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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:26 pm    Post subject: Hypernauts (1996) Reply with quote

"Hypernauts" was an ABC Saturday morning sci~fi TV series that ran for 13-episodes back in 1996.

Synopsis } 3 cadets,Max,Ace,Sharkey,from the Academy for Galactic Exploration are placed on a punishment detail for various infractions they've done.

They are ordered to collect space junk and leave in the Flapjack spaceship to collect a deactivated satellite. When they arrive to secure it they find that it is not dead as it begins to power up in the process of overloading.

The cadets send the Flapjack into hyperspace in order to escape the explosion of the sat. Trouble being they had no time to plot an exact course and now find themselves lost in outer space.

As they explore an unknown planet they encounter a friendly alien Kulai. Kulai explans that she is part of a race battling the draconian empire known as the Triiad and led by Paiyin,a member of her race who has turned traitor.

The Triiad uses their enormous space machines/industrial plant called Makers in order to create a vast drone army.
Once a planet is found the Triiad annihilates it utilizing the planet's raw materials to continue to create more Makers which in turn construct more drones.

Kulai and the cadets discover a long lost and abandoned Earth ship known as the Star Ranger. The vessel provides a life supporting environment for them as well as a hiding place as they attempt to wage a war on their powerful enemy.

Ron Thornton & Douglas Netter created & produced this show. Both had worked previously on the classic sci~fi series "Babylon 5."

Ron was one of the creators of Foundation Imaging which proved to the creator & producers of "B5" that CGI could be utilized to provide the needed visual effects for the show.

This was groundbreaking at the time. Up until then science-fiction television series had to rely upon models for their shows involving space ships. Ron changed all that forever.

"Hypernauts"was a darn impressive series visually due to Ron's expertise with FX. The show is still dazzling to view all these years later.

I can't say the series was the equal of that other Saturday morning sci~fi show "Captain Power & The Soldiers Of The Future'' in regards to the seriousness of the scripting.

"Hypernauts'' had its silly & comedic moments, especially with the perpetually bickering cadets, insufferable A.I., Horton, on board the Star Ranger, and the alien pet they adopted called the Gloose.

The show was aimed to the youngsters watching, that's for sure.

Still, the cast was fine & in the mix of the less sophisticated elements of the show there were some thrilling action adventure moments to see. As well as more poignant moments and the ongoing threat of the Triiad.

The series was entertaining and deserved more seasons than ABC ever gave it.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The show got good ratings, but had the misfortune to be on ABC when Disney bought the network. The mouse decided that they only wanted Disney shows on ABC on Saturday mornings.

Ron Thornton had hopes of selling the series to a new network, and kept the sets in storage at Foundation Imaging for years.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that information, Krel.

The show really had an epic scope to it and so much potential that it certainly should have run for many more seasons.

I just re-watched the first 2 episodes now on Youtube and remain impressed at the quality that Ron & Doug & their team brought to the show.

The sets were splendid and the cgi for the ships, planets and so on were wonderful.

They also did the surface of the various alien worlds via Virtual Sets which really provided a grand scale to the look of the show.

The designs for all the ships,drones, etc were fantastic.

A real pity this marvelous show was not properly supported by Disney/ABC.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



From WIKI :

Hypernauts is a proof of concept show produced by Foundation Imaging and Netter Digital Entertainment. To further prove that the computer-generated imagery and visual effects created in Babylon 5 were easily applied to other venues, the Hypernauts were born.



ABC purchased thirteen episodes of the show from DIC Productions L.P., eight of which ran on Saturday mornings for a single season in 1996 at 10:00 AM. ABC decided not to pick up the series for a second season, and did not air the five remaining episodes.



Due to its lineage, Hypernauts featured relatively detailed designs of its technology and its aliens, as well as a fairly intricate plot; especially for a Saturday morning children's series.



The premise of the series was that three cadets from the Academy of Galactic Exploration become lost in a Hyper Bubble (hyperspace) mid-jump and must band together with an alien named Kulai in order to survive in an unfamiliar part of the galaxy. Kulai (unbeknownst to the cadets) is a Chalim priestess from a planet called Pyria, a planet that was strip-mined by a warlike race called the Triiad, led by the Pyran traitor, Paiyin.

The sole purpose of the Triiad is to wipe out intelligent races, and in the process acquire raw materials from their destroyed planets to continually create new war machines using automated self-replicating factory ships called "Makers."



The Hypernauts, as they are called in the academy, cannot match the Triiad's firepower with their own so they must rely on stealth, wits and (occasionally) their modified 'mech suits' in order to escape the Triiad.



They are based in an ancient abandoned exploration ship called the Star Ranger which is hidden in an asteroid field, the Star Ranger's obsolete AI is named Horten. For long range missions they use a four-person "jump" ship called the Flapjack which is Hyper Bubble capable but has a short range unlike a full-fledged exploration ship.

They use the "StarRanger" as a mother ship (with fusion engines) and with its vast database of explored nearby planets, they continue exploring (as they are trained to).

After learning of the Hypernauts (from their first encounter with Paiyin), the Triiad have activated and englobed the central region of the Milky Way Galaxy in a sensor net called "The Sphere of Interception," which can identify any end-to-end destination point for any hyperspace jump passing in and out of it (which includes any form of communication) so returning/calling home would lead the Triiad directly to Earth.

The Hypernauts must keep the location of Earth a secret and somehow try to warn Earth of the Triiad's existence.



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was at a convention back in the 90's, where one of the effects guys from Foundation Imaging talked about the show, and what happened to it. At the time they were still looking for a new network. Ron Thornton wanted to do more than just effects work.

The alien woman was played by Carrie Dobro who, because of this series, went on to play the alien thief in "Crusade".

There was a set of full-size mech legs made for the actors to walk around. The mechs were modular with cockpits that fit on different chaises, such as a space sled. The cockpits were decorated with individual paint jobs. There was only one cockpit made, and it had a different paint job on the left and right sides to represent different mechs. I don't know what they did to represent the paint job for the third mech's cockpit.

The show would also do model work when required, like when they needed water. They made a model vehicle to shovel snow into the Flapjack's hold.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More terrific info, thanks again David.

The Mech-Suits were one of my favorite concepts from the show. Awesome design and very practical for exploration in hostile environments as well as defensive/offensive war machines.

Never realized that they constructed full-sized legs for those Mech-Suits. Figured it was cgi.

I envy that you were able to meet some of the show's cast and crew.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All episodes, including the five non-broadcast ones, are available on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iJj9NKuznE&list=PLA0441119C6D6507F

Most are from the Japaneese video company.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And just to get the thread back on topic, here's the slam-bang opening of Hypernauts!


_________ Hypernauts (1996) - Intro (Opening)

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