Space 2099 poster (aka the Space 1999 reboot)

Here’s the first poster for the reboot of the classic Space 1999 TV series by ITV in the UK, with the help of HDFILMS, the US bunch behind the recent ‘V’ remake. The main difference between the classic and new Space 2099 series is the reason for the moon being ripped out of Earth orbit. In the classic series, it was due to a nuclear waste disposal dump going up in flames – in this new one, it’s going to be down to a dangerous super-collider style physics experiment going south and opening a rogue worm hole which sucks the moon away and keeps on spitting into new solar systems every episode.

And of course, now the cutting edge Moonbase Alpha communicators of the 1970s (kind of stick-like mobile phones with TV screens built into the top), look dated compared to even the humble iPhone.

Will they dare ‘improve’ on the classic Eagle and Hawk Interceptor starship designs, that’s the real question? Ah, the airfix models of my ill-spent youth. It’s all coming back.


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6 thoughts on “Space 2099 poster (aka the Space 1999 reboot)

  • February 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Enough with the reboots, already. Good gods, you’d swear there was no new material to work from out there…

  • February 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    A Super-Collider experiment gone wrong. Well I will give them some credit it is bit better then a Nuclear Waste Dump going up in flames. This will be interesting to watch and see what happens. Let us see if they can do something of a match up/cross between Star Trek with the Alien Du-Jour and also the New Battlestar Galactica with the Human aspects of The Good, The bad and The Ugly.

  • February 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    They are remaking The Munsters now too. It has been shown that TV show remakes usually fail, so how about using just a tiny bit more creativity and try crossover remakes that would combine two or more old shows? I give a list of amusing or horrifying suggestions in a post at Enjoy.

  • February 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    The thing that always bothered me about the original was that the explosion that ripped the moon out of Earth’s orbit was on the dark side of the moon. Thinking logically about physics for a minute, wouldn’t that actually drive the moon INTO the Earth?

  • February 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    “The thing that always bothered me about the original was that the explosion that ripped the moon out of Earth’s orbit was on the dark side of the moon. Thinking logically about physics for a minute, wouldn’t that actually drive the moon INTO the Earth?”

    That, and that an explosion powerful enough to propel the moon out of Earth’s orbit likely would’ve destroyed a big chunk of the moon itself, caused enough of a seismic shockwave to destroy anything orbiting or on the moon including Alpha, and – if not the “dark” side of the moon – probably would’ve caused serious damage to the Earth itself (from the shockwave, never mind the “if our moon was gone” documentary). Yeah, they need a new premise for *how* the moon breaks orbit.

    Then there’s the fact that between the time they see an unknown planet, and the time they arrive close enough to fly to it, years would’ve passed, and they all would’ve shriveled up and died long before the second episode.

    I can suspend disbelief that no matter what their power source, they could not have survived near-absolute-zero temperatures once they’re in “open” space with no sun/star nearby. That was a stretch even for Star Wars, but so was a light saber, so… ok.

    I can suspend disbelief, kinda have to for ANY science *fiction* story. But it still has to be within reason, and you still have to at least believe “they’re advanced enough to have solved (problems we couldn’t possibly grasp)”. Space: 1999 didn’t really do that, but I was 5 years old when it was on television. I have to pretend I’m still 5 years old now to watch it on DVD.

    I do hope they come up with something better for the moon, if they’re going to reboot this. I would agree though that it does *have* to be the moon. Anything else (the probe, a space station, a ship) would seem like another Star Trek rip-off. Unfortunately also, if they’re ever going to have alien conflicts they’ll need weapon systems – which also means they’ll need a plausible explanation for *why* they have weapon systems on a research facility and its cargo shuttles.

    “Reimagining” is right. They’re going to need a LOT of it for this to make it past one season. I look very forward to the attempt, but I’m not very optimistic.

  • July 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I don’t care if the moon blasting out of orbit wasn’t scientifically possible or not. It was still a great show. I agree with the comment that reboots are generally a waste of time. I’d personally like to see something new, but I guess its asking too much these days.

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