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Masked Rider
Format Action-Adventure
Created by Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Starring T.J. Roberts
Rheannon J. Slover
Ashton McArn
Ken Ring
Jennifer Tung
Paul Pistore
Candace Kita
David Stenstrom
Libby Letlow
Don Yanan
Michi Yamato
Wendee Lee
Jason Narvy
Voices of Steve Kramer
Wendee Lee
Julie Maddalena
Michael McConnohie
Paul Pistore
Michael Sorich
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40
Production
Executive producer(s) Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Fox Kids
Original run September 16, 1995 – November 20, 1996

Masked Rider is an American adaptation of the Japanese television series Kamen Rider Black RX, the ninth in a line of series in the popular Kamen Rider Series franchise. It was produced by Saban and aired on FOX part of the Fox Kids program block from September 17, 1995 to August 31, 1996 and then in syndication from September 9, 1996 to September 1997.

The main title character of Masked Rider was featured on a 3-part Power Rangers episode, "A Friend in Need," one week before his own series debuted. The Rangers themselves were never mentioned in the Masked Rider television series, however, as Saban reformatted the series to sever links with Power Rangers, because the popularity of that series was declining at the time. The Rangers did, however, make a guest appearance in Masked Rider's short-lived comic book adaptation.

Like the early seasons of Power Rangers and VR Troopers, Masked Rider's battle and villain scenes were taken from Japanese stock footage – specifically Kamen Rider Black RX,(with a few exceptions, they'd occasionally have the american actors interact with the japanese villian footage like with the episode "Exit Nafaria,enter Barbaria", which seems to be filmed with american footage. Episodes also occasionally had Ferbus interact with Combat chopper and Magno (which were japanese stock props) but also the two Japanese Kamen Rider Movies ZO and J. Masked Rider garnered more backlash in the tokusatsu fanbase than either of the two above American series due to its heavily altered storyline and the poor editing of Japanese and American footage. (Some episodes even featured footage shots of the Japanese actor Kotaro Minami from Black RX.)

Contents

Story

The series began with the main character, Dex, escaping the Plague Patrol with a small group of Edenoites rebels, before leaving for Earth, the next target of his sinister uncle Count Dregon, who ruled Edenoi with an iron fist after displacing Dex's grandfather, King Lexian, who also gave Dex the Masked Rider powers (where the powers came from is a mystery, although apparently they have been in use for some time by Edenoi's champions). Arriving on Earth in a massive crater, Dex finds himself in the care of the Stewarts, a multiracial family consisting of a white father and daughter (named Hal and Molly respectively), an Asian wife (Barbara), and an African-American son (Albee). The addition of an extra Stewart was not noticed by anyone (although, according to Albee, he and Molly are adopted) in Leawood, the town where the series took place in. Dex defends the town as Masked Rider from Count Dregon and his vicious Insectovores.

Edenoi was mentioned in Power Rangers as the planet where Alpha 5 (and presumably the Alpha line of robots) was created, though not one single building or factory to be seen on the planet surface of Edenoi; it is largely assumed that Count Dregon's domination of the planet was absolute and rendered it a dying husk. Indeed, the original storyline saw Dex being dispatched to Earth by his grandfather as Edenoi was prepared to explode, ripping into an aspect of the Superman mythology. The scene in which Dex is given his powers by King Lexian (a scene which differs from the televised version) remains in the title sequence, possibly one of the few remaining aspects of the original pilot.

Dex's Masked Rider armor was also eventually given upgrades to change into "Masked Rider Super Gold," a gold-and-black variation equipped with a powerful laser rifle, the Ecto-Ray, and "Masked Rider Super Blue," a blue-and-grey variation with the power of liquified teleportation and a powerful saber, the Blue Saber.

Edenoites are descended from insects, not apes. Dex is not aware that humans did not evolve from bugs (as he discovered in an episode where he gives a report about how humans evolved from insects). Edenoites also possess telepathic abilities that are focused through a gem in the forehead, which can be hidden telepathically, though in times of stress can become visible. The gem is capable of focusing mental energy, as well as creating mental imagery that can be shared with others. Dex apparently possesses the knowledge needed to detoxify Leawood's rivers using solar-powered lasers.

