Tag Archive: Gerry Anderson


Holy Crap, I’ve been nominated for a Rondo Award! Apparently, a lot of you liked my commemorative article on Gerry Anderson in Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine last year, “21st Century Man.” Congratulations to all my friends who were also nominated, and for the first time, congrats to me! You can see the ballot and vote (for me!) here.



Happy Holidays from the Taylorcosm! I hope everyone has a bright and wonderful holiday season. I’ll try hard to post more in the coming year. Lots of great stuff on the horizon; I’ll be better about keeping in touch.


I was interviewed recently about all things Supermarionation and Gerry Anderson by the Pop Savvy Rocko Jerome for his blog. I met Rocko at this year’s Wonderfest in Louisville, KY, and found out what a big fan he is of the stringed wonders. Click here or on the photo to read the interview.



I’ve got two Gerry Anderson tributes hitting bookstores this week! The first is in Video WatcHDog #173, above. I’m really happy to finally have an article published in editor Tim Lucas’s venerable film digest. VW is a magazine for serious film lovers, and the content is a great mix of criticism, meticulously researched articles and in-depth interviews. It’s available in Barnes & Noble and finer bookstores everywhere, or click the photo above to order it direct online.




The second tribute is a special section in Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine #267 remembering Gerry. I’m very happy to be back in the pages of the ORIGINAL monster magazine with such a large chunk of real estate devoted to Anderson and his works. Many thanks to editor Ed Blair for responding so favorably to my pitch for coverage when Gerry passed away. Ed’s a SuperM fan himself and was just about to start beating the bushes looking for someone to write this when I came knocking. I wound up writing four articles and August Ragone contributed one as well. Shown above are the Newsstand and Subscription/Direct Market covers. It should be available now in most bookstores including Books-A-Million, or you can order direct by clicking the photo above.

Hope you enjoy them – let me know if you do!




In case you haven’t heard, Space: 1999 may be headed back to television in an updated format called – wait for it – Space: 2099.  As announced yesterday and covered by The Hollywood Reporter, the new series is in development at HD Films, who created ABC’s updated “V” series a couple of years ago.

I’ve had a lot of people email or message to ask my reaction about this and I wanted to take a day to digest the news and see how I really feel. I have to say I’m guardedly pessimistic.

Of course I’m a fan of the original series and I’m happy that there’s belief in Hollywood that its a commercially viable property worthy of a remake. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of ABC’s “V” reboot. It was well cast, beautifully designed and started off well, but it fell victim to bad writing much as the original did during its own series run. My thought was that the producers and writers understood that it’s cool to see giant spaceships hovering over the Earth, that its fun to watch cute girls gobble cgi mice, and that Elizabeth Mitchell looks great rolling around struggling with aliens or running and shooting guns, but they never seemed to understand their characters on a more than superficial level. Maybe it improved in season two, I confess that I didn’t bother to tune back in at that point.

I fear that the same might happen with Space: 2099. Not just because HD Films is developing it – it could be just about anyone in charge of this and I’d still be apprehensive, because the disease that felled “V” is broad reaching and near pandemic in Hollywood; I like to call it “Third Act Syndrome.” It’s easy to come up with a great hook for a television series… but paying it off in the end is another kettle of fish entirely. I’ll point you towards “LOST” and “Battlestar Galactica” as prime examples of this.

More than this, I wonder if the new producers actually understand the unique characters and potential of Space: 1999 and whether they’ll be able to translate them for a new generation. As someone who’s had a lot of interaction with fans of the original series online and in person, I’ve only met a few who really seemed to understand the true emotional appeal of the show and the situations and characters. If people who’ve watched and re-watched the episodes over and over of their own volition are just in it for the production design, special effects, the stars, or the adventurous/romantic/action aspects, what is it that would draw a contemporary film producer to the material?

Jace Hall has been making the rounds to Space: 1999 fan groups on Facebook and bandying about the term “Rest assured” quite a bit. He even took the time to reach out to highly active fans in advance of the announcement and created what might be called a “Fifth Column” within the community in order to help transition fans from the old show into favorable comparisons for Space: 2099. Of this, I’m not sure how I feel; its reeks a bit of the alien leader Anna’s tactics in Hall’s own take on “V”. She famously appeared on worldwide media to tell all of us Earthlings that the Visitors came in peace, and that under no circumstances would we be conscripted as slave labor nor tasty protein. Well… I think we all know how that turned out.

Again, I don’t think Hall is an evil mastermind come unto Space: 1999 in order to wreck it – but then neither was Freddie Frieberger, producer of year two of the original series. Frieberger did exactly what he was contracted to do – lose the cerebral aspects of year one, add a lot of running and jumping, cut the budget, and make the show more interesting to young men and kids. The collateral damage was that he also destroyed that which was unique about the series and the characters in the process.

I fear that this might happen again. History has a nasty way of repeating itself.

In 2003, I had the pleasure of talking with original series story editor (and writer of many memorable episodes) Johnny Byrne about a proposed new Space: 1999 comic book series that I was developing with a now (and shortly thereafter, in fact) defunct publisher. Johnny told me about his vision for a new series, and he and I worked to put his vision into accordance with the material I had developed. We were pretty successful I think – the proposal was approved by Carlton Media, the rights holders at the time. Unfortunately, we were never able to get the comics published as the company went out of business.

Byrne’s updated storyline was a continuation, which made sense on the scale of his original idea for a new television series and for mine as a comic book series. Having developed the original characters, Johnny’s perception of them was razor sharp and it really showed in the material – it would have made for a very entertaining show/book for old fans and new viewers/readers alike.

I hope that Jace Hall understands the material half as well as Johnny Byrne, and if he doesn’t, then I hope he hires the other story editor from the original show, Christopher Penfold, to help him reinterpret it for a new generation. Though many think there was a random mystical element to the series that became little more than deus ex machina, that isn’t the case. Johnny (and I assume Christopher as well) knew where he was going with that “mysterious unknown force” and if he’d been given rein to develop it, it would have made for some unbelievably good television. Johnny really cared about entertaining and enlightening the viewers, especially the ones who were paying real attention.

I’d hate to see someone who’s just in it for the paycheck get hold of the material and phone it in, or worse yet – a whole writers room full of such creatures. Bryan Singer told me once that he thought it was “about time for a really twisted remake of Space: 1999”, a statement which I found both exciting and terrifying. No clue what he would have come up with, but it would have been interesting to watch.

I don’t think any of us believe the new show will be Space: 1999 – that is past and frankly immutable – but please let it at least be quality science fiction that makes us feel emotionally lifted or transported.

In the end, I do wish HD Films luck with it – I’d really be happy to be amazed and overjoyed by what they come up with. The key to that  – like any endeavor – is to under-promise and over-deliver.


Fiat Lux!

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