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"BATTLE OF THE PLANETS" BROADCAST DETAILS

"BATTLE OF THE PLANETS" is now listed and released using the corresponding "GATCHAMAN" episode order currently as a standard, (minus the 20 episodes deleted from the original Japanese package); this same order was used by Sandy Frank Film Syndication when they translated the series into English in 1978; however, this was not the order that many broadcasters were provided with by Sandy Frank Film Syndication, (hereafter known as a "suggested viewing order"). The following chart is an attempt to document and reconcile the different regional variations, compared against the standard order and the "suggested viewing order".


NO.1 *
NO.2 *
NO.3 *

NO.4 *

NO.5 *
EPISODE TITLE

1

1
1
1
1

ATTACK OF THE SPACE TERRAPIN

2

16
2
2
2

RESCUE OF THE ASTRONAUTS

3

48
3
41
4?

THE SPACE MUMMY

4

46
4
42
6?

THE SPACE SERPENT

 5

40
5
43
7?

GHOST SHIP OF PLANET MIR

 6

17
6
3
3

BIG ROBOT GOLD GRAB

 7

54
51
44
8?

ACE FROM OUTER SPACE

 8

74
52
45
9?

FEARFUL SEA ANEMONE

 9

38
7
4
10?

THE JUPITER MOON MENACE

10

28
8
39
11?

A SWARM OF ROBOT ANTS

11

23
9
5
5

SPACE ROCKET ESCORT

12
32
10
40
12?

BEAST WITH A SWEET TOOTH

13
50
11
46
13?

PERILOUS PLEASURE CRUISE

14
7
12
47
14?

THE THING WITH 1000 EYES

15
26
13
6
15?

MICROFILM MYSTERY

16
75
53
48
16?

THE ALIEN BEETLES

17
15
14
82?
17?

A WHALE JOINS G-FORCE

18
4
15
53
18?

MAD NEW RULER OF SPECTRA

19
49
16
54
19?

THE SEA DRAGON

20
64
54
49
20?

