Monday, October 8, 2018

Jonny Quest PF Flyer Commercial

From the Aeolus 13 Umbra YouTube Channel:

Jonny Quest PF Flyer Commercial that ran contemporaneous to the original run of the show (1964-1965).


Friday, October 5, 2018

Jason of Star Command: The Complete Series

by G. Jack Urso 


Danger hides in the stars! This is the world of Jason of Star Command. A space-age soldier of fortune determined to stop the most sinister force in the universe: Dragos, master of the cosmos. Aiding Jason in his battle against evil is a talented team of experts, all working together in a secret section of Space Academy. Jason of Star Command!
                 Opening Narration to Jason of Star Command

Jason of Star Command is a CBS Saturday morning children’s sci-fi series that aired in the 1978 and 1979 TV seasons. The show is a spin-off of 1977’s short-lived Space Academy, which was often referred to in the series, and used many of the same sets and props. The first season aired as a 15-minute segment as part of Tarzan and the Super Seven from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon, followed by reruns of Space Academy. For season two, Jason of Star Command was expanded to a full 30 minutes and got its own spot at 12 Noon. Both seasons aired first-run episodes in the fall and in reruns beginning in January, similar to Space Academy’s run. The complete series is available below. For more information on Space Academy please visit the Aeolus13 Umbra article.

Even though Jason of Star Command takes place “in a secret section of Space Academy,” none of the regular Space Academy cast makes an appearance nor are they or the events in the series mentioned. Peepo the robot turns up for six episodes in season two and Lt. Matt Prentiss (John Berwick), who appeared in the Space Academy episode, "The Cheat," turns up in the Jason of Star Command episode The Disappearing Man,”  and that is pretty much it. It was a lost opportunity to exploit the popularity of Space Academy which was still being shown in reruns at the time.

Casting                                                                                               

Season one cast.
In the starring role of Jason is Craig Littler, who was active from the 1960s to the 1990s mainly in guest starring and supporting roles on TV, and for whom Jason of Star Command seems to be his only lead in a series. Jason occasionally demonstrates feats of strength, though not much about this ability is explored. Jonathan Harris was to continue his role as Commander Gampu from Space Academy, but was unable to come to terms with Filmation over his contract. James Doohan, Lt. Commander Scott on Star Trek: The Original Series, stepped in as Commander Canarvin, but really isn’t given much to do and comes across as a bit bland when compared to the scene-crewing Sid Haig or the very earnest Craig Littler. Doohan left the series in 1978 to film Star Trek: The Motion Picture and was replaced in season two by John Russell, more noted for his Western roles (including Clint Eastwood’s 1985 film Pale Rider) as the blue-skinned alien Commander Stone. Character actor Sid Haig, who appeared in many popular TV and film projects starting in the 1960s (including THX 1138), appears as the malevolently persistent evil space lord Dragos.

Season two cast.
Other cast members include Charlie Dell as the wonderfully eccentric Professor E.J. Parsafoot. Dell pretty much steals most scenes he appears in. His quirky, yet empathetic, performance as Prof. Parsafoot makes him a fan favorite. Dell still turns up from time-to-time, but has spent the majority of his career in small character roles. Season one included Susan Pratt as Captain Nicole Davidoff. Dobson had a few roles before Jason of Star Command, and afterwards appeared mainly in daytime soap operas. In season two, Pratt is replaced by Tamara Dobson as the enigmatic and “powerful” Samantha, a refugee of Dragos’ war. Dobson was notable for playing Cleopatra Jones in two Blaxploitation films previous to Jason of Star Command and helps broaden the appeal of the show.  Wiki, Jason’s faithful micro-robot, is in every episode, and Peepo, the resident R2D2 clone from Space Academy, also turns up for six episodes in season two.

