Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013
by Ned Wazowski
The Spaceman Jax Family
Despite blasting into adventures among the stars, maybe Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures was really just another show about family.
It’s no surprise that family is so important to Spaceman Jax. He and his niece Dekkin were the only survivors of the blast that destroyed their home planet, Tiberion 3 – so family isn’t just important to Jax, it’s everything.
As he often mentioned on the show, Spaceman Jax was the last child in a family of eight girls, “Enough for a Maxxon Handgrip tem!” With so many older sisters, it’s easy to imagine that little Jax would have been pretty spoiled growing up – doted on by his older sisters and a source of great pride to his father. Today’s pop psychology of birth order, based on the work of Alfred Adler, tells us that the youngest child tends “to have a pretty optimistic view of life and a sense that the world revolves around them.” That sounds a lot like our Spaceman Jax.
Jax is thrust into fatherhood when he becomes Dekkin’s guardian, and he doesn’t do too bad a job of it, all things considered. Sure, his short-sighted “charge in full speed” behavior puts her in mortal peril nearly every single week, but he’s truly devoted to her, and after all, his heart’s in the right place.
In the end, maybe it was the comforting feeling of family between Jax and Dekkin, along with Red, Star Cowboy, RT and Rusty that made us feel so at home in the galaxy. Wherever we traveled through the cosmos, we were always with family.
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