Series / Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills

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Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills is a series produced by DiC Entertainment that ran for 40 episodes on the USA Network in 1994. It is one of several shows that were cranked out to get a piece of the pie when Power Rangers made it big. It is notable for being one of only two not adapted from a preexisting tokusatsu show (the other being The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg).

Emperor Gorganus wants to take over Earth because it's the nexus of a network of portals that would make universal domination a lot easier for him. To stop Gorganus's monsters from taking over the planet, a blobby alien named Nimbar assembles four teenagers and gives them the power to transform into giant superheroes named after constellations to fight off the aliens. Whenever evil's afoot, the Galactic Sentinels' celestial tattoos flash to alert them.

The Galactic Sentinels are composed of:
  • Laurie Foster (Leslie Danon) – The Leader. Intelligent, beautiful, and very organized, if somewhat bossy at times. As Scorpio, she has light green armor. Her weapon is a slim bladed sword.
  • Gordon Henley (Richard Nason) – A spoiled preppy whose mother is the mayor of Beverly Hills. He starts off arrogant but warms up to the others over time. He becomes Taurus, donning a black outfit. He wields a staff as his weapon.
  • Drew Vincent (K. Jill Sorgen) – A grungy tomboy who works at the coffee shop owned by her aunt that the teens regularly hang out in. She becomes Centaur, wearing a purple outfit. She uses a battle axe as her weapon.
  • Swinton Sawyer (Rugg Williams) – The Black and Nerdy member of the group who is also the friendliest. He wears a yellow suit and holds the power of Apollo. His weapon is a small unnamed double-bladed weapon.


Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills provides examples of:

  • Bare Your Midriff: Laurie when she is transformed into Scorpio.
  • The Cameo: Zsa Zsa Gabor, running for mayor in a For Want of a Nail episode.
  • Cherry Tapping: Knightron does this to Isolus in "The Spy".
  • Combining Mecha: When their tame chop socky isn't enough to get rid of a monster, the Galactic Sentinels can combine into Knightron, a robotic space knight of overwhelming power. Thing is, his power is "finite", and only to be used as a last resort, which doesn't stop them from forming him even when they're winning.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's implied that Gordon doesn't have a father when he bonds with Swinton's dad and starts doing things with him without Swinton, much to the latter's jealousy.
  • A Dog Ate My Homework: A monster, actually.
  • Earth Is the Center of the Universe: Gorganus wants to conquer it to be able to use a portal network to conquer the universe and states he won't destroy it because the portal network would be destroyed as well.
  • Evil Sorcerer: The Sorcerer.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: The Galactic Sentinels use what appear to be melee weapons, but their only function is to shoot lasers.
  • Head Bob: Of course. Gorganus is especially notable.
  • Global Warming: Invoked in one episode where one of Gorganus's monsters eats the ozone layer, causing the world to become unbearably hot.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Nimbar. He cares little for the Galactic Sentinels' personal lives and chides them whenever their mundane conflicts risk interfering with the mission. Professor X he is not, but he's not wrong about saving the world being more important than their teen drama, either.
  • An Ice Person: Isolus.
  • Iconic Outfit: Gordon is very fond of neckties and always wears one with his day-to-day clothes. Even in the "Freaky Friday" Flip episode where he switched bodies with Laurie, he wore one as her.
  • It Came from Beverly Hills: As the title suggests, the series is set in Beverly Hills.
  • Monster of the Week: Averted. There were about nine or ten monsters that Gorganus would send out again and again depending on which one is best suited for his plan. This was most likely due to the show's shoestring budget. The episode "Emperor for a Day" lampshades this.
  • Noodle Incident: In the episode "Trust", a freak electrical occurrence causes all of the lockers to pop open at school. Drew's diary falls out and the team reads an entry which explains exactly why she doesn't talk about her parents (she lives with her aunt). The purpose of this was for Drew to be alienated enough to not join the group in their next fight, but the contents of the entry are never expounded upon.
  • Power Tattoo: Used by Nimbar to alert the Galactic Sentinels.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Unlike in Power Rangers, the Galactic Sentinels initially didn't really like each other. This changed when they officially become friends in the episode "Winner Takes All". Their pretending not to be friends when questioned about it was lampshaded in the episode "The Psychiatrist".
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Two of the monsters have a reptile theme (a snake and a dragon).
  • Right Out of My Clothes: In a dream sequence in "A Nightmare on Rodeo Drive," Gordon uses his mind to instantly strip Laurie down to her bra and panties.
  • Sixth Ranger: Orion temporary joins the team.
  • Stellar Names: The Galactic Sentinels all use constellations for their names.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: According to "Nightmare on Rodeo Drive," at least, the Sorcerer's powers are actually highly advanced science.
  • Supreme Chef: Laurie is revealed to be a very good baker in "The Quitter".
  • Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats: Without context, the series sounds like a parody with a random Word Salad title.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. In the two-parter "The Psychiatrist", Drew's aunt Nicole calls in a shrink because she believes Drew has Complusive Lying Syndrome.
  • Totally Radical: Some of it, like Drew constantly describing things, including getting her tattoo, as "hinky".
  • Western Zodiac: Combined with Four-Temperament Ensemble and some artistic license. The Galactic Sentinels take the guardian constellations Aquarius (called Apollo), Sagittarius (called Centaur), Scorpio, and Taurus.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: The villain Ninjabot won't lie, as part of his code of honor. While he's vowed his loyalty to Gorganus, he can still make a deal with the Galactic Sentinels to get rid of Gorganus and steal his throne.

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