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Prod. and Airdates:

 

September 1986 - December 1986, syndicated

Rankin/Bass Productions

Theme Song: SilverHawks

 
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n the year 2839, the notorious criminal Mon*Star escaped from Penal Planet 10 located in the Limbo Galaxy, one hundred light years from Earth. With him he freed a mob of the most ruthless criminals in the galaxy to assist him in his quest for galactic domination. He set up a nearly indestructible fortress at the bottom of a crater on the Brimstar planet for his base of operations.

 

Upon learning of Mon*Star's escape, the law enforcement officer who put him away, a cybernetically enhanced human originally from Earth named Stargazer, transmitted back to Earth in a plea for help. Responding to the call, a group of volunteers was assembled on Earth and cybernetically enhanced with partially metal bodies that would allow them to withstand the journey to the Limbo Galaxy, as well as provide them with an array of weapons and other enhancements - such as lasers and jet propulsion systems - that would afford them the punch they needed to battle the bad guys once they got there (apparently, no suitable candidates were available in the Limbo system).

 

 

The assembled Earth team was given the name SilverHawks. Their leader was Quicksilver, formerly known as Jonathan Quick, head of Federal Interplanetary Force H. Tough as nails twins Emily and Will Hart, given the names Steelheart and Steelwill, were technicians and designers who could telepathically communicate with one another. Guitar picking, ace pilot Bluegrass was chosen to fly the team's cutting edge spaceship, the Mirage. He was the only member not to be enhanced with self-propulsion systems that would enable him to navigate through space without the assistance of a ship, but he did have a funky futuristic guitar on which he played sonic notes that could physically wallop his foes. The final member of the team was a mathematical genius from the planet of the Mimes called the Copper Kidd. He spoke in a highly synthesized voice that made him difficult to understand.

 

In the Limbo galaxy, Stargazer directed the SilverHawks from the team's orbiting headquarters, Hawk Haven (a giant structure in the shape of a hawk, built on an asteroid). He added to the team's number by giving Quicksilver an enhanced, partially metal bird called Tallyhawk, that was used mainly for reconnaissance and surveillance, and commanded by a control panel that Quicksilver wore on his forearm. Later members to join the SilverHawks were Hotwing, who preferred the mystic power of magic over muscle, Flashback traveled back in time in order to save the SilverHawks, and Moonstryker was an expert marksman. Another character whose occupation led to his frequent, albeit unintentional, involvement in the SilverHawks' affairs was an alien space cabbie named Seymour. He was on good terms with the SilverHawks, but being a working stiff he had to take what fares he could get.

 

Dealing with Mon*Star was no easy task, made worse by the rays of the Moonstar, which could transform Mon*Star's shape and increase his power. The process also transformed a giant squid-like creature called Sky-Runner into a suitable battle vehicle and mode of transportation for the tyrant. Never far from the action were Mon*Star's group of miscreant misfits, a criminal gang that included the likes of Mo-Lec-U-Lar, a master of disguise who could assume any form. Melodia was the mistress of evil notes; her musical power had shattering consequences. Sentient robot Buzz-Saw came equipped with spinning circular saw blades that he could also project at a distance. Mumbo-Jumbo was the minotaur-esque strong man of the mob. Hardware (who looked like a prototypical Rankin/Bass rendered goblin) was Mon*Star's weapons man. Windhammer used a giant tuning fork to create cosmic storms. The appropriately named Yessman was a sniveling sycophant who agreed to anything Mon*Star said and generally kissed his master's backside. The ruthless robot Pokerface was in charge of all Mon*Star's gambling operations, and the juvenile delinquent Timestopper could make time stand still for periods of one minute.

 

Each episode ended with a short segment in which Bluegrass quizzed the Copper Kidd with questions about the Solar System. Perhaps the segment was meant to offset the liberties taken by the production staff in ignoring the inhospitable (and therefore creatively stifling) properties of space in the series. Much of the action took place in the depths of space, and characters had no trouble living or speaking outside of the protective shelter of their space vehicles, many of which weren't even enclosed. It's possible that space in the Limbo Galaxy had some type of atmosphere, because a good many outposts were set on exposed asteroids as well. Regardless, the end segment provided some real knowledge that had a good chance of being remembered because it was delivered as part of an entertaining format.

 
   

 

Cast

Commander Stargazer

Bob McFadden

Mon*Star

Earl Hammond

Bluegrass

Larry Kenney

Quicksilver

Peter Newman

Steelheart

Maggie Wheeler

Steelwill

Bob McFadden

Hotwing

Adolph Caesar

Melodia

Maggie Wheeler

Mo-Lec-U-Lar

Doug Preis

Mumbo-Jumbo

Peter Newman

Pokerface

Larry Kenney

Seymour

Adolph Caesar

Timestopper

Peter Newman

Yessman

Bob McFadden

Hardware

Bob McFadden

Windhammer

Doug Preis

 

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  Episodes  
 
 

The Origin Story

Journey to Limbo

The Planet Eater

Save the Sun

Stop Timestopper

Darkbird

The Backroom

The Threat of Dritt

Sky-Shadow

Magnetic Attraction

Gold Shield

Zero the Memory Thief

The Milk Run

The Hardware Trap, Part 1

The Hardware Trap, Part 2

Race Against Time

Operation Big Freeze

The Ghost Ship

The Great Galaxy Race

Fantascreen

Hotwing Hits Limbo

The Bounty Hunter

Zeek's Fumble

The Fighting Hawks

The Renegade Hero

One on One

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Music of the Spheres

Limbo Gold Rush

Countdown to Zero

The Amber Amplifier

The Saviour Stone

Smiley

Gotbucks

Melodia's Siren Song

Tally-Hawk Returns

Undercover

Eye of Infinity

A Piece of the Action

Flashback

Super Birds

The Blue Door

The Star of Bedlama

The Illusionist

The Bounty Hunter Returns

The Chase

Switch

Junkyard Dog

Window in Time

Gangwar, Part 1

Gangwar, Part 2

Sneak Attack, Part 1

Sneak Attack, Part 2

Moon*Star

The Diamond Stick-Pin

Burnout

Battle Cruiser

Small World

Match-Up

Stargazer's Refit

The Invisible Destroyer

The Harder They Fall

Uncle Rattler

Zeek's Power

Airshow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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