Dex had a furry friend named Ferbus, a small bear/duck-like creature that followed him to Earth. Ferbus was kept hidden by Molly and Albee because Hal was allergic to fur. Ferbus is eventually revealed to the entire family during the course of the series.

Dex is a loquacious individual. In the first episode, Molly and Albee told him to speak like a regular person, and that he could learn how to do that by watching TV. Sadly, Dex misunderstood and spoke like a television show announcer.

Characters

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Main

  • Dex Stewart: The hero of the story. Dex originates from the fallen planet of Edenoi. On Edenoi, he is its prince and his grandfather is the king. In Edenoi's royal family, the powers of the Masked Rider are passed down from generation to generation. As the current Masked Rider, Dex is sent to Earth to stop his evil uncle, Count Dregon, from enslaving the Earthlings. He is adopted by the Stewarts and tries to interact with American culture. Dex has many capabilities that Earthlings don't have. He can materialize a crystal on his forehead to transmit his thoughts to others, use it to scan and x-ray, and sense nearby danger. Dex has superhuman strength, super-speed, and telekinetic abilities. While trying to blend in, he appears unusual to everyone else. In order to transform into Masked Rider, he shouts out the phrase, "Ectophase Activate!"
  • Ferbus
    Ferbus: Dex's pet and friend. Ferbus is a furry bipedal alien with a beak. He wants nothing more than to be at Dex's side. Ferbus has a big appetite and can get into some trouble at times, but fortunately, Dex manages to bail him out at the right moment. When Ferbus first arrived, Molly and Albee had to hide him due to Hal's allergies, but Hal is not allergic anymore around Ferbus; once he revealed himself, Ferbus was accepted as part of the family.
  • Hal Stewart: Dex's adoptive Earth father, a full-time handyman and part-time inventor. His personal workspace is filled with assorted junk and recycled parts. Hal often assembles a weird invention in his spare time which sometimes backfires. He has, however, invented very useful items with some help from Dex. One of his more successful creations is the alien detector alarm that goes off when Count Dregon or his agents come within the radius of the house. Hal was at one point allergic to animal fur, though he had seemingly developed a tolerance as he no longer sneezed around Ferbus.
  • Barbara Stewart: Dex's adoptive Earth mother. She works as a caterer and part-time as a homemaker. Barbara keeps on eye on the family's well-being and constantly has her husband stick to his diet. In one episode, Count Dregon banished Nefaria and brainwashed Barbara into his new commander, but her love for Dex broke the spell.
  • Molly Stewart: Dex's adoptive Earth sister. Molly always tries to steer Dex in the right direction and help him adjust to life on Earth. Since his arrival, they develop a strong sibling relationship. Dex, in turn, always supports Molly to the best of his ability. In one episode, Molly tried out for the cheerleading squad and made the cut, though her career as a high school cheerleader is never mentioned afterwards.
  • Albee Stewart: Dex's adoptive Earth brother. Albee looks up to Dex with enthusiasm as any little brother would. He tries to help Dex get accustomed to Earth by encouraging him to watch a great deal of television. Of course, Albee's help can sometimes lead to Dex acting strange in public. In one episode, he dreamt that he gained the Masked Rider's powers. In his dream, Count Dregon put Albee through a triple death match against three tough Insectivores, but Albee managed to destroy them all.

