Jason of Star Command‘s second season was a full half-hour program of its own, no longer one of the chunks of the Tarzan and the Super 7 anthology. As noted last time, a couple of the cast members left, and new for this season was a whole menagerie of newcomers.
Commander Canarvin’s departure was not explained, but the first episode of the second season sees Commander Stone, a by-the-book blue-skinned bureaucratic bore, taking his place. Stone was played by John Russell, who had appeared in practically every last western movie and show over a sixty year career. He had starred for two seasons in Soldiers of Fortune and four seasons in Lawman.
Also new to the series: Samantha, a mysterious, super-strong woman with amnesia who Jason finds in suspended animation on a derelict ship. She’s played by Tamara Dobson, the star of the two Cleopatra Jones movies. More about her in a later entry.
Dobson is by far the most interesting and important addition to the cast, but in the eyes of our five year-old son, the most fascinating change to the show is that Sid Haig’s Dragos now has a council of grumbling, growling aliens who sit around a conference table roaring at each other and pounding it with their fists whenever Dragos starts twirling his mustache. That cantina scene in Star Wars is the obvious inspiration for these guys. The cute robot W1K1 has also been upgraded and can speak English at last instead of high-pitched babbling, which made him chuckle, but those hairy, scary aliens gave him a good, old-fashioned surprise, although not a real fright.