Bhodi Li earth's world champion at Photon is selected to join an elite team of Photon Warriars. The Guardians of the Light of Photon work to keep the evil warlord of Arr from taking over the universe.




1987   1986  


Series cast summary:
Christopher Lockwood ...
 Bhodi Li (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Loretta Haywood ...
 Tivia, Princess of Nivia (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Graham Ravey ...
 Lord Baethan (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Eros Rivers ...
 Parcival (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Akiyoshi Ono ...
 Leon (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Kazuhisa Kanamaru ...
 Uncle Pike (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
 Barbara Jarvis (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
David Stay ...
 Mandarr (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Sam Taylor ...
 Pirarr (17 episodes, 1986-1987)
Satoshi Ishihara ...
 Warriarr (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Yoshito Nagatsuka ...
 Destructarr (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Clarissa Reid ...
 Kathy Jarvis (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
Paul Laroque ...
 Richard Jarvis (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Teiichi Igarashi ...
 Dogarr (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Yoshito Shiraishi ...
 Bugarr (7 episodes, 1986-1987)


PHOTON is what happens when you turn paintball into an indoor infrared laser sporting event, base a science fiction TV show around said sporting event, license every chart-topping pop single from 1980 to 1986 to accompany said show, realize by licensing said music you've blown your entire production budget, and resolve the matter by transforming every proposed set into a low-budget miniature and superimposing your actors over it using 1980s "green screen" technology. In other words, PHOTON was the greatest show ever. Even better than the Thanksgiving episode of CHEERS with the food fight and better than every episode of GARFIELD AND FRIENDS except maybe the one where the foley guy quits and Odie gets hired to do all the sound effects. Did I mention that when the PHOTON production staff wasn't choreographing high-octane action sequences to Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones, the guys who would eventually executive produce the POWER RANGERS series were jamming away on the ... Written by

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5 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, so the SFX make "Blake's 7" look like "Revenge of the Sith"-- so what? I say that as long as you can tell what's going on, the special effects have done their job. As someone raised on the works of Sid and Marty Krofft, not to mention being an old school "Doctor Who" fan, I know better than to condemn an entire show just because one aspect of it is not as brilliant as it could perhaps be with a bigger budget.

"Photon" was well-written, cleverly produced (with wonderfully imaginative costume designs), and expertly performed; the only awkward bit in the latter regard being that the show was produced in Japan, and although the mainly Occidental performers were obviously speaking English, their voices were overdubbed for release in the States. I've always wondered why.

In any case, the "Photon" series was great fun to watch and I know I'm not the only person who thinks it's high time that it gets released to home video.

(I feel it important to point out about this IMDb entry that it's wearing the wrong video box cover; the one they've shown is from an entirely unrelated anime series.)

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