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(io9)   Short-lived, long-forgotten 1980s sci-fi TV show is born again. Still no word on a return for Manimal   (io9.com ) divider line
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2013-03-18 09:10:14 PM  
Manimal, Automan, Streethawk ... the 80s were full of really cool and really bad sci fi shows. I mean - Condorman?

I've never heard of this one, though.
 
2013-03-18 09:20:33 PM  
Manimal was kickass. Well, I was five but still.
 
2013-03-18 09:24:42 PM  
I remember this series.  it was cheesy and very 80's but....it had a pretty damn good story line for a kids show designed to sell interactive toys.  as I recall there was some VERY dark stuff in there.
 
2013-03-18 09:28:58 PM  
Darn. I was hoping for The Powers of Matthew Star.

/not really
 
2013-03-18 09:49:03 PM  
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future is a legendary show

No, it's really not. At least I remember Manimal.
 
2013-03-18 09:56:03 PM  

Weaver95: I remember this series.  it was cheesy and very 80's but....it had a pretty damn good story line for a kids show designed to sell interactive toys.  as I recall there was some VERY dark stuff in there.


When I saw the link about "Captain Power" part of my brain went "Oh heck yes! YES!". I literally can't remember a thing about the show (if there was simply a picture of Captain Power on a webpage I couldn't give the name to save my life), but I recognize that outfit and I remember loving this show as a kid.

/Damn you Fark, now I need to go refresh myself on 80's nostalgia because I know I LOVED this show but I think the parts of my memory dedicated to Captain Power were accidentally overwritten by memory now dedicated to understanding the byzantine labyrinth that was the approval pathway for a Canadian government department which I once worked for but no longer exists, so I can very easily put a more useful memory into those pathways.
 
2013-03-18 10:11:56 PM  
I have no memory of this show, but that picture looks like a kick-ass Atari 2600 game.
 
2013-03-18 10:12:30 PM  

Nadie_AZ: I've never heard of this one, though.


I still had this thing until very recently, but at some point it became non-functional:

www.panelsonpages.com

Can I shoot at the new show?!
 
2013-03-18 10:20:16 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Manimal, Automan, Streethawk ... the 80s were full of really cool and really bad sci fi shows. I mean - Condorman?

I've never heard of this one, though.


Automan... Yes!

Relatively Obscure: Nadie_AZ: I've never heard of this one, though.

I still had this thing until very recently, but at some point it became non-functional:

[www.panelsonpages.com image 600x379]

Can I shoot at the new show?!


I think I still have one somewhere...
 
2013-03-18 10:32:05 PM  
Jessica Steen. Pilot! She's not long forgotten for me!
 
2013-03-18 10:33:59 PM  
Manimal turned into a shark and ate a guy in the pilot.........the hero of a kids show turned into a shark and ate a guy.


got to love the 80's
 
2013-03-18 10:36:22 PM  
and yet no word on bringing back "Sledgehammer!"...damn!
 
2013-03-18 10:36:58 PM  
I remember that show. I even suspected it might be the show the headline was referring to.

Either that or Misfits of Science.
 
2013-03-18 10:38:02 PM  

Kanemano: Manimal turned into a shark and ate a guy in the pilot.........the hero of a kids show turned into a shark and ate a guy.


got to love the 80's


Fark that... I'm going to find a torrent of The Real Ghostbusters.
 
2013-03-18 10:38:17 PM  
content.epixhd.com
 
2013-03-18 10:41:15 PM  

Relatively Obscure: Nadie_AZ: I've never heard of this one, though.

I still had this thing until very recently, but at some point it became non-functional:

Can I shoot at the new show?!


I didn't remember this show, but my husband did immediately, and said "I had the airplane that shot at the tv".
 
2013-03-18 10:41:38 PM  
I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.
 
2013-03-18 10:42:37 PM  

Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.


Well... I heard someone tried.. but I refused to believe it.
 
2013-03-18 10:45:34 PM  
No love for Tales of the Golden Monkey?
 
2013-03-18 10:45:44 PM  
I've never heard of it.

Call me when they reboot Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants and Rat Patrol.
 
2013-03-18 10:46:57 PM  
wake me when we get a return of the screaming pepto bismo helicopter
 
2013-03-18 10:47:15 PM  

Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.


There was also this POS in the 90s. I can't believe they squeezed four seasons out of a Chrysler commercial.
 
2013-03-18 10:47:41 PM  
Misfits of Science?

Checks TFA.

Dammit, that stupid bad cgi show with the ridiculously expensive toy that was supposed to interact with the show? Bah. Lemme know when Max Headroom, Misfits of Science, Greatest American Hero, or the Fall Guy makes a comeback.
 
2013-03-18 10:48:36 PM  

Shadow Blasko: Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.

