|Directed by||Oscar Dufau|
Charles A. Nichols
Ray Patterson (supervising director)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna|
|Running time||22 miutes approx.|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Original release||July 5 –|
September 27, 1987
Sky Commanders is an animated television series made by Hanna-Barbera with the co-production of Toei Animation. It premiered in July 1987 as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera and lasted for thirteen episodes. It was based on the action figure line from Kenner Toys.
The storyline of Sky Commanders comprises the daily adventures of a multi-national group of soldiers and mountaineering specialists from all over the world who battle the evil General Lucas Plague and his goon squad of villainous mercenaries and miscreants, "The Raiders", whose aim is to seize control of the planet. The series is set on a new continent deep in the South Pacific which was created by the emergence to the surface world of a new and powerful, unstable radioactive element called Phaeta Seven.
This lethal energy source can only be stabilized for containment by exposure to temperatures of 200 degrees below zero. It is known that whoever can control the element and harness its enormous power would be the ruler of the world; a goal that the amoral General Plague wants strongly. It is up to General Mike Summit and his highly trained soldiers to stop him.
Complicating the Sky Commanders' objective of stopping the criminal ambitions of the Raiders is the fact the new continent (collectively referred to in the series as "The High Frontier") is routinely beset by sporadic, unstable and highly dangerous weather conditions and environmental hazards such as landslides, earthquakes, cave-ins, whirlpools, etc. There is also the need for monthly shipments of fresh supplies, new advanced technology and weapon systems. Constant attack by the scheming and underhanded Raiders and the aforementioned environmental dangers make the Sky Commanders's mission only that much more dangerous.
Travel throughout the new continent is only possible by means of high-altitude flight, or by using Laser Cables: a specialized version of a rappelling cord emitted from combat backpacks worn by both Raider and Sky Commander. When used, the cables shoot out from the combat backpacks in the form of energy beams. When contact is made with a solid object, the Laser Cable solidifies into a solid metal cable line upon which travel is possible.
Phaeta Seven, the radioactive element that both sides fight to control, came from the deepest subterranean recesses of Earth itself, and it has brought with it, on its rise to the surface of Earth, not only the new continent itself but also a wild and voracious, bizarre menagerie of utterly horrific creatures to inhabit it. These lifeforms are either the products of long-term mutative exposure to Phaeta Seven's radiation or were just naturally brought about the way that they are. Occasional violent encounters with these monstrosities is yet another danger waiting for both sides of this battle for the future freedom or enslavement of the world.
List of episodes
|#||Title||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Assault on Raider Stronghold"||David Schwartz||July 5, 1987|
|2||"Back in the Fold"||Tony Zalewski and Kelly Ward||July 12, 1987|
|R. J. is brainwashed by Slade to take out his comrades.|
|3||"Fresh Recruit"||Don Glut and Kelly Ward||July 19, 1987|
|4||"Marooned"||Don Glut and Kelly Ward||July 26, 1987|
|Books and Kodiak look for ways through a very windy part of the continent.|
|5||"Divide and Conquer"||Mark Cassutt||August 2, 1987|
|6||"One on One"||Tony Marino and Kelly Ward||August 9, 1987|
|7||"Rescuers Need Rescuing"||John Bates||August 16, 1987|
|8||"Terminal Temblor"||Jack Hudock||August 23, 1987|
|9||"S.O.S."||Andrew Yates||August 30, 1987|
|The Raiders find a ship that ran aground years ago but is still populated. They trick the populace into allying with them.|
|10||"Turncoat"||David Schwartz||September 6, 1987|
|11||"Deep Freeze"||Mark Cassutt||September 13, 1987|
|12||"Firestorm"||Tony Zalewski and Eric Lewald||September 20, 1987|
|The battle of the two teams results in a powerful rock sinking into ground which may cause the planet to explode. Thus the Raiders are compelled to ally with the Sky Commanders.|
|13||"The Agony of Defeat"||Jack Hudock and Kelly Ward||September 27, 1987|
- Bob Ridgely as General Mike Summit, leader of the Sky Commanders
- William Windom as "Cutter" Kling, a man whose daughter is missing and is reportedly in the new continent.
- Soon-Tek Oh as Kodiak, an Eskimo man
- Tristan Rogers as "Spider" Reilly, an Australian man
- Richard Doyle as "Books" Baxter, a Canadian man and electronics expert
- Dorian Harewood as Jim Stryker, a Jamaican man
- Lauren Tewes as Red McCullough, an Irish woman
- Darryl Hickman as R. J. Scott, the youngest Sky Commander
- Bernard Erhard as General Lucas Plague, leader of the Raiders
- B.J. Ward as Dr. Erica Slade, the scientist of the Raiders
- Charlie Adler as Kreeg, the green-haired Raider
- Paul Eiding as Raider Rath, the black-haired Raider
- Dick Gautier as Mordax, the stout Raider and Plague's brother-in-law
Home Media releases
On August 28, 2012, Warner Archive released Sky Commanders: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.
- "Sky Commanders - 'The Complete Animated Series' Now Available: Box Art, Cost, More". Archived from the original on 2012-10-01.