Rambo: The Force of Freedom

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Rambo: The Force of Freedom
Genre Action-adventure
Format Animated series
Created by David Morrell
Written by head writer/story editor Michael Chain
asst. story editor Jack Bornoff
David Morrell
Directed by John Kimball
Charles A. Nichols
Voices of Neil Ross
Michael Ansara
James Avery
Peter Cullen
Ed Gilbert
Robert Ito
Mona Marshall
Alan Oppenheimer
Lennie Weinrib
Frank Welker
Narrated by Don LaFontaine (Opening Narration)
Opening theme Jerry Goldsmith
Ending theme Jerry Goldsmith
Composer(s) Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Producer(s) Walt Kubiak
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Ruby-Spears Enterprises
Carolco Television
Broadcast
Original channel First-run syndication
Original run September 15, 1986 (1986-09-15) – December 26, 1986 (1986-12-26)
Chronology
Preceded by Rambo: First Blood Part II
Followed by Rambo III

Rambo: The Force of Freedom is an animated series based on the character of John Rambo from David Morrell's book First Blood and the subsequent films First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II. This series was adapted for television by story editor/head writer Michael Chain and the series even spawned a toy line. The cartoon ran for 65 episodes, and was produced by Ruby-Spears Enterprises. The series debuted on April 14, 1986 as a five-part miniseries, and was renewed in September as a daily cartoon. Rambo was cancelled in December of the same year.

Plot[edit]

In the cartoon, John Rambo was part of a G.I. Joe-like team called "The Force of Freedom." They went on missions around the world battling against a paramilitary terrorist organization named S.A.V.A.G.E. (short for Specialist-Administrators of Vengeance, Anarchy and Global Extortion).

Fictional countries and back-stories would frequently be featured, some of them echoing historical or current events.

The cartoon was filled with hand-to-hand combat and gunfire, with accurately-illustrated guns; yet unlike the original R-rated films, there was never any sensational violence, blood or gore, since this series was intended for family viewing. Moreover, no one ever died. The only real injury on the show happened when Rambo broke his arm in a survival episode. Rambo (who was seldom called by his first name, even by Trautman) used violence as a last resort and relied on his resources and guile to outwit his opponents — a character trait not consistent with the later films (Rambo avoids deliberately killing anyone in the first movie).

Characters[edit]

Force of Freedom[edit]

  • John Rambo (voiced by Neil Ross) - The main protagonist of the series. He leads the Force of Freedom in fighting S.A.V.A.G.E. when called in by Colonel Samuel Trautman. When not on missions, Rambo would either be shown tending to an animal or helping kids with their survival training.
  • Colonel Samuel Trautman (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) - He serves as the group's commanding officer. He would often call in Rambo when he is shown either tending to an animal or helping kids with their survival training. Colonel Trautman would sometimes accompany Rambo on his missions.
  • Edward "Turbo" Hayes (voiced by James Avery) - An African-American mechanical engineer and race car driver. According to his toy bio, Turbo is also a First Lieutenant who graduated from the US Air Force Academy.
  • Katherine Anne "K.A.T." Taylor (voiced by Mona Marshall) - An Asian-American military girl who was a master of disguises, gymnastics, and martial arts alike. K.A.T. seemed to have a crush on Rambo. She is based on Co-Bao from Rambo: First Blood Part II.
  • White Dragon (voiced by Robert Ito) - A heroic ninja who is Black Dragon's twin brother. According to his toy bio, White Dragon had also developed a ninja training program for the U.S. military.
  • T.D. "Touchdown" Jones - A former football player and ally of Rambo.
  • Chief - An Indian ally of Rambo.

S.A.V.A.G.E.[edit]

S.A.V.A.G.E. stands for Specialist-Administrators of Vengeance, Anarchy and Global Extortion. They always have goals for world domination until they end up fighting the Force of Freedom. In addition to a substantial number of soldiers, among the members of S.A.V.A.G.E. are:

  • General Warhawk (voiced by Michael Ansara) - The reflective sunglasses-wearing leader of S.A.V.A.G.E. who serves as the primary antagonist of the series. He was previously a European army captain who was convicted of selling state secrets and deported for his coup. He then organized and built S.A.V.A.G.E.
  • Sergeant Havoc (voiced by Peter Cullen) - General Warhawk's second in command and top enforcer. He has strength that rivals Rambo's strength. He was previously a drill sergeant for the free world. After being court-martialed for spying, he joined up with S.A.V.A.G.E.
  • Gripper (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A European mercenary with a metal right hand (hence the name) that wears an eyepatch. He was a former member of the French Foreign Legion until he was dismissed after failing to recognize the surrender flag.
  • Nomad (voiced by Ed Gilbert) - A burnoose-wearing Middle-Eastern terrorist. He was a wandering nomadic warrior that calls no country his home. Nomad leads a group of outcasts which consists of cutthroats and thieves.
  • Mad Dog (voiced by Frank Welker) - The leader of an unnamed biker gang who sports a mohawk and a S.A.V.A.G.E. logo tattoo on his chest. He is first called Spike in the episode "Battlefield Bronx," but renamed Mad Dog in all subsequent episodes. According to his toy bio, Mad Dog was found unfit for military services and has an extended criminal record for theft, reckless driving, and arson.
    • Animal - Member of Mad Dog's biker gang.
    • Jerkface (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - Member of Mad Dog's biker gang.
    • Razor (voiced by Frank Welker) - Member of Mad Dog's biker gang.
  • Black Dragon (voiced by Robert Ito) - A rogue ninja who is the twin brother of White Dragon. He is known as the greatest assassin that ever lived. Black Dragon would sell his service to any group that would pay his fee with his recurring clients being S.A.V.A.G.E.
  • Snakebite (voiced by Peter Cullen) - A man who was born and raised in the Okeefenokee Swamp and likes wild animals like venomous snakes, insects, and black rats which he carries in his Beast Pack.
  • Dr. Hyde - A cybernetic mad scientist whose head is in a dome-shaped helmet.
    • Max - Dr. Hyde's android henchman.
    • X-Ray - Dr. Hyde's cybernetic henchman.

There were also some one-shot characters who were members of S.A.V.A.G.E. that appeared in one episode. The following are listed in order of appearance:

  • Count - A descendant of Vlad III the Impaler who worked with General Warhawk on two occasions. The first time was when it involved capturing Nobel Prize–winning physicist Herbert Kengsington in "Deadly Keep." The second time was when he helped General Warhawk in a plot to capture the President of the United States.
  • Rama - The leader of the Cult of the Cobra. He only appeared in "Cult of the Cobra" where he and his group helped General Warhawk into halting the food shipments to the Indian Province of Asam in a plot to force the people of Asam to make General Warhawk their dictator.
  • Pandora (voiced by Mona Marshall) - A female panther trainer working for General Warhawk. She only appears in "Raid on Las Vegas" where she assisted in a plot to rob the Las Vegas casinos.
  • Sheik Hassat - A sheik who assisted General Warhawk in a plot to blow up the shipping businesses on the Suez Canal.
  • Mike Flynn - An old friend of Rambo's who ended up stealing the XK-7 fighter jet and used it to assist General Warhawk in enslaving the Zimboli to mine diamonds for him.
  • Varinia - A female operative of S.A.V.A.G.E. who assisted General Warhawk, Sergeant Havoc, Gripper, and Nomad into stealing a submarine called the USS Typhoon and plans to auction it to any terrorist that is interested in it.
  • Captain Scar (voiced by Peter Cullen) - A pirate captain who assisted General Warhawk in a plot to raise the sunken Liberte submarine off the coast of Hong Kong.
  • Admiral Nomak (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - An admiral who assisted General Warhawk in a plot to raise the sunken Liberte submarine off the coast of Hong Kong.
  • Mephisto - A magician who assisted General Warhawk in a plot to steal the Washington Monument.
  • Mombo Igthayan (voiced by Mona Marshall) - A Haitian Voodoo magician who assisted General Warhawk in a plot to enslave the Haitians and mine the island.
  • Dr. Blackburn - A scientist who assisted General Warhawk in a plot to use a mind-control box on a Killer Whale named Korac and attack the NOMAD Bases.
  • Iron Mask - A criminal who assisted General Warhawk in a plot to locate an old war plane containing a fortune of gold.

