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Space Sentinels (originally titled The Young Sentinels and renamed midway through its only season) is a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Filmation which debuted on the NBC network on September 10, 1977 and ran for thirteen half-hour episodes. The series has been called "ahead of its time" due to its racially diverse cast of main characters.
The back-story of the three heroes is explained in the opening narration of the series:
|“||Many centuries ago, three carefully selected young Earthlings were transported from their native lands to my faraway world. Here they were granted astounding powers, and eternal youth, then returned to Earth. Their mission: to watch over the human race, helping the good in it to survive and flourish. In the course of history, their names have become legend: Hercules, empowered with the strength of a hundred men. Astrea, able to assume any living form. Mercury, the amazing athlete who can match the speed of light. Working together with me, Sentinel One, and my maintenance robot, M.O., these teenage guardians form the greatest team the world has ever known: The Space Sentinels.||”|
|V o i c e A c t o r||R o l e|
|George DiCenzo|| Hercules|
|Evan C. Kim||Mercury|
|Lou Scheimer||M.O. (Maintenance Operator)|
|Ep #||Episode Name||Air Date|
|1||Morpheus: the Sinister Sentinel||September 10, 1977|
|2||Space Giants||September 17, 1977|
|3||The Time Traveler||September 24, 1977|
|4||The Sorceress||October 1, 1977|
|5||The Return of Anubis||October 8, 1977|
|6||The Wizard of Od||October 15, 1977|
|7||The Prime Sentinel||October 22, 1977|
|8||Commander Nemo||October 29, 1977|
|9||Voyage to the Inner World||November 5, 1977|
|10||Loki||November 12, 1977|
|11||Fauna||November 19, 1977|
|12||The Jupiter Spore||November 26, 1977|
|13||The World Ship||December 23, 1977|
BCI Eclipse LLC (under license from Entertainment Rights) released all 13 episodes of Space Sentinels on DVD in Region 1 on August 22, 2006, along with all five episodes of The Freedom Force. This series featured the character Hercules and which originally aired as part of Tarzan and the Super 7. In addition, the digitally-remastered presentation features scripts and Spanish language tracks for all 13 episodes, audition tapes, a gallery featuring original images, early presentation images, trivia and interviews with creators Lou Scheimer, Buzz Dixon, Darrell McNeil, Michael Reaves, Robert Kline and David Wise.