Lazer Tag Academy
Lazer Tag Academy is an animated television series inspired by Worlds of Wonder's Lazer Tag (their branded version of the pursuit game referred to generically as "laser tag") that was created by Ruby-Spears Productions. The series aired on NBC from September 13 to December 6, 1986. It was later shown in reruns under the new title Lazer Patrol on the Sci Fi Channel as part of Sci Fi Cartoon Quest.
|Lazer Tag Academy|
|Narrated by||Don LaFontaine (Opening narration)|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 13 –|
December 6, 1986
At the same time, another laser tag related series, DiC's live-action Photon series aired the same year in syndication.
Jamie Jaren, the Lazer Tag Champion of 2986, travels back in time to the year 1986 to help her ancestors, teenagers Tom and Beth and toddler Nicky. Jamie protects the kids from Draxon Drear, a master criminal from the year 2061 who was unwittingly revived from suspended animation by Jamie's teacher Professor Olanga after he ended up in that state following a spaceship hijacking accident. Draxon's spaceship crashed into the Atlantic Ocean and was kept in suspended animation until he was revived.
Draxon has traveled back in time to destroy Beth because she would eventually create the Starlyte gun and Starsensor (two real-life Lazer Tag products) worn by Jamie. These machines enabled Jamie to compete in the Lazer Tag tournaments of her time period, but in the hands of certain individuals, a Starlyte is capable of producing effects that enable the wielder to manipulate matter and energy on a molecular scale and with the aid of the Starsensor, travel through time.
Draxon leads a group of genetically-enhanced humans called Skuggs,who were originally created to serve humanity before they ended up in Draxon's thrall. One of the Skuggs accidentally sets off the suspended animation gas on Draxon's spaceship, which reawakens Draxon several centuries in the past.
Beth and Tom's parents, Andrew and Genna Jaren, were mostly ignorant to the battles with Draxon Drear and the Skuggs and believed Jamie was a foreign exchange student.
- The Beginning (September 13, 1986)
- Skugg Duggery (September 20, 1986)
- Yamoto's Curse (September 27, 1986)
- Pay Dirt (October 4, 1986)
- Charles' Science Project (October 11, 1986)
- The Witch Switch (October 18, 1986)
- The Olanga Story (October 25, 1986)
- Battle Hymn of Jaren's (November 1, 1986)
- Sir Tom Of Jaren (November 8, 1986)
- Redbeard's Treasure (November 15, 1986)
- Drear's Doll (November 22, 1986)
- StarLyte on the Orient Express (November 29, 1986)
- Jamie and the Spitfires (December 6, 1986)
- Booker Bradshaw - Draxon Drear
- Pat Fraley - Charlie Ferguson, Skuggs
- Noelle Harling - Jamie Jaren
- Billy Jayne - Tom Jaren
- Don LaFontaine - Opening Narration
- Christina MacGregor - Beth Jaren
- Tress MacNeille - Genna Jaren
- Sid McCoy - Professor Olanga
- Frank Welker - Andrew Jaren, Skuggs, Ralphie
- R.J. Williams - Nicky Jaren
- Michael Hack - Voice Director
- Dan DiStefano - Story Editor
UK VHS release
|VHS Title||Release Date||Episodes|
|Lazer Tag Academy (VC1088)||1987||"The Beginning", "Skugg Duggery"|
Home video and syndication
Three VHS tapes were released by Celebrity Home Entertainment:
- Laser Tag Academy: The Movie was released in 1989 (95 minutes)
- Lazer Tag Academy: Champion's Biggest Challenge was released March 21, 1989 (110 minutes)
- The third tape was released on June 19, 1991 with a single episode, The Battle Hymn of the Jarens.
Lazer Tag Academy was later rerun in syndication under the name Laser Patrol. This version was also shown briefly on the Sci-Fi Channel.
- "Saturday Morning: Good And Bad". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-10-15.