Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is often considered a spin-off series of Toy Story. While that may be partially true, you mustn't enter it thinking you will be seeing all your favourite Toy Story characters again. No, the only familiar faces in this show belong to Buzz Lightyear himself and the three-eyed aliens, the Little Green Men (or LGMs for short). Beyond that, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is a brand-new show and a great, wholesome experience, especially for science fiction lovers who don't mind getting a laugh or two out of tongue-in-cheek humour.
You'll meet fun characters like Booster, the kind-hearted and food-loving Jo-Adian; XR, the wise-cracking, womanising robot; and Mira Nova, the independent and down-to-earth Tangean Princess. Together with Buzz, they make up Team Lightyear and see that the galaxy remains a safe place. But perhaps even better than the main characters themselves are the villains; they might appear flat and stereotypical at first, but when you see how, for example, Gravitina is mocked simply for having an abnormally large head, it brings out a curious and interesting depth to them that could have been further exploited.
You'll get a lot of laughs out of this show, as well as a few head-scratchers. (You know how cartoons can be sometimes with bending the law of physics for the sake of funny—in this show's case, with objects or people colliding into their ship from time to time but still somehow remaining intact.) By far some of the funniest exchanges in the show happen between Buzz and his arch nemesis, the Evil Emperor Zurg. Zurg, despite being the main villain and a dangerous man, is also very charismatic and has some of the best lines in the show. He can be capable when he wants to be, coming up with clever plans that nearly work, but like anyone who has his ups and downs, he's had a few schemes that are best left unsaid.
Perhaps Buzz Lightyear of Star Command was produced in the wrong decade. Although the nineties sure had some of the best shows around, I believe that a plot arc would have suited Buzz Lightyear of Star Command much better, like Gargoyles, Avatar: The Last Airbender, or even Men n Black: The Series, a show that was a lot like Buzz Lightyear of Star Command in some areas. Its lack of direction in a main plot is the show's only real drawback, or else I would be giving Buzz Lightyear of Star Command a 10/10 like it deserves.
Get the hint, Disney! Release this show on DVD!