Well... I heard someone tried.. but I refused to believe it.


Yeah, they made KITT a farking Mustang that could transform into an SUV or some shiat.  One of my coworkers also told me it could transform into a different kind of Mustang, but I'm not sure if he was just messing with me or not.
 
2013-03-18 10:50:02 PM  
"Captain Power?" I laughed to myself, knowing that they'd never do that.  And it was Captain Power, and now I have a nostalgia hemorrhage.
 
2013-03-18 10:51:11 PM  

Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.


Airwolf was an attack chopper, no artificial intelligence involved.

Street Hawk was just an internet connect bike.

Automan and Knight Rider were true AIs.
 
2013-03-18 10:51:19 PM  
No love for:

i46.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-18 10:52:02 PM  

bborchar: Relatively Obscure: Nadie_AZ: I've never heard of this one, though.

I still had this thing until very recently, but at some point it became non-functional:

Can I shoot at the new show?!

I didn't remember this show, but my husband did immediately, and said "I had the airplane that shot at the tv".


Hell yeah!  Actually, I think there were a couple of different ones (that could also be used to shoot at each other), plus a 'base' of some kind or another, and probably stuff I'm forgetting.
 
2013-03-18 10:52:46 PM  
Captain Power is interesting to me.

I do remember the show. I remember watching a lot of it. I even remember having some of the merchandise. And I remember the over-arching narrative/plot. But I can't for the life of me recall a single episode.

It's like I remember it and don't remember any of it at the same time.
 
2013-03-18 10:53:11 PM  
Anyone remember The Phoenix? Or to get really obscure, did anyone see the pilot for Wishman?
 
2013-03-18 10:56:03 PM  
www.dreadcentral.com
 
2013-03-18 10:59:15 PM  
Wow, I just had to forward this link to a bunch of former co-workers.  You see, our company invented the "interactive" technology this show was based on, and we did the CGI, effects, and post-production.  Took out patents for the technology and everything.  I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't get a mention.
 
2013-03-18 11:02:04 PM  
I had stumbled on the 1st episode of Captain Power last weekend.

It hasn't aged well, but the concepts were kind of cool.
As a kid I thought that bird/gargoyle robot was pretty nifty. That whole show proved that the bad guys made for the best toys.
 
2013-03-18 11:02:13 PM  

Mugato: Manimal was kickass. Well, I was five but still.


cdn1.sbnation.com

Manimal?
 
2013-03-18 11:02:46 PM  
Says Lay, "We felt the original [show] didn't really have an origin story. It just kicks in with Captain Power, and you don't know who he is." There's nothing to explain who this guy is, and why he's a hero.

And this is why this will blow.
I don't need an origin story.  If something happens later that I should know, flashback.  Otherwise you're just wasting my time.

You meet people every day.  Do you know all of their "origin stories"?  No, you accept who they are and move on.  If you spend enough time with them, you learn more about them and their past.  That is the right way to write shows and novels.
 
2013-03-18 11:04:53 PM  
This was better than that tripe:

www.tombsofkobol.com
 
2013-03-18 11:05:12 PM  
Hmmm...there was one about a family that travelled to an alternate universe after going into a pyramid that I always liked.  Can't remember what it was called though.
 
2013-03-18 11:06:18 PM  

Nuclear Monk: Hmmm...there was one about a family that travelled to an alternate universe after going into a pyramid that I always liked.  Can't remember what it was called though.


Otherworld?
 
2013-03-18 11:06:24 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-18 11:07:05 PM  

theflatline: Airwolf was an attack chopper, no artificial intelligence involved.
Street Hawk was just an internet connect bike.
Automan and Knight Rider were true AIs.


justin.orgfree.com
 
2013-03-18 11:07:39 PM  
Oh Manimal. Not Animala?

Never mind.

photos.imageevent.com
 
2013-03-18 11:09:41 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-18 11:09:56 PM  
I had the bad guy's ship, but I rarely found friends who had any of the good guys' ships so we could duel. I did interact with the TV show, but it was difficult to understand the rules of how you scored points. (The VHS cassettes designed for the toys were much better at this. They had the cheesiest of CGI)

The show itself was quite mature for the kiddie set it was designed for (if memory serves, it was the follow-up to the equally over-our-heads Photon live action show), but I doubt it'd appeal to modern audiences very well. The comic bookish characters were pretty two-dimensional and the same dystopian future concept has been done better in the Terminator films.
 
2013-03-18 11:11:26 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Misfits of Science?

Checks TFA.

Dammit, that stupid bad cgi show with the ridiculously expensive toy that was supposed to interact with the show? Bah. Lemme know when Max Headroom, Misfits of Science, Greatest American Hero, or the Fall Guy makes a comeback.


I loved Misfits of Science.

And the Fall Guy theme is one of the only country songs I liked.
 