Episodes[edit]

Miniseries[edit]

Title Air date
1 "First Strike" 14 April 1986 (1986-04-14)
S.A.V.A.G.E. arrives in the country of Tierra Libre in a plot to conquer it.
2 "The Angel of Destruction" 15 April 1986 (1986-04-15)
A warplane called the Spectre gets stolen by S.A.V.A.G.E. in their plot to take over Tierra Libre.
3 "Battlefield Bronx" 16 April 1986 (1986-04-16)
General Warhawk sends Mad Dog to capture the daughter of Tierra Libre's President during his visit to the United Nations.
4 "Raise the Yamato" 17 April 1986 (1986-04-17)
General Warhawk raises the battleship Yamato in his latest plot to take over Tierra Libre.
5 "The Taking of Tierra Libre" 18 April 1986 (1986-04-18)
S.A.V.A.G.E. plots to dispose of Rambo and Colonel Trautman so that they would be out of the way for them to take over Tierra Libre.

Regular series[edit]

Title Air date
6 "Subterranean Holdup" 15 September 1986 (1986-09-15)
General Warhawk's latest plan is to steal the solid gold stamps from Chicago's Federal Reserve Bank to print out U.S. currency so he could print his own money. It is up to Rambo to prevent S.A.V.A.G.E. from stealing the solid gold stamps.
7 "Trouble in Tibet" 16 September 1986 (1986-09-16)
General Warhawk and Sergeant Havoc capture a young monk who would become the next Dalai Lama and gains control of a small village in Tibet.
8 "S.A.V.A.G.E. Island" 17 September 1986 (1986-09-17)
Gripper steals the Pandora Missile that was meant for the Carlaya Islands in order for S.A.V.A.G.E. to force Carlaya's Indonesian neighbors to surrender.
9 "General Warhawk's Curse" 18 September 1986 (1986-09-18)
Under the orders of General Warhawk, Sergeant Havoc, Gripper, Nomad and an ally named Bashir take advantage of three countries by passing off fake curses in S.A.V.A.G.E.'s plot to steal the artifacts in the ruins.
10 "Deadly Keep" 19 September 1986 (1986-09-19)
Nobel Prize–winning physicist Herbert Kengsington is kidnapped by the Count (a descendant of Vlad III the Impaler) and plans to hand him over to S.A.V.A.G.E. in the Moldavian Mountains. General Warhawk plans to use Herbert in a plot to use neutron fusion energy for world domination.
11 "Beneath the Streets" 22 September 1986 (1986-09-22)
Mad Dog enters the sewers beneath the Special Forces building and places a bomb there while encountering Rambo's war buddy nicknamed "Wrongway." Upon rescuing Wrongway, Rambo ends up stumbling upon Mad Dog and General Warhawk's plot to plant a bomb underneath the White House.
12 "Cult of the Cobra" 23 September 1986 (1986-09-23)
General Warhawk teams up with the Cult of the Cobra and its leader Rama to halt the food shipments to the Indian Province of Asam in a plot to force the people of Asam to make him their dictator.
13 "Raid on Las Vegas" 24 September 1986 (1986-09-24)
General Warhawk plans to blow up Boulder Dam as a diversion so that he can rob the casino money in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is up to Rambo, Kat, and Turbo to stop General Warhawk, Nomad, Mad Dog, Black Dragon, and a female panther trainer operative named Pandora from robbing the casinos.
14 "The Lost City of Acra" 25 September 1986 (1986-09-25)
General Warhawk locates the lost city of Acra in India and leads his soldiers into rounding up the Bindus in a plot to force them to dig up its treasures.
15 "Guns Over the Suez" 26 September 1986 (1986-09-26)
General Warhawk sets his sights on the Suez Canal and threatens to blow up all shipping on the Suez Canal unless his is paid $1,000,000. Now Rambo must locate the special gun that will help General Warhawk blow up all the shipping on the Suez Canal and defeat General Warhawk and his ally Sheik Hassat.
16 "Exercise in Terror" 6 October 1986 (1986-10-06)
General Warhawk does three terrorist attacks in order to gain money to start an international terrorist training camp. First, he has Gripper and Mad Dog hold a teacher and her students for ransom in the Statue of Liberty. Then, General Warhawk has Sergeant Havoc and Nomad threaten to blow up the Eiffel Tower. Finally, General Warhawk plans to set up his headquarters in Bagdinia.
17 "The Doomsday Machine" 7 October 1986 (1986-10-07)
Rambo's old friend Mike Flynn steals the XK-7 fighter jet and uses it to help General Warhawk in enslaving the Zimboli to mine diamonds for him.
18 "Disaster in Delgado" 8 October 1986 (1986-10-08)
S.A.V.A.G.E. has been intercepting transports for relief supplies bound for the country of Delgado which has been torn apart by natural disasters. It is up to Rambo, Kat, Turbo, and Colonel Trautman to get the supplies to Delgado and drive S.A.V.A.G.E. away.
19 "Fire in the Sky" 9 October 1986 (1986-10-09)
Under orders of General Warhawk, Sergeant Havoc, Gripper, Nomad, and a female operative named Varinia steal a submarine called the USS Typhoon and plans to auction it to any terrorist that is interested in it.
