- Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Genre Animated series Voices of Patrick Warburton
Narrated by Gary Owens (Opening narration) Country of origin United States Language(s) English No. of seasons 2 No. of episodes 65 Production Executive producer(s) Mark McCorkle
Running time 22–24 minutes Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Pixar Animation Studios
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television Broadcast Original channel UPN
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Stereo Original run October 2, 2000– January 13, 2001 Chronology Preceded by Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is an American animated science fiction/adventure/comedy series produced by Walt Disney Television. The character is from the planet Zurtron. The series originally aired on UPN and ABC from October 2000 to January 2001 as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning programming block. It follows the adventures of space ranger Buzz Lightyear, who first appeared in the film Toy Story as an action figure and one of the film's protagonists.
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command takes place in the far future, a pastiche of Star Trek and Star Wars-style science fiction. Capital Planet is the forefront of the Galactic Alliance, a peaceful union of various planets, home to various alien species that coexist in harmony with one another. Star Command is a peacekeeping organization consisting of Space Rangers, who investigate threats to galactic peace. The primary enemy of Star Command is the Evil Emperor Zurg, an intergalactic crime boss that rules an empire of heavily-armed robots and slave races forced to work in opposition to the Galactic Alliance.
The series features Buzz Lightyear, a famous, experienced Space Ranger that takes a crew of rookies under his wing as he investigates criminal activity across the galaxy, and attempts to bring down Evil Emperor Zurg once and for all.
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is a metafictional series that exists within the reality of the film Toy Story, where Buzz Lightyear is a highly popular toyline. One of the two lead characters in the Toy Story film series is a Buzz Lightyear action figure, voiced by Tim Allen.
- Captain Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen in The Adventure Begins, Patrick Warburton in the actual series): Famed Space Ranger known for heroism and bravery. Buzz often suggests that his arch-villain Emperor Zurg is behind every evil plot and is often proven correct. Like his Toy Story incarnation, Buzz is a stickler for procedure, but will tell a cover story if he needs to. However, he has little people skills, and at times displays a lack of common sense. He attended PS- 193 (that's 6859) as a primary school. He wrote at least half of the regulations in the Star Command Manual. He also owns a house on Capital Planet, though as they all look alike and his duties often keep him away, he is confused over just which one is his. To compare this animation and the Toy Story films, the button between the red and blue ones is green in the Toy Story films and yellow in this animation with the releasing of strings when pressed. He seems to have a little crush on Dr. Ozma Furbanna and vice versa.
- Princess Mira Nova (voiced by Nicole Sullivan): A rookie ranger and heir to the Tangean throne. She utilizes her people's ability to walk through walls (called "ghosting") and read minds. Buzz has a tendency to refer to her as "Princess" when he's angry with her. She acts as Buzz's co-pilot and second-in-command. She has the most common sense of the team. Mira also has an estranged relationship with her father King Nova, who disapproves of her choice of being a Space Ranger, though deep down she still cares about him. She has red hair and turquoise skin.
- Booster Sinclair Munchapper (voiced by Stephen Furst): A huge dinosaur-like former janitor from the agricultural planet of Jo-ad (a play on the name of the Joad family, from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath). He has a big appetite and lots of muscle power, but is sweet and at times naive. He is in awe of Buzz Lightyear and has encyclopedic knowledge of his prior adventures.
- XR (voiced by Larry Miller and Neil Flynn): A short robot that was originally emotionless and programmed to learn from Buzz, but was blown apart by Agent Z during his first mission. The LGMs rebuilt him, but the temporary loss of the Uni-Mind to Emperor Zurg left them off their game. They rebuilt XR with his slicker, more emotional personality and a variety of attachments. XR stands for experimental ranger. (The LGMs have stated that this is the official meaning of the name, though other characters on the show hold the erroneous belief that the X stands for expendable). He gets blown apart on nearly every mission he goes on, but is easily rebuilt. He considers Commander Nebula his father (due to his signing the paperwork authorizing his creation) and is always seeking his approval.
- Commander Nebula (voiced by Adam Carolla): The Space Rangers' commander, whose left leg was replaced by a pegleg-like plasma cannon. Rather short-tempered and constantly speaks with a loud voice. He has a robotic desk that forces him to do his paperwork. He hates to do so, though, and therefore signs forms without looking at them. By doing so, he inadvertently gave permission for the creation of XR, who therefore considers him a father. (He thought the form was the LGMs' vacation request.) Nebula is frequently irritated by this, though he gives XR his due for his successes.
