Space Age Radio - Space Patrol: The City of the Sun
Commander Corey and Cadet Happy are on the planet mercury organizing a rescue mission for Professor Mallison, who’s spaceship vanished on the dark side of Mercury, but a second emergency on the hot side of the planet sends the Commander Corey and his Cadet racing to the hot side of the planet, to Solaria, the City of the Sun in this episode originally broadcast on November 8th, 1952.
This episode manages to be genuinely tense and atmospheric in a way that many other Space Patrol episodes can’t achieve. It achieves this, in part, by cutting back and forth between Corey/Happy and two criminals, there’s a real cat-and-mouse feel to it, and it’s a lot of fun.
This is one of the first episodes of Space Patrol I ever heard, and it got me hooked on the series. As far as I’m concerned, this is an absolute high point.
This episode, originally released in April 1939, details the Origin Story of Buck Rogers, an earth man of the 20th century who finds himself stranded in the 25th century, by way of an interrogation between some scientists, and the subconscious mind of Buck Rogers.
Be warned that, due to it’s age, this series is only available in relatively poor quality, that’s not to say that it’s un-enjoyable, but it’s rougher than I would prefer. This episode is presented in the highest quality available, and for the 30s, it sounds pretty darn good.
This episode, like many episodes in this series, ends in a cliffhanger, but it’s a pretty minor one. You’ll have to wait a full month before the next episode!
(Oh, and be sure to eat your Popsicle, they’re nutritious apparently.)