Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bad TV: Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters From Beverly Hills (1994)

It wasn't enough that DIC had sold the inept Superhuman Samurai SyberSquad to ABC as a mid-season replacement series in 1994. The studio also gave USA Network another Power Rangers rip-off, Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters From Beverly Hills that same year. This show was videotaped as opposed to filmed, unlike the other shows, and the cheesy special effects used on the show reflect the low-budget mentality of the producers.

Currently, the series airs in back-to-back episodes on This TV (check local listings) as part of their Sunday morning block, but it clearly wasn't meant for Saturday morning consumption. Trust me, there was a reason the broadcast networks passed on this show.

Let me sum up the plot. Evil alien despot wants to conquer and control Earth. A sentient jello mold named Nimbar (voice of Glenn Shadix, "Beetlejuice") recruits four teens from super-rich Beverly Hills to be his warriors, or, to use the proper term, Galactic Sentinels. Here's the open, with Nimbar's narration edited out:

Even the music was lame, and I don't mean in gold lame, either. That it lasted a full year was a miracle.

Rating: D.

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