- LGMs, or Little Green Men (voiced by Jeff Pidgeon in Andy's Room sequence, Patrick Warburton in the actual series): The LGMs are small, three-eyed aliens (originally appeared as squeeze toy aliens in the Toy Story movies). They are the intensely loyal backbone of Star Command, keeping the station running while inventing/maintaining all of the equipment. When one of their own is kidnapped, the other LGMs will instinctively try to rescue him by any means necessary. LGMs are typically in awe of Buzz. While they generally like the other Rangers, they may not be able to tell one from another. Several of their race are also shown to work for Santa Claus, acting as his toy builders.
- Ty Parsec (voiced by Steve Hytner): Ty is the infamous old comrade of Buzz Lightyear, who is fed up with Buzz always coming to his rescue. The Space Ranger was accidentally transformed into the robotic Wirewolf on the planet of Canis Lunis, after being bitten by the villain NOS-4-A2 while exposed to radioactive moonrock. Appeared in two episodes, with a cameo appearance in the episode "War, Peace, and War". He is ultimately cured and reinstated as a Space Ranger.
- Rocket Crocket (voiced by Phil LaMarr): Member of Star Command and leader of Team Rocket. He is Buzz's rival since their academy days.
- Petra Hammerhold (voiced by Nikki Cox): Senator Hammerhold's daughter. She joined Star Command when her father forced her to do so (largely to keep her from her boyfriend Plasma Boy). She was initially resentful of this, but was moved by Buzz's heroism during a crisis.
- Plasma Boy (voiced by Michael Showalter): Petra's boyfriend, who has a Plasma Monster form. Booster competed against him for Petra's affection. When Mira and XR fired a laser at his Plasma Monster form, he destabilized enough to the brink of explosion. He was prevented from explosion when Booster used his suit and Ion Stabilization Matrix on him. He's now a member of Star Command.
- 42 (voiced by Joy Behar): Usually the name of Buzz Lightyear's ship, it gained A.I. from one of the encounters with the Valkyran Raiders and a new energy projector device inserted on the ship by the LGMs. 42 doesn't like what Buzz says about her and usually controls the ship herself. XR developed a crush on her. When the Valkyran Raiders were thwarted, 42's consciousness was placed into a robot body and she now helps the LGMs.
- Evil Emperor Zurg (voiced by Wayne Knight): Main antagonist of the series. Rules an empire on Planet Z, and wants to rule the entire galaxy while destroying Star Command. Emperor Zurg considers Buzz his arch-enemy and often takes any opportunity to eliminate him. Most of his subjects are robots. His feet double as rockets and he can transform his arms into a variety of weapons. Despite often breaking the seriousness of otherwise purely evil statements, Zurg is widely considered the most evil person in the galaxy, especially by the other villains. He seems to have some neuroses about being touched. In some episodes is shown being comical. The episode War, and Peace and War was notably the only episode where Zurg teamed up with Buzz Lightyear to defeat the Heed, a common enemy that was trying to take over their galaxy. In Stranger Invasion, he revealed himself to be Buzz's father (a parody upon The Empire Strikes Back and a nearly identical scene in Toy Story 2), but quickly took it back, using the statement as a 'Made You Look' in order to stun Buzz and gain the upper hand.
- Grubs (voiced by Frank Welker): Zurg's equivalents to the LGMs of Star Command (though far less competent). They perform mechanical and technical duties. The Grubs work for Zurg against their will and also desire freedom, but many of them are simply too afraid to try to defect.
- Brain Pods (Various Voices for each one): Cybernetic brains in mobile jars, who serve Zurg as scientists and researchers. Although they take pride in their creations, they secretly harbor a desire to escape from Zurg's control. (Two of which are shown succeeding in doing so on-screen.)
- Hornets: The Hornets are Zurg's robotic foot soldiers, extremely expendable, lousy shots and always get vaporized in mass numbers by Lightyear's team. Hornets come in different models, but the most frequently seen are yellow and of average height.
