Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987–1988)

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A group of guerilla fighters battle the evil machine forces that dominate a future Earth.

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Series cast summary:
Tim Dunigan ...
 Captain Jonathan Power (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Major Matthew 'Hawk' Masterson (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Sergeant Robert 'Scout' Baker (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Corporal Jennifer 'Pilot' Chase (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Hemblen ...
 Lord Dread / ... (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Deryck Hazel ...
 Soaron (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tedd Dillon ...
 Overmind (15 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Blastarr (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Mentor / ... (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Lacchi (8 episodes, 1987-1988)


Earth, the 22nd century. The aftermath of the Metal Wars, which led to the subjugation of humanity by intelligent machines. A small unit of human soldiers, survivors of the Metal Wars, lead an underground resistance against the activities of the evil Lord Dread and his monstrous creations, Bio-Dreads, designed to hunt down human survivors and digitise them. Written by Tim Walker <>

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(22 episodes)


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1.33 : 1
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Capt. Power was the first TV series to integrate live action, CGI and digital effects. ALL digital effects were created in an edit suite prior to digital compositing tools being invented. The entire series and all VFX layers used 1" video tape and a lot of "shoot from the hip" visual effects treatments. When green screens were forgotten on set, manual rotoscoping was done in the online edit suite using a B&W graphics camera, bits of white paper and whiteout to create the necessary masks. Average time for one effect = 3.5 hours. See more »


Capt. Jonathan Power: [first line spoken in every episode] Power on!
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One of the best forgotten treasures of the 80s.
29 September 1999 | by (Entwistle, Alberta, Canada) – See all my reviews

Earth. The 22nd Century. The evil Lord Dread has taken over the world, and with his machine empire seeks to eliminate the last traces of mankind and remake the world in the image of the machine. The only thing stopping him: a small resistance of humans, led by. . .Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future! A bit intense for Saturday morning, eh?

This was one of the best when I was a kid. Combining bits of "Star Wars," "The Terminator," and "Mad Max." And, unlike most shows from the 80's meant to sell toys, it actually had engrossing plots! It was the first TV series to use computer-generated special effects, and the first to have an interactive toyline. I tell you, science fiction doesn't get better than this.

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