Remembering things that half the world forgot is one of my many mutant powers (being able to spot a female nipple in one frame of a movie is another one). Friends contact me at all hours of the night when they get stuck trying to remember something from their child hood, and 90% of the time I have the answer. It’s that fiendish 10% that gets under my skin. Every now and then my brain only shows me a few images of things that I should know instantly. That REEEALLY pisses me off. But I’m a very patient man. I know that if I wait long enough (and drink enough booze) the veil will be lifted and the knowledge will be mine. Today’s “Throwback” took me over 20 damn years, mostly due to a word that will forever haunt me…..PHOTON.
For the past 20+ years, I’d been trying to figure out the name of a show whose premise seemed to elicit raging fits of laughter from those I tried getting answers from. Only two of my closest friends knew what I was talking about and didn’t go Porky Pig on me. Hell, they even had the name! But because I could only remember one bizarre image from the show, I didn’t think we were talking about the same program. The only memory I had was of a Borg-like dude with black hair and red paint on his “armor”:
Now, try to piece together a kids television show with only this picture peeking through a massive black cloud in your head. Can’t be done. It’s because of scenarios like this that I love the internet. On a whim, I typed “80’s lazer tag kids show” in the Google search thing. I literally jumped out of my chair. All of the questions I’d had for the past 20+ years had been answered. PHOTON had come back into my life, and now I bring it back into yours with all the crazy 80’s chroma-key your eyes can handle.
Time for a commercial break:
THE LIGHT SHINES!:
Part of the reason for the show’s cancellation was due to the closings of PHOTON game centers around the country. I think the other was because they were trying to create Power Rangers. But even though PHOTON only lasted a single season, a slew of lazer tag paraphernalia and action figures managed to make there way to local toy stores. If you ask me, they should’ve tried giving this show a re-boot in the late 90’s when indoor lazer tag places began to pop up again. They would’ve made a killing with these toys.
Princess Tivia of Nivia
I’m a little bummed out that “atomicbunnygirl” only posted the first episode of the show. The only other thing I can remember watching as a kid was an episode all about Mandarr. In said episode, we learn that Mandarr was once a PHOTON warrior named Even who gets brainwashed by the Warlord of Arr. That episode bothered me as a child mostly because I hated watching good-guys turn bad, but also because they showed his transformation. It’s disturbing to see when you’re 6. If anyone knows where to find video of that, I’ll buy you a pass to Luna Park or Brizbyland.