Villains

  • Count Dregon: The main antagonist of the series, and Dex's uncle, the son of King Lexian. Because of his place in the royal lineage, Dregon couldn't inherit the Masked Rider powers. He was banished for his evil deeds. Dregon is determined to have the powers even at the cost of destroying his own family and his home world. Dregon took advantage of Edenoi's peaceful way and enslaved everyone in full swoop. He wears a gold mask to hide scars he sustained in a duel with King Lexian. In the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode "A Friend in Need", it is said that Count Dregon was an old rival of Lord Zedd.
  • Nefaria: A human-looking female in black-and-red armor (possibly an Edenoite like Dex and Dregon). Nefaria uses the yellow feather on her helmet as a weapon or to write messages. She hardly goes into battle and is often seen on Earth giving commands. Nefaria has sometimes flirted with Dregon, but she's often ignored. Sometimes, Nefaria accompanies any monster in the Supernatural category. Her eyes regularly glow bright red, and she has an extremely sinister laugh.
  • Cyclopter: A blue robotic biker in a leather jacket, slack, and one red eye on his face. Cyclopter has faced Masked Rider in battle occasionally. He is armed with a laser gun and a powerful motorcycle named Cannon Wheels. His head can detach from his body to float around on its own (this implies that Cyclopter is probably a robot or cyborg). Sometimes, Cyclopter accompanies any monster in the Robot category.
  • Double Face: A tall man dressed in a blue-green naval coat and white tights. Double Face's distinct feature is that he has two faces: his primary face is the large red visor on his "helmet", and the tiny face on his forehead. He has gone to battle Dex personally with various type of swords and daggers. Sometimes, he accompanies any monster in the Man-Beast category.
  • Gork: A small, unusual creature that speaks in rhyme. Gork is constantly hopping about and annoying everyone else (especially Double Face) on the Spider Base. He is most cowardly and quick to ditch a battle before it's even over. Sometimes, he accompanies any monster in the Alien Lifeform category.
  • Fact: A small robot that gives out statistical data, calculations, and probabilities concerning a plan before Count Dregon makes any final decision.
  • Plague Sentry: The leader of the Plague Patrol that oversees the enslaved Edenoites. He first appeared in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode "A Friend in Need". His helmet has two long horns, and he rides a horse and is clearly immune to the toxic gas that the Edenoites are forced to excavate. He fits the category of Double Face's unit.
  • The Maggots: Tall, humanoid maggots that serve as grunts. They're not so bright, and hardly get the job done. Count Dregon makes reference, in one episode, that the Maggots belong to Nefaria when he commands her to "dispatch her Maggots." They can spew slime and shoot threads from their mouths. A Maggot was seen in Onyx Tavern from the Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy episode "Heir to the Throne"; before that time, a Maggot was also present among the Machine Empire's army and another one even helped in Zedd and Rita's army during "Countdown To Destruction".
  • Commandoids: An alternate set of grunts with hockey mask-like faces. They come in three colors: gray, brown, and black.
  • Plague Patrol
  • Cogwarts: A trio of toad-like mutants that were sent to assist Plague Sentry and his Plague Patrol in their battle against Masked Rider and the Power Rangers. The three of them were destroyed by Masked Rider in "A Friend in Need Part III".

