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.
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.