One of several western-themed animated space operas (the others
being Galaxy Rangers, Bravestarr, and Silverhawks to an extent),
Saber Rider and the Star Sherrifs presented a future world where
humans have colonized on various planets, creating a new fronier
for mankind. It follows Earth's Cavalry Command - a massive police
force both on land and in space that kept law and order. Command
members included captain Saber Rider - who spoke with a British
accent and rode upon his robotic horse Steed, racing enthusiast
Fireball - the short tempered and youngest member, Colt - a sharpshooter
and bounty hunter, and April Eagle - the only female member who
has a robotic horse similar to that of Saber Rider, named Nova.
included the Outriders, a gang of strange life forms from the Vapor
Zone. These beings slid into Earth's realm from their own dimension
to conquer it. While they can take a chosen human form and do not
need to breathe, their lives depend on the presence of water. Governed
by Nemesis, a bizzare humanoid wearing a skull-like mask, the Outriders
included Jesse Blue - a former Cavelry Command student turned sinister
after being rejected by April Eagle, Vanquo - a bleak faced adversary
wearing a sombrero and having a quick draw, and Gattler - another
masked and mysterious villain.
plot climax occurs during each episode when the Cavalry Command
requires some additional muscle - prompting their battleship to
change forms into a massive robot known as Ramrod. Its rival is
the Outrider robot called Renegade. In battle mode, the Ramrod draws
a massive handgun from its holster, and fires retractable chest-mounted
cannons. Dispatched enemies simply revert back to the Vapor Zone,
only to return again in the future.
Events Productions released a limited number of "Saber Rider"
episodes on DVD, in 2006.