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Starcruiser (1977)

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:25 pm    Post subject: Starcruiser (1977) Reply with quote



Created in 1977 by Gerry Anderson and Fred Freiberger, "Starcruiser" was to be a live-action television series for the CBS network.

Premise } Representatives of a group of planets that are engaged in intergalactic trading have created the Interstellar Command which is to act as both an exploration group as well as law enforcement.

The IG is based in the Capricorn~Antilles Space Habitat.

The Starcruiser 1 is the organization's spearhead space vessel. The ship is a small multi~unit spacecraft built for faster-than-light travel.

Starcruiser is composed of 3 separate sections.






The Main Unit is able to be piloted in outer space as well as in a planet's atmosphere from a one-person cockpit.

The Command Module is a detachable nose-cone with seats for a pilot and co-pilot. and is capable of flight in a planet's atmosphere as well as short trips in outer space.
The CM module can be operated manually, by computer or remote control.

The Command Base is a centrally mounted pod module capable of independent operations. It functions as both a laboratory and equipment bay. It holds a crawler survey buggy and a one-man skycar for aerial reconnaissance.

The CB has caterpillar tracks for crossing all types of terrain.

Yet another potentially interesting concept from the desks of Gerry & Fred.

Although the insistence of blending space exploration with law enforcement seems to be prevalent in Anderson's and Freiberger's thinking process with these projects that failed to be picked up.

I suppose they felt that adding law enforcement operations gave their projects more story lines. I feel that such a plot device would be unrealistic.

To expect people trained as explorers to also be police seems to be an awful lot to throw in together.

My guess would be that explorers would willingly also want to be the police.

Interestingly, a fundamental aspect to Gerry & Sylvia Anderson's "Thunderbirds" TV series was that the Tracy family's International Rescue was to eschew becoming involved in politics or law enforcement issues.

IR was strictly a rescue operation and nothing else.

I believe that having the Starcruiser crew perform both space exploration as well as rescue operations would have been the way to go for the space craft's mission statement.

Not law enforcement.



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I couldn't find a darn thing about Starcruiser on IMDB, and I even struck out with a Google search! Shocked

But I stumbled across this video, in which two gentlemen discuss the unsold series and offered a few images connected with it.


_Starcruiser & Rescue 4: The Lost Live Action Series


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Gerry & Sylvia Anderson television productions had so many terrific designs for the various crafts on Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons, UFO and Space:1999 and so forth and so on.

When I saw this for the potential Starcruiser I was taken aback at how inferior looking this spaceship was and couldn't believe it came from Gerry and his production staff.

I realize that the brilliant special effects model maker Derek Meddings who worked with Gerry on numerous TV shows as well as the film Journey to the Far Side of the Sun had parted company after the UFO show.
So they no longer had the tremendous artistic advantage of Derek.

However, Brian Johnson took over the same role as Meddings for Space: 1999 and did a fine job.

I'm unsure if Brian or any of his crew were involved with the conception for the look of the Starcruiser but clearly it is a big step down from the awesome looking models on the previous Anderson shows.
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