It's somewhat difficult to imagine the massive influence this show had on its audience, a crew new to television and hungry for adventure of a scientific kind. The long defunct Dumont Television Network was the home to Captain Video and his Video Rangers, a live weekday show targeted to kids. There are only a handful of episodes extanct these days and frankly watching them now it's clear that seeing a huge number would grow tiresome. They were like candy, wonderful in the moment, sweet and satisfying, but taken in too large an amount dreadful and likely cause trouble.
|Al Hodge takes aim with Don Hastings at his side.|
|Richard Coogan in command.|
To get a look at some of the fragments left from those long ago shows look below.
For another way to watch these episodes follow this link.
Captain Video was a phenomenon, not alone but with the virtue of being the first such adventure character developed just for the new invader of the home, the TV.
For all the touting of bogus and fictional technology which makes the show tick, it's the intimate nature of this very real technology of television which most explains the success of Captain Video and the Video Rangers.
More on Captain Video next week as the Dojo takes a close look at the movie serial.