1 9 9 4 – 1 9 9 5 (USA)
30 minute episodes
This violent, rather nihilistic Saturday morning cartoon from CBS was an unappealing action-adventure offering that began with Joshua Lightstar – the jealous younger brother of Justin Lightstar – negotiating with Baron Dark (Philip L. Clarke) about the use of the Lightstar Crystal, which supplied energy for the residents of Luminicity.
Joshua (Kevin Schon) realised too late that the evil Baron wanted the crystal all to himself. They fought, and the crystal split, plunging Luminicity into chaos and transforming the Baron into a mere skeleton, while Joshua retained a gaunt visage with a gaping mouth and eye sockets.
When Justin (Jeff Bennett) and his sister Jennifer Lightstar (Jennifer Hale) learned of the situation, they flew on their sky cycles to their Uncle Ersac (Danny Mann), who told them that they must protect their half of the crystal and use the unique powers they received from it to be “warriors of the light” to defeat the Baron and his crew and rejoin the two halves of the crystal.
He renamed Justin Prince Lightstar, as he had “the fire of the crystal in his blood”, and Jennifer became Talyn in honour of her new ability to fly, possibly due to the influence of her pet dove Sarafina.
Uncle Ersac became known as Guardian, and Joshua – the family member who had started all the mess – accepted the name of Grimskull, which certainly reflected his looks and general mood.
Baron Dark remained a powerful, ghastly foe. His touch changed his own men into skeletons when they were going to fight the Lightstars, and they all had the ability to recombine their bones when shattered, making them tough to stop.
The Baron sported a pair of fangs and a necklace embedded with miniature skulls and used ESP to try to brainwash Joshua into joining his side.
To round out this unappealing scenario, the show was crammed with many loud explosions amid tiresome plots.
To keep everything in the proper spirit, a skull appeared to deliver the opening and closing segments of each
Prince Justin Lightstar
Talyn (Jennifer Lightstar)
Guardian (Uncle Ersac)
Philip L. Clarke
Grimskull (Joshua Lightstar)