Picks and Pans Review: Silverhawks: Sky Shadow and the Gold Shield

updated 09/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Recalling recent animated series like Galaxy Rangers, this one has a high-tech gloss, a rock 'n' roll facade and the heart of a gnat. The best character is Tally-Hawk, an artificial bird that zooms around the universe skirmishing with Mon*Star. Tally-Hawk is lucky he doesn't have any lines to be read badly by the atrocious voice-over cast, all of whom seem to be competing in a Broderick Crawford soundalike contest. (The late Adolph Caesar, an Oscar nominee in A Soldier's Story, did Hotwing's voice in these two episodes.) Hawk's partners, all human-machine cyborgs, include Quicksilver, Bluegrass, and the Steel Twins, Steelheart and Steelwill. They're wooden and given to gaffes—in a jam Steelwill complains, "We're fourth and 10 in our own end zone." The best touch in these two half-hour tapes is that Mon*Star's henchwoman, Melodia, and Bluegrass use laser weapons that fire destructive musical notes. This gives adults the chance to muse about a battle between, say, Mötley Crüe and the Lawrence Welk Orchestra: "Myron, quick, do Lady of Spain before they can get into Girls, Girls, Girls." (Lorimar, $14.95 apiece)—R.N. (T.N.: "Good tapes. How often do you see a half-robot, half-bird?")

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