History Series / CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture

4th May '17 3:10:11 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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The show was a relatively early TV example of [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] CyberPunk, and, though ostensibly aimed at children, was so dark and violent (AnyoneCanDie, which means people got KilledOffForReal) that one wonders how many parents were really comfortable letting their children watch it. All the same, it is difficult to believe that Creator/JMichaelStraczynski (later of ''Series/BabylonFive'' fame) was one of the creative minds behind it. (He did leave the show, though, when level of merchandising became ''really'' excessive in his opinion.) Other big Sci-Fi creators involved in the show were Larry [=DiTillio=] (of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' fame), ''New ComicBook/TeenTitans'' creator Marv Wolfman, veteran novelist and scriptwriter Michael Reaves, and Marc Scott Zicree of ''Series/TheTwilightZone Companion'' and ''Literature/MagicTime'' fame. ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'' creator Creator/SteveGerber was also slated to write for the unproduced second season.

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The show was a relatively early TV example of [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] CyberPunk, and, though ostensibly aimed at children, was so dark and violent (AnyoneCanDie, which means people got KilledOffForReal) that one wonders how many parents were really comfortable letting their children watch it. All the same, it is difficult to believe that Creator/JMichaelStraczynski (later of ''Series/BabylonFive'' fame) was one of the creative minds behind it. (He did leave the show, though, when level of merchandising became ''really'' excessive in his opinion.) Other big Sci-Fi creators involved in the show were Larry [=DiTillio=] (of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' fame), ''New ComicBook/TeenTitans'' creator Marv Wolfman, veteran novelist and scriptwriter Michael Reaves, and Marc Scott Zicree of ''Series/TheTwilightZone Companion'' and ''Literature/MagicTime'' fame. ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'' creator Creator/SteveGerber was also slated to write for the unproduced second season.
season. Unfortunately, like mentioned, Mattel pulled the plug on the show after the season one finale; they were pissed the producers wanted to go into even more of a DarkerAndEdgier direction which would've thrown off the MerchandiseDriven aspect of the show, and [[ExecutiveMeddling reacted accordingly]].



* DownerEnding: It counts as this rather than BittersweetEnding because [[spoiler:not only is Pilot dead and the heroes' base destroyed, [[{{TheBadGuyWins}} Lord Dread clearly won the day and is last seen preparing for an cybernetic upgrade to make him even less human, meaning the war is about to get worse.]]]]

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* DownerEnding: It counts as this rather than BittersweetEnding because [[spoiler:not only is Pilot dead and the heroes' base destroyed, [[{{TheBadGuyWins}} Lord Dread clearly won the day and is last seen preparing for an cybernetic upgrade to make him even less human, meaning the war is about to get worse.]]]]]]]] The show was unfortunately canned before the second season began production because Mattel [[ExecutiveMeddling didn't want the show to get any more darker than it already did]].
21st Feb '17 5:04:19 AM jackgrimm99
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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The Dread Troopers have a really bad aim, including Soaron and Blastarr.
31st Jan '17 12:29:34 PM MarkLungo
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Given how it eventually turned out, it may be hard to believe that pretty much everyone was convinced that it was going to involve "interactive" TV. In the future, we were told, at every commercial break, you, the viewer, would decide how you wanted the story to play out. If the hero got the girl, turn to channel 127; if he gets killed by the villain instead, turn to channel 138. It is probably not coincidental that this was around the same time that "Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure" books were a big thing. Early adopters of DVD may recall that there were early promises that it would also lead to this sort of thing. Of course, as it turned out, branching movies and even multiple camera angles ended up a [[TheRuleOfFirstAdopters feature utilized almost exclusively by pornography]].

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Given how it eventually turned out, it may be hard to believe that pretty much everyone was convinced that it was going to involve "interactive" TV. In the future, we were told, at every commercial break, you, the viewer, would decide how you wanted the story to play out. If the hero got the girl, turn to channel 127; if he gets killed by the villain instead, turn to channel 138. It is probably not coincidental that this was around the same time that "Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure" ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' books were a big thing. Early adopters of DVD may recall that there were early promises that it would also lead to this sort of thing. Of course, as it turned out, branching movies and even multiple camera angles ended up a [[TheRuleOfFirstAdopters feature utilized almost exclusively by pornography]].



!!This show provides examples of:

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!!This show provides examples of:!!Captain Power and the Tropers of the Future!



* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese intro is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZoVHxVOBQQ Furimukeba Danger!]] performed by legendary anime & tokusatsu singer, Creator/MitsukoHorie

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* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese intro is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZoVHxVOBQQ Furimukeba Danger!]] performed by legendary anime & tokusatsu singer, Creator/MitsukoHorieCreator/MitsukoHorie.



* AntagonistInMourning: Lord Dread visiting Captain Power's father's grave.

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* AntagonistInMourning: Lord Dread visiting Captain Stuart Power's father's grave.



** TheLancer: Major Matthew "[[TheAce Hawk]]" Masterson. A [[CoolOldGuy war veteran]] and friend of Johnathan's father, Stuart.

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** TheLancer: Major Matthew "[[TheAce Hawk]]" Masterson. A [[CoolOldGuy war veteran]] and friend of Johnathan's Jonathan's father, Stuart.
31st Jan '17 12:07:31 PM Kooshmeister
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* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: As noted below, Dread is convinced he is justified in converting everyone into robots and/or digitally converting them into data, because he believes he is making them immortal. When called out on his atrocities, he defends his actions: "[[IDidWhatIHadToDo It will be worth it!]]"
18th Dec '16 3:16:17 PM TheShugoTV
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* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese intro is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZoVHxVOBQQ Furimukeba Danger!]] performed by legendary anime & tokusatsu singer, Creator/MitsukoHorie
30th Jul '16 5:33:45 PM nombretomado
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* DaveBarry: He brought up the series in one of his columns and in particular noted the toy ship that could fire at enemies on the screen. "[A toy company spokesperson] did not say whether it also would work on Geraldo Rivera."
15th Apr '16 1:44:26 AM R.G.
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* ComicBookAdaptation: from Creator/NealAdams' Continuity Comics. It only lasted two issues, however.
16th Mar '16 5:31:02 PM MarkLungo
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* FrickinLaserBeams: Everyone use them in the future.



* GoodColorsEvilColors: Dread's army use purple laser while the heroes' laser are blue.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Everyone use them in the future.

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* GoodColorsEvilColors: Dread's army use purple laser lasers while the heroes' laser lasers are blue.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Everyone use them in the future.
blue.
16th Mar '16 6:39:58 AM jackgrimm99
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* DownerEnding: It counts as this rather than BittersweetEnding because [[spoiler:not only is Pilot dead and the heroes' base destroyed, Lord Dread clearly won the day and is last seen preparing for an cybernetic upgrade to make him even less human, meaning the war is about to get worse.]]

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* DownerEnding: It counts as this rather than BittersweetEnding because [[spoiler:not only is Pilot dead and the heroes' base destroyed, [[{{TheBadGuyWins}} Lord Dread clearly won the day and is last seen preparing for an cybernetic upgrade to make him even less human, meaning the war is about to get worse.]]]]]]
6th Feb '16 12:58:58 PM Nevermore2002
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* EyeBeams: In addition to his hand blasters, Soaron can fire with his eyes.
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