Steve H: ROFLMAO!!! Yeah, I just saw the episode where they lost the doctor. Oh, well! Yes, single pane windows... what a pain! (Sorry!). Every now and then, I rewatch some of the shows while working on something. Keeps me honest when I think about how I would have done things if I controlled the show.
There was a lot of weird stuff going on in England and their film/TV industry, and with Sir (later Lord) Lew Grade and ITC (and I blame the New York office for most of the major nonsense), and the personal problems between Gerry and Silvia Anderson that just seemed to combine into a huge mess. I wonder if the finished product, especially Year 2, would have been better if all that wasn't going on.
I've been on an interesting journey in watching shows from the time of my youth, looking at things with more aware eyes, a broader background, more knowledge. Some shows I have a much greater respect for, even if only the technical aspects. Other shows are a complete slog to watch and some, I just give up. I LOVED Space:1999 when it came out. My friends and I had viewing parties (as this was pre-home video recording) but Year 2 didn't air in full on my local stations, so I had no idea of the overall quality. Now in the age of DVD, I'm sad to say this is one of the Anderson shows I just can't re-watch. Year 1 is fine, I see so much potential in the stories they told, there's even hints of a 'thru-line', the potential of an actual story arc in play. Year 2, it just all went to crap. The budget cuts are obvious, the stories often made no sense (let's face it, most of the time Maya should have been able to solve the problem of the day in the first or second act, so they had to find reasons why she didn't.)
Another Anderson show that is just so dire in my eyes is Supercar. Even turning things over to my 'inner 8 year old' it was just...arrgggh. The third? 'The Secret Service'. I have no idea why they thought the concept was any good at all. I had a struggle with Joe 90 because man, that show was FLAT. I mean crazy low energy. I've come to think that Joe wasn't actually a boy at all but an android. It would explain the whole thing with the 'Big Rat' and the memory engram transference except there were a few episodes where his father used the machine to gain some specific skill as well.
So I talk some trash about Space:1999 Year 2. I won't dismiss the effects however, that was solid work.