Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
Lou Scheimer – Maintenance Operator
“MO”, Prime Sentinel, various
the interest in outer space, Filmation
latched onto the craze for their next animated outing. The Young Sentinels took the concept of space-faring adventure and
combined elements of Greco-Roman
legend. While Filmation productions tended to feature a diverse cast of
characters, this was notably the first production where the main cast matched
Mercury, Astrea and Hercules.
Sentinel One (George DiCenzo), a
technological lifeform from another galaxy, came to ancient Earth and took
three teenagers back to his homeworld where they would be bestowed with
incredible powers as saviors of the future. Hercules (DiCenzo), who had the
strength of many men like his mythological
namesake; Mercury (Evan C. Kim), who could move at super
speeds again like
in mythology; and Astrea (Dee Timberlake), a
completely original creation that could transform into virtually any animal. Each
also had the ability to fly and was rendered immortal by the process that gave
them their powers. They were returned to Earth where they operated out of a
ship situated inside an inactive volcano and protected Earth from a variety of
threats; both alien and terrestrial. Assisting them and keeping the ship maintained
was MO (Lou Scheimer), a maintenance operator droid that seemed to have a crush
on Astrea. Sentinel One would communicate with his team through a holographic
Amongst the various threats they
faced were their predecessor, Morpheus (Alan Oppenheimer),
a former Sentinel who had gone rogue; Agent Kronos (Ted Cassidy),
a saboteur from the future; Fauna (Erika Scheimer),
a young girl who was raised by animals and could communicate with them, and
whose noble efforts to stop animal testing led to the creation of a Man-Wolf
(Oppenheimer); and The Sorceress (Linda Gary),
a powerfully magical being, amongst others.
An add for NBC's 1977 Saturday line-up with the show's original title.
Young Sentinels languished in the ratings as it was competing against
Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympicson ABC. Halfway through its
season, the show was moved to a different timeslot and given a new name: Space Sentinels. Speculation for the
name change included the thought that NBC felt young viewers weren’t tuning
into the show because they didn’t know what a “sentinel” was and that it didn’t
sufficiently convey that the show took place in space, and to potentially
stylistically link up to the CBS
Filmation show, Space
Academy(on which DiCenzo also appeared). However, NBC was last in the
ratings overall that year and those measures couldn’t help. The show concluded
after 13 episodes. At least a portion of Space
Sentinels would continue on as Hercules was included as a member of
Filmation’s next hero effort, The Freedom
Force, the following year. The even shorter-lived show ran as a segment of
the new package show, Tarzan and the
The Sinister Sentinel” (9/10/77) – Former Sentinel Morpheus kidnaps MO in order
to copy his memory and create his own Sentinel One.
Giants” (9/17/77) - Robots sent to rob a government gold vault realize they are
superior to humans and create an army to wipe out mankind.
Time Traveler” (9/24/77) – Time-traveling Kronos comes from the future to steal
plans for a space station, and Hercules and Astrea track him down to prehistoric
Sorceress” (10/1/77) – The Sorceress makes the North Pole vanish and imprisons
the Sentinels in their own imaginations when they investigate.
Return of Anubis” (10/8/77) – Archaeologists accidentally free Anubis from his
pyramid prison and he plots his revenge on mankind.
Wizard of Od” (10/15/77) – An elf asks the Sentinels to come to the land of
Fancia where a wish machine threatens to disrupt the natural laws and destroy
Prime Sentinel” (10/22/77) – The Sentinels head to battle an energy-absorbing
blob and rescue their leader.
Nemo” (10/29/77) – The Sentinels have to stop Commander Nemo from exacting his
revenge on those who pollute the oceans.
to the Inner World” (11/5/77) – Dying Queen Darkari captures Astrea in order to
siphon her brain waves.
(11/12/77) – Telekinetic giant Loki is freed from his prison and he takes the
Sentinels’ ship in order to exact his revenge on his jailer.
(11/19/77) – A girl who can communicate with animals attacks an animal testing lab,
which leads to a wolf mutating into a man-beast bent on revenge against humanity.
Jupiter Spore” (11/26/77) – A spore brought to Earth from Jupiter begins
growing at a rapid rate, sending the Sentinels to the planet to find a solution.
World Ship” (12/3/77) – The Sentinels head to stop a planetoid from crashing
into Earth only to learn it’s a ship whose captain plans to steal the planet
for his own people. Originally posted in 2017. Updated in 2020.