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Welcome to BetaMountain.org, the online spot for all of your Galaxy Rangers needs!
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Within this site you'll find episode and character information, insight on the creation of the show from the creators themselves who have shared with us over the years, and fan created fiction & art. We are updating the site steadily and if you have a question, you can get in touch with us at @betamountain on Twitter.

Two Years, Twenty Years, Who Is Counting?

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Twenty Years

Last month marked 20 years since BetaMountain.org first hit the web! Below are some of the slogans that were tossed about the Ranger-L mailing list. Yes, we were a silly bunch!

  • BetaMountain.Org - The Psychocrypt-Refugee Camp
  • BetaMountain.Org - The animation continues.
  • BetaMountain.Org - Where you can get seasick and airsick at the same time.
  • BetaMountain.Org - "No Guts, No Glory": It's Not Just a Slogan, It's a Philosophy
  • BetaMountain.Org - We Put the E Back in ET
  • BetaMountain.Org - Galaxy Rangers Cheerfully Tormented Here
  • BetaMountain.Org - The Adventure Continues
  • BetaMountain.Org - β All You Can β
  • BetaMountain.Org - Where you get Super Trooper Juice instead of simple lemonade!
  • BetaMountain.Org - "No Wheiner's Allowed!"
  • BetaMountain.Org - See the Six Foot tall Chicken...and his pet monkey!
  • BetaMountain.Org - Four Rangers, Two Ambassadors, and a Butt kickin' Spaceship!
  • BetaMountain.Org - Here to prove that Space is not necessarily the Final Frontier
  • BetaMountain.Org - Rangers Are Forever!
  • BetaMountain.Org - Galaxy Rangers. The last best hope for after school television.
  • BetaMountain.Org - "Oh my GOD! They have Niko and Goose HAVING SEX!" <click here to access the FAN FICTION archives> ^_^



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Two Years

Two years have passed since we got the site back, which involved a bit of timing, a random conversation on Twitter and the love of the show carried by one @Marienro2 (you can read all that here). A lot has happened in the last 24 months, both on the site and real life, and we are happily plodding along making updates as we can. Marienro2 has been instrumental in cataloging the Fanfic that we've been able to locate on the web. Bringing together the 500+ list of stories where some stories are still active on sites (looking at you AKK!), some have been lost yet saved at Archive.org, and where some exist on Fanfic & Ao3, and cataloging appearances has been no easy task. Ever wonder what Fanfic Larry has appeared in? If so, that is part of the ongoing cataloging!

For all of the creators that keep in touch and the fans that drop by: Thank you!

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Custom Figures

For this anniversary we are showcasing a thing that comes out of the fan space and who better to provide that thing than @Marienro2?! She has taken her Galaxy Rangers interest to the custom figure space and was nice enough to send us a write up of her journey. Check out Making Custom Galaxy Rangers Figures and see how this and other figures came about! Thank you @Marienro2!




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Misc

Winter is Here

Blender Model

Snow hits, winter is here. Maybe not Dan Fiorella Winter in NYC winter, but snow has hit (work is delayed\cancelled right now in our region) and that means time for indoor projects.

We purchased a 3D printer and have been having a lot of fun printing out things and learning how to design things. Sites and programs such as Thingiverse, Tinkercad, Blender, Cura, and others have filled up the hard drive with different random objects for weeks. And then I found a model that has taken up the better part of the last week of evenings. While I liked the blank figure as a template, it needed something more and as you can see in the thumbnail, my updated version has pose-able arms and a swivel head. When I'm happy with that model, I plan to upload it to Thingiverse to give back to the community. I can't tell you what I'm doing with it, but I will say that the test model head is almost complete. More to come!

Essay

I took a class early this summer for writing and I posted my final essay titled "Why Do Children Have To Watch Their Childhood Heroes Die?" on my website. Series writer Lance Strate lent some words for it and thankfully it graded well. Thank you Lance!


September 14.2019

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On This Day in 1986

On a Sunday 33[1] years ago we got a chance to watch the run of The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, presumably in pajamas and with a bowl of cereal in hand, on one of many TV stations across America. [2].



