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3.0 out of 5 stars Space Patrol - A variable end to the series., 22 Feb. 2002
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This review is from: Space Patrol: Volume 9 [VHS] [1963] (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 series, this ninth and final volume, as well as featuring an extra bonus episode, finds the series petering out after apparent exhausting its spin on often innovative scientific ideas and moral aspirations.
'The Grass Of Saturn' does the opposite of grass on Earth, by absorbing oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide, and the reptilian usurper Simba uses it in an attempt to colonise our world.
'Forcefield X' is another attempt by the Neptunians to enslave Earth by cutting off its power. Unfortunately Slim has been left in orbit to examine the effect and it is up to Larry Dart in an old 1980s rocket to attempt a rescue when the Galaspheres are rendered useless...
'The Water Bomb' is actually a hydrogen bomb but made from the element stolen from Galasphere 347 in an attempt to cause rain on a drought afflicted planet Mars. More life and death situations as Mars launches a pre-emptive strike on the villain's hideout where Larry Dart and his crew are hostages...
'Destruction By Sound' sees the return of Yria from Alpha Centauri (last seen in 'Message From A Star') with a plea for help against a malignant superbrain which has taken over its planet. Coupled with a brief story about matter transmission, this seems like two stories stuck together - both of which could have been superb if developed - but neither reach any true potential.
'The Shrinking Gas Of Jupiter' ends on a rather drab note with a revisit to a plot already seen in the earlier 'The Shrinking Spaceman' on Volume 2. This time round, some nice superimposing gives the story some nice scenes but we been here and seen this once too many times.
At its best, 'Space Patrol' is thought provoking and even with its less effective stories have gems of ideas coupled with nice, though not necessarily deep, characterisation. Give it a try - you might like it.
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