Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is a name of a Disney animated science fiction adventure series. It first aired in 2000 and features Buzz Lightyear, a character who first appeared in the feature film Toy Story. It was rerun in the USA on Disney Channel until 2008.
As within the fictional world of 'Toy Story'
Here, "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" is a traditionally animated TV show, which inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy line, as shown by the intro
sequence, done by Pixar
especially for the series. Clips of "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" appear on screen in "Toy Story" [and can be seen in the real world.]
Andy receives a Buzz Lightyear toy as a present. That Buzz Lightyear toy, and other toys, are in Andy's room, getting ready to watch "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" on TV.
As within the fictional world of 'Buzz Lightyear of Star Command'
Here, Buzz Lightyear and his Star Command cadet team struggle to keep justice in the galaxy, often thwarting the evil Emperor Zurg
and other threats of the universe.
Later, "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" was completed in the real world and shown. The first three episodes of "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" were originally released as "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
", a feature-length movie. The voice cast for the DTV-release had the original voice of Buzz, Tim Allen
, but when the episodes were aired for television, Patrick Warburton
, the series' regular voice of Buzz, redubbed all of Lightyear's dialogue to maintain continuity with the rest of the series. Many of the episodes were based or influenced by Star Trek: The Original Series
, others were influenced by Star Wars
- Captain Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen in The Adventure Begins, Patrick Warburton in the actual series): Famed "Space Ranger" known for heroism and bravery. Like his Toy Story incarnation, Buzz is a stickler for procedure. However, he has little people skills, and at times displays a lack of common sense. He attended PS -19^3 (that's 6859) as a primary school.
- Princess Mira Nova (Nicole Sullivan): A rookie ranger and heir to the Tangean throne. She utilizes her people's ability to walk through walls (called "ghosting") and read minds. Buzz has a tendency to refer to her as "Princess" when he's angry with her. She acts as Buzz's co-pilot and second-in-command. She has the most common sense of the team.
- Booster Sinclair Munchapper (Stephen Furst): A huge dinosaur-like former janitor from the agricultural planet of Jo-ad (a play on the name of the Joad family, from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath), with a big appetite and lots of muscle power, but is at times naive and ignorant. He is in awe of Buzz Lightyear.
- XR (Larry Miller and Neil Flynn): A short robot with many pop-out gadgets (like R2-D2), who can store objects in his chest cavity (like Bender). XR stands for experimental ranger (The LGMs have stated that this is the official meaning of the name, though other characters on the show hold the erroneous belief that the X stands for expendable). He gets blown apart on nearly every mission he goes on, but is easily rebuilt.
- Commander Nebula (Adam Carolla): The Space Rangers' commander, whose left leg was replaced by a pegleg-like plasma cannon. Rather short-tempered and constantly speaks with a loud voice. Hates to do paperwork and therefore signs petitions without looking at them; by doing so, he inadvertently gave permission for the creation of XR, who therefore considers him a father.
- Ty Parsec (Steve Hytner): Ty is the infamous old comrade of Buzz Lightyear. The Space Ranger was transformed into the robotic Wirewolf on the planet of Canis Lunis, after being bitten by the villain NOS-4-A2. Appeared in two episodes, with a cameo appearance in the episode War, Peace, and War.
- Rocket Crocket (Phil LaMarr): Member of Star Command and leader of Team Rocket (not to be confused with the Team Rocket from Pokémon). He is Buzz's rival since their academy days.
- LGMs, or Little Green Men (Patrick Warburton): The LGMs are small, three-eyed aliens who keep Star Command in shape (originally appeared as squeeze toy aliens in Toy Story).
- Petra Hammerhold (Nikki Cox): Senator Hammerhold's daughter. She joined Star Command when her father forced her to do so. Her boyfriend is Plasma Boy.
- Plasma Boy (Michael Showalter): Petra's boyfriend, who has a Plasma Monster form. Booster competed against him for Petra's affection. When Mira and XR fired a laser at his Plasma Monster form, he destabilized enough to the brink of explosion. He was prevented from explosion when Booster used his suit and Ion Stablization Matrix on him. He's now a member of Star Command.