- Warp Darkmatter (voiced by Diedrich Bader) was once Buzz's partner and friend, but he had been secretly working for Zurg since his academy days. He eventually began working for him full-time as "Agent Z." His right arm is robotic (with various weapon attachments) and was grafted to his body after becoming Agent Z. Warp often takes on assignments for Zurg and is paid quite handsomely. (He owns a moon and a summer home.) Though Buzz has vowed to bring him in for treason, he retains some hope that there is still some good in him.
- Gravitina (voiced by Kerri Kenney-Silver): A large-headed female villain with mental control over gravity. One of Zurg's allies and once hired to destroy Star Command. She's in love with Buzz and later his evil counterpart.
- NOS-4-A2 (voiced by Craig Ferguson): NOS-4-A2 is a robotic vampire created by Zurg. He is capable of draining any system or entity driven by electrical power, as well as controlling any machine he bites. His bite (in combination with radioactive moonrock) also transformed Ty Parsec into Wirewolf. Using Wirewolf and XL, he briefly usurped control of Planet Z from Zurg and attempted to transform everyone in the galaxy into robots for him to feed on, but was defeated and destroyed. His name is a pun on the term Nosferatu.
- Torque (voiced by Brad Garrett): Minor alien villain who committed crimes of terrorism, smuggling, arson, and unpaid parking tickets. After being freed from a prison transport by Zurg's Hornets, the Grubs implanted a cell-separation device upon his chest. Torque then possesses the ability to create duplicate versions of himself. They are unstable, however, as a single laser blast is enough to destroy them. In "The Taking of PC-7", he tried to turn Booster evil (and later Buzz) with a memory-altering device built by the Warden of PC-7. The same device also made Torque (temporarily at least) a heroic good guy. Torque riding a motorcycle-shaped spacecraft and his duplication abilities seem to be a reference to the character Lobo (who was also voiced by Brad Garrett in his DCAU appearances).
- XL (voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait): XR's predecessor (and technically older brother), who was shut down due to his villainous attitude. When he was reactivated by Zurg, XL rebuilt himself into a larger, more powerful robot with cutting edge (and stolen) robot parts. His head is red, whereas XR's is yellow. He infiltrates Star Command numerous times because its command codes are in his head. Like XR, he considers Commander Nebula his father, though he resents him for shutting him down. He later redeems himself and is converted into an office managing robot capable of photocopying, collating, and other office related functions. His name is a pun referring to his size (extra large).
- Madam President (voiced by Roz Ryan): Head of the Galactic Alliance. Her real name is unknown.
- Senator Aarrfvox (voiced by Jim Cummings): A Shragorakian senator.
- Senator Banda (voiced by Dan Castellaneta): A Bathyosian senator.
- Senator Hammerhold (voiced by Corey Burton): Petra Hammerhold's father.
- Senator Phlegmex (voiced by Frank Welker): A slime-emitting senator.
- Becky (voiced by Russi Taylor): A little alien girl from the planet Roswell. She befriended Booster (who she calls Pickles) when Team Lightyear's ship crashed on her planet.
- Brent Starkisser (voiced by Corey Burton): The Galaxy's reporter.
- Cosmo (voiced by Paul Rugg): An alien that owns and runs the diner that Team Lightyear eats at. He has a mechanical arm as well as a foreign accent.
- Dr. Animus (voiced by Tony Jay): The Galaxy's therapist.
- Dr. Ozma Furbanna (voiced by Linda Hamilton): Lead (and only) naturalist on planet Karn. She favors all animals (even the lethal carnivores) and hates to have them hurt; no matter what. Has a crush on Buzz (won't admit it, though), and vice-versa. Zurg once used her help to hatch the Millennial (entirely ticklish) Bugs where Zurg will use them on Capital Planet.
- Ed (voiced by Paul Rugg): A courier who somehow always knows how to track down Buzz Lightyear.
- Officer Panchex (voiced by Brian Doyle-Murray): A fish policeman who helped Buzz Lightyear fight Minister Gularis.
- Professor Triffid (voiced by Joel Murray): A scientist from Rhizome. He cares a lot for the plants there.
- Savy SL2 (voiced by Cree Summer): Her adopted robot parents were attacked by NOS-4-A2 in The Slayer, which lead her to hunting him down for revenge.
- Sheriff of Roswell (voiced by Stephen Root): Becky's father and ally of Team Lightyear.
