Star Fleet first arrived on British television in October 1982. Children had previously been brought up on Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds and Stingray, but Star Fleet was something else again. It was a Japanese import dubbed into English, and so the action and storyline were more reminiscent of anime. Unlike the Gerry Anderson shows, these puppets were controlled from below by rods, like muppets, and so avoided difficulties with strings.
Over the course of 24 episodes an ongoing story arc is played out, another factor which sets the show apart from others of the time and makes it more reminiscent of modern shows like Babylon 5. There are stand alone episodes within the series, but the focus is on a search for a powerful being known as the 'F Zero One' (F-01). The series begins with the evil Imperial Alliance's impressive spaceship destroying an Earth spaceship as it enters the solar system.
In an attempt to counter this attack, Earth launches an experimental spaceship, the X Bomber. The series follows the adventures of the X Bomber and its young crew as they engage the Imperial Alliance while trying to uncover the secret of the F-01. Along the way they meet the mysterious space sailing ship The Skull which holds the key to unlocking the secret of F-01, and in the final episodes The Skull and X Bomber race back to Earth to face the Imperial Master who is on the verge of destroying the planet.
Uploaded by JimJeroo - I'll unleash the next and final 6 chapters (the whole saga has been condensed into about 9 hours) as popularity dictates :)
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