BattleTech (1995– )

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Based upon the strategy war game and set during events in the Blood of Kerensky Trilogy by Michael Stackpole, a small independent unit lead by Maj. Adam Steiner fights their way to their ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Sean Bushe
(1 episode)
Richard Dean
(1 episode)
Roxxy Dakota
(1 episode)
Keith Chihara
(1 episode)
Mark McAffrey
(1 episode)
Bernard Bear
(1 episode)
Guy de Mouchenique
(1 episode)
Steve Kramer
(1 episode)
Christina Forrest
(1 episode)
Patricia Ja Lee
(1 episode)


Based upon the strategy war game and set during events in the Blood of Kerensky Trilogy by Michael Stackpole, a small independent unit lead by Maj. Adam Steiner fights their way to their home planet of Somerset when news of an army of mysterious invaders calling themselves the Clans begin to conquer world after world in their ultimate goal to take Terra. The First Somerset Strikers, as the unit is called, is assigned to take the fight to the Clans and learn as much of the invaders as they can, all the while being pursued by an obsessive Clan Jade Falcon warrior named Nicholai Malthus. Written by Miriani <>

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Episode 6 "Protect and Survive" suffers from the above mentioned Battlemech limitations, changing Prince Victor's 'Mech from the Victor-class he was named after to a Mauler, and Galen Cox's Crusader to a Centurion. The latter is understandable. When the Battletech boardgame was created in 1984, FASA had licensed (although the licenses may have been of dubious authority) designs from a number of anime shows including "Dougram", "Crusher Joe" and "Macross" as the basis for the earliest "BattleMechs". By 1990, FASA was embroiled in a bitter legal battle with Harmony Gold over the use of the designs, and by 1995, FASA had settled with HG by pulling the 11 offending designs from use. One of them was the Crusader, originally the Armored Valkyrie from "Macross". See more »


Referenced in Mech Commander (1998) See more »

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Could have been better, but cut short.
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Despite it's contradictions with the original source, the Battletech Animated Series is a decent enough representation of the series fiction, even drawing upon events from the books (such as the involuntary evacuation of Victor Davion from a battle). The major crippling point was that it was canned just at the end of the first season, leaving the series perpetually at a stand-still. If someone could get the rights to it, I think it would be a good thing to bring it back, especially if using animation similar to that used in Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, or several of the computer animated series out today. Especially with the popularity of the computer games spun off from it, such as Mechwarrior 3 and 4, and Mech Commander 1 and 2.

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