A live-action Saturday morning children's show on CBS
, created by Filmation
in 1978, Jason of Star Command
harkened back to the 1930s Flash Gordon
movie serials, appearing in its first season in 15-minute installments coupled with a cartoon short, and in its second season as self-contained half-hour stories.
Each episode featured Jason battling the evil Emperor Dragos, as the latter tried to destroy Star Command, a base hidden in an asteroid that publicly housed the Space Academy
from the previous series. While the show was never very good, it did have some impressive budget model work and even some Stop Motion Animation
This show provides examples of:
- Beard of Evil: Dragos
- Badass Pacifist: Jason. In fact, no one carried weapons. This was a Saturday morning children's series after all.
- Cloning Blues: The first episode featured Dragos infiltrating Star Command with a clone of the base commander (played by James Doohan!).
- Cliff Hanger: Every episode of the first season.
- The Emperor: Dragos again.
- Expy: Jason was a far more clean cut Han Solo.
- Follow the Leader: The show was obviously designed to grab the Star Wars crowd.
- Mildly Military: Definitely under James Doohan's Commander. Even "by the book" Commander Stone started to loosen up almost immediately.
- Robot Buddy: W1K1, a pocket-sized robot that Jason kept in a belt pouch. The robot packed a small laser torch, and could fly from ground to orbit!
- Unreliable Narrator: The opening narration tells us that Star Command is in a secret part of Space Academy. Neverthless, Dragos and everyone else seems to know exactly where it is. And is a cadet school the safest place to hide a crucial military installation? It's like having Norad located at Virginia Military Institute.