Monday, 2 September 2013

OSW: Star Cops (1987)

Continuing the space theme with shows created by Doctor Who staff, we have Star Cops, created by Chris Boucher. Now this was another series to kick you in the gut with great characterisation of people, and realistic stories. This is, as the title suggests, more of a cop show, but with the cops in this case operating in space and on the moon. And they don’t have an easy time of it either.

The cast gets quite international. While we have David Caulder leading, and Trevor Cooper for the Brits, we get Erick Ray Evans being American, Linda Newton as an Australian, Sayo Inaba as Japanese and Jonathan Adams for the Russians. The character of Anna Shoun was seen as a hideous mistake by most of the audience, but I rather like her.

Her character was rather emblematic of what happen to the show. Although Chris Boucher started it, other writers were brought in, and the cast expanded over his designs. He had plans for a second season, but, of course, they didn't eventuate.

Also often derided is the theme song "It's Won't Be Easy". However, I like it, and think it is incredibly apt when seen from the viewpoint of Nathan Spring after the events of the first episode.



evildicemonkey said...

When you said announced your One Season Wonders retrospective this was the first show I thought of and hoped that you would do this one (not least of all because I knew you would find a youtube of them).

I thought it was an awesome series and loved the theme song. It proved to me that not all science fiction had to be all fiction-y, this was far more grounded than anything else I had come across at the time, no aliens, no phasers, no outlandish tech.

Simple and elegant, very disappointed it went nowhere.

Jamas Enright said...

Well, there was that racist weapon... but yes, generally the episodes were more about characters than heavy science fiction.

Now, can I remember where I put the DVD?