V.R. Troopers

Season 1 Episode 1

The Battle Begins (1)

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Aired Unknown Sep 03, 1994 on
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Ryan Steele is a Karate teacher at Tao Dojo. JB Reese is a computer expert, and his best friend. Kaitlin Star is a photographer for the Underground Voice Daily. The three live in Cross World City, an average town in California, undergoing continual urban growth, thanks to the mechanizations of billionaire industrialist Karl Ziktor. Little do any of them realize, that he's actually a monarch from Virtual Reality named Grimlord, bent on invading our dimension and controlling the world! Luckily, Prof. Horatio Hart, partner of Ryan's long-missing father, recruits the three friends to become VR Troopers, armored guardians with the power to keep Grimlord's forces from breaching the reality barrier. But will the team's first battle, of VR Ryan against Decimator, and VR Kaitlin & JB versus Kongbot, be their last?moreless

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  • The episode that started it all.

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    One thing I think almost every VR Trooper fan can admit to liking is the multipart episodes especially how it all started on one. In a nutshell after a failed attempt from young martial artists Ryan Steele, and J.B. Reese, and their reporter friend Kaitlin Star to save a local land mark from sleazy industrialis Karl Ziktor they recieve a message from a man calling himself Proffesor Heart who claims he has a message from Ryan's missing father who dissapeared ten years earlier, and ask that they come to his lab outside town.



    Unbeknowest to them Ziktor is in reality Grimlord an evil alien overlord who commands an army of mutant robot super soldiers which he sends on Ryan and his friends when they try to get to Proffesor Heart's lab.



    Luckily however they make it, and find out that Proffesor Heart is virtual image who then gives them some visors that show a virtual image from Ryan's father explaing that Grimlord, and his mutants are from virtual reality, and plan to cross over to our world and conquer it. In order to fight Grimlord and his minions Ryan's father, and the Professor have created armor and weapons with virtual reality that they want Ryan and his friends to use.



    I'm a big VR Troopers fan, and I Like how they started it with a two parter ,and how both episodes introduce things we know and love (or either tolerate, or outright hate.



    It was great seeing how the whole saga began, and part two just keeps it up. Personally I like Watching multi parters of this show all at once because in that way it's almost like a mini movie.moreless
Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Kaitlin Star

Brad Hawkins

Brad Hawkins

Ryan Steele

Gardner Baldwin

Gardner Baldwin

Karl Ziktor, Grimlord (voice)

Julian Combs

Julian Combs

Professor Horatio Hart

Michael Bacon

Michael Bacon

J.B. Reese

Michael Sorich

Michael Sorich

Woody Stocker

Tom Wyner

Tom Wyner

Kongbot (voice)

Guest Star

Michael Sorich

Michael Sorich

Zelton (voice)/Decimator (voice)/Tankatron (voice)

Recurring Role

Dave Mallow

Dave Mallow

Air Stryker (voice)/Toxoid (voice)

Recurring Role

Mike Reynolds

Mike Reynolds

Blue Boar (voice)/General Ivar (voice)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (6)

    • Kaitlin's car is a Mazda 323 3 Door hatchback.

    • Ryan, Kaitlin, and JB are given Transformation Virtualizers to take on their armored forms (which is done by giving the command, "Trooper Transform!" and usually followed by "We ARE V.R.!"). Though never stated on the show (referred to in scripts and press releases), when in armored form, the Troopers are referred to by their normal names with "VR" added before it.

    • VR JB's weapon, the Laser Lance, is introduced (summoned by shouting, "Laser Lance Command, Now!").

    • A quick shot of the creature known as Dark Heart appears when the teens are briefed on Grimlord's armies through their VR Visors. He'll appear next in "The Dognapping", and his true identity will be revealed in the "Defending Dark Heart" mini-series.

    • The Troopers never become aware that Karl Ziktor is actually Grimlord throughout the entire series run, despite his knowing their identities from the start.

    • Jason David Frank was originally cast in the role of Ryan Steele (then known as Adam Steele), when the show was to be titled Cybertron. However, due to the massive campaign to bring his character of Tommy back to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, the pilot was scrapped, recasted, and renamed (due to a copyright issue with Hasbro).

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