History Trivia / VRTroopers

22nd Mar '18 2:40:41 PM Godzillawolf
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** Doom Master, the Vixens, and Despera all do this as well.
30th Jan '18 12:36:16 PM themisterfree
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* TheOtherMarty: Creator/JasonDavidFrank was originally set to play Adam Steele in the unaired ''Cybertron'' pilot while Brad Hawkins was cast as Rocky the White Ranger on ''Power Rangers''. A second pilot was also made which featured Professor Hart being played by an Einstein-esque Caucasian. Saban realized that replacing Frank on Power Rangers was too risky so Frank returned to the show as Tommy in the role of the White Ranger and Hawkins stepped into the role renamed Ryan Steele. The name Rocky ended up being reused for for the second Red Ranger.

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* TheOtherMarty: Creator/JasonDavidFrank was originally set to play Adam Steele in the unaired ''Cybertron'' pilot while Brad Hawkins was cast as Rocky the White Ranger on ''Power Rangers''. A second pilot was also made which featured Professor Hart being played by an Einstein-esque Caucasian. Saban realized that replacing Frank on Power Rangers ''Power Rangers'' was too risky so Frank returned to the show as Tommy in the role of the White Ranger and Hawkins stepped into the role role, renamed Ryan Steele. The A second pilot was then made which featured Professor Hart being played by an Einstein-esque Caucasian. (The name Rocky ended up being reused for for the second Red Ranger.Ranger in ''MMPR''.)



** The second season had the ''Metalder'' footage (Ryan's armor) run out fast, so they had him get an upgrade to new armor, this time from ''Space Sheriff Shaider'' (an even '''older''' series). The second season limped along with its endlessly repeated StockFootage, until, by the end of the season, both ''Shaider'' and ''Spielban'' footage had run dry. They bought up a '''fourth''' ''Metal Heroes'' series, ''Juukou B-Fighter,'' but rather than run the risk of alienating kids by overhauling ''everything'' at once (''Power Rangers Zeo'' hadn't happened yet, so Saban wasn't sure if a complete visual overhaul would work; until that point, even though ''Rangers'' got new zords each season, the suits were still the same familiar ones from ''Zyuranger,'') they decided to finally chuck ''Troopers'' in the bin and instead turned ''B-Fighter'' into ''Series/BigBadBeetleborgs.''

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** The second season had the ''Metalder'' footage (Ryan's armor) run out fast, so they had him get an upgrade to new armor, this time from ''Space Sheriff Shaider'' (an even '''older''' series). The second season limped along with its endlessly repeated StockFootage, until, by the end of the season, both ''Shaider'' and ''Spielban'' footage had run dry. They bought up a '''fourth''' ''Metal Heroes'' series, ''Juukou B-Fighter,'' but rather than run the risk of alienating kids by overhauling ''everything'' at once (''Power Rangers Zeo'' hadn't happened yet, so Saban wasn't sure if a complete visual overhaul would work; until that point, even though ''Rangers'' got new zords each season, the suits were still the same familiar ones from ''Zyuranger,'') ''Zyuranger''), they decided to finally chuck ''Troopers'' in the bin and instead turned ''B-Fighter'' into ''Series/BigBadBeetleborgs.''



* WorkingTitle: ''Cybertron''.

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* WorkingTitle: ''Cybertron''.''Cybertron'', and before that, ''Psycon''.
7th Dec '17 4:10:52 PM ClintEastwood
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* PropRecycling: The suits used for the battle grid fights were based on the spandex suits used in ''MMPR'', notably using the Red Ranger helmet mold from ''MMPR''. You could even see the dino details on the helmet.

