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"Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future" Retribution: Part 2 (1988)

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Original Air Date:
27 March 1988 (Season 1, Episode 22)
Lord Dread is about to have his mind transferred into a new machine body. But first he delivers his final strike against Captain Power... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Tim Dunigan ... Captain Jonathan Power

Peter MacNeill ... Major Matthew 'Hawk' Masterson

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)

Maurice Dean Wint ... Sergeant Robert 'Scout' Baker

Jessica Steen ... Corporal Jennifer 'Pilot' Chase
David Hemblen ... Lord Dread
Todd Postlethwaite ... Overunit Gerber (as Todd Waite)
Paul Humphrey ... Locke

Bruce Gray ... Mentor

Tedd Dillon ... Overmind (voice)
John S. Davies ... Blastarr (voice) (as John Davies)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brad Crandall ... Opening narration (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jorge Montesi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gary Goddard  creator
J. Michael Straczynski  writer

Produced by
John Copeland .... associate producer
Gary Goddard .... executive producer
Ian McDougall .... producer
Original Music by
Gary Guttman 
Production Management
Lisa Atkinson .... post-production supervisor
Forbes Candlish .... production executive: Landmark Entertainment Group
John Danylkiw .... production supervisor
Leslie Levine .... production executive
Joe Morrison .... production executive
John Weems .... production executive
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff J.J. Authors .... first assistant director
Art Department
Edward Eyth .... designer (as Edward C. Eyth)
Eric Chu .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
John Flagg .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Clark McCarron .... Production Sound Recordist
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Frank Morrone .... re-recording mixer
James Porteous .... re-recording mixer
Ross Redfern .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
David Altman .... first assistant camera: miniatures
Pierre Champoux .... miniatures assistant
Rob Coleman .... animation/live action coordinator: Arcca Animation
Joshua Cushner .... technical director: miniatures
Joseph D'Cruz .... production computing: Arcca Animation
Paula Duborg .... video operations: Arcca Animation
Jefferson Eliot .... director of visual effects
Dale Fay .... supervisor of stage miniatures
Julia Gibson .... unit manager: miniatures
Paul Griffin .... animation director: Arcca Animation
Toby Heindel .... supervisor of miniature photography
Brian Howald .... visual effects artist
Earl Huddleston .... creative director: Arcca Animation
Mike Huffman .... animator: Arcca Animation
Hall Hutchison .... supervisor: motion control photography, Hollywood Tokyo Film Group
John Jackson .... lead model maker
David Jones .... miniatures construction supervisor
Jenniffer Julich .... storyboards director/coordinator: Arcca Animation
Tex Kadonaga .... modelling: Arcca Animation
Alan Kennedy .... visual effects artist
Paul Kirsch .... visual effects editor
Jerry M.C. Kopan .... programming/systems director: Arcca Animation
Vance Loen .... video consultant: Arcca Animation
Mike McDonald .... gaffer: miniatures (as Michael McDonald)
Doug Mielke .... visual effects editor
Gene Miller .... technical director: Arcca Animation (as Eugene Miller)
Ernest Mordak .... visual effects editor
Brick Price .... supervisor: miniature construction, Wonderworks
Stephen Price .... associate producer: Arcca Animation
Robert E. Robbins .... producer: Arcca Animation
John Scheele .... supervisor: motion control photography, Hollywood Tokyo Film Group
Mary Ann Simmons .... miniatures assistant
Robert D.M. Smith .... animator: Arcca Animation (as Rob Smith)
Robert Stromberg .... matte paintings
Ken Swenson .... supervisor: miniature construction, Wonderworks
Ron Thornton .... miniatures construction supervisor
Andrew Varty .... senior animator: Arcca Animation
Bob Wiggins .... unit manager: miniatures
Sylvia Wong .... senior animator: Arcca Animation
Lisa Atkinson .... visual effects and post production supervisor (uncredited)
Norbert Kausen .... visual effects (uncredited)
Steve Lucescu .... stunt rigger
Steve Lucescu .... utility stunts
Dennis Lundin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Macaulay .... still photographer
Christian Murray .... grip
Animation Department
Les Major .... senior animator: Arcca Animation (as Les Majors)
Mark Mayerson .... senior animator: Arcca Animation
Location Management
Joe Barzo .... location manager
Other crew
Johnny Askwith .... production assistant
Evelyn Baker .... production coordinator: Arcca Animation
Gary Goddard .... creative consultant
J. Michael Straczynski .... executive story consultant
David Thornton .... director of post production
Sheldon S. Wiseman .... business consultant (as Sheldon Wiseman)
Sheldon S. Wiseman .... executive consultant (as Sheldon Wiseman)

Series Crew
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Directed by
Otta Hanus (9 episodes)
Jorge Montesi (6 episodes)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tony Christopher  creator
Gerry Davis 
Gary Goddard  creator

Produced by
John Danylkiw .... associate producer
Douglas Netter .... producer
Cinematography by
Peter Benison 
Production Design by
John Iacovelli 
Art Direction by
Susan Longmire 
Makeup Department
Donald Mowat .... makeup department head
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brenda J. Bradley .... second assistant director (as Barbara Bradley)
Carlos Caneca .... trainee assistant director
Sound Department
Clark Graff .... sound designer
Phil Rodrigues .... foley artist
Special Effects by
John Palmer .... special effects coordinator
Roy T. Anderson .... stunt double
Matt Birman .... stunt performer
Shelley Cook .... stunt performer
Shelley Cook .... utility stunts
Branko Racki .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Auger .... electrician
Christophe Bonnière .... camera operator
Richard Gaal .... best boy electric: second unit
Attila Szalay .... camera operator
Casting Department
Ramsay King .... casting: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sara Schilt .... wardrobe assistant
Music Department
John Debney .... conductor
Yuri Gorbachow .... music editor
Other crew
Susan Haller .... script supervisor
Production Companies

Additional Details

USA:22 min

Did You Know?

