Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

Discussion of Science Fiction motifs, symbols and allegory.
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Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

Post by LoneBear » Thu May 22, 2014 5:40 pm

I've been converting my old VHS tape collection to DVD and ran across this old series from 1987, back when Sci-Fi was good. Though originally created as a kids show, with the novelty of being able to buy toy guns that actually interacted with the television, it soon captured the adult market. The show concerns a future where machines have taken over the planet and humans have become the servants. The machines, called biodreds, are able to digitize humans (like a transporter) and store them in a supercomputer called Overmind, where they add to the processing power of the machine. Captain Power and his group of rebel soldiers set out to reclaim the world for men, against the biodred empire (ruled by Lord Dred, originally a research scientist working with Power's father, whom merged his mind with Overmind, then becoming half-man, half-machine).

Lord Dred's plan to take over the world and turn humanity into slaves to the machines is curiously called New Order. (This was 1987, 3 years before Bush's proclamation on 9/11/90). Over the series, which only ran a single season, Dred's plans are detailed, including a plague upon humanity (Styx), the creation of super-soldiers (Charon), a space-based weapons system to perform "mass digitization" (kind of like "mass ascension", Icarus) and a final stage to burn the surface of the planet to cinders, to remove all other life (Prometheus).

Though it is a series about soldiers, there is some excellent character development and none of the gory violence that regular TV series have these days. Some well-thought-out plots and motifs that carry well across multiple episodes, much like Babylon 5 does.

It is a shame the series got cancelled, but it was being sponsored by toy companies and tended to attract an adult audience, instead. One of the better shows of the time.
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Re: Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

Post by Lotus » Fri May 23, 2014 9:02 pm

Though it is a series about soldiers, there is some excellent character development and none of the gory violence that regular TV series have these days. Some well-thought-out plots and motifs that carry well across multiple episodes, much like Babylon 5 does.
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Re: Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

Post by MrTwig » Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:56 pm

Just thought you should know...
http://www.captainpower.com
Veerrrrrry interesting! :o

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