Our look at TV first episodes is back for the summer and we’re celebrating ridiculous vehicular action shows all month, kicking things off with the classic 80’s show Knight Rider, where The Hoff and a robotic car voiced by Mr. Feeny patrolled the backroads of America fighting for justice.
Setting the tone for incredible action and masterful visual storytelling right off the bat, the first episode of Samurai Jack features the return of the evil demon wizard Aku, Jack’s lifelong training around the world and what was supposed to be the first and final battle between the two foes.
In the parallel universe of the Aniverse, Captain Bucky O’Hare and his crew fight the evil Toad Empire in the cult classic cartoon from 1991.
Of all the R rated movies that inexplicably got kid friendly cartoons, Troma’s Toxic Avenger might be the strangest as Toxie got a crew of fellow radioactive mutants and set out to save the environment against the evil Dr. Killemoff in Toxic Crusaders.
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Debuting in 1996, MK: Defenders of the Realm tied into both the first live action movie and Mortal Kombat 3, which debuted the year before, and followed Liu Kang, Sonya, Jax, Stryker, Raiden, Kitana and Sub-Zero as they defender Earthrealm from the invading forces of Shao Khan.
An anomaly among Saban’s other 90’s shows that reused Japanese footage, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation was an original live action series that loosely continued the story of the original three TMNT movies and introduced the controversial fifth Ninja Turtle, Venus De Milo.
Three typical average kids, inside a haunted mansion. Just by chance, they freed a ghost, who made them Beetleborgs…
The second show launched after the success of Power Rangers, VR Troopers followed Ryan Steele and his friends as they battle the evil forces of Grimlord, who was determined to rule both the real and virtual realities.
We’re revisiting a bunch of 90’s Saban shows this month for Auto Pilot and we are kicking things off with the big one, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers