|Rambo: The Force of Freedom|
|Based on||First Blood by David Morrell|
|Written by||head writer/story editor Michael Chain|
asst. story editor Jack Bornoff
|Directed by||John Kimball|
Charles A. Nichols
|Voices of||Neil Ross|
|Narrated by||Don LaFontaine (Opening Narration)|
|Opening theme||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Ending theme||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||65|
|Executive producers||Joe Ruby|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Production companies||Ruby-Spears Enterprises|
|Original network||First-run syndication|
|Original release||September 15 –|
December 26, 1986
Rambo: The Force of Freedom (also known simply as Rambo) is a 1986 American animated series based on the character of John Rambo from David Morrell's book First Blood and the subsequent films First Blood (1982) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985). This series was adapted for television by story editor/head writer Michael Chain and also spawned a toy line.
The series ran for 65 episodes and was produced by Ruby-Spears Enterprises. It debuted on April 14, 1986 as a five-part miniseries and was renewed in September as a daily cartoon.
The series cost more than $15 million.
"LaFontaine: Rambo! Anywhere and everywhere, the S.A.V.A.G.E. forces of General Warhawk threaten the peace-loving people of the world, there's only one man to call!
[Trautman: Get me Rambo!]
LaFontaine: ...From the canyons of skyscrapers, to the canyons of remote mountain peaks, liberty's champion is unstoppable. Rambo! Helped by the mechanical genius known as Turbo and the master of disguises named Kat, the honor bound protectors of the innocent! Rambo, the Force of Freedom!"
- opening narration, read by Don LaFontaine
On Colonel Trautman's request, John Rambo leads a special unit called "The Force of Freedom" against General Warhawk's paramilitary terrorist organization S.A.V.A.G.E. (Specialist-Administrators of Vengeance, Anarchy and Global Extortion) all over the globe.
Force of Freedom
The Force of Freedom is a team that goes around the world fighting the forces of S.A.V.A.G.E. Among the members of the Force of Freedom are:
- 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 "Sam" Trautman (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) - He serves as the group's commanding officer. He would often call in Rambo during his break time. 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 woman 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 forces.
- T.D. "Touchdown" Jackson (voiced by George DiCenzo) - A former football player and ally of Rambo. He joined the Force of Freedom at the time when Mad Dog's gang 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 supertank in "Blockbuster".
- Chief (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) - A Native American ally of Rambo. He joined the Force of Freedom after he rescued his friends in the swamp and from S.A.V.A.G.E. following the plane crash and helped prevent General Warhawk from burying the gold in the sacred grounds on Spirit Island (where the graves of Chief's forefathers are located) in "Skyjacked Gold".
S.A.V.A.G.E. stands for Specialist-Administrators of Vengeance, Anarchy and Global Extortion. Their goal of world domination leads them into conflict with the Force of Freedom, especially Rambo. 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 leader of S.A.V.A.G.E. wearing reflective sunglasses who serves as the primary villain of the series. General Warhawk was previously a European army captain (possibly West Germany) who was convicted of selling state secrets and deported for his coup. He then organized and built S.A.V.A.G.E. General Warhawk is based on Lt. Col. Pudovsky from Rambo: First Blood Part II and his charisma is based on Adolf Hitler.
- Sergeant Havoc (voiced by Peter Cullen) - General Warhawk's second-in-command and top enforcer. He has strength that rivals Rambo's strength. Sergeant Havoc 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. His physique is based on the physique of Sgt. Yushin from Rambo: First Blood Part II.
- Gripper (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A European mercenary and member of S.A.V.A.G.E 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 and joined S.A.V.A.G.E.
- Nomad (voiced by Edmund Gilbert) - A burnoose-wearing Middle-Eastern member of S.A.V.A.G.E. 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 and member of S.A.V.A.G.E. 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.
- 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. He sometimes has other ninjas under his command when assisting S.A.V.A.G.E. in some of their plots. Black Dragon's ultimate goal is to kill White Dragon. Primarily, he also considers Rambo as a worthy opponent.
- Snakebite (voiced by Stanley Ralph Ross) - A member of S.A.V.A.G.E. 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 (voiced by Edmund Gilbert) - A cybernetic mad scientist and member of S.A.V.A.G.E. whose head is in a dome-shaped helmet. According to General Warhawk in the episode "Robot Raid", he and X-Ray were thought to be long dead, but became mad geniuses.
There were also some one-shot characters who were members of S.A.V.A.G.E. that appeared in one episode where a few of them appeared more than once. The following are listed in order of appearance:
- Admiral Nomak (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - An admiral who assisted General Warhawk twice. First, he helped General Warhawk in "Raise the Yamato" in a plot to raise the Yamato Battleship in order to take over Tierra Libre. He then appears in "Pirate Peril" along with Captain Scar assisting General Warhawk in a plot to raise the French submarine Liberte off the coast of Hong Kong.
- Count (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) - 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 in "Return of the Count."
- Rama (voiced by Dale Ishimoto) - The leader of the Cult of the Cobra. He only appeared in "Cult of the Cobra" where he and his group helped General Warhawk in halting the food shipments to the Indian Province of Assam in a plot to force the people of Assam 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 (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A sheik who assisted General Warhawk in a plot to blow up the shipping businesses on the Suez Canal.
- Mike Flynn (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) - 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 people to mine diamonds for him.
- Varinia (voiced by Mona Marshall) - A female operative of S.A.V.A.G.E. Only appearing in "Fire in the Sky", she assisted General Warhawk, Sergeant Havoc, Gripper, and Nomad in stealing a nuclear-armed 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 and Admiral Nomak in a plot to raise the French submarine Liberte off the coast of Hong Kong.
- Mephisto (voiced by Frank Welker) - 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 (voiced by Peter Cullen) - A scientist who assisted General Warhawk in a plot to use a mind-control box on a killer whale named Korac and attack the NORAD Bases.
- Iron Mask (voiced by Peter Cullen) - A criminal in an iron mask who assisted General Warhawk in a plot to locate an old war plane containing a fortune of gold. Later, he was revealed by Rambo to be the crooked Major Murphy who took over a military base in Munich during the Oktoberfest.
|No.||Title||Script||Original air date|
|1||"First Strike"||Mike Chain||April 14, 1986|
|S.A.V.A.G.E. arrives in the country of Tierra Libre in a plot to conquer it. It is up to Rambo to stop S.A.V.A.G.E. from rolling his forces from the bridge at the river of "Rio Hondo".|
|2||"The Angel of Destruction"||Barbara Chain||April 15, 1986|
|A warplane called the Spectre gets stolen by S.A.V.A.G.E. in their plot to take over Tierra Libre. It is up to Rambo to stop S.A.V.A.G.E. and reclaim the Spectre from General Warhawk's Headquarters at the "Rainbow Peak" mountains.|
|3||"Battlefield Bronx"||Rowby Goren||April 16, 1986|
|General Warhawk sends Mad Dog (once called "Spike") to capture President Ramon's daughter Estrella during his visit to the United Nations and convince him to surrender Tierra Libre to him. It is up to Rambo to rescue the President's daughter from Mad Dog's outpost in the Bronx.|
|4||"Raise the Yamato"||Jack Bornoff||April 17, 1986|
|General Warhawk and his ally Admiral Nomak raise the battleship Yamato in his latest plot to take over Tierra Libre. It is up to Rambo to stop S.A.V.A.G.E. from sailing it to the Tierra Libre Harbor.|
|5||"The Taking of Tierra Libre"||Jack Bornoff||April 18, 1986|
|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. It is up to Rambo and the Force of Freedom to liberate Tierra Libre from S.A.V.A.G.E.'s hostile takeover.|
|No.||Title||Script||Original air date|
|6||"Subterranean Holdup"||Jack Bornoff||September 15, 1986|
