The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians - The Complete Season
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In 1985, this final version of Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends premiered. Once again headquartered at the Hall of Justice in Metropolis, the Super friends battled such familiar foes as Lex Luthor, Scarecrow and Darkseid. Second only to Challenge of the Super Friends, this animated series was one of the most faithful TV adaptations of DC Comic superheroes ever aired. Like its predecessor, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, Galactic Guardians features Adam West as Batman battling alongside Superman and Robin and showcasing relatively new superheroes Firestorm and Cyborg – as well as members of previous Super Friend incarnations (Samurai, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, and The Flash). As for the forces of villainy, the show features Darkseid and his minions Kalibak and DeSaad as the primary protagonists. Other DC villains (the Joker, Lex Luthor, the Penguin, Scarecrow, Felix Faust, Joker, The Penguin, Brainiac, and more) also appeared from time to time.]]>
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Did the series reach Timmverse-like quality? No. But it definitely concluded with a new hint of maturity.
The Seeds of Doom
The Bizarro Super Powers Team
The Wild Cards
Escape From Space City
The Death of Superman
A couple of the above episodes are split in half to create 2 "shorts" - so the dvd says it's 10 episodes, but it's actually 8.
My daughter (& I) enjoyed the slightly more modernized style in this version compared to the 70s series. It's a tad more *cinematic* than it's predecessors, appearing to (barely) foreshadow the more naturalized drawings, scripts, and styles of the 90s animations.
The superfriends maintain their black & white, one-dimensional, clear cut *good* personalities so prominent in the 70s series. So, while the cartoon style seems updated, they have not yet written the multifaceted behaviors that the characters of today posess.
I find that one-dimensional-ness charming and *safe* for my young daughter to watch, providing great conversation fodder, they are so firm in their by-the-book behaviors, while today's characters are more jaded and likely to bend rules. Of course, today's characters provide great fodder in other ways, just that the older series is a safer starting point for children.
As a side note, I loved the addition of a strong, black superhero, (Cyborg), as well as the fact that it was his father who was the brilliant and talented man who invented the cyborg technology to save his son.
I came into the set expecting a slightly modified variation of the Legendary Super Powers Show (which was the season before Galactic Guardians by the way); a show that I felt made vast improvements over seasons prior. What I found in Galactic Guardians was a revolution not only in just the realm of the Superfriends, but also what I thought was possible within the heavily restricted realm of Saturday morning cartoons circa 1985.
A closer look at what makes this incarnation vastly superior to prior efforts reveals a cast of individuals who would continue going on producing beautiful DCAU efforts even up through today: Andrea Romano (Batman: Animated series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, JL Unlimited, The Batman) directs the voice talent here and story editor Allan Barnett (The Batman) appears on the roster as well. Clearly this show was the stepping-stone to what would eventually become the DCAU as we know it today. Plus, thanks to reworked character models from none-other than famed comic artist José Luis García-López, the team received a much-needed makeover which coincided with DC comic books at the time.
The writing matured to include much more space-scenarios with (thankfully) an improved scientific understanding throughout.Read more ›
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We love it. My dad has been wanting to watch this ever since the 80sPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I grew up watching this so this was mainly for nostalgia purposes and to watch the episodes I have missed.Published 7 months ago by Sammi Dog
It was good I'm just not enough episodes. Probably the second best version of the sup probably the second best version of the super friendsPublished 10 months ago by D J
The best of the Super Powers seasons, hand down. You can begin to see the evolution of Super Heroes cartoons into what they become in the 90's. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Adam S
Like most of Warner's complication of the Super Friends series - terrible. The DVD authoring and restoration is much to be desired. I don't understand Warner. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Carter