Captain Power

Of course, it was all a hook to sell toys, as the promo above might hint at.

But if you still doubt, check out a larger segment below.

     Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 06, 2013
     Category: Television | Toys | Advertising | Products | Science Fiction | 1980s

There's a whole lot of plagiarism going on here but I don't know who's ripping off whom. There's an, obvious, Borg from STNG at 20sec and other images/concepts look deathly familiar!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/06/13 at 10:58 AM
Captain Power is one of my favorite ill-fated 80s TV shows (I even wrote a series of reviews of the first few episodes back when I was wasn't a parent and had copious free time). I mean, how can you not love a show whose subgenre is "Post-Apocalyptic Action-Drama... For kids!" Not to mention that its head writer was J. Michael Stracyzinski -- and you can really see him honing a lot of the skills and techniques he'd use later in Babylon 5.

It's just sort of delightfully weird, with its extremely 80s futurism and its odd mixture of children and adult televisions tropes -- I mean, the bad guys are quite obviously Robot-Nazis, and there's this protracted rape metaphor that runs through the entire series. You know, for kids.

And one thing that's really amazing is that a few months ago, they announced that they've greenlit a Battlestar Galactica-style reimagining called 'Phoenix Rising'.
Posted by Ross on 07/06/13 at 11:02 AM
@Expat: Captain Power predates the Borg. The shows premiered at the same time, but the Borg weren't introduced until a year later (During Season 1 of TNG, they were planning to make the borg an insect race and have them be 100% CGI. I like to think that they watched a couple episodes of Captain Power and realized that the world was not ready for all-CGI monsters)
Posted by Ross on 07/06/13 at 11:05 AM
I realize that Captain Power got there first but that wasn't the only thing I saw.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/06/13 at 02:22 PM
That villain reminds me of Davros. And, does he say "exterminate" in the program?
Posted by JohnD1 on 07/07/13 at 04:52 PM
I don't remember him saying "exterminate", he was more likely to say things like "I want them... Eliminated." The actor they used for the show itself was a good bit younger than the one in the promo video, and they played him sort of like a religious zealot (He was always going on about the divine perfection of the machine), so more like Davros in "Journey's End" than Davros in classic Doctor Who. But they also had an angle of regret with him, which was supposed to foreshadow him changing sides and joining the good guys had there been a second season.
Posted by Ross on 07/07/13 at 09:32 PM
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