Captain Power And The Soldiers Of The Future Coming To DVD December 6th. Reboot In The Works?

This is the definition of cult following folks and the epitome of being "ahead of it's time." Luckily, Captain Power And The Soldiers Of The Future just may get a second go-round.

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By Mark Julian - 10/21/2011

Season two scripts for Captain Power And The Soldiers Of The Future were commissioned and written but the show was canceled after a 24-episode run in it's first season. This was a starting point for industry stalwarts J. Michael Straczynski (everything), Ken Girotti (Supernatural), Marv Wolfman (you know who this is),Larry DiTillio (Transformers: Beast Wars) and so many others. Well if the show's creator, Garry Goddard (director of Masters of the Universe) has his way, the show will return with an adult orientation.





Source: CNN

Lost amidst the 80's hits of Thundercats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Transformers was the show Captain Power And The Soldiers Of The Future, which trust me folks, is the very definition of cult following. The show was groundbreaking, mixing live-action and early CGI animation and bringing a mature storyline sensibility previously not seen in programming intended for kids.

"I wanted CGI villains," Goddard told CNN. "Computer animation was very new. No one knew if we could push to the level of getting characters but I thought we could."

Another first of the show was the interactive toyline which actually interacted with episodes shown on TV (see the commercial below). The series will be available on DVD on December 6, with a new in-depth documentary and new footage along with six hours of bonus features.


Goddard is currently working on bringing Captain Power back in "an expanded version" in a similar vein to Battlestar Galactica. If DVD sales are strong the new series will be intended specifically for adults. This show was truly ahead of it's time and I think it's one of the few shows truly deserving of a reboot.

"With what we can do [in special effects] now," he said, "we can really bring this world to life."


Here's a look at one of the features that (not 100% sure) will be on the DVD.
The storyline was set on Earth in the 22nd century following the Metal Wars, a cybernetic revolt that resulted in the subjugation of the human race by intelligent machines. Captain Jonathan Power and a small group of guerrilla fighters, called "The Soldiers Of The Future," opposes the machine forces that dominate Earth.




And here's a nostalgic commercial showcasing that interactive toyline that caused a lot of controversy at the time.


      



Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future is a 1987–88 science fiction/action television series, merging live action with animation based on computer-generated images, that ran for 22 episodes in Canadian/American syndication. A toy line was also produced by Mattel, and during each episode there was a segment that included visual and audio material which interacted with the toys.

The show also spurred a short-lived comic-book of the same name, published by Continuity Comics in 1988–1989, illustrated by Neal Adams with stories by J. Michael Straczynski, who was also the series story editor, writing half the episodes and providing stories or outlines for many more.






Source: CNN -geekout
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Fray - 10/21/2011, 9:34 AM
LOL! I remember this! In fact, I still have the first issue by Neal Adams from Continuity Comics that I bought of the rack back in 1988 or '89. Damn I'm old! :>)


mikebunt - 10/21/2011, 9:37 AM
Never heard of it, but it looks awesome!
Shaman - 10/21/2011, 9:37 AM
That series was so bad, it ROCKED!!! Thank god for it cause i couldn't stand all the Star Trek reruns and Dr Who shows as a kid. Captain Power kept me watching tv. Thank you Captain Power!!!
sexfoodcomics - 10/21/2011, 9:42 AM
I loved this show as a kid. This was the one where u have some weird gun thing and shoot at the red lights on the enemies on the tv right? What was the bad robots name that had a head that looked like a bird?
BmanHall - 10/21/2011, 9:44 AM
You know, one day we are going to look back and laugh.

Dude 1: "Hey, remember back in the early 2000's when we couldn't think of anything new?"

Dude 2: "Haha, yeah. Didn't we call those Reboots or something? God, we were so stupid back then."
Stumblin - 10/21/2011, 9:48 AM
Man this show kicked ass. I loved those fake commercials too, blew my mind as a kid.
nuck82 - 10/21/2011, 9:48 AM
i totaly had this game when i was a kid!!! was the best!!
plasticman - 10/21/2011, 9:56 AM
I loved Captain Power. I had several of the toys. I'm sure watching it now would be extremely hoaky, but it was an original in its day.

