Raumpatrouille Orion: German TV’s Space Patrol

I’d seen this listed when I’ve searched for the Arthur Provis/Roberta Leigh Space Patrol (aka Planet Patrol in the U.S.) TV series, but only today did I decide to give it a look.

It’s Raumpatrouille – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffs Orion, aka Raumpatrouille Orion, aka Space Patrol Orion in English.

I shouldn’t have waited so long! This stuff is excitingly great — and impressive for 1966!

Let’s begin with this hilarious British promo trailer (which is a camp romp — but the series itself was not intentional camp!):

This is the theme intro and a wee bit of episode two:

Did you listen to the music in that clip? No? Play it again and listen!

Now look at this poorly-colorized version of the theme intro:

I think even Derek Meddings would have been impressed by the effect they achieved here:

I love the name of that weapon: Overkill!

And this clip is just stunning in its art direction and scale of sets:

This is very interesting:

Orion 7 lifts off through a funnel of water — similar to what the Hawkwing did in Terrahawks (this link is to a fan CGI still recreation since the YouTube clip that was once available is gone).

An intriguing exchange of dialog:

I wouldn’t hear lines like these in TV SF until Blake’s 7 and Star Cops ran in the US in the 1980s. And then not for another ten-plus years until Firefly debuted. (American TV SF, which is generally rotten with real-life dialog, had to wait for Joss Whedon to appear in order to catch up with Germany and England!)

Let’s close with this fantastic music video someone did, incorporating a remix of the theme and a ton of clips from the series:

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