Production

Sid Haig confirms in the documentary The Adventures of Jason of Star Command that the budget per episode was US$200,000 in 1978 (approximately US$773,454 in 2018), likely the highest ever for a live-action Saturday morning series. We can see evidence of this in the expanded range of models and special effects. Nevertheless, despite the popularity of the series, the high production costs limited how many episodes Filmation could commit too without it affecting other productions.
Jason’s Starfire spacecraft in flight.
Series creator and director Arthur Nadel provides a single unified vision for the series, establishing a continuity that would have been impossible to achieve with a contract director approach. Chuck Cominsky, special effects supervisor for Space Academy, continued his work with Jason of Star Command, providing an added measure of continuity to the production. New personnel were added to the crew, including directors of photography who improved the optical effects design, stop-motion artists, and microcomputers, which gave the capability for repeat moves on spacecraft flight tracking shots, compositing effects, and coordinated in-camera mattes so spacecraft and star fields could move together, rather than having a static background.

The line of spacecraft models was greatly expanded and the shots of planets and flybys have much the same quality as was being produced on Space: 1999 just a couple years previously. Nevertheless, despite the larger budget, Filmation still sought to cut corners in sometimes rather obvious ways, such as reusing background music composed for the company’s earlier Star Trek: The Animated Series, usually to underscore dramatic moments of crisis.
Star Command drone fighters race out to defend Space Academy.

Seasons One and Two

Season one debuted in the Fall 1978 and is comprised of sixteen 15-minute episodes, much in the same spirit of the Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers/Commando Cody serials with a cliff-hanger at the end of every chapter. The segments ran as part of Tarzan and the Super Seven, 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon, opposite the 90-minute Scooby's All-Stars Laff-A-Lympics which started at 10 a.m. on ABC. On NBC, the competition included The Fantastic Four at 10:30 a.m. and The Kroft Supershow hosted by The Bay City Rollers at 11 a.m. Reruns of Space Academy followed Tarzan and the Super Seven at noon.
Advertisement for the show from period promotional material.
For season two in the Fall of 1979, Jason of Star Command produced twelve thirty-minute episodes that aired at 12:00 noon, and, much to my frustration, my local CBS affiliate WAST (later WNYT) Channel 13—Albany, usually preempted the show since stations could begin to cutaway at noon for local programming. Additionally, cable companies at the time had a “blackout policy,” which would blackout the programming of out-of-area stations if they were running the same show as a local station. This was to keep the ratings for local stations from losing share to out-of-market stations. Our local cable company, Capital Cablevision, offered WCBS, Channel 2 in New York City, which also ran Jason of Star Command at noon; however, that was blacked out by Capital Cablevision ostensibly to protect Channel 13 who didn’t run the show anyway since it cut away from the network at noon. This  prevented me, and many other local fans, from seeing season two of Jason of Star Command until the 2007 DVD release.

Conclusion

Jason of Star Command and its predecessor Space Academy are transitional series in the aftermath of Star Wars. Aspects of the cliff-hanger movie serials from the 1930s through the 1950s remain, but a stronger emphasis on, and a larger budget for, special effects ramped up the standard for children’s television programming. Members of the special effects crew went to work on Battle Beyond the Stars, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as the current crop of films from the DC and Marvel Cinematic Universes.
Jason holding his faithful micro-robot W.1.K.1. — aka Wiki.
The show has its short-comings: Jason gets captured as often as Lois Lane, the Dragos storyline goes on too long and gets repetitive, Peepo is a direct rip-off of R2D2, and, despite the increased special effects budget, Wiki (actually W.1.K.1.) comes across as little more than a wind-up, off-the-shelf toy. Still, the show is an exemplary model of creative children’s programming while exploiting a current trend in entertainment—in this case the space opera. While clearly designed for children, it doesn’t talk down to them, but simply strives to entertain. Lessons of cooperation and responsibility are integrated into the storylines without devolving into the dreaded “very special episode.”

As noted in my article for Space Academy, the rights to Space Academy, and consequently Jason of Star Command, are somewhat undefined right now. Filmation folded in 1989 and the rights to both shows subsequently went to “Sleepy Kids,” a media company specializing in children’s programming that coincidently formed in 1989. Sleepy Kids was later renamed Entertainment Rights who licensed the series to BCI Eclipse for the 2007 DVD release. In 2008, BCI Eclipse went out of business as did Entertainment Rights in 2009.

