|Created by||Peter David|
|Starring||Walter Emanuel Jones|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||27 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Micheline Charest|
Ronald A. Weinberg
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production companies||CINAR Films|
|Original release||March 2, 1996 –|
January 27, 1997
Space Cases is a Canadian science fiction television series that aired on Nickelodeon for two seasons. Created by Peter David and Bill Mumy, it premiered on March 2, 1996 and ended on January 27, 1997 with reruns until 1998. It aired for a time on Nickelodeon's Saturday night block of shows known as SNICK, and on Nickelodeon UK, with reruns on Family and TVOntario in Canada. An episode aired on TeenNick in the US as part of its The '90s Are All That block on the night of October 14, 2011 for the block's U Pick with Stick line-up, and again on December 27, 2011 for Party Like It's the '90s. Space Cases returned once again on the night of January 1, 2016 on TeenNick during the new The Splat programming block but has not aired since; the first four episodes of Season One were aired. The show's premise revolves around a group of misfit students and two adults who are stranded far from home aboard an alien ship. Their attempts at journeying back see many dangerous adventures and controversies, with some occasionally more mature themes.
The series was shot in Montreal, Quebec. Because of budget constraints, props from Are You Afraid of the Dark? and other Nickelodeon programs were used in the series. In other episodes, more mundane props were used, as in the episode "Homeward Bound", the character Suzee is sitting in a chair with compact discs pasted to either side. During the first season, electronic games such as Lights Out, were used as control panels on walls.
Season One's original theme song was orchestra-based, with an announcer voiceover giving a preamble. A vocal song telling the story of the Space Cases was used as the closing. For Season Two, this song was moved to the front and re-recorded to accommodate the removal of Catalina, the addition of Suzee, and some re-arranging to how the characters were presented. At some point after the series ended, Nickelodeon had the song re-recorded once more, using the same character arrangement as Season Two, but removing Suzee and adding Catalina back in, and created a new opening for the Season One episodes with this song.
The series features a multitude of celebrity guest stars throughout its run, including George Takei, Mark Hamill, Bill Mumy, Katey Sagal, Michelle Trachtenberg, Danny Tamberelli and Robin Leach.
In the first episode of the series, a small group of misfits are kept behind from a Space Academy field trip. Nearby, an odd bird-like alien ship appears, and Harlan Band decides to sneak onto it; the other students, all of whom are younger and much less troublesome, follow Harlan onto the ship. During their exploration of the ship's interior, the organic ship bonds to each student when each touches a bulkhead.
TJ Davenport, their teacher and principal, and Commander Seth Goddard go after them and, in a series of unfortunate events, become separated throughout the vessel. One of the students accidentally charges the engines, hurtling the ship off into a spatial rift. By the time everyone figures out that only the children who bonded to the ship can actually control it, the ship has stopped several light years away from the Academy. They set off on a return trip which would take them at least seven years, four months, and twenty-two days at maximum speeds.
|Title||Original air date|
|"Breath of a Salesman"||Unaired|
|An alien salesman, Yee Haw Jones, boards the ship.|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"We Gotta Get out of This Place"||John Bell||Peter David & Bill Mumy||March 2, 1996|
|After learning their field test is suspended because they aren't ready, the Space Cases try to prove themselves by making contact with the Christa, an alien ship outside Star Academy. While Commander Goddard and Miss Davenport look for them on the ship, the Christa is pulled through a spatial rip sending them all on a journey they learn will take over seven years to return home.|
|2||2||"Who Goes Where?"||John Bell||Peter David & Bill Mumy||March 9, 1996|
|After retrieving a teddy bear from space for Rosie, Radu starts to see Spung hallucinations. Catalina realizes the teddy bear is responsible for the hallucinations and with Thelma's help, she is able to make an antidote.|
|3||3||"A Day in the Life"||Otta Hanus||Peter David & Bill Mumy||March 16, 1996|
The Christa becomes the target for a pair of territorial aliens.Guest Stars: Mark Hamill & Bill Mumy as Ferna Herna.
|4||4||"Spung at Heart"||Otta Hanus||Peter David & Bill Mumy||March 23, 1996|
After receiving a distress call, Radu and Harlan rescue a young Spung - a race that both humans and Andromedans distrust. As a reward the Spung reads their future, and the crew becomes frightened when her predictions begin coming true.Guest Stars: Katie Emme as Elmira & George Takei as Warlord Shank.
|5||5||"Forever Young"||John Bell||Story by : Kristian Ayre|
Teleplay by : Jerry Colker
|March 30, 1996|
|Neinstein, an alien being, turns Miss Davenport and Commander Goddard into children. The kids celebrate not having any adults on board until Neinstein takes over the ship and their lives. The crew are forced to retake the ship or be on a trip to Neinstein's home world for the next 70 years.|
|6||6||"Nowhere Man"||Iain Paterson||Peter David & Bill Mumy||April 6, 1996|
|After complaining that he wants to be left alone, Harlan begins working in the engineering room where he finds a radiation leak and soon regrets it.|
|7||7||"Desperately Seeking Suzee"||John Bell||Peter David & Bill Mumy||April 13, 1996|
|Suzee leaves over an argument she has with Catalina. With Suzee gone, Catalina and Harlan send the Christa heading straight for a comet and Catalina hopes Suzee will come back in time to save them.|
|8||8||"It's My Birthday, Too (Yeah!)"||John Bell||Teleplay by : Peter David & Bill Mumy|
Story by : Myra David
|April 20, 1996|
|When Radu finds out it's Bova's birthday, he says it's also his birthday, but things don't go the way he planned.|
|9||9||"Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Court"||Otta Hanus||Jerry Colker||April 27, 1996|
|The crew gets sick of Harlan bossing people around; so they put him on trial for endangering them. Soon Radu looks carefully in the future video and discovers that everyone had a role in endangering the Christa after Harlan's departure. With the discovery made, can he convince Harlan and Catalina to cooperate with each other?|
|10||10||"Prisoner of Luff"||Otta Hanus||Teleplay by : Magda Liolis|
Story by : Ted Jessup and Peter David & Bill Mumy
|May 4, 1996|
|A prisoner takes over the Christa in order to save a race from war. Harlan suspects her for what happened to Catalina and refuses to help until the prisoner retrieves her out of the prison she put her in.|
|11||11||"The Impossible Dram"||Otta Hanus||Peter David & Bill Mumy||May 18, 1996|
|A knight boards the Christa searching for a monster that may exist only in his imagination.|
|12||12||"Break on Through to the Other Side"||John Bell||Peter David & Bill Mumy||May 25, 1996|
|Bova is the only witness to an accident that seems to implicate Thelma as a traitor.|
|13||13||"On the Road to Find Out"||John Bell||Peter David & Bill Mumy||June 1, 1996|
|The crew discovers another vessel similar to the Christa that's just been through a war. However, Catalina suspects that the ship is part of Warlord Shank's plans. This proves correct and only she is able to rescue the Christa and crew to safety at the apparent cost of her life. As the crew mourn losing Catalina, her seemingly-invisible friend, Suzee, is shown in front of the crew.|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|14||1||"New Places, New Faces"||Jeff Blyth||Peter David & Bill Mumy||October 12, 1996|
|Three Spung killcruisers drop out of hyperspace to attack the Christa.|
|15||2||"The Sporting Kind"||Vincenzo Natali||Evan Carlos Somers||October 19, 1996|
|Rosie finds a new pet, but Spung are hunting for it and aren't happy about losing their prey.|
|16||3||"Long Distance Calls"||Stephen Williams||Peter David & Bill Mumy||October 26, 1996|
|The crew uses a powerful communications satellite to contact friends and relatives back home, but they're overheard by Reaver, a pirate who wants the satellite, and his old nemesis, Commander Goddard.|
|17||4||"King of the Hil"||David Straiton||Peter David & Bill Mumy||November 2, 1996|
|Harlan is captured by a tribal people known as The Hil, who believe prophecy is being fulfilled.|
|18||5||"Truth Hurts"||Stephen Williams (director)||Magda Liolis||November 9, 1996|
|Rosie can't keep secrets and, as a result, places her trust with the crew in jeopardy.|
|19||6||"Homeward Bound"||Adam Weissman||Valri Bromfield||November 16, 1996|
|Radu receives a vision that Spung attack cruisers are coming to destroy the Christa, but he can't convince anyone that what he knows wasn't just a dream.|
|20||7||"All You Can Eaty"||Jeff Blyth||Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert||November 23, 1996|
The crew discovers a new pet, but don't realize the dangers of having it aboard the Christa.Guest Stars: Danny Tamberelli as Male Prankster/Stuart, Michelle Trachtenberg as Female Prankster.
|21||8||"Both Sides Now"||John Fawcett||Peter David & Bill Mumy||November 30, 1996|
|The crew wish they could exchange bodies with one another. Suzee wants to be an android, Radu wants to be human, and Harlan wants to be Andromedan. When the crew get their wish the Christa doesn't respond to the crew.|
|22||9||"Mother Knows Best"||David Straiton||Mindy Schneider||December 7, 1996|
A strange energy force, known as Ma, gives the kids as well as the adults whatever they want. However, Radu isn't fooled and suspects that Ma is after them. Meanwhile, the Christa's power is being drained while the other kids are being spoiled by Ma, and Thelma can't convince them that they're in danger. It's up to Radu to convince the others they are in danger and that they must break Ma's spell over them in order to save the Christa.
Guest Stars: Sheena Larkin as Ma, Katey Sagal as voice of Ma.Note: Major focus on Thelma during the first half of the show.
|23||10||"A Star is Boring"||David Straiton||Patricia Marx||January 19, 1997|
|Bova is feeling left out of the crew, so he sends out a signal to space. He claims to have an immortality potion, and that he is living proof. When an interested alien buyer contacts him it is discovered he doesn't have a potion to sell. The alien kidnaps him and puts him on display as the "oldest living creature".|
|24||11||"Runaway"||Adam Weissman||Peter David & Bill Mumy||January 5, 1997|
|Radu and Bova are returning with fuel for the Christa. Suzee has made modifications to the Christa's engines, Harlan tries them out, and the Christa becomes a runaway ship on a collision course with Radu and Bova in the shuttle.|
|25||12||"Trouble with Doubles"||Jeff Blyth||Joshua Levin, Benjamin Zackheim||January 12, 1997|
|The crew fly by an old satellite where a Doppleganger, a creature of energy that creates evil twins of people, gets on board the ship. The evil twins begin to take over the ship.|
|26||13||"A Friend in Need"||Adam Weissman||Peter David & Bill Mumy||January 27, 1997|
|The Space Cases check out a space station that was recently attacked by Spung.|