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If you are a fan of Space:1999 this book is a must have.,
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This review is from: Destination: Moonbase Alpha (space:1999): The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Space: 1999 (Paperback)
Space:1999 was a fairly popular tv-series in it's day but it does not enjoy the widespread mainstream recognition that it's sci-fi contemporaries, Star Trek and Star Wars, receive today. Space:1999 is very much of cult status in the modern world and, as is often the case when shows are at this lower level of recognition, information tends to be scattered and hard to come by even with the presence of the internet. So we, as fans of the show, are fortunate indeed to have a tome like this available to us. The material is largely concerned with the production of the shows rather than any technical aspects and also offers an extended critique of individual episodes as well as each of the two seasons and the show as a whole. The interesting thing is that a lot of this critique is from the people who actually worked on the show - writers, directors, producers, actors etc. which makes it particularly pertinent. This book is full of information and opinion, commentary and juicy inside information that would be virtually impossible to find anywhere else.
On the whole I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it has given a whole new level to watching the show again with all the background knowledge and opinion for each episode. If I had to make any criticism it would be the lack of photos - Ironically, the only photos included are model shots (i.e. technical stuff) rather than of any of the people involved. I understand why this is, there are licensing and permission issues when featuring pictures of people and this is an "unathourised" biography of the show. It's a shame as there are probably all sorts of candid, behind-the-scenes photos in the possession of those involved in the show and this would be the perfect place for them.
The only other criticism is more of a personal one regarding the omission in the appendix dealing with merchandise and release formats of the laserdisc releases of both series. Laserdisc is a wonderfully retro format for a vintage series like Space:1999 and is my preferred viewing format.
That aside, I think Robert E. Wood deserves a round of applause from all Space:1999 fans for the mammoth effort he obviously put into producing this book, it's unlikely that a more definitive work on the show will ever be available.