The art, writing, music and overall journey of the group captured the imaginations of quite a few youngsters at the time, and while it wasn't able to pick up additional seasons, it created a lasting impression on viewers in the form of art, fan fiction, and other various influences. Check out Tara O'Shea's 2004 interview with series creator Robert Mandell for some insight behind the scenes and his thoughts on the series.

Happy anniversary Galaxy Rangers!

No guts, no glory!


August 25.2019

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Hasbro and Entertainment One

Peppa Pig... I just learned of Peppa's existence on the trip (see next section), it is completely out of my scope of attention. I heard recently that Hasbro paid out $4 billion dollars and that Peppa Pig was part of the purchase deal. First, what is it with $4 billion these days? Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion. Disney bought Marvel for $4 billion.

I completely glossed over any other detail of the transaction until MaryNiko pointed out that it was Entertainment One that was purchased. You can read that and some of my earlier research on essentially "what became of Koch?" here in the [forums]. The Market Watch headline read Hasbro gets Peppa Pig, and lots more, with $4 billion Entertainment One acquisition and you might be wondering why does this matter? That gem is found in Canadian Media Producers Association's ongoing list of Signatory Producers link, which gets updated online from time to time. Within that documentation of CMPA (formerly CFTPA) Signatory Producers 2015 to 2017 (extended to June 30, 2019) Animation up to April 9, 2019) is found an interesting one liner:

Entertainment One Television Productions Ltd for "Galaxy Rangers"

What's next? Toys? A reboot? Should Grant Gould brush off some of that concept art?

Unfortunately that's all I can scrape up for now with a search engine. If you know more, join the discussion in the [forums] or message me on the Twitters via @betamountain!

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Anniversary #20

Still alive, having a great busy summer. For our 20th wedding anniversary, we took a trip to Scotland with the kids to visit friends and family across the pond. Had a wonderful time in Edinburgh, Glasgow and finished up the travels in London where we caught the West End production of Hamilton!

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That stitch of 15+ photos of Glen Coe Scotland prints at 12"x48"+ and I'm debating on creating a triptych of it. Such a beautiful place!

Site updates came to a screeching halt as I've been taking some time to do some house projects while the weather is good, plus I'm debating on how to handle media uploads in the face of a certain site that begins with the letter "P". I should write about that someday as it really takes the air out of my tires.


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Misc

  • Found Mel C. Horse earlier this summer! (Ranger-L subscribers know of whom I type!)
  • Changed the current banner due to a Twitter mention of the Bovo Cattle. (image link for future ref)
  • Friend of the site Maria has been crafting custom Galaxy Rangers figures! See the work below! (Maybe we can convince her to write about how these were done!?)
  • I really have nowhere in the house to record and with the help of my son, we are building a space in the attic, making a custom desk, and putting some recording gear up there. We put down the floor yesterday and measured for the desk and after all was done for the day, I put my amp up and played a little guitar. With respect (and apologies) to Myles Hunter, here is a cover snippet of Psychocrystal
  • A "quick" update apparently takes about 30 minutes to do. Or long if you find typos in the re-read.

June 8.2019

It's been a little while since the last update. Someone thought it would be a good idea to take an accelerated 7 week course of "Rhetoric and Composition" just before a major trip and guess what? It apparently, just like this site, requires a lot of writing (typing) and time!

Series 6 Podcast

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The Series 6 Podcast put a new podcast recently with a look (listen?) behind the scenes as the how the sausage gets dropped, rolled around on the floor, and finally made. Check the Longshot episode here.

I threw together a little video based on the "Brazilian Art Thieves" portion of the episode. It stirs up my thoughts on Pinterest which I should get out in the open some day soon as it is holding me up from doing a lot of things here, but it isn't as bad as having your artwork end up on for sale bootleg DVDs.

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Propiolic Acid Anhydride

While looking up a reference picture, I came across the mention of C6H2O3 in Birds of a Feather, which ends up being the formula to create a Super Plago. I went down a rabbit hole and AKK helped be back out of it. Check that out on the [forums].

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Creator Updates


Dan Fiorella

Dan has a run of "Adventures in Hardly-wood" stories on his blog that I've been reading and having fun time with. Curious what happens when you answer a Craigs List “Seeking Comedy Writer for major studio venture” ad? Then read on![3]


Finally, this needs somehow become a t-shirt, or the basis for the truest of Hallmark cards:

Here's the thing, I'm like the king of apathy, with a default setting of "annoyed." - Dan Fiorella[4]

Lance Strate

Lance is back to blogging and has put up My Take On Game of Thrones this past week. This is his take, not mine, though I'm not disagreement. There are a lot of great references in this article.

One note: I'd like to leave Elric of Melniboné right there on paper and in my head while I tell everyone to get off my lawn.

Larry Rosenthal

Larry provided some background on Miller's Glove from Birds of a Feather and One Million Emotions and you can read that here. (Thank you Larry)

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Misc

  • Always great to see I had a blatant spelling mistake from the last update: We have quote a few postings in this area this month! Good thing I'm not a writer.
  • Speaking of which, back to homework.



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Goose and Triton on Granna
Episode 19 - Scarecrow



March 30.2019

Avast! It's a whale of an update for March! Space Moby galore, Series 6 Podcast publishes, What TV station did you watch the series on? 499 Fanfic links, Creator Updates and maple syrup!

Series 6 Podcast

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The Series 6 Team along with guests Drew and Andrew of the Figure Knights review Space Moby! Check that out here for more info and how to subscribe.

Space Moby The Re-Telling

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More Space Moby fun, series writer Dan Fiorella provided us with a re-telling of the episode. We've freshened up the screenshots and you can read the submission to out about that musical instrument and space-puns here!

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Site Updates & New Items

TV Station Listings

  • Mark Lungo has been updating a number of TV station listings based initially on the Starlog Magazine issue #125 over at RadioDicussions.com and after doing a lot of research to curate the listing, he's brought it to the site! Check out the Syndication Listings page! Thanks Mark
    • If anyone happens to have a lead on what station GR aired in Denver, CO please let us know!

Fanfic

  • Added Rationalizations for Being a Member of the Series 5 Team from GRCD1!
  • MaryNiko has been supplying the information for cataloging what characters and locations appear in fanfic stories, which means a lot of reading and typing. This past month, that work got combined into the site and it's helping make finding a character across multiple stories even easier!
  • Over the past 32+ years there has been a lot of fanfic written and posted in various places (personal sites, fanfiction.net, ArchiveOfOurOwn, mailing lists, the GRCD's) and there hasn't been a place to find the majority of the works. We've finally done it! Check out the Fanfic page and see the new sortable table of information. Over time we will be updating, correcting, adding, etc to the table (including fixing holes). If you see any issues or want your fanfic added (or removed), let us know! If you have fanfic you'd like added to the site here as well, don't hesitate to get in touch! 499 fanfic stories are currently listed!

Website Back End Updates

  • Near the end of April we will be doing some site updates which will make the site inaccessible during the work.
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Creator Updates

We have quite a few postings in this area this month!

Dan Fiorella

  • Before he was on the Series 6 Podcast, Dan was a guest on Mark Arnold's Fun Ideas Podcast (episodes 7 & 8). Mark and Dan were both contributing writers to Cracked! magazine during its run.

Glen A. Schofield

Podcast Interview
Ars Technica


Dennis Woodyard

John Van Tongeren

  • A recent video posting from John Van Tongeren's band Trinom3
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Misc

Space Yogurt

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If you've been watching Netflix's Love, Death & Robots anthology, you probably saw the "When the Yogurt Took Over" episode and I couldn't get the Space Yogurt from Space Moby out of my head. LDR is NSFW but an interesting watch. If you haven't seen it yet and liked anthology stories that are akin to the Heavy Metal series, go watch it now!



