Beetleborgs

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 35

    Mega Borg Power

    Aired 3/2/98

  • S 2 : Ep 34

    Experiment in Evil

    Aired 2/23/98

  • S 2 : Ep 33

    Super Fang

    Aired 2/17/98

  • S 2 : Ep 32

    Robo Rumble

    Aired 2/16/98

  • S 2 : Ep 31

    Battle of the Giants

    Aired 2/10/98

  • Cast & Crew
  • Wesley Barker

    Andrew "Drew" McCormick, Blue Stingerborg [BBBB]; Chromium Gold Beetleborg [BBM]

  • Herbie Baez

    Roland Williams, Green Hunterborg [BBBB]; Titanium Silver Beetleborg [BBM]

  • Shannon Chandler

    Josephine "Jo" McCormick, Red Strikerborg [BBBB]

  • Brittany Konarzewski

    Josephine "Jo" McCormick, Red Strikerborg [BBBB]; Platinum Purple Beetleborg [BBM]

  • Billy Forester

    Flabber [BBBB/BBM]

  • show Description
  • This guide covers the program known as "Saban's Big Bad Beetleborgs" (in its first season) and "Saban's Beetleborgs Metallix" (in its second and final season). It was the third "companion series" to the Power Rangers franchise, and eventually rose in ratings to point it was number 1 in all key demographics. The show was about three typical pre-teen kids, Drew, Roland, and Jo, living in the city of Charterville, where they tend to hang out as Roland's father's comic book store, Zoom Comics. One day, on a dare, the trio entered the local haunted house (known as Hillhurst Mansion), and encounter a gang of crazy gang, child-hugry monsters! While trying to escape, they bumped into a pipe organ, accidentally freeing a wacky blue phasm by the name Flabber. As thanks for releasing him from his prison, he gave them a wish, which they were unanimous on: the kids wanted to be their favorite comic book superheroes - the Beetleborgs! But in fulfilling their wish, Flabber accidentally releases the Beetleborgs' enemies, the evil Magnavores, from the comic book world as well. Now the kids, as the armored, insect-powered, (adult-) cyborg warriors called the Beetleborgs, must defend their city from the Magnavores, which include Noxic, Jara, Typhus and their boss, Vexor, as they release evil creatures also out of any issue of the comics. The comic arsenal is also at the kids' disposal, including powerful weapons and three giant fighting machines known as the Beetle A.V.s. The shy but courageous Drew takes the form of the Blue Stinger Beetleborg (and later, the Chromium Gold Beetleborg). He also has the civilian ability of telekinetic powers. Jo, his tomboyish younger sister (who later goes through a change of actresses due to a magic spell gone bad), is the Red Striker (and later Platinum Purple) Beetleborg, and has the civilian ability of super-strength. And the budding magician Roland is the Green Hunter Beetleborg (and later, the Titanium Silver Beetleborg), with super-speed as his civilian ability. Then in "BeetleBorgs Metallix", Art Fortunes, creator of the Beetleborgs comics, creates better and more powerful armor for the heroes, to combat a new line of evil which are created by Art's criminal insane brother, Les Fortunes! His creation of Nukus, Horribelle, Vilor, and their Crustaceans are the new enemies of these new Metallix-powered Beetleborgs. The supporting cast includes Flabber's child-hungry roommates, known as the House Monsters (which include vampiric Count Fangula, tightly-wound Mums, dim-witted Frankenbeans, incomprehensable Wolfgang, and later the fiesty Little Ghoul); Roland's butt-kicking, bike-riding grandmother Nano; Roland's Zoom Comics-owning father Aaron (and later his mother, Abby); Heather, a pretty young girl who works at Zoom and Drew has a major crush on; and Van & Trip, two millionaire brats who tend to bully around the kids. Big Bad Beetleborgs was adapted from the 1995 Toei Metal Hero program, "Juukou Bii Faitaa (Heavy Armor B-Fighter). Beetleborgs Metallix was adapted from the 1996 Toei Metal Hero program, "Bii Faitaa Kabuto" (B-Fighter Kabuto). The series aired Mondays to Fridays, and Saturday mornings, on the Fox Kids block of the Fox network, from its inception, until the fall of 1998, when reruns of it moved to the UPN Kids block of the United Paramount Network. It has not aired in the USA since 1999, though continues to run in other countries, most notably the United Kingdom. The series ended due to two major factors: Toei stopped production of its Metal Hero series, meaning no series to adapt for a third season (which was tentatively titled Beetleborgs Force), which would have meant much higher production costs. And secondly, Saban Entertainment needed to free up more money to fund the Ireland co-production Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog. The toy line even continued after the show ended its run! Beetleborgs (both seasons) was a production of Renaissance-Atlantic Films. A co-production of Toei Company, LTD. and Bugboy Productions, Inc. And copyrighted by Saban Entertainment, Inc. and Saban International, N.V. (which is now owned by Disney, and goes by the name of BVS Entertainment, Inc.) (One last FYI: Shannon "Jo #1" Chandler and Elisabeth "Heather" Lund were nominated for "Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Saturday Morning TV Program" at the YoungStar Awards for the series)moreless

