Captain Barbell (TV series)
|Based on||Mars Ravelo's Captain Barbell|
|Developed by||Don Michael Perez|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||165 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Helen Rose Sese|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||GMA Entertainment TV|
|Original network||GMA Network|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||May 29, 2006– January 12, 2007|
|Followed by||Captain Barbell (2011)|
Captain Barbell is a Philippine television drama action fantasy series broadcast by GMA Network. The series is based on the character of the same name created by Mars Ravelo. Directed by Don Michael Perez, it stars Richard Gutierrez in the title role. It premiered on May 29, 2006 on the network's Telebabad line-up and worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV. The series concluded on January 12, 2007 with a total of 165 episodes. It was replaced by Asian Treasures in its timeslot.
A sequel to the series Captain Barbell aired in 2011.
Barbell, Barbanium & Askobar
- Barbell - a palm-size golden medallion-barbell plate with "CB" engraved on its center. The name "Captain B" is also depicted on the medallion. Teng twists the medallion and it forms into a barbell, he then raises it and shouts "Captain Barbell" to transform himself into the superhero. As Captain Barbell, the medallion is depicted on his chest; he grabs it back to transform to his alter ego, Teng. The medallion is said to be made from barbanium.
- Barbanium - a powerful fictional element discovered in the year 2016 by scientist in the Philippines.
- Askobar - Asido Kontra Barbanium is the only equally powerful fictional element that can counter barbanium's power. It can be crystallized and used in many ways. It is used to power a cyborg, and also molded into a bullet which deteriorates anything it touches. Coincidentally, Viel also called the element Askobar, but with a different meaning, "Asido Kontra Barbell".
- Captain Barbell's suit was designed by Filipino artist Reno Maniquis and was constructed in Hollywood by Miles Teves. He was commissioned by Zaldy & Gina Ravelo of Mars Ravelo Marvelous Characters, Inc. to design the new look to make it CB’s official costume.
Miles Teves, a renowned Filipino-American costume maker in Hollywood. Teves constructed the Batman, Robocop and Superman costume. It was Dominic Zapata who suggested to the producers to have the costume made by Teves.
Cast and characters
- Richard Gutierrez as Captain Barbell/Arell/Potenciano "Teng" Magtanggol - was catapulted from the 22nd century to the present time. He was found by an elderly couple, who renamed him Teng and adopted him as their grandson. Even from youth, he exhibited remarkable physical prowess but it was not until he found the mystical golden medallion-barbell plate that he obtained the ability to transform into Captain Barbell. This barbell has properties beyond transforming Teng, it also gives him his strength when not in Captain Barbell form. The abilities that the element endows Teng seems to be limited to only enhanced physical athletism along with flight and enhanced perception, making him less versatile than Darna who happens to wield several psychic powers at her arsenal.
- Richard Gomez as Viel Villian/General - is the wealthy patriarch of the Villian family and head of Villian Corp. He is an obsessive man with a tendency to control and manipulate people, including his own sons. Viel is fascinated by the remarkable abilities of Captain Barbell. His fascination is boosted by the fact that he suffers from an ailment that he believes only Captain Barbells blood can permanently cure. He has hired a scientist named Dexter, who specializes in robotics and genetics to make some experiments for his own benefit. In the future he is the General.
- Patrick Garcia as Levi Villian - is the eldest son of Viel Villian. A spoiled rich kid, Levi is regarded by his father as a weakling in desperate need of lethal character transformation in order to deserve the Villian legacy. He is in desperate need for his fathers approval. Teng rescued Levi from a car accident, and it is from this incident that they have built an awkward friendship.
- Camille Prats as Marikit "Kit" Salvacion - is one of Tengs best friends. A bossy, smart-mouthed girl who is frequently pegged as a tomboy (lesbian). Although shed like to deny it, Kit has romantic feelings for Teng, a fact that she has confessed to Bobby. Teng later realizes that he loves Kit more than Leah.
- Rhian Ramos as Leah Lazaro- is the daughter of the Marravelos town mayor, and also the campus princess. She is often the subject of his fathers verbal abuse who is a belligerent drunkard. She used to date Jared until he was transformed into a monstrous wasp-creature. She is the object of Tengs unrequited affections, and as such, has been saved by Captain Barbell more than once.
- JC de Vera as Boris - is Captain Barbells brother who first appeared as a villain. He is reunited with Teng and his family after knowing that Viel Villian is just using him in his plans.
- Ryan Yllana as Bobby - is one of Tengs best friends. A frequent joker who seldom takes anything seriously, and is frequently teased for his weight. The fact that he really likes to eat does little to stave off those remarks. In one episode, he was referred to as Captain Baboy (baboy, meaning pig in English language), in reference to his compulsive eating habits. Bobby is aware of Tengs superheroic alter ego, and is his confidant.
- Ricky Davao and Jackie Lou Blanco respectively as Cesar and Sandra Magtanggol - are Tengs adoptive parents. Teng's place in the family was a decision made by Cesars father, Lolo Aloy, and as such their feelings toward him are rather conflicted. Sandra refuses to accept Teng, let alone as a replacement child for Clarisse, the daughter she lost many years ago. Cesar is generally sympathetic, but avoids making such a sentiment too obvious to Sandra.
