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The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
Frequently Asked Questions List

Compiled by Tara O'Shea (LJC)
Mark I, version 2 September 30, 1994

Typical questions asked:

"I remember this show when I was a kid... I think it was called Galaxy Patrol or something. Is it--

    a. Japanese?
    b. On tape?
    c. Airing anywhere?
    d. made by those Robotech guys?


    and the ever popular:


    a. How many episodes/seasons were there?
    b. Who are the characters again?
    c. Is there a fan club?
    d. Is there a newsgroup?
    e. Is there an episode guide?
    f. Is there any fan fiction?
    g. How can I get in touch with the writers/producers/studios?
    h. Did that Star Wars guy have something to do with it?
    i. Is the soundtrack available?
    j. Where are the actors now?

From the top:

First of all, the show is called "The Adventures of the GalaxyRangers" and it began airing in syndication in the fall of 1986.

a. Is it Japanese?

No, however the animation was handled by TMS Entertainment, which I believe stands for Tokyo Movie Shinsa (and if so, is one of the fine folks responsible for bringing the world Batman: The Animated Series and A!). The storyboards, character design, series design, and so on was all done in the United States.

b. Is it on tape?

There are professional video tapes from Magic Window that can be ordered through your local video store such as Blockbuster and West Coast, or Whole Toon Access (see appendix for address). However, the tapes are at rental prices ($60 a pop on average for 1-5 episodes). There are twelve volumes, and one laser disk (Vol. 12 featuring Tower of Combat, Changeling,Lord of the Sands, Trouble at Texton, Rogue Arm). I would suggest checking your discount bins for the LD, as it has been reported as floating around for $6-15!

c. Is it airing anywhere?

Being syndicated, it does pop up from time to time. However, rarely in the United States. In Chicago, it last aired by my count at the latest in 1990, at 5am Sunday mornings on a UHF station. It does turn up in Europe (Spain, France, Germany, England) and Asia, and a line of cheap PAL videos dubbed in Spanish were released in Spain, and I assume other Spanish speaking countries. For a year, these were my only tapes, and I'll tell you, I'm not fluent.... but it was a kick.

d. Is it made by those Robotech guys?

No, but if it seems like your memories are all mushed together, it may be because both syndicated series aired at roughly the same time. If Carl Mazek even came near GR, I'd take a chainsaw to him... Not likely he ever will be tho, so nothing to worry about.

a. How many episodes/seasons were there?

65 episodes, the standard syndication package for an animated daily strip in the 1980s.

Only one season, though there were tentative plans for a second. However, since no toy deal was ever made, unlike just about every other cartoon on the market at the time, it became too expensive.

b. Who are the characters again?

briefly:

Captain Zachary Fox: Brown hair, blue eyes, has bionic arm that fires energy bolts called a "thunderbolt" for no immediately obvious reason except it must have sounded real good at some story meeting.

Shane "Goose" Gooseman: Blond, green eyes, Clint Eastwood clone. Shapeshifter.

Niko: Long red hair, blue-green eyes. Powerful psychic. Oh, and the token girl.

Walter "Doc" Hartford: Dark brown hair, eyes and skin. Computer hacker, fond of very dated slang.

In a nutshell, those are the four human Series 5 rangers. Spark any memories?

c. Is there a fan club?

Not an official one. Yet. However, there was a series of children's comic books published solely in the UK by Marvel UK up through 1988 that may have had some kind of fan club. I need to look into this one.

d. Is there a newsgroup?

Most posting on Usenet about Galaxy Rangers (under the header of GR:, not to be confused with Giant Robo) occurs in rec.arts.animation, with the occasional crosspost in rec.arts.anime and rec.arts.sf.tv

A bitnet listserv run mailing list was created in December, 1993. To subscribe, send mail to listserv@psuvm.psu.edu with no subject, and this as the only text:

subscribe ranger-L (your name here)

then, sit back and wait for the confirmation message, and be sure to follow the instructions sent you. This list replaced the temporary manual list Bill Barnes ran, which I then took over from him once the fall 1993 semester began.

e. Is there an episode guide?

Yes, there is an episode guide. It was compiled and edited by yours truly, and frequently gets reposted to rec.arts.animation, and the ranger-l list. The HTMLised version cane be found at http://www.loony-archivist.com/rangers/

Also included in the guide are the character guide, voiceover credits, and production credits.

f. Is there any fan fiction?

Yep, though not much yet. Check out Links for some great stories from the mailing list.

g. How can I get in touch with the writers/producers/studios?

I have no idea. When you find out, please, tell us! I haven't the foggiest idea where to start.

h. Did that Star Wars guy have something to do with it?

A Star Wars guy did. The late Brian Daley, author of three Han Solo novels, the Star Wars radio series adaptation, and 1/2 of the writing team Jack McKinney (responsible for the Robotech novels) was one of the staff writers. However, since individual episodes had no on-screen writing and directing credits, I can't tell you which ones he worked on, tho we've come up with some great guesses.

i. Is the soundtrack available?

Nope. Don't we all wish! Phil Galdston and John Van Tongeren were responsible for the music, according to the credits.

j. Where are the actors now?

Well, I can't say for all of them, but Jerry Orbach (Zach), in addition to a long list of screen and tv credits (He was the Dad in Dirty Dancing, and currently stars on NBC's Law & Order) voiced the character of Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Doug Preis (Goose) continues to do voiceovers, and can be heard often on USA network on cable, and did a Gooseman-sounding cowboy for a Trix commercial in 1991. Laura Dean (Niko) has been spotted (or rather that should be "heard") doing the voiceovers in various toy commercials.

Oh, and Doug was the Vlasic pickle stork, regularly does voiceovers on PBS's Where is Carmen SanDiego? and was on Thundercats, Silverhawks, and Tigersharks. Laura Dean will take over Carmen from Rita Moreno on PBS's Where On Earth is carmen SanDiego? I believe this season.

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