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BMckay
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posted 07-29-2003 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to see if anyone has the complete TV series of The Cape that I could borrow. I have the pilot but that is it.

I know it was terrible series but it was fun to watch.

KenDavis
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posted 07-30-2003 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw this mentioned in a magazine some years back but it was never aired in the UK. I have always wondered if it was any good.

What made it 'terrible' for you? Anyone else want to comment?

Don't give too much of the plot away (if there is one), we may get it over here one day!

Blackarrow
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posted 07-30-2003 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken, it already has been. I think it was on Sky a few years ago.

Mike Dixon
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posted 07-30-2003 10:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The entire series aired in Australia about two years ago (Sundays at noon on free to air and in an "out of ratings" period... in other words, an audience of about ten) and despite being what I'd consider a mix of middleweight drama/soap, it wasn't all that bad. Corbin Bernsen (LA Law) played the lead role.

MrSpace86
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posted 07-30-2003 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw some of the episodes as well a long time ago. It wasn't a bad series, it just wasn't very accurate.

I can say that my favorite episode was the John Glenn one, where the kid loved Glenn and they had to delay a shuttle launch because he was missing.

Anyways, I know all this stuff probably doesn't help at all, but I'll look into helping you guys find your episodes!

p51
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posted 05-10-2013 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know this an uber-old thread, but I don't recall the series from when it originally ran and only first heard of it a year or two ago.

I assume it was never released on DVD? Any episodes online anywhere?

issman1
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posted 05-11-2013 03:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KenDavis:
...but it was never aired in the UK.

Actually, it was aired on the old Sci-Fi Channel on Sky TV in 1996 and repeated every so often afterwards.

It was a mixture of NASA fact, fiction and of course mid-90's American melodrama. Corbin Bernsen was very good as the Chief Astronaut while the rest of the cast did its best with the mostly cliched dialogue and plots.

Probably available on DVD somewhere, but here's a clip of the opening credits.

Tykeanaut
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posted 05-11-2013 04:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never saw it, looks reasonable though?

Space Geek FL
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posted 05-11-2013 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Geek FL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You won't believe this but I have most of the episodes on VHS tape. Its not good quality as it was recorded on an older model vhs player. Most of the episodes have a line across the bottom but I have them. I also have a DVD recorder so I can copy them onto a DVD if anyone is interested.

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posted 05-11-2013 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimsz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be interested, it was not too bad.

Jay Chladek
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posted 05-13-2013 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not too long ago, I got Adam Baldwin's autograph. I had him sign my copy of "From the Earth to the Moon" rather than Firefly since I appreciated him more in those roles and EVERYONE else tends to go for the Jayne Cobb stuff anyway. If I had a copy of "The Cape" I would have had him sign it as I watched a few episodes when they first aired.

We talked briefly about the shuttle launches we had seen and he mentioned while filming the show in KSC, he got to witness four shuttles go up, two from the top level of the VAB (at least one had him and Corbin being filmed as their astronaut characters watching it go up from the VIP section decked out in their blue flight suits).

Some of the early episodes of the show seemed a bit cheesy and cliche, but it did seem to find a balance as it went along. Ironically, the final episode as I recall had Columbia having to launch in an emergency to help repair another shuttle in orbit after its bottom tiles got damaged by an impact from a solar array on the Mir station. If only real life could have had a similar successful outcome.

Ronpur
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posted 05-13-2013 06:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One episode sticks out in my mind that had the shuttle find a lost Soyuz with a dead crew on board. It was a secret failed lunar mission from 1968. I think it was a two-parter.

When I was at KSC around that time, I remember a lot of promotion signs and posters in the gift shop. They would be awesome to find.

And still no DVD for this show?

p51
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posted 05-13-2013 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Space Geek FL:
I also have a DVD recorder so I can copy them onto a DVD if anyone is interested.
I would be very interested. I still can't believe I never even heard of this show until a couple of years ago...

Space Geek FL
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posted 05-13-2013 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Geek FL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since a few people are interested I'll dig them out and see how they look. I'll make a couple of copies of the shows and we'll go from there, don't forget they are not the best quality.