- 42 (Joy Behar): Usually the name of Buzz Lightyear's ship, it gained A.I. from one of the encounters with the Valkyran Raiders and a new energy projector device inserted on the ship by the LGMs. 42 doesn't like what Buzz says about her and usually controls the ship herself. XR developed a crush on her. When the Valkyran Raiders were thwarted, 42's consciousness was placed into a robot body and she now helps the LGMs.
- Evil Emperor Zurg (Wayne Knight): Main villain of the series. Rules an empire on Planet Z, and wants to rule the entire galaxy. Most of his subjects are robots. His feet double as rockets and he can transform his arms into a variety of weapons. Despite often breaking the seriousness of otherwise purely evil statements, Zurg is widely considered the most evil person in the galaxy, especially by the other villains. He seems to have some neuroses about being touched. In some episodes is shown being comical.
- Grubs (Frank Welker): Zurg's equivalents to the LGMs of Star Command (though far less competent). They perform more mechanical and technical duties than the Brain Pods. Like them, the Grubs work for Zurg against their will, and also desire freedom.
- Brain Pods (Various Voices for each one): Cybernetic brains in mobile jars who serve Zurg as scientists and researchers. Although they take pride in their creations, they secretly harbor a desire to escape from Zurg's control (which two have succeeded in doing).
- Hornets: The Hornets are Zurg's robotic foot soldiers, extremely expendable (similar to battle droids from Star Wars), lousy shots, and always get vaporized in mass numbers by Lightyear's team. Hornets come in different models outside of the lesser models used.
- Warp Darkmatter (Diedrich Bader): Buzz's one time partner, but now a recurring villain under the codename "Agent Z." Presumbly lost his right arm after being buried in an avalanche by Zurg on a routine mission with Buzz and now has a robotic arm that can transform into a variety of weapons, has worked secretly as a mercenary in Zurg's employ for years.
- Gravitina (Kerri Kenney-Silver): A large-headed female villain with mental control over gravity. One of Zurg's allies. She's in love with Buzz and later his evil counterpart.
- NOS-4-A2 (Craig Ferguson): NOS-4-A2 is a robotic vampire created by Zurg, capable of draining any system or entity driven by electrical power, and controlling any machine he bites. His bite also seems to have some effect on organics, because he is the one who is responsible for biting Ty Parsec, resulting in the Space Ranger turning into Wirewolf. His name is a pun on the term Nosferatu.
- Torque (Brad Garrett): Minor alien villain who committed crimes of terrorism, smuggling, arson, and unpaid parking tickets. After being freed from a prison transport by Zurg and his Hornets, the Grubs implanted a cell-separation device upon his chest which allows Torque to have the ability to create duplicate versions of himself. They are unstable however. A single laser blast is enough to destroy them. In "The Taking of PC-7," he tried to turn Booster evil (and later Buzz) with a memory-altering device built by the Warden of PC-7.
- XL (Bobcat Goldthwait): Earlier version of XR, which was shut down due to his villainous attitude. When he was reactivated by Zurg, XL became larger and more powerful due to his rebuilding himself with stolen robot parts. Also has a red (As opposed to XR's yellow) head. He infiltrates Star Command numerous time because its command codes are in his head. He later redeems himself and reconciliates with XR (his "younger brother") and is converted into an office managing robot capable of photocopying, collating, and other office related functions. Both XR and XL refer to the commander as "Dad" and after XL's conversion, the two of them annoy him to no ends with their ideas for family activities. His name is a pun referring to his size (extra large)
- Angstrom (David Warner): Lord of Tangea, former royal Chancellor and King Nova's closest adviser, before he worked with the Tangean Grounders to overthrow King Nova.
