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Old October 16 2012, 04:06 PM   #31
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Re: "Captain Power" to return as "Phoenix Rising"

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I remember two things from this show. Jessica Steen was in it before she became a real actress on Earth 2 and 2) One of the toy jets from this show wound up in Star Trek Generations.
Okay, Earth 2. I remember two things about that show: 1) I hated it. 2) Deborah Farentino . That pretty much explains why I didn't remember Jessica Steen in it.
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Old October 16 2012, 04:12 PM   #32
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No one "came close to saving Enterprise;" both the studio and the network knew that season four was the final year when it was renewed. The ratings continued to decline, and just because some trekkies liked the fourth year better doesn't mean that there was ever any real hope.
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Old October 16 2012, 04:25 PM   #33
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No one "came close to saving Enterprise;" both the studio and the network knew that season four was the final year when it was renewed. The ratings continued to decline, and just because some trekkies liked the fourth year better doesn't mean that there was ever any real hope.
I never bought into the the Reeves-Stevens "Saviors" myth. I despised the fourth season of ENT and to this day can't figure why so many people thought they and Manny Coto were such hot shit.
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Old October 17 2012, 02:02 AM   #34
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So I watched a few episodes of the series to refresh my memory of it, its a nice mix of the serious and has a sense of humor too.

One of the biggest questions I had of the series is what do these power suits do to make them a game changer for the humans? I really see nothing that makes them any better than the biodreads or other robots. The power source routinely runs out and the suits disappear. They appear out of nowhere with no explanation. They seem to help with protection but dont seem any better against energy weapons than Kevlar against a rifle. The weapons they use are simple pistols and rifles, there doesn't seem to be any difference with outher human or robot weapons. Nantotech would explain both how the suits appear and why they may be a match for the robots. I'd like to see the weapons integrated into the suit.

I'd also like to see some of the names changed to less obvious/silly ones...Volcania for the Dread base(shaped like a volcano of course) for example.
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Old October 19 2012, 04:32 AM   #35
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I enjoyed the show as a kid, but some elements haven't aged well. Still, the core concept itself is a compelling one and I could see it being turned into a very dark "Terminator-esque" show, but actually set in the "Future Wars" style era.
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Old October 21 2012, 10:27 AM   #36
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My DVD set arrived a few days ago. It's got four disks and a booklet. I notced that the booklet's back cover art has the team in power suits that are different from what was on the show, and Corporal "Pilot" Chase isn't there. Instead we have someone in a diver power suit.



It's supposed to be Colonel "Stingray" Johnson. The character was cut from the show, but he still got an action figure.

I also sampled a bit of two episodes just to see how it looked. The picture quality isn't the best and it couldn't be made sharper with upscaling. I'm still glad I have the set though. I look forward to watching it and going through the extras. By the way, the bit I watched was a scene with David James Elliott in Captain Power's armor.
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Old October 21 2012, 05:07 PM   #37
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All I ask is that they make it less nihilistic than Battlestar Galactica...serious yes, ideas yes, but I don't want it to turn into dysfunctional "family" navel gazing.

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Old October 21 2012, 08:45 PM   #38
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My DVD set arrived a few days ago. It's got four disks and a booklet. I notced that the booklet's back cover art has the team in power suits that are different from what was on the show, and Corporal "Pilot" Chase isn't there. Instead we have someone in a diver power suit.



It's supposed to be Colonel "Stingray" Johnson. The character was cut from the show, but he still got an action figure.
That artwork, IIRC, was from a comic book followup after the series was cancelled.
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Old October 21 2012, 10:55 PM   #39
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^ I had the first issue of the comic and the suit designs looked like they did on the show. See the cover here. I thought that maybe the pic above was part of some early concept art.
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Old October 22 2012, 04:22 PM   #40
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No one "came close to saving Enterprise;" both the studio and the network knew that season four was the final year when it was renewed. The ratings continued to decline, and just because some trekkies liked the fourth year better doesn't mean that there was ever any real hope.
Factually inaccurate.

Not only did various production people continue to have hopes of a S5 pickup, by their own statements made at the time, they were in active pre-development for S5 including breaking the major "history" points they wanted to include (first starbase, etc) as well as active story development on some "special" eps (the Kzinti story).

BTW, I will be getting back to RAMA's transhumanist nonsense at some point soon.
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Old October 22 2012, 05:37 PM   #41
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No one "came close to saving Enterprise;" both the studio and the network knew that season four was the final year when it was renewed. The ratings continued to decline, and just because some trekkies liked the fourth year better doesn't mean that there was ever any real hope.
Factually inaccurate.

Not only did various production people continue to have hopes of a S5 pickup, by their own statements made at the time, they were in active pre-development for S5 including breaking the major "history" points they wanted to include (first starbase, etc) as well as active story development on some "special" eps (the Kzinti story).
You're out of your element, Donny. Every TV show plans ahead for next season, regardless if they know they're cancelled or not.
It isn't at all unusual that the seeds of future stories might already be on the minds of the writers before season four wrapped.

Lastly, I spent just under a year working with three of the writers from Enterprise on a former job. On the occasions that the subject of Star Trek came up (because that's what they always called it when discussing it), the writing, as it were, was very clearly on the wall and they knew it.
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Old February 27 2013, 03:40 AM   #42
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https://twitter.com/ReevesStevens/st...629248/photo/1

JG Reeves Stevens posted some sneaky, unclear images from the concept art for the series!
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Old February 27 2013, 01:57 PM   #43
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This was epic when I was a kid! I loved this show. Just ordered the dvd. I had no clue it had been released and was spending off-hours here and there tracking down the series on the original VHS (super difficult and expensive even with the interwebs). Shooting the TV with my Phantom Stryker (stolen by Captain Power, natch) was so much fun. I wore out several of the anime-like Mission videos I used them so much over the years. I'm very glad someone is attempting a resurrection at last.

Jessica Steen rocking the metal chest and with those crazy eyes of hers PLUS Ah-nold's trainer/go to henchman from Conan and so many other flicks with the Aliens-esque Smart Gun! Ah, to be a kid again.

I wonder if my Stryker can still register hits on the DVD version...
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Old February 27 2013, 04:45 PM   #44
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I'm guessing the big, evil looking fellow in the lower pictures (of the two pictures in the far end of that room) is supposed to be Blaster? It reminds me of him.
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