Jason of Star Command

Season 1 Episode 1

Attack of the Dragonship

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Aired Saturday 8:00 AM Sep 09, 1978 on CBS
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After the Space Academy is attacked by what appears to be a meteorite, Canarvin is kidnapped by a teleportation beam, and Jason goes to rescue him. It is after finding Canarvin he discovers the meteorite is actually the Dragonship, commanded by Dragos, and they are both taken captive when their ship is overpowered.moreless

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  • Space Academy is attacked

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    The action comes fast and furious in this opening episode. Jason has no sooner been given a cute robot sidekick than he has to rescue his friend Captain Davidoff from certain death, deal with an attack on his base of operations, search for his kidnapped commander and surrender his ship to a mysterious enemy.



    Craig Littler and Charlie Dell make a great impression in this opening episode. Littler is the quentessential Alpha Male hero and Dell is a very amusing Normal Tuttle-esque sidekick. Sid Haig doesn't appear in this episode. Susan O'Hanlon can sure fill a space suit (yowza!) but she's fairly bland when she's asked to do anything else. James Doohan, meanwhile, appears to be asleep during his scenes. No matter is happening, he wears the exact same expression. It's really annoying since Doohan is a fantastic actor.



    Anyways, it's a dumb show but the fast pace and great lead cast makes it a lot of fun.moreless
Craig Littler

Craig Littler

Jason

James Doohan

James Doohan

Commander Canarvin (first season)

Susan Pratt

Susan Pratt

Capt. Nicole Davidoff (first season)

Sid Haig

Sid Haig

Dragos

Charlie Dell

Charlie Dell

Prof. E.J. Parsafoot

Tamara Dobson

Tamara Dobson

Samantha (second season)

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    • The console button sound effects featured for the Starfire ship were recycled from Filmation's Star Trek: The Animated Series archives, being the sound of the communicators from that series.

    • Sid states that since he was almost the same height as Craig, he had to wear six-inch heels to make himself look taller and more menacing, from his original height of 6'3 to 6'9 - Craig was an inch taller than him, at 6'4.

    • According to Sid Haig, the helmet which Dragos wears was originally sculpted by putting a two-compound mix which turned into foam that later hardened over his face, which was wrapped in Saran Wrap and he also had a paper towel stuffed in his mouth to keep the foam out. After it hardened some, it was cut off his face and sculpted, and parts from model planes, cars, and boats were glued on it to give it the technological look.
      The eye-piece also was a practical effect; whenever it was turned on it was supplied with power from a cable plugged in behind him, making it hard for him to move and allowing no shots of him from behind.

    • Writer Samuel Peeples also wrote the network-accepted pilot of Star Trek "Where No Man Has Gone Before" in which James Doohan also was featured in, as well as the Star Trek: The Animated Series pilot episode "Beyond The Farthest Star," in which Doohan's voice as Scotty was featured.

    • One of the main musical cues for action scenes in this episode and others and this series is recycled from Star Trek: The Animated Series, also produced by Filmation 5 years before.

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