US tv series (1990-1992). Premiere/Viacom Enterprises. Syndicated. Created by James J McNamara. Produced by Michael Attanasio, Roderick Taylor. Directors included Sidney Hayers, Tom DeSimone, Russ Mayberry. Writers included Jeffrey Mandel, Bruce A Taylor, Janis Hendler. Cast includes Patrick Macnee, Ken Olandt and Larry B Scott. One two-hour pilot film plus 44 30-minute episodes. Colour.
2020. Astronaut Zachary Stone (Olandt) returns from a successful Mars mission to his home City of Metroplex, to learn his policeman brother has been murdered. Dissatisfied with police progress towards finding the killers, Stone tries to locate them himself and is almost killed. Scientist F X Spinner (Scott) proposes that Stone should become a vigilante using a suit of Powered Armour developed by Spinner for Hungerford Industries – intended for the space programme but unused owing to cuts in funding. Stone eagerly accepts and is assisted in his adventures by Spinner, who often accompanies him on an advanced motorcycle equipped with various Weapons and other gadgetry. Although Super Force technically comprises both men, the term is usually applied to Stone alone, whose suit gives him several Superpowers. These include greatly enhanced strength, a Force Field with which he can surround himself, vision enhanced to a telescopic level by his helmet's eyepiece, and the ability to fire an energy beam from said eyepiece. E B Hungerford (Macnee), founder of Hungerford Industries, is himself murdered during the hunt for the killer of Zach's brother, providing another immediate case for the pair to solve. Mostly they face routine criminals, but more exotic problems include a Genetically Engineered assassin from the future, a journalist's experiments with Subliminal messages and an Alien zoologist planning to collect human school students for his world's Zoo. In the second season, Stone gains limited Psi Powers as a result of his near-death experience at the close of season one. Despite being killed off as Hungerford, Macnee continued to voice the Hungerford Computer (an AI emulation of Hungerford) for the duration of the series. [GSt]
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