|General Warhawk's latest plan is to steal the solid gold plates 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 plates.|
|7||"Trouble in Tibet"||Steve Hayes||September 16, 1986|
|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"||Rowby Goren||September 17, 1986|
|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"||Sheryl Scarborough||September 18, 1986|
|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"||Matt Uitz||September 19, 1986|
|Nobel Prize–winning physicist Dr. Herbert Kensington 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"||Bob Forward||September 22, 1986|
|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 unaware that the bomb that Mad Dog had already planted was underneath the Special Forces building as well.|
|12||"Cult of the Cobra"||Matt Uitz||September 23, 1986|
|General Warhawk teams up with the Cult of the Cobra and its leader Rama to halt the food shipments to the Indian province of Assam in a plot to force the people of Assam to make him their dictator.|
|13||"Raid on Las Vegas"||Matt Uitz||September 24, 1986|
|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 and the Force of Freedom 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"||Barbara Chain||September 25, 1986|
|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"||Jack Bornoff||September 26, 1986|
|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"||Barbara Chain||October 6, 1986|
|S.A.V.A.G.E. does three terrorist attacks in order to gain money for General Warhawk to start an international terrorist training camp. First, General Warhawk has Sergeant Havoc, Nomad, Gripper, and Mad Dog hold a teacher and her students for ransom in the Statue of Liberty, threaten to blow up the Eiffel Tower, and finally plans to set up his headquarters in Bagdinia.|
|17||"The Doomsday Machine"||Steve Hayes||October 7, 1986|
|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"||Rowby Goren||October 8, 1986|
|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 and the Force of Freedom to get the supplies to Delgado and drive S.A.V.A.G.E. away.|
|19||"Fire in the Sky"||Chris A. Weber and Karen E. Wilson||October 9, 1986|
|Under orders of General Warhawk, Sergeant Havoc, Gripper, Nomad, and a female operative named Varinia steal a submarine called the USS Typhoon and plan to auction it to any terrorist that is interested in it.|
|20||"Enter the Black Dragon"||Jack Bornoff||October 10, 1986|
|When S.A.V.A.G.E. attacks a foreign base only to end up being thwarted by Rambo and the Force of Freedom, General Warhawk calls in a ninja assassin called Black Dragon to take Rambo down.|
|21||"Reign of the Boy King"||Barbara Chain||October 13, 1986|
|The boy king Alexander of Morovia has been kidnapped by Sergeant Havoc and Gripper allowing Alexander's uncle Black Duke Lucan to succeed him allowing 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"||Steve Hayes||October 14, 1986|
|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"||Steve Hayes||October 15, 1986|
|24||"Mephisto's Magic"||Rowby Goren||October 16, 1986|
|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"||Jack Bornoff||October 17, 1986|
|Kat's scientific brother David 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 S.A.V.A.G.E. who plan to use the alien microbe samples which turns anyone exposed to them into raving lunatics.|
|26||"Death Merchant"||Matt Uitz||October 20, 1986|
|When Rambo's team captures the Death Merchant from his own fortified mansion, 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, even supplying S.A.V.A.G.E. with new weapons to combat the Force of Freedom, especially Rambo.|
|27||"Return of the Count"||Matt Uitz||October 21, 1986|
|On Halloween, the Count resurfaces 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"||Dan DiStefano||October 22, 1986|
|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"||Dan DiStefano||October 23, 1986|
|While vacationing in Venice, Rambo and the Force of Freedom 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"||Dan DiStefano||October 24, 1986|
|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 to all of North America if his demands aren't met.|
|31||"Terror Beneath the Sea"||Steve Hayes||October 27, 1986|
