a message saying that childhood memories sometimes can be as good as you recall. Star fleet is a science fiction serial made in japan using puppets. It achieved huge popularity in britain when it was broadcast on ITV on saturday mornings early in the 1980's, where it captured the imagination of a generation. some of whom waited a great many years to see it again.
actually although the show was originally produced in japan the english version had pretty much a whole new script and was redubbed into english and given an all new score. the story of x bomber, a spaceship crewed by three brave pilots and led by wise scientist dr benn robinson. when the earth is attacked by the evil imperial alliance who are on the trail of orphan girl lamia because she has a hidden destiny, x bomber leads the fight back and then heads off into space to unravel the mystery of why lamia is so important. lots of action ensues.
the series succeeds because it has a sense of wonder, a decent storyline, and it really captures the imagination. and there are also some pretty exciting battle sequences. all of this should be enough to reawaken the inner teenager in you who first saw the show in the 1980's. and even if you've never seen it before anyone who likes an entertaining bit of good science fiction should be swiftly capativated by this.
there are twenty four epsiodes which run for twenty three minutes each. episodes nine and thirteen are clip shows, that just fill up the time by using clips from earlier parts. you could probably skip over thirteen without missing anything but nine does contain one important plot development near the end. but these two are the only episodes that aren't excellent.
the show is spread over four discs, six epiaodes to each. they don't have direct scene access, but allow you to start the episode at either the beginning, right after the opening credits, or right at the start of the closing credits. and each episode has a synposis also available on the episode selection menu.
there's an awful lot of extras, spread over the four discs. a lot of them are text features.
some that aren't:
a 34 minute long documentary about the making of the show, featuring both it's original japanese creator, and the dubbing director and one of the british voice actors. don't watch this till you've seen the show, because you'll see a few spoilers. it's a very good documentary and it does contain interesting mentions of the proposed second season that alas never came to pass.
there's also brian may's music video. when the theme tune was released as a single he sung the words, and this is the video that goes with it.
there's a gallery of stills from the series.
and from the making of it.
and one of all the merchandise that was produced.
the ones that are text features:
a long essay about the creation of the show.
text features about the machinery and spaceships in the show.
and even the box comes with extra features:
a collectors booklet [containing text that duplicates the character and episode synopsis on the discs]
a flyer advertising the impending release of the superb score from the show
six postcards each with a different still from the show
a small double sided poster, one side showing the main characters and the other one of the machines they use
and a fifty two page booklet reprinting two all new comic stories based on the show that were originally published in the 1980's.
the only language these discs are in is english.
and I'm afraid there are no subtitles.
that's an unfortunate admission from an otherwise fantastic package that really does justice to a great show. and will make you think it's saturday morning in the 1980's all over again