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Centurions: Power Xtreme
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Genre
Voices of
  • Michael Bell
  • Jennifer Darling
  • Vince Edwards
  • Ron Feinberg
  • Pat Fraley
  • Ed Gilbert
  • Diane Pershing
  • Bob Ridgely
  • Neil Ross
  • B. J. Ward
Narrated by William Woodson (Opening Narration)
Theme music composer Udi Harpaz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 65
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Larry Huber
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Ruby-Spears Enterprises
Nippon Sunrise (Studio 7, uncredited animator)
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises
Release
Original network Syndicated
Original release April 7 (1986-04-07) – December 12, 1986 (1986-12-12)

Centurions: Power Xtreme is a syndicated American science fiction animated television series produced by Ruby-Spears and was animated in Japan by Nippon Sunrise's Studio 7. Comic book artists Jack Kirby and Gil Kane contributed to the design and concepts of the show while Norio Shioyama did the character designs. The series began in 1986 as a five-part mini-series and was followed with a 60-episode series. The series was story edited by Ted Pedersen and written by several authors, including prolific science fiction writers Michael Reaves, Marc Scott Zicree, Larry DiTillio and Gerry Conway.

The series theme and soundtrack were composed by Udi Harpaz. There was also a line of tie-in toys by Kenner and a comic book series by DC Comics. The show revolves around the conflict between Doc Terror's cyborgs and the Centurions (a combination of hard-suit and a mecha).

Premise

In the near future of the 21st century, the cyborg mad scientist Doc Terror seeks to conquer the Earth and turn its inhabitants into robot slaves. He is assisted by his cyborg companion Hacker and an army of robots. There were many types of cyborgs:

  • Doom Drones Traumatizers – The most commonly seen drones are walking robots with laser blasters for arms. The toy for the Traumatizer was a Sears store exclusive. The Traumatizer Leader was colored red.
  • Doom Drones Strafers – A flying robot armed with missiles and lasers. Doc Terror and Hacker are able to fly by swapping their purely robot half for a Strafer.
  • Groundborgs – A land-based robot armed with lasers that moves on treads. No toy was made of Groundborgs.
  • Cybervore Panther – A robot panther. Introduced later in the series. Could combine with the Cybervore Shark. A toy for the Cybervore Panther was designed, but never released.
  • Cybervore Shark – A robot shark. Introduced later in the series. Could combine with the Cybervore Panther. A toy for the Cybervore Shark was designed, but never released.

Later, a wheeled Drone with a large screen and cannons as well as a submarine drone were added. They are joined on many occasions, starting with the first episode, by Doc Terror's daughter Amber.

At each turn, their evil plans are thwarted by the heroic Centurions. The Centurions are a team of men dressed in specially created exo-frames that allow them (upon shouting "PowerXtreme") to fuse with 'incredible' assault weapon systems, becoming what the show calls man and machine, Power Xtreme! The end result is a weapons platform somewhere between a hard-suit and a mecha. Originally, there are three Centurions but two other Centurions are later added:

Original Team:

  • Max Ray – 'Brilliant' Sea Operations Commander: The calm and collected de facto leader of the team, donning a green exo-frame suit and sporting a fine moustache. His toy file card said that for exercise he regularly swam from California to Hawaii-and back. His weapon systems are best suited for underwater missions, some of these are as follows:
    • Cruiser – A sea assault weapon system that is used for in and out of water that includes hydro thrusters, a keel-fin radar unit and a missile launcher. Max wears this with a green helmet that matches his exo-frame.
    • Tidal Blast – A powerful surface-sub-surface attack weapon system with two hydro-powered keel-fins used for above and below the water that has battle modes such as cruise, subsonic speed and rear attack. Its weapons include a re-pulsar lesion cannon and two rotating and firing shark missiles. Like Cruiser, Max wears this with a green helmet.
    • Depth Charger – A deep-sea weapon system used for deep underwater missions. It is a mini sub with two pivoting pontoon thrusters and two mobile directional aqua fins that has modes of attack such as diving, full fire and deep sea. Its weapons include two rotating aqua cannons, deep-sea torpedoes and a hydromine.
    • Sea Bat – Released in the second phase of the toys' release.
    • Fathon Fan -
  • Jake Rockwell – 'Rugged' Land Operations Specialist: Donning a yellow exo-frame suit. A passionate idealist with a strong moral compass, he has a short fuse that often puts him at odds with the cocky and casual personality of Ace. His weapon systems have the most firepower and are best suited for land missions, some of these are as follows:
    • Fireforce – A powerful land assault weapon system that includes twin laser cannons and a rotating plasma re-pulsar. Jake wears this with a yellow helmet that matches his exo-frame.
    • Wild Weasel – A protective armour assault weapon system in the shape of a motorcycle with a head shield and protective back shell for dangerous missions such as heavy forests or rocky terrains. It has battle modes including tracking, anti-aircraft, high speed travel and land attack. Its weapons include two land lasers and a front assault pak module for storing accessories.
    • Detonator – A heavy artillery weapon system for maximum firepower. It has many battle modes including air attack and ground assault. Its weapons include sonic ray guns and freeze ray blasters. Like Fireforce, Jake wears this with a yellow helmet.
    • Hornet – An assault helicopter weapon system used to assist Aerial missions that has battle modes including surveillance, high speed assault and sneak attack. Its weapons include four sidewinder missiles and a rotating freeze cannon.
    • Swingshot – Released in the second phase of the toys' release.
  • Ace McCloud – 'Daring' Air Operations Expert: Donning a blue exo-frame suit, he is a brave but cocky womanizer who is sometimes at odds with Jake. His weapon systems are best suited for aerial missions, some of these are as follows:
    • Skyknight – A powerful air assault weapon system that has two turbo thrusters. Its weapons include stinsel missiles, laser cannons and laser bombs. Ace wears this with a blue helmet that matches his exo-frame.
    • Orbital Interceptor – An advanced air weapon assault system with inner atmospheric thrusters that can even be used in space. It has battle modes including cruise, pursuit and power blast. Its weapons include two particle beam deflectors and a particle beam missile. Ace wears this with a life support helmet.
    • Skybolt – An air reinforcement weapon system that has two booster stabiliser pods, radar tracking wings and modular invertible wings with battle modes including reconnaissance, backfire and anti-attack. Its weapons include galactic missiles and two backfire missile launchers for front and rear attacks. Like Skyknight, Ace wears this with a blue helmet.
    • Strato Strike – The toy for Strato Strike was designed, but never released.

Extended Team (later additions):

  • Rex Charger – 'Expert' Energy Programmer. Dons a red and pale green exo-frame suit.
    • Electro Charger -
    • Gatling Guard -
  • John Thunder – 'Specialist' Infiltration Commander. Has a black exo-frame with exposed skin.
    • Silent Arrow -
    • Thunder Knife -

The Centurions are based on an orbiting space station called Sky Vault where its operator, Crystal Kane, uses a transporter to send the Centurions, and the requested weapon systems, to where they are needed. Crystal is always in the company of either Jake Rockwell's dog Shadow or Lucy the orangutan, or in most cases both. Shadow is usually more involved with the Centurions' battles than Lucy and sports a harness with dual missile launchers. Crystal suggests tactics and sends equipment as required. The Centurions also have a hidden base in New York City called "Centrum". Its entrance is hidden in a book store and must be reached via an underground railcar. "Centrum" serves as the Centurions' land base of operations and also has a beaming pod for rapid transport to "Sky Vault". In addition to "Sky Vault" and "Centrum" there is also a "Centurion Academy" whose location is kept completely secret and only seen in the last 5 episodes.

Much like the Super Friends' additions of Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Samurai, and El Dorado to introduce racial diversity into the series, The Centurions saw the addition of Rex Charger, the energy expert, and John Thunder, the Apache infiltration expert.

Main voices

  • Michael Bell – John Thunder
  • Jennifer Darling – Amber
  • Vince Edwards – Jake Rockwell
  • Ron Feinberg – Doc Terror
  • Pat Fraley – Max Ray, Dr. Wu
  • Ed Gilbert – Hacker
  • Diane Pershing – Crystal Kane
  • Bob Ridgely – Rex Charger
  • Neil Ross – Ace McCloud
  • B. J. Ward – Cassandra Cross/Lilith Cross
  • William Woodson – Opening Narration

Additional voices

Episodes

Five-part mini-series

  1. "The Sky Is on Fire" (1986.04.07): written by Ted Pedersen
  2. "Battle Beneath the Sea" (1986.04.08): written by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry
  3. "An Alien Affair" (1986.04.09): written by Ted Pedersen
  4. "Found: One Lost World" (1986.04.10): written by Don Glut
  5. "Sand Doom" (1986.04.11): written by Ted Pedersen

