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This review is from: Space Patrol : The Complete Series (6 Disc Set) (DVD)
This is a fascinating series in many ways. I was too young to remember Space Patrol (Planet Patrol in the US) when it first appeared in 1963 but it gained a cult status with viewers. Not to be confused with Fireball XL5 these are the adventures of Captain Larry Dart and his crew - a sausage loving Martian (Husky) and an elfin Venusian (Slim)
This is more realistic than Fireball because apart from a couple of episodes the Galasphere only patrols within our own solar system - the furthest it ventures is to a planet around the star Alpha Centauri. There is also interesting scientific talk relating to the solar system and about Haggerty's inventions.
Other main characters are Colonel Raeburn, his Venusian secretary Marla, Irish scientific genius Professor Haggerty and his daughter Cassie - not forgetting the rather strange gabblerdictum bird (a Martian parrot) named Gabbler because he's always talking! Also look out for a strange Jovian named Joe who when frightened can twirl his head!
Of course there are the usual bad guys - the advanced Neptunians for example who are afraid of work and are always demanding earth slaves to carry out their day to day duties.
Although the quality varies from episode to episode it's great to know that this now very rare series survives wholly intact. Included are a host of extras including interviews with Dick Vosburgh (Captain Dart), the creator Roberta Leigh, cameraman Arthur Provis and two huge fans of the show XTC's Andy Partridge and Babylon 5 creator Joe Michael Straczynski.
There's a wealth of rare/one off programmes too including Sara and Hoppity (1960), The Adventures Of Twizzle (1957), Mr. Hero (1966), Paul Starr (1964), Wonderboy and Tiger (1968), Send For Dithers (1969) and The Solarnauts (1967).
So if you are like me and never heard of the show until 2004 or someone who can remember watching this classic series in the 1960s this is worth getting - not surprisingly it has become one of the most sought after Network box sets.