Trivia / Exosquad

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  • Executive Meddling: The writers wanted the ExoFrames to be fully-enclosed, but the executives insisted on being able to see the characters' faces inside.
    • Tropes Are Not Bad. While it doesn't make a lot of sense to have the front of the E-Frames so poorly protected, being able to see the pilots does do a lot from a dramatic standpoint.
  • Playing Against Type: For Universal Animation as a whole; it mainly tended to make adaptations of other media, most often Universal movies (all those sequels to The Land Before Time, the Earthworm Jim cartoon, etc.), and tended to not be very serious. This was a completely original property, and was pretty much uncomedic.
  • Screwed by the Network: Despite the fact that it was produced by the mighty Universal and had a toyline backing it up, the show only lasted two seasons because of stations relegating it to undesirable timeslots- according to Will Meugniot, one station put it on at 4AM! Though it did receive reruns on USA Network later on, one wonders why they just didn't move it there and continue it (considering they had done a similar thing with TekWar after its' initial run as part of Universal's Action Pack).
  • What Could Have Been: According to these storyboards for the series pitch-film from Will Meuginot's old website, the series was originally titled Exoforce; The Other Wiki says it was changed for trademark reasons when Playmates got the toy license.
    • A third season was planned that would have shown the surviving Exo-Squad humans and Neosapiens joining forces to battle an invasion from another alien race but the series was unfortunately canned before that could happen - on a cliffhanger no less. They also planned a concurrent series called Exo-Pirates to run with the third season and link up at the end. After that, they pitched a movie idea, but Universal's feature dept. was "cool" to the idea, which was then dropped. (One wonders why they didn't try to make it direct-to-video, or even on the USA Network- after all, that's where reruns aired and Universal had previously moved TekWar from their Action Pack to USA...)

     Historical Allusions 
Exo Squad contains many allusions to historical events, particularly, the history of warfare, which an educated viewer can easily discover.

  • "Blitzkrieg" (episode 1.04 title) is a tactic invented by the Nazi Germany for WW2, which involved very rapid combined arms assaults (it literally means "lightning war"). This is just one of many allusions used in the show to liken Phaeton's regime to Adolf Hitler's rule.
  • "Scorched Venus" (episode 1.08 title) is a pun on "scorched earth", a military tactic of denying the enemy valuable resources by destroying ("scorching") them.
  • Sean Napier's words "One thing you can say for Phaeton, he makes the magnotrains run on time" in episode 2.06 ("Mindset") is a direct reference to the famous quote about Benito Mussolini.
  • Nick Tyree's one-word-answer "Nuts!" to Shiva in episode 2.21 ("No Surrender") is a reference to General Anthony McAuliffe's refusal to surrender after his 101st Airborne Division was surrounded by Germans during the Battle of Bastogne.
  • "The Lost Patrol" (episode 2.24 title) may be a reference to Flight 19 (lost in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945), seeing how it is the first episode where Terrans come in contact with alien technologies.
    • This more likely a reference to film of the same title, which the plot of the episode loosely mirrors.
  • "The Art of War" (episode 2.33 title) is a reference and somewhat of a pun on the famous Big Book of War by Sun Tzu.
  • "One Small Step" (episode 2.34 title) is a reference to Neil Armstrong's first words during his very first EVA on the Moon. In context, it refers to the reconquest of the Moon but it is also symbolic, seeing how the Tranquility Base is featured prominently in the episode.
  • "Abandon Hope" (episode 2.38 title) is a reference to famous quote from Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. Dante had it inscribed at the entrance of hell, Phaeton had it on his bunker. Guess what it makes Phaeton himself, then.