- Care-Bots (Wallace Langham): Robot butlers built by the owners of an incredibly large spaceship. They are the embodiment of the term, "neat-freak", as they believe that cleanliness is alpha priority. This led to disaster, as they believed that organic beings (and XR) caused disorder, and for the sake of their pristine spaceship they attempted to "take care of" every living being (and XR) on the ship using hi-tech freeze rays, including the pilots. This nearly caused their massive shuttle to crash into Capital Planet's sun, causing a supernova, and causing an entire galaxy to perish. They were last seen drifting in space.
- Chlorm Scientists: Era (Jonathan Harris), Eon (Bill Mumy), and Epoch (Frank Welker) are Chlorm scientists who implanted devices into Buzz and Warp Darkmatter to study good and evil. Buzz and Warp thwarted them. They later kidnapped Galactic Alliance senators for their zoos, as they see the other races as wild animals. Team Lightyear thwarts this plan.
- Crumford Lorak (Jon Favreau): Resident of Trade World who is a known scam artist and a stool pigeon for Star Command if the price is right. Crumford is in fact one of the Space Rangers best and worst assets when it came to gathering info on major bad guys. The only time when Lumford went big-time was when he impersonated Senator Banda of Bathyos in order to give information of the Galactic Alliance to the Raenok leader, Varg.
- Evil Buzz Lightyear (Patrick Warburton): A ruthless, pure evil version of Buzz Lightyear from an alternate reality which he conquered. He was his reality's ruler, head of a vast evil empire, and was very cruel and cunning, manipulating Zurg and Gravitina (who adored him) to his own wicked ends. He is the exact opposite of Buzz in personality and demeanor, wears a modified uniform in colors similar to Zurg's, and has a goatee (a reference to Star Trek, where evil doubles tend to sport that hairstyle). However, he can survive things like Buzz that most people can't, such as surviving his ship's own explosion or falling into the sun.
- Flint (Mark Hamill): An android stockboy who got tired of his forced labor and planned revenge. He created manta ray-like shriekers to attack ships resulting in castaways on the planet his shriekers were built. He portrayed himself to be the leader of the village where the castaways resided until he was exposed and defeated by Team Lightyear.
- Gargantian Militants: Tiny beings who hide in robotic exosuits. They use these suits as various disguises/ways to infiltrate what they desire. The Gargantian Militants hate commercial places on their planets as well as the fact that their people joined the Galactic Alliance, meaning no wars. They are led by Tremendor (Kevin Michael Richardson). Another known Gargantian Militant is Monumentus (Charles Fleischer) whom is Tremendor's second-in-command. Immensitor and Behemor (both also voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) are also members of the Gargantian Militants. As a joke, most Gargantian names, as well as species as a whole, are an ironic pun to their small stature
- Minister Gularis (Harvey Korman): A shark-like Bathyosian minister and leader of the Bathyosian Council who is secretly head of the B.A.R.R. (Bathyosians Against Air-Breathers) movement. He wears a device with mechanical arms on him. He planned to use a Tritum Missile that would turn any planet's atmosphere to match Bathyos, in short, create a new water world. It took Buzz Lightyear and Officer Panchex to thwart his plans.
- The Heed: A race of supposedly semi-omnipetent beings who in fact have an ulterior motive, that of conquering the galaxy (Much Like Star Trek: The Next Generation's Borg). A Heed named Guzelian (Eric Idle) used the Grubs and the LGM's to trick the galaxy into believing that he was spreading Galactic Peace. Once both sides had disable their weapons, the Heed would take the opportunity to strike. However Buzz and Zurg team up to stop them by broadcasting his confession all across the galaxy. They then fled as both Star Command and Zurg's empire rearmed themselves.
- Keno Kentrix (Jess Harnell): A Bathyosian casino owner on Mahambas 6 who was behind the weapons smuggling. When XR heads into Keno's casino disguised as Booster (since robots aren't allowed in his casino) and makes a pass at Keno's girl, Keno place a bounty on Booster's head. When XR admits to Keno, he and the bounty hunters attack until they are thwarted by Buzz and Keno is arrested.
