An astronaut, stranded on a primitive planet in a distant universe, fights against the tyranny of the Overlord.






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Series cast summary:
 John Blackstar (13 episodes, 1981)
Linda Gary ...
 Mara / ... (13 episodes, 1981)
Patrick Pinney ...
 Balkar / ... (13 episodes, 1981)
 Carpo / ... (13 episodes, 1981)
 Burble / ... (13 episodes, 1981)


Astronaut John Blackstar's shuttle passes through a black hole and crashes on the planet Sagar. He is rescued by the gentle Trobbits, who live under the tyranny of the Overlord, possessor of one half of an all-powerful sword. Armed with the other half, Blackstar aids the resistance with his dragon Warlock; the shapeshifter Klone; and the sorceress Mara. Written by Derek C.

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Originally, there were only going to be three Trobbits, all blue skinned and based on the Morlocks from The Time Machine. But CBS found the characters too monstrous and asked them to be redesigned, and their number increased to seven, not unlike Disney's Seven Dwarfs. See more »


John Blackstar: [series' intro] John Blackstar, astronaut, is swept through a black hole, into an ancient alien universe. Trapped on the planet Sagar, Blackstar is rescued by the tiny Trobbit people. In turn, he joins their fight for freedom against the cruel Overlord, who rules by the might of the Powerstar. The Powerstar is split into the Powersword and the Starsword. And so with Starsword in hand, Blackstar together with his allies, sets out to save the planet Sagar. This is his destiny. I am John Blackstar.
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Edited into Vitamine (1983) See more »

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A great fantasy series
12 April 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Blackstar was an animated fantasy series done by Filmation, who went on to create He-man and the Masters of the Universe and She-ra, Princess of Power. In fact Blackstar seems very much like a warm-up for He-man; the combined science fiction/fantasy atmosphere of Sagar would be reborn in a new form in He-man's Eternia, which would end up getting developed a lot more deeply because He-man ran for something like 130 episodes and Blackstar ran only 13. I last saw this series in the early 80's, and I still vividly recall it with wonder. It was a true epic fantasy. I highly recommend it if you can find it on video somewhere.

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