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  • Quotes (45)

    • Flabber: I know you've always wanted to have a pet iguana! Jo: How'd you know that?! Flabber: (suddenly appears behind the kids) Well... (snaps fingers, causing a bird in a birdcage to appear in his hand) this little bird told me so! Bird Squawk! I did not! Stop trying to put words in my mouth! Hey! Anybody got a cracker?

    • Jo: He's really losin' it. Roland: What's with this guy? Pipettes: He's havin' another identity crisis. Flabber! Snap out of it! Flabber: (whoops and gestures like a stopping robot) Hey, girls. Pipe down.

    • Drew: Who... I mean, what are you, anyway? Flabber: Flabber's the name; (rubs hair and effecutates his voice) magic and music's my game! (changes voice to that of a magician) And I am truly the most fantasmic Phasm, you'll ever meet! Roland: What's a Phasm? Flabber: (in a haughty British accent) What's a Phasm?! (jerks head to the side and gives a loud chuckle) Don't you kids know anything? (in Surfer voice) A Phasm's a super-cool being able to work extraordinary feats... Dude!

    • Roland: (while Drew and Jo try to waken him after he passes out) Another five minutes, Mom! I promise I'll get up!

    • Flabber: I'm free! (in gruff voice) Fat free, (in foppish voice) carefree, and... (gestures cape like an umpire) home free!

    • Pipettes: We're the Pipettes! And we proudly present, back by popular demand, let's hear it for, flabastic, flabnominal, flabuous, super Phasm from the 7th Dimension... Heeeere's Flabber!

    • Count Fangula: (after Trip and Van open his door; is speaking into phone) I'll have to call you back. My lunch has just arrived! (bears fangs and hisses)

    • Frankenbeans: Uhh! Finger fell off! Mums: Will you stop being such a baby?! We'll sow it back on later!

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    Notes (67)

    • This episode debuted as a one-hour special, combined with the second episode. Fox Kids US only aired it once, failing to repeat it in any form, for reasons unknown. Fox Kids UK never aired it in a one-hour format, but due to the fact they were given only the hour long cut, they were forced to edit it down into two episodes themselves. Hence the lack of credits at the start of part 2, and the out of place font for "to be continued". Saban did finally release an official "singular" version of episodes 1 and 2, but not until September 98 for the UPN Kids airing (which was the second and last US airing ever). But of note, this stripped down version omits two scenes: Frankie and Mums encountering Van & Trip; And a brief discussion between Drew and Jo about being scared while they and Roland are hiding in the hidden passageway. The cliffhanger is when the three tell Flabber they want to Beetleborgs (whereas the Fox Kids UK version has it when Flabber turns them into mice).

    • This episode debuted as a one-hour special, combined with the first episode. Fox Kids US only aired it once, failing to repeat it in any form, for reasons unknown. Fox Kids UK never aired it in a one-hour format, but due to the fact they were given only the hour long cut, they were forced to edit it down into two episodes themselves. Hence the lack of credits at the start of part 2. Saban did finally release an official "singular" version of episodes 1 and 2, but not until September 98 for the UPN Kids airing (which was the second and last US airing ever). The second episode starts with a reprise of the scene where the three tell Flabber they want to Beetleborgs (whereas the Fox Kids UK version starts after the kids have been transformed into mice).

