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 (Series Cast Summary - 12 of 17)
Tim Dunigan ... Captain Jonathan Power (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Peter MacNeill ... Major Matthew 'Hawk' Masterson (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Maurice Dean Wint ... Sergeant Robert 'Scout' Baker (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Jessica Steen ... Corporal Jennifer 'Pilot' Chase (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Hemblen ... Lord Dread / ... (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Brad Crandall ... Opening narration (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Deryck Hazel ... Soaron (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tedd Dillon ... Overmind (15 episodes, 1987-1988)

John S. Davies ... Blastarr (12 episodes, 1987-1988)

Bruce Gray ... Mentor / ... (11 episodes, 1987-1988)

Don Francks ... Lacchi (8 episodes, 1987-1988)

Series Directed by
Otta Hanus (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jorge Montesi (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Douglas Williams (3 episodes, 1987)
Mario Azzopardi (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Writing credits
Gary Goddard (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
J. Michael Straczynski (14 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lawrence G. DiTillio (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Marc Scott Zicree (3 episodes, 1987)
Michael Reaves (2 episodes, 1987)
Christy Marx (2 episodes, 1988)

Tony Christopher (unknown episodes)
Gerry Davis (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
John Copeland .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gary Goddard .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ian McDougall .... producer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

John Danylkiw .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Douglas Netter .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Gary Guttman (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Cinematography by
Peter Benison (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Paul Kirsch (4 episodes, 1987)
Ion Webster (3 episodes, 1987)
Series Production Design by
John Iacovelli (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Susan Longmire (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Donald Mowat .... makeup department head (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Forbes Candlish .... production executive: Landmark Entertainment Group (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Danylkiw .... production supervisor (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Leslie Levine .... production executive (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Joe Morrison .... production executive (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Weems .... production executive (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lisa Atkinson .... post-production supervisor (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff J.J. Authors .... first assistant director (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Brenda J. Bradley .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Carlos Caneca .... trainee assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Eric Chu .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Edward Eyth .... designer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Flagg .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Rubino .... props buyer (10 episodes, 1987)
Emil Glassbourg .... assistant property master (8 episodes, 1987)
Series Sound Department
Frank Morrone .... sound re-recording mixer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
James Porteous .... sound re-recording mixer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)

Clark Graff .... sound designer (unknown episodes)
Phil Rodrigues .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
John Palmer .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Lisa Atkinson .... visual effects and post production supervisor (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Rob Coleman .... animation/live action coordinator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Joshua Cushner .... technical director: miniatures (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Joseph D'Cruz .... production computing: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Paula Duborg .... video operations: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jefferson Eliot .... director of visual effects / visual effects supervisor (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Dale Fay .... supervisor of stage miniatures / chief model maker (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Julia Gibson .... unit manager: miniatures (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Paul Griffin .... animation director: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Toby Heindel .... supervisor of miniature photography / camera: miniatures (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Earl Huddleston .... creative director: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mike Huffman .... animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Hall Hutchison .... supervisor: motion control photography, Hollywood Tokyo Film Group (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Jones .... miniatures construction supervisor / miniatures supervisor (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jenniffer Julich .... storyboards director/coordinator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tex Kadonaga .... modelling: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Norbert Kausen .... visual effects (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jerry M.C. Kopan .... programming/systems director: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Vance Loen .... video consultant: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gene Miller .... technical director: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Brick Price .... supervisor: miniature construction, Wonderworks (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Stephen Price .... associate producer: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert E. Robbins .... producer: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Scheele .... supervisor: motion control photography, Hollywood Tokyo Film Group (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert D.M. Smith .... animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Stromberg .... matte paintings (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ken Swenson .... supervisor: miniature construction, Wonderworks (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ron Thornton .... miniatures construction supervisor / chief model maker (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Andrew Varty .... senior animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Bob Wiggins .... unit manager: miniatures (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Sylvia Wong .... senior animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Altman .... first assistant camera: miniatures (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Pierre Champoux .... miniatures assistant (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Brian Howald .... visual effects artist (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Jackson .... lead model maker (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alan Kennedy .... visual effects artist (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Paul Kirsch .... visual effects editor (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mike McDonald .... gaffer: miniatures (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ernest Mordak .... visual effects editor (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mary Ann Simmons .... miniatures assistant (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Doug Mielke .... visual effects editor (11 episodes, 1988)
Dennis Pike .... camera: miniatures (10 episodes, 1987)
Series Stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt rigger / utility stunts (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Dennis Lundin .... stunts (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt double (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Dan Redford .... stunt performer (11 episodes, 1987)

