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Space Patrol - Gaining Momentum As It Lifts...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Space Patrol: Volume 1 [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
The adventures of Captain Larry Dart of Galasphere 347, with his crew the Martian Husky and Venusian Slim. Often confused with Gerry Anderson's 'Fireball XL5', Roberta Leigh's 'Space Patrol' offers a quirky and light-hearted slant on the SF genre. Primarily a children's show with educational and moral aspirations mixed into its stories, this first volume, finds the series gain incredible momentum through its first four episodes.
'The Swamps Of Jupiter' introduces, though expands little on, the main characters in a tale of illegal animal hunting. Scientific ideas mix with fantastic extrapolations to give a interesting view of the future, and the puppet 'fist-fight' must be a brief but effective first!
'The Wandering Asteroid' sees Roberta Leigh pre-empting films like 'Deep Impact' and 'Armageddon' by some 25 years with the crew of Galasphere 347 given the mission of destroying an asteroid on a collision course with Mars. In respects like this, the series was ahead of its time...
'The Dark Planet' is Uranus, inhabited by giant intelligent plants, and Galasphere 347 lands there to learn why a previous mission disappeared. Not a great story but the scenes on Uranus are suitably atmospheric and Husky and Slim's flight from the pursuing plants is something not to be missed...
'The Slaves Of Neptune' sees how far the series develops in just a handful of episodes with a packed and gripping story when colony ships bound for Pluto vanish. Investigating, Galasphere 347 also disappears from Earth tracking after sighting one of the missing ships...
'Space Patrol' has a tendency to be a little uneven when compared to slicker productions like 'Fireball XL5' but it has a tendency to grow on you. Darker and more mysterious than the action packed Gerry Anderson series, it will probably have a slower impact but it is one which stays with you for much longer.