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Old October 19 2010, 08:26 PM   #2
Admiral Buzzkill
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Re: 'Space Patrol Orion' West German 1966 TV series & ST:TOS

I've heard of the show - there are a number of clips on Youtube.

None of the similarities cited are strong evidence of influence by Star Trek, because none of those things are remotely original to Star Trek and most such tropes date back to the 1930s and 40s. German science fiction has quite a space opera legacy of its own - it's more likely that the writers were reading Perry Rhodan.

Heck, one of the little pieces of tech cited - the "wrist communicator" - was familiar to generations of American kids from the Dick Tracy comic strip long before Trek was conceived.
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