Roy T. Anderson .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Matt Birman .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Shelley Cook .... stunt performer / utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Branko Racki .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Macaulay .... still photographer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Christian Murray .... grip (7 episodes, 1988)

Michael Auger .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Christophe Bonnière .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Richard Gaal .... best boy electric: second unit (unknown episodes)
Attila Szalay .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Les Major .... senior animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mark Mayerson .... senior animator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Casting Department
Ramsay King .... casting: USA (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sara Schilt .... wardrobe assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Lisa Atkinson .... post-production coordinator (10 episodes, 1987)
Paul Kirsch .... post-production: Motion Picture Video Corp. (10 episodes, 1987)
Doug Mielke .... post-production: Motion Picture Video Corp. (10 episodes, 1987)
Ernest Mordak .... post-production: Motion Picture Video Corp. (10 episodes, 1987)
Series Music Department
John Debney .... conductor (unknown episodes)
Yuri Gorbachow .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Evelyn Baker .... production coordinator: Arcca Animation (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gary Goddard .... creative consultant (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
J. Michael Straczynski .... executive story consultant (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Thornton .... director of post production (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Sheldon S. Wiseman .... business consultant / executive consultant (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tony Christopher .... creative consultant (11 episodes, 1987)
Douglas Netter .... creative consultant (11 episodes, 1987)

Susan Haller .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)

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30 min (22 episodes)
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This TV series sparked a short lived comic book series by the same name.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Gone, but not forgotten, a jewel of 80's Sci Fi TV, 6 February 2001
Author: kurgan-10 from IA, USA

I loved this show as a kid. Granted it is a bit short (20 mins per episode) but it was big budget and had some pretty mature themes for a "family" program (which made it appealing to children and adults).

Great fun even today, though it can be a bit campy at times. Unfortunately the VHS tapes are out of print, but you can trade them with other collector's on ebay (which is where I got some of mine). This was way ahead of its time, and fell out of favor because of stupid controversy (that it was "too violent" and that it somehow forced people to buy more toys.. ). In addition to the show there were "Training Episodes" made exclusively for the interactive home market. These tapes were basically shooting galleries much like the arcade rail shooters (a la "Area 51") featuring mostly animated effects.

It would be awesome (but somewhat unlikely) if the series was released in all its glory on lucious DVD (all 22 episodes, plus the gag-reel, character bios, interviews, and how about the Interactive Ship/Guns as an added bonus?).

The series ended on a rather dark note; a second season was planned but never aired. There was also a short "film" made using some stock footage for effects (since they were low on funds at this time) and supposedly new storyline (I haven't seen it). I have seen a PAL tape up for auction called "Dread's Revenge" that supposedly picks up where the last episode left off, but I don't know if this is any different than the "film" version of Captain Power that was posted on IMDB.

One of the biggest innovations of this tv phenomenon is that you could fire at the screen during the show at various "targets" (on the chests of the bad guys mostly) to score points, and when they fired back, you had to shoot their shots, or else you got hit. Even without the toys, the show rocked. It had humor, tons of action, and great special effects for the time. The show captured the post apocalyptic future very well.

Critics like Ebert gave it high marks. I think if the parent groups would have realized that the show was just a live action video game, no different than dozens of other shows out there (except for that fact that most of the others were all animated). The show was still great even without the toys (though the toys are great icing on the cake), and it often had good moral messages (war is hell, violence should be avoided if a peaceful solution is available, human lives are more important than machines, greed and lust for power leads to suffering, and about working together to solve problems). Finally, the characters were likeable, and the plots were interesting.

While the show owes much to the likes of Terminator, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica, it has influenced other science fiction movies and shows over the years, including Star Trek: the Next Generation (compare Lord Dread to the evil Borg), and RoboCop (does that armor not look familiar?). ; )

Still great after all these years...

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