There remains a small fandom for both Jason of Star Command and Space Academy. Customized figures and models turn up from time to time, but they are scattered efforts usually by dedicated fans themselves. The shows are overshadowed by other sci-fi programs of the era, such as Space: 1999, Battlestar Galactica, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, not to mention Star Trek, Logan’s Run, and Star Wars. Nevertheless, Jason of Star Command and Space Academy remains excellent examples of sci-fi written specifically for children, features strong women, and different races, often in leadership positions. Not a bad way to raise the kids on a Saturday morning in that or any era. 


Jason of Star Command: The Complete Series
Descriptions by G. Jack Urso. Click on the links below to view the episodes on the Aeolus 13 Umbra Star Command Spaceport YouTube channel!

Season One Cast (left to right): Commander Carnarvin, Jason, Capt. Davidoff, Prof. Parsafoot.

Season 1
Opening Credits and Closing Credits Titles.
Season 1 Chapter 1: “Attack of the Dragonship” | Original Airdate:  September 9, 1978
Commander Canarvin is abducted by aliens and rescued by Jason, who soon finds himself captured by the evil Dragos!

Season 1 Chapter 2: “Prisoner of Dragos” | Original Airdate: September 16, 1978
While Jason is imprisoned by Dragos, back at Star Command the recently rescued Commander Canarvin isn’t acting like himself.

Season 1 Chapter 3: “Escape from Dragos” | Original Airdate: September 23, 1978
At Star Command, Commander Canarvin is revealed to be a clone created by Dragos. Back at Dragos’ ship, Jason helps the real Commander Canarvin escape, though Jason remains a prisoner.

Season 1 Chapter 4: “A Cry for Help” | Original Airdate: September 30, 1978
When Canarvin’s clone disables Space Academy’s shields, Dragos attacks! Meanwhile, Jason discovers his cellmate is beautiful princess.
Dragos’ massive asteroid headquarters ship.
Season 1 Chapter 5: “Wiki to the Rescue” | Original Airdate: October 7, 1978
Jason’s small helper robot Wiki helps rescue his master and the princess. In order to stop Dragos from destroying the Space Academy asteroid, Jason launches his spacecraft at Dragos’ ship.

Season 1 Chapter 6: “Planet of the Lost”| Original Airdate: October 14, 1978
Jason and Nicole protect the princess and are rescued by Professor Parsafoot and Wiki, but Dragos is on their trail! In order to save the princess Jason, Nicole, Professor Parsafoot, and Wiki draw off Dragos, but get stranded on the Planet of the Lost!

Season 1 Chapter 7: “Marooned in Time” | Original Airdate: October 21, 1978
On the planet called “Limbo of the Lost,” Jason, Nicole, Professor Parsafoot, and Wiki are captured by the legendary Captain Kidd! To repair his vessel, Jason needs Captain Kidd’s hoard of gold and silver, but ends up having to save Kidd himself!

Season 1 Chapter 8: “Attack of the Dragons” | Original Airdate: October 28, 1978
Professor Parsafoot repairs Jason’s ship and Captain Kidd agrees to join the fight against Dragos and Dragos ship is left adrift at the end of the episode.
(Left to right): Jason, Capt. Nicole Davidoff, and Dragos.
Season 1 Chapter 9: “Peepo's Last Chance” | Original Airdate: November 4, 1978
Reluctant companions Peepo and Wiki are captured while on patrol on a planet. Jason and Laura help rescue the wayward robots — but has Dragos reprogrammed Peepo?

Season 1 Episode 10: “The Disappearing Man” | Original Airdate: November 11, 1978
In a take from the Star Trek; The Original Series episode, “The Naked Time,” Jason must rescue a Space Academy officer, Lt. Matt Prentiss, caught in a time dimension moving faster than his own

Season 1 Chapter 11: “The Haunted Planet” | Original Airdate:  November 18, 1978
Jason and his Star Command crewmates go out looking for the missing robot Peepo, but are captured by the beautiful Queen of Kesh.

