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 Colonel Steve Zodiac / ... (39 episodes, 1962-1963)
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 Doctor Venus / ... (39 episodes, 1962-1963)
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 Lieutenant Ninety / ... (39 episodes, 1962-1963)
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Fireball XL5 was part of the fleet of interplanetary rockets protecting Sector 25 of the Solar System from alien invasion under the supervision of the World Space Patrol. In command of XL5 was Steve Zodiac, and his crew consisted of Venus, a doctor, Professor Matic, the science officer, and Robert the Robot, the rocket's mechanical co-pilot. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Recurrent villains on the series include the "Space Spys" Boris and Griselda, and the evil Aliens from Planet 46, who sworn revenge on Steve Zodiac since the first episode. See more »

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In numerous scenes the characters can be seen surviving in space WITHOUT taking the oxygen pills it is often established they need to survive there. See more »

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[about a mad scientist who developed rapidly growing vines to take over the galaxy]
Prof. Matt Matic: He used to be such a nice fellow at Universe University. I guess he took the Ivy League too seriously.
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Referenced in Love, Honor and Obey (2000) See more »

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Fireball
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Written by Barry Gray
Performed by Don Spencer
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Still in the memory after 40+ years

I can't believe anyone outside of my brother or me remembers this show. There were times throughout my life when I had to question if the show ever really existed. We were so mesmerized by all of the episodes and we played XL5 for hours up on hours. I believe that for us the spaceship itself was the real focus of our enjoyment. There just wasn't anything like it at the time. Rail launching a space ship was definitely ahead of it's time.

I must admit that that I don't really remember much of the show. Robby's electro-voice saying `Fire Retro Rockets' has definitely remained with me over the years. I still get a thrill when I reminisce about the rare episodes when XL1 was employed to help save the day. I remember a friend in school had the XL5 lunch box and I used sit and study it, on the rare occasion when he would let me. It was in color! I am a father now and my children grew up on Transformers and Power Rangers. However, the looks on their faces when these characters would save the day would sometimes take me back to the days of my childhood and XL5 and for that brief moment we shared an emotion of childhood that I will always treasure. I can only hope that they will some day be lucky enough to experience the same with their children. I plan on purchasing the DVD set of XL5. I am not sure if I will try to talk the kids into watching them with me but the opportunity will be there if they choose.


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