I just watched Bill Hicks: Sane Man, and was looking for something else to bide my time till I went to bed–which I should have done hours ago. I was about to shut down, when I noticed “Space Precinct” on Netflix streaming.
I started with”Protect And Survive,” the first in the series. I haven’t seen it in awhile, though what I saw reaffirmed what I remember, which is that it comes off a bit schizophrenic. Sometimes it’s very dark thematically–like in the episode “The Fire Within,” where numerous people and aliens are incinerated in a fashion that’s oddly intense for a show that seems to be aiming for seemingly younger viewers, yet in the aforementioned first episode, Officer Brogan is spends quite a bit of the episode trying to keep his son from going to ‘slam ball,’ a popular sport on Altor.
Another interesting aspect of the series is that it had some very big directors, such as John Glen, of the James Bond films, and Sidney Hayers, which may have been part of the problem. The series was so expensive that it actually broke the studio, Mentorn, that was producing it, though I don’t think that you can say that the money wasn’t on the screen. Episodes were full of practical model effects and animatronic aliens, much of which was supervised by Steven Begg, who is interviewed here and is somewhat critical of the production.
Unfortunately, because of the aforementioned bankruptcy, there was no second season. If there were though it would have probably been darker and better focused on the police and criminals–like Law & Order–as opposed to spending perhaps too much time with Officer Brogan and his family, or the budding romance between Haldane and Castle.