Season 1 Chapter 12: “Escape from Kesh” | Original Airdate: November 25, 1978
Professor Parsafoot  shrinks Jason down to help them escape from Kesh, but after stealing the queen’s spaceship, they soon find themselves her prisoners once again — and this time they’re headed to Dragos!
Pre-flight prep in the A6 launching bay.
Season 1 Chapter 13: “Return of the Creature”| Original Airdate: December 2, 1978
Jason escapes Dragos — once again — while Dragos disables Space Academy’s guidance system and send them towards a space typhoon! Peepo is rescued, but no one knows that the robot has been reprogrammed.

Season 1 Chapter 14: “Peepo on Trial” | Original Airdate:  December 9, 1978
Peepo sabotages Space Academy plunging the asteroid towards a “galactic storm.”

Season 1 Chapter 15: “The Trojan Horse” | Original Airdate: December 16, 1978
Space Academy is caught in the space typhoon, but survives due to the efforts by Jason and Commander Canarvin. Information from Peepo about Dragos’ crew inspires Jason and Nicole to sneak back aboard Dragos ship, but — big surprise — they are captured, yet again. Wow. Totally did not see that one coming.

Season 1 Chapter 16: “The Victory of Star Command” | Original Airdate: December 23, 1978
Dragos begins his attack on Space Academy, but Jason escapes to confront the evil space lord and manages to destroy Dragos’ massive spaceship.

Season 2
Season Two: Commander Stone in charge!
Opening Credits and Closing Credits Titles.

Season 2 Episode 1: “Mission to the Stars” | Original Airdate: September 15, 1979
Dragos is back, a new commander for Star Command takes over, and Jason discovers a derelict spaceship with a woman in suspended animation. Also, Peepo from Space Academy joins the crew.

Season 2 Episode 2: “Frozen in Space” | Original Airdate: September 22, 1979
A freeze ray puts the chill on Star Command.

Season 2 Episode 3: “Web of the Star Witch” | Original Airdate: September 29, 1979
Vanessa, an ally of Dragos, tries to lure Jason to her side with promises of riches. Since he gets paid by Filmation, the offer is probably tempting . . .

Season 2 Episode 4: “Beyond the Stars!” | Original Airdate: October 6, 1979
One of Dragos’ minions working in disguise tries to capture Professor Parsafoot.
A Dragoian drone fighter gets ready for launch
Season 2 Episode 5: “Secret of the Ancients”| Original Airdate: October 13, 1979
An ancient artifact, the Tantalusian Power Disk, is key to helping Professor Parsafoot save Jason.

Season 2 Episode 6: “The Power of the Star Disk” | Original Airdate: October 20, 1979
Dragos sends Jason and the Commander into limbo. Can a Tantalusian ghost help them escape?

Season 2 Episode 7: “Through the Stargate” | Original Airdate: October 27, 1979
A wandering space pilot (secretly working for Dragos) needs help repairing his ship, and a mysterious device in the ship’s hold sends Jason, Wiki, Samantha, and Professor Parsafoot into another dimension!

Season 2 Episode 8: “Face to Face” | Original Airdate: November 3, 1979
Still caught in another dimension, Jason must work with an alien to escape.
Dragos’ drone fighters come in for the kill!
Season 2 Episode 9: “Phantom Force” | Original Airdate:  November 19, 1979
Samantha rescues a boy in a lost spacecraft and a number of mishaps occur on Space Command. Are the two related and is Dragos responsible? Uh, yeah . . . duh!

Season 2 Episode 10: “Little Girl Lost” | Original Airdate: November 17, 1979
A little girl named Heidi and her doll are recovered from a crashed ship. Dragos and his minions are once again after Jason.