A remake would be awesome, since this genre is rather popular now and the quality of the special effects can now really bring this concept to light at the level that it should be.
fistofthenorthstar - 10/21/2011, 9:57 AM
wouldn't mind seeing this come back. that was such an awesome idea to interact the toys with show at the time.
plasticman - 10/21/2011, 9:57 AM
@ Gusto- You're right, he is no Bibleman, but that's because Willie Ames has his own spot at the top of the Awesome-meter.
Blackcat14 - 10/21/2011, 9:58 AM
This was an awesome show, and I'm glad they may be bringing it back...
Shaman - 10/21/2011, 10:00 AM
sexfoodcomics- That's the one. But i was poor so i just shaped my fingers into a gun and screamed gun noises at the tv. And that Pterodactyl machine i can't recall the name. I keep getting "Sauron" in my head but that's not it. Oh the TANK robot was my favorite :))
HelaGood - 10/21/2011, 10:00 AM
cooooooooooooooooooooooooool!
plasticman - 10/21/2011, 10:04 AM
Now that I think about it, there was so much to love about this show as a child. I can totally them utilizing interactive toys linked to the internet or something.
Stumblin - 10/21/2011, 10:07 AM
I loved the Tank robot and bird lookin' guy, both my favorites.
Stumblin - 10/21/2011, 10:08 AM
I still have them too!
fadersdream - 10/21/2011, 10:09 AM
I loved this show, the toys were great, some of the best toy jets you could get and the pterodactyl robot was great to use with my GI Joes.
RorMachine - 10/21/2011, 10:17 AM
I remember this..I even had a few of teh action figures. I can't remember if it was any good though
BackwardGalaxy - 10/21/2011, 10:24 AM
You Will Be Assimilated.
sexfoodcomics - 10/21/2011, 10:28 AM
If they do a serious battle star galactica version of this show it will be freaking amazing.
Shaman - 10/21/2011, 10:28 AM
SteveRogersSon- Elmo, Burt and Ernie were there in the 80ies. Because there's no way in hell i would have watched Seasame Street in the 90ies. LOL
JackBauer - 10/21/2011, 10:29 AM
I remember this shit. There were also toys that could interact with the show or something.
BatSlam - 10/21/2011, 10:29 AM
Oh my god, you people remember this show? i have never found anyone else that does. This was my favorite show when I was a kid. It was only one season because that was at the time when there was that huge group of mothers against guns and this show got booted because it was basically a future war show for kids. It wasn't the best production in the world, but was the 1st kids show to mix cgi and human interaction, or maybe the 1st show in general.

I always wanted to see an adult version of the show, it would be sweet, or an adult comic book reboot would be amazing. I had a bunch of the toys, and my mom had pictures of me in my onesies pajamas, a bike helmet, my backpack, and a toy gun pretending to be captain powers when i was 5 or 6.

I even seen the red the scripts from the 2nd season, sometimes you just cant let your child hood things go, and I really hope this will happen.
Shaman - 10/21/2011, 10:30 AM
Ror- If you couldn't like Forever Knight, don't bother watching Captain Power today LOL I know they have nothing in common but Captain Power was for my childhood what Forever Knight was for my teens. Cheesetastic! :P
Shaman - 10/21/2011, 10:32 AM
BatSlam- Remember the episode where all the "Soldiers of the Future" pretty much came all over the place after eating a piece of orange? That one made me go "WTF???" as a kid, not fully understanding the setting they were in at that age LMAO!
plasticman - 10/21/2011, 10:32 AM
@ fadersdream- I was thinking the exact same thing! I thought it would be too geeky to mention, but now that I think about it that comes with commenting on this website anyways.

They were the perfect size to interact with the GI Joe figures and long after I could remember what Capatain Power's powers were there was plenty of doo-hickies on him to let the imagination wonder. I considered his chest to be similar to Iron Man's with the ability to shot blasts out from his suit!
plasticman - 10/21/2011, 10:37 AM
Ror- You have opened up a soft spot in our hearts today. This has been therapeutic and I feel a stronger bond with all of you now in our own Capt Power-ful way.
SuperSpiderMan5778 - 10/21/2011, 10:38 AM
holy fawk i remember this shit. i remember having the gun/spaceship that u would shoot at screen and if the enemy shot you back the pilot in the ship would eject. wow we've come along way with first person shooters espcieally using some sort of zapper gun like the wii guns, kinect or the ps move. man i'm old. but gusto's ancient.
Shaman - 10/21/2011, 10:39 AM
Although my favorite villain was the Tank Robot, there was one of the Soldiers of the Future that had the callname "TANK". Of course he was the powerhouse with his huge plasma canon. The actor that played him was in a few action flicks as well! He got his ass handed to him by Van Damme in Hard Target, being one of the bounty hunters (i think they called him Sven or somthing). And the last time i saw him was in The Rundown with The Rock. He was playing one of Billy's bodyguard/goons, with Brandon Molale being the other one. TRIVIA :))
Shaman - 10/21/2011, 10:53 AM
Just for the taste of iiiiiiiit... Diet Coke!
primeobjective - 10/21/2011, 10:59 AM
This was our version of HALO back in the day!
Jordanstine - 10/21/2011, 11:04 AM
I had the TOYS!
Philvis - 10/21/2011, 11:12 AM
Used to watch the show. I remember winning one of the interactive toys with a Captain Power figure from the Fox Kids Club one time. Good stuff.
TheAmarilloBlack - 10/21/2011, 11:22 AM
lol Fox Kids Club, awesome.

I remember playing with the plane and the "interactive" video combat missions and getting sooo pissed when my Capt. Power figure kept getting hit and ejected out of the plane...ah, youth.
marvel72 - 10/21/2011, 11:28 AM
i haven't seen this in years,that bottom photo looks borg.
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/21/2011, 11:35 AM
This is going to be awesome! :)
BatSlam - 10/21/2011, 11:36 AM
yeah, some of those episodes had very adult themes for kids. Did they ever explain what happened when someone was "digitized"?
Starlight - 10/21/2011, 11:41 AM
Hey, never heard of this... for being an 80's show and specially TV, this looked AWESOME !

I'm worried though that it may be too similar to Terminator and Battlestar Galactica to go on the screen nowadays...
wepx5150 - 10/21/2011, 11:47 AM
I watched this on Sundays! Nice find! Now, if we can get them to re-release those late night "Night Flight" shorts!
Shaman - 10/21/2011, 12:01 PM
BatSlam- Not that i can remember. I do remember getting scared shitless of being digitized though LOL
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