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Superior Sci Fi.,
This review is from: Space Patrol  single disc edition [DVD] (DVD)
This is a groundbreaking series made in 1962. Don't let the tight budget put you off and the fact and that its also in black and white, as this stands up with any Gerry Anderson classic puppet series like Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet.
Roberta Leigh writes superior Science Fiction with some brilliant
ideas for plots and characters.
Star Trek must have been influenced by this as Roberta brought the idea of near instantanious transport by breaking down peoples molecular structure and reassembling them again miles away. The opening soundtrack has sounds that Star Trek must have been inspired to use as similar sounds are on the control deck of the Enterprise.
The original episode of Star Trek 'The Cage' is similar to the Plutonians in Space Patrol with their large baldheads and robes and not wanting to work and hypnotising people to come do their will. (And I realy love Star Trek by the way.)
Space Patrol never gets stuck in a rut story wise and has constant variety.
But there is a tounge in cheek element in all of the Sci Fi of the 1950's and 60's and this has loads of too.
The highlight of every episode for me was when the crew of the Galasphere 347 switch on 'Robot Control' which consists of two wobbily zig zag doors opening to reveal a Robot who takes over flying the ship by walking up and down the flight deck doing a John Cleese 'Minister Of Silly Walk's' type thing. You can't help but laugh at it!
This is great TV but then on top of that you get great extras including interviews but best of all are the other Roberta Leigh's pilots of programes she made which are very good and some of them in full colour too. 'Dithers' is very touching and the Cliff Richard look a like 'Paul Starr'
But best of all is the live action colour film 'The Solarnauts' this was one of the best things I ever saw. If this pilot had of been made a full TV series and had of been to the same high standard of this first episode it would have been the greatest Science Fiction series ever. It's fast and furious and has great music too.
Roberta If you ever read this I thank God for you and for your talent. You never got the breaks you deserved. You are a true genius you created brilliant Sci Fi and great kids programes. People are appreciating it all now. Thank you!