Season 2 Episode 11: “Mimi's Secret” | Original Airdate:  November 24, 1979
Heidi’s doll contains secrets that both Star Command and Dragos want.

Season 2 Episode 12: “Battle for Freedom” | Original Airdate:  December 1, 1979
The Commander is captured by Dragos to lure Jason to rescue him, but Jason figures out a way to rid themselves of Dragos.

A behind-the scenes look at the series with interviews with cast and crew.
Dragos’ alien allies stand by to lend support.


                         


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Space Academy: The Complete Series


by G. Jack Urso
Welcome to Man's most magnificent achievement in the conquest of space, the man-made planetoid SPACE ACADEMY, founded in the Star Year 3732. Here we have gathered young people from the farthest reaches of all the known worlds. They have been chosen for their unique abilities, and are being trained to cope with the mysterious, the unknown, the unpredictable dangers lurking in the vast darkness of space!                              —      Opening Narration to Space Academy

Space Academy is a Saturday morning live-action sci-fi series that aired on CBS in the Fall of 1977. Produced by Filmation with executive producers Norm Prescott and Lou Scheimer, the show is a transitional series that branches out between the pre- and post- Star Wars era. As a children’s show, there were thrills, but no real violence. Most scenarios involved threats to individuals or Space Academy itself that were usually resolved through cooperation and understanding. The complete series, including episode descriptions and links to individual episodes, is available below on an Aeolus 13 Umbra YouTube channel.

The show presented different genders and ethnicities, so the Space Academy students include young men and women with ethnically diverse backgrounds including Asian, African, and European. This was reflective of the era, but it also made good business sense in that it gave a broad spectrum of the audience something to identify with on the show.

The series featured Jonathan Harris (the scene-stealing Dr. Zachery Smith on Lost in Space) as the three-century old Commander Gampu, and noted child actors Pameyln Ferdin as Laura Gentry and Brian Tochi as Tee Gar. Both Ferdin and Tochi both appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series’ episode “And the Children Shall Lead,” and were fairly familiar faces on TV in the 1960s and 1970s. Also of note, Ric Carrott, who originated the role of Chuck Cunningham on Happy Days, plays Laura’s brother Chris. Eric Greene plays the blue-haired alien child Loki, and of course there’s Peepo, the show’s resident R2D2 clone. Other students include Paul (Ty Henderson) and Adrian (Maggie Cooper). Some of the team members have special abilities: Chris and Laura have psychic powers, Tee Gar has "near superhuman strength," Paul has a high IQ, and Loki can teleport.

Background
Space Academy Tagline: Study hard, meet aliens, take tests, fly starships . . . 
Class was never this much fun at YOUR school!
Producer Lou Scheimer, in the 2007 documentary Back to School with Space Academy included with the series’ DVD release, reports that the idea for the show originated with Allen Ducovny, a former CBS executive who worked with Filmation on its 1960s The New Adventures of Superman cartoon series and previously produced the original Superman radio show (both featuring voice actor Bud Collyer in the title role). Ducovny had wanted to do a Space Academy-themed radio show centered around young people and proposed to Scheimer that Filmation produce it for television. Pre-production on the series took place in the months prior to the release of Star Wars in May 1977, while production of all fifteen episodes occurred over the course of eight weeks during the summer of the same year.

The show originally aired on CBS in the Fall 1977 TV season at 10:30 a.m. Saturday mornings. Its competition included I am the Greatest:  The Adventures of Muhammad Ali on NBC and Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics on ABC. Space Academy was moved to the 12:30 p.m. slot mid-season, which proved to be a bit problematic for the show since network affiliates could switch to local programming at noon and our local CBS affiliate at the time, WAST (later WNYT) Channel 13—Albany, often did. By mid-season, however, the show had burned off all the first-run episodes and went into repeats. Still, it could not have been good for ratings. If it wasn’t getting preempted by local programming, by noon most kids had been stuck in front of the television for four to five straight hours and were getting summarily kicked out of the house by frustrated parents.

