13 November 2019 | deabigt
This was made in 1990?
Unlike most of the reviews here I did not remember this show though it was definitely the kind of thing I would have watched then and now. I bought it as part of a DVD set of 6 classic SciFi shows. Having just watched The Powers of Matthew Star (1982-1983) I was expecting a bit more from this one, it being newer, but the visuals were so bad it felt like a jump backwards in time. Automan made in 1983 has better graphics and effects. Much less Max Headroom (1987-1988) For example the "AI" in this show is not even 8 bit graphics level and would not be recognizable as a face if they did not tell you it was. Even the movie, the series was based on, is so cheap they used an Apollo command module model painted gold as a Mars craft and the super suit looks like it is mainly made from football pads. I guess they spent all the budget on the bike since it appears to be the one prop they spent time on. The video quality was the worst of the set. I've seen low speed VCR recordings the looked better. Could have been a bad transfer but a few screens did look almost as as clear as the The Immortal (1969-1971) also in the set. The plots seemed as bad as the visuals. The chessey The Powers of Matthew Star was more believable. In short I'm amazed they made a series after the movie much less that it made it to 48 episodes. Especially given the other shows out around that time that I loved like:
Alien Nation (1989-1990)
Quantum Leap (1989-1993)
Something Is Out There (I) (1988-1989)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
I could not even make it through all of the Super Force episodes.
Note the fact that the show takes place in 2020 does add some humor to it with 2020 just a few couple away.