Star Wolf (TV series)
(AKA Fugitive Alien)
Star Wolf (スターウルフ, Sutâurufu) is a Japanese science fiction TV series inspired by the novel series bearing the same name, by American writer Edmond Hamilton. It was produced in 1978 by Tsuburaya Productions.
The show is loosely based on the three books in the Star Wolf series by American Science Fiction novellist Edmond Hamilton: The Weapon from Beyond (published in 1967), The Closed Worlds and World of the Starwolves (both published in 1968). The name of the main character, an Earthman who was raised on the high gravity planet Varna and developed super-human strength and reflexes, was changed from Morgan Chane to Ken Shinsei. Starting with episode 14, the series was retitled Space Hero Star Wolf (宇宙の勇者 スターウルフ Uchû no Yûsha Sutâurufu).
The series was later edited and dubbed in English by producer Sandy Frank into two feature films: Fugitive Alien (1986) and Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (1987), which were both featured twice on the comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (often abbreviated as MST3K) is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc., that ran from 1988 to 1999.
The series features a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a space station by an evil scientist and forced to watch a selection of bad movies, often (but not limited to) science fiction B-movies. To keep sane, the man and his robots provide a running commentary on each film, making fun of its flaws and wisecracking (or "riffing") their way through each reel in the style of a movie-theater peanut gallery. Each film is presented with a superimposition of the man and robots' silhouettes along the bottom of the screen.
Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson, for five and a half seasons. When Hodgson left in 1993, series head writer Michael J. Nelson replaced him as new victim Mike Nelson, and continued in the role for the rest of the show's run.
During its eleven years, 198 episodes and one feature film, MST3K attained critical acclaim. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993, was nominated for two Emmy Awards (in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Variety or Music Program) in 1994 and 1995, and was nominated for a CableACE Award.
In 2007, James Poniewozik
listed Mystery Science Theater 3000
as one of Time
magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME