REVIEW: THE BEST OF THE POWER RANGERS – PART IV

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CAST

Firass Dirani (Pitch Blach)
Angie Diaz (Knowing)
Richard Brancatisano (Bait)
Nic Sampson (The Warrior’s Way)
Melanie Vallejo (Winners & Losers)
Peta Rutter (Young Hercules)
Antonia Prebble (Westside)
John Tui (Battleship)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Barnie Duncan (Nothing Trivial)
Holly Shanahan (Venus and Mars)
James Maclurcan (Tiger)
Caitlin Murphy (Petit Homme)
Samuell Benta (All About The McKenzies)
Rhonda Montemayor (The Knot)
Gareth Yuen (Knowing)
David Weatherley (Lord of The Rings)
Rod Lousich (The Warior’s Way)
Gerard Urquhart (Hidden)
Ria Vandervis (Shortland Street)
Dwayne Cameron (The Locals)
Jason Smith (Home and Away)
Anna Hutchison (The Cabin In The Woods)
Aljin Abella (Hunter n Hornet)
David de Lautour (Westside)
Sarah Thomson (Shortland Street)
Bede Skinner (West of Eden)
Nikolai Nikolaeff (Daredevil TV)
Eka Darville (Jessica Jones)
Ari Boyland (Blood Punch)
Rose McIver (IZombie)
Dan Ewing (Home and Away)
Milo Cawthorne (Deathgasm)
James Gaylyn (Avatar)
Adelaide kane (Reign)
Oliva Tennet (Maddigan’s Quest)
Mike Ginn (Broken Halleujah)
Li Ming Hu (Kawa)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Emma Lahana (Stargate: Atlantis)
Beth Allen (The Ugly)
Matt Sadowski (Dawn of The Dead)
Geoff Dolan (Wendy Wu)
Oliver Driver (Black Sheep)
Michelle Langstone (Xena)
Christopher Graham (The Ugly)
Stuart Devenie (Jack of All Trades)
Mark Ferguson (Hercules In The Underworld)
Peter Daube (Legend of The Seeker)
Paolo Rotondo (Riverworld)
Adam Gardiner (Eagle vs Shark)
Nathalie Boltt (District 9)
Mia Koning (Xena)
Mike Edward (Filthy Rich)
Johnny Yong Bosch (Marvel Anime: Blade)
Sally Martin (Wendy Wu)
Glen Levy (Westside)
Nathaniel Lees (Young Hercules)
Bruce Allpress (The Piano)
Cameron Rhodes (Deathgasm)
Paul Gittins (Maiden Voyage)
Jared Turner (Filthy Rich)
Jason Hoyte (Young Hercules)
Damien Avery (Bloodlines)
Andrew Laing (Shortland Street)
Mark Mitchinson (The Hobbit)
John Sumner (District 9)
Josephine Davison (Cleopatra 2525)
Murray Keane (Step Dave)
Bruce Phillips (The Lovely Bones)
Kevin J. Wilson (Spartacus)

SerieTV-Power-Rangers-Mystic-Force-1x31-Il-Segno-del-Destino-Parte1_avi_000694160Ever since its humble beginnings in 1993 no body could predict just how morphinominal hit the show would be and 800+ episodes, 3 films later the show is still on and still hit, these are my all time favourite episodes starting with MMPR right through to the current season Ninja Steel.4068408

 

Image may contain: one or more people, sky, outdoor and natureIn the small town of Briarwood, an unexpected earthquake releases a group of evil creatures from captivity. The sorceress Udonna recruits five teenagers to help fight these monsters and destroy them for good. While Vida, Madison, Xander, and Chip have taken an immediate liking to their magic, the fifth, Nick, has yet to unlock his hidden abilities. It’s up to the team to work together to drive back the forces of darkness.No automatic alt text available.With the four teens beginning to understand their new destinies, Udonna is confronted by Koragg the Knight Wolf. Using the Knight Wolf Centaur, he defeats the White Ranger, taking her Snow Staff. With Udonna unable to morph, the four teens immediately begin their legacy, and morph into Power Rangers. Udonna tries to make Nick accept his destiny to be the Red Ranger, but she cannot change his mind. When the other four Rangers are overpowered by Koragg, Nick arrives and finally believes in himself and magic. He morphs into the Red Ranger and joins the others in defeating Koragg.Image may contain: textKoragg uses Udonna’s Snow Staff to cause Nick self-doubt in an attempt to turn the others against him. Leelee makes matters worse by hiding $1000 dollars from Rock Porium and implicating Nick in the theft. After the truth is revealed, Koragg unleashes the Centaurus Wolf Megazord on the Rangers and manages to bring Morticon to the surface world.Image may contain: night, outdoor and textWithout the power and ability to form the Titan Megazord, Koragg’s latest attack sends the Rangers reeling. Koragg’s attempts to leave the battlefield are compromised when the Dark Seal accidentally sends Nick and Koragg’s zord, Catastros, to another dimension. In this parallel world, Nick manages to aid the wounded horse and return to Briarwood in time to stop the Rock Troll with the Centaurus Phoenix Megazord.Image may contain: sky and outdoorNecrolai, aided by the Taxi Cab Monster, steals a map that will lead them to the magical Fire Heart. The Rangers discover this and travel through the dangerous Cimmerian Forest to find it. Later, the Rangers defeat the Taxi Cab Monster, but in the ensuing battle against Necrolai, Vida tears the map. Will the Rangers ever be able to find the Fire Heart with only half of the map in their possession?No automatic alt text available.The day after she goes to a night club with Leelee, Vida returns to Rootcore nearly twenty-four hours later displaying multiple personality changes. Aside from that, she seems fine, but upon closer inspection, Chip unmasks her as a vampire (the sun weakens Vida when the rangers want to transform into Mystic Titan Dragon Formation)! After the Rangers destroy Flytrap, the citizens of Briarwood return to normal, and the Rangers think it is all over… until Vida is trapped by Chip’s “Vampire Chalk”!No automatic alt text available.The still-vampiric Vida is taken back to Rootcore by the others, but manages to escape and engages them in battle. Chip is ready to destroy Necrolai, but Vida stands in the way of his crossbow. After struggling to break through to her, he succeeds and fires the Dawn Crystal at Necrolai, destroying her. Unfortunately, Necrolai revives herself later that night, and Leelee is revealed to be her daughter.No automatic alt text available.When Clare learns of her mother Niella’s legacy, she takes on the role of the Gatekeeper. While she is victorious against Necrolai, she tries and fails to overpower Koragg after he kidnaps Udonna and forces Clare to fight him. Clare is ultimately seized by Necrolai and used to raise the gates to the Underworld.No automatic alt text available.The gates have been raised and Morticon is set free thanks to a crack made from the Titan Megazord. Koragg kidnaps Clare and wants to release his master from the gate but he was successful. After Nick saves Clare from Koragg, the Rangers reunite and, with Udonna’s power channeled through the Megazord, Morticon is destroyed. from the power of the gatekeeper Clare sealed the gate when the master attempts to release from the gate. Clare’s powers are gone.No automatic alt text available.Clare prepares to hatch the Dragon egg as the Rangers investigate a cave on the beach. Inside, Necrolai attacks and takes an old mummy relic with her, but the Rangers manage to hold on to a mystical lamp. Back at Rootcore, the wise-cracking Jenji is released just as the newly revived Imperious is sent into the city. He blows the Rangers away and prepares to squash the Titan Megazord until Jenji steps in to save the day. As Udonna returns, the egg hatches and the dragon within utters its first word to Clare: “Mama”.Image may contain: water and outdoorImperious disguises himself as Calindor and tries to persuade Udonna into believing he can help the Rangers. Meanwhile, Jester the Pester has the Rangers on the ropes until a brave frog steps in and saves Madison’s life. To repay her debt, Madison kisses the frog, who reverts to his true form: Daggeron, the Solaris Knight.No automatic alt text available.Chip accidentally opens a magic bottle that begins to slowly steal his soul. To help him, Daggeron takes him to the top of Mount Isis to retrieve the Staff of Topaz, where he gets into a battle with Koragg for the artifact. Meanwhile, the other Rangers try to stop Gnatu and Spydax from stealing any more souls from the citizens of Briarwood. After Chip is healed by the magic of the staff, he returns to assist the Rangers to defeat Gnatu. In the end, Daggeron promises to train Chip to be a knight, as he was trained to be a knight under Udonna’s husband, Leanbow.Image may contain: outdoorUdonna and Daggeron grow concerned when the Rangers start to become lazy and use magic for even the smallest of tasks. Meanwhile Imperious summons the Barbarian Beasts to fight the Rangers and take out Koragg as well (knowing that the Knight Wolf will not allow him to make a move against the Master). When fighting becomes too tiring, the Rangers want to resort to using Jenji. Daggeron repeatedly refuses, but the Rangers’ persistence convinces Daggeron to use the “Jenji Shining Attack” on 50-Below and Fightoe. Jenji is subsequently captured and taken to the Underworld, while Koragg is gravely injured after taking on the Barbarian Beasts without magic. Imperious, with Jenji at his disposal, wishes that there were no Mystic Force Power Rangers. The Rangers leave the magical realm, when suddenly Imperious’ wish starts to take effect. Daggeron is erased from existence, a dark force overtakes Rootcore and color is drained from the world.Image may contain: 4 people, people standing, night and outdoorThe Rangers find that the city has been overrun with Imperious’ forces, led by Necrolai. Music is banned from the world, Rootcore has been destroyed and the Rangers have lost their magic. When Koragg finds them in the forest, he tells them what has happened that the only way to reverse Jenji’s wish is to see the Tribunal of Magic, which they can reach by riding Fire Heart (raised by Koragg in this alternate universe). In this other dimension, the Rangers wander through the desert until they ultimately find a door leading to the Tribunal of Magic. The Tribunal members ask why the Rangers have come, and after a short conversation, the Tribunal decides to decline the Rangers request to reverse the wish, sending them back to Briarwood, powerless. Deciding that they now have no hope, the Rangers are quickly captured by Necrolai’s forces as the Tribunal sees the Rangers’ surrender as proof they’ve made the right decision.No automatic alt text available.When Toby is attacked by Hidiacs and Necrolai, Nick and the others rush in to help regardless of the fact they’ll be almost certainly destroyed. Without their powers, they are easily defeated, but as Necrolai steps in to finish the Rangers off, the Tribunal reverses the wish after witnessing the Rangers’ bravery, to Imperious’ disbelief. The Rangers, with their powers back, quickly defeat the Hidiacs, but 50-Below and Fightoe are sent to earth again, and after being beaten badly, the Rangers realize they have taken their magic for granted. In the underworld, Jenji tricks Leelee into letting him go and he quickly teleports to Rootcore. When the Tribunal believes the Rangers have learned their lesson, they grant them new power: Legend Mode, turning the Rangers into the Legend Warriors. The Rangers defeat 50-Below and then proceed to use the Manticore Megazord to defeat Ursus, a mechanical being powered by Fightoe. In the end the Rangers celebrate the Rock-Porium’s anniversary with a cake that, while not made with magic and not as nice looking as it could be, is very much appreciated by Toby.Image may contain: water

As Udonna and Daggeron tell the Rangers of how Leanbow was sealed away in the Underworld, Imperious plots to use the Rangers’ Legend power to revive The Master. He has Koragg deal with the Rangers and, meanwhile, tricks Daggeron by using the Solar Streak Megazord’s energy to create the Chimera. After Imperious disposes of Daggeron, Chimera and Koragg capture the Rangers. Udonna uses a spell to travel to the Underworld, but she is quickly struck down by The Master. Koragg’s visions intensify into an onslaught of flashbacks, and when he finally realizes the truth, he attacks the Master, saves Udonna, and assumes his true form: Leanbow.