- King Nova (voiced by John O'Hurley): Mira's father and the ruler of Tangea. Being more tradition bound he clearly disapproves of his daughter being a space ranger and therefore has a complicated relationship with her as well as Buzz. But regardless of his pompous nature he still cares about his daughter and also came to her aid when she had developed a power addiction and helped her get over it, though he almost got his wish of getting his daughter back in this instance had Buzz not saved her career through a cover story.
- Santa Claus (voiced by Earl Boen): The holiday figure, who delivers presents to all the good people in the galaxy during the Holiday. He previously used a sleigh powered by belief and later time manipulation to accomplish this massive task. Zurg stole his time manipulation device to destroy the Holiday for everyone, prompting Santa to seek Team Lightyear's help.
- The Fixer : A Character from Trade World. He sells robotic parts to people around Trade World, and once tricked XR into delivering a package to XL.
Planets and moons
There are many planets in this series. Among these planets are:
- Bathyos: An ocean planet.
- Beta Bayou: A bottom-feeder hunter that Rentwhistle Swack rendezvous with is from this planet.
- Binipinardia: A planet that contained a devolution gas.
- Canis Lunis: A planet where Ty Parsec was turned into Wirewolf by NOS-4-A2. The name derives from the Latin words for "canine" and "moon."
- Capital Planet: The Galactic Alliance members meet here and the "Earth" of the galaxy.
- Gargantia: A planet inhabited by tiny aliens.
- Jo-Ad: An agricultural planet which is Booster's home planet.
- Karn: A planet that serves as a creature reserve. Dr. Ozma Furbanna works here.
- LGM Homeworld: The home planet of the LGMs. The Unimind is located here.
- Mahamba 6: A resort planet.
- North Polaris: Santa Claus's planet, populated by "Elf-G-M"s. The galaxy's version of the North Pole.
- Olur 5: Zurg used this planet to hatch the Millennial Bugs in one of his plans to attack Capital Planet.
- PC-7: A prison planet.
- Planet of Widows and Orphans: Not a real planet. Zurg uses this "planet" to trick Buzz into revealing himself during The Adventure Begins.
- Planet X: A somewhat desert-like planet with no name or life. Home of an ancient city and the temple containing Natron.
- Planet Z: Zurg's planet where his home base is located.
- Porcelon: A planet where its inhabitants look like large toilets.
- Raenok: The Raenok's self-titled planet.
- Rexon 5:
- Rhizome: A vegetation planet which is Professor Triffid's home world.
- Roswell: A planet similar to Earth in 1947. The inhabitants of Roswell are grey aliens. An incident happens there, somewhat like the real Roswell incident, but with humans (including Buzz Lightyear) instead of grey aliens and grey aliens instead of humans, including grey aliens acting like USA police and GI's. E.g. in it a Grey police station commander said "... and I suppose they had big flappy mouths and little bitty eyes ..." when querying one of his men's statement about seeing landing humans.
- Sands de Solay: A resort moon. Destroyed by an out-of-control freight ship.
- Sentilla 6: A stormy planet with lava rivers.
- Shragorak: Senator Aarrfvox's home planet.
- Sitka 7: A ski resort planet
- Tangea: Mira's home planet inhabited by two races: the Tangean Royals and Grounders. The name is based on the Royals' ability to become intangible
- Trade World: A commercial-oriented world where lesser bad guys hang out.
- Verdentia: A peaceful planet.
