It’s still in development, but a reboot of the venerable sci-fi series Space: 1999 is in the works. Appropriately enough, it will be called Space: 2099.
The original show is still one of my favorites, at least in its first season. For the time the special effects were top notch, and I’d say that the excellent model work was superior to a lot of the early CGI used in later shows. The premise is silly, even for the time when it aired, and yes the writing went to the deus ex machina well too frequently.
But the stories could still be compelling and challenging, the acting was superb, and the atmosphere was strong. Also, the details of Moon Base Alpha and her crew were well done. Star Trek is often given credit for its portrayal of technology that we have since developed, but the technology of Space: 1999 generally had a more plausible feel to it. Additionally the design of the base itself, and especially the wonderful Eagle spaceships had an aesthetic style firmly rooted in the Apollo program. This made it unique in terms of science fiction while at the same time tapping into the still-powerful cultural impact of the space program.
I have plenty of reasons to be nervous when people reboot cult classics, as The Tomorrow People has proven, and there’s no guarantee that this will ever get out of production limbo. Still I can’t help having hope that we’ll see new stories of Moonbase Alpha, and that they’ll be good.
Here are my top hopes for the series:
1) That they keep the foreboding atmosphere of the original without falling into “gritty”.
2) That they don’t take any cues from the second season.
3) That they manage to have a theme song as fantastic as either of the originals.
The official website can be found here.