It’s 2151 and the HMS Camden Lock journeys through space “to protect British interests in a changing galaxy,” trying to convince alien governments to bring their businesses to Britain.
Space Commander Michael Henderson (aka Mike, Lucky Jack, Hendo) leads this tea-sipping bunch of explorers aboard the HMS Camden Lock. His crew includes: First Officer York, second in command and a sociopath who’s obsessed with weapons and violence; Diplomatic Officer Teal who has a huge crush on her captain, but the feeling is not mutual; Navigator Vine and Technical Officer Jeffers round out the bridge crew along with Sandstrom, a female cyborg/human interface that runs the ship.
England isn’t the first country that comes to mind when I think of space travelers. But hey, there’s a lot of space out there, lots of aliens to encounter, planets to discover and havoc to wreak.
So, the HMS Camden Lock (designed to look like the BT Tower in London) boldly goes where no British spaceship has gone before, mostly taking on assignments that nobody else wants. Some of the alien races the crew encounters are more bizarre than any you’d find in the cantina on Tatooine. The Glish communicate by licking and drooling on everyone. The Queppu dress in red latex suits and have a “Doom Ray” that will kill Henderson, York and Teal in under three days. The Lallakkis threaten the crew with their battle song, “Kill the Humans.” (Jeffers enjoys listening to the song over and over again.) The Red Shiny Robots of Vortis are kind of like Star Trek’s Borg, absorbing the knowledge of various species and then killing them.
I’m a big fan of sci-fi and of Nick Frost. He was hilarious in Spaced with Simon Pegg. I think their work together, including their films, is much better than their solo stuff. But still, this is a fun, silly show and all the crazy characters are very entertaining.
Nick Frost – Space Commander Michael Henderson
Kevin Eldon – York
Miranda Hart – Teal
Stephen Evans – Vine
Dan Antopolski – Jeffers
Petra Massey – Sandstrom
Total Seasons: 2 (12 episodes)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 0 (was briefly available on Netflix streaming)
In Production: 2006-2007
Viewer Discretion: Some adult situations