Over the next few days, I'll post reviews of series episodes, and other memories/articles about my favorite outer space series.
Why is the human race special? Is it special at all? What is its place in the cosmos? Does fear dominate it, or does love? How does humanity react when faced with something beyond its comprehension?
We all remember the famous Arthur C. Clarke quote that goes "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
In some ways, Space:1999 is the (determined) inverse of Star Trek in terms of that quotation. In Star Trek, man goes to the stars and because of his technology is sometimes mistaken for a God ("Who Watches the Watchers.") The cool thing about Space: 1999 is that the premise is reversed. Man accidentally goes on a space journey in which he must countenance impenetrable, advanced races, races with technologies that make them, appear to mankind, magical. Or worse, nightmarish.
Space:1999 is really all about humanity reckoning with its own beliefs in a place where those beliefs are constantly questioned, and that is a paradigm that, quite simply, I love.