The Convention Short Film

Nitcentral's Bulletin Brash Reflections: Space: 1999: The Convention Short Film
At the recent Space:1999 convention held in Los Angeles, a special video was screened. A tribute to the show's fans for the last 25 years, it was in the form of a message from Moonbase Alpha to Earth. I haven't seen this film, but if you attended the con and saw it and want to comment on it, feel free.
By BarbF on Wednesday, September 29, 1999 - 10:08 am:

I didn't go to the con, but there's info on this movie at www.geocities.com/area51/8722 -- the Catacombs website. Apparently Zenia Merton narrates it and there's hope that it will be used to interest somebody in producing a new Space 1999 series.


By Isobel Hoy on Saturday, October 23, 1999 - 8:01 pm:

I was one of the lucky ones who saw the film at
the Convention and would like to send my heartfelt
thanks to Tim Mallett - who thought the whole
thing up and then produced it - Johnny Byrne and
Zienia Merton. I wasn't the only one crying by
the end of this presentation by a long way!
Truly, this was a marvellous film and one which
referenced the original series in a way that only
us fans can really appreciate. Read the script.
See the film if and when


By Douglas Nicol on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 5:29 am:

It would be great if this could appear on the DVD's


By Craig Rohloff on Friday, October 18, 2002 - 8:23 pm:

"Message from Moonbase Alpha" is going to be released on Region 1 dvd soon, according to the "What's new?" page in The Catacombs.


By Douglas Nicol on Sunday, October 20, 2002 - 10:27 am:

Unfortunately, it's the British Region 2 DVD's I go after. It's angering that the country of origin of this show can't even see the short film. Ah well...


By Peter Stoller on Monday, October 28, 2002 - 8:41 pm:

Some DVD players can be reprogrammed to be regionless.
There are FAQ pages about such with downloadable .ROM files that can be burned to a CD-ROM and used to flash the player's firmware chip with new operating instructions. Search for it.


By Electron on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - 5:14 pm:

Many don't even need new ROMs. Often a code entered on the remote control is enough:

http://www.vcdhelp.com/dvdplayershack


By Douglas Nicol on Friday, November 01, 2002 - 11:49 am:

That's what I have for my Samsung 807 DVD, but I'm not buying a French DVD for the short film alone.


By Chris Todaro on Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 2:29 pm:

Am I mistaken, or did Sondra forget to mention Kano along with Victor and Paul towards the end?


By Mark on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:35 am:

Better late than never...I finally saw Message From Moonbase Alpha on Ken Scott's website. It was a wonderful short that should appeal to all Space fans. Although Ziena Merton is dressed in her Year 2 uniform, the film is presented in the more thoughtful style of the first season (it's also nice to see Sandra finally acknowledge the death of Professor Bergman). This 7 minute film sure goes by fast...I wanted it to last longer!

Its beautifully written (by Johnny Byrne) and performed by Zienia. Before signing off, Sandra even wonders what became of Luke and Anna (from Testament of Arkadia). Even in a brief couple of sentences, Sandra manages to describe Maya in a more thoughtful manner than she was ever presented in during the second season.

This film is a most enjoyable treat. I'll be viewing it again!


By Harvey Kitzman on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:49 am:

Has this film been posted on any websites we could access?


By Adam Bomb on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 8:02 am:

Has this film been posted on any websites we could access?
I just found out about this short film yesterday. Try this link.


By Peter Stoller on Saturday, July 29, 2006 - 11:57 am:

Search for it on YouTube!


By Will on Sunday, September 03, 2006 - 10:20 pm:

I didn't understand the 'ironic ending' until I read one of the comments. Good continuity connection.


By Tim on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 6:31 pm:

I recently bought the 30th Anniversary Edition DVD's. The set has all 48 episodes and a Bonus Disk. This short film is on that Bonus Disk.

I must say that I like it. At least it does give Space: 1999 some kind of resolution, showing that the Alphans found a home at last.

I applaud Ziena Merton, Johnny Byrne, and all those who made this little gem.


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