By the way, little known fact, Tim Gagnon (KSCartist) is in one of the episodes. He plays a space convention event vender. I understand he also helped them out quite a bit so maybe he can give more info to the subject.

xlsteve
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posted 05-13-2013 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a list of episodes with synopses and air dates.

p51
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posted 05-13-2013 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Space Geek FL:
I'll make a couple of copies of the shows and we'll go from there, don't forget they are not the best quality.
Beggars can't be choosers.

As long as they're watchable at all, I'd love to get my mitts on a DVD of the show.

Ronpur
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posted 05-13-2013 10:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would too. I can send you blank DVDs.

p51
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posted 05-14-2013 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Same here, of I'd be happy to pay you for blank ones on your end and shipping too, of course...

jimsz
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posted 05-14-2013 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimsz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any quality would be fine with me.

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posted 05-14-2013 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in too! If an extra set is made, I would certainly pay all costs for the service. Feel free to email me if you perhaps would be willing to make an an additional set.

Space Geek FL
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posted 05-15-2013 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Geek FL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds good, it will take me a little bit as they will have to be recorded in real time. I will be going through them over the next day or so to see how they look and then I'll start recording. You can email me at rockethobo62@yahoo.com for any other info. Glad to see there is still interest in this show, I liked it.

Space Geek FL
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posted 05-21-2013 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Geek FL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just wanted to give those who asked for a copy a quick update. I completed the first set of copies and I am only missing 4 of the episodes. I was able to get the remaining 18 episodes on 2-4.7 GB DVD+R disks. I did my best to edit it but please be kind. I will use this copy as the master to record additional ones. I will start making additional copies, you can email me your address and I will reply with mine.

LM1
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posted 05-21-2013 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM1   Click Here to Email LM1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just located this card for The Cape in my postcard collection:

The back of the card features a list of over 200 TV stations that carry the series and a list of the 40 stations worldwide that carry it. The card measures 4" X 6".

Tomy1
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posted 05-22-2013 06:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tomy1   Click Here to Email Tomy1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in also - I was in several of the episodes as an "extra" - please let me know what your cost is plus postage!

p51
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posted 05-22-2013 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to this!

Space Geek FL
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posted 06-11-2013 10:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Geek FL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quick update, I just wanted to let those who asked for a copy of the show that I currently have 2 sets completed and I'm working on the 3rd. Its slow going but I am making progress. I hope to have the 3rd and maybe a 4th set completed by the end of the week - keep your fingers crossed.

Blackarrow
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posted 06-12-2013 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the risk of having rotten eggs chucked at me, what are the legal/copyright issues here?

p51
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posted 06-12-2013 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Space Geek FL:
Quick update, I just wanted to let those who asked for a copy of the show that I currently have 2 sets completed and I'm working on the 3rd.
Please pop me a new e-mail on this, as I deleted your e-mail and now don't have your address to discuss this. Sorry about that!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-12-2013 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Blackarrow:
...what are the legal/copyright issues here?
It is legal in the U.S. (and I believe in the UK as well) to record copyright-protected programs off of TV for personal viewing at a later time. It is also legal to convert the original format of that recording to other formats, again for personal use.

In the U.S., per my understanding, it is legal to lend or otherwise physically give a copy of the recording to another person (so long as no money changes hands). That does not extend to distribution online.

Space Geek FL
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posted 06-13-2013 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Geek FL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Robert, just to be clear I am not selling copies of this show and only ask that those who want a copy, pay for the DVDs used and the shipping cost. I'm not trying to make any money off it just spreading the fun.

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posted 06-15-2013 06:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I, too, remember this show and really enjoyed it, even though it was all fiction. It is interesting of the similarities of the shows (events) to the real space program.

Ronpur
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posted 07-04-2013 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got my copies from SpaceGeek yesterday. It is great to have something from this fun series back now! Thanks for doing these.

p51
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posted 07-04-2013 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Same here. I haven't been able to watch them yet but I can't wait.

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posted 07-09-2013 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for etcbeth   Click Here to Email etcbeth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
About The Cape - I would love to have a set of DVDs. Great show!

