Series / Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills

Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills 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 teens' celestial tattoos flash to alert them.

The Galactic Sentinels, as the group was called, 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 kids 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 brains of the group, also the friendliest. He wears a yellow suit and holds the power of Apollo. His weapon is a small unnamed double-bladed weapon.

The series originally ran for 40 episodes in the fall of 1994 on the USA Network.

BTW: Yes, Dragon Ball Z Abridged fans. This is a real series.

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 teens 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 the teens 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: Emperor 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 teens use what appear to be melee weapons, but their only function is to shoot lasers.
  • Head Bob: Of course. Emperor 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 teens' personal lives and chides them whenever their mundane conflicts risk interfering with the mission. Professor X he is not.
  • An Ice Person: Isolus.
  • Iconic Outfit: Nothing about this show is "iconic," but objectively speaking, 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
  • Monster of the Week: Averted. There were about eight 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 as transformation trinkets.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Unlike in Power Rangers, the heroes of this show 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 had 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
  • Supreme Chef: Laurie is revealed to be a very good baker in "The Quitter".
  • Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats
  • 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" (unless she was really saying "kinky" and the censors somehow failed to notice).
  • Western Zodiac: Combined with Four-Temperament Ensemble and some artistic license. The teens 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 (as in, he's vowed loyalty to Gorganus, but can still make a deal with the Sentinels to get rid of Gorganus and steal his throne).