20 "Enter the Black Dragon" 10 October 1986 (1986-10-10)
When General Warhawk, Sergeant Havoc, Gripper, and Nomad attack a foreign base and end up thwarted by Rambo, General Warhawk calls in a ninja assassin called Black Dragon to take down Rambo.
21 "Reign of the Boy King" 13 October 1986 (1986-10-13)
The boy king Alexander of Morovia has been kidnapped by Sergeant Havoc and Gripper allowing Alexander's uncle Black Duke Lucan to succeed him and allow S.A.V.A.G.E. to build a base in Morovia. It is up to Rambo to rescue King Alexander and overthrow Black Duke Lucan.
22 "Rambo and the White Rhino" 14 October 1986 (1986-10-14)
S.A.V.A.G.E. steals a sacred white rhinoceros named Mabuto from the African country of Namboola in order to set up its neighboring country of Ombasi for stealing their white rhinoceros. General Warhawk uses the approaching war as a diversion to mine platinum in Namboola's sacred burial grounds.
23 "Pirate Peril" 15 October 1986 (1986-10-15)
General Warhawk and his ally Admiral Nomak team up with Captain Scar and his pirates in a plot to raise the sunken Liberte submarine off the coast of Hong Kong.
24 "Mephisto's Magic" 16 October 1986 (1986-10-16)
When Rambo and his team stop General Warhawk's plot to steal the Liberty Bell, General Stedring insists to Colonel Trautman that his army be used next time. This problem comes into conflict when General Warhawk and his magician ally Mephisto successfully steal the Washington Monument.
25 "The Halley Microbe" 17 October 1986 (1986-10-17)
Kat's scientific brother is investigating the ion trail left by Halley's Comet and a space probe sent to gather samples left by the comet is targeted by General Warhawk and Black Dragon who plan to use the alien microbe samples which turns anyone exposed to them into raving lunatics.
26 "Death Merchant" 20 October 1986 (1986-10-20)
When Rambo's team captures Death Merchant, the train they are carrying him on is intercepted by S.A.V.A.G.E. who plan to use Death Merchant's services in a plot to rob the treasures of King Tut.
27 "Return of the Count" 21 October 1986 (1986-10-21)
On Halloween, the Count returns and captures a boy named Danny. Even when Rambo escapes his trap and rescues Danny, he discovers that the Count is collaborating with General Warhawk to capture the President of the United States.
28 "Night of the Voodoo Moon" 22 October 1986 (1986-10-22)
Rambo, Kat, and Turbo investigate Haiti when a scientist named Dr. Stark goes missing. They discover that General Warhawk has allied with a Haitian Voodoo magician named Mombo Igthayan in a plot to enslave the islanders and mine the island.
29 "Lagoon of Death" 23 October 1986 (1986-10-23)
While vacationing in Venice, Rambo, Kat, Turbo, and Colonel Trautman discover that General Warhawk, Sergeant Havoc, Gripper, and Mad Dog are forcing the monks at a monastery to use their special ceramic to make nosecones for S.A.V.A.G.E.'s missiles.
30 "Snow Kill" 24 October 1986 (1986-10-24)
While out testing the survival equipment in Utah, Colonel Trautman ends up stumbling upon Gripper attacking a nearby town and ends up captured as well. General Warhawk uses the Earth-Eater machine to go through a gold mine and take over the Warton Missile Complex and threatens to launch an attack from the missile base if his demands aren't met.
31 "Terror Beneath the Sea" 27 October 1986 (1986-10-27)
While out inspecting a base in the Arctic Circle, Colonel Trautman is told by the Eskimo's Chief Molok that a Killer Whale named Korac keeps attacking their village. Colonel Trautman and a security captain are then captured by Gripper. When Rambo, Kat and Turbo come to the rescue, they discover that General Warhawk and his ally Dr. Blackburn are using a mind-control box on Korac in a plot to attack the NOMAD Bases.
32 "Swamp Monster" 28 October 1986 (1986-10-28)
Rambo and Turbo come to the aid of Turbo's uncle when a swamp monster terrorizes the local town. Rambo discovers that the "swamp monster" is piloted by Sergeant Havoc as part of General Warhawk's plot to build a communication center that will enable S.A.V.A.G.E. to control the defense satellites.
33 "Freedom Dancer" 29 October 1986 (1986-10-29)
While in England, General Warhawk steals the world's fastest race horse named Freedom Dancer who is owned by Colonel Trautman's friend Winslow. While on a mission to rescue Freedom Dancer, Rambo discovers that General Warhawk has done it on behalf of an Arab horse owner named Al Rasheed in order to remove it from the competition.
34 "Texas Inferno" 30 October 1986 (1986-10-30)
Rambo's old friend Lucky calls upon Rambo when his oil drilling platform keeps exploding. What Rambo doesn't know is that Lucky's partner Jake is in league with Nomad in a S.A.V.A.G.E. plot to work on a warhead that will help them in world domination.
