Space Patrol - From 1966 To Now
Planned in the early sixties, it took a great deal of time and money to get
the production under way.
The backing of a French TV Network was secured, and the series was off and
running. The special effects were in turn very innovative and
highly- laughable (offering a future with flat-irons as technical equipment
and pencil-sharpeners as control knobs). In 1966 these things looked
futuristic; nowadays they seem silly, but they still give the show its air
The adventures of the Starship Orion were the first- and to date, only
space opera project on German TV. There have
apparently been several proposals to revive, continue or sequelize the
series in the years since the series aired; all of these, sadly, have fallen
through, but hope springs eternal.
The last try were made by Roland Emmerich in 1996, but was dropped a year later.
"Space Patrol - The new series" is not in sight and because of the age
of the actors there is not much chance, that they would play more than
a subordinate if the series will really become reality.
(Commander Cliff McLane) is working in
his economic aid project for nicaragua (since 1985) where he founded
the "Casa de los Tres Mundos" (House of three worlds). But he hasn't
left tv completely, where they celebrated his 75th birthday in 2001 with some
(Tamara Jagellovsk) plays theater and in
tv films. She was the first (and only) who visited a convention. 34 years
after the series the sf fans at the ExpoTrek Convention 2000 were much
more interested in her panel than in actors from Star Wars or Galactica.
Claus Holm (Hasso Sigbjörnson) died in 1996.
Wolgang Völz (Mario de Monti) is a well known actor
and the kids love him as the voice of the puppet "Käpt'n Blaubär"
(Capt'n Bluebear) on tv.
Ursula Lillig (Helga Legrelle)
appeared most time on stage and died in 2004.
F.G.Beckhaus (Atan Shubashi) is
still busy dubbing tv series.
Since december 2000 a new "Making of" book brings enthusiasm to the ORION fans (reworked in 2005).
Re-Start in July 2003: ORION back in cinema - a movie made of the old episodes.
88 minutes with some newscaster scenes added. The DVD (November 2003) has english subtitles!
Damn, I'm not drunk
There are videos
with english subtitles! But: they
are not official, so it's not easy to get them. Sometimes it can be bought
The cover looks amateurish and the tape quality is not the best.
The subtitles are very near to the german text - read fast or you'll
Where do this videos come from? Nobody knows...
One of them is the ORION
Text by M.Höfler and D.Jones
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