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Classic late 70's TV Science Fiction - Season 1 ONLY
on 30 May 2006
This review is for the contents only, not the slipshod packaging.
Yes it does feature a picture of Hawk who is NOT in this series. It DOES say Buck was frozen in ice after crashing in the ARTIC (sic) and thawed in the year 2419. He was frozen in his space ship whilst in space and it was 2491. Does anyone at Universal give a toss, does no-one proof read their packaging?
The show itself is the star. It brings back great memories of Saturday evenings, sure it has dated somewhat with a heavy disco emphasis but if you judge it as a product of its era it is one of the best.
Gil Gerard is the laconic hero. Erin Gray is still the best looking woman ever to don a space suit. Tim O'Connor is a good foil as the Earth commander. Pamela Hensley is a suitably sexy villainess.
Set in a post apolocalyptic Earth that appears to have lost most of its history and the land outside the cities is a wasteland, it is a pretty grim future and that is played on a lot as the theme of the futility of war is ever present.
The stories contain a fair mixture of action and comedy and some great co-stars including the original Buck Rogers "Buster Crabbe" as Brigadier (Flash) Gordon. The make up effects on the Vorvon in Space Vampire are so effective it could join Oasis as the missing Gallagher brother.
The language is heavily 70's influenced and if Andromeda in Space Rockers are anywhere near the future for music we need some help.
I would hope Universal would repackage this show. as it is now they do it an injustice and it smacks of a rushed out effort.
I cannot fault this season of the show it is one of my favourite shows ever. But Universal execs have, between this packaging and the whole of the concept of season 2 which was an act of TV suicide, managed to ruin what was a perfectly good idea. Shame on you.