35 "The Iron Mask" 31 October 1986 (1986-10-31)
While attending Oktoberfest in Munich, Rambo's team discover a plot by General Warhawk and his ally Iron Mask to steal a recently located old warplane containing a fortune of gold. Rambo encounters a boy named Hors who got amnesia when he learns of General Warhawk's plot and Iron Mask's true identity.
36 "Children for Peace" 3 November 1986 (1986-11-03)
Rambo's team is providing security for the Children's Peace Conference in Sydney. General Warhawk sends Sergeant Havoc, Gripper, Mad Dog, and Black Dragon in a plan to capture the children.
37 "S.A.V.A.G.E. Rustlers" 4 November 1986 (1986-11-04)
Rambo's team helps a rancher named Shane Dobbs who cattle have been stolen by Mad Dog. They soon discover that S.A.V.A.G.E. is in an alliance with an outlaw scientist named Dr. Gore to slip a belligerence formula into the beef which will cause all humans and animals to act very mean. This beef is planned to be used on the US Army soldiers which will cause a lot of chaos.
38 "Mind Control" 5 November 1986 (1986-11-05)
S.A.V.A.G.E. brainwashes three brilliant scientists in order to obtain the plans for a special laser that will shoot down a passing satellite.
39 "Vote of Terror" 6 November 1986 (1986-11-06)
Kai Moon's President Wang is forced by General Warhawk's men to read a letter of resignation days before his reelection. Rambo's team ends up coming to the country's aid when Sergeant Havoc, Gripper, Black Dragon, and Snakebite do various attacks to discourage President Wang and get General Warhawk elected.
40 "Target, Supertanker" 7 November 1986 (1986-11-07)
General Warhawk and his men hijack a supertanker and anchor it off the coast of Hawaii. He plans to scuttle the tanker causing an ecological disaster if his demands for a warship aren't met.
41 "Enter the White Dragon" 10 November 1986 (1986-11-10)
In this episode, it shows how Rambo met White Dragon at the time when General Warhawk has Black Dragon steal priceless samurai swords from Ishikawa Electronic Co.
42 "Skyjacked Gold" 11 November 1986 (1986-11-11)
When his team ends up captured by S.A.V.A.G.E. when they end up skyjacking a shipment of government gold heading to the Denver Mint following a plane crash in the swamp, Rambo befriends a helpful Indian named Chief who helps rescue his friends. Once that is done, the group must now prevent General Warhawk from burying the gold in the sacred grounds on Spirit Island (where the graves of Chief's forefathers are located).
43 "Attack on El Dorado" 12 November 1986 (1986-11-12)
General Warhawk, Sergeant Havoc, Gripper, Nomad, and Mad Dog invade El Dorado near Tartatinga and take it over. It is up to Rambo, Kat and Turbo to liberate El Dorado.
44 "The Ninja Dog" 13 November 1986 (1986-11-13)
While Rambo's team provides security for Senator Thorne during his trip to Japan to meet with President Fujita, a prototype chip for an American defense project is stolen by the science team leader Dr. Hiro Gosho who places the chip in the collar of the senator's dog Peewee. General Warhawk sends Gripper and Black Dragon to abduct Peewee and obtain the chip.
45 "When S.A.V.A.G.E. Stole Santa" 14 November 1986 (1986-11-14)
During Christmas in Colorado, Rambo and Turbo rescue a kid when visiting Rambo's old friend Kris Kaufman who is a former rocket scientist turned toy maker for an orphanage that goes around his village on Christmas dressed as Santa Claus. At the same time, General Warhawk, Sergeant Havoc, and Gripper have plans for Kris to make weapons for S.A.V.A.G.E.
46 "Blockbuster" 17 November 1986 (1986-11-17)
Rambo, Kat, and Turbo are joined by Rambo's old friend T.D. "Touchdown" Jones at the time when Mad Dog forces elderly couples out of their homes as part of General Warhawk's plot to dig into a military base and steal a top secret new super tank.
47 "Supertrooper" 18 November 1986 (1986-11-18)
General Warhawk steals a WWII vintage U-Boat No.505 from the Museum of Science and Industry. In the submarine, there is a map showing the location of a German Supertrooper developed during the war by combining the cells of mean men and vicious animals.
48 "Warhawk's Fortress" 19 November 1986 (1986-11-19)
Following some security guards stopping a thief from stealing the plans to some prototype combat vehicles, Rambo, Kat, Turbo, T.D. "Touchdown" Jones, and White Dragon go undercover where three accidents that Rambo survives are discovered to be the work of the plant's foreman Mr. Dirkson who is allied with General Warhawk in a plot to steal the prototypes.
49 "The Konichi" 20 November 1986 (1986-11-20)
Rambo's team is sent to guard the plans for a new medical laser that are being transported from Cleveland to St. Louis by train. When Turbo encounters a female doctor named Dr. Omi Ikawa when she treats his sprained ankle following an accident, Black Dragon appears and identifies Omi as the last of the Konichi Ninja Clan. Black Dragon also states that her supervisor Dr. Nori Yamata was the last living ninja of another clan that dishonored the Konichi.
