Well, Vday has passed and I am happy to say that I am still single! Wait....scratch that. Not happy! But I will tell you what does make me happy though. And that is the Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad dvd that comes out tomorrow. I has the first 28 episodes (which is half the series). Come on, who did not watch this when they were little. I mean yeah it had a Lawrence Brother but you can't hold that against the show. It had Tim Freaking Curry as the villain! Well.............his voice that is. It was certainly one of the better Americanized shows that Saban did in the Power Ranger's wake. Way better than Big Bad Beetle Borgs, VR Troopers, and bah....their Masked Rider version.
For those of you who are not that well versed in the nerd hero world as I, Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad was based upon a Tsuburaya show called "Gridman"
. Yep, the same people that did Ultraman, did this show. It did alright for such a far out venture. Almost had a sequel series which would have been called "Gridman Sigma"
. The Americanized show actually follows pretty closely what the Japanese version did...........somewhat. Call it the "Saved by the Bell" formula that kinda messed it up a bit. In order to make it slightly relatable, they made the hero a kid in high-school. And the villain would be the class emo if you would. All in all it is not bad. The acting is pretty bad. Bout as bad as shows like Saved by the Bell, and California Dreams were in those 90's days. The real draw though was the Tron like cyber cities that the monsters would destroy. Oh...didn't I tell you. The monsters are actually computer virus'. Yeah, no city stomping kaijus here. Instead we get to see what it looks like inside the computer. (Obviously with a lot of imagination and embellishment). The virus monsters destroy grids and power supplies, which in turn cause all sorts of havoc in the real world. Nuclear reactors being sent into meltdown, whole cities losing their lights. Heck, even the school's heater is kicked up to full blast and threatens to bake the kids alive. It's all silly I know, but I guess that is the charm about it.
It was the 90's. When you talked about computers, you were automatically a nerd. It was fancy crap that no one wanted to listen to basically. It was as if you were in your own little world. Which is a great allegory for the show. You can see there is something buried beneath the wires and circuits. That life and adventure lie just beyond the human eye. Perhaps I am reading too much into it. Maybe I am just over analyzing something that should only be taken at it's face value. That being....a somewhat entertaining show with idea's of friendship and good overcoming evil at all costs.
I think I have rambled on enough, but I encourage everyone to pick up the dvd if you are at all interesting in the show. Especially for just freaking 10 bucks. I mean come on you can not beat that! Below is the link. Have fun! [link]