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Watch The Very First Episode of the German “Star Trek”

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I am apparently now obsessed Raumpatrouille, the 1960s German SciFi series billed as the German version of Star Trek. After yesterday’s dance number, I cannot loook away!

Here’s the first episode.

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2 Comments on Watch The Very First Episode of the German “Star Trek”

  1. Harry Blanchard // February 20, 2016 at 11:30 am //

    Where to start? Why don’t we have space helmets like that? Fish are a lot bigger in the future. Why would you launch a ship from the bottom of the ocean? Pressure suits no longer need oxygen tanks, future tech, and I right? Ray guns can be held either up or down. Since when is galactic space patrol equivalent to a desk job? But most of all – worth watching ot – dancing is one heck of a lot more interesting in the future. Delightful.

  2. I fear I may have something to do with this.

    The desk job people are the space patrol commanders who have no regard for the people doing the actual work out there. They are also largely ridiculed and demonstrate quite nicely how postwar West Germany (“Raumpatrouille” premiered 21 years after the end of WWII) viewed politicians and military commanders who sent others out to fight and die on their behalf.

    Regarding the spacesuits, I strongly suspect that the helmets were repurposed clear plastic lids for large gateaux, since the “Raumpatrouille” SFX team were rather creative about repurposing common household items. Look out for the clothes iron that’s used to operate the navigation console. My parents had that exact same clothes iron BTW, though theirs never operated any spaceships.

    I’ve seen a clip on how the undersea launch sequences were made BTW. It’s a combination of a fizzy tablet dissolving in close-up and the vortex of a bath tub being drained, again in close-up. Still, considering that this show was made at the same time as early Doctor Who and the original Star Trek and that nothing like this had been made in Germany since Metropolis 40 years previously, the effects are surprisingly good.

    Anyway, enjoy! “Raumpatrouille” is a real delight, though it’s better if you can understand the dialogue.

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