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Paul Lloyd
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Posted: 03 February 2017 at 2:52pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

"Raumpatrouille Orion". It's up on YouTube. The spaceship is the cliched flying saucer design that Roddenberry and Jeffries managed to avoid, but I kind of like the bridge. 


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John Byrne
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Posted: 03 February 2017 at 3:19pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Impressive sets. Make me think more of FORBIDDEN PLANET than STAR TREK. Tempted to try modeling that bridge!
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Robert Walter Auberger
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Posted: 05 February 2017 at 1:08pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I watched the show in reruns as a kid. It was very much a "drama-on-the bridge" show and had very little special effects or outdoor settings.

I still remember how my mother told while we were both watching : "That's the same (steam) iron I have !"


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John Byrne
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Posted: 05 February 2017 at 1:28pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

At least TOS, aside from salt and pepper shakers, mostly avoided the CAPTAIN VIDEO approach to props!
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Andrew Saxon
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Posted: 09 February 2017 at 4:11am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

This takes me back to the early 1980s when I finally went to visit my penfriend Ralf in Germany. Our friendship was very much built on our shared love of Science Fiction, especially Star Trek, Space: 1999 and Perry Rhodan. He'd never heard of Doctor Who and I didn't know about Raumpatrouille, so we sat watching video tapes long into the night. I'm ashamed to say that I saw more spaceships and monsters than I did of actual Germany on that trip (though I have put that right since).

It's funny to think of both Star Trek and Raumpatrouille being in production at the same time. Raumpatrouille loses out for being shot in black and white and there are only seven episodes to enjoy, but the character interactions are every bit as good and the plots just as compelling as Trek. I can't help but wonder what might have been if Raumpatrouille had been filmed in colour and given English dubbing - Commander MacLane and his crew might be as well known and popular internationally as Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew. One thing I'm sure about...whisper it gently...I think Raumpatrouille has the better theme music.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 09 February 2017 at 10:18am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

In the 90`s we used to be able to get German tv on Sky
satellite tv,i remember seeing `Raumschip
Enterprise`(Forgive me if that`s not the correct
spelling) Next Gen dubbed into German,very odd to hear
familiar faces speak with very different voices! As for
the iron,let us not forget that as recently as The
Phantom Menace,Liam Neeson used a barely disguised
Ladyshave as a communicator!
Thunderbird 1 had a lemon squeezer in it`s silo,and The
Daleks had Mini car indicator lights on their domes!
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