|Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension|
|Created by||Thomas W. Lynch|
|Country of origin||Canada
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
Tom Lynch Company
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||YTV (Canada)
Fox Kids (USA)
RTL Germany (Germany)
|Original run||February 9, 2002 – August 24, 2002|
Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension, simply known as Galidor, was a joint-venture between Canadian-American television series that ran on YTV in Canada and Fox Kids in the United States in 2002 with a total of 26 half-hour episodes. The series was created by Thomas W. Lynch, the creator of The Secret World of Alex Mack and The Journey of Allen Strange. It was the final series to launch on Fox Kids, as the block folded only 7 months after its debut.
The show is centered upon Nick Bluetooth, a 15-year-old boy led (with his friend Allegra Zane) by an extraterrestrial map to a spacecraft nicknamed the Egg, which moves them into an 'Outer Dimension' threatened by Gorm; there to protect the story's eponymous realm.
- Nicholas "Nick" Bluetooth (played by Matthew Ewald): A boy of 15 years' age, able to transform his limbs into the limbs of other species or specialized machines (called 'glinching'). Reckless, but anxious to correctly answer the given situation. His surname refers to the Danish king Harald "Bluetooth" Blaatand, who unified Denmark and Norway.
- Allegra Zane (played by Marie-Marguerite Sabongui): Nick's friend and a karate expert, and often sedate in his moments of recklessness. Anxious to return to Earth until persuaded otherwise by natives.
- Jens (played by Sam Magdi, voiced by Michael O'Reilly): The Chief Scientist of the Royal Court of Galidor. Originally a Wexer (a plant-like creature), destroyed by Gorm and become a robot. Usually appears panicky and speaks in a high-pitched voice. Halfway through the show, his clawlike hands are replaced with more articulate gloves.
- Euripides (played by Jeff Hall, voiced by Georges Morris): The Scholar of the Royal Court of Galidor. He is an Amphibib (a large anthropomorphic frog), and the last of his species. Nicholas's advisor, and capable of telekinesis and limited heat generation.
- Nepol (played by Claude Girous, voiced by Walter Massey): A Siktari (blue-furred, large-eyed humanoid) reduced in size by Gorm. Visually impaired, he needs glasses. He wields a luka (an icy-looking spear), runs at great speed, and can project ice or cold.
- Lind (played by Karen Cliche): A native Galidorian who can dissolve at will into a purple gel. Trained by Gorm to take his place as chief counsel to the Outer Dimension.
- Samual "The Stranger" Bluetooth (played by Randy Thomas): Father of Nicholas. An adventurer and scientist who constructed the Egg and underwent adventures in the Outer Dimension, eventually gaining a seat on Galidor's council before marrying Queen Riana. In the beginning of the series, he is seen falling into a chasm, but shown as Gorm's captive in the final cliffhanger.
- Queen Riana (played by Tara Leigh): The Queen of Galidor and mother of Nicholas. Appears in the series mostly as a mental hologram that only Nicholas can see, offering cryptic advice and warnings.
- Gorm (voiced by Ian Finlay, played by Derrick Damon Reeve and Steven P. Park): Once the chief advisor of the Royal Court of Galidor, Gorm has conquered many realms, wiped out some species (like the Amphibibs), and made a virus in the Outer Dimension's Maps. As such he is known as the 'Conqueror of a Thousand Worlds'. He has the ability to 'glinch', amplified by a device on his chest. Among Gorm's other skills are his immense strength, telekinesis, and intellect.
- Tager: One of Gorm's followers, who influenced Gorm's conquest.
- Bala: A bounty hunter working for Gorm. He attacks with an energy bolt that becomes a claw upon impact.
- Caliphonic: Leader of the Aquarts and a minion of Gorm.
The Egg, or TDNM (the Trans-Dimensional Navigation Module), is a blue egg-shaped vehicle, capable of flight, posed on four legs resembling those of Jens. It appears small but comprises several stories, whereof four are seen:
- The Pilot House - The Egg's cockpit. Contains pilot and copilot controls. The front can assume a blast screen.