|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 NORAD Bases.|
|32||"Swamp Monster"||Jack Bornoff||October 28, 1986|
|Rambo and Turbo come to the aid of Turbo's uncle Oliver when a swamp monster terrorizes the local town. Rambo discovers that the so-called "swamp monster" is a disguised vehicle 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"||Barbara Chain||October 29, 1986|
|While in England, General Warhawk sends S.A.V.A.G.E. to steal the world's fastest race horse named Freedom Dancer who is owned by Colonel Trautman's friend Winslow and his daughter Sarah. 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 in return for General Warhawk's fighter jets.|
|34||"Texas Inferno"||Rowby Goren||October 30, 1986|
|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"||Matt Uitz||October 31, 1986|
|While attending Oktoberfest in Munich, Rambo's team discover a scheme by General Warhawk and his ally Iron Mask to steal a recently located old warplane containing a fortune of gold. During the stay, Rambo encounters a boy named Hors who got amnesia when he learns of S.A.V.A.G.E.'s plot and Iron Mask's true identity.|
|36||"Children for Peace"||Matt Uitz||November 3, 1986|
|The Force of Freedom (including Rambo, Colonel Trautman, Kat, White Dragon, and Turbo) is providing security for the Children's Peace Conference in Sydney. General Warhawk sends S.A.V.A.G.E. in a plan to capture the children.|
|37||"S.A.V.A.G.E. Rustlers"||Rowby Goren||November 4, 1986|
|Rambo's team helps a rancher named Shane Dobbs whose 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 including the US Army soldiers which will cause a lot of chaos.|
|38||"Mind Control"||Matt Uitz||November 5, 1986|
|S.A.V.A.G.E.'s scientist Professor Larson brainwashes three brilliant scientists, Dr. Paulson, Dr. James, and Kat's college friend Lisa, using a mind-controlled remote device in order to obtain the plans for a special laser that will help General Warhawk shoot down a passing satellite.|
|39||"Vote of Terror"||Rowby Goren||November 6, 1986|
|Kai Moon's President Wang is forced by S.A.V.A.G.E. to read a letter of resignation days before his reelection. The Force of Freedom ends up coming to the country's aid when S.A.V.A.G.E. does various attacks to discourage President Wang and get General Warhawk's friend Mr. Leong elected.|
|40||"Target, Supertanker"||Steve Hayes||November 7, 1986|
|S.A.V.A.G.E. hijacks a supertanker and anchor it off the coast of Hawaii. General Warhawk plans to scuttle the tanker causing an ecological disaster if his demands for a warship aren't met.|
|41||"Enter the White Dragon"||Jack Bornoff||November 10, 1986|
|In this episode, it shows how Rambo met White Dragon at the time when General Warhawk has Black Dragon (White Dragon's twin brother) steal priceless samurai swords from Ishikawa Electronic Co.|
|42||"Skyjacked Gold"||Steve Hayes||November 11, 1986|
|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"||Steve Hayes||November 12, 1986|
|S.A.V.A.G.E. invades El Dorado near Tartatinga and plots to take it over which includes stealing all of the Inca's gold. It is up to Rambo, Kat and Turbo to liberate El Dorado and drive off S.A.V.A.G.E.|
|44||"The Ninja Dog"||Jack Bornoff||November 13, 1986|
|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 allowing General Warhawk to send Gripper and Black Dragon to abduct Peewee and obtain the chip.|
|45||"When S.A.V.A.G.E. Stole Santa"||Sheryl Scarborough||November 14, 1986|
|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"||Steve Hayes||November 17, 1986|
|Rambo, Kat, and Turbo are joined by Rambo's old friend T.D. "Touchdown" Jackson at the time when Mad Dog's biker gang 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 supertank.|
|47||"Supertrooper"||Jack Bornoff||November 18, 1986|
|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. This process was created by an Egyptian scientist and Dr. Jamal.|
|48||"Warhawk's Fortress"||Matt Uitz||November 19, 1986|
|Following some security guards stopping a thief from stealing the plans to some prototype combat vehicles, Rambo, Kat, Turbo, T.D. "Touchdown" Jackson, 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"||Jack Bornoff||November 20, 1986|
