Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

Season 1 Episode 24

Retribution (2)

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Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Mar 27, 1988 on
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Retribution (2)
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Dread lures the team into an ambush, and launches an attack on the base with only Pilot left to defend it. Series Finale

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  • They haven't lost Pilot only...

    9.9
    I really love this episode, although it's the sadest one ever... It meant, more than Pilot's death, Jessica Steen leaving the show. She did it for some reasons I find justified(violence, and the fact that Mattel used the program to sell toys and I think it's a good thing Captain Power has been cancelled simply because this show, without Jessica Steen, would be really miserable. After watching a few episodes you realize that she's the only one acting, which means actually that she IS Jennifer "Pilot" Chase, that if you hear of her or see her anywhere else, you'll think "Pilot" before even thinking "Jessica Steen". As for the scene when Pilot dies, it's the best scene ever in Captain Power because we can feel her sensations, we can see she's afraid of death, pain, but she really wants to do it to keep the Power Base's informations out of Dread's hands. However, when she finally tells Jon she loves him, his face should have been shown longer, his immediate reaction would have been very interesting. To continue about Jessica's performance in this scene, she really made me believe that SHE and not Pilot was hurt, because pain could be read on her face, and when she tells Joh she's broken from inside, we see she really means that, she really is. Finally, I think the pain of never seeing Jon anymore, additioned to the fear of dying, and the desire of revenge, the desire to destroy Lord Dread made her bounce when the Blastarr told her to surrender and push the destruction button. However, it would have been interesting, here too, to see the look on her face before the base explodes, instead of hearing her shouting "Go to hell" without even seeing her face...



    Finally, her memory at the end of the episode was really good (it's a good thing they did it!), and for me, I love the part when she asks Jon about Athena : "Just friends?". A glimpse of jealousy and deception can be read on her face. They didn't just loose Pilot, they lost Jessica Steen. And that's the saddest part of it.moreless
Jessica Steen

Jessica Steen

Corporal Jennifer 'Pilot' Chase

Tim Dunigan

Tim Dunigan

Captain Jonathan Power

Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

Dr Stuart Power

Maurice Dean Wint

Maurice Dean Wint

Sgt. Robert 'Scout' Baker

Peter MacNeill

Peter MacNeill

Major Matthew 'Hawk' Masterson

Sven-Ole Thorsen

Sven-Ole Thorsen

Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis

Paul Humphrey

Paul Humphrey

Locke

Guest Star

Todd Waite

Todd Waite

Overunit Gerber

Guest Star

Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn

Overunit

Guest Star

Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

Mentor

Recurring Role

John Davies (IV)

John Davies (IV)

Voice of Blastarr

Recurring Role

Tedd Dillon

Tedd Dillon

Voice of Overmind

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Locke: (after Tank sneaks up behind him and taps his shoulder) Geez, man, don't do that! How does a big guy like you move so quiet, anyways?
      Tank: Practice.

    • Lord Dread: (addressing his human followers) Our finest hour is upon us. From this moment, all air, ground and strategic forces are operating under my direct supervision. For the first time we have the chance to smash our opposition once and for all. And we shall take it! And so, I call you to battle, I summon you to greatness in the name of the Machine, for the sake of the world that is to come, for glory and for honor!

    • Captain Power: I'm glad you're here with us. Sometimes I think I don't tell you that enough. How much you're needed, how much you're appreciated.
      Pilot: I couldn't have done it without you. You and the rest, you're my family. Jon, I've wanted to tell you something for such a long time...
      Scout: (speaking over the com unit) Captain? Scout here. You said I should remind you when it was time to head out. Well, it's time.
      Captain Power: We're on our way. (to Pilot) You were saying?
      Pilot: Later. It can wait.

    • Captain Power: (before he sends Pilot back to Base alone) One more thing. When we get back to the Base I'd very much like to finish our conversation. I think we have a lot to talk about.
      Pilot: Right.

