Outer Space Therapy

(Above: The late Richard Hatch with Nicki Clyne in ‘Personal Space’)

Personal Space, a Kickstarter-funded science-fiction dramedy series, is scheduled to bow on Amazon Video and other streaming providers tomorrow, March 2.

Pricing was not announced.

The show, which features and is dedicated to the late Battlestar Galactica fan-favorite Richard Hatch, occurs in an alternate timeline.

In this version of history, the American space program is precocious, with a spaceship called Overture having embarked on a trip to a distant star in the early 1990s. Crews serve in 25-year shifts.

The 28-episode series starts in alternate 2017 when “the second shift is supposed to take command, while the crew of Overture speak in confidence to the ship’s therapy computer.” The crew members do not know, however, that their therapy sessions are being broadcast on Earth as a reality show.

In addition to Hatch, who passed away in February 2017, the cast offers a number of familiar faces: Battlestar Galactica’s Nicki Clyne, Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Yaeger, Stargate SG-1’s Cliff Simon, Star Trek: Voyager’s Tim Russ, Emma Approved’s Brent Bailey and Edgar Allen Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party’s Sean Persaud. The Mercury Men’s Mark Tierno also does a turn as Wernher von Braun.

Tom R. Pike heads a creative team that includes Zack Wallnau and Dana Luery Shaw, who created Echo Chamber, and Jeff Hammer. Pike, Wallnau and Shaw raised $49,000 through Kickstarter to launch the project. To bring a space epic to life on such a modest budget, “they hit upon the idea of using the fixed perspective of a therapy computer.”

The producers discuss their approach:

 

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