- The Main Level - Contains a circular table in the center, on which Nick's holographic map doubles as the Egg's navigational computer, and is incapable of functioning without it.
- The Reactor Room - The powerhouse of the Egg.
- The Garbage Chute - A long compactor room that destroys garbage.
Nicholas and Allegra both mention lockers and a Sandwich Simulator, noted for malfunctions. The Egg also contains artificial intelligence. CGI seat belts were designed for the Egg's chairs, but were never used in the series.
Outer Dimension Realms
Here are the known realms in the Outer Dimension:
- Arbo - Formerly a forest realm until Gorm set much of it ablaze. There are some forest remnant (inhabited by dangerous creatures), but the most space is inhospitable desert, while the Aquarts reside in the caverns underneath. This is also the home-realm of the Arbonians.
- Dreejal-Vin - A crowded city realm and home-realm to the Vinics, isolated by Gorm's computer virus.
- Elta-Siktar - The frozen realm of the Eltaans, Siktaris, and Shimels (transportation pack creatures mentioned in passing by Nepol).
- Kek - Formerly a prison realm and now Gorm's stronghold, in which his powers of illusion enable him to define an intruder's experience. Seemingly destroyed by Nick.
- Ur - A sea realm and home-realm to the Urwhals. Not seen in the series.
- Wex - The home-realm of the Wexers. Not seen in the series.
- Galidor - Capital Realm in the Outer Dimension and home-realm to the Galidorians. Seen only briefly in one episode, resembling a city of sculptures. It is hidden in one of the hills in Arbo.
- The Map: A circular gray device with two large grips on the sides, and a television-like monitor capable of presenting a three-dimensional globe or a radar-like short-range tracker. The map is also capable of floating by itself and of acting as the guidance system for the Egg.
- The Communicator Watch: A wrist-mounted telephone. Nicholas wears the watch with the face on the inner side of his wrist, a character trait provided by actor Ewald.
- The Journal: Samual Bluetooth's indestructible record, concealed on Dreejal-Vin, of his adventures in the Outer Dimension. Assumed by Nick.
- The Pack: A three-strapped backpack that Nicholas finds in Arbo, belonging originally to his father and containing various possessions thereof.
- Keyfrags: Parts of the key to Galidor, which forms the shape of an egg; usually found in a plastic container. The key is capable of putting itself together.
|No.||Title||Original air date||Production code|
|1||"Identity"||February 9, 2002||101|
|2||"Euripides, Please"||February 16, 2002||102|
|3||"All For One, One For Nepol"||February 23, 2002||103|
|4||"Bouncing Off The Walls"||March 2, 2002||104|
|5||"Dust Til Dawn"||March 9, 2002||105|
|6||"Belonging"||March 16, 2002||106|
|7||"A Crack In The Map"||March 23, 2002||107|
|8||"Seeing Is Just Seeing"||March 30, 2002||108|
|9||"Truth, Lies and Videotape"||April 6, 2002||109|
|10||"Just Because You're Paranoid"||April 27, 2002||110|
|11||"Frozen Feud"||May 4, 2002||111|
|12||"Relativity"||May 11, 2002||112|
|13||"It's Déjà Vu All Over Again"||May 18, 2002||113|
|14||"The Road To Kek"||May 25, 2002||201|
|15||"A Room With No View -- Part One"||June 1, 2002||202|
|16||"Escape From Kek -- Part Two"||June 8, 2002||203|
|No.||Title||Original air date||Production code|
|17||"Pieces Of Nick"||June 22, 2002||204|
|18||"A Tale Of Two Nicks"||June 29, 2002||205|
|19||"Go For The Bronze"||July 6, 2002||206|
|20||"State Of The Art"||July 13, 2002||207|
|21||"The Great Glinch Switch"||July 20, 2002||208|
|22||"Mr. Tager Goes To Earth"||July 27, 2002||209|
|23||"Area 51 -- A.k.a. : Area Delta"||August 3, 2002||210|
|24||"Recalling The Past -- A.k.a. : Remember"||August 10, 2002||211|
|25||"The Gates Of Galidor -- Part One : The Gauntlet"||August 17, 2002||212|
|26||"The Gates Of Galidor -- Part Two"||August 24, 2002||213|
- The show was filmed digitally, reducing the time required in compositing the computer-generated imagery. The series was also shot in 16x9/1.85:1 but was never released in that format (previews for the show, however, were presented in the "letterbox" format).
