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Writer and Editor for Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) and Sonic Underground
Ben Hurst wrote one episode in the first season of SatAM ("Sonic and Sally") in collaboration with Pat Allee, but for season two he became one of only three writers on the series (with Pat Allee and series creator Len Janson). In all, Ben wrote 10 of the 26 episodes of SatAM (four of which were collaborations with Allee), including some of the most popular episodes of the series, such as "Blast to the Past, Part 1" and "Part 2", and the finale episode, "The Doomsday Project". Hurst and Allee were also associate story editors for SatAM.
Following the cancellation of SatAM, Ben Hurst became active in the Sonic fandom, posting on websites such as the "alt.fan.sonic-hedgehog newsgroup" and revealing information about his plans for the unproduced third season of the show. He made several attempts to get the series renewed, but without success.
In 1999, Ben Hurst and Pat Allee were called to a 'cattle call' for writers on a new series, Sonic Underground. Although neither of them usually attend such meetings, they agreed to participate after assurances from the story editor that they would be assigned at least a few episodes. They were asked to write the pilot episode, which they did, after which Sega fired the current story editor and hired Hurst and Allee instead. Hurst and Allee attempted to remain faithful to the personalities of the characters that had been established in SatAM, but were forbidden from making changes to the new direction of the show (Sonic's siblings, music, etc.). Hurst and Allee wrote the three-part origin story and several other episodes, and Hurst said that he made major (uncredited) edits to the scripts of other inexperienced writers that had been brought on board by the show's producer. Hurst also claims that a high point was assigning 6 scripts to SatAM story editor Len Janson.
Following the cancellation of Sonic Underground, Ben Hurst became even more involved with the community, appearing for Q&As at both the 2005 and 2006 Sonic Amateur Games Expos. He was always more than happy to discuss his work with his fans. He passed away in August 2010 from complications relating to diabetes.
- "Sonic and Sally" (with Pat Allee)
- "Game Guy" (with Pat Allee)
- "Sonic Conversion" (with Pat Allee)
- "Blast to the Past, Part 1"
- "Blast to the Past, Part 2"
- "Dulcy" (with Pat Allee)
- "Drood Henge"
- "The Doomsday Project"
Sonic Underground episodes
- "Beginnings" (with Pat Allee)
- "Getting to Know You" (with Pat Allee)
- "Harmony or Something" (with Pat Allee)
- "Wedding Bell Blues" (with Pat Allee)
- "Tangled Webs" (with Pat Allee)
- "Who Do You Think You Are" (with Pat Allee)
- "Come Out Wherever You Are" (with Pat Allee)
- "Mummy Dearest" (with Pat Allee)
- "Healer" (with Pat Allee)
- "Sonia's Choice" (with Pat Allee)
- "Sleepers" (with Pat Allee)
- "The Pendant" (with Pat Allee)
- "Virtual Danger" (with Pat Allee)
- It is quite possible that the name of Ben Muttski, originally known as Muttski before the Super Genesis Wave strike on Mobius in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-off comics published by Archie Comics, was inspired by Ben Hurst's first name.
- Sonic the Hedgehog - Ben Hurst Interview (Part 1) at YouTube
- Sonic the Hedgehog - Ben Hurst Interview (Part 2) at YouTube
- Resource: Ben Hurst on SatAM at Saturday Morning Sonic