Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad is perhaps one of the campiest of the shows from the 90s wave of shows adapted from Japan’s super-powered kids’ shows. The show only lasted one season from September 12, 1994 – April 11, 1995; right at the internet’s infancy. That is evident through the fight sequences that take place inside the digital world. The sets are just as campy as the writing and acting. But for anyone that grew up during the early 90’s, that campy vibe was something great in that era. So now that Mill Creek Entertainment has re-issued the first half of the show’s only season, fans of this classic kids’ action series can re-live their childhood while introducing their own kids to part of their own childhood at the same time.
While this competitor to Saban’s hugely popular Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers only lasted a single season, it had some similarities to the aforementioned show, it can at least be said of this cross between Ultraman and MMPR that had some originality. For starters, Sam and his friends were more believable and relatable to younger viewers at the time. That’s because they looked and acted more like average teens, unlike the cast of MMPR. Also, rather than facing off against interstellar baddies, Sam (played by a then very young Matthew Lawrence) and his friends have to go into the digital world to face off against Kilokahn and the viruses created by his human helper, Malcolm Frank. Many of the battles fought by Sam and his friends are the result of Malcolm’s hatred for Sam. Malcolm’s intentions are largely as a competitor for the affections of a young lady. Kilokahn’s intentions are the standard world domination schemes. So both having evil intentions, it only made sense for the pair to team up and do so much damage to the digital world, and in turn, the real world.
The acting of the show’s cast and the show’s storylines are campy to say the least. But they’re not as over the top as those in certain other Japanese imports, either. The same can be said of the show’s sets and special effects, too. The show’s sets and special effects are just as campy as the acting and writing. But just as the campy acting and writing make this a guilty pleasure for any viewer that grew up with this show, so are the sets and special effects. Together with the acting and writing, and even the relatable teen challenges tied into each episode, this re-issue of Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad Season 1 Volume 1 a great addition to the library of any child of the 90s.
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