Space Strikers is a 1995 French-American animated television series. It is a sci-fi reimagining of the 1870 novel by Jules Vernes, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. The series is a co-production between Saban Entertainment and Saban International Paris.
The fate of the universe is left in the hands of Captain Nemo, his crew of fellow humans, and a diverse group of other species when the captain's former comrade from a training academy decides to get revenge on him. The ex-comrade chooses to take out his vengeance on not only him, but many of those who are innocent once he feels betrayed after the two get into a perilous situation and he was deserted by Nemo. Because of this, everybody else is forced to suffer. The comrade gets turned into a human cyborg and he becomes a villain known as the Master Phantom. Throughout the series, the two engage with each other in a battle of wits.
Why It Rocks
- The space-themed take on a classic story is an innovative notion.
- The anime-influenced art isn't bad and neither is the animation quality.
- Jean Chalopin (co-creator of Ulysses 31) was one of the writers and executive producers of this, which is sure the episodes have finely-written plots.
- The characters from both the good and bad sides are well-done, as well as their designs.
- The voice-acting of the English dub doesn't sound bad at all.
- The Strikervision 3D action sequences, with the space-craft in CGI, are well-rendered and still hold up today.
- The music has a good balance of both original compositions and recycled ones.
- The whole thing makes for a thrill ride of a viewing experience that doesn't disappoint.
- For some ridiculous reason, only the first half of the series ever aired in America. But the reason for this can be speculated that it might not had done well enough in views and ratings.