Thursday, May 22, 2014

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Blackstar (1981)

I must admit that I never saw Blackstar, due largely to the fact that I was more interested in NBC's lineup during the 1981-2 season. Meh, my bad, so there's no rating to be had for this show.

A quick summation. The concept of the show appears to be a variation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter, Warlord of Mars, except that Blackstar is set in the future, specific period unknown. John Blackstar (George DiCenzo) is an astronaut, pulled into a black hole which sweeps him to another dimension, specifically, to the planet Sagar, where he is thrust into a battle against the evil Overlord (Alan Oppenheimer). If this last part sounds somewhat familiar, well, Filmation mined the vein again 2 years later for their adaptation of He-Man.

Superherocartoonsite uploaded the open, narrated by DiCenzo:

Could this be revived? Dreamworks Classic now holds the rights, so anything's possible, except that a lot of Filmation's properties have been ignored of late.


magicdog said...

Actually this toon stole a bit from Snow White - remember the 7 pink elves that found Blackstar, nursed him back to health, and fought by his side? Each one had a different personality/ability including a "Dopey" who never spoke.

I liked the show, and I think it's rebootable. Perhaps this time the hinted attraction between Blackstar and Mara the sorceress could be played up.

I also loved Blackstar's steed, Warlock. He made flying on dragons pretty cool!

hobbyfan said...

Ok, there is something to be built on. Again, it's just a matter of whether or not Dreamworks is willing to do something with it.