Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Space Academy

Space Academy was made in 1977 by Filmation who made shows such as Space Sentinels, Star Trek (Animated), The Ghost Busters (1975), He-Man: And the Masters of the Universe. The show ran for 15, 30 minute episodes. Set in the star year of 3732 it featured the adventures of a group of young cadets at the 'Space Academy' run by Commander Gampu, played by Lost in Space's Jonathan Harris. Like most Filmation shows the story has a moral, 9 times out of 10 any potential bad guy ends up befriending the group at the Space Academy. Music and Sound FX from lots of Filmation's other shows can be heard on a regular basis.
The main cast Ric Carrot, Pamelyn Ferdin, Brian Tochi, Eric Greene, Ty Henderson, Maggie Cooper and Jonathan Harris all seem to be having lots of fun. The DVD includes some recent interviews with some of the cast and crew.

Maggie Cooper who plays Lt Adrian almost beats Buck Rogers in the 25th Century's Erin Gray (Wilma Deering) when it comes to looking hot on a Sci-Fi show, I said almost as Wilma Deering rules.

I never actually seen any episodes of Space Academy as a kid, I don't think it aired in the UK, but I used to watch Jason of Star Command a spin off show. Both shows made in 1977 and 1979 used the same sets and some of the same miniatures, which were built by crew members Paul Huston, Jonathan Seay and David Jones all from ILM who'd not long before finished Star Wars. One of the main ships was The Seeker which used the same nose section as the main vehicle from Ark 2, also by Filmation. The main body of the ship was a section of the Airfix Saturn V rocket, the same parts used on the Y-Wings engines in Star Wars I always thought this was a cool little ship and there's a great studio scale kit available by James Small which he gave to some of the shows original crew as gifts ! SA Seeker

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