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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)
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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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Good Idea, Poor Execution, 27 October 2004
Author: wingsandsword from Lexington, KY

As a child of the 80's, I grew up with all the toy/TV fads. GI Joe and Transformers were kings, but there were many claimants to the throne.

Captain Power was one. It had the whole package deal, action figures and vehicles, a TV show, video tapes, and even a tie-in magazine.

The show itself was kinda neat, the only live action children's sci-fi show I think there was in the 80's. Now, the effects were hokey, but I recall that the writing and story lines were actually halfway decent (the excellent J. Michael Stracynzki was responsible for the writing). The show ended up on what was presumably to be a cliffhanger, and I remember thinking that the entire episode was very, very dark for a children's show. Unfortunately they never got to resolve that cliffhanger.

The show broke new ground in it's use of CGI, back in the late 80's before it became ubiquitous in movies about 5 or 6 years later. The villain's two major henchmen were entirely CGI creatures.

There were 3 tie-in videotapes which were just a short intro sequence with the main characters at their base before moving along into an animated battle sequence that was interactive with the gun/ships. There wasn't animation for the battles in the show, but presumably they just used cartoons to save money for the tie-in tapes.

I even had a subscription to the tie-in magazine, which was a disaster. It had it's glossy, shiny opening issue which of course talked all about the show and it's world, with a few side-articles about sci-fi type things going on in the real world (the Biosphere II project and the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation). By the second (bimonthly) issue Captain Power magazine merged with He Man magazine (a very dying franchise at the time) and production quality of the magazine dropped sharply from it's glossy premier. Then with the third issue it was only He Man magazine (with a short note that Captain Power magazine had been discontinued and the remainder of subscriptions would be serviced by He Man). Then for the 4th issue on the subscription He Man magazine folded and gave way to Muppet Magazine, and so on, as it fell between dying and fading children's entertainment franchises.

Unfortunately, the toys were the real let-down. I remember when Captain Power came out, at the same time as the Nintendo Entertainment System was in the US. Among all my friends, the two products were in direct competition. You could have fun being interactive with your TV by shooting it with light guns built as toy planes, or you could have video game cartridges. The toys themselves weren't exceptional either. I might have been spoiled by GI Joe, which had great figures with good sculpting, flexibility and variety. There were only 3 good guys and 3 bad guy figures (nevermind the variety of heroes and villains on TV), and 2 good-guy vehicles and 2 bad-guy vehicles. The interaction with the TV was glitchy at best (often taking hits when nothing on TV was shooting at you), and almost never scoring hits even when you get right up on the TV and hit it directly.

So, it was a decent show that might have had a shot of being successful, but the poor execution of it's tie-in lines doomed the brand.

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