|They wouldn't see us coming!|
This syndicated hour-long TV show ran for 22 episodes from 1987 to 1988, and was aimed at both kids and adults. The show also was groundbreaking in having a line of toys that interacted with embedded IR signals from the TV show. When a evil robot would fire at you, it was possible for your fighter to react to the blast. Heady stuff in those days. The show was rumored to cost one million dollars, and since the show's backdrop was a post-apocalyptic future where machines hunt humans, it caused advertisers to stay away. Captain Power and the Soldiers of Future died after one season, despite planning for a second. Today, the show is barely remembered.
The Plot of Captain Power
At the beginning of every of the 22 episodes of Captain Power was the line: "Earth, 2147. The legacy of the Metal Wars, where man fought machines—and machines won"
|Yep...it was the 1980's...|
Sounds cool, huh?
Well, it wasn't.
Despite the creator of the show was also the creator of Babylon 5, the show suffered from terrible writing, dialog, acting, sspecial effects, and a simple lack of understand of military tactics (hello, gold armor? ). It was like someone took the basic ideas from Terminator and twisted it into a pure mess.
It really was a shame, too, Captain Power could have been what the last few Terminator movies should have been, all about the dark future and the desperate war against the machines.
As a kid, in 1987, that name and concept of the Metal Wars was so cool, but watching the show today on youtube, it was painfully bad. That's a real shame that the series never lived up to the promise of a live-action dark Terminator future TV show.
|The Ad that was in 1987 comic books|
3. Being too violent. One has to remember that in the 1980's, government was concerned with family values (remember the trial of Judes Priest), and having a show with post-apocalyptic soldiers shot at your kid, who had IR gun, scared the morality police. The show was acutally used as a example for the protest over violence in kid's shows. This hurt Captain Power right in the wallet.
4. The toys didn't work. Recently GT4.com tested the Captain Power fighter with the old VHS tape training sessions, and frankly, it just didn't work. That was my experience with the system back in the day, when my friend and I tried to use it. If the gimmick to get kids to buy the expensive toy didn't work, than it is doomed to failure, along with the expensive show.
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