|This article is about a/an adaptation show in the Kamen Rider Series.|
Saban's 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, but also used footage from the two Japanese Kamen Rider movies Kamen Rider ZO and Kamen Rider J. It was produced by Saban and aired on the Fox Kids programing block from September 16, 1995 to August 31, 1996 and then in syndication from September 9, 1996 to September 1997. On May 7, 2010 the copyright for Masked Rider was transferred from BVS International to SCG Power Rangers.
The main title character of Masked Rider was featured in 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 villain footage as with the episode "Exit Nefaria, 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).
|"On a distant, and embattled planet called Edenoi, a young prince named Dex is given great powers by his grandfather, the King, and is sent to the planet Earth to protect it from the advancing evil of Count Dregon and his vicious Insectovores. Once on Earth, he is adopted by a kind family, and learns to live as a human. With his companion Ferbus by his side, Dex is ever vigilant, ready at a moment's notice to call on his powers to become Masked Rider."|
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' 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' 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 gun, the Ecto-Ray, and "Masked Rider Super Blue", a blue-and-grey variation with the power of liquified teleportation and a powerful sword, 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 repeated what he heard in the way that he heard it.
|Masked Rider||Dex Stewart ► ◄ Albee Stewart (Dream only)|
|Masked Rider Warrior Leader||Masked Rider Warrior Leader|
|Unnamed Masked Rider Warrior 1||Unnamed Masked Rider Warrior 1|
|Masked Rider Warrior Commander||Masked Rider Warrior Commander|
|Unnamed Masked Rider Warrior 2||Unnamed Masked Rider Warrior 2|
|Masked Rider V3||Masked Rider V3|
|Masked Rider X||Masked Rider X|
|Masked Rider Amazon||Masked Rider Amazon|
|Masked Rider ZX||Masked Rider ZX|
|White Ranger||Tommy Oliver|
|Red Ranger||Rocky DeSantos|
|Black Ranger||Adam Park|
|Blue Ranger||Billy Cranston|
|Yellow Ranger||Aisha Campbell|
|Pink Ranger||Kimberly Ann Hart|
- King Lexian
- Combat Chopper
- Patsy Carbunkle
- Principal Henry Chalmers
- Moon Dude
- Count Dregon
- Plague Sentry
- Plague Patrol
- Escape from Edenoi: Part 1
- Escape from Edenoi: Part 2
- License to Thrill
- Pet Nappers
- Bugs on the Loose
- Arcade Ace
- Super Gold: Part 1
- Super Gold: Part 2
- The Grandma Factor
- Something's Trashy
- Water Water Everywhere
- Ferbus' First Christmas
- Stranger from the North
- Dance Crazy
- The Green-Eyed Monster
- The Heat Is On
- Know your Neighbour
- The Dash
- Battle of the Bands
- Ferbus Maximus
- Unmasked Rider
- Ferbus' Day Out
- Back to Nature
- Testing 1, 2, 3
- Showdown at Leawood High
- Power Out
- Saturday Morning Invasion
- Passenger Ferbus
- Mixed Doubles
- Million Dollar Ferbus
- Ectophase Albee
- Race Against Time
- Dex at Bat
- The Invasion of Leawood
- The Eye of Edenoi
- Exit Nefaria, Enter Barbaria
- Dex Stewart: T.J. Roberts
- Molly Stewart: Rheannon J. Slover
- Albee Stewart: Ashton McArn
- Hal Stewart: David Stenstrom
- Barbara Stewart: Candace Kita (as Candace Camille Bender)
- Count Dregon: Ken Merckx (as Ken Ring)
- Nefaria: Jennifer Tung
- Fact: Julie Maddalena
- Gork, Narrator: Michael McConnohie
- Doubleface: Michael Sorich
- Cyclopter: Steve Kramer
- Ferbus: Paul Pistore
- King Lexian: Ralph Votrian
- Patsy Carbunkle: Libby Letlow
- Herbie: Matthew Bates (as Matt Bates)
- Donais: Winston Story
- Moon Dude: Tom Ayers
- Principal Henry Chalmers: Don Yanan
- Mr. Mulders: Ron Barnes
- Magno: Wendee Lee
- Combat Chopper: Jason Narvy
Suit Actors/Stunt Crew
- Masked Rider: Michi Yamato, Luke Lafontine
- Ferbus: Verne Troyer
- Hydrasect: Belinda English
- Other stunts: Rick Tane, B. Lazo, Billy Mazda
VHS & DVD release
In the U.S., two VHS tapes were released in April 1996: "Escape from Edenoi" and "Super Gold". In the United Kingdom, Jetix Films released one DVD which includes both parts of "Escape from Edenoi" and "License To Thrill". On March 12, 2012, Shout! Factory announced a home video distribution deal with Saban, which includes the first 17 seasons of Power Rangers, VR Troopers, Beetleborgs and Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. The full series has yet to get a proper American DVD release.
- In the early promo shown during the Winter 1995 (January) Fox Kids affiliate meeting, Kamen Rider J appeared in the title card before being switched to Kamen Rider Black RX in the airing.
- The background music was later used throughout the first season of Digimon: Digital Monsters as well as most of season 2 and some of season 3 and in Digimon: The Movie.
- Ferbus' theme song became a standard jingle of the 1996-2001 Saban "Twirly-Doo" logo.
- The Masked Riders of the past have the same names as their Japanese counterparts with the exception of Masked Rider Warrior Leader (whose Japanese counterpart is Kamen Rider 1), Masked Rider Warrior Commander (Kamen Rider V3) and Masked Rider Strongman (Kamen Rider Super-1). However, almost everyone after Warrior Leader ends up introducing himself with the wrong name, due to the fact that Kamen Rider 2 and Riderman were edited out from the roll call footage, but their names were still kept in a chronological order, resulting in a switch-up.
- Kamen Rider V3 = Warrior Commander
- Kamen Rider X = V3
- Kamen Rider Amazon = Riderman
- Kamen Rider Stronger = Masked Rider X
- Skyrider = Amazon
- Kamen Rider Super-1 = Strongman
- Kamen Rider ZX (Z-Cross) is the only one who kept his name unchanged, while Skyrider's and Super-1's true names were never mentioned.
|Kamen Rider Series|
|Showa Era (1971-1994)|
|Kamen Rider • V3 • X • Amazon • Stronger • Skyrider • Super-1 • ZX (TV special) • Black • Black RX|
|Heisei Era (2000-2009)|
|Kuuga • Agito • Ryuki • 555 • Blade • Hibiki • Kabuto • Den-O • Kiva • Decade|
|Heisei Era Phase 2 (2009-2019)|
|W • OOO • Fourze • Wizard • Gaim • Drive • Ghost • Ex-Aid • Build • Zi-O|
|Reiwa Era (2019-)|
|Zero-One • Saber • Revice|
|Remakes and Other Series|
|G • The First (remake) • The Next (remake) • Amazons • Black Sun • Shin Kamen Rider|
|Masked Rider • Dragon Knight|
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