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The suits used for the battle grid fights were based on the spandex suits used in ''MMPR'', notably using the Red Ranger helmet mold from ''MMPR''. You could even see the dino details on the helmet.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Saban originally conceived the show as a vehicle for [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Jason David Frank]]. However, the [[EnsembleDarkhorse runaway popularity]] of his ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' character Tommy led to their keeping him on ''MMPR'' and recasting the role in ''VRT''. Jamie Kennedy also had an early role.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: StuntDouble:
** When the actors are oddly dressed in '80s clothing for certain scenes in an episode, anticipate the show using footage of the Japanese actors as this in the very next shot.
** Similarly, if part of the plot revolves around an Asian-American child, expect them to be kidnapped by a monster, in order to sync up with the kidnapped child in the Japanese footage.
* TroubledProduction: Like its sister series, this show has a fair share of headaches as well.
** Originally a vehicle for former Green Ranger Creator/JasonDavidFrank, a short pilot using footage from the ''Metal Heroes'' series ''Choujinki Metalder'' called ''Cybertron'' was filmed with him alone. However, his immense popularity as Tommy led to Saban deciding to pull him back to ''Rangers.'' As such he switched places with Brad Hawkins (who was originally supposed to be the White Ranger during the second season of ''MMPR,'') who became Ryan Steele. This alone led them to believe the show was beyond hope, but because of commitments to broadcasters, they had to press on.
** Since they didn't have Frank's Green Ranger star power to support the show, they decided to expand it, buying up a second ''Metal Heroes'' series, '' Jikuu Senshi Spielban,'' hired two more actors, and made the show about a trio. Since the two series were completely unrelated, the only footage they had off all three Troopers together and morphed were things they filmed themselves, which they didn't have the time or budget to do a lot of, so the majority of episodes involved finding new and unique ways to split Ryan away from Kaitlyn and J.B.
** While filming the show, they noticed several new problems. Alongside the fact that the ''Metal Heroes'' footage was almost a decade old (unlike ''Sentai'' footage, which is never more than a year or two old, ''Metalder'' and ''Spielban'' were from 1987 and 1986,) the shows in question also used a lot of '''unmorphed''' battles, meaning the usable footage was thin to begin with. StockFootage was abused, with the same scenes of a drill driving through the wall of an underground lab seeming to be in almost every episode. Despite all this, the show was a hit and a second season was ordered.
** The second season had the ''Metalder'' footage (Ryan's armor) run out fast, so they had him get an upgrade to new armor, this time from ''Space Sheriff Shaider'' (an even '''older''' series). The second season limped along with its endlessly repeated StockFootage, until, by the end of the season, both ''Shaider'' and ''Spielban'' footage had run dry. They bought up a '''fourth''' ''Metal Heroes'' series, ''Juukou B-Fighter,'' but rather than run the risk of alienating kids by overhauling ''everything'' at once (''Power Rangers Zeo'' hadn't happened yet, so Saban wasn't sure if a complete visual overhaul would work; until that point, even though ''Rangers'' got new zords each season, the suits were still the same familiar ones from ''Zyuranger,'') they decided to finally chuck ''Troopers'' in the bin and instead turned ''B-Fighter'' into ''Series/BigBadBeetleborgs.''
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show's premise is essentially 'virtual reality can create anything,' but even beyond that, at one point the characters bemoan the fact that they cannot contact one another at any time, being dependent on pay phones and landlines, resulting in a specific piece of tech being created for them, the VR-VTs. The complete lack of cell phones place the show blatantly in the early nineties.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Saban originally conceived the show as a vehicle for [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Jason David Frank]].Creator/JasonDavidFrank. However, the [[EnsembleDarkhorse runaway popularity]] of his ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' character Tommy led to their keeping him on ''MMPR'' and recasting the role in ''VRT''. Jamie Kennedy also had an early role.



** Reportedly, Saban planned on making a third and final season to tie up all the loose ends, with ''Series/BlueSWAT'' as the intended series for adapting[[note]]''Blue SWAT'' had 3 main heroes, which would have fit the three main heroes of ''VR Troopers''[[/note]]. However, Saban reportedly did not want to alienate the existing fandom, so they instead chose to use ''Series/JuukouBFighter'', and eventually to make an entirely new series, ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}''. Ironically, Saban would later end up adapting the SpiritualSuccessor of ''Blue SWAT'', ''Series/KyukyuSentaiGogoV'', as ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''.

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** Reportedly, Saban planned on making a third and final season to tie up all the loose ends, with ''Series/BlueSWAT'' as the intended series for adapting[[note]]''Blue SWAT'' had 3 main heroes, which would have fit the three main heroes of ''VR Troopers''[[/note]]. However, Saban reportedly did not want to alienate the existing fandom, so they instead chose to use ''Series/JuukouBFighter'', and eventually to make an entirely new series, ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}''. Ironically, Saban would later end up adapting the SpiritualSuccessor of ''Blue SWAT'', ''Series/KyukyuSentaiGogoV'', as ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''.''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''.
* WorkingTitle: ''Cybertron''.
3rd Dec '17 5:33:55 AM Ominae
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: In the wake of Creator/ShoutFactory's announcement that they will not proceed to release the last few episodes of the show on DVD due to mediocre sales. Recently averted: Shout! Factory just put the last few episodes out on their "Select" label for sale on their website. The entire series is on Netflix as well.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: In the wake of Creator/ShoutFactory's announcement that they will not proceed to release the last few episodes of the show on DVD due to mediocre sales.
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Recently averted: Shout! Factory just put the last few episodes out on their "Select" label for sale on their website. The entire series is on Netflix as well.
29th Jul '17 10:51:08 PM RoarkTenjouin
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** Reportedly, Saban planned on making a third and final season to tie up all the loose ends, with ''Series/BlueSWAT'' as the intended series for adapting[[note]]''Blue SWAT'' had 3 main heroes, which would have fit the three main heroes of ''VR Troopers''[[/note]]. However, Saban reportedly did not want to alienate the existing fandom, so they instead chose to make ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}''.

