Raumpatrouille – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes ORION a.k.a. Raumpatrouille Orion (Space Patrol Orion) was the first German science fiction television series. Its seven episodes were broadcast by the ARD in 1966 achieving audience ratings of up to 80 %. Since then, the series has acquired cult-status in Germany.
The occasionally ironic series starring German heartthrob Dietmar Schoenherr tells the adventures of Cliff Allister McLane, who commands the international crew of ORION, fights a war with the alien "Frogs" and often gets in trouble with the government of Earth.
In addition to the set design, the terminology of the series was memorable to the German audiences, as they chose to create original German terms. The special effects may look quaint to us today, but were considered spectacular at the time.
Each episode is 45 min. and screened on DVD, German with English subtitles.
Monday, May 11 @ 7:00 p.m.
I. Attack from Outer Space
Despite instructions to return to Earth immediately the ORION VII stays on course to the planet Rhea, where landing is considered impossible.
Commander Cliff McLane intends to prove otherwise.
II. Planet Off Course
The cruiser Hydra, is stuck inside a magnetic storm, badly damaged, and incapable of maneuvering. ORION has to come to the rescue.
III. Guardians of the Law
McLane and the others are on "special assignment" to gut sixteen space probes whose memory shall be evaluated on Earth for the weekly astrophysical report.
Official Website: http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/los/deindex.htm
Added by Goethe-Institut on April 21, 2009