- Lardak Lurdak (Kevin Michael Richardson): A minor criminal in a dome helmet.
- Natron (Diedrich Bader): An ancient evil space mummy. In his time, he ruled the universe as an ultimate "invincible" evil. Defeated and imprisoned by "The Protector," he vowed to once again rule the universe, and is awakened by the LGMs on Planet X thousands of years later. He took Warp's life force and began to use his technology to attack and freeze everyone on Capital Planet. He was stopped when the LGMs returned the stolen life force to warp and was imprisoned again. Buzz tested if he could break out again by vaporizing the door into sand. His name is based on natrium (salt) used in mummification.
- Norbert Q. Klerm (Mitchell Whitfield): The rich and ruthless head of the business company "Compu-klerm." He is friends with the Madame President. He first appeared to make Buzz Lightyear and Zurg fight each other. He later brainwashed Buzz into thinking he was a Compu-klerm employee named "Flip Faxtoner", and occasionally picked Buzz's brain with a large helmet for combat data to use in his battle robots. His plans were ultimately thwarted by Buzz when he came to his senses and replaced his bots' brains with a fellow co-worker.
- Professor Spyro Von Madman (Ryan Stiles): Spyro Lepton is a former Star Command scientist whose banned experiments lead to his transformation into a Cryborg, a being with a crystalline basis. He gets powerful by feeding off electricity. After years of plotting revenge on Buzz Lightyear and a messy rampage on Capital Planet, he was restored to normal by his daughter Bonnie Lepton. He has supposedly reformed.
- Bonnie Lepton (Tara Strong): Though she is not evil, Bonnie has been helping her father in his experiments. She develops a crush on Buzz Lightyear and helps in stopping her father.
- Raenoks: The Raenoks are the fiercest aliens in the Galaxy. Varg (Kevin Michael Richardson) is the ambassador of the Raenoks and the supreme commander of the Raenok military. Kleev (Clancy Brown) is the leader of the Raenoks and Minister of Schemes and Treachery.
- Rentwhistle Swack (French Stewart): A con man who was first seen poaching creatures on Karn. Booster arrested him once prior to this event. He later was Norbert Q. Klerm's "agent/booker/tour guide" when Norbert was making Buzz and Zurg fight each other.
- Roswellean Major (Peter MacNicol): A member of Planet Roswell's military who captured Team Lightyear hoping to dissect them. After they got away, he was demoted to Private by his General. He later sided with Zurg in his domination of Roswell which is thwarted by Buzz and Booster and was arrested for collaborating. Roswellians are based on how aliens were described at the time of the Roswell Incident.
- Shiv Katall (Patrick Warburton): A mysterious soldier of fortune/mercenary/hitman/bounty hunter usually hired by Zurg to eliminate Brain Pods and Grubs who get up enough guts to defect from Zurg. He is secretly a covert identity adopted by Buzz Lightyear, and before Buzz, Commander Nebula. Unfortunately, that identity was compromised due to the actions of Mira, Booster and XR. At the end of said episode it was hinted that Booster was going to become the next Shiv Katall, but it was ignored in future episodes. In a later episode the evil Buzz Lightyear used the Shiv Katall guise in order to acquire parts for a base station he was building near Capital Planet's sun, in order for him and Gravitina to use it to produce 'sunquakes', threatening all nearby life.
- Smeego (Phil LaMarr): A fidgety small time crook and acquaintance of Torque. He can sometimes be found on Trade World.
- Smoltz (Wallace Langham): He's from the same alien race as the Madame President. He was a turn-coat working for Zurg when the Madame President's transport crashed on Karn. When Zurg and his Hornets drove away some Karnian creatures, he revealed his true intentions and the reason why Mira Nova was picked for that mission. When Team Lightyear rescue Mira and the Madame President, Smoltz and Zurg pursued them before being chased away by a mother Narlzak and her young.