    • Blastarr: Surrender, by order of Lord Dread.
      Pilot: (pushing the destruct button for the Power Base) Go to hell.

    • Captain Power: Jennifer, hold on! Hold on, we're going to come. Pilot: No! Stay clear! The auto destruct is no good. I have to blow... I have to blow the power... power source. It's the only way.
      Captain Power: (interrupting) We're on our way to get you, right now. There's another way to do it!
      Pilot: It's too late! I'm all broken up inside... stay clear! I'm sorry we never got to finish our talk.
      Captain Power: Jennifer, don't.
      Pilot: I love you, Jon... so much. Goodbye. You think of me sometimes. (seeing Blastarr, and knowing this is it) Goodbye!

  • NOTES (6)

    • A post on Usenet by Straczynski sheds some personal insight into just how and why this episode is so effective emotionally:

      "I've never talked about this before -- said I was in a thoughtful mood --
      but I've known several people, friends, who've taken their own lives. In one
      case, I spoke to her just beforehand. Tried, through the phone lines, to
      reach her one more time, pull her back from the edge. I couldn't. Years
      pass. Time comes for me to write the last filmed episode of Power. Jennifer
      Chase is going to die, partly of her injuries, partly of her own volition.
      Part of my life went into that scene, in the way it was constructed, and what
      was said. And what was not said, what never had the chance to be said, and
      thus still burns. I knew that, at the crucial moment of that scene, he
      couldn't be near her, as I wasn't near my friend... it had to be long-distance,
      hearing but not seeing her, and the terrible pain of arriving too late. I cannot watch that episode without crying. Ever."

    • Some other known story elements that would have followed on from "Retribution" into Season 2:

      the addition of a new Bio-Dread, Xenon, who was basically a living, robot nuclear reactor, as well as a new type of robot, the Hunter-Seekers: basically, gigantic energy spheres. Other characters to be introduced:

      in a two parter called "Vendetta", Chris O'Connor, who would join the Power Team as Ranger. She would also be a love interest for Tank.

      "Andy Jackson" from the first season episode, "The Intruder", was to return and reveal his name as Chip Morrow. After receiving the other of the two remaining extra Power Suits, Chip would join the team as TNT. He would be attracted to Ranger, but she wouldn't be interested, leading to scorching banter between the two.

      Dread starts up a new plan after the failure of the New Order phases, Project: Rebirth, to perfect the human to machine digitization process. Doctor Severius, a scientist creating mutant humans, is working for Dread, for some reason. He's basically a Dr. Moreau character working with humans and animals.

      One final new character is introduced: Morganna II, a strange new Bio-Dread who is not entirely a Bio-Dread... let's just say that Project: Rebirth has something to do with it: an experiment to restore a human mind into a robot body. Whose mind? Well, remember how we were introduced to Captain Power's father- ever questioned what happened to his mother?

    • There is a sequence near the end where the Overmind tells Dread the cryogenic freezing chambers are ready for his body, so that his mind can be transferred into a new completely mechanical one. This was to have been Dread's new body for the series starting in "The Archers", the first new story arc for Season 2. Only his human mind would have remained in an entirely new robot body.

    • The tele-movie has a slightly extended version of the scene where Locke punches out the Overunit after it was revealed he had lied to Captain Power.

    • The entire series is unintentionally left open ended. Scripts had been written for Season 2, and, in fact, basic story arc ideas for an entire 4 year show had already been set into motion. After disappointing toy sales, Mattel pulled funding for the series. Without its major producer, Landmark could not find anyone else to help pay the near million dollars an episode budget. Despite high ratings, the series was cancelled.

    • The tele-movie made of Captain Power, cobbled together from "Retribution", "A Summoning Of Thunder", and other episodes, features a slightly extended ending sequence to this episode. Brief snippets of dialog exchange between Jon and Matt tell of what the Power Team will do next after the destruction of the Power Base. He says they will regroup back at The Passages and plan further from there.

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