Corporal Jennifer Chase:[to John] Goodbye. You think of me some times.
[Blastarr enters]
Corporal Jennifer Chase:Goodbye.
Blastarr:Surrender, by order of Lord Dread.
Corporal Jennifer Chase:Go to hell!
[blows up the Powerbase manually]
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Remembering Corporal Jennifer 'Pilot' Chase, 19 December 2010
Author: Chip_douglas from Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was basically a live action cartoon show with an interactive toy line and the first two recurring CGI characters ever on Television (though they never appear on any list of groundbreaking effects). But to me, the series will always be remembered for the way the first (and only) season ended. So readers unaware of how this finale played out had better stop reading, for there will be spoilers.

Over the course of the first 20 episodes, the storyline played out like a bleaker version of Star Wars with a bit of The Terminator and The A-Team thrown in. The noble captain (original Faceman Tim Dunnigan) was your typical clean cut hero. His right hand men Hawk (Peter MacNeill) and Tank providing some typical eighties one liners (Tank being played by Arnie's good buddy Sven-Ole Thorsen made it obvious why he was cast). The remaining two members of Power's team were a token colored character, Scout (Maurice Dean Wint) who remained rather underdeveloped and of course a single white female, Pilot (Jessica Steen).

The series drew to a close with a pair of two parters. The first of these ('New Order parts 1 & 2') featured a trench battle straight out of 'A New Hope' and the Soldier's first major victory against the evil Lord Dread (David Hemblen). It would not have surprised anyone had the series ended on this happy note. But instead, they delved right into 'The Empire Strikes Back' territory with the final two parts ('Retribution 1 & 2'). Dread managed to find out the secret location of the Powerbase. And as CGI warlord Blastarr and his troops began to destroy Powers home from the inside out, one of the soldiers gave up her life to make sure none of their secrets fell into mechanical hands.

This was something I hadn't expected at all when first viewing the episode in 1988. Sure, other children's show of the day occasionally took on more adult themes (He-Man and Bravestarr come to mind) but to have the only female member of the team and possible love interest to Captain Power blow herself up was something else. Now it turns out that Jessica Steen had actually requested to be let go after one season when signing her contract. In later interviews she has made it clear that she was never very comfortable doing a series that urged it's viewers to buy laser guns and point them at their TV. And when watching the show with this knowledge in mind she does appear to be a bit uncomfortable. However this still works for the character, who grew up as a brainwashed member of the Dread Youth.

Of course some viewers may have been turned off from the series altogether by this final episode. But to me the finale served to elevate the programme to a higher level, putting it right up there with that other unforgettable Eighies series "Robin of Sherwood". Thanks to the web (where even the least well known SciFi shows all have a loyal following) I found out that writer J. Michael Straczynski actually based Pilot's final scene on a personal experience he had, involving a loved one who took her own life.

Of course at the time I immediately began thinking up plausible ways for Jennifer to have survived the explosion. Maybe Blastarr (who could repair himself even after being blown apart) had digitized her at the last instant, like he had done to so many other humans before, thus being able to restore her later on? Naturally, in this day and age when people are in fact digitizing their entire lives and putting it onto the (cyber) web, it turns out I was not the only one to take this possibility into account (seek out fan fiction "Rise of the Phoenix" by Kazthom for a more detailed exploration).

But alas, it was not to be. Mattel pulled the plug on Captain Power (and indeed their entire production company, MTS). There is quite a lot of information concerning the aborted second season to be found on several sites, and none of the story lines included the return of Pilot. Instead, they would have taken another element from TESB and given it a gender bending twist: the mind of Captain Power's mother would have turned up in a mechanical body loyal to Dread named Morgana II. Although these plot lines that could have been make for a fascinating read, I sincerely doubt if the series could have reached the dramatic heights of 'Retribution part two' ever again.

Now whenever a heroic character dies unexpectedly, the audience has to be soothed before the end by having said person appear once more either as a blue ghost, via voice-over or in a flashback montage. J. Michael Straczynski took the third approach and so the series ends with a touching minute of footage culled from previous episodes set to a full, rousing version of the 'Love Theme from Captain Power' by Gary Guttman (of which only the final notes had been featured in earlier episodes). And to bring the Star Wars comparison full circle, that theme borrows heavily from John Williams' "Princess Leia's Theme", yet still manages to have an identity of it's own. I am glad to say that thanks to a link on Guttman's IMDb page, I found an MP3 version of the Love theme on his official site. I've been listening to it while writing this review and it's like a holy grail I've been searching for since 1988. Here's to you Jennifer, we hardly knew you.

10 out of 10

P.S. Jessica Steen's experiences on Captain P came in handy when auditioning for Michael Bay's Armageddon some ten years later. Calling upon some technical jargon from her old series, she was cast as another pilot named Jennifer. Coincidence?

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