Centurions

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(ended 1986)

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In the near future, Doc Terror, and his cyborg companion Hacker, unleash their forces to conquer Earth! Only one force can stop this evil...a handful of brave men. Ace McCloud, (Air Operations Specialist), Max Ray (Sea Operations Specialist), and Jake Rockwell, (Land Operations Specialist), must try and stop Terror, using their highly advanced and versatile exoframes (Which transforms them into a one-man fighting army) they strive to beat back the deadly cyborg threat to the civilized world... Whatever the Challenge...they stand ready! THE CENTURIONS! This series told the exploits of the Centurions against the forces of Doc Terror and his cyborg army. The main three Centurions, Ace, Jake and Max, were commanded by the resourceful Crystal Kane, who was based in the space-station, Skyvault. Whenever they were needed for a mission, Crystal would beam them to the required location along with their required weapon systems, which would fuse to their exoframe suits on the command of "Power Extreme!" During the course of the series' run, two new Centurions joined the team, Rex Charger, (Energy Operations Specialist) and John Thunder, (Infiltration Operations Specialist). Other semi-regular characters included Jake's faithful dog Shadow, Crystal's orang-utan companion Lucy, the scientist Dr. Wu, and Doc Terror's daughter, Amber. The show itself comprised of 65 episodes and ran in syndication during 1986, first airing as a five-episode mini-series and a then as a full series. All of the episodes originally aired with short "science lesson" segments at the end of each episode, but from 1995 onwards, these segments were removed from syndication in foreign prints of the episodes. The series was notable for creating a fairly credible vision of a future world, using quite a few ideas taken from popular literary science-fiction writers such as Arthur C. Clarke & William Gibson. One of the show's character designers was the late comic book writer/artist legend, Jack Kirby, co-creator of most of the original Marvel Comics characters. He was assisted by another comics legend, Gil Kane, famous for his work on the silver-age Green Lantern and Spider-Man comics. The series was animated, storyboarded and directed by the Japanese animation company Sunrise (most famous for their Mobile Suit Gundam series) for Ruby-Spears Studio, although none of the animators or the company are listed in the end credits. The Centurions televison series was also quite popular abroad, and in the U.K., it was given wide exposure on the Saturday morning show 'Get Fresh' from Summer 1986 to Summer 1989. Unlike the U.S. version of Cartoon Network, where Centurions has become something of a semi-regular feature over the years, the series has only intermittently appeared on the U.K. version of the channel. The series was first shown by Cartoon Network U.K. in 1994 with a daily run that got through all of the series more than once, and disappeared until the first week of August 1996, when five episodes were shown (although it was originally scheduled to run for the next couple of months before their plans changed). The show was most recently seen in the U.K. from November 2000 to May 2001, on the Cartoon Network spin-off channel Boomerang U.K., as part of it's all too short-lived "Boomeraction" block, which also compromised of other Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Gobots, the original Fantastic Four cartoon and the early Johnny Quest shows.

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Neil Ross

Neil Ross

Ace McCloud / Skyvault computer

Ed Gilbert

Ed Gilbert

Hacker

Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley

Max Ray

Vince Edwards

Vince Edwards

Jake Rockwell

William Woodson

William Woodson

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