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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.

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 quote 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. [1]

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 [2] for 20 years. [3] 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

That's right, we're looking for help adding words and art to the site, specifically your items! Click here for more info.

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

If you are one of the GR Creators, we want to hear from you! Click here!



Before the Commercial

  • 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