It’s one of those films that I’ve continued to enjoy with each successive revisit although it has continually failed to find its audience, either getting mauled by the critics or simply dismissed as some kind of experiment by Anderson to move away from his puppet shows towards a live action TV series.
Though a little unkind to suggest this was ever the original intent, much of the films look did carry over into Anderson’s 1970 TV series; U.F.O. Cast, cars, FX models, locations and space suits all got recycled for the small screen.
As we already know and will further discover, this has always been quite a common practice in film and television production. It’s either a good way to add a touch of class to a low budget or frees up finances for other areas. And let’s face it; these are not only a plausible design but they manage to retain a bit of that sci-fi-sexy-ness too. Who wouldn’t want them gracing their production?
Very much in keeping with, and even sometimes in the company of, the Moon Zero Two suits these ones go on to have quite a varied career way beyond what could have been imagined when they were first created. I’ve found a few of their subsequent appearances and I’m reasonably sure there are more as yet to be rediscovered but for now let’s just enjoy their origin.