Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future takes place in the wake of a brutal holocaust. Intelligent machines have taken over, and the humans who survived must fight in a post-apocalyptic Earth to regain control. While the show is cheesy at times, with silly costumes, soap opera acting and other elements toned down to help appeal to kids, the narrative is anything but childish. Alas, Captain Power ran for just one season – canceled after the toy line failed to take off. Still, fans of Captain Power fondly recall this surprisingly fascinating series. It’s grown and evolved over the years, transforming into an ’80s cult hit. Captain Power proved an immeasurably intense series, with rich characters, awesome action, great set design, a fantastic soundtrack and decent (not to mention ambitious) effects, including some early CG work. There was also a shockingly mature story underneath the silly names, goofy costumes and hammy delivery – a story that dealt with the darker side of humanity while openly dealing with death, compassion and redemption of mankind in rather profound ways (for a kids’ show).
You might need to suspend some disbelief, and forgive the show for its low-budget trappings, but Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future is a series well worth revisiting or experiencing for the very first time. The series ran from 1987 to 1988