Saturday, January 16, 2016
Saturday Morning Cult-TV Blogging: Jason of Star Command (1978); "The Victory of Star Command" (December 23, 1978)
In the final episode of the first season, “The Victory of Star Command,” Jason (Craig Littler) evades a trap set by Dragos, destroys the medallion that creates the minions, and flees the Dragon ship with Nicole (Susan O’Hanlon).
Meanwhile, Space Academy falls under attack from Dragos’ drone fighters. But the attack falls short, and Space Academy is victorious.
Refusing to accept defeat, however, Dragos promises to return. “I will be alive in every dark corner of the universe,” he promises.
“The Victory of Star Command” is kind of a silly ending for the first season of this series. When Dragos disappears in the last scene, for example, he leaves behind his helmet, gloves and cape.
Isn’t he going to need his helmet wherever he is going? Why has he left pieces of his uniform, but not all of it?
Secondly, Jason of Star Command has established all along that energy clones are real flesh-and-blood beings. But Drago’s duplicates this week are intangible and untouchable. So they aren't energy clones at all, and the series' last chapter doesn't tightly tie in with the first few (wherein we discover Canarvin is an energly clone).
This is a missed opportunity to tie back to the beginning of the season, and the whole energy clone subplot. But then, the series has long since stopped being coherent at this juncture. It's all phantasmagoria.
What makes the finale a little disappointing, even as phantasmagoria, is the fact that many of the effects are but stock footage at this point. We've seen the Starfire escape the belly of the Dragon ship before, and we've seen the attack on the Academy by the drone fleet too. So a sense of freshness and excitement is missing here.
Indeed, I’m not sure why this is the “finale” storyline except that the Dragon ship is destroyed, and Dragos leaves his items behind in his command center. But we have seen in earlier episodes that Drago, whenever defeated, just comes right back and picks up where he left off.
And indeed, that’s sorta what happens in the second season of the series, isn’t it? Next week, Season Two!