Saturday, June 4, 2011

Tooniversary: Lazer Tag Academy (1986)

The game Lazer Tag became very big in the mid-80's, and, so, it shouldn't come as a surprise that it would be adapted into a cartoon.

Ruby-Spears, looking for something to replace Mr. T on NBC's Saturday schedule, picked up a license to develop Lazer Tag Academy, a science fiction series that doubled as a glorified informercial for the game.

The plot is rather simple. In the year 2061, Lazer Tag has become a national sport, and Jamie Jarren is its biggest star. Draxon Drear, a master criminal from the 20th century kept in suspended animation, is awakened, and wants the Starlight power that Jamie wields. What results is a race through time, where Jamie meets her ancestors and recruits them as her team. Here's the open to Lazer Tag Academy

The downside was the series airing at 12 noon (ET), a death slot for most cartoons. By this point, the local NBC affiliate began airing the full lineup, and so I was able to sample Lazer Tag Academy. NBC didn't have a lot of faith in the show, or otherwise it might've gotten a better slot, nestled perhaps in between Smurfs & Alvin & the Chipmunks.

Rating: B.

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