2013-03-18 11:12:00 PM  
BLUE THUNDER?
 
2013-03-18 11:13:21 PM  
Suddenly I miss my old Sauron toy.
 
2013-03-18 11:14:35 PM  
I see Dallas, Dynasty, Terrahawks,
He-Man, Tom and Jerry, Dukes of Hazzard,
Airwolf, Blue Thunder, Rambo, Road Runner,
Daffy Duck, The A-Team, The A-Team, I see the A-Team.
 
2013-03-18 11:17:16 PM  
At the rental i always saw his vhs next to japaneses heroes and cartoons, i was thinking about renting after watching everything i cared about and then got one episode on tv, man, i couldnt get past the first 10 seconds of the opening. Luckilly the incredible hulk was at the other channel
 
2013-03-18 11:24:07 PM  
One show I wish they'd bring back is the Max Headroom TV series
dvdmedia.ign.com
 
2013-03-18 11:26:25 PM  
Now go back just a little further so we can get: Space 1999, Buck Rogers, (the REAL) Battlestar Galactica, Man from Atlantis, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Incredible Hulk, and The Land of the Lost.

/tra la la
//la la la la
///tra la la
//// la la la la
 
2013-03-18 11:26:35 PM  
 
2013-03-18 11:28:35 PM  
Legendary? Never even heard of it.

Manimal

This could make an interesting series, though.

images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-03-18 11:30:39 PM  
For a show designed to sell toys, Captain Power was well written, ahead of it's time and dealt with mature themes such as war, death and free will. The only reason it didn't last very long is because "super early time slot + expensive production costs + low toy sales = cancellation". JMS had half of the second season all planned out before it was canned, so hopefully we'll get to see the material from his unused scripts in the reboot.
 
2013-03-18 11:45:08 PM  
I was really hoping for Max Headroom. It's more relevant than ever.
 
2013-03-18 11:50:51 PM  

Pribar: The shows intro, to jog your memory


I remember the teaser spots before the show came out.
The tv went static with captain power fading in and out of view annoucing that he was communicating from THE FUTURE!

But, like many, I remember that there was a show, watching it, but not much about it.

And yes, Max headroom was a great show. But a product of its time. How could it be upgraded?
 
2013-03-19 12:17:48 AM  

Relatively Obscure: Nadie_AZ: I've never heard of this one, though.

I still had this thing until very recently, but at some point it became non-functional:

[www.panelsonpages.com image 600x379]

Can I shoot at the new show?!


I had that when I was a kid.  I remember it being a piece of crap that didn't work very well.  Until now, I had no idea that it was actually tied into a TV show.
 
2013-03-19 12:21:35 AM  

DoblerMeyer: Relatively Obscure: Nadie_AZ: I've never heard of this one, though.

I still had this thing until very recently, but at some point it became non-functional:

[www.panelsonpages.com image 600x379]

Can I shoot at the new show?!

I had that when I was a kid.  I remember it being a piece of crap that didn't work very well.  Until now, I had no idea that it was actually tied into a TV show.


Really?  Mine did everything it was supposed to do.  In reality, though, nothing on the shows that you shot reacted at all to it (of course), so the excitement was pretty limited.
 
2013-03-19 12:24:23 AM  
plif.courageunfettered.com
 
2013-03-19 12:29:17 AM  
Didn't the Scorpions steal some footage from Captain Power for their "Rhythm of Love" video?  Or was it a direct tie-in?  I forget.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFAf_29KYTs
 
2013-03-19 12:46:18 AM  
I liked MANTIS, and Shatner's TEKWAR.  There was another show similar to MANTIS, but it was about a paralyzed white guy with a big, sandwich-press-like techno-coffin in his van, it would vac-form a mobility suit around him that let him walk plus fight crime.  Can't remember the name of that one.

First seasons of Andromeda and Earth: Final Conflict were pretty good, but both jumped the space shark.

Seaquest DSV  had some interesting ideas and Peter Delouise was awesome in it. Didn;t the teenage kid from that show die or something?

I would also like to see more episodes of Alien Nation.
 
2013-03-19 12:47:59 AM  

Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.



Oh, the schoolyard arguments about Airwolf v. Blue Thunder.


/Airwolf, clearly.
 
2013-03-19 12:49:58 AM  

Tentacle: One show I wish they'd bring back is the Max Headroom TV series
[dvdmedia.ign.com image 468x263]


I'd settle for them sorting out the legal rights to the original so they can release it on disc.
 
2013-03-19 01:00:04 AM  

Dragonflew: Anyone remember The Phoenix? Or to get really obscure, did anyone see the pilot for Wishman?