Maple Syrup

March and April are big months in the New England due to maple syrup season being underway. We tap maple trees on our property, boil down the sap and jar a few gallons of maple syrup for own enjoyment (re: on ice cream, in oatmeal, on pancakes and french toast). This process takes two or three weekends to do and usually takes up most of the month's spare time. This year we have the process down and where I was afraid I would only have a few points to discuss, it ends up being the biggest update in months!

What if... maple flavored Space Yogurt???!!!


February 28.2019

February is a Short Month! Larry Rosenthal Art, Fanfic Categories

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February is a Short Month!

February is not only cold in the north, but it's cold and short. This month was a little crazy in real life and it included an impromptu flight to Detroit with my daughter and a 1000+ mile drive back to home. The trip was great and all for good, we made some memories with her and made it home safely in time to enjoy a cold beverage and birthday cake. The rest of the month was taken up with staying warm, moving snow, class work and work work. On top of that, we tapped the maple trees in anticipation of syrup season starting. Real life has been taking up its usual time as it does!

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Creator Updates


Larry Rosenthal Art

Through a Twitter exchange in mid February, series artist Larry Rosenthal gave some background on Marock's ship in the episode Invasion:

FYI. In the original notes the alien kids ship I designed was supposed to dwarf the station like Baloks ship did to the USS Enterprise in a nod to TOS. They never showed an external shot to establish it's scale. Would have been a nice shot and shown power of his species. [5]

In the episode, we saw this representation:

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Larry then shared a collage of his artwork, including a "3D rendered" version of the Spydroid, that he had up on his Cube3 website [6] for 20 years. [7] Larry was kind enough to allow us to share that here on the site and we've combined with a still of the Spydroid as in the episode Stargate. Thank you Larry!

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Fanfic


Categories

The Fanfic categories are starting to fill out! Our own MaryNiko from the forums has been working through the stories and providing the information needed to create the connections between characters and the fanfic that they appear in. For example, if you wanted to see how many stories Jessica Foxx was in, you could go to her page and look at Fanfic Appearances to see:


Pretty cool! The lists will continue expand while things are cataloged. Somewhere in the future I plan on redoing the page formatting so the reading is easier, for now I'll apologize for some of the layouts right up front.


Random Fanfic

Finally, I didn't know this existed until last night, a random link to items within a Category. Check this out: Click for a random story in the Fanfic category!


January 26.2019

Characters and Characters and Characters, Toys, Mark Chiarello, GV in Blender, Parting Shot

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Characters and Characters and Characters

Happy New Year!

The last month of work was pretty much centered around doing a re-watch of the series in order to grab all of the characters I could. It was a bit daunting and the initial output is below (I'll share the spreadsheet out for viewing). On the last update I had just passed 200 characters and right now there are roughly 555 characters listed (a couple of duplicates and a load of tertiary background characters).

Next up: editing the spreadsheet and getting the attributes filled out so the character pages can be made.

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Toys

Pictures Galore

You'll never guess this bio-defense....

Uploaded a good number of Toys to the gallery, including Zachary, Goose, Doc, a few of the horses, shooters and a watch. After seeing some really unfortunate results of neglect being posted, we started a "Toys-OMG-WHAT-HAPPENED" sub-category to the Toys group. You can check those out, good and bad, here. We have some pictures of the protoypes as well and will post those at a later time.

DIY Lightbox

If you have figures, I'll post some pictures of my DIY lightbox so you can build one to take stunning pictures of your collection.

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Creator Updates

Mark Chiarello

Send some good thoughts over to former series artist Mark Chiarello if you have a moment and wish him luck getting back on his feet. Nuff said!

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GV in Blender

Over winter break I gave a shot at creating GV in Blender. Visually it works, but I have a lot to learn about making a model that is printable. Until then, I've got screenshots and an .stl file to play with.

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Parting Shot

Saw a picture on Twitter... and then this happened:

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"I started to paint a happy Captain Foxx, but then I asked myself 'Self, was he ever really happy?' and then I let the brush find his heart...a little cobalt blue and a touch of titanium white..." said Bob Ross never.

Credit to my son for the cobalt blue\titanium white touch.


