Mar 032009

Why, hello there, my lovely blog. Long time no see. I really don’t have a good reason for neglecting you for so long, other than the fact that my brain seems to have gone into hibernation this winter. Since spring is now looming on the horizon, I will treat you to a blast from my past: The SilverHawks.

SilverHawks was one of my favorite shows from childhood. I had SilverHawk shoes, and I also seem to remember a SilverHawk backpack, and possibly a Trapper Keeper. There were also the obligatory action figures. I was immensely interested in all things to do with space, and this was a fantastic space Western of sorts, so it was right up my alley.

The SilverHawks were brought to home viewers by the same creative geniuses who dreamt up the Thundercats (Hooooooo!), and even featured many of the same voice actors. They were “partly metal, partly real” as the title theme indicated, and had dedicated their lives to fighting organized crime in their galaxy. It only ran for one season, but that was probably due to the fact that not a single rule of physics seemed to apply to the SilverHawk’s galaxy of Limbo. People could talk in space, and fell downward from their ships (which were open to space) if they lost their footing. One of the villains, Windhammer, had the ability to control the weather and could even do so if he wasn’t on a planet.

Despite the lack of any realism whatsoever, at the end of the show you were always presented with a real fact about the workings of outer space. When you’re between the ages of eight to ten, however, physics don’t matter to you. What matters is an exciting show that can capture your imagination and take it on an interstellar ride for roughly 22 minutes, which is exactly what the creators accomplished, and I’m thankful to have had that kind of influence in my life at such an early age.

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  One Response to “Fond Memory: SilverHawks”

  1. They sure don’t make ’em like they used to.

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