Saber Rider & The Star Sheriffs: Collector's
Edition Vol 1 (VCI Entertainment
Picture: C Sound: C+ Extras: D Episodes: A+
has left Earth and expanded to the stars, colonizing new planets and creating
new frontiers. But unfortunately mankind
soon discovered they were not alone, outpost after outpost was attacked by
outlaws, criminals, and Vapor Beings (or Outriders). Cavalry Command calls in the Star Sheriffs an
elite group of heroes, only they could protect the colonies and stop the evil
plan of the Outriders. Along with their
transforming battleship RAMROD (voiced by Peter Cullen who voiced Optimus Prime
in the cartoon series Transformers)
and its creator April, Saber Rider, Fireball, and Colt protect the new frontier
from the alien invaders. Here is the
world of Saber Rider.
This series was a blast from the past, an 80s animation that is similar to the
series Bravestarr, many of the
places and names were influenced by the Old West. But even with the cowboys on the frontier
setting, Saber Rider has also a
mixture of anime, cyberpunk, giant robots as well... however it is also its
weak point; it tries to appeal to too many levels at the same time. The characters and vehicles ranges from a
cyber horse, race car, plane to their transforming spaceship/robot. The Star Sheriffs themselves are made up of a
multicultural team and then throwing them into a Western, sci-fi world made it
a confusing blend of sci-fi cowboys in the future.
Granted this was an
older series, it is old school and predictable, a bad guy shows up threatening
a town and the heroes are the only ones who can stop them. Most of the episodes were self contained and
ended similar each time, with their ship Ramrod transforming to a gigantic
robot and blowing the enemy away.
Episode 1: Star Sheriff Round Up
Saber Rider meets Fireball and Colt for the first time. They are attacked by
the Outriders and join April and Ramrod to defeat the Outriders.
Episode 2: Cavalry Command (Part 1)
Sheriffs return to their home base to help train the new cadets. But even at
home they get no breaks.
Episode 3: Jesse's Revenge (Part 2)
cadet Jesse after rejected by April plots revenge against the Star Sheriffs.
Episode 4: Iguanna Get to Know You
learns from an unlikely critter, that sometimes it is dangerous to fly solo.
Episode 5: Little Hombre
ex-mercenary is has to make a choice when his son is kidnapped by the
Outriders. The Star Sheriffs show up,
but can he find the courage to pick up a gun again?
Episode 6: The Greatest Show on the New
The circus is in town, but the circus master has a deadly surprise for the new
Episode 7: Little Pardner
The Star Sheriffs find a little boy whose town is enslaved by the Outriders to
work in their mines and tries to free them.
Episode 8: Brawlin' Is My Callin'
The Star Sheriffs go undercover as hired hands, but soon find they are in hot
water when their cover is blown.
Episode 9: Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Me
A group of wild stallions are destroying the town, but can a mysterious shaman
be the cause?
Episode 10: Castle of the Mountain Haze
The Star Sheriffs have a problem convincing a Lord to move when volcanic activity
threatens his castle, Saber Rider challenges him to a dual of honor.
Episode 11: Oh Boy! Dinosaurs!
Outriders are stealing the dinosaurs on planet Tropica, it's up to the Star
Sheriffs to save them!
Episode12: Four Leaf Clover
The plans for Ramrod were stolen, but when the Outriders take children for
ransom and demand the plans, can they make the trade?
Episode 13: The Highlanders
Saber Rider comes home to find it overrun by the Outriders; can he and the
Highlander clans fight back for their own lands?
Episode 14: What Did You Do on Your
Commander Eagle, April's father has gone missing. The Star Sheriffs investigate and finds the
Commander's ship, but suddenly they are ambushed!
Episode 15: Jesse Blue
Jesse Blue an ex-cavalry cadet works for the Outriders, challenges Colt to one
on one showdown.
Episode 16: Showdown at Cimarron Pass
Planet Yuma is under attack. As Gattler prepares to take out the Star Sheriffs,
the Star Sheriffs head toward Cimarron Pass to head them off.
17: The Saber and the Tomahawk
A Cashoni Indian is framed for attacking the settlers, and tension is building
between the two groups. Saber Rider faces his blood brother, but can they find
the culprit before a range war starts?
X 1 image can show its age, but this is not bad and on par with so many 1980s
shows finished on analog video despite being filmed, while the Dolby Digital
2.0 Mono is a little better, still showing its age. There are no extras, but maybe the next set
will have them.
- Ricky Chiang