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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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The live action elements were shot over a six month period between June and December of 1987. Apart from one week of location work, all of the footage was shot in one big old building in western Toronto that used to be a bus depot. Not only were the sets build right there, but also the miniature work. According to the actors, it was unbearably hot during summer (crewmembers had to stand by with buckets of ice and wet towels) and freezing cold in winter.See more »
Opening narration:Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future. Earth, 2147. The legacy of the Metal Wars, when man fought machine and machines won. Bio-Dreads, monstrous creations that hunt down human survivors and digitize them. Volcania, center of the Bio-Dread empire...See more »


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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Easily my favorite show ever, 11 November 2004
Author: capnjobe

I was very young when this show came out, perhaps 5. I didn't really understand it then, nor did I take much of an interest in the toys (my brother and I had two of them, I remember). But a couple years later, at perhaps age 7, I unearthed the tapes I had and became absolutely enraptured.

I recently remembered this show and watched it all the way through, and it still hits me like it did so long ago. All of the things that interest me now when it comes to scifi: post-apocalyptic stories, high tech armor, women in lycra and metal chestplates (did I just say that out loud?) all appear in this show.

Many people have theories as to the inspiration for Captain Power. I cannot claim to know what the creators were thinking, but it does bear a striking resemblance to the Japanese "Metal Hero" programs, such as Space Sheriff Gavan. The idea of using a codeword and body language to change into an armored hero was not unfamiliar at the time, at least in Japan. But what makes Captain Power different from the metal hero shows is the seriousness of it. Metal Heroes were always laden with superhero bravado and tongue in cheek plots. Sure, Captain Power had it's share of camp, but it was still miles ahead of the Japanese programs.

I've also heard this show mentioned as an inspiration for Power Rangers. This is not true, as Power Rangers is simply Japanese Sentai shows adapted into new American series. Sentai series have been running since the early 70s, thus predating Captain Power.

In my opinion, Captain Power was crippled from the get-go by the tie-in toys. They were a good idea from a marketing standpoint, but this was not the show to test them on. Perhaps if this show had been marketed (and named) differently, sans-interactive toys, it would have lasted longer. A kids' show is still a kids' show to most people, no matter how well done it is.

This show had its share of television firsts, which of course are always ignored :

As far as I know the first completely CGI characters in a TV series. Sauron and Blastarr looked quite good, with the technology being so young at the time.

The first real "cyberpunk" reference in a TV series, in the episode "Flame Street".

And surely others I cannot recall at the moment.

It also contained a lot of very kid-unfriendly ideas, such as torture, drug use, and the sheer horrors of global war.

What makes the shame of this show's cancellation even greater is the depth of themes that were present. It of course had the very strong "War is hell" message in nearly every episode. These days this is quite common, but at the time it was nearly unheard of. Naturally it also dealt with the power of the human spirit, in the heroes' continued triumphs over Dread's often superior forces. This was also very uncommon at the time. And some specific episodes had some fantastic lessons to teach, such as "Freedom One", which tells of the use of the radio medium as a voice of defiance. Very powerful work for a supposed children's' show.

Watching this, recently, I often find myself forgetting that I am watching what was marketed as a children's' show. Nearly every episode is laden with rather mature material, such as the first episode, where Power's old lover is brought back to bait him, or the final episodes which are laden with suspense and darkness far above kiddie-levels.

To this day it infuriates me that a show with such great creative force behind it, and nearly unlimited potential, met an early demise due to what was essentially studio politics. Reasons given for the cancellation of Captain Power vary, from poor toy sales to parents' groups. Personally I think all these could have been avoided if the show had been properly (in my eyes) marketed to a broader audience. Any fan of sci fi in general would appreciate this show, although it was rather campy at times (that was to be expected). And besides, Pilot was my first crush ever (I doubt I was the only one).

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