...ohgod, I thought I was the only person who remembered the pilot for Wishman (I don't think it ever really went BEYOND the pilot, but I do remember it) :D
 
2013-03-19 01:04:47 AM  

Any Pie Left: Seaquest DSV  had some interesting ideas and Peter Delouise was awesome in it. Didn;t the teenage kid from that show die or something?


He hanged himself but that was a coupla years after the show ended
 
2013-03-19 01:11:08 AM  

theflatline: [content.epixhd.com image 850x531]


At least Remo Williams was based on a hilarious series of books.
 
2013-03-19 01:23:31 AM  

FuryOfFirestorm: For a show designed to sell toys, Captain Power was well written, ahead of it's time and dealt with mature themes such as war, death and free will. The only reason it didn't last very long is because "super early time slot + expensive production costs + low toy sales = cancellation". JMS had half of the second season all planned out before it was canned, so hopefully we'll get to see the material from his unused scripts in the reboot.


Agreed. As much as I remember of it, having been like 8 at the time, the actual plots of the episodes were pretty good; certainly way better than Power Rangers or any of the crap that was on in the 90s.  The series ended with their base being invaded, and one of the pilots, cornered and injured sacrificing herself to activate the self-destruct after everyone else had escaped. The action bits where you were supposed to use the toy were of course pretty simplistic, but looked a lot better than most video games we had at the time, even if they were short and never changed.    I had two or three of the VHS tapes and I got to the point of doing perfect runs without even trying.

   As I recall the toy/game was pretty simple, like most 80s electronic toys; it worked sort of like duck hunt or any other "light gun" game.  The toy started with 5 "power points" and everytime you show a target on screen, you gained a point and any time the toy detected a hit you lost 1 (or maybe more).  The problem was it topped out at like 25 points and then you'd have to reset it, which could happen several times per action sequence once you got good at it.

  I think it would be a tricky show to modernize now though.  Any interactive toy would have to be pretty advanced to please kids of today, and probably too expensive to sell much as a result.  I actually think its the sort of thing that could work as episodic content on systems like WiiU or XBox 360, but it would probably cost too much per episode to produce and sell that way unless they jammed in advertising somehow.
 
2013-03-19 01:35:14 AM  

eggrolls: Tentacle: One show I wish they'd bring back is the Max Headroom TV series
[dvdmedia.ign.com image 468x263]

I'd settle for them sorting out the legal rights to the original so they can release it on disc.


Que?
 
2013-03-19 01:49:43 AM  
I was hoping it was Quark but then I remembered that was the 70s....
 
2013-03-19 02:04:18 AM  
Epic "done in one." Did it only air in Horse Cave Kentucky or Lysite Wyoming?
 
2013-03-19 02:11:25 AM  

antron: No love for:

[i46.tinypic.com image 400x565]


Oh man, I remember Mantis.  It used to come on Fridays right before the X-Files.  At the time I liked it, but I was a kid and I get the feeling if I went back and watched it, it would seem pretty cheesy.

ds615: Says Lay, "We felt the original [show] didn't really have an origin story. It just kicks in with Captain Power, and you don't know who he is." There's nothing to explain who this guy is, and why he's a hero.

And this is why this will blow.
I don't need an origin story.  If something happens later that I should know, flashback.  Otherwise you're just wasting my time.

You meet people every day.  Do you know all of their "origin stories"? No, you accept who they are and move on.  If you spend enough time with them, you learn more about them and their past.  That is the right way to write shows and novels.


No, I don't.  But then I wouldn't want to watch a TV show about the people I meet every day.
 
2013-03-19 02:16:05 AM  
www.tvgoodness.com
 
2013-03-19 02:17:04 AM  

blue_2501: Kanemano: Manimal turned into a shark and ate a guy in the pilot.........the hero of a kids show turned into a shark and ate a guy.


got to love the 80's

Fark that... I'm going to find a torrent of The Real Ghostbusters.


Okay.
 
2013-03-19 02:26:25 AM  
Heh. When Stargate SG-1 began in the mid 90's, it reminded me of Captain Power, except with MacGuyver as a sarcastic ass rather than the boy scout.

/Carter = Pilot
 
2013-03-19 02:40:35 AM  

Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.


Buck Rogers and Wilma.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
 
2013-03-19 03:00:34 AM  

bikerific: Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.

Oh, the schoolyard arguments about Airwolf v. Blue Thunder.

/Airwolf, clearly.


Of course. Primarily due to the fact that Airwolf has the unlimited ammo hack.
 
