Thursday, February 23, 2006

Tonight I'm Gonna Party Like It's Space: 1999

Yesterday when I was out running errands, before waiting for the phone company to call, I saw the DVD box set of season 1 of the British '70s science fiction tv show Space 1999 on sale for $24.95. I loved this show as a kid, not so much for the two bland leads, but for the idea behind a moonbase (so cool!) and the fantastic futuristic look the show had design wise. I was a Design Queen even then.

Both Max and Ultrasparky recently linked to the site of a French woman Catherine Bujold who has slowly been making over her apartment in the style of Moonbase Alpha. I have to say, given that the designers of the tv show used fabulous 'futuristic' furniture designs (wow, the aliteration!) the end result is pretty cool. Most of the furniture was by leading Italian designers of the day, and is now also very collectible, so I would imagine that this was an expensive project!

The costumes for the series look a little like beige leisure suits when filtered through modern eyes, but in their day they were also quite 'futuristic' and the emphasis on comfort and ease of movement was something a bit new in uniforms. What I didn't realise until I saw the opening credits of the DVD was that they were designed by one of the masters of 60s & 70s futuristic fashions Rudi Gernreich. They have a sort of retro cool now, in a beige flares kind of way.

There are a bunch of fan sites still in operation, even including a bulletin board for gay Space 1999 fans.


Michael said...

I vaguely remember that show. It must have played here. Looks cool and that link you mentioned to Catherine Bujold's it.

Might I digress? You just inadvertently made me so happy by triggering memories of my teen crush on Genevieve Bujold.

OK, back to our regularly scheduled future.

The Other Andrew said...

Yeah, I had to actually check the name twice to make sure it was a different Mme Bujold. That would have been a tad weird.

The writing on the show was a bit up and down, but it brings back such nostalgic memories that I just had to buy the DVDs. That 70s futuro look is so hot right now. Some of the setd look like a photo spread from Wallpaper* magazine...

Michael Guy said...

I would watch Barbara Bain hang the wash. She's that foxy to me.

MISSION:Impossible; need I say more?

The Other Andrew said...

Sure, but have you seen her in this? She's kind of a bit comatose at times. I think she took the instructions to 'downplay' a little too seriously at times. However, she does have a nice on screen appeal and a cool slightly husky voice. I heart her.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...


TOA, I loved Space 1999. it was usually on at the wrong time for a primary school kid to watch, if I remember rightly, but I loved it. although I always thought Martin Landau looked sort of corpse-like.

weren't he and Barbara Bain married?

I liked Maya the alien chick. her lumpy eyebrows looked like they were made from poppleweed (a seaweed which really goes by the name of Neptune's Necklace).

I absolutely loved the costume and set design. it was the thing that attracted me most. very slick.

mmm... love it!

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

oooh! and my suspicions are confirmed -

I thought she looked like a cross between Martin Landau and Barbara Bain. just been too lazy to google it.