- Paolo Bediones as Captain B/Prof. Brando - He is the biological father of Arell/Teng. Rebelled against the General after finding that the General is planning for evil.
- Angel Aquino as Barbara/Snooky Serna as Mrs. B - is the wife of Viel Villian, and stepmother to his sons. She had little memory of her life before she became a part of the Villian family. When she recovers her memories, she realizes that she was Mrs. B and the birth mother of Arell but was separated from him upon re-entry into the 20th century. She was surgically altered by Viel and it is implied that he is also responsible for maintaining her memory gaps. She eventually finds out that Captain Barbell is Teng, who is also Arell, her son shes been looking for.
- Gloria Sevilla as Lola Carmela "Melay" Magtanggol - is the compassionate and kind grandmother of Teng and the mother of Cesar. In Teng's childhood, She and her husband Lolo Aloy found him and decide to adopt him as their own. She is caring and protective to Teng from Sandra's abuse to him.
- Sunshine Dizon as Clarisse Magtanggol/Blanca/Ex-O - is the mean-spirited and resentful daughter of Cesar and Sandra. She is the half-sister and a typical bully to Teng, who physically maltreats him for stealing away her Lolo Aloy's attention and was bitter towards him for being adopted, during their childhood. During an incident, she fell off the cliff by one of her classmates while they were harassing Teng. Moments after her disappearance, she was found in a lake by Bobby and Kit, with no memory of her past. The two named her "Blanca" because she has virtually no recall of her life prior to being found. After remembering who she was, Blanca was finally reunited with her family.
- Narciso / Bubog played by Dino Guevarra:The first villain in the TV Series. He has the ability to make shards of glass spike out of his body like a porcupine and can also mimic the appearance of others.
- Jared / Putakti / Cyborg 5564 played by Jeremy Marquez: The second villain in the TV series. He has the form of a giant wasp and has the ability to fly and spit poison which causes hallucinations and is also invincible to gunfire. After being defeated by Captain Barbell, he returned into his normal state only to be experimented in a laboratory and turned into Cyborg 5564. Fortunately he was able to escape and is now under the custody of Leah. After being resurrected by Viel, Jared joined his team of supervillains. He retained his abilities as Cyborg 5564 and his main weapon is a laser gun.
- Dexter played by Mike Gayoso(v)(a): Once a personal scientist and assistant to Viel, he became an ally to Barbara and helps her to reunite her whole family.
- Tenorio/Tetano played by Gary Estrada(v): He has the power to cause a corrosive reaction through touch which renders bullets useless and can deteriorate people and structures. After being resurrected by Viel, he joined his team of supervillains. He can now use his power in a projectile form so he can corrode people and objects from afar.
- Ador/Adobe played by Carlos Morales(v): He was previously a miner who attained the hardness and power of rock similar to The Thing in Fantastic Four. After being resurrected by Viel, he joined his team of supervillains. His new power is to summon boulders to hurl at his opponents and he wears armor similar to the Juggernaut in the X Men franchises.
- Ms. Patti/Ms. Aero/Aerobika played by Rufa Mae Quinto/Marissa Sanchez): Patti is an overweight gym teacher, who is driven to try all sorts of weight-loss remedies (most notably herbal teas) in an attempt to forestall her rapidly descending self-esteem. On an impulse, she uses some Askobar-contaminated herbs from her backyard for a new brew of tea which slims her down into a buxom beauty obsessed with making everyone conform to her newfound standards of beauty.
- Marvin/Vaporo played by Jay Aquitania(v): the boyfriend of Kit. Marvin got his powers from a contaminated shooting star that fell into the river that he was in which allows him to turn himself into water and vapor. He can also make gusts of wind and tornadoes while in his vapor and water form.
- Cyborg 5566 played by Jason Hsu(v) - He was sent to hunt down Jared(aka 5564) after the latter escaped from the laboratory. Like the other cyborgs, he is also powered by Askobar.
- Myra Lazaro played by Pinky Amador(v)
- Ruben/Black Out played by Wendell Ramos(v)
- Madame Aurora Salvacion/Lady Amorseko played by Elizabeth Oropesa(v)(a)
- Coach Dribol and Askoboys played by Bong Alvarez, Antonio Aquitania and Dion Ignacio(v)
- Magna/Magnetica played by Mylene Dizon(v)
- Marlon "Mercy"/Mercurio played by John Lapus(v)
- Kristiana/Admiral K played by January Isaac(v)(a)
- Commander X played by Ian Veneracion(v)
- Automaton C(v)
- Clarisse Magtanggol/Blanca/Ex-O played by Sunshine Dizon(v)- She was sent by General to kill Arell/Teng. Like the other cyborgs, she is also powered by Askobar. Ex-O`s powers takes over Clarisse`s body
- Ryan Eigenmann as Abel, the bossy janitor Teng works with. He claims it was Tengs fault that his father was fired from his job, and for that, he always gives Teng a hard time doing his job. Abel also extorts money from Ms. Patti since he knows she has a crush on him.