2013-03-19 04:29:14 AM  
CSB time:

I had one of these toys back in the 80s.  I had been fooling around with some BASIC programming and found out that on my old-school amber monochrome monitor if I cleared the screen black and then amber as fast as my computer could go I could trip out the light sensor in the toy and make my own target for the gun.  I spent hours upon hours alternating the speed, seeing if I could make smaller targets with ASCII characters but keep the refresh speed, etc etc.  I think that more than anything started me down the path of game programming....that and typing in endless code from the back of Byte and Compute! magazines.  My friends had Atari and C64s, and I had an IBM XT....I was insanely jealous and would try to port the games in those magazines to IBM.  Sometimes it worked but mostly it didn't.  However, when I showed them that I could make a Captain Power "game" with my computer, the tables turned briefly. :)

As to TFA - as anyone who has gone back to re-watch favorite cartoons from their childhood will tell you....if you remember something being cool from grade school, just leave it the fark alone, you're only setting yourself up for disappointment. *cough GI Joe cough*  Hope I'm wrong about this one, but I'm kinda betting this might suck.
 
2013-03-19 04:31:24 AM  

Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.


They did a team Knight rider in the 90's  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team_Knight_Rider
 
2013-03-19 04:37:33 AM  
meh, I was hoping for Quark with Richard Benjamin but apparently it missed the 80s by two years.

all I remember about Captain Power was that toy someone posted the ad for abpve and that Sven Ole Thorsen was in it.
 
2013-03-19 04:38:27 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-03-19 04:42:14 AM  
reboot a small wonder with soleil moon fry-daddy as a sexbot during the drama llama social upheaval of the mid 21st century

the 80s mostly sucked except for the magic that is culture club. and probably the minutemen
 
2013-03-19 05:19:56 AM  
They *did* try to re-make Misfits of Science.

I think it was called 'Heroes', if I'm not mistaken.
 
2013-03-19 05:44:33 AM  
Can anyone help me remember a sci-fi show i remember from the 90s? i remember the opening credits of zooming along ruined streets with these green and blue flickering fluorescent lights on the sides of the streets (not signs, just columns on the side) that would blow up SPECTACULARLY if you shot them. Also something about different types of robots being fought by the protagonists, which i can't remember (you had to shoot them in the eyes cause the armour everywhere else couldn't be penetrated). There was also a superweapon flying robot of some kind.

I believe i was about 5 when the show aired, so please forgive my lack of detail.
 
2013-03-19 05:52:42 AM  

Pribar: The shows intro, to jog your memory


OK, after watching that is seems very familiar. I'm just missing the blue and green flourescent things on the sides of the street that blew up most spectacularly. That was the one part of the show that i remember the best.
 
2013-03-19 05:55:31 AM  

archnem: CSB time:

I had one of these toys back in the 80s.  I had been fooling around with some BASIC programming and found out that on my old-school amber monochrome monitor if I cleared the screen black and then amber as fast as my computer could go I could trip out the light sensor in the toy and make my own target for the gun.  I spent hours upon hours alternating the speed, seeing if I could make smaller targets with ASCII characters but keep the refresh speed, etc etc.  I think that more than anything started me down the path of game programming....that and typing in endless code from the back of Byte and Compute! magazines.  My friends had Atari and C64s, and I had an IBM XT....I was insanely jealous and would try to port the games in those magazines to IBM.  Sometimes it worked but mostly it didn't.  However, when I showed them that I could make a Captain Power "game" with my computer, the tables turned briefly. :)

As to TFA - as anyone who has gone back to re-watch favorite cartoons from their childhood will tell you....if you remember something being cool from grade school, just leave it the fark alone, you're only setting yourself up for disappointment. *cough GI Joe cough*  Hope I'm wrong about this one, but I'm kinda betting this might suck.


The superman/batman cartoons from the 90s from my childhood were only very slightly tarnished when i watched it again. Still very good.
 
2013-03-19 05:56:09 AM  
Does anyone else remember Space Rangers?

/another vote here for Max Headroom too.
 
2013-03-19 06:13:01 AM  

Archie Goodwin: Does anyone else remember Space Rangers?

/another vote here for Max Headroom too.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Rangers_(video_game)
 
2013-03-19 06:31:17 AM  

Smoking GNU: Archie Goodwin: Does anyone else remember Space Rangers?

/another vote here for Max Headroom too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Rangers_(video_game)


I was thinking more of the TV series - a whole six episodes, filmed in glorious Crap-o-vision™.
 
2013-03-19 06:42:16 AM  

buckler: blue_2501: Kanemano: Manimal turned into a shark and ate a guy in the pilot.........the hero of a kids show turned into a shark and ate a guy.


got to love the 80's

Fark that... I'm going to find a torrent of The Real Ghostbusters.

Okay.


No, he said The Real Ghostbusters, not that crap.
 
2013-03-19 07:54:02 AM  

skepticultist: eggrolls: Tentacle: One show I wish they'd bring back is the Max Headroom TV series
[dvdmedia.ign.com image 468x263]

I'd settle for them sorting out the legal rights to the original so they can release it on disc.

Que?


I love you so much.
 
