Space Precinct

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Tv series (1994-1995). A Mentorn Films and Gerry Anderson Production. Directors include John Glen, Sidney Havers and Alan Birkinshaw. First episode written by Paul Mayhew-Archer. Cast includes Simone Bendix, Ted Shackleford and Rob Youngblood. Current. First episode October 1994; 24 one-hour episodes.

This syndicated series is apparently based on a singleton drama from some years back entitled Space Police, but the title was changed so as not to infringe the title copyright held by a toy company. It took a long time for the series to get off the ground. This is a Gerry Anderson production, but unlike most of his television shows is live action, not puppets (though critics have complained about the inexpressive rubber masks worn by the aliens). Anderson described the series as a New York cop show transplanted to outer space (see Crime and Punishment). It is actually set in an unspecified future in Demeter City, a galactic crossroads where two immigrant Alien races comprise most of the population, an "inter-galactic melting pot, attracting a bad element as well as the good", according to the show's publicists. Two New York cops (Shackleford and Youngblood) are sent to help out; Bendix is the beautiful and brilliant cop from the local force. Some cops are aliens. Opinions differ about whether the show is deliberately or accidentally humorous. Some think it is tongue-in-cheek. Either way, the production values are questionable. [GF/PN]

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