Season One

  1. "Whalesong" (1986.09.22): written by Gerry Conway and Carla Conway
  2. "Tornado of Terror" (1986.09.23): written by Gerry Conway and Carla Conway
  3. "Denver Is Down" (1986.09.24): written by Matt Uitz
  4. "Micro Menace" (1986.09.25): written by Jack Bornoff
  5. "Attack of the Plant-Borg" (1986.09.28): written by Don Goodman
  6. "Battle Beneath the Ice" (1986.09.29): written by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry
  7. "Operation Starfall" (1986.09.30): written by Michael Reaves
  8. "Let the Games Begin" (1986.10.01): written by Marc Scott Zicree
  9. "Firebird" (1986.10.02): written by Matt Uitz
  10. "Cold Calculations" (1986.10.03): written by Kayte Kuch
  11. "Return of Captain Steele" (1986.10.06): written by Michael Reaves
  12. "Three Strikes and You're Dead" (1986.10.07): written by Larry DiTillio
  13. "Double Agent" (1986.10.08): written by Creighton Barnes
  14. "Child's Play" (1986.10.09): written by Kayte Kuch
  15. "Terror on Ice" (1986.10.10): written by Herb Engelhardt
  16. "That Old Black Magic" (1986.10.13): written by Gerry Conway and Carla Conway
  17. "Max Ray...Traitor" (1986.10.14): written by Marc Scott Zicree
  18. "Crack the World" (1986.10.15): written by Gerry Conway and Carla Conway
  19. "The Incredible Shrinking Centurions" (1986.10.16): written by Michael Cassutt and Mark Cassutt
  20. "Live at Five" (1986.10.17): written by Michael Charles Hill
  21. "The Mummy's Curse" (1986.10.20): written by Gerry Conway and Carla Conway
  22. "Counterclock Crisis" (1986.10.21): written by Gerry Conway and Carla Conway
  23. "Zombie Master" (1986.10.22): written by Creighton Barnes
  24. "Malfunction" (1986.10.23): written by Creighton Barnes and Matt Uitz
  25. "Broken Beams" (1986.10.24): written by Herb Engelhardt
  26. "The Chameleon's Sting" (1986.10.27): written by Kayte Kuch
  27. "Film at Eleven" (1986.10.28): written by Michael Charles Hill
  28. "Hacker Must Be Destroyed" (1986.10.29): written by Don Glut
  29. "Showdown at Skystalk" (1986.10.30): written by Michael Reaves
  30. "The Warrior" (1986.10.31): written by Mark Edens
  31. "Return of Cassandra" (1986.11.03): written by Gerry Conway and Carla Conway
  32. "Night on Terror Mountain" (1986.11.04): written by Mel Gilden
  33. "Merlin" (1986.11.05): written by Kip Gordy
  34. "The Monsters from Below" (1986.11.06): written by Gary Greenfield
  35. "The Road Devils" (1986.11.07): written by Gary Greenfield
  36. "Zone Dancer" (1986.11.10): written by Michael Reaves
  37. "Firecracker" (1986.11.11): written by Larry DiTillio
  38. "Traitors Three" (1986.11.12): written by Barbara Hambly
  39. "You Only Love Twice" (1986.11.13): written by Martha Humphreys
  40. "Sungrazer" (1986.11.14): written by Michael Reaves
  41. "Novice" (1986.11.17): written by Herb Engelhardt
  42. "Breakout" (1986.11.18): written by Antoni Zalewski
  43. "Atlantis Adventure, Part I" (1986.11.19): written by Steve Perry and Ted Pedersen
  44. "Atlantis Adventure, Part II" (1986.11.20): written by Steve Perry and Ted Pedersen
  45. "Ghost Warrior" (1986.11.21): written by Gerry Conway and Carla Conway
  46. "Let the Lightning Fall" (1986.11.24): written by Gerry Conway and Carla Conway
  47. "Cyborg Centurion" (1986.11.25): written by Michael Charles Hill
  48. "Day of the Animals" (1986.11.26): written by Steve Perry
  49. "To Dare Dominion, Part I" (1986.11.27): written by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry
  50. "To Dare Dominion, Part II" (1986.11.28): written by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry
  51. "Hole in the Ocean, Part I" (1986.12.01): written by Herb Engelhardt
  52. "Hole in the Ocean, Part II" (1986.12.02): written by Herb Engelhardt
  53. "The Better Half, Part I" (1986.12.03): written by Larry Huber
  54. "The Better Half, Part II" (1986.12.04): written by Larry Huber
  55. "Revenge" (1986.12.05): written by Kayte Kuch
  56. "Man or Machine, Part 1" (1986.12.08): written by Ted Pedersen and Steve Perry
  57. "Man or Machine, Part 2" (1986.12.09): written by Ted Pedersen and Steve Perry
  58. "Man or Machine, Part 3" (1986.12.10): written by Ted Pedersen and Steve Perry
  59. "Man or Machine, Part 4" (1986.12.11): written by Ted Pedersen and Steve Perry
  60. "Man or Machine, Part 5" (1986.12.12): written by Ted Pedersen and Steve Perry
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