2013-03-19 08:15:03 AM  
Holy the crap!  I loved Captain Power when I was a kid.  I still have my VHS tapes for the 'game'.  Sadly I don't own the toys anymore.

/off to ebay
 
2013-03-19 08:21:33 AM  

buckler: theflatline: [content.epixhd.com image 850x531]

At least Remo Williams was based on a hilariously  GOODseries of books.


FTFY

/Sinanju
 
2013-03-19 08:28:36 AM  

Solid Muldoon: I've never heard of it.

Call me when they reboot Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants and Rat Patrol.


www.quantumleap-alsplace.com

Would like a word with you.
 
2013-03-19 08:46:00 AM  
Oh HELL YES! I effing LOVED Captain Power! The interactive VHS tapes occupied a great deal of my time. AWESOME!
 
2013-03-19 08:53:08 AM  
It was a time of darkness and destruction.  A time of dread.  Thanks to the twisted designs of a single man, the machines meant to end war for all time instead became the executioners of civilization.  Humanity's history tells us such times produces heroes and heroines dedicated to turning back the darkness.

And so it was in the 22nd century, the age of the machine.

/Pretty sure this wasn't Captain Power
//But it should have been.
 
2013-03-19 09:21:01 AM  

andrewagill: It was a time of darkness and destruction.  A time of dread.  Thanks to the twisted designs of a single man, the machines meant to end war for all time instead became the executioners of civilization.  Humanity's history tells us such times produces heroes and heroines dedicated to turning back the darkness.

And so it was in the 22nd century, the age of the machine.

/Pretty sure this wasn't Captain Power
//But it should have been.


NOOOO!

It is from captain power!

I have been looking for this clip since forever.  I can die a happy man now.
 
2013-03-19 09:38:42 AM  
shiat, I still have this.

lh5.ggpht.com
 
2013-03-19 09:53:57 AM  

El_Swino: Wow, I just had to forward this link to a bunch of former co-workers.  You see, our company invented the "interactive" technology this show was based on, and we did the CGI, effects, and post-production.  Took out patents for the technology and everything.  I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't get a mention.


My childhood thanks your company.
 
2013-03-19 09:55:45 AM  

Dragonflew: Nuclear Monk: Hmmm...there was one about a family that travelled to an alternate universe after going into a pyramid that I always liked.  Can't remember what it was called though.

Otherworld?


Yes I remember that. Loved it but it got cancelled quickly. I was just a kid when it was on.
 
2013-03-19 10:00:17 AM  

Shadow Blasko: Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.

Well... I heard someone tried.. but I refused to believe it.


Yeah, they farked it up... I tried to watch it, but they went overboard with the magical shiat KITT could do, and they just put the word 'nano' infront of everything to explain it. I think I made it through the full pilot...
 
2013-03-19 10:04:20 AM  

DigitalCoffee: Now go back just a little further so we can get: Space 1999, Buck Rogers, (the REAL) Battlestar Galactica, Man from Atlantis, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Incredible Hulk, and The Land of the Lost.

/tra la la
//la la la la
///tra la la
//// la la la la


You mean Mormons in Space? Yeah, when I was a kid, BSG was cool, then I grew up and realized that was so vapid, it made Buck Rogers look like Shakespeare. There's a reason the newer version was so popular, it actually mirrored what was going on in the world, and what we would probably expect from a situation like that, as far as government control, hyper-patriotism, and cabin fever go.

If they tried to redo Land of the Lost, they'd just fark it all to Hell. Part of its charm is its cheesiness.
 
2013-03-19 10:18:47 AM  

Premeditated_Road_Rage: They *did* try to re-make Misfits of Science.

I think it was called 'Heroes', if I'm not mistaken.




Big ole this. Loved the idea in Misfits.
 
2013-03-19 10:21:50 AM  

MotleyC: Dragonflew: Nuclear Monk: Hmmm...there was one about a family that travelled to an alternate universe after going into a pyramid that I always liked.  Can't remember what it was called though.

Otherworld?

Yes I remember that. Loved it but it got cancelled quickly. I was just a kid when it was on.




What a cutie.

And we got an awesome bad guy, forever. When does Breaking Bad start?
 
2013-03-19 10:23:46 AM  

Mikey1969: Shadow Blasko: Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.

Well... I heard someone tried.. but I refused to believe it.

Yeah, they farked it up... I tried to watch it, but they went overboard with the magical shiat KITT could do, and they just put the word 'nano' infront of everything to explain it. I think I made it through the full pilot...


This is the magical car, from the 80s, that you are looking for.
www.chud.com
Yeee haaaawwwww
 
2013-03-19 10:25:27 AM  
This cyborg took so much lead. Usually in the shoulder. Good thing, science.
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2013-03-19 10:35:46 AM  

Zombie DJ: BLUE THUNDER?