Image may contain: 1 personWith Leanbow’s help, the Rangers & Udonna escape the Underworld, and Leanbow teleports the weakened Udonna away. When the unicorn Brightstar appears, Nick manages to destroy Chimera with the Phoenix Unizord, but when Leanbow is turned back into Koragg, Nick has a hard time holding him off. During the fight, Daggeron arrives to settle things with Imperious in a Bound Battle. Clare gives Udonna Nick’s baby blanket, and when she realizes who Nick really is, she rushes to the battlefield to tell everyone. Daggeron manages to defeat Imperious, who fades and turns to dust while foretelling a cryptic remark. Just as Leanbow manages to turn back to his true form, The Master, using the Legend power, begins to arise from the Underworld. Leanbow freezes the Rangers in their place and fights The Master himself. He manages to stop his revival and return the Rangers’ Legend power to the Rangers, but he seemingly perishes in the battle. Udonna, however, adjusting to life as a mother, believes that Leanbow is still alive.Image may contain: people sitting and textUdonna leaves Rootcore to search for Leanbow. Shortly after, the Ten Terrors arrive and start their campaign to punish the Earth for refusing dark magic, as well as find “The Light,” the child born of magic blood that has the potential to be the strongest wizard of all. After confronting Phineas about this, Nick finds out that he is The Light. Magma is the first Terror to challenge the Rangers, implicating his own rules into a special game; if the Rangers are still standing by the time a radio tower is done burning, they will win. When the Rangers turn into the Manticore Megazord, Magma quickly stops them. The onlooking Terrors notice that the tower has burnt down all the way; Magma has lost his own game, and he is destroyed as punishment. Gekkor points out to Necrolai that the Rules of Darkness must be adhered to for The Master to return.No automatic alt text available.Hekatoid has captured Udonna and the Rangers chase after him in his own dimension to rescue her. Daggeron, in the real world, tries to stop all the tadpoles Hekatoid has laid to destroy the world.No automatic alt text available.The teens lose their powers trying to save Udonna. Leelee, Phineas, and Clare end up saving her instead. The Terrors also acquire The Master from a defeated Leanbow.No automatic alt text available.Matoombo is chosen to bring forth The Master, but he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. Vida teams up with him to try to seal The Master away forever. Later, Leanbow comes to the Rangers’ aid when they cannot defeat Gekkor.No automatic alt text available.Itasiss is chosen to destroy the surface world. Refusing, she tries to convince the remaining Terrors of the thing called courage; she is killed anyway. The Master decides it is time to take care of things himself, starting with The Light. After taking over Nick’s body, he proceeds to destroy the Mystic Village. Nick then dons Koragg’s armor, taking Leanbow with him to Rootcore for one final showdown, trashing it in the process. Nick manages to break free of the Master’s hold, expelling The Master into the real world. The Snow Prince then appears in Rootcore, bringing news that the Mystic Realm has been destroyed, along with Mystic Mother (the reformed Rita Repulsa). While Daggeron and Leanbow fight in the Mystic Realm against The Master, Udonna takes on Sculpin and the Rangers continue their fight with Black Lance. The Rangers, along with Udonna, are seemingly defeated as they lay on the ground, powerless. Leanbow and Daggeron combine their powers in one final attempt to destroy The Master, but their magic is too weak. After The Master devours their magic, Daggeron takes a blow for Leanbow, and is destroyed. Back in the upper world, Jenji shields the Rangers from one of Sculpin’s attacks, and is destroyed. Meanwhile, Udonna is taken to the underworld by Sculpin.No automatic alt text available.Nick, not willing to give up, fights Black Lance, destroying him with the other Rangers. The Master then arrives, spitting out a dead Daggeron and Leanbow. The Master then devours time until they are in the future, a dead, barren, and dark wasteland. After fighting The Master in Legend Mode, their Legend powers are taken away. Nick uses all his remaining power and forces The Master to spit out the time he has devoured. Though The Master then threatens to destroy them, they are saved by the Snow Prince and Clare. Mystic Mother apparently lived by turning herself into energy before being destroyed. As The Master decides to retreat, Udonna appears along with Itassis and Necrolai. Itassis tells how Necrolai saved her, and how she destroyed Sculpin with the power of courage. Leanbow and Daggeron are revived by Necrolai’s power, while Jenji seems to have also returned to his normal self. Necrolai was turned into a human thanks to the good energy she absorbed. The humans, led by Toby, and the mystical creatures, led by Phineas, band together to return the magic to the Rangers. The Rangers stand together and take on The Master with all their fury and power, destroying him with their overwhelming magic. The story wraps up with everyone working together once again, the worlds united, having a party in Toby’s store. Madison tells Nick to come back for her. He gives her his baby blanket. Meanwhile, Nick, Udonna, and Leanbow ride off into the sunset, with Fire Heart rushing behind, while Clare is now a sorceress and resident of Rootcore.

