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With: Craig Littler, Susan O'Hanlon, Rosanne Katon, Francine York, Heather O'Connell, Charlie Dell, Susan Pratt, James Doohan, Sid Haig, Tamara Dobson, John Russell, Ram Anand, Julie Newmar, Ted Newsom, Angelo Rossitto, Rosanne Katon, Erika Scheimer (voices), Lou Scheimer (voices)
Written by: Samuel A. Peeples, David Villaire, Don Heckman, Sid Morse, Martha Humphreys, Ted Pedersen, Chuck Menville, Len Janson, etc.
Directed by: Arthur H. Nadel
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 500
Date: 03/18/2013

Jason of Star Command: The Complete Series (1979)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

After Star Wars opened in 1977, there were dozens of "space" movies and TV shows like this one. I thought I remembered seeing it as a Saturday morning TV show as a kid, but then it hit me: I only saw it advertised in comic books. The actual show is pretty chintzy, with Craig Littler playing the hero throughout various adventures. He carries a little robot (called W1K1, or "Wiki"), which comes equipped with lasers, torches, and other handy devices, around in his pocket. At one point, he breaks through a door on a spaceship as if it were made of wood! The best reason to see this is the amazing "B" movie cast: James Doohan ("Scotty" from "Star Trek"), Sid Haig, a bald, sinister character actor from Jack Hill's movies, and Tamara Dobson, of Cleopatra Jones fame. Susan O'Hanlon is a cute shipmate, and Charlie Dell is a nerdy, Spock-like doctor. Julie Newmar and Playboy playmate Rosanne Katon were guest stars. Later this same year, Doohan saw his career temporarily revived with the first Star Trek movie.

DVD Details: BCI's three-disc set comes with every episode, plus a new half-hour featurette, commentary tracks, a visual effects demo reel, photo and art galleries, and several screenplays on DVD-Rom.

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