So. Gonna do a thread where I watch Space: 1999 for pretty-much the first time in 44 years and provide some commentary. I watched the show back when it was first-run, but I do not think I've seen every episode - wasn't quite as diligent with 1999 as I was with TOS back then. So, technically this is a re-watch, but given the way my memory works I might as well be seeing most of this for the first time. But, I have gotten ahold of the complete series on DVD and decided to give this a shot. Now, I'm not going to go into the whole issue I had then, and still do with the basic premise and it's utter improbability/impossibility. Might revisit that when we get to the end of the series, but for now I'm just gonna take this series at face value and try to judge it on that basis. I request folks who are bigger fans/more frequent viewers to please not post open spoilers in the thread - am going into this with the fairly vague memory of a 58 year old and in many ways this is an "almost first reaction" and I'd like to keep it that way, please. Breakaway Good introduction to the setting, premise and characters. The production values are better than I remember - and I dare say better than pretty much any other SF series made for TV in the 70's, including the original Galactica which came along a couple years after Star Wars had revolutionized special effects. While the moon as seen from out in space looks quite modally/plaster, the scenes set at the surface seem to have done a fairly creditable job to resemble what we saw during the Apollo missions. AS this is a pilot, I am inclined to give the acting a bit of slack and I'm sure the actors are still trying to find themselves in their characters. Although tow things do stand out on that front: Barbara Bain is just as wooden as I recall from my first visit to the series and Barry Morse's Victor Bergman comes across immediately as the most fully-realized character present. Landau is not bad, but seems at time to be trying perhaps a bit too hard. Carter seems to be an interesting likeable character, and Paul in Main Mission potentially so. No one else really strands out yet, but I'm sure that will come with time. The script does a good job of setting all the needed balls into motion to go forward, checking the boxes without coming across as being too rushed. Had forgotten that they had stranded Koenig's nemesis Simmonds on the base with everyone else and trying to remember if he remains an ongoing thorn for the crew or not - NO SPOILERS PLEASE! Not scared off at this point, and will post about episode two soon. And while I welcome all comments and criticisms, I say again: PLEASE: NO SPOILERS! Thanks.