Thanks to numerous folks on Facebook, I was made aware of this little bit of news from io9:
Rumors about a possible remake of the cult-favorite 1970s science fiction series–either as a new series or even a film–have bounced around the ‘net for years. I’m actually quite surprised no one has taken a run at it before now.
For those two or three of you who have no knowledge of the original series, it goes like this: September 13th, 1999 – at this point in time (looking way ahead into the far-off future of 1975), the Moon is home to a permanent installation–Moonbase Alpha–which is manned by a multi-cultural crew of 311 men and women. In keeping with prevailing theories of the time, the Moon is to be the launching point for manned exploration missions to other planets; not Mars in this case, but a planet from which a communications signal has been received: Meta.
All of that goes to shit when radioactive waste dumps on the far side of the Moon explode, driving the Moon out of Earth’s orbit (not, as should be the case, right into the Earth itself) and plunging it and the “Alphans” on a crazy journey across the universe. Whether due to passage through a seemingly unending supply of wormholes or guided by some other force, the Moon travels from solar system to solar system, allowing Commander John Koenig and his crew to get into all sorts of trouble week after week.
When I was a kid, this show kicked ass. Now? Eh…….not so much, but I’ll confess to having a nostalgic soft spot for it. Though the plots of most episodes bordered on the ridiculous and the acting tended to lack anything even remotely resembling “life,” there were still a few gems here and there. The special effects–particularly the Moon and base exteriors–impressive for their day, still look pretty cool, and I’m not afraid to say that the Eagle transports the crew used to get to and from the Moon still hold their own among the coolest of SF ships. Recognize:
So, a remake?
According to the io9 piece–and assuming this isn’t just another unsubstantiated internet rumor–Space: 2099 is supposedly in development by the same crew who brought us the recent “re-imagining” of V. Okay, I’ll try to give them a fair shake with this new project, even though I wasn’t all that impressed with the prior effort. As for any new adventures of wayward Moonbase Alpha, speculation surrounds how the storyline(s) might unfold. Will the Moon travel from planet to planet, or will things move along at a much slower pace, with the Alphans forced to put up with each other’s shit for weeks and months on end until something crazy happens?
Personally, I wouldn’t mind if the “event” which sends the Moon on its merry way didn’t happen right away. Give us a chance to see everyday life on Moonbase Alpha. Let’s see a few episodes with them prepping for other missions, such as sending a ship to Mars or one of the other planets, or even “Meta” or its re-imagined equivalent. Then, at some point, light the candle and kick the Moon’s ass out of orbit and we can truly get the party started.
Just please don’t dick up the Eagles. That’s all I ask.
Anybody else with opinions on this, or am I alone in my geeky apprehension?