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Image may contain: cloud, sky, nature and outdoorExplorer Andrew Hartford finds the crown of the Corona Aurora, an extremely powerful artifact which, when reunited with its five missing jewels, could be used for good or evil. However when he inadvertently awakens Moltor and Flurious who also seek the jewels of the crown, he recruits four talented citizens to become Power Rangers and plans to become the Red Ranger. However when the evil forces attack, it is soon left to Andrew’s son Mack to take action.Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and outdoorMack wishes to continue as the Red Ranger, however he is opposed by Mr. Hartford who doesn’t wish for his son to get involved. However the situation worsens when Moltor steals the Crown and kidnaps Mr. Hartford, resulting in Mack leading a rescue attempt.Image may contain: one or more people and people standingThe search for the first jewel of the Corona Aurora begins when Andrew discovers Atlantis. Believing the first jewel to be hidden there, the Rangers travel to the undersea continent however problems arise when Will refuses to cooperate with the rest of the team.No automatic alt text available.With the scroll from Atlantis, the Rangers need to find the other two in order to continue with the jewel quest. Meanwhile Dax falls in love with a girl named Mira, but seeing her is interfering with his job. However things soon become far worse when it is revealed that Mira is actually Miratrix, another villain who is also seeking the scrolls.Image may contain: sky, ocean, mountain, nature and outdoorThe Rangers begin the final leg of the first jewel quest on St. Lucia, however while the other Rangers worry about running into the ghost of Brownbeard the Pirate, Rose refuses to believe in the supernatural spirit. However the ghost of Brownbeard does turn up also searching for the jewel, Rose finds herself forced to trust him while trying to keep it away from Miratrix.Image may contain: one or more peopleThe gang’s search for the Hou-ou bird leads to a dead end, however they have more important things to worry about when Will is suddenly “fired” by Andrew and “sides” with Miratrix. While the other Rangers scramble to find him, Will assists Miratrix in releasing Kamdor, her Ninja Master.Image may contain: house, sky and outdoorMack misinterprets Andrew’s concern over his status as a Ranger as a lack of confidence. Meanwhile, Moltor and Flurious team up to steal the DriveMax Megazord, capturing Mack in the process. While the other Rangers try to locate their leader and the Megazord, Mack finds that the key to his escape may be the rivalry between his two captors… with a little assistance from Norg.No automatic alt text available.The Rangers try to translate the parchment that was recovered from Miratrix and Kamdor, but are ambushed by monsters sent by Moltor. Mack discovers that one of the monsters, an alien named Tyzonn, may not be evil, and tries to figure out the truth behind his actions.Image may contain: 1 person, textMack and Tyzonn are ambushed by Bullox and a group of Lava Lizards as the other Rangers try to find Mack and claim the next jewel of the crown.Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and outdoorWhen an expedition camp in Brazil find the first clue towards finding the third jewel of the Corona Aurora, they are attacked by new villains known as the Fearcats. The Rangers attempt to stop them only to find their paths crossing with Tyzonn again.Image may contain: sky, cloud, ocean, text, nature and outdoorFlurious tests his gyros on the Fearcats, Mig and Benglo, turning them into powerful cyborgs. It is a race against time for the Rangers to save Tyzonn and stop the Fearcats from destroying San Angeles and becoming the Mercury Ranger.Image may contain: sky, house, night and outdoorTracing the connection between the Cannon of Ki Amuk and Mjolnir, the Rangers travel to Mexico and are ambushed. In the process, Loki appears, masquerading as Thor, and steals Mjolnir. To get it back, Spencer disguises himself as the goddess Freyja.Image may contain: sky, cloud, outdoor, nature and waterAfter the Rangers use the Cannon of Ki Amuk and Mjolnir to get the Piedra Aztec del Compás it gets stolen by Moltor. Moltor sends Blothgaar to fight the Rangers. Mack is blasted by the compass and is overcome by a serious case of a bad luck. The rangers gave him their good luck charms.Image may contain: ocean, sky, cloud, outdoor, nature and waterUsing the compass, the Rangers finally find the Blue Sapphire which is third jewel of the Corona Aurora. Will is entrusted to get it back to the base, but is ambushed by Kamdor and Miratrix, and loses it to the villainous pair. With Andrew angered at him, he resigns, only to have Spencer offer him another chance. Meanwhile, Moltor offers the Fearcats some invincible Super Armor. With their latest Giant Robot already giving the Rangers a tough time, can Will get to the Armor before the Fearcats, and make up for his prior failure?No automatic alt text available.The son of Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa, Thrax, unites all four Corona Aurora-seeking factions of villains into a new Evil Alliance. When they manage to overwhelm the Overdrive Rangers, their connection to the Morphing Grid is severed, and their powers destroyed! With the gems still needing protecting, Sentinel Knight assembles a team of replacement Rangers, made up of members of previous (or future) teams of Power Rangers. Will they be enough to stop the Evil Alliance? And will the former Overdrive Rangers be able to assist with just their genetically enhanced abilities?No automatic alt text available.No longer having Ranger powers, the former Overdrive Rangers return to their civilian lives. All but Mack, who learns of Thrax’s plans to destroy the Sentinel Knight, and seeks out the only item capable of doing so, the legendary sword Excelsior. Will he be doing this alone, or can the call of action prove the adage of “Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger” to his former teammates? Meanwhile, their replacements, the team of Returning Rangers, head to Angel Grove to seek out the only being capable of repairing the Morphing Grid: Alpha 6! Even if they succeed, can two combined teams of Power Rangers stop Thrax for good, and permanently break up the Evil Alliance?Image may contain: one or more peopleRonny is kidnapped by the Fearcats, while Will disobeys orders to go after her. Meanwhile, a clue from the Centurion Torch leads the other Rangers to Egypt.Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and textWill saves Ronny from having her energy drained, and the Rangers battle Moltor’s new robot with a new Megazord.Image may contain: sky, outdoor and natureThe Rangers battle one of Kamdor’s monsters that gives their system a virus. Mack is revealed to be an android made by Andrew Hartford. Mack then becomes enraged at his father, Andrew convinces Mack to help the other Rangers. Mack then says he’ll go but he’s taking Rose’s new robot technology, he arrives at the fight and activates the Sentinel Sword getting his battilizer and becoming the Red Sentinel Ranger, defeating all of Kamdor’s monsters. Kamdor flees with the Star of Isis but at the last second Ronny uses her super speed to steal the jewel.No automatic alt text available.Mig and Benglo access the power of the Octavian Chalice and create Agrios, which severely damages the Megazords. Meanwhile, after a battle with Kamdor and Miratrix, Tyzonn is knocked unconscious and awakes on his home planet with his fiancé.Image may contain: sky, cloud, house and outdoorTyzonn begins to have doubts regarding his reunion with his old fiance. Meanwhile, Mack attacks the Fearcats in the Flash Point Megazord willing to sacrifice himself to stop Agrios. The Rangers eventually defeat Agrios, The Fearcats try to escape with the Octavian Chalice but the Rangers show up ready to finish the battle once and for all.Image may contain: sky, cloud and outdoorThe Rangers travel to Greece, where they invoke an ancient ritual in order to find the next jewel. Kamdor, angry that Miratrix failed him again, berates her. Miratrix, seeking more power, intercepts the ritual and becomes a giant bird-like creature. After being defeated by the