50 "Robot Raid" 21 November 1986 (1986-11-21)
A girl named Jennifer (who will soon be the leader of a major defense company) is targeted by S.A.V.A.G.E. when her uncle Merick (the current president of the company) wants to stop the transition. She escapes S.A.V.A.G.E.'s soldiers and runs into Rambo's team who protect her from the attacks of S.A.V.A.G.E.'s mad scientist Dr. Hyde and his robotic henchmen X-Ray and Max.
51 "Alphas, Arms, and Ambush: Part 1" 24 November 1986 (1986-11-24)
Rambo's team is enlisted to help General Stedring's Alpha Force guard a ship loaded with NATO military supplies bound for Europe. Meanwhile, General Warhawk's men attack and capture a remote NATO base in Norway.
52 "Alphas, Arms, and Ambush: Part 2" 25 November 1986 (1986-11-25)
After evading a missile launched at their helicopter by Black Dragon, Rambo's team and the Alpha Force work to prevent General Warhawk from auctioning the NATO military supplies to the other terrorists.
53 "Crash" 26 November 1986 (1986-11-26)
When a plane carrying a doctor and his patient Nicky (who is in need of a kidney operation) crashes near Rambo's mountain cabin, Rambo must get them to the hospital before General Warhawk gets to them first.
54 "Mirage" 27 November 1986 (1986-11-27)
Rambo, Turbo, Kat, White Dragon, T.D. "Touchdown" Jones, and Chief end up springing to action when General Warhawk kidnaps the Vice President of the United States and half of the Cabinet when their plane ends up disappearing over the China Seas.
55 "Blind Luck" 28 November 1986 (1986-11-28)
Rambo ends up blinded during his fight on an aircraft carrier against Dr. Hyde's minion Max as his friends are captured by General Warhawk's men. With help from a blind girl named Stacy and regaining his sight following a fight with Mad Dog's biker gang, Rambo ends up turning the tables against S.A.V.A.G.E.
56 "Turbo's Dilemma" 1 December 1986 (1986-12-01)
Black Dragon targets a new synthetic fuel at INT Laboratories which is guarded by Rambo, Kat, Turbo and T.D. "Touchdown" Jones. At the same time, Turbo finds out that his mother has been captured by a motorcycle gang.
57 "Masquerade" 2 December 1986 (1986-12-02)
General Warhawk plans to capture General Bernard who is the leader of the Starfire Defense Team. Rambo and Colonel Trautman use a lookalike named Corporal Justin Wilbur in order to fool S.A.V.A.G.E.
58 "Just Say No" 8 December 1986 (1986-12-08)
Rambo visits his old friend Chopper and learns that his teenage son is involved in a drug gang who are allied with General Warhawk in a plot to smuggle cocaine.
59 "Monster Island" 9 December 1986 (1986-12-09)
Rambo, Kat, Turbo, T.D. "Touchdown" Jones, and Chief investigate a sea monster in the Gulf of Alaska and come across an island filled with hybrid animals (like crocodile/condor hybrids, giraffe/deer hybrids, etc.). Rambo discovers that the hybrid animals are the work of Dr. Hyde and his animal cell-splicing knowledge as part of General Warhawk's latest plot for world domination.
60 "Quarterback Sneak" 10 December 1986 (1986-12-10)
Rambo and T.D. "Touchdown" Jones play football...for freedom! Going undercover on a professional team playing an exhibition game in a communist country of Talinia, the guys save a scientist named Professor Ivanovich when he is targeted by General Warhawk and Talinian Secret Police leader Zared who plan to extract the formula for a proton bomb from Professor Ivanovich.
61 "Sepulcher of Power" 11 December 1986 (1986-12-11)
Max steals some ancient Mayan tablets (which will lead whoever possesses them to the Mayan Sepulcher) from Dr. Ramirez. General Warhawk plans to use the Mayan Sepulcher to unite the Mayans.
62 "The Twin Within" 12 December 1986 (1986-12-12)
Black Dragon takes the place of his twin brother White Dragon in order to infiltrate the Force of Freedom and relay information of the radioactive material and a super tank to General Warhawk.
63 "S.A.V.A.G.E. Space" 15 December 1986 (1986-12-15)
Mad Dog and his biker gang hijack the space shuttle Xenon which is also a laser-defense space station. General Warhawk plans to use Xenon to blow up satellites if his demands aren't met.
64 "Change of Face" 17 December 1986 (1986-12-17)
Dr. Hyde creates a robot body double that can replicate anyone like Senator Thorne and the President.
65 "Horror of the Highlands" 18 December 1986 (1986-12-18)
T.D. "Touchdown" Jones visits his Uncle George in Scotland. When a remote-controlled submarine version of the Loch Ness Monster operated by General Warhawk terrorizes Loch Ness, T.D. calls in the rest of the Force of Freedom to help stop General Warhawk and his mechanical Loch Ness Monster.

Cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • Jack Bornoff - Assistant Story Editor
  • Michael Chain - Head Writer
  • Michael Hack - Voice Director
  • David Morrell - Creator, Writer

Music[edit]

Jerry Goldsmith's scores for First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II were licensed for use in the series and tracked throughout (mostly from Rambo: First Blood Part II), with his music for the film's trailer for Rambo: First Blood Part II, used as the opening and closing themes. It was supplemented by original music composed by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy, who received an "additional music by" credit.

DVD releases[edit]

Lionsgate Home Entertainment (which also owns the DVD rights to the Rambo films) has released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 in 6 volume sets.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Volume 1: A World of Trouble 11 June 14, 2005
Volume 2: Enter The Dragon 11 June 14, 2005
Volume 3: S.A.V.A.G.E. Island 10 September 13, 2005
Volume 4: Up In Arms 11 September 13, 2005
Volume 5: Snow Road 11 December 13, 2005
Volume 6: Face of Freedom 11 December 13, 2005

Merchandising[edit]

Rambo: The Force of Freedom also spawned a line of toys (as with the majority of older series, the Rambo toy line lasted longer than the television series itself).[1][2]

Controversy[edit]

Rambo was the first R-Rated film property to be given a treatment of a children's cartoon show.[3]

The cartoon generated a mild controversy at the production studio, with writers wondering how they could present a child-friendly main character who was created as a troubled Vietnam War veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The show's child psychology advisors believed that the target audience, young children and preteens, would not grasp that aspect of David Morrell's character. They recommended that the cartoon not make any references to Vietnam, POWs, or Rambo's experiences in 1982's First Blood and 1985's Rambo: First Blood Part II.

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