Monsters

Supporting

  • King Lexian: Dex's grandfather. King Lexian bestowed the powers of the Masked Rider to Dex when he became far too old to carry on the responsibility. He still communicates with Dex from time to time, giving Dex guidance. King Lexian also built Alpha 5, who had been assisting Zordon years before Dex began his mission on Earth.
  • Magno: Masked Rider's talking car. Magno is a red car modeled after an ant-like bug. She is capable of driving at high speeds and digging underground.
  • Combat Chopper: Masked Rider's talking chopper. Chopper is a wisecracking motorbike modeled after a grasshopper. According to the episode Escape from Edenoi, he can go at a higher speed than that of Magno. With the help of Dex, Chopper can also change into two other variations depending of which color Masked Rider uses, Super Gold or Super Blue.
  • Patsy Carbunkle: Patsy is a spoiled brat that thinks the world should revolve around her. Patsy always lies to further enhance her reputation as the most popular girl. Patsy is condescending towards the Stewarts and thinks they're all weird, and often rivals with Molly. She does, however, have a soft spot for Dex and occasionally tries to flirt with him.
  • Herbie: Patsy's friend and unwitting partner in her schemes, Herbie is a stereotypical geek. Although he is friends with the brattiest girl in Leawood, he is still a nice, albeit cowardly, guy and a pretty experienced Dirtbiker. He and Patsy are considered to be this show's version of Bulk and Skull, or the exact predecessor to Devin and Cassidy.
  • Principal Henry Chalmers: The principal of Leawood High School. Chalmers is much like Principal Caplan and encourages teamwork and enforces discipline. He has an obsessive suspicion of Dex's unusual behavior. Although he means no harm, Chalmers constantly keeps his eyes on Dex, hoping to find answers.
  • Moon Dude: The owner of the arcade that Dex, Molly, and Albee frequently hang out at. His arcade has been host to several events and competitions that Dex and his siblings have participated in, such as a dance contest and a video game tournament. In one episode, Moon Dude employed Dex when Dex was looking for a job.
  • Masked Rider Warriors: Multiple Warriors from different planets who used the powers of the Masked Rider,were summoned through time to help Dex battle the super-monster Bruticon. Their varied appearances suggest the Masked Rider armor somehow changes with each user. Criticism of the Masked Rider Warriors episodes spawns from the fact that the names used for each rider were obviously meant for a different rider. Except for "Z Cross", each rider was given an inappropriate name, examples being Kamen Rider X being called V3, while the moniker of Masked Rider X went to Strongman (who obviously should have been named Stronger).
    • Warrior Leader: Wore a black bodysuit, green armor, silver gloves and boots, and a red scarf. This was Kamen Rider 1.
    • Warrior Commander: Had a green costume, a red helmet with green eyes, and a "V" on his Accelerator. This was Kamen Rider V3.
    • V3: Wore a gray suit with a large "X" on his chest. This was Kamen Rider X.
    • Riderman: Looked more a red/green lizard than grasshopper. This was Kamen Rider Amazon.
    • Masked Rider X: His helmet had large green eyes, and he wore red armor over into his gloves. His arsenal included a dimensional warp which he used to retreat the black bodysuit, and a big "S" on his chest (which is strange, considering his name). This was Kamen Rider Stronger.
    • Amazon: A green-and-brown Rider with the ability to fly (but was never seen flying onscreen). This was Skyrider.
    • Strongman: Wore a black-and-silver costume, and had special abilities built Warriors from battle. This was Kamen Rider Super-1.
    • Z-Cross: A warrior in red-and-silver armor. This was Kamen Rider ZX (the only Rider whose name was not mixed up in the show, as his name is pronounced as "Z-Cross" in Japan as well).

Two additional Masked Riders appeared but were not named. One called Super-1 looked like the Warrior Leader, but had red gloves and boots and one stripe on his arms and legs (Kamen Rider 2). The other called Skyrider had an interchangeable arm weapon and wore a blue helmet that exposed the lower half of his face (Riderman).

Episodes

  1. Escape From Edenoi, Part 1
  2. Escape From Edenoi, Part 2
  3. License to Thrill
  4. Pet Nappers
  5. Bugs on the Loose
  6. Arcade Ace
  7. Super Gold, Part 1
  8. Super Gold, Part 2
  9. The Grandma Factor
  10. Something's Trashy
  11. Water Water Everywhere
  12. Ferbus' First Christmas
  13. Stranger From the North
  14. Dance Crazy
  15. The Green Eyed Monster
  16. The Heat is On
  17. Know Your Neighbor
  18. The Dash
  19. Battle Of The Bands
  20. Ferbus Maximus
  21. Unmasked Rider
  22. Ferbus' Day Out
  23. Jobless
  24. Back to Nature
  25. Testing 1, 2, 3
  26. Showdown At Leawood High
  27. Power Out
  28. Saturday Morning Invasion
  29. Passenger Ferbus
  30. Mixed Doubles
  31. Million Dollar Ferbus
  32. Ectophase Albee
  33. Race Against Time
  34. Cat-Atomic
  35. Indigestion
  36. Dex at Bat
  37. The Eye of Edenoi
  38. Exit Nefaria, Enter Barbaria
  39. Detention
  40. The Invasion of Leawood

Cast

VHS & DVD release

In the U.S., two VHS tapes were released in April 1996: "Escape from Edenoi" and "Super Gold". There were also plans to release "Ferbus' First Christmas" and "Ferbus Maximus" on VHS in the Fall of 1996, but they were cancelled as was the series. In the UK, Jetix Films released one DVD which includes both parts of "Escape from Edenoi" and "License To Thrill". Currently, no plans have been announced for a U.S. DVD release anytime in the near future.[citation needed]

Trivia

  • Much of the music in the series was later recycled for the American adaption of the Digimon Adventure anime.
  • Like Lord Zedd and Alpha 5 from Power Rangers, the Character Ferbus was an American creation-only character and was never in Kamen Rider Black RX. His design resembles a Furby Plush toy.

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