Category Archives: TV show

Space: 1999 original 44 inch Eagle One special effects model!

Check out this video of the original Space: 1999 Eagle One 44 inch special effects model as it appears today!  See the inner workings including the crude pilots in the cockpit and how the rocket engines shoot out compressed air!  Fabulous!

…The Original 44 inch Eagle One special effects model, from the 1970s Gerry Anderson television series Space: 1999. The only large model available at the start of filming (it was later joined by two other similar models at that size) it featured heavily in most episodes – and was crashed many times. Now 35 years old, it has been damaged and painted several times over the years but was given a major refurbishment in 2002 to return it to it’s studio appearance and more importantly to prevent it falling apart. It should now easily last for another 35+!

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What I was doing on 9/11

Ten years ago today, I was sitting in the exact same chair I am right now, in my basement studio cut off from the world, editing what would become my favorite Discovery Channel production that I’ve ever been involved with. I would have remained totally oblivious to the events of the day except for the fact that my wife called me, a direct eyewitness to what was happening at the World Trade Center from her vantage point at work directly across the Hudson river. (Her story is here.)

Two of my friends and fellow filmmakers were working on the same production, shooting the end of the documentary on the Army base in Fort Knox, Kentucky. They ended up trapped there for a few days when the base was locked down on alert but eventually got the rest of the story.

The show we were working on, Tank School, follows a group of new marines just out of boot camp, learning how to drive and shoot tanks.

I’m quite proud of this show and to this day I haven’t seen any driving or shooting scenes inside a tank that are as intimate and dramatic as the ones in this documentary. Looking back I think this show was something quite appropriate to be working on exactly ten years ago today.

How Battlestar Galactica ends (and begins)

With only two more episodes to go, Dave Winer posted his theory about how Battlestar Galactica will end. I think he’s got it wrong. I’ve had a different theory for several weeks now so I’m going to sandblast it into the internet right here so I can get the prestige if I’m right! (If I’m wrong, everyone just move along. Nothing to see here…)

The Galactica has one jump left and they all somehow go through a time warp. They end up back on Earth many thousands of years ago, long before the atomic war and either become the first humans or mix in with them. All except Starbuck who only goes back part of the way and crashes her viper on Earth and dies.

It turns out that Earth wasn’t the 13th colony it was the FIRST and some time before the atomic war on Earth ships leave to form the twelve colonies.

Everyone on Glactica throughout the series was actually part Cylon because of their distant past on Earth. That’s why Baltar could see Six in his mind without actually being a Cylon.

Why do I think this?

“All this has happened before. All this will happen again.” – Pythia

…or to be more old school about it,

There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. That they may have been the architects of the great pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens…

..or not… Who the heck knows with this show?