Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nostalgia Theater: Space Precinct -- Star Trek Meets Law & Order Meets Muppets

Space Precinct was a British-made series that aired briefly in US syndication in the 1994-'95 season. It starred Dallas and Knots Landing's Ted Shackleford and soap star Rob Youngblood as a pair of deep space cops, and was the final production of legendary sci-fi TV producer Gerry Anderson (whose Space: 1999 I previously discussed here). While he'd originally dreamed up the idea (under the title "Space Police") in the mid-'80s, it wasn't until the American market for syndicated hour-longs opened up in the '90s (thanks to Star Trek: The Next Generation, which had just wrapped its run a few months earlier) that he was able to get the thing sold. When it debuted, it looked like this:

Honestly, even now I'm not sure what to make of this. While it was billed as a sci-fi version of a Law & Order-type procedural, it's pretty hard not to look at the big alien puppets and think it's strictly for the kiddies, which is exactly what a lot of folks did. Even while it did relatively okay on British TV, Space Precinct was either ignored by American audiences or, thanks to crazy late night scheduling, unknown to American audiences. Either way, the result was the same: Space Precinct's crazy space crime antics came to an abrupt halt after one season of twenty-four episodes. Despite that, it's actually not that bad of a show. If you're so inclined, check out the entire first episode below:

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