site contractor.[6]. As long as the various elements did not overlap, this produced convincing results. You are bidding on the SPACE 1999 SERIES 3: AUTOGRAPH CARD: CATHERINE SCHELL AS MAYA S3-CS1 from the SPACE 1999 SERIES 3 Set by UNSTOPPABLE CARDS. your own Pins on Pinterest [12], One week before live action filming commenced, Visual Effects Supervisor Brian Johnson and his team began work on the visual effects sequences for the first episode at Bray Studios near Maidenhead, Berkshire on 5 November 1973. [9] A muted colour palette and the integration of recognisable equipment and accessories added to the verisimilitude. Space 1999: Breakaway - Space 1999 - Big Finish",, "Space: 1999 returns with Mark Bonnar at the helm - News - Big Finish", "2. However, she also transforms her clothes. However, toward the end of its run, UFO experienced a drop in ratings in both the US and the UK; nervous ITC executives in both countries began to question the financial viability of the new series, and support for the project collapsed. Schell had previously guest-starred as the Servant of the Guardian in the Year One episode "Guardian of Piri". (Before, the title of the new series had greatly varied: Space Journey: 1999, Journey in Space, Menace in Space and Space Invaders—the invaders of the last title being the Earthmen trapped on the runaway Moon.). Stage M was the "swing stage" – used for planet exteriors, spaceship interiors, and whatever else was needed for a given episode. Dissatisfaction on Landau's part about scripts was not new to Year Two, though. Aug 20, 2017 - Recreating the Space 1999 Eagle in high detail using Autodesk Maya, based off of the 44" studio model and the Prudhomme Eagle Blue Prints. Granada, Westward and Ulster started to screen the series in early 1977, Grampian, and Tyne Tees did not screen the series until later in the year. This release also contains a restored version of the feature length Destination: Moonbase Alpha film. They then use a beam to reduce the Moon's gravitational influence to zero, sending it careening out of orbit into deep space.[8]. High Definition digital transfers were then made from the interpositives using a state-of-the-art Philips Spirit DataCine. Katzin was not asked back to the programme after the filming of his second episode "Black Sun", which also ran over schedule. Also, her character was conceived to be able to provide "outside observation of human behaviour" as had been provided by the character of Mr. Spock on Star Trek. 1 Quote 2 Plot Summary 2.1 Prologue 2.2 Act One 2.3 Act Two 2.4 Act Three 2.5 Act Four 2.6 Epilogue 3 Background 3.1 Sets 3.2 SFX 3.3 Music 3.4 Science 3.5 Continuity 3.6 References You're like the people here on Golos - crippled by your moral ideas of loyalty, gratitude and fair play - Cantar 1. Production Designer Keith Wilson stated in an interview in Destination: Moonbase Alpha that he was always being ordered by Producer Fred Freiberger to make sets smaller, taking away the expansive (and expensive) look of the first series' interiors. The expansive "Main Mission" set, with its balcony and windows revealing the lunar surface, was replaced by a more compact "Command Center" (they used the American spelling on the set), supposedly deep underground (again, this change was explained in the Year Two Writers' Bible and Technical Manual as necessary for security, but never explained onscreen). space:1999 Convention. Taking place twenty five years after the events of "Breakaway", Commander Koenig and Maya are mentioned during Sandra's message. Brian Johnson's Concept Hawk Cockpit (for MPC881 kit) (PGX214) $28.95. Space: 1999 owes much of its visual design to pre-production work for the never-made second series of UFO, which would have been set primarily on the Moon and featured a more extensive Moonbase. The incessant re-writing this brought about eventually caused Christopher Penfold to resign during the shooting of "Space Brain", after completing his writing commitment with the script "Dragon's Domain". For the first six weeks, no usable footage resulted until the team discovered a dragging brake[clarification needed] had affected film speed. Grade, aiming for a US network sale, insisted the series have American leads and employ American writers and directors. [6] Undaunted, Mandell created what he called his own Space: 1999 Network[7] and sold the completed program into first-run syndication directly to local stations. 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Security Chief Tony Verdeschi also joined as a new character, played by Tony Anholt. Space: 1999, a British science-fiction television series, ran for 48 episodes broadcast between 1975-1977. With Maya now a crew member the Alphans discover a young couple called Cantor and Zova who have been in suspended animation for some while. To fulfill the scheduling requirement and cut production costs, Freiberger used the "double-up script" solution. Granada, List of Space: 1999 books and other media, "British Film & Television Institute (BFI ScreenOnline)", "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style", "Barbara Bain Looks Back But Stays Forward Focused",, "Babylon 5, Space 1999, & Chips Are Coming to Comet/Charge TV – Cord Cutters News",, "Mark Bonnar - Contributions - Big Finish", "1. The second season was shown in 1979. The Dorcons. Tumblr is a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. [citation needed], Rather than relying on the expensive and time-consuming blue screen