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Seeing the Earth in its profound environmental peril, Gaia, goddess of the Earth, summons five kids from around the world to become the Planeteers, an opposing force to fight back and educate others in the need to be environmentally responsible. To accomplish that task, each kid is given a magic ring that each has a power of earth, wind, water, fire and heart. When the threat they face is too big for them to face, they can combine and amplify their powers to create Captain Planet, who has the power to stop catastrophic environmental disasters himself, while the Planeteers contribute with the things anyone can and should do to help.Written by
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Production of this show began prior to the fall of the Soviet Union. In the opening credits to the first several episodes, it is stated that Linka is from the Soviet Union. Later, the opening sequence was dubbed over to say "Eastern Europe" to stay as politically correct as possible. See more »
Many times the Planeteers are captured by the echo-villains who don't bother to take their rings off them to stop them from using the rings powers to escape and then call Captain Planet. See more »
Our world is in peril. Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, can no longer stand the terrible destruction plaguing our planet. She gives five magic rings to five special young people. From Africa, Kwame with the power of earth. From the North America, Wheeler with the power of fire. From the Soviet Union, Linka with the power of wind. From Asia, Gi with the power of water and from South America, Ma-Ti with the power of heart. With the five powers combined they summon earth's greatest ...
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In the opening titles from the first (two?) series, Linka is said to be from the Soviet Union. In subsequent series, she is said to be from eastern Europe. See more »
Those two words, I think pretty much sum up what this show was about. I think. That's what I got out of it. Did I miss anything? Now, let me qualify my review by saying that I used to love this show as a kid, and I watched it religiously. And not all the episodes were bad. The one where the kid had AIDS had a decent message. But still...
Let me run down a typical episode for you.
Planeteers are engaging in fun youthful, Scooby Doo Gang type activity, usually involving the environment. Suddenly they encounter the villain, usually a business owner, who being the owner of a multi-million dollar international corporation is obviously evil. Okay, maybe that's not so far-fetched. But unlike real evil corporation owners, the villains in Captain Planet don't actually provide a useful product or service. Instead, it seems the only thing their corporation does is destroy the environment. And it's not just because of lazy, careless, inattentive environmental procedures. No, the villains in this show are actively trying to destroy the planet. Seriously. That's always their life's ambition, to completely and utterly bring an end to the planet earth. Apparently they either don't realize or don't care that by destroying the earth, they'll be destroying the planet they themselves live on. And it's always an evil capitalist who's the main villain. It's never some lone nut. And there's never any reason given why they'd even think of intentionally destroying the planet. They're just evil, insane capitalists with access to millions of dollars. But seriously, who would ever actually come up with a plan to destroy the world with the intent to actually go through with it? I mean, would it be that hard to give someone a reason for trying to destroy the planet? Maybe it could just be a bluff, they don't actually want to go through with it, but they want to be taken seriously. Maybe they do want to destroy the world, just to hear it go BING! Maybe they've had a really hard life, and they want to end it, but they don't see why everyone else should stay alive either. Whatever.
Anyway, the Planeteers encounter the unreasonable planet-destroying-happy evil capitalist. They try to reason with him (or her, as the case may be), usually through well-reasoned, insightful, and persuasive arguments like "Polluting is for bozos." When that doesn't work, they try shutting down the capitalist's evil world-destroying pollution creation apparatti (unless there is no such word) with the power of their rings which allow them to control the five elements which include: Earth, Wind, and Fire. Or maybe it was Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Come to think of it, it may have been Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Whatever. Anyway, the Planeteers would always end up in some inescapable situation which would result in their certain death, at which point they would combine the powers of their rings to summon Deus Ex Machina... I mean Captain Planet. The Captain would then show up and conveniently solve everyone's problems, except the evil capitalists, who would be carted off to prison on twelve counts of participating in an economic system where ambitious people can become extremely wealthy while other less ambitious people don't make as much money, as well as the misdemeanor charge of trying to destroy the planet.
At least that's what I remember about the show. Keep in mind, it's been a long time since I've seen the show, so everything I've said about it may be completely invalid. So don't take my word for it. And if you care about the environment, if you believe in learning to respect people of all cultures, and most importantly, if you hate capitalism, then by all means watch this show. And finally, I would like to echo the sentiments of a previous reviewer, who wondered rhetorically how many trees they had to be cut down to provide the producers of this show with paper to write/draw on.
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