Cult TV Essentials

Cult TV Essentials: Zaido – Pulis Pangkalawakan

Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan was a Philippine fantasy-drama television that span off from Space Sheriff Shaider. Originally it was conceived as a Filipino remake of Shaider but the Toei Company rejected the original script but gave its blessing to a spin-off series set twenty years after the original Shaider series.

It starred Dennis Trillo, Marky Cielo and Aljur Abrenica. The first episode was broadcast on September 24th 2007, where it ran for 100 episodes finishing on February 8th 2008.

Twenty years have passed since Alexis del Mundo, also known as the second Shaider, destroyed the clan of Fuuma Le-ar. The descendants of the clan, now known as the Kuuma, have emerged to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting universe. Gallian, a descendant of del Mundo, has a mission and forms an elite group of space police known as the Zaido.

The series is full of easter eggs from the Space Sheriffs trilogy, For example, footage from Space Sheriff Shaider plays on computer monitors during the Galactic Force Space City sequences, a “special video game” Alexis inherits from his mother, and beginning in Episode 4 it is revealed that the original Alexis del Mundo lives on as a hologram. A later story arc revolving around a Battle of the Bands also sees Alexis, Cervano and Gallian play the first few notes of the Shaider theme song as part of their performance. The three Zaidos are meant to be an homage to the original Space Sheriffs: Shaider, Gavan, and Sharivan.

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