Battlefleet Megazord, Kamdor then imprisons her inside the crystal where he was imprisoned. He now makes his final act: summoning a meteor with the power of the Blue Sapphire, and challenges the Rangers. While the rest battle the meteor, Will battles Kamdor. In the end, Will defeats Kamdor, and the Rangers destroy the meteor. They then travel to Egypt, and now need a key to open the Sarcophagus, with Moltor on the trail.No automatic alt text available.With the Blue Sapphire now in his possession, Flurious uses its power to start destroying Moltor’s volcano. Meanwhile the Rangers head to Japan to find the Tri-Dragon key which is needed to open the Tomb which they hope contains the next jewel. Mack, having decided he is the most expendable member to the team due to his android nature, starts to place himself in more and more dangerous situations and this comes to a head when he decides to go to Moltor’s volcano to retrieve the crown. Although he is unsuccessful, Moltor is severely weakened and travels to Flurious’ ice lair with the crown. However with both the crown and one of the jewels in his possession, Flurious quickly disposes of his brother and plans to take care of the Rangers next. Meanwhile the Rangers learn that the fifth jewel of the Corona may have been far closer than they could ever have imagined.Image may contain: 5 people, people standingThe Rangers retrieve the fifth jewel however are immediately ambushed by Flurious, the only villain left and he manages to take the four jewels that the Rangers possess. Now with all five jewels and the crown, Flurious plans to reassemble the Corona Aurora and unleash his wrath upon the world. 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Image may contain: mountain, sky, nature and outdoorTheo, Lily, and rookie Casey, members of the secretive kung fu academy Pai Zhua (Order of the Claw), are chosen to become the latest guardians of the ancient imprisoned spirit, Dai Shi. However, Jarrod, who was rejected from becoming a chosen guardian for his arrogance, accidentally unleashes Dai Shi before fleeing. When Dai Shi destroys Master Mao’s physical form, the trio head to Ocean Bluff, seeking their new Master only to find he is actually the seemingly inept owner of the Jungle Karma Pizza parlor, RJ. When Dai Shi’s minions attack Casey finds himself struggling to find his Tiger spirit.Image may contain: one or more people and textWith Mantor still plaguing the city, the Rangers are in desperate need of learning the ability to bring themselves up to his size. RJ refuses to teach his new pizza parlor employees/students this skill until they can master their individual weapons. Casey, still a cub in the Order of the Claw, struggles with the nunchuku. If Theo and Lily can aid him in this task, they just may stand a chance of combining their animal spirits to create the Jungle Pride Megazord.No automatic alt text available.Camille sends out Pangolin to attack the city for preparation of the Sky Overlord’s resurrection. The Rangers must seek out the Jungle Mace in order to defeat Pangolin. Unfortunately Master Phant has left Pai Zhua and no longer wants to help. Lily still has faith that the old master is still inside of the hermit. Touched by her hope, the master teaches her his techniques of the Elephant.No automatic alt text available.Theo meets Master Swoop, who has the spirit of the Bat as he is also blind, and starts to teach Theo the way of the Bat so he can help defeat the latest terrors unleashed by Carnisoar.No automatic alt text available.As both Theo and Lily have found new masters, Casey is eager for his to show up which makes RJ feel out of place, and things take a turn for the worse when the new master turns out to be Master Finn, RJ’s estranged father. Casey learns how to use the Shark Spirit while RJ is eager to show his father the extent of his own powers.Image may contain: one or more people and people standingWith new Zords and weapons the Rangers are starting to feel unbeatable, and are offended when RJ wants them to start refreshing themselves on some basic steps. However it soon turns out that the Rangers aren’t the only ones who have been furthering themselves when they are soundly beaten by a more powerful Dai Shi before RJ comes to the rescue. Dai Shi captures him leaving the Rangers without a master. Then the Rangers go back to the Pai Zhua Academy and then Master Mao appears and sends them to the Spirit world to train with the fallen masters. As they arrive the masters take them by surprise and beat them while Dai Shi prepares for his fight with RJ.No automatic alt text available.The fallen masters train the Rangers by helping them over come their fears. Meanwhile at Dai Shi’s lair, Dai Shi fights RJ. Back at Jungle Karma Pizza Fran discovers the Ranger’s identities. Then the Rangers come to RJ’s rescue with their new Jungle Master Mode and defeat Dai Shi and his guards.No automatic alt text available.Carnisaur and Jellica conspire to bring forth Grizzaka, and after a battle with a pig Rinshi Beast, the Rangers are given the day off while RJ deals with a pain in his chest. Soon after, they fight Porcupongo, who pricks Lily with one of his quills. This causes her personality to change drastically, becoming a biker girl as a strange Wolf Man appears and attacks Casey and Theo. When Porcupongo appears again, the boys go after him while Lily and Fran argue, eventually making Lily turn back into herself and join the fight against Porcupongo and defeat him once and for all.Image may contain: textAfter battling with Dai Shi, RJ cannot control his Animal Spirit and goes insane. He becomes a wolf and has to be restrained. Fran then places her palm on his wolf hand he returns to his human form, She then reminds him to ask his friends for help rather than run away. RJ regains control of himself and becomes the Wolf Ranger.Image may contain: 1 personNow that RJ has joined the team as the Wolf Ranger, Casey is beginning to doubt himself as the leader of the Rangers. Meanwhile, Grizzaka releases a pair of stronger Shadow Guards who give the Rangers a tough time. Master Mao’s spirit visits Jarrod and unknowingly sends him on a quest for the Rhino Nexus.Image may contain: night and outdoorAfter R.J. saves Flit, the little fly becomes an unwanted friend, but when R.J. is in trouble only Flit can save him. Meanwhile, Grizzaka releases an evil spirit making R.J. lose control of his spirit again.Image may contain: one or more people, outdoor and waterDominic was sent out by Master Mao to find purpose for his life. He finds out that RJ and the others are really Rangers and he wants to join them. He now knows that this is his purpose in life. Casey is dubious but Dominic proves he has the spirit of the Rhino. Dominic becomes the Rhino Ranger.No automatic alt text available.Dominic and Theo depart for the Control Dagger, but are side tracked with the attack of Whirnado. Meanwhile, Dai Shi returns to the temple where he is imprisoned. Camille attempts to take the Control Dagger which is the only way into the Rhino Nexus.No automatic alt text available.With the Control Dagger in hand, Dai Shi aims to unlock the Nexus for himself. The Overlords refuse to let such power fall into the hands of the Rangers or Dai Shi. Having searched all his life for his destiny, Dominic isn’t about to let the Overlords, or Dai Shi stand in his way. With the help of his friends, Dominic is able to unlock the power of the Rhino Nexus and summons the Rhino Steel Zord to transform into Rhino Pride Megazord and destroy Carnisoar.No automatic alt text available.The Rangers learn about the Crystal Eyes, while Dai Shi sends Camille to steal the Crystal Eyes so he can revive the Phantom Generals, while the Rangers (minus Casey) fight Grizzaka. Casey and Jarrod fight over the Crystal Eyes, while Jellica attempts to steal them. Casey comes to the aid of his friends after Dai Shi warns him that they stand no chance against Grizzaka without him. With Casey’s added power they finally manage to destroy Grizzaka.No automatic alt text available.Jellica releases the Phantom Beasts by the crystal eyes, who destroy her and swear allegiance to Dai Shi. Using their power, Dai Shi allows the Phantom Beasts to kidnap the 3 masters, who are used to create the Spirit Rangers.No automatic alt text available.