process, as for Star Trek, Johnson's team often employed a technique that went back to the earliest days of visual effects: spacecraft and planets would be filmed against black backgrounds, with the camera being rewound for each successive element. Key roles in The Metamorph, The Taybor, The Rules Of Luton, New Adam, New Eve, The A B Chrysalis, Seed Of Destruction, The Beta Cloud, Space Warp (in alien forms), The Bringers Of Wonder, Dorzak, The Dorcons. Production began on 26 January 1976 and was scheduled to last a mere ten months for all episodes. BrianJohnsonSFX twitter feed. Isaac Asimov criticised the scientific accuracy of the series by pointing out that any explosion capable of knocking the Moon out of its orbit would actually blow it apart, and even if it did leave orbit it would take hundreds of thousands of years to reach the nearest star. The actor, Catherine Schell, who portrayed the alien shapeshifter character Maya on the series is very much alive. Saved by Anna Wenders. This vastly improved the picture quality in comparison to the previous DVD releases, however the restoration process has actually made some of the space scenes (that involve special effects and model work) less realistic due to increased brightness and contrast. OFFICIAL SPACE 1999 POSTER: SEASON 1. 21 notes As he walked through the corridors for the final time, seeing the last examples of Operation Exodus, it was like walking through a ghost town. With Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Catherine Schell, Tony Anholt. Directed by Charles Crichton. Maddox is kidnapped for an interview with the aliens. Add To Cart. Library music, classical compositions, and score excerpts from earlier Anderson productions augmented the five Gray scores and gave the impression of an expansive musical repertoire[citation needed]. There was also a documentary presented by Sophie Simon (sitting in a Joe Colombo Elda armchair, with black cushions instead of white as seen in the series). Subsequent episodes (such as "The Black Sun", third in production order, and "Another Time, Another Place", sixth in production order) suggest the Moon reaches the stars by passing through wormholes and hyperspatial tunnels, a plot point made more overt in second-season episodes, notably "The Taybor" and "Space Warp". Hence she serves as science advisor, assigned to many exploratory parties (The Exiles, All That Glisters, The Mark Of Archanon, The Rules Of Luton, New Adam, New Eve, Brian The Brain, The A B Chrysalis, A Matter Of Balance, The Seance Spectre) and devising the scientific solutions (Journey To Where, The Beta Cloud, Seed Of Destruction, A Matter Of Balance). Space 1999 - 22″ … On the strength of Anderson and Freiberger's proposal of adding an alien character from the planet Psychon named Maya, Mandell approved a renewal of the series for a second year. Year One's opening montage of events from "Breakaway" and the episode about to unfold was dropped in favour of a special-effects sequence depicting the Moon being blown out of orbit into space. Add To Cart. At a “Space: 1999” convention in Los Angeles held on the actual calendar day of the moon’s fictional ‘breakaway’ (September 13th, 1999), Zienia Merton (in character as Sandra Benes) appeared in a short film chronicling the final log entry from the wayward moonbase. Network DVD began a similar restoration process for Year Two in 2007, however progress was slow due to higher production costs in comparison to remastering Year One (the audio for Year One was already digitised prior to Network's restoration, but Year Two was not). The actor, Catherine Schell, who portrayed the alien shapeshifter character Maya on the series is very much alive. Science Fiction Behind The Scenes Sci Fi Space Floor Space Fiction. Maya's early makeup, with brown ears, strong brown "side-burns" and red-streaked hair. Add To Cart. Final shooting script 18th February 1976 Pink line amendments and pages 2nd, 4th March Blue pages 11th, pages and line amendments 17th, pages 18th March Yellow pages 22nd, 25th, 30th March 1976; Filmed 1 April- 14 April 1976; Cast. Most U.S. stations broadcast episodes in the weekday evening hour just before prime time or on weekends. The series fared admirably on CBC Television in Canada, airing in English in a family viewing period, late Saturday afternoons before hockey broadcasts, with a mostly un-disrupted run and rerun of all 24 episodes from September 1976 through September 1977. Bellak also set up a writers' guide defining the three leads, the facilities of the Moonbase and potential storylines. "Only Psychons have the unique molecular structure which permits transformation" (Dorzak); she attains the form of an animal by knowing its molecular structure (unless it eludes her as in The Beta Cloud). This novel was not released in the United Kingdom and only as a limited edition in the United States and Germany. While most of the U.S. stations that aired Space: 1999 were independent (such as the Chicago station WGN-TV, Louisville station WDRB-TV, Los Angeles station KHJ-TV, and New York City's WPIX-TV), a handful were affiliated with the major networks (such as Charlotte, North Carolina's WSOC-TV, at the time a strong NBC affiliate, and Fresno's KFSN-TV, at the time a CBS affiliate) and sometimes pre-empted regular network programming to show episodes of the series. Question: Did Maya of Space: 1999 die? Sep 13, 2015 - Explore ThePOW70's photos on Flickr. 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