Season 1 Episode 1

The Origin Story

Aired Unknown Sep 08, 1986 on
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Episode Summary


In the distant future, the Galaxy of Limbo is in trouble. Commander Stargazer reports to Earth Command of a prison break in which the deadly Mon-Star, empowered by the light of the Moonstar, has escaped his confines and now plans to terrorize the galaxy. Mon-Star has freed a group of ruthless villains, and the only hope for Stargazer and the forces of good are a new group of cyborg heroes being assembled on Earth. Flying on wings of silver, and fighting with nerves of steel, these partly metal, party real champions are known as the SilverHawks.moreless

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  • A solid opening episode to a very cool and somewhat elaborate sci fi show. Origins are tricky, and while a lot of this episode is set up for the next it still does a good job balancing plot and sweet SilverHawk action.moreless

    A solid opening episode to a very cool and elaborate show. That’s not to say that the episodes themselves have any more depth than say your average Thundercats episode, but SilverHawks sports a fairly complex sci fi set up. And even though this episode only really introduces us to the characters and story arc that is followed up by the next episode, Journey to Limbo we need The Origin Story to necessarily give us that set up.

    I liked the small additions to the dialogue that can pay out later in the series: Steelheart and Steelwill both having inorganic hearts, Bluegress’ mysterious history as an army Colonel, and Jonathan Quick being the former head of Federal Interplanetary Force 8 all lead to intriguing possible storylines. I wonder also about the nature of our society in the 29th century. Humans seem to share Earth with a multitude of alien species, a la Star Trek, but, its implied at least, that we still don’t know how to transport people long distances faster than light. If that’s the case why exactly are we policing some random outer galaxy? I mean who cares about the Galaxy of Limbo? So what if Mon-Star wants to rule, why exactly is that our problem?

    Finally although I truly love the characters, and their design, what’s up with the Copper-Kidd? The planet of the Mimes??? That’s kind of stupid sounding. And if he’s such a mathematical genius, why does he need basic astro-navigational lessons from Bluegrass? Is he really just a kid? If so, why was he even chosen for this mission?

    Maybe I shouldn’t be reading too much into the story here. It’s a cartoon after all, and a really fine one at that. SilverHawks has exactly what I want out of a cartoon. And while origin episodes are always tricky, SilverHawks does a fine job balancing a lot of information with a decent amount of action.moreless
Adolph Caesar

Adolph Caesar

Hotwing / Seymour

Bob McFadden

Bob McFadden

Cmdr. Stragazer / Steelwill / Hardware

Doug Preis

Doug Preis

Windhammer / Mo-lec-u-lar

Earl Hammond

Earl Hammond


Larry Kenney

Larry Kenney

Bluegrass / Pokerface

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler

Steelheart / Melodia - credited as Maggie Jakobson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • According to Commander Stargazer the year is 2839

    • Bluegrass holds the rank of Colonel, and Quicksilver, Lieutenant.

    • The twins, Steelheart and Steelwill have some telepathic / empathic ability. When one feels something extreme so does the other.

    • When bringing up the information on the SilverHawks, the General puts what looks like a CD or DVD into the computer.

    • In an extended sequence before the opening credits the series plot is summarized. In this summary, but not addressed in the actual episode, we see the first appearance of the villains Yessman, Buzz-saw, Pokerface as well as the heroic spy satellite and interceptor Tally-Hawk

    • First Appearance: Commander Stargazer, Mon-Star, Sky-runner, Mo-lec-u-lar, Melodia, Mumbo Jumbo, Hardware, Windhammer, Quicksilver, Steelheart, Steelwill, The Copper-Kidd, and Bluegrass

    • During the modification into SilverHawks both Steelheart and Steelwill's organic hearts had to be replaced with mechanical ones.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (2)

    • In the original broadcast, there was a short scene while the SilverHawks were still on Earth. Stealheart and Steelwill show off their cyborg muscle while loading the shuttle. This scene was cut when the pilot was broken into Origin Story and Journey to Limbo.

    • Most of the voice cast for SilverHawks also worked on another Rankin/Bass show The Thundercats, including:

      Robert McFadden as Snarf / Slythe

      Earl Hammond as Mumm-Ra / Jaga

      Peter Newman as Tygra / Wilykat

      Larry Kenney as Lion-O

      Doug Preis as Lynx-O