|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"||Jack Bornoff||November 21, 1986|
|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, his cybernetic henchmen X-Ray, and their android Max.|
|51||"Alphas, Arms, and Ambush: Part 1"||Mike Chain||November 24, 1986|
|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"||Mike Chain||November 25, 1986|
|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 and rescue Colonel Trautman, General Stedring, and the Alphas.|
|53||"Crash"||Dick Sebast||November 26, 1986|
|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 S.A.V.A.G.E. gets to them first.|
|54||"Mirage"||Barbara Chain||November 27, 1986|
|The Force of Freedom 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"||Mike Chain||November 28, 1986|
|Rambo ends up blinded during his fight on an aircraft carrier against 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"||Matt Uitz||December 1, 1986|
|Black Dragon targets a new synthetic fuel at INT Laboratories which is guarded by Rambo, Kat, Turbo and T.D. "Touchdown" Jackson. At the same time, Turbo finds out that his mother has been captured by a motorcycle gang.|
|57||"Masquerade"||Barbara Chain||December 2, 1986|
|General Warhawk and S.A.V.A.G.E. plan to capture General Bernard who is the leader of the Starfire Defense Team. Rambo, the Force of Freedom, and Colonel Trautman use a General Bernard lookalike named Corporal Justin Wilbur in order to fool S.A.V.A.G.E. into thinking that he is General Bernard.|
|58||"Just Say No"||Barbara Chain||December 8, 1986|
|Rambo visits his old friend Chopper and learns that his teenage son Johnny is involved in a drug gang who are allied with General Warhawk in a plot to smuggle cocaine called "Crack."|
|59||"Monster Island"||Steve Hayes||December 9, 1986|
|Rambo, Kat, Turbo, T.D. "Touchdown" Jackson, and Chief investigate a sea monster in the Gulf of Alaska and come across an island filled with strange hybrid animals (like crocodile/condor hybrids, giraffe/deer hybrids, etc.). Rambo discovers that the strange 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"||Mike Chain||December 10, 1986|
|Rambo and T.D. "Touchdown" Jackson play football...for freedom! Whilst going undercover on a professional team playing an exhibition game in a communist country of Talinia, the guys save a scientist named Professor Ivanovich and his daughter Tanya 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"||Jack Bornoff||December 11, 1986|
|Max steals some ancient Mayan tablets (which will lead whoever possesses them to the Mayan Sepulcher) from Dr. Ramirez in the middle of the night in his office. S.A.V.A.G.E. plans to steal the Mayan Sepulcher and use to unite the Mayans and make General Warhawk their leader. It is up to the Force of Freedom to prevent S.A.V.A.G.E. from reaching the Mayan Sepulcher first.|
|62||"The Twin Within"||Steve Hayes||December 12, 1986|
|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 supertank to General Warhawk.|
|63||"S.A.V.A.G.E. Space"||Matt Uitz||December 15, 1986|
|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. It is up to the Force of Freedom to prevent S.A.V.A.G.E. from using the Xenon to destroy the satellites.|
|64||"Change of Face"||Jack Bornoff||December 17, 1986|
|Dr. Hyde creates a robot shapeshifter that can replicate anyone like Senator Thorne and the President.|
|65||"Horror of the Highlands"||Barbara Chain||December 18, 1986|
|T.D. "Touchdown" Jackson 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 and crew
- Neil Ross - John Rambo
- Michael Ansara - General Warhawk
- James Avery - Edward "Turbo" Hayes, X-Ray
- Peter Cullen - Sergeant Havoc, Razor, Captain Scar (in "Pirate Peril"), Dr. Blackburn (in "Terror Beneath the Sea"), Uncle George (in "Horror in the Highlands")
- George DiCenzo - T.D. Jackson
- Edmund Gilbert - Nomad, Dr. Hyde, President Ramón ("Tierra Libre" miniseries), Major Gómez (in "The Taking of Tierra Libre")
- Robert Ito - Black Dragon, White Dragon, Dr. David Taylor (in "The Halley Microbe")
- Mona Marshall - Katherine "Kat" Taylor, Estrella ("Tierra Libre" miniseries), Pandora (in "Raid on Las Vegas"), Varinia (in "Fire in the Sky"), Mombo Igthayan (in "Night of the Voodoo Moon")
