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It wasn't easy.

Sourdust writes about Star Cops

Chris Boucher

1987

TV: Star Cops.
Creator: Chris Boucher

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Thoughtful plots, snappy dialogue and - by 80s TV standards - brilliant SFX. Utterly unlike anything else you've ever seen, and (mostly) in a good way!

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

I was 19 in 1987, "Doctor Who" was disintegrating, ST:TNG hadn't started yet, and this promised a rare foray into "hard" SF. It floundered, but didn't entirely disappoint.

Recollection and revelations

There's nothing really visionary or clever about "Star Cops" - it was almost willfully mundane, and that set it apart. No aliens, no teleport, no lightspeed; just an honest attempt to portray humans in space. It was clearly an attempt to get a mainstream audience for an SF show, but its cross-genre pitch fell into the yawning chasm between the "Bergerac" and "Blake's 7" audiences. A nice try, all the same.

Before this...

Space: 1999

Take every "fantasy" element out of this, and you've got "Star Cops".

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Highly recommended


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