- Tangean Grounders: Ground-dwellers of Tangea. They can explode things with their minds. Grounder Clay (Jess Harnell) and Grounder Marl (John Kassir) are examples of Grounders that live on Tangea. A Tangean Grounder and bounty hunter named Romac (David James Elliott), who was Mira's ex-boyfriend, was hired by Zurg to obtain Brain Pod #57. Grounders and Tangeans lose their respective super-abilities when close to each other.
- Team Lightyear Clones: Created by Zurg to thwart the real Team Lightyear. However, due to Zurg's impatience, they were child versions of the originals. Their distilled evil was 12, one point short of Zurg's 13. Wanting to have a robot similar to XR, the children create X-Treme. They were defeated when the team used their most greatest weaknesses against them. X-Treme was defeated by a magnet. Zurg had them put in their chambers again but they emerged out too old.
- Valkyran Raiders: Brun, Sig, and Hilda (all three are voiced by Tress MacNeille) are female space pirates who attack freighters in search of cargo to use for trade and personal use. The mothership of the Valkyran Raiders uses a cloaking device.
- Vartkes (Ricardo Montalbán): 20 Years Ago, a temporary-resigned Buzz Lightyear confronted this villain. Vartkes is a gas baron who tried to take over a cloud farm owned by a woman named Zoey. He tried to get her to sell her farm. When Zoey tried to take him on, Vartkes surrounded them with his robots until Buzz arrived. With a Puffer named Little Joe, he was able to take down Vartkes and his goons.
- Wirewolf: Formerly Space Ranger Ty Parsec. After being bitten by NOS-4-A2, the radiation of Canis Lunus's Green Moon turns him into a robotic lupine, who, like his creator, feeds on energy.
- Madam President (Roz Ryan): Head of the Galactic Alliance. Her real name is unknown.
- Senator Aarrfvox (Jim Cummings): A Shragorakian senator.
- Senator Banda (Dan Castellaneta): A Bathyosian senator.
- Senator Hammerhold (Corey Burton): Petra Hammerhold's father.
- Senator Phlegmex (Frank Welker): A slime-emitting senator.
- Becky (Russi Taylor): A little alien girl from the planet Roswell. She befriended Booster (who she calls Pickles) when Team Lightyear's ship crashed on her planet.
- Brent Starkisser (Corey Burton): The Galaxy's reporter.
- Cosmo (Paul Rugg): An alien that owns and runs the diner that Team Lightyear eats at. He has a mechanical arm as well as a foreign accent.
- Dr. Animus (Tony Jay): The Galaxy's therapist.
- Dr. Ozma Furbanna (Linda Hamilton): Lead (and only) naturalist on planet Karn. She favors all animals (even the lethal carnivores) and hates to have them hurt; no matter what. Has a crush on Buzz (won't admit it, though), and vice-versa. Zurg once used her help to hatch the Millennial (entirely ticklish) Bugs where Zurg will use them on Capital Planet.
- Ed (Paul Rugg): A courier who somehow always knows how to track down Buzz Lightyear.
- Officer Panchex (Brian Doyle-Murray): A fish policeman who helped Buzz Lightyear fight Minister Gularis.
- Professor Triffid (Joel Murray): A scientist from Rhizome. He cares a lot for the plants there.
- Sheriff of Roswell (Stephen Root): Becky's father and ally of Team Lightyear.
Planets and Moons
There are many planets in this series. Among these planets are:
- Bathyos: A water planet.
- Beta Bayou: A bottom-feeder hunter that Rentwhistle Swack rendezvous with is from this planet.
- Binipinardia: A planet that contained a devolution gas.
- Canis Lunis: A planet where Ty Parsec was turned into Wirewolf by NOS-4-A2. The name derives from the Latin words for "canine" and "moon."
- Capital Planet: The Galactic Alliance members meet here.
- Gargantia: A planet inhabited by tiny aliens.
- Jo-Ad: An agricultural planet which is Booster's home planet.
- Karn: A planet that serves as a creature reserve. Dr. Ozma Furbanna works here.
