DVD Review: Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad Volume 1 (TV Series)

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has a long legacy and is extremely popular. Many pretenders to the Rangers throne were born in the 90s. They are slowly being released on DVD (though sadly, not Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight as of yet). VR Troopers and Big Bad Beetleborgs (which I still find creepy to this very day because of the vampire pedophile dude with the Jay Leno chin)are both available on DVD. Can the awful Masked Rider be far behind? Masked Rider featured a multi-racial family of non-actors and some of the cheapest fight scenes ever pulled from the vault. Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad is an interesting case. A mix of hipster “comedy” out of Saved by the Bell (more New Class, than original vintage) and fight scenes that remind me of Ultraman. The series has bad acting, sloppy plotting, and cheesy effects but it also has some merits. After watching some episodes, I went into a surreal realm where this actually became sort of entertaining. I liked following the adventures of Sam (a bland Matthew Lawrence) and his hipster crew as they attempt to save the “digital world” from the Darth Vader rip-off Kilokahn and his human goth assistant Malcolm Frink. None of this makes a lick of sense, but I admit I was entertained by it.

Sam Collins (Matthew Lawrence) leads a bland crew of friends as they attempt to create a garage band and save the planet from the evil alien overlord Kilokahn. Kilokahn is aided by a Goth teen baddie named Malcolm. It’s up to the villains to carry the show as the heroes are bland, noble types. Kilokahn is voiced by the great Tim Curry, who seems to be having a blast. This is probably due to the fact that he doesn’t appear on screen at all and his just voicing the action. Actor Glen Beaudin is a hoot as Malcolm. He delivers his sinister lines with glee. While the Emo is about as menacing as a Care Bear, he’s consistently a fun character.

Superhuman DVD Review: Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad Volume 1 (TV Series)

Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad is better than I remember. It’s not great but for 10 bucks, 28 episodes are certainly worth a purchase. The video quality is decent for a 90s series as well. After being beaten into submission by bad acting and effects, you kind of throw your hands up and you start to actually enjoy the series and I recommend this set to fans and newbies alike.

Grade: B

I recommend getting the series direct from Mill Creek. They have it on sale for a super-low price and it will encourage them to put the rest of the episodes out on DVD.



Mill Creek has the DVD set on sale for only 7.78.
If you create an account on the site, it’s even cheaper, so order your copy now.

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