Special Effects
The Space Academy asteroid.
One aspect of the show that made an immediate impression was the relative high quality of the special effects given the limitations of technology of the era and the small budget. Scheimer hired two of the model makers from the U.S.-based team that had been working on Star Wars. While visiting their studio, Scheimer saw R2D2 and C3PO, as well as various ship models, and one wonders if this where he got the idea for the self-aware, smart-aleck, half-meter tall robot named Peepo (originally Loki’s name).

The most impressive model was that of the Space Academy asteroid — a colony in space densely populated by various structures and domes that would be at home in any Star Trek or Space: 1999 episode. The Seeker shuttlecraft, Space Academy’s small scout ship, shows the level of detail the special effects team put into the models. In fact, on both the exterior and interior, the vessel is an improvement on Star Trek: The Original Series’ Galileo 7 shuttle. The Seeker has a layered design with access hatches, umbilical connections, and a richly appointed interior whereas the Galileo 7 had few surface details and a rather Spartan interior (the nose of the Seeker comes from the vehicle in Ark II, another Norm Prescott and Lou Scheimer production from the Fall 1976 season). 
The Seeker, left, and Ark II, right.
It took ingenuity to compensate for the penny-pinching budget Filmation provided. For example, rather than film the models against a blue screen and superimpose a star field using chroma key, they bought white Christmas tree lights, attached them to a background, and spray-painted everything black. Then, by scratching away bits of paint off the bulbs, they created the illusion of stars of different magnitude, sped up the production process, and created an impressive effect. The effects, except for the budget, are about on par with Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, two other notable 70s sci-fi series. Chuck Comisky, special effects supervisor for Space Academy, went on to work on several  James Cameron projects, including Avatar, Battle Beyond the Stars, and Ghosts of the Abyss, as well as other productions such as The Crow and Jaws 3-D.

Conclusion

When Filmation folded in 1989, rights to Space Academy went to “Sleepy Kids,” a media company established in 1989 specializing in children’s shows, later renamed Entertainment Rights. The DVD release of the Space Academy series was issued in 2007 by BCI Eclipse which licensed the series from Entertainment Rights. BCI Eclipse went out of business in 2008, followed by Entertainment Rights in 2009. As a result, the rights to the show are in something of a gray area right now.

Despite getting cancelled after only one season, Space Academy was popular enough to warrant a spin-off, Jason of Star Command, which ran for two seasons and recycled the models, props, and sets from its parent show. In content, design, and scripting, Space Academy is a quintessential 70s sci-fi show. The series , and in particular the special effects, bridges the gap between Star Trek and Star Wars and represents one of the most notable achievements by Filmation.  


Space Academy: The Complete Series
Descriptions by G. Jack Urso. Click on the links to view the episodes on the Aeolus 13 Umbra YouTube channel!
Space Academy Cast (left to right): Top: Commander Gampu, Laura, Chris, and Loki.
Bottom: Paul, Adrian, Tee Gar, and Peepo.
Opening Credits and Closing Credits Titles.
Episode 1: "The Survivors of Zalon” |Original Airdate: September 10, 1977
The Space Academy team encounters an alien boy (Loki) on a planet due to explode. This episode echoes certain plot points of Star Trek: The Original series’ first episode “Charlie X” about a boy with unique powers left to lead a lonely existence among intangible aliens.

Episode 2: "Castaways in Time and Space" |Original Airdate: September 17, 1977
While on a mission in space, Gampu and Laura get caught in a black hole. Chris attempts to mind-link with Laura to effect a rescue.

Episode 3: "Hide and Seek" |Original Airdate: September 24, 1977
When an asteroid heading for Space Academy is destroyed, academy personnel disappear. Unlike the other episodes in the series, rather than a cold opening, this episode begins with a teaser before the title credits.

