Capt. John Boon (Jeff Kaake) is the hunky Harrison Ford substitute. "What a motley crew!" he says proudly of his comrades and/or comic foils, who include mind-reading Spock knockoff Zylyn (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), fat-guy repairman Doc (Jack McGee) and low-voiced feminist blonde bombshell JoJo (Marjorie Monaghan).
In the opener, she sends them out to make a galactic drug bust, during which the rangers trade massive gunfire (no phasers here) with a hit man who escapes by breaking himself up into floating globules and then reconstituting. This henchman is working for a sinister alien crime boss without hair, ears or manners who, having eluded arrest in the premiere, looks to be the Blofeld of the series. He loses his cool just long enough to hiss at the heroes upon their departure from his harem-like lair-a spontaneous reaction the viewing audience may by then share.
PHOTO: [Linda Hunt], foreground, heads the cast of CBS' "Space Rangers," premiering tonight: A perfectly coiffed crew, clunky spaceships and plenty of recycled material. / CBS