Wrong show, JAFO.
 
2013-03-19 10:46:24 AM  
i126.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-19 10:46:50 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Mikey1969: Shadow Blasko: Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.

Well... I heard someone tried.. but I refused to believe it.

Yeah, they farked it up... I tried to watch it, but they went overboard with the magical shiat KITT could do, and they just put the word 'nano' infront of everything to explain it. I think I made it through the full pilot...

This is the magical car, from the 80s, that you are looking for.
[www.chud.com image 480x320]
Yeee haaaawwwww


No magical exlanation there. It just FLEW... :-)
 
2013-03-19 11:25:42 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Mikey1969: Shadow Blasko: Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.

Well... I heard someone tried.. but I refused to believe it.

Yeah, they farked it up... I tried to watch it, but they went overboard with the magical shiat KITT could do, and they just put the word 'nano' infront of everything to explain it. I think I made it through the full pilot...

This is the magical car, from the 80s, that you are looking for.
[www.chud.com image 480x320]
Yeee haaaawwwww


I still say they should reboot the Dukes of Hazard as a vampire hunters. Set it in the future with a couple of good old boys fighting the Vampire Duke of Hazard in their ancient gas powered car and exploding arrows.
 
2013-03-19 11:33:10 AM  

Mikey1969: If they tried to redo Land of the Lost, they'd just fark it all to Hell. Part of its charm is its cheesiness.


Um.......  I hate to tell you.....
 
2013-03-19 11:49:14 AM  

Great Porn Dragon: Dragonflew: Anyone remember The Phoenix? Or to get really obscure, did anyone see the pilot for Wishman?

...ohgod, I thought I was the only person who remembered the pilot for Wishman (I don't think it ever really went BEYOND the pilot, but I do remember it) :D


FINALLY.  Someone else who remembers Wishman. It was 1983, I was 13, and I think the pilot only aired once. You're right, it never went beyond the pilot. I just noticed that Linda Hamilton was in it.
 
2013-03-19 11:51:44 AM  

Slaves2Darkness: StoPPeRmobile: Mikey1969: Shadow Blasko: Ishkur: I'm surprised no one's tried to revive the "80s super futuristic intelligent vehicle" genre. Airwolf, Street Hawk, Automan, Knight Rider.... it was a great time to believe in artificial intelligence.

Well... I heard someone tried.. but I refused to believe it.

Yeah, they farked it up... I tried to watch it, but they went overboard with the magical shiat KITT could do, and they just put the word 'nano' infront of everything to explain it. I think I made it through the full pilot...

This is the magical car, from the 80s, that you are looking for.
[www.chud.com image 480x320]
Yeee haaaawwwww

I still say they should reboot the Dukes of Hazard as a vampire hunters. Set it in the future with a couple of good old boys fighting the Vampire Duke of Hazard in their ancient gas powered car and exploding arrows.




I started reading that and thought, motherfarker better have some exploding... and there it was.
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-19 11:53:35 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: Mikey1969: If they tried to redo Land of the Lost, they'd just fark it all to Hell. Part of its charm is its cheesiness.

Um.......  I hate to tell you.....


Hell, that was merely a blip on the radar. I noticed it didn't last very long. I don't think I remember it, but now that you pointed it out, I can't be sure. If I watched it, it would have only been for a few minutes out of curiosity.
 
2013-03-19 12:06:32 PM  
www.dvdtalk.com

Too bad we can't revive these pairs.......I mean pair
 
2013-03-19 12:13:26 PM  
I can already hear the sci-fi fans furiously fapping.
 
2013-03-19 12:40:15 PM  
Loved Sven-Ole Thorrson (sp?) as Tank
 
2013-03-19 12:55:31 PM  

Dragonflew: Anyone remember The Phoenix? Or to get really obscure, did anyone see the pilot for Wishman?


I remember that. It starred the guy from Wrath of Khan.
 
2013-03-19 01:03:23 PM  

Dragonflew: Nuclear Monk: Hmmm...there was one about a family that travelled to an alternate universe after going into a pyramid that I always liked.  Can't remember what it was called though.

Otherworld?


Yup..that'd be the one!
 
2013-03-19 01:14:43 PM  
Had to get this far in before Jessica Steen pics?

i2.listal.com
 
2013-03-19 02:10:32 PM  
fark yeah Captain Power
 
2013-03-19 04:20:20 PM  
FYI, Captain Power is available for live streaming (legally, too!) on Midnight Pulp, which is available on the Roku box.
 
2013-03-19 04:24:36 PM  

adm_crunch: Either that or Misfits of Science.


Awesome show.
 
2013-03-19 05:17:59 PM  

Falcon Hunter: Had to get this far in before Jessica Steen pics?