With the masters in their possession, the Phantoms have a new weapon, the Spirit Rangers. Meanwhile, Theo’s twin brother Luen (Aljin Abella in a dual role) shows up and causes trouble at JKP. One of the Phantom Beasts begins capturing the Rangers within mirror-like discs but mistakingly captures Luen believing him to be Theo. Theo fights the phantom and manages to free all of the Rangers and Luen who learns of his brother’s secret of being a Ranger. The Phantom Beast is then destroyed by the ranger’s combined might. Later RJ is psychically contacted by his father to help in defeating the Spirit Rangers.Image may contain: one or more people and people sittingBy redirecting the Claw Cannon to cancel out the Spirit Rangers, RJ accidentally seals his father Master Finn inside one of the Crystal Eyes. Unidoom attempts to throw it into the ocean, but Flit gives it to RJ and RJ brings his father back. They free Masters Swoop & Phant and the Jungle Fury Rangers & Spirit Rangers unite to destroy Unidoom.No automatic alt text available.Casey and the others fight Whiger and the other Phantom Beast Generals who have given Camille their power and the Phoenix Spirit, and Dai Shi the Griffin Spirit, and made him their king. Whiger steals Casey’s Tiger Spirit and the Rangers are easily defeated without his help. When Whiger attacks again Casey goes to Jungle Master Mode to help save the others and his martial arts students, powering the Claw Cannon with a student’s Tiger Spirit. Whiger is defeated by the Megazords and flees.Image may contain: outdoor and natureWhiger was only able to steal the Tiger Spirit from Casey, but not destroy Casey. For his failure, Dai Shi strips him of his power and he is to fade away. Casey shows his kindness to Whiger even though they were just battling. Whiger rethinks which side he should be on. He helps Casey save his friends who have been captured along with all the other people in giant rattraps.Together they defeat Camille but Whiger fades to nothing after using up the last of his powers. With the Rangers re-united they destroy the two phantom beasts behind the plot with their animal spirits and afterwards Casey acknowledges that they couldn’t have won without Whiger. Later Snapper and Scorch begin to scheme of getting rid of Camille.No automatic alt text available.RJ takes Casey, Theo, and Lily back to the Pai Zhua temple for the final test before they earn the rank of Pai Zhua Master… defeating Masters Finn, Swoop and Phant in battle. Although Theo and Lily pass and earn their Master’s stripes, Casey fails and, feeling dejected, goes out on his own. Meanwhile Dai Shi starts to lose control over Jarrod as he struggles to break free so Scorch and Snapper send Sonimax, Osirus, and Lepus to destroy Camille because they think she is the cause of it. Casey witnesses Jarrod saving Camille at the last minute and sees that there is some good left in Jarrod. In the end Jarrod gains control long enough to destroy Sonimax and Osirus while the Rangers use their Megazords to destroy Lepus. Dai Shi manages to regain control and Casey, although certain that Jarrod still exists inside Dai Shi, still needs to work out why he failed his test to earn the rank of Master.No automatic alt text available.Casey is convinced there is good left in Jarrod, enough to break Dai Shi’s control, but the others doubt him knowing that even before he was possessed, Jarrod was a bully who went against those weaker than he was. Undeterred by his friends’ doubts and Master Mao’s orders not to pursue the issue, he faces Dai Shi at his lair to bring out the goodness in Jarrod. After a hard battle, Casey allows Dai Shi to destroy him and, as a result, Jarrod expels him before he can strike. The two leave the temple along with Camille, who also rebels against Dai Shi to protect Jarrod. The three then leave and are attacked by Scorch and Snapper. The other Rangers show up, and Jarrod and Camille join forces with them to defeat the two Phantom Generals. Scorch becomes a giant, then gets defeated by the Stampede Formation, including Jarrod and Camille’s spirit beasts. Casey, for acting on his own instincts instead of copying his friends, finally earns his Master stripes while Jarrod runs off, feeling guilty over the trouble he’s caused and the evil he unleashed.No automatic alt text available.Scorch is back again with an army of Rinshis invading the city. Dai Shi now has enough power to open a portal to the spirit world and brings back all of his fallen army. The Rangers are soon joined by all of the masters and the Spirit Rangers and are able to destroy all of the revived villains as well as Scorch. Furious, Dai Shi finally reveals his true form (a gigantic hydra-like dragon) and targets the Red Ranger. Jarrod tries to shake the conviction in his heart, but Camille decides to join the Rangers. RJ and Dominic form the WolfPride and Rhino Steel Megazords, but are defeated. Then Jarrod appears and tells Dai- Shi that he was wrong of saying he didn’t have the lion’s heart, then Jarrod attacked and weakened Dai-Shi with his Zocato power. Master Mao state that only the three chosen ones can destroy Dai Shi for good. “A Pai Zhua Master doesn’t ask, he knows. There is a higher level of animal spirits. One that has never been reached before by student or Master. It’s time to push beyond the possible, to our highest potential.” Then Casey Lily and Theo launch a Big sun blast towards Dai-Shi which destroys him. After that, Casey starts to teach at the academy with Jarrod and Camille starting all over again in it, Theo finally asks Lily for a date, RJ starts working with Flit, now human again, Dom goes on a tour with Fran.power_rangers_rpm_by_butters101-d73amgm

