I hated that show. One thing that made the original comic strip and eventual serials work was that they were cut off from Earth, having taken a rocket across the stars. I understand that the rocket aspect was passe, and that utilizing the teleports, or whatever they were, was more feasible, but it sucked. Plus, when you go back and read those old strips (I reviewed a collection of them for the website I used to write for), you realize that they are products of their time. Even by the time the feature film came out, it was dated, but the movie is so much fun, you don't care.