MAGNETIC ATTRACTION

21
18
17
7
26

THE MUSICAL MUMMY

22
13
18
8
21

THE FIERY LAVA GIANT

23
77
55
55
22

THE BAT-RAY BOMBERS

24
14
19
9
23

RACE AGAINST DISASTER

25
22
20
83?
24

THE GHOSTLY GRASSHOPPER

26
71
56
50
25

THE GALAXY GIRLS

27
59
57
19
N/T

CURSE OF THE CUTTLEFISH Part I

28
60
58
20
N/T

CURSE OF THE CUTTLEFISH Part II

29
45
21
56
N/T

DEMONS OF THE DESERT

30
2
22
10
N/T

SIEGE OF THE SQUIDS

31
36
23
11
N/T

ORION WONDER DOG OF SPACE

32
81
59
23
N/T

THE FIERCE FLOWERS Part I

33
82
60
24
N/T

THE FIERCE FLOWERS Part II

34
11
24
12
N/T

THE SPACE ROCK CONCERT

35
34
25
14
N/T

PRISONERS IN SPACE

36
68
61
51
N/T

VICTIMS OF THE HAWK

37
33
26
52
N/T

RAID ON RIGA

38
39
27
15
N/T

SEALS OF SYTRON

39
57
62
62
N/T

GIANT GILA MONSTER

40
35
28
16
N/T

CAPTURE OF THE GALAXY CODE

41
21
29
17
N/T

RAID ON A NEARBY PLANET

42
44
30
18
N/T

KEYOP DOES IT ALL

43
65
63
13
N/T

PEAKS OF PLANET ODIN

44
79
64
63
N/T

THE SKY IS FALLING! Part I

45
80
65
64
N/T

THE SKY IS FALLING! Part II

46
30
31
65
N/T

RAID OF THE RED SCORPION

47
12
32
66
N/T

MAMMOTH SHARK MENACE

48
8
33
57
N/T

FASTEST GUN IN THE GALAXY

49
6
34
38
N/T

GIANT FROM PLANET ZYR

50
37
35
84?
N/T

SECRET ISLAND

51
55
66
58
N/T

GIANT SPACE BAT

52
19
36
67
N/T

ATTACK OF THE ALIEN WASP

53
3
37
31
N/T

DECOYS OF DOOM

54
63
67
59
N/T

ZOLTAR STRIKES OUT

55
56
68
68
N/T

THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY

56
10
38
69
N/T

RAID OF THE SPACE OCTOPUS

57
25
39
28
N/T

SILENT CITY

58
61
69
32
N/T

PERIL IN THE PYRAMIDS

59
78
70
60
N/T

RAGE OF THE ROBOTOIDS

60
41
40
29
N/T

THE ALIEN BIGFOOT

61
67
71
37
N/T

INVASION OF THE LOCUSTS

62
20
41
27
N/T

THE SPACE SAFARI

63
24
42
21
N/T

MUSEUM OF MYSTERY

64
5
43
70
N/T

PERIL OF THE PREYING MANTIS

65
73
72
61
N/T

THE AWESOME RAY FORCE

66
58
73
71
N/T

THE DUPLICATE KING

67
76
74
80
N/T

DEFECTOR TO SPECTRA

68
9
44
35
N/T

PANIC OF THE PEACOCK

69
27
45
22
N/T

MISSION TO INNER SPACE

70
31
46
81
N/T

SPECTRA SPACE SPIDER

71
42
47
25
N/T

SUPER SPACE SPIES

72
29
48
30
N/T

CUPID DOES IT TO KEYOP

73
53
75
72
N/T

TENTACLES FROM SPACE

74
69
76
34
N/T

ISLAND OF FEAR

75
52
77
73
N/T

THE AWESOME ARMADILLO

76
84
78
76
N/T

INVASION OF SPACE CENTER Part I

77
85
79
77
N/T

INVASION OF SPACE CENTER Part II

78
62
80
36
N/T

SAVE THE SPACE COLONY

79
83
81
85?
N/T

CHARIOTEERS OF CHANGU

80
43
49
26
N/T

VACATION ON VENUS

81
47
50
74
N/T

ROCKETS OUT OF CONTROL

82
66
82
75
N/T

G-FORCE DEFECTOR

83
70
83
78
N/T

STRIKE AT SPECTRA

84
51
84
33
N/T

G-FORCE IN THE FUTURE

85
72
85
79
N/T

THE CONWAY TAPE TAP

The series is listed above using 5 distinctly different orders:

1) the first column (
NO.1) refers to the episode order currently used by Sandy Frank Film Syndication based on the original Japanese episode order, (minus the 20 Japanese episodes deleted from the original package); viewed in this manner, the series retains minor "GATCHAMAN" continuity but lapses within the English script. This was also the original production order of the episodes that were translated.

2) the second column (
NO.2) refers to an artificial "suggested viewing order" created at the time of the series' production in 1978. The 85 episodes were reconfigured with their own imposed episodic continuity via different credit sequences, varying standards of the additional animation sequences and continuing script references within the "7-Zark-7" interludes. As a result of altering the original "GATCHAMAN" continuity, many internal inconsistencies within the "BATTLE OF THE PLANETS" storylines prevail.
.

3) the third column (
NO.3) refers to the episode order supplied to Australian television broadcasters by Sandy Frank Film Syndication, (syndicated on the 0/10 Network 10 1979 - 1981, and later networked on ABC Television Channel 2 1982 - 1985); it has yet to be confirmed whether or not it is the same order supplied to British or US broadcasters at the time of the series original distribution); when viewed using this order, the episodes display major continuity flaws and make less sense than the "suggested viewing order".
.

4) the fourth column (
NO.4) refers to the telecast order of UK television broadcaster BBC Television, (networked on BBC 1 1979 - 1985). At first glance, the UK order appears to be a severe corruption of the same order supplied to Australian broadcasters, the fragmented nature of the series a study in perserverance unto itself. Rather than air all 85 episodes as a complete block, BBC 1 opted to telecast it in batches of episodes, each "series" containing a different number of episodes screened and also altering the day on which it was screened. The order listed above is a reflection of the episodes listed concurrently, (despite each being part of an individual batch of episodes). To date, 81 of the 85 episodes have been found with confirmed transmission dates, the remaining 4 episodes unconfirmed; these 4 have been assigned the remaining numbers 82 - 85, although it is unlikely they actually screened so late in the run, (it is more than likely that they were screened unpromoted as part of the Saturday morning children's series "Noel Edmond's MULTI COLOURED SWAP SHOP"). Note: this order is not a reflection of the order used more recently by Bravo UK, when the current Sandy Frank Film Syndication-supplied "GATCHAMAN" order was used apart from the substitution of # 2 with the "G-FORCE" equivalent episode # 2.
.

5) the fifth column (
NO.5) refers to the episode order supplied for "STRIJD DER PLANETEN" to Dutch broadcaster AVRO; although the order has yet to be confirmed completely, it seems that the order partially follows the original "GATCHAMAN" order, rather than the "usual" order supplied by Sandy Frank Film Syndication to overseas broadcasters between 1978 and 1981. Only 26 of the 85 episodes were dubbed into Dutch for transmission; the remainder of the series was unaired.
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