    • Debut of the Beetle Battle Base, Beetle Attack Vehicles (or A.V.s), and the Magnavor Jet Fighters.

    • The statue in the foyer of Hillhurst Mansion, named Ghoulum, comes to life for the first time here.

    • Wolfgang makes his first appearance on the program, unofficially, in the end credits "House Monster Chase" sequence.

    • The first time the Magnavores unleash a monster out of the comic books.

    • Mean Green Cannon Machine is said to have come from Beetleborgs comic #99.

    • Originally titled, "X Marks The Spot".

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    Trivia (19)

    • The monster in Drew's daydream (unnamed, though called "Hairball" by the Blue Stingerborg (he called him "Bug-Face" in the Closed Captions, which also referred to his actual name as being "Green Guy")) will later appear for real in the episode "The Revenge of Vexor" and as an alien reptile in "Space Case".

    • The Blue Stingerborg is the first and only BeetleBorg to appear in this episode, though merely as part of Drew's daydream.

    • This episode features the unofficial first appearances of the Scabs and Magnavore Jetfighters. They're merely products of Drew's daydream only. As such, the Scabs have hats and capes here they will lack when they fully appear debut next episode.

    • Visible among the many items in Zoom Comics here are the actual prop suit for the Power Rangers Zeo monster called "Staroid" (without his star backing) from the episode "The Shooting Star", and the repainted green prop used for the space craft of Bookala in "The Great Bookala Escape" from season 2 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

    • The close-up shot of the comic page Drew reads has the Green Monster say, "Lemme hold your purse one time." and Blue Stingerborg reply, "I was defending myself. Defending my child!"

    • Roland and Jo act like the Green Hunter AV is something they've never seen before in the comics, yet it's featured on various back issues already.

    • The comic art of Jara lacks a cape, and she has blonde hair instead of her usual black.

    • The end credits sequence features Flabber frantically playing his pipe organ.

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    Allusions (36)

    • The comic Heather is reading while working at Zoom Comics is Crazyman #4 by Continuity Comics. As with all posters, stand-ups and various comics seen in Zoom that don't feature BeetleBorgs, these are real items from a real comic shop inventory that the show's production company got for cheap. Other comic company items visible include Valiant Comics and Image Comics (who originally were to publish a BeetleBorgs comic series that never saw print).

    • Drew: Kids, ya know? They say the darnedest things. This term comes from the feature segment Kids Say the Darnedest Things on the classic television show, Art Linkletter's House Party.

    • Flabber: I feel good! Flabber's channeling Godfather of Soul music, James Brown, here.

    • Pipettes: Shoo-ba-doobah-doo-wee, shooba-doo-wah! The Pipettes are fashioned on girl groups of the 1950s Doo-Wop era, and here sing in that style.

    • Flabber: Thank ya, thank ya very much! Flabber is mimicking the gestures, voice mannerisms, and words of Elvis Presley.

    • Flabber: Who loves ya? This comment intentionally echoes the catch phrase of the titlular detective of the 1973 television series, Kojak.

    • Mums. The mummy character of the show is mainly based (loosely) on the Egyptian mummy monster from the 1932 Universal horror film, The Mummy.

    • Frankenbeans. The big, lumbering character of the show is based (loosely) on the famed monster of the Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein. His name is a play on Frankenstein, and the food combination of franks (aka hot dogs) and beans.

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  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • Beetleborg one of my favorite show

    By Etiennebland, Jul 23, 2014

  • Lets mix Power rangers with Movie monsters from the 1920!!!!!!!!! Kids will watch anything they are stupid.

    By Global_Suicide, Sep 02, 2005

  • Just like the other shows.

    By cactusjack39, Mar 01, 2009

  • IT WAS AWSOME

    By ryfry123, Jun 06, 2007

  • Won't miss if don't watch.

    By da_dunker, May 03, 2007

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