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, outdoor and textEveryone on Earth is forced into the domed city of Corinth, for it is their last safe haven from the computer virus known as Venjix. While everyone makes it safely into Corinth, a mysterious stranger later known as Dillon is seen outside the dome. Trying to find the city of Corinth, a man known as Ziggy Grover offers to take him there. Safely making it inside past Venjix’s soldiers, known as Grinders, the city is being attacked by a Generation 5 Attack Bot. However, three people: Scott Truman, Ranger Operator Series Red, Flynn McAllistair, Ranger Operator Series Blue, and Summer Landsdown, Ranger Operator Series Yellow, all of which were previously seen before, step in to take down Venjix’s forces. They are known as the Power RangersNo automatic alt text available.Ziggy & Dillon make it inside, but so do some of Venjix’s forces. Now the Rangers have to deal with the attacking forces. The two new members of the city are arrested when Dillon is found to have internal Venjix Hardware. But with Venjix growing stronger, who can the Rangers choose to activate Series Black?No automatic alt text available.Dillon is given the chance to become the Black Ranger, but even after he passes all the tests, he himself still doesn’t want to. After realizing he can protect others with the power he accepts the role, but he still has some obstacles to overcomeImage may contain: sky, skyscraper, cloud, ocean and outdoorThe Rangers begin to search for a candidate for the Ranger Series Green. After auditioning several colorful candidates they give up. After Ziggy’s past catches up to him he encounters a young woman who seems perfect. She turns out to be Tenaya 7 in disguise. Ziggy is forced to bond with the Morpher and become the Green Ranger.Image may contain: one or more people and people sittingDillon must learn how to use his invincibility shield when Tenaya 7 tries to bring down Corinth’s shield. Dillon and Ziggy use their Zords to help the Megazord, and Doctor K finally reveals “his” identity as a teenage girl.No automatic alt text available.Ziggy and Doctor K clash as he undergoes training, while a magnetic Venjix monster launches an assault on the city. Ziggy’s criminal past is revealed to the Rangers, as is how he angered the cartels by sending black-market medical supplies to an orphanage; Doctor K emerges from the base to save him from being executed by the mobsters, though she remains antagonistic to him.Image may contain: sky and outdoorAfter fending off a squad of Grinders, Ziggy and Dillon try to summon the Croc Carrier, but it goes out of control and requires rare technology, which only Scott knows about. However, Scott goes out alone into the desert and tries to get the part from his brother’s plane wreckage. But then the newest Attack Bot attacks, leaving Scott in need to get saved by his father Colonel Truman. Scott delivers Doctor K the engine part, allowing Ziggy and Dillon to form the ValveMax Megazord and destroy the Attack Bot. At the end, Colonel Truman reads the lost and found recommendation letter from Marcus, which pointed out Scott’s abilities.No automatic alt text available.Tenaya 7 attacks Corinth with the Boombot while the Rangers and Doctor K answer questions from some school kids, which makes Summer remember her past as a spoiled rich kid. The Rangers fight and destroy the Boombot, only to discover it is a decoy and that Tenaya 7 has gone in search of a rare black diamond owned by Summer’s parents. After defeating Tenaya 7, Summer tells the other Rangers that she promised to get married if her parents gave her enough space and let her temporarily become a Ranger until sometime later in the future when she would be taken back home.Image may contain: one or more peopleSummer’s parents reveal to her that they are broke, and need her to marry Chaz Winchester for his family’s money. Dillon and Scott are still arguing about whether or not Summer is making the right decision on going along with the marriage to get the diamond, and keep it safe from Tenaya 7. After she is abandoned in the desert, Andrews finds her and helps her get close to Corinth before they get attacked by Grinders. Andrews dies, but tells Summer to make it safe. Scott tells Mr. Landsdown about the “new” Summer, and how she saved him.Image may contain: 1 person, indoorA malfunction in his Time Manipulation Burst causes Flynn to be sidelined as the other Rangers face off against Tenaya 7 and her Grinders. While waiting for Doctor K to come up with a solution, Flynn looks back on his life leading up to Venjix’s attack and how he came to be the Blue Ranger.No automatic alt text available.While attempting to overcome a power problem with the Rangers’ new zord configuration, Doctor K is haunted by memories of her childhood being held at the “Alphabet Soup” think tank and a terrible mistake for which she has tried to make up for.Image may contain: nightDillon has a dream about his past when the Rangers are called into action. Venjix sends multiple monsters, wearing the Rangers down, and Dillon must make an important decision when he confronts the monster that has his stolen memories. He decides to keep his new memories and forget everything.Image may contain: ocean, sky, nature, outdoor and waterTenaya 7 implants a remote device on Dillon’s back of his neck which makes him fall under the control of Venjix and makes his bionic implants begin to take over his body. When he tries to leave the city, Dillon finds himself chained by Scott, leaving the rest of the Rangers to seek out the means to help him.No automatic alt text available.Dillon seeks to find more about his past by traveling to Omega City with the other Rangers in the GO-ONGER vehicle. They are sidetracked when Venjix downloads himself into a Generation 13 Attack Bot. When things look bad for the Rangers, two new and unknown Rangers appear to help. They then disappear, leaving the five Rangers in wonder of their identities.Image may contain: outdoorThe Rangers arrive at Omega City only to discover it was all a trap set by Venjix. In the midst of trying to escape, they are ambushed and overwhelmed by Venjix forces, but are saved by Rangers Gold and Silver who, this time, fight off their assailants in person. The seven Rangers then return to Corinth, where Rangers Gold and Silver finally reveal themselves as Gem and Gemma, long lost friends of Dr. K from the Alphabet Soup facility.Image may contain: car, sky and outdoorScott decides to join Gem and Gemma in a more offensive approach in the battle against Venjix. Colonel Truman defaults to his usual “defend the city” tactics and ends up trapping everyone inside while a Venjix bot sucks all the air out of the city. The remaining Rangers make a deadly escape from Corinth and regroup with Scott in order to save the city.Image may contain: sky, skyscraper, cloud and outdoorScott decides to join Gem and Gemma in a more offensive approach in the battle against Venjix. Colonel Truman defaults to his usual “defend the city” tactics and ends up trapping everyone inside while a Venjix bot sucks all the air out of the city. The remaining Rangers make a deadly escape from Corinth and regroup with Scott in order to save the city.Image may contain: sky, skyscraper, cloud and outdoorThe Rangers must return to the factory where the doomsday device is being built. Dillon attempts to find his sister before it’s too late. Dillon discovers that he, Summer, Gem & Gemma are in his sister’s cell. Summer finds the key that belonged to Dillon’s sister at Venjix factory that matches Dillon’s key.Image may contain: skyscraper, sky, cloud and outdoorIn an effort to impress his father, Scott makes a reckless trip out to the wasteland. He and Gem stumble upon human prisoners and their field trip turns into a rescue mission. Venjix test-drives his new and improved robotic form. His new body doesn’t hold up very well against the Rangers. Scott talks to Dillon about the Venjix Prisoners Camp where humans are infected with the Venjix virus, and Grinders make human hybrids like Dillon, his sister & the other at the Venjix Palace.No automatic alt text available.Untested technology is found in an Alphabet Soup dumping ground. Colonel Truman tries to keep the technology from Venjix and comes across a video log that pins Dr. K responsible for the start of Venjix. Colonel Truman wants to arrest Dr. K. but if he does, then she wouldn’t be able to help the Rangers with the dangerous Paleomax technology.No automatic alt text available.It dawns on Dillon that the two keys to his musical pocketwatch fit together to play another tune — the same one that Tenaya 7 whistles. Tenaya 7 is hit by memories of her past. She does some investigating on her own and finds out what really happened to her. Dillon finds out Tenaya 7 is his long lost sister.Image may contain: one or more peopleTenaya 7 & Dillon go to Venjix palace to retrieve codes to stop an Attack Bot. Dillon is left wondering which side she is on when she turns him into Venjix. With the stolen codes, Dr. K is able to configure the RPM Ultrazord. Kilobyte captures Tenaya 7 before she can reunite with the Rangers.No automatic alt text available.Dillon’s search for Tenaya is put on hold when Scott is in trouble. Scott was shot with a key that allows Shifter to control him. The Rangers do their best to save their leader when they come face to face with Tenaya 15. She has been reprogrammed with one mission: Serve Venjix. Dr. K makes a gun whose shots can make Tenaya susceptible to mind control.Image may contain: night and skyVenjix’s end game is about to reveal itself. Every Attack Bot has been a calculating step closer to his plan. The city is filled with hybrids just like Dillon. Venjix is going to activate them all and Corinth will be brought down.Image may contain: 1 person, outdoorWhen a magnetic wave cuts off Corinth’s electricity, the Rangers are left vulnerable to attack from Venjix’s army of sleeper hybrids. Ziggy embarks on a solo mission to rescue Dr. K, who was kidnapped by Venjix, when The Garage is compromised; Venjix deletes two Rangers, Gem and Gemma; and Venjix’s hardware inside Dillon’s body begins to take control over him. Tenaya has returned to the good side thanks to Dr. K’s antidote, and Kilobyte is destroyed. At Dr. K’s destroyed lab, the Rangers appeal to her to help them. Tenaya refuses at first, but Flynn convinces her to do so since Dillon’s life is in danger.No automatic alt text available.Dr. K. develops another virus to counter the Venjix virus, but it must be inserted into Venjix himself in order to be activated. Tenaya agrees to insert the virus into the Venjix network. Despite being short a few members, the remaining Rangers vow to soldier on before Venjix can regroup his armies. Gem and Gemma return with help from Dr. K. Venjix is destroyed when Gem and Gemma destroy the support beams to the Command Center and drop it onto Venjix. The Earth is now safe for humanity to live and prosper once more. In the last scene, red light appears in Ranger Red’s morpher, hinting at Venjix’s survival.maxresdefault

