YMMV / Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

  • Acceptable Targets: Politicians.
    Zurg: Innocent politicians?! Don't be oxymoronic!
  • Adorkable: All of Team Lightyear, at some point or another.
  • Always Night: This is kind of played with. There are episodes that take place during the day, but there are also episodes that are set in the dark, such as "Wirewolf" and "Haunted Moon". It's also sort of a Justified Trope in that most of the show takes place in outer space.
  • Ass Pull: Lampshaded when Mira turns out to have Mind Control abilities.
  • Cargo Ship: XR shows signs of having a crush on Mira, although it's one-sided on his part. Then there was the episode where the team's ship, Fourty-Two, became sentient. Can you say Double Cargo Ship?
    • Is it really "Cargo Ship" if it's between two sapient life forms?
  • Ear Worm: "Let's Make Peace", a song written and performed by Eric Idle for the episode "War and Peace and War".
  • Expy: Zurg may be one of Bowser of all people; he's the series titular character's greatest enemy, he self-identifies as Evil, he tries to conquer everything he lays eyes on, he always shows up at inopportune moments to make things worse, he always comes back no matter how many times he's defeated, he's responsible - or at least related to - pretty much anything villainous that happens in the series, and he even has horns! If Bowser ever tried on a Darth Vader suit, the two would be virtually indistinguishable.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One of Zurg's lines in "Stranger Invasion" suddenly gets very disturbing after seeing Toy Story 3.
    'Zurg': And if I may remind you, no giant trash compactor! When heroes fall in, they always have enough time to figure a way out! Make it an incinerator!
  • Gainax Ending: How does the final fight between the Galactic Alliance and the Evil Empire conclude? Does Warp Darkmatter return to Star Command? Do Mira and Romac live happily ever after? Is there a connection between Jessie from Toy Story 2 and Dr. Ozma Furbanna? The series never actually had a formal conclusion.
  • Genius Bonus: Natron the First, the "Living Mummy". The mineral natron was one of the important ingredients in the mummification process in Ancient Egypt.
    • Also, to get to Planet Roswell, you need to go through the Mogul system. A Project Mogul balloon was said to be the cause of the Real Life Roswell Incident.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "Eye of the Tempest," a mutated super villain wrecks a power station made up of two generating towers. The first one is damaged without much comment... But as the second comes down, Mira shouts, "Look out! The other tower!" amid falling rubble. Chilling in hindsight, as WTC North would do the same less than a year later.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The show does a episode (one of two actually) with Buzz and Booster crash landing on a world called Roswell where they're the aliens and the residents are the stereotypical green/gray alien the media usually depicts. (green skin, blacks eyes bald head, etc) Yet their town is effectively just like a normal human town. A few years after the show ends its run, a movie called Planet 51 is made detailing...you guessed it (though their aliens are different looking the premise is the same). What makes it funny? It's a CGI movie made by another company and this show was co-produced by Pixar, whose forte is CGI movies.
    • Wayne Knight voicing Zurg becomes especially hilarious when one remembers that the wrong Buzz Lightyear once speculated that Al, who was also voiced by Wayne Knight, was one of Zurg's minions when they inform him that he was the guy who kidnapped Woody in Toy Story 2.
  • It Was His Sled: If you saw the show before watching the movie, you would know that Warp Darkmatter didn't actually die.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Ty Parsec resembles his voice actor, Steve Hytner, down to the brown hair, face shape, and lines around his mouth.
  • Iron Woobie: Ty. He's been rescued by Buzz 50+ times, and yet he still keeps on trying to do his job and never thinks about quitting.
  • Magnificent Bastard: NOS-4-A2 surely qualifies.
  • Mildly Military: Star Command does possess some form of militaristic discipline and rule regulation, but they seem lax otherwise.
  • Tear Jerker: A surprising number of episodes approach this. The reunion of Mira and her ex in the midst of battle is one of the most effective.
    • The movie "The Adventure Begins" gets very dark just ten minutes in with the supposed death of Buzz's partner.
    Buzz: Space Ranger Warp Darkmatter sacrificed himself for the success of his mission, for the safety of his fellows. I miss him very much.
    • His log entry after the eulogy is pretty depressing too.
    Buzz: Buzz Lightyear, personal log. In his crazed attempt to destroy me, Zurg has robbed the universe of a good man. My partner, my friend. On this day I vow, no ranger will fall in harms way because of me. I Work Alone.
    • When Buzz first learns just who Agent Z really is.
    • The moment when XR gets blown up by Agent Z in the movie, despite him being a non-sentient robot at the time. Buzz and Commander Nebula looked pretty devastated.
    • Ty in "Wirewolf", it's obvious despite his resentment of Buzz that he doesn't wish to hurt anyone.
    • The look of shame on Ty's face despite the fact he'd saved Buzz from the Wirewolf by taking control of it.
  • Ugly Cute: Villainess Gravitina is actually very beautiful, but has a very large head.