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'Space Precinct: The Complete Series'
(Ted Shackelford, Rob Youngblood, Simone Bendix, Nancy Paul, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / (1995) 2010 / IMAGE Entertainment)

Overview: From sci-fi legend Gerry Anderson (Space 1999, Thunderbirds, UFO), this special-effects-filled series chronicles the adventures of two cops from Earth battling a rogue’s gallery of alien criminals in the year 2040. Transferred from the mean-streets of New York City to a teeming alien planet halfway across the galaxy, veteran police detective Patrick Brogan (Ted Shackelford, Dallas) and his rookie partner (Rob Youngblood, NYPD Blue, Sliders) struggle to adapt to their exotic new beat!

DVD Verdict: When it comes to Gerry Anderson's classic hits such as "Thunderbirds" and "Space: 1999", for 40 years, fans have followed every Anderson-related release and in the 1990's, there was a resurgence of interest towards Anderson's work and in1994-1995, the British sci-fi series "Space Precinct" was shown on BBC Two and later syndicated in North America and the SyFy Channel. The series originally had a pilot (starring different characters) back in 1983 known as "Space Police".

The series takes place in 2040 and stars Ted Shackelford ("Knots Landing", "Another World") as Patrick Brogan, a former NYPD detective who joins the Demeter City Police force (Precinct 88) in the planet Altor. As the new lieutenant, Brogan balances his life as a husband and father to his family while adjusting to his new life in another planet and working alongside his partner Jack Haldane (played by Rob Youngblood) and Officer Jane Castle (played by Simone Bendix) investigating various crimes.

While the primary characters are human, many of the other characters are aliens who are part of the police force or are part of organized crime. In planet Altor, humans and aliens co-exist.

This show is a lot of fun and in many ways depicts a future that is a mirror of the problems of the present. With illegal aliens, drug wars, master criminals, and other problems causing problems on the planet of demeter. A planet full of a mix of races including Humans. The show is not funny to me, but played seriously and lets face it many of todays crime shows are just as absurd as this space opera is!

Gerry Anderson was the king of model work so you get lots of cool cities, space stations, and spaceships done with models which is not CGI-type effects at all, but who cares? It's all about fun here and maintaining a legacy of model work that goes back to the sixties. Shows like UFO are this ones daddy.

Some people spoiled by CGImay not like this one because this is done with models, but then they are missing the point of the artistic effort that goes into making one of these shows. We want model work from Anderson we want to see what they come up with and they deliver here. The characters are not the deepest here but neither are they on a lot of cop shows - so this should not be a problem for fans of sci-fi and cop shows. The DVDs look great too. Yes, this is campier than "UFO" and played that way, but it's sure fun and the whole family can enjoy this one! [DA] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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