- Allegra Zane leaves her backpack and camera behind in the sewer in the first episode. Additionally, the hooded sweatshirts the characters wear never reappear in later episodes because they left them behind escaping from Gorm.
- In the same vein, Nicholas and Allegra have hoodies in the first episode, take them with them into the Outer Dimension, but never wear them again. Even when they are in the frozen realm of Elka Siktar.
- The Egg's wings on the toys are the same as those of Deluxe Nicholas, but with different joints.
- Nicholas was originally named Christian, and is referred to such in Tom Lynch's original story. The name was changed at the last minute, and is rumored to have been accidentally included in a few pages of the pilot script.
- There is an article on the wall in Sam Bluetooth's lab that mentions a part of his house disappearing. The article originally appeared on the Galidor web page before the series began as a teaser.
- Allegra glinches in Episode 21 "The Great Glinch Switch," and it appears as a red flash rather than blue.
- Despite high ratings and fan enthusiasm from the United States and outside (the show is broadcast in Europe on the Sci Fi Channel), disputes over funding and copyright ownership prevented a planned third season which showed Nick finding out that his father is in Gorm's clutches.
- Because of armor, wire rigging, and most likely the required absence of noticeable brand clothing, the human costumes were all made custom for the actors.
- In "Mr. Tager Goes To Earth," the name of the principal of Nick and Allegra's school is Ms. Boudrais, a reference to series producer Mychele Boudrais.
- In a Fall 2008 interview with "Spacesuits and Sixguns" magazine, author and actor Matthew Ewald (Nicholas "Nick" Bluetooth) had said that "Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension" has "always meant something very special to me", wherefore he has "gone to great lengths to try to get it going again, up to and including offering to fund it myself".
- In a fan-made Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension forum that has now shut down, Matthew Ewald addressed the forum members with this personal message below, written on March 13, 2009:
First of all, I'd like to say what a true and great honor, as well as unfathomable joy, it is for me to find that a forum like this exists for "Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension."
"Galidor" was and IS one of the greatest dreams of my life. It is every wish worth wishing, every dream worth dreaming, and it is, for me, the reason I've never been afraid to "chase my stars."
For over seven years (since the series ended) I have fought to give "Galidor," it's characters, and the stories and tales told which I love so completely, a "rebirth" or "finality." For over seven years I have done everything in my power to bring "Galidor" back to life... to end it the right and true way. And although I have been unsuccessful (so far) in receiving the permission to do so, well... my promise to not only myself, but anyone who has ever lost themselves in the Quest and adventure "Galidor" was... my promise to you all is:
I'm not finished yet.
Regardless of what the future holds, I want to thank Katrina and "EVERYONE" here in the forum (from the bottom of my heart) for keeping "Galidor" alive. You all, regardless of location, regardless of age or time, regardless of passion and love or enjoyment and entertainment, have done something incredibly extraordinary. You have all refused to forget what "Galidor" was and could one day, again, become. I am deeply humbled by your unfaltering dedication and thank you with every breath I take for sharing this adventure with not only myself, but the entire cast & crew of "Galidor."
I once wrote Tom Lynch, creator of the series and a man that I not only deeply respect and admire, but also call "friend," that he had "only taken a whisper out of his own life, to change mine forever..."
The same can be said to all of you. Thank you for keeping this project which I love so deeply alive. And thank you for reminding me (even if I've never forgotten) that any dream worth dreaming, is worth fighting for... in every way.
-- Matthew Ewald --
- The opening scene of Journey to the Center of the Earth bears much similarity to the opening scene from the Pilot episode; the father of the main character running for his life, only to come to a chasm.
- The show had an extensive product tie-in with LEGO, which helped fund the series. It was unsuccessful, and has since become a byword for failure among LEGO fans.
- Galidor LEGO toys were included with Happy Meals in October 2002.