1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 9 (USA)
15 x 30 minute episodes
The Nova Blue Team is a group of young cadets assigned for training on the man-made planetoid Space Academy in the year 3732.
Under the guidance of 300-year-old Commander Isaac Gampu (played by Jonathan ‘Dr Smith’ Harris of Lost In Space fame), and assisted by Lieutenant Paul Jerome (Ty Henderson), the crew encountered new life forms, planets and civilisations as part of their mission.
One of the first things they encountered was Loki (Eric Greene), a young boy with the power of invisibility.
A playful prankster, Loki could also teleport and could see well beyond the visible spectrum normally accessible by Earth humans. His frequent catchphrase was “Camelopardus!”
The cadets were Chris Gentry (Ric Carrott), his sister Laura (Pamelyn Ferdin), Tee Gar Soom (Brian Tochi) and Adrian Pryce-Jones (Maggie Cooper). Aiding them in their mission was Peepo, a pint-sized robot with its own personality.
Each adventure provided a learning experience for the crew and almost all of the stories had a moral to them.
Space Academy was the highest-budgeted Saturday morning TV show up to that time, costing $150,000 per episode.
Designers created a four-foot-long plastic model for the space base and Christmas lights were used to represent stars, all of which looked fairly impressive for a Saturday morning show. Scientific accuracy, though, was another matter. For example, one show had the crew pass through a black hole with nary a problem.
After running one year of original shows and a second of repeats, some of the show’s footage and its mascot, Peepo the small robot, reappeared in its quasi-spin-off follow-up, Jason of Star Command
Commander Isaac Gampu
Lieutenant Paul Jerome
Captain Chris Gentry
Cadet Laura Gentry
Cadet Adrian Pryce-Jones
Cadet Tee Gar Soom
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