- Alan Oppenheimer - Colonel Samuel Trautman, Chief, Count (in "Deadly Keep," "Return of the Count"), Mike Flynn (in "The Doomsday Machine")
- Lennie Weinrib - Gripper, Jerkface, Max, Admiral Nomak (in "Raise the Yamato," "Pirate Peril"), Sheik Hassat (in "Guns over the Suez"), General Stedring (in "Mephisto's Magic," "Alphas, Arms and Ambush")
- Frank Welker - Mad Dog, Animal, Mephisto (in "Mephisto's Magic"), Supertrooper (in "Supertrooper")
- Michael Bell - General Ranjid (in "The Lost City of Acra")
- Dale Ishimoto - Rama (in "Cult of the Cobra"), Major Sing (in "Cult of the Cobra")
- Russi Taylor - Bobby (in "Exercise in Terror"), Teacher (in "Exercise in Terror)
- Susan Blu - Stacy (in "Blind Luck"; uncredited)
- Phil Clarke - Professor Ivanovich (in "Quarterback Sneak"; uncredited)
- Dick Gautier - Tommy (in "Quarterback Sneak"; uncredited), Premier Motoff (in "Quarterback Sneak"; uncredited)
- Dana Hill - Johnny (in "Just Say No"; uncredited)
- Keye Luke - President Wang (in "Vote of Terror"; uncredited)
- Robert Ridgely - Alpha Leader (in "Alphas, Arms and Ambush"; uncredited)
- Stanley Ralph Ross - Snakebite (uncredited), Dr. Monk (in "Mirage"; uncredited)
- John Stephenson - Doctor (in "Crash"; uncredited)
- Janet Waldo - Danny (in "Return of the Count"; uncredited), Cathy (in "Return of the Count"; uncredited)
- Jack Bornoff - Assistant Story Editor
- Michael Chain - Head Writer
- Michael Hack - Voice Director
- David Morrell - Creator, Writer
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.
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 Raid||11||December 13, 2005|
|Volume 6: Face of Freedom||11||December 13, 2005|
Fictional countries and back-stories are featured, some of them echoing historical or current events. In order to meet Federal Communications Commission decency standards and make the series viewable for children, the violence level was significantly reduced compared to the films.
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 posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While some have alleged that the show used child psychologists who 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, the show's head writer, Michael Chain, denies this and instead states that his previous experience in producing children's programming led him to make sure that Rambo would not "have an adverse effect on the psyche of children". Sylvester Stallone was annoyed and embarrassed that the Rambo character was used as a cartoon character.
A Rambo action figure line was produced Coleco as a tie-in to the animated series. The first series released in 1986 consisted of eleven 6.25" figures (including two Rambo figures), plus a few playsets and vehicles. The second series, released in 1987, consisted of seven additional figures and a few more playsets, was only partially released in the United States.
There have been literature based on Rambo: The Force of Freedom and book adaptations of select episodes from the series. A book and tape set adapting the original five-part episode miniseries titled Rambo: The Rescue was published by Kid Stuff Records in 1987. Another full series of five book and tape sets were published by Rainbow Communications Ltd. from 1985 to 1986, as part of its "Rainbow Theatre" product line; the four books adapted the episodes "Guns Over the Suez", "The Lost City of Arca", "Pirates Peril" and "Alphas, Arms and Ambush".
Two more book series were published in the United Kingdom through World Distributors from 1986 to 1987; the "Little Owl Superstars" series consisted of four installments "The Wolves of Daemon", "Nightstrike", "Sea of Flames" and "The Mask of Mardar" while the "Mini World" line also ran for four stories "Operation Suicide", "Sergeant Havoc's Challenge", "Skyjack" and "Curse of Karmoun". Two annuals, one for 1987 and another for 1988, a mini coloring book and an activity book round the World Distributors product range.
Four volumes of coloring and activity books also based on the series were published by Modern Publishing in 1986.
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