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** Reportedly, Saban planned on making a third and final season to tie up all the loose ends, with ''Series/BlueSWAT'' as the intended series for adapting[[note]]''Blue SWAT'' had 3 main heroes, which would have fit the three main heroes of ''VR Troopers''[[/note]]. However, Saban reportedly did not want to alienate the existing fandom, so they instead chose to use ''Series/JuukouBFighter'', and eventually to make ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}''.an entirely new series, ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}''. Ironically, Saban would later end up adapting the SpiritualSuccessor of ''Blue SWAT'', ''Series/KyukyuSentaiGogoV'', as ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''.
29th Jul '17 10:44:27 PM RoarkTenjouin
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** Reportedly, Saban planned on making a third and final season to tie up all the loose ends, with ''Series/BlueSWAT'' as the intended series for adapting[[note]]''Blue SWAT'' had 3 main heroes, which would have fit the three main heroes of ''VR Troopers''[[/note]]. However, Saban reportedly did not want to alienate the existing fandom, so they instead chose to make ''Series/Beetleborgs''.

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** Reportedly, Saban planned on making a third and final season to tie up all the loose ends, with ''Series/BlueSWAT'' as the intended series for adapting[[note]]''Blue SWAT'' had 3 main heroes, which would have fit the three main heroes of ''VR Troopers''[[/note]]. However, Saban reportedly did not want to alienate the existing fandom, so they instead chose to make ''Series/Beetleborgs''.''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}''.
29th Jul '17 10:44:06 PM RoarkTenjouin
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** There was loose talk during production of possibly doing a crossover with ''Power Rangers''. Various interviews with the cast revealed the sets of both series were in close proximity of each other, but nothing ever came of it.

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** There was loose talk during production of possibly doing a crossover with ''Power Rangers''. Various interviews with the cast revealed the sets of both series were in close proximity of each other, but nothing ever came of it.it.
** Reportedly, Saban planned on making a third and final season to tie up all the loose ends, with ''Series/BlueSWAT'' as the intended series for adapting[[note]]''Blue SWAT'' had 3 main heroes, which would have fit the three main heroes of ''VR Troopers''[[/note]]. However, Saban reportedly did not want to alienate the existing fandom, so they instead chose to make ''Series/Beetleborgs''.
23rd Apr '17 8:38:43 AM themisterfree
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** A promo seen on certain Power Rangers videos prior to the show's debut had Jeb with a different voice, Kaitlyn with a different last name, and Professor Hart was played by a Caucasian who looked like Einstein.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rzm2AGXkVE A promo seen seen]] on certain Power Rangers ''Power Rangers'' videos prior to the show's debut had Jeb with a different voice, Kaitlyn with a different last name, and Professor Hart was played by a Caucasian who looked like Einstein.
20th Mar '17 3:51:06 PM themisterfree
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* {{Defictionalization}}: In a sense. While the series' primary depiction of VR obviously ain't gonna happen, the VR headsets they used have become the current wave of VR technology, what with Oculous Rift, Google Cardboard, [=PlayStation=] VR, and even View-Master VR.

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* {{Defictionalization}}: In a sense. While the series' primary depiction of VR obviously ain't gonna happen, the VR headsets they used have become the current wave of VR technology, what with Oculous Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, [=PlayStation=] VR, and even View-Master VR.
8th Feb '17 8:49:48 PM Wildcard
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* DawsonsCasting: Ryan Steele was called "an 18 year old martial arts instructor" in a promo video and Brad Hawkins was 20 when the show began.

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* DawsonsCasting: DawsonCasting: Ryan Steele was called "an 18 year old martial arts instructor" in a promo video and Brad Hawkins was 20 when the show began.
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