- LGM Homeworld: The home planet of the LGMs. The Unimind is located here.
- Mahamba 6: A resort planet.
- North Polaris: Santa Claus's planet, populated by "Elf-G-M"s. The galaxy's version of the North Pole.
- Olur 5: Zurg used this planet to hatch the Millennial Bugs in one of his plans to attack Capital Planet.
- PC-7: A prison planet.
- Planet of Widows and Orphans:
- Planet X: A somewhat desert-like planet with no name or life. Home of an ancient city and the temple containing Natron.
- Planet Z: Zurg's planet where his home base is located.
- Porcelon: A planet where it's inhabitants look like large toilets.
- Raenok: The Raenok's self-titled planet.
- Rexon 5:
- Rhizome: A vegetation planet which is Professor Triffid's home world.
- Roswell: A planet similar to Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The inhabitants of Roswell are ironically depicted as the stereotypical "little green men" popularized by much of sci-fi. They can also be described as Greys. An incident happens there, somewhat like the real Roswell incident, but with humans (including Buzz Lightyear) instead of Greys and Greys instead of humans, including Greys acting like USA police and GI's.
- Sands de Solay: A resort moon. Destroyed by an out-of-control freight ship.
- Sentilla 6: A stormy planet with lava rivers.
- Shragorak: Senator Aarrfvox's home planet.
- Sitka 7: A ski resort planet
- Tangea: Mira's home planet, inhabited by two races, the Tangean Royals and Grounders. The name is based on the Royals' ability to become intangible
- Trade World: A commercial-oriented world where lesser bad guys hang out.
- Verdentia: A peaceful planet.
| Episode Number
|| Original Air Date
|| Production Code
|| Villan |
||The Torque Armada
||The Planet Destroyer
||The Beasts of Karn
||The Main Event
||The Return of XL
||The Taking of PC-7
||Panic on Bathyos
||A Zoo Out There
||Root of Evil
||Super Nova *
||The Plasma Monster
||The Crawling Flesh
||The Lightyear Factor
||The Yukari Imprint
||The Shape Stealer
||Eye of the Tempest
||Revenge of the Monsters
||Planet of the Lost
||Revenge of the Raenoks
||Galaxy of the wind
||At Large on a Small Planet
||War, Peace and War
||Lost in Time
||Rookie of the Year
||The Rescue Mission
||Enemy Without a Face
||Good Ol' Buzz
||Return to Karn
Opening Scene Variations
Pixar created more than one opening sequence for the show. Among them:
- Buzz lands next to the television (most common scene).
- Buzz smacks into the television and slides down.
- Buzz lands on Bullseye and then falls off in pain.
- Zurg stands next to where Buzz lands and fires at the television screen.
- Buzz lands and is smacked away by Wheezy (riding RC).
- Buzz lands and strikes a Disco pose.
- Buzz lands and opens his wings, knocking down everyone behind him.
- Buzz's house and everyone elses' houses are based on the attraction at Disneyland called Monsanto House of the Future.
- In the episode Stranger Invasion, Buzz Lightyear and the Evil Emperor Zurg engage in a confrontation similar to a lightsaber battle, in which Zurg distracts Buzz by claiming he's his father. Zurg did the same in the film Toy Story 2, in which the scene parodied Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
- The episode Strange Invasion, is a spoof of the Roswell Incident right down to the alien autopsy film and the "weather balloon coverup". Also keeping in line with the Roswell Incident, the planet they crash on is called "Roswell" and it bears a strong resemblance to the American Southwest; its inhabitants, meanwhile, resemble the Greys.
- The "Roswellian" characters, the sheriff and the barber, are spoofs of Sheriff Andy Taylor and Floyd the Barber on The Andy Griffith Show.
- The name of the last episode (42) is almost certainly a reference to the answer to life, the universe, and everything from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.
References to Toy Story
- In one episode, one of the characters is seen ordering food from Pizza Planet, which appeared as an actual space-themed restaurant in Toy Story.