[i2.listal.com image 421x611]


I remember the episode where she died, and I was like "WUT?" when I was a kid.

And then I just watched Robotech instead, way more soap-opera-y.
 
2013-03-19 05:35:45 PM  

Dragonflew: Anyone remember The Phoenix?


Oh yes.  Would love to see that again.
 
2013-03-19 05:50:13 PM  
Let's go back even further:

Savage 1
My Mother The Car
The Second Hundred Years
 
2013-03-19 06:54:22 PM  

sullikr: Let's go back even further:

Savage 1
My Mother The Car
The Second Hundred Years




20 years plus of war for the America.
Go U.S.A.
 
2013-03-19 07:53:55 PM  

Complicit: Dragonflew: Anyone remember The Phoenix?

Oh yes.  Would love to see that again.


First show I thought of when I saw the headline.
 
2013-03-19 09:20:20 PM  
PWEEOW! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH!
www.clownantics.com
PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH! PWEEOH!
 
2013-03-19 09:21:55 PM  

antron: No love for:

[i46.tinypic.com image 400x565]


Nor ever there should be. That show was a disappointing p,o.s.
 
2013-03-19 09:23:26 PM  
All this way down the thread and no one but me remembers Starman: the tv series?

i276.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-19 09:28:09 PM  

TV's Vinnie: All this way down the thread and no one but me remembers Starman: the tv series?

[i276.photobucket.com image 265x320]


"What a pisser."
 
2013-03-19 09:47:56 PM  
Long forgotten MY ASS!

Captain Power farking ruled.
 
2013-03-20 01:19:51 AM  
www.dvdizzy.com

One of the better plot devices of 80s TV. Too bad the show only lasted a season.
 
2013-03-20 01:32:27 AM  

frestcrallen: [www.dvdizzy.com image 300x225]

One of the better plot devices of 80s TV. Too bad the show only lasted a season.



Oh, man, I loved that show as a geeky 12-year-old.

/the faint stirrings in my loins for Phineas Bogg were kinda nice, too
//my son's name is now Phineas
 
2013-03-20 03:46:26 AM  

frestcrallen: [www.dvdizzy.com image 300x225]

One of the better plot devices of 80s TV. Too bad the show only lasted a season.


That, and the lead actor accidentally blew his bits of his skull into his brain with a prop gun and died a few years later. I was surprised to find out that the kid actor on the show was the half-brother of the girl that played Punky Brewster.
 
2013-03-20 04:02:50 PM  

frestcrallen: [www.dvdizzy.com image 300x225]

One of the better plot devices of 80s TV. Too bad the show only lasted a season.


it was cheesy as all hell but one of the better non-who time travel shows.

The other show I would l would like to see get another crack is

Otherworld.
 
2013-03-20 09:44:17 PM  

onzmadi: frestcrallen: [www.dvdizzy.com image 300x225]

Otherworld.


I was just thinking that.
 
2013-03-21 12:39:43 PM  

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: FuryOfFirestorm: For a show designed to sell toys, Captain Power was well written, ahead of it's time and dealt with mature themes such as war, death and free will. The only reason it didn't last very long is because "super early time slot + expensive production costs + low toy sales = cancellation". JMS had half of the second season all planned out before it was canned, so hopefully we'll get to see the material from his unused scripts in the reboot.

Agreed. As much as I remember of it, having been like 8 at the time, the actual plots of the episodes were pretty good; certainly way better than Power Rangers or any of the crap that was on in the 90s.  The series ended with their base being invaded, and one of the pilots, cornered and injured sacrificing herself to activate the self-destruct after everyone else had escaped. The action bits where you were supposed to use the toy were of course pretty simplistic, but looked a lot better than most video games we had at the time, even if they were short and never changed.    I had two or three of the VHS tapes and I got to the point of doing perfect runs without even trying.

   As I recall the toy/game was pretty simple, like most 80s electronic toys; it worked sort of like duck hunt or any other "light gun" game.  The toy started with 5 "power points" and everytime you show a target on screen, you gained a point and any time the toy detected a hit you lost 1 (or maybe more).  The problem was it topped out at like 25 points and then you'd have to reset it, which could happen several times per action sequence once you got good at it.

  I think it would be a tricky show to modernize now though.  Any interactive toy would have to be pretty advanced to please kids of today, and probably too expensive to sell much as a result.  I actually think its the sort of thing that could work as episodic content on systems like WiiU or XBox 360, but it would probably cost too much per episode to produce and sell that way unless they ...


They tried something similar with the first season or so of WB's The Batman, using a technique called "Video Encoded Invisible Light" or V.E.I.L.  It would activate a kid's "BatWave" toys at certain points in the show.  But, it reminded some of Capt. Power, and the mistaken impression that you had to have the toys to make sense of the show from back then.
 
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