- Melissa Avelino as Chari, Leah's best friend. She doesn't quite like how Teng always hangs out with Leah.
- Dante Rivero as Lolo Carlos "Aloy" Magtanggol, the late grandfather of Teng and father of Cesar.
- John Regala as Mayor Lorenzo Lazaro, father of Leah.
- Rez Cortez as Officer Joe Salvacion, father of Kit.
- Tricia Roman as TV field reporter.
- Ces Quesada as Agnes, aunt of Leah.
- Pinky de Leon as Doña Victoria, mother of Sandra.
- Tin Arnaldo as Tracy, Victoria's spoiled daughter and Sandra's sister.
A young boy named Arell, together with his mother Mrs. B, are forced by his father Captain B to ride the time machine to escape from the soldiers of the General.
The General is the mysterious, rich and powerful owner of Live Corporation, which is the pioneer in the well-advanced human cloning and mutation that created an army of superhuman beings for his evil schemes, which Captain B opposes. Only Captain B can fight the General because of his extraordinary strength using barbanium.
Unknown to them, the General sends Commander X, the powerful cyborg, to destroy the barbanium with askobar.
The time machine's destination is 1992. However, upon crash landing, Arell and his mother are separated. Arell is found in a burning wreck by a loving and elderly couple, Lolo Aloy and Lola Melay.
Lolo Aloy and Lola Melay gives him a new name—Potenciano a.k.a. Teng. The couple became his grandparents, and whose children Sandra and Cesar becomes his foster parents. Teng grows up frail, poor and constantly longing for the love and care of his parents who ignore him. Worse, Teng is maltreated by Clarisse, the daughter of Sandra and Cesar.
Teng would grow up with an ugly pockmark on one side of his otherwise very handsome face—and painfully aware that he is merely an adopted child with a completely unknown background. Because of these incidents, Teng finds comfort in the company of his friends Kit, Bobby and Lola Melay.
The paths of Teng and his childhood friend Leah cross once again. This time, Teng realizes that he is in love with this young lady who comes from a rich family. But things turn out difficult for Teng to confess his love for Leah because the young lady has an arrogant boyfriend.
He also meets and becomes friends with Levi, the son of the richest man in the town named Viel, who is against their friendship. Unknown to Teng, it is Viel who is responsible for the death of Lolo Aloy.
One night, the group of Jared, Leah’s boyfriend, gangs up on Teng and leaves him beaten in a junkyard. Teng then discovers the powerful barbell. This barbell is the key to Teng’s destiny in becoming the most powerful Pinoy superhero known as Captain Barbell!
The powerful General (Viel Villian) from the future having exhausted most of his forces and getting impatient to kill Captain Barbell travelled back in time along with Commander X and some cyborg forces to kill Teng before he finds the Barbanium plate. By doing so, Levi will not be killed by Captain Barbell and he finally defeat his arch nemesis once and for all. He dropped by the Villian Mansion, made his past self catatonic, and reveals his plans to Levi.
Meanwhile, the death of Captain B (Paolo Bediones) at the hands of Commander X lead Mrs. B (Angel Aquino) and Boris (JC De Vera) to use their time machine to go back to the future where Captain B is still alive. They find him and they travelled back in time to meet the still innocent Teng. The Barbell family then recounts to Teng the adventures of Captain Barbell and the women in his life.
Now, Teng must find a way to acquire the barbell plate as soon as possible and to stop the General. With enough knowledge of the future, he could also change his destiny and save the death of his Lolo Aloy. Indeed, he successfully saved his Lolo Aloy but his Lola Melay died as a trade off from a new unseen event at the hands of Commander X.
Like the Barbell family, the General recounts the future to Levi to get him to trust him and make him Super Levi this time early. General then kidnapped Kit and Leah to make Captain Barbell choose who he will save between the two. He saved both of them but again at the cost of Boris' life crushed by the hands of the giant robot Automaton C piloted by Super Levi. Mrs. B was also kidnapped to make Teng surrender his Barbanium plate and be killed by Super Levi. The shattering revelation by Mrs. B that Teng is General's son from the future averted Teng's death but lead to the General's death.
Teng by this time realized and confessed his love for Kit but after that confession, Super Levi again piloted the Automaton C and took Kit. She died to get Teng his Barbanium plate. A furious Captain Barbell defeated Super Levi and Automaton C. All the deaths in the past forced Teng to return to the future with his family to take his time off just as the catatonic past Viel Villian awakens.
3 Years Later...
An Automaton C appeared out of nowhere and captured Leah. As Leah screams helplessly, Captain Barbell appears and saved her. Then he left telling her that he still needs to save Metro Manila with a big smile in his face.
According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the pilot episode of Captain Barbell earned a 37.5% rating. While the final episode scored a 35.4% rating. The series had an average rating of 30.4%, while 43.7% was the highest rating it earned.
- "Superhero flick starts on May 29" Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., mindanaotimes.com.ph, n.d. Accessed last March 1, 2007.