Why is Jack making Katherine watch Space: 1999 all over again this week? Maybe the all new sets, characters, music and tone introduced in The Metamorph will be enough to convince Katherine that Year 2 is a completely new approach to the show that she witnessed being introduced in Breakaway a couple of weeks ago. The question is, will Katherine prefer Year 1 or Year 2?
The second series of Space: 1999 follows the continuing adventures of the Moonbase Alpha team, but with many very notable changes to the first series. In an attempt to give the show more appeal in the United States, Fred Freiberger took over as producer following Sylvia Anderson’s departure and changes to the stories, the tone, and even the cast were made for better or worse. Familiar faces such as Victor Bergman and Paul Morrow were replaced by Maya and Tony Verdeschi. Derek Wadsworth became the series’ composer. Main Mission became the more compact Command Center. The Moonbase Alpha team are less serious and more relaxed about their doomed odyssey through the universe and share a laugh and a smile every now and again. The stories are more focused on action and adventure with alien monsters rampaging through Moonbase Alpha on a regular basis. Year 2 of Space: 1999 began broadcasting in 1976 and is generally considered to be the less successful of the two series, but will Jack and Katherine agree with this criticism?
Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.