 

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REVIEW: WRONG SWIPE

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CAST

Anna Hutchison (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Blake Berris (Crazy Bitches)
Kevin Joy (Red Scare)
Heather Karasek (Super Shark)
Philipp Karner (Driving Normal)
Ted King (One Life To Live)
Stacey Moseley (Welcome To The Dollhouse)

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Anna Taylor (Anna Hutchison) is a woman who doesn’t have time for dating because she’s in law school. So it’s the perfect time for her sister Sasha (Karissa Lee Staples) to force her into dating by installing the Swipe app on her phone! Heck, Sasha reconnected with her high school boyfriend, Matt (Rhys Ward), thanks to the app. Anna isn’t on good terms with her ex, Nate (Kevin Joy), but she’s still not thrilled about this new dating app. Especially when it suddenly starts giving her GPS notifications that a “Swipe crush” is nearby. The first one is a kid in her class, Todd (Blake Berris), who is awkward and creepy. There’s also a mysterious stalker account sending her messages about how they are destined for each other. Even worse, she does meet up with a high school acquaintance named Jake (Arthur Napiontek), and he tries to spike her drink! Luckily, she had to bail before the drug kicked in. But let’s forget about all those danger situations, because she’s also met a Nice Guy named Pete (Philipp Karner) and things are going swell.
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Until Pete is murdered by her crazed stalker! Damn, Tinder! Anna was already being paranoid about the stalker, this turns her into paranoid overdrive, not trusting anyone, because the stalker could be anyone! Anyone male, that is. Thankfully, the film gave us several suspects instead of just two, so even though the final reveal was a little too Lifetime twist for me, the fact there was a wider selection of possible stalker guys made the film a better piece of internet flavored stranger danger junk than the usual suspects. Anna is partially paranoid because (as we see in the intro) her father was murdered by a random carjacker, which turned her mom into an agoraphobe who hasn’t left her house in years. Anna has to take care of her mom and Sasha, all while Sasha speaks in random internet vocabulary such as starting sentences with “Goggle translate:” or saying “hashtag” before words. Despite that, Anna and Sasha obviously love each other and spend time together and have their best interests at heart, but Sasha also insults her mom for not getting over her husband being murdered. Basically the family dynamic has to be skewed enough to allow Anna to be stressed out and busy, but not so stressed out she doesn’t have someone to talk to about her problems.
tmb_4280_480Overall the film was a pretty Lifetimeish Lifetime flick, fans of those movies will enjoy while anyone else will probably be bored. It didn’t break the boundaries of its position, and even left a few loose ends lying around that I thought would factor into the ending, but didn’t. worth watching also if you are a fan of Anna Hutchison who is just awsome

 

REVIEW: WENDY WU: HOMECOMING WARRIOR

CAST

Brenda Song (New Girl)
Shin Koyamada (The Yokai King)
Ellen Woglom (April Showers)
Tsai Chin (Now You See Me 2)
Justin Chon (Twilight)
Michael David Cheng (The Cleaning Lady)
Andy Fischer-Price (Kaboom)
Susan Chuang (Cold Case)
James Gaylyn (Power Rangers RPM)
Anna Hutchinson (Cabin In The Woods)
Sally Martin (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Geoff Dolan (Jack of All Trades)

Wendy Wu (Brenda Song) is an average, popular American teenager whose life is turned upside down by a visit from a young Buddhist monk Shen (Shin Koyamada). Shen claims Wendy is the reincarnation of an all-powerful almighty female warrior and the only one who can prevent an ancient evil spirit from destroying the world. Shen begs Wendy to wear an incredibly strong and powerful amulet that will protect her from evil until he can fully train her in martial arts.

Appalled by Shen’s obvious lack of fashion sense – he