Friday, May 29, 2015

From Primetime to Daytime: Space Cases (1996)

Lost in Space meets Space Academy. That's about the best way to describe Nickelodeon's Space Cases, which bowed in March 1996, airing first as part of the Saturday night SNICK block, then repeats would the following Saturday morning at 8 (ET), 12 hours before the next episode would air.

Space Cases came from the pens and imaginations of two sci-fi veterans. Author Peter David had written a number of paperback novels based on Star Trek, as well as the short-lived 80's series, Photon. Actor-singer Bill Mumy (Babylon 5, ex-Lost in Space) collaborated with David in developing the Canadian-produced series, and both made guest appearances on the show. In David's case, I believe that would be his acting debut, but I could be wrong. Speaking of Star Trek, George Takei appeared frequently as the series' primary villain over the course of two seasons.

Walter Jones came over from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to play arrogant, overconfident Harlan Band, the de-facto team leader. Unfortunately, it'd also be Jones' last series gig.

Did Space Cases end too soon? I think so. Nick pulled the plug after 10 months, as the series ended in January 1997.

Scope out the opener.

Rating: B.

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