December 24.2018

Robert Mandell 2004 Interview, Dan Fiorella - Series 6 Podcast, Characters Characters Characters, Happy Holidays

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Robert Mandell 2004 Interview

Tara O'Shea has been a fan of the Galaxy Rangers for years and in 2004 she had the pleasure of interviewing the series creator, Mr. Robert Mandell. Tara and Robert discuss the the show and the interview shows us Robert's favorite things from the series, a bit of production insight, and of course how toys influenced the success or demise of a cartoon in the 1980's.

Read the interview here!

Thank you Tara.

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Dan Fiorella - Series 6 Podcast

In Episode 16.2, Galaxy Rangers series writer Dan Fiorella sits in with the Series 6 Podcast as they review The Ax. Dan talks about some of the creative aspects of writing an episode, including how he and occasional co-writer John Rawlins approach writing stories in a way that doesn't use the Series 5 implants as the over powered plot movers that they sometimes can be. The talk also discusses a bit of the background on the endings of Boomtown, written by Dan, and Shaky, leaving us to wonder what happens if we splice the two together. Check the episode out here.

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Characters Characters Characters

This month we took a step back from things and decided that cataloging characters was the priority item. This was an insane move. By episode 23 we've cataloged 211 characters, some with names and many without, and the issues are "do they eventually get a name?" and "have I seen that character already?". Did I mention this was an insane move? You can read find out the Iron Maiden crossover and whether or not Tom Waits is a Supertrooper over in the Forums.


Additional helpful reference items:


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Happy Holidays

It's that time of year again and we wish you a "Happy Holidays" from Betamountain.Org!

Fan Fiction Fun

While you're sipping eggnog, check out a couple of fan-fiction pieces that were included on GRCD1!



12 Days of GR Christmas

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, Commander Walsh gave to me:

  • Twelve Goosemans Goosing,
  • Eleven Blasters blasting,
  • Ten Plagos bumbling,
  • Nine Kiwis dancing,
  • Eight Spy Droids,
  • Seven Black Hole bandits,
  • Six Melliepoo's!,
  • Five Evil Queens,
  • Four shining badges,
  • Three data discs,
  • Two robosteeds and a Bubblehead in a pear tree...



Parting Shot

And, with much respect to Dan Fiorella and honestly not knowing where my mind went this morning in order to take 30 minutes to throw this one together, this season's parting shot:

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December 3.2018

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Year One - Take Two


Yesterday was one year since betamountain.org returned and a special thanks goes out to MaryNiko (back-story here)!

It's been an interesting year. The site was converted from the original version, which itself sprang up from the fan-made Galaxy Ranger CDs, and then updating material began. The Character Guide was refreshed and includes the ability to cross-reference character appearances in both episodes and fan-fiction. Now the work moves towards the Episode Guide, re-watching the series and cataloging the cross-reference items. In between everything, fanfic and media included on the GRCDs are being added to the site. The biggest additional change are these forums, something that was attempted back in the 2000's with a "free" hosted solution and the results were less than favorable. My hatred of banner ads knew no bounds! It's a bit of work that I enjoy doing as a past-time and it gets done in between life, family, school, and other hobbies. My hope is to keep it going for as long as I can.

Finally, thanks to the Series 6 Podcast for stoking the flame a bit (didn't take much, did it?)!

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Help Wanted

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Galaxy Rangers ON DVD!

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Looking for the series? You can get the whole series on DVD by picking up The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Volume 1 and Volume 2!

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GR Creators

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Before the Commercial

  • 33 is a magic number
  • We are fantasizing a little here, we don't have actual confirmation that Zach, Niko, Goose and Doc lit up screens simultaneously across the U.S., rolling with the time zones, but you hopefully get the idea!
  • At the time of posting there wasn't a category grouping on Dan's blog that I could see, so I've listed them in order as I've found them. There may be more over time, be sure to check his blog for more.
  • Christian the Poet
  • https://twitter.com/LarryRosenthal/status/1096800686606434305
  • See https://web.archive.org/web/20060320192327/http://www.cube3.com:80/gallery/GALAXY.htm
  • https://twitter.com/LarryRosenthal/status/1096894708603707392