Ronpur
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posted 07-10-2013 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been watching them. The episode with the death of the Shuttle pilot's wife during a mission gets me every time. And my favorite, "Buried in Peace". When a lost Soyuz turns up in orbit with 2 dead cosmonauts who failed to get to the moon in 1968.

p51
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posted 07-10-2013 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which episode is the Soyuz one? I don't have the time to watch them all right now but I've read elsewhere of that one, I really want to watch that ASAP...

Ken Havekotte
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posted 07-11-2013 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My gosh! This posting topic was missed by me earlier.

I was a big supporter and fan of "The Cape" television show series throughout the mid/late 1990s.

My firm supplied lots of the displayed space memorabilia — mostly decals, photos, patches, and posters — that had been used on the space show series.

My family and I were also able to host some of the TV show actors, producers (like Anson Williams), and cameramen to a dinner party and visits to my home when the series was in filming here on the Florida Space Coast.

I was able to visit, mostly with Anson, "The Cape's" primary film studio in Port Canaveral along with one of their favorite ocean-view areas in south Cocoa Beach, not too far from nearby Patrick AFB.

There was one incident that I remember while at their Port studio...

Anson was showing me all around their facilities when he opened up a "back door" of sorts that went into a shuttle orbiter flight deck mockup.

Right as we both started to enter the back of the module, a few yards behind the shuttle astronaut crew cdr/pilot seats, someone yelled out, "CUT," and "RESET!"

Unknown to me, and I guess to Anson as well, we had interfered with a "live" filming crew segment at the other end of the cockpit mockup.

They were actually filming a clip at the front of the orbiter's crew compartment with an occupied "astronaut crew" donned in their orange spacesuits.

Once inside, and after a few quick seconds, I could see and hear two actor-astronauts participating in some kind of countdown or launch performance.

What about the interference? Actually, it was no big deal at all, as Anson said, "Sorry guys," and with no other notice or mention of it again, the crew went back to work and re-did the take or scene.

On another occasion, I was asked to help design and produce a series of cloth emblem patches to be spacesuit worn by the actor shuttle crews .

I still do have those original files and drawings, however, if I recall — NASA did not authorize the use of any unofficial patches, rather a real shuttle flight or not, in connection with any of their own governmental-owned agency flight pressure suits.

It was indeed a fun time here on the Space Coast with many fond memories of my time or association with "The Cape" TV series nearly 20-some years ago!

Ronpur
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posted 07-11-2013 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by p51:
Which episode is the Soyuz one?
It was on disc 1, track 6 on my disc.

Ken, thanks for those memories! The last episode I watched, "Reggie's Wild Ride" was one directed by Anson and I had no idea he directed any before I saw his name. I hope you can share some of those patch drawings. Too bad they couldn't be used.

By the way, this is the best episode guide I have found so far.

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posted 07-11-2013 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like Ken I also supplied some of my collection for use as props. I enjoyed a day of filming as an extra for one episode. I believe it was titled: "The Enemy Within."

I portrayed a vendor at a Space Fest kind of event. The episode concerned the brother of an astronaut selling one of his mission patches that he had signed. I still have that patch along with a few others made for the show. I wasn't aware that Ken had made them.

I was fortunate to meet both Anson Williams and Corbin Bernsen. The female astronaut portrayed by Bobbi Phillips was very nice as well.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 07-11-2013 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, how you doing?

I can't recall the patch referred to in the episode that you were a part of.

I've got some original sketches, etc. that were designed for the TV series, however, since NASA wasn't going to allow any of them to be used for real shuttle spacesuit attachments, I don't recall any actual cloth patches produced.

I think your patch was an earlier issue that one of the guys had put together for that specific episode, but it wasn't provided by my firm, I am sure of.

Would you be so kind to depict it here as I would love to see it, and next time you're over for a visit, it would be a privilege to show you the original sketches and mission patch drawings that, unfortunately, never came to life on "The Cape" series.

Pretty cool, Tim, that you played a space souvenir vendor in one of the episodes, which is one of my actual space occupations. I am much too shy, though myself, to play any kind of "extra" or support TV or movie role, even though I did have chances to do so in various picture productions.

I bet it was lots of fun, huh?


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