Season 1 (UPN)
Episode Number Title Original Air Date 01 "The Adventure Begins, Part 1" September 2, 2002 02 "The Adventure Begins, Part 2" September 3, 2002 03 "The Adventure Begins, Part 3" September 4, 2002 04 "The Torque Armada" October 2, 2000 05 "Gravitina" October 3, 2000 06 "XL" October 4, 2000 07 "Little Secrets" October 5, 2000 08 "Inside Job" October 6, 2000 09 "NOS-4-A2" October 8, 2000 10 "The Planet Destroyer" October 9, 2000 11 "The Beasts of Karn" October 10, 2000 12 "Tag Team" October 11, 2000 13 "The Main Event" October 12, 2000 14 "The Return of XL" October 13, 2000 15 "Strange Invasion" October 15, 2000 16 "The Taking of PC-7" October 16, 2000 17 "Mindwarp" October 17, 2000 18 "Mira's Wedding" October 18, 2000 19 "Panic on Bathyos" October 19, 2000 20 "Shiv Katall" October 20, 2000 21 "Stress Test" October 22, 2000 22 "A Zoo Out There" October 23, 2000 23 "Root of Evil" October 24, 2000 24 "Super Nova" October 25, 2000 25 "Downloaded" October 26, 2000 26 "The Plasma Monster" October 27, 2000 27 "The Crawling Flesh" October 29, 2000 28 "Dirty Work" October 30, 2000 29 "The Slayer" October 31, 2000 30 "The Lightyear Factor" November 1, 2000 31 "Clone Rangers" November 2, 2000 32 "Bunzel Fever" November 3, 2000 33 "Devolutionaries" November 5, 2000 34 "Head Case" November 6, 2000 35 "The Yukari Imprint" November 7, 2000 36 "The Shape Stealer" November 8, 2000 37 "Star Crossed" November 9, 2000 38 "Haunted Moon" November 10, 2000 39 "Stranger Invasion" November 12, 2000 40 "Eye of the Tempest" November 13, 2000 41 "Revenge of the Monsters" November 14, 2000 42 "Lone Wolf" November 15, 2000 43 "Planet of the Lost" November 16, 2000 44 "Revenge of the Raenoks" November 17, 2000 45 "The Starthought" November 19, 2000 46 "Millennial Bugs" November 20, 2000 47 "Conspiracy" November 21, 2000 48 "At Large on a Small Planet" November 23, 2000 49 "Sunquake" November 24, 2000 50 "First Missions" November 26, 2000 51 "Large Target" November 27, 2000 52 "War, and Peace and War" November 29, 2000
Season 2 (ABC)
Episode Number Title Original Air Date 53 "Lost in Time" October 14, 2000 54 "Rookie of the Year" October 21, 2000 55 "Wirewolf" October 28, 2000 56 "Rescue Mission" November 4, 2000 57 "Star Smasher" November 11, 2000 58 "Enemy Without a Face" November 18, 2000 59 "Good Ol' Buzz" November 25, 2000 60 "Return to Karn" December 2, 2000 61 "Speed Trap" December 9, 2000 62 "Holiday Time" December 16, 2000 63 "Opposites Attract" December 23, 2000 64 "Ancient Evil" January 6, 2001 65 "42" January 13, 2001
- Buzz's house and everyone elses' houses on Capital Planet are based on the attraction at Disneyland called Monsanto House of the Future, whilst Star Command is visually based on Space Mountain.
- In the episode "Stranger Invasion", Buzz Lightyear and the Evil Emperor Zurg engage in a confrontation similar to a lightsaber battle, in which Zurg distracts Buzz by claiming he's his father. Zurg did the same in the film Toy Story 2, in which the scene parodied Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
- The episode Strange Invasion, is a spoof of the Roswell Incident right down to the alien autopsy film and the "weather balloon coverup". Also keeping in line with the Roswell Incident, the planet they crash on is called "Roswell" and it bears a strong resemblance to the American Southwest; its inhabitants, meanwhile, resemble the grey aliens.
- The "Roswellian" characters, the sheriff and the barber, are spoofs of Sheriff Andy Taylor and Floyd the Barber on The Andy Griffith Show.
- Both the name of the last episode and the number of Buzz's ship, 42, are almost certainly references to the answer to life, the universe, and everything from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.
- In the episode "Star Crossed", one of the characters is seen ordering food from Pizza Planet, which appeared as an actual space-themed restaurant in Toy Story. Pizza Planet has since become a real Toy Story themed pizza restaurant in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
A videogame based on the series, developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Activision, was released for PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows and Dreamcast in 2000. The gameplay revolves around Buzz chasing down the various villains from the show, and defeating them using different color coded weapons.
The series was aired during UPN's Disney's One Too programming block from October 2000 to August 2003. It also aired on the Disney Channel from 2006 until 2008, though five years before in South East Asia.
- ^ GOODE, GRETCHEN-MARIE (August 24, 2000). "BUZZ LIGHTYEAR OF STAR COMMAND: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS". Hartford Courant.
- ^ In the episode "42" Buzz admits to Booster that he didn't lie to Commander Nebula by stating that he only told a cover story
- ^ "Tag Team
- ^ In "Good Ol' Buzz", an LGM mistakenly refers to Mira as "Booster". Upon being corrected, he says the Rangers all look the same to them.
- Buzz Lightyear of Star Command at the Internet Movie Database
- Buzz Lightyear of Star Command at TV.com
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