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Date Posted: 12:00:24 09/20/04 Mon
Author: Ray Westafer
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Subject: Space Academy
Great Site! I have always thought Space Academy was an underappreciated jewel. There were many quality aspects to this series, including: Excellent, timeless uniforms, great music, great theme music, First Class Special Effects, The beautiful Seeker, The equally beautiful Seeker Interior, The Technology, such as the communicators called "Callinears" (sp?) and the "Roger" to orders being, "Oraco!" (sp?), Loki's Liratron (sp?),Loki's X-ray vision and teleportation skills, Chris and Laura's telepathy, The Academy sets, the Plots,Peepo!, the directing, Robby The Robot! (In My Favorite Marcia) and, of course, Jonathan Harris! I was SO disappointed in 1977 that they made action figures, but no Seeker or Peepo models! (I've since acquired a Seeker kit!) This show deserves a boxed DVD release. Let's hope the new owners see fit. I'll be bugging them, and so should everyone else! My favorite episode is Life Begins At 300. It's so thoughtful. Unfortunately, Space Academy is stereotyped as a "children's" show, but compared to some episodes of Lost In Space (and Lost In Space is my FAVORITE!) and the second year of Space: 1999 (contemporary with Space Academy) Space Academy is very, very mature. According to Starlog at the time, there was talk of a prime-time TV movie, but unfortunately, I am unaware of any such production. Just look at how ageless Space Academy's uniforms, music and sets have remained! That's why I call this show a "jewel". BTW, the writer for The Survivors Of Zalon is Lynn Barker, and the Director is Jeffrey Hayden. Interestingly, Samuel Peeples (of Star Trek) and Peter Packer (of Lost In Space) wrote for Space Academy. Historically significant is Peepo, who is supposedly the first re-curring remote controlled TV robot. I have always felt that Gampu was a redeeming, classy role for Jonathan Harris. He proved he could act in a mature, non-Dr. Smith way. Most important of all is that Space Academy is a "feel good" show. Many episodes have morals, and the cadets are cheerful and positive role models. I have all the shows, so I would be willing to pitch in on the episode guides! Control Out!
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