I think this cartoon would have been MUCH better if there wasn't such an emphasis on the kids themselves for the most part, being a bunch of fuckin' wimps. If they were all martial artists, shit woulda rocked. Sure, Gi was SUPPOSEDLY a martial artist, but she was SO clumsy, much like women in movies who "train" for 2 months or so. Ted Turner coulda pushed a whole bunch of "bonding with the planet, yourself, and your team mates through martial arts and meditation". They could have strenthened the use of their rings and everything to the poin where even with Captain Planet active, they still have basic, current-level ring powers, but with just the rings, be basically superhero, element tossing demigods who can handle themselves in a brawl, instead of being helpless when a bad guy grabs them by the wrist, or pulls a gun. Missed opportunities. Ted Turner wanted to make merch off this show, but he was also too interested in keeping the kids too realistically weak and pathetic. I ain't volunteering to save the world with a glorified blowtorch, snowblower, or watergun on my finger. Hell, I ALREADY can communicate with animals, give me the power to use their physical abilities, or fire off plasma beams. These mofo's we're dealing with have fuckin' GUNS!! How about we get some serious defensive and offensive capabilities built into these rings that don't involve telegraphing our attack just to pull off the equivalent of a water balloon or cigarette burn? Turn these kids into superheroes, up the stakes, and the show itself gets better.