Cast:
Craig Littler Jason
Susan O'Hanlon Nicole Davidoff (Season 1)
Charlie Dell Dr. E. J. Parsafoot
Sid Haig Dragos
James Doohan Commander Carnavin (Season 1)
Tamara Dobson Samantha (Season 2)
John Russell Commander Stone (Season 2)


Air Dates:
On CBS, from 9/9/78 - 9/8/79 as part of the Tarzan and the Super 7 show
from 9/15/79 - 8/29/81 by itself


Number of Episodes:
16 (fifteen minute adventures during the first season, as part of the Tarzan and the Super 7 show)
12 (thirty minute episodes during the second season)


Plot Synopsis:
Hidden away on the same base as Space Academy, Jason and his various partners (Nicole, Parsafoot and Samantha) and his pocket-sized robot, Wiki work as agents for Star Command, a secret organization whose mission is to combat evil. Dragos, Jason's main adversary, intends to rule the galaxy and it is up to Jason and the Star Command gang to stop him.

During the second season, the series changed from an extended, 16 part serialized adventure into shorter, 4 part adventures. Besides the changing of story lengths, there were some cast changes as well - Nicole and Commander Carnavin were replaced by Samantha and Commander Stone.



Comments:
This show was a spinoff of Space Academy and used some of the same effects, sets, and even Peepo, the robot. It was originally shown in 15 minute segments in the serial format (complete with cliffhangers) as part of Tarzan and the Super 7. At the time it was made, Jason was most expensive live action children's show ever produced. It was also the last Saturday morning live action show of the 70s.

James Doohan is best known for playing Scotty in the various Star Trek series.

Sid Haig is a familiar character actor and has appeared in many sci-fi/fantasy films and television series through the years, including Wonderbug and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. Buzz Dixon, a former Filmation writer, sent me this great Sid Haig story:

"I was working at Filmation Studios back when JASON was being filmed. The Filmation Studio (at least the live action wing) was located in an industrial park in the San Fernando Valley and looked just like every other factory/warehouse in the area. There was a receptionist in front whose job (among other things) was to turn down the various salemen who came to sell whatever industrial supplies they were pushing.

One persistent salesman wanted to know who the "boss" was. That would be Mr. Nadel, he was told, but Mr. Nadel was not available. The pushy saleman said fine, I'll just wait until he is available.

About that time, Sid Haig came out in full Dragos costumes: Built up boots, red and black leather uniform, flowing cape, etc. He said hi to the receptiuonist, went to the coffee room for a cup of coffee, then returned to the shooting stage in back.

The bug-eyed salesman asked, 'Who was that?'

Without missing a beat, the quick thinking receptionist said, 'That was Mr. Nadel.'

We never saw the salesman again."

News:

(October 2008)
For those that haven't already purchased the Jason of Star Command box set, it has been re-released, at a lower price combined with the Space Academy and Ark II box sets, as the Filmation Sci-Fi Box Set:

Order the Filmation Sci-Fi Box Set from Amazon.com.

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Jason of Star Command was released on DVD on May 8th, 2007. The box set includes all episodes from both seasons, as well as several extras, including a documentary on the series, and commentary tracks from actors Craig Littler and John Berwick and special effects artists Chuck Comisky, Jim Aupperle, and John Carl Beuchler.

Order it from Amazon:

Tamara Dobson, who played Samantha during the second season of Jason, died on October 2, 2006 from complications involving multiple sclerosis and pneumonia. The blaxploitation actress was best known as the title character in Cleopatra Jones, as well as the sequel, Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold.

Obituaries can be found here and here.

Pat is drafting some detailed, accurate plans to Jason's Starfire, the Dragonship, Dragos' droneships, along with the planetoid that housed Star Command. Any assistance anyone could give him would be appreciated. Contact him here.

Episode List:

Season One ( 15 minute segments from Tarzan and the Super 7):
Attack of the Dragonship - Prisoner of Dragos - Escape from the Dragons - A Cry for Help - Wiki to the Rescue - Planet of the Lost - Marooned in Time - Attack of the Dragons - Peepo's Last Chance - The Disappearing Man - The Haunted Planet - Escape from Kesh - Return of the Creature - Peepo on Trial - The Trojan Horse - The Victory of Star Command

Season Two (30 minute episodes aired as Jason of Star Command):
Mission to the Stars - Frozen in Space - Web of the Star Witch - Beyond the Stars! - Secret of the Ancients - The Power of the Star Disk - Through the Stargate - Face to Face - Phantom Force - Little Girl Lost - Mimi's Secret - Battle for Power

Multimedia:


Opening credits for season 2



The opening themes, teasers, and more are available at The Unofficial Jason of Star Command Page


Images/Screen Captures:

(click on images for larger versions)

Jason
Nicole
Dr. Parsafoot
Commander
Carnavin
Dragos

More Jason images

Links:
Jason of Star Command page at Jim's Filmation Page

The Unofficial Jason of Star Command Page

Jason page at the Art of Stop Motion Animation

The Official Sid Haig Site

Sid Haig, Ultimate Heavy

Sid Haig Site



Availability:

On October 28, 2008, the Jason set was re-released and repackaged, along with the Space Academy and Ark II sets, On October 28, 2008, the Jason of Star Command set was re-released and repackaged, along with the Space Academy and Ark II sets, as the Filmation Sci-Fi Box Set.

Jason of Star Command was released on DVD on May 8th, 2007. The box set includes all episodes from both seasons, as well as several extras, including a documentary on the series, and commentary tracks from actors Craig Littler and John Berwick and special effects artists Chuck Comisky, Jim Aupperle, and John Carl Beuchler.

Order it from Amazon:

The Sci-Fi Channel UK aired the series recently in the 1990s, but has not been aired in the US since the 1980s. Although to date no episodes have been officially released on video in the US, two volumes of the show were released in Australia in the 80s.

For more information on how to find this and other shows on video, click here.






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