I’ve actually wanted to do this for a while now. I started watching old episodes of “Space: 1999” on my phone a while back while working, because I was having trouble focusing and needed something to take away part of my attention so the rest of my active consciousness didn’t wander while doing some menial tasks. And the first episode of the series, “Breakaway,” definitely fit the bill. Quiet, slow and numbingly dull, it held *just enough* of my attention that I had a nice productive hour and didn’t feel like checking Twitter once every seventeen seconds.
I wasn’t old enough to watch the series when it was first appearing on TVs in the States; it existed in the far periphery of my sci-fi knowledgesphere in that I knew it was a thing and saw the occasional mention of it in “Starlog” and such, but I never saw any reruns or knew too much about it. Most of my knowledge of “Space: 1999” came from reading Kibo’s old Usenet archives—again, a product of being desk-bound and bored at work, this time at my first ever tech support job. He seemed endlessly amused at its simultaneous bland 70’s-ness and bizarrely outlandish plots, as well as how Martin Landau’s forceful overacting nicely balanced out Barbara Bain’s failed attempts to out-act the average end-table.
Coming to the series now, I can see why Kibo derived so much entertainment from it. “Space: 1999” appears to have been an attempt to merge the thoughtful, quietly atmospheric, hard-science feel of “2001: A Space Oddysey” with the episodic drama of “Star Trek” while focusing on the more realistic aspects of sustaining life in space. Granted, the narrative tool that they chose for the show is “a pile of nuclear garbage explodes and sends the Moon and everybody on it out into deep space,” so it should not surprise you to find out that the show very quickly devolved into head-slappingly dumb post-60’s political sci-fi tropes and Aliens Of The Week within, like, three episodes. As such, the series is chock-a-block with memorable schlocky silliness,
I haven’t seen more than a handful of episodes so far, and I can’t yet say that I have the patience to watch the whole series, but the episode I will be livetweeting—“Space Brain”—is particularly silly, to the point where I could scarcely believe what I was watching when I first saw it. So this should be fun. If it is, I might do more.