Episode 4: "Countdown" |Original Airdate: October 1, 1977
While cleaning up space debris left over from the Vegan Wars, a mine attaches itself to Blue Team’s Seeker shuttlecraft. When a Vegan warrior is revived from cryogenic stasis, he continues the war with the Blue Team as his targets.
A Seeker on patrol!
Episode 5: "There's No Place Like Home"| Original Airdate: October 8, 1977
A shapeshifter who says he’s from Loki’s planet tries to convince Loki to help him steal information from Space Academy.

Episode 6: "The Rocks of Janus" |Original Airdate: October 15, 1977
Blue Team investigates two comets on course to collide with Space Academy and discovers they are living beings. One comet is bent on destruction — can the other living comet help Blue Team save Space Academy?

Episode 7: "Monkey Business" |Original Airdate: October 22, 1977
When the Alturos space mirror stops rotating and sends the planet into a deep freeze, Chris, along with stowaways Loki and a trained chimpanzee named Jake, investigate, but they soon end up in trouble as well.

Episode 8: "The Phantom Planet" |Original Airdate: October 29, 1977
A “phantom planet” appears around Proteus IX-B, a former asteroid mining colony about to be destroyed, Blue Team investigates by having Chris and Laura use their telepathic powers to conduct a séance. They speak with a ghost and discover they need to conduct a risky rescue.
A Seeker coming in for a landing to Space Academy.
Episode 9: "Planet of Fire"| Original Airdate: November 5, 1977
Tee Gar takes his new invention, an instant freezing device called a “cryotron,” to test it on the planet Delius. Unbeknownst to Tee Gar, the cryotron causes the items it freezes to explode. When a Delian giant named Dramon gains possession of the cryotron and freezes Peepo, Blue Team must ask fast to save the robot. Special guest star Don Pedro Colley (THX-1138).

Episode 10: "Life Begins at 300"| Original Airdate: November 12, 1977
During a Zollium-extraction mission, Gampu makes a mistake that puts Paul in danger and shuts down Peepo. Is it time for the 300 year old commander of Space Academy to retire? One cadet thinks so, but it’s up to Gampu to save her when she gets in trouble.

Episode 11: "The Cheat"| Original Airdate: November 19, 1977
Space Academy cadet Matt Prentis is allowed to lead a mission to Asteroid BX-3 and shut down its leaking nuclear reactor even though he is being investigated for breaking safety regulations. Nevertheless, the team soon finds itself in danger under Prentis’ command.

Episode 12: "My Favorite Marcia"| Original Airdate: November 26, 1977
A star about to go nova, a robot war machine, and Gampu’s ex-girlfriend keep the action moving in this episode. Guest stars Dena Dietrich (Mother Nature in the 1970s Chiffon margarine commercials) and a redress of Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet (1956).
A Seeker gets ready to launch. Stand by for Star Speed!
Episode 13: "Space Hooky"| Original Airdate: December 3, 1977
Loki skipping class and going on a joyride with Peepo give two adolescent energy beings the opportunity to wreak havoc at Space Academy.

Episode 14: "Star Legend"| Original Airdate: December 10, 1977
In the Alderan Triangle (Space Academy’s version of the Bermuda Triangle), Paul and Chris, members of Blue Team, encounter the thousand year-old Starship Hope, which resembles the Space Academy asteroid. When Gampu and others investigate, they find Starship Hope’s commander, Captain Rampo, the Flying Dutchman of Outer Space. Guest star Howard Morris (Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show). Written by Samuel A Peeples, who also wrote episodes for Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Animated Series.

Episode 15: "Johnny Sunseed" | Original Airdate: December 17, 1977
Just as Gampu's eccentric, technophobic “back-to-nature” brother Professor Johnny Sunseed arrives, an outbreak of hallucinations and euphoria caused by genetically-modified “space lettuce” spreads throughout Space Academy. The Sunseed character is set up to return in a supporting role at the end of this episode, but the series was cancelled.

Special Feature: Back to School with Space Academy (2007)
A behind-the-scenes look at the 1970s Saturday morning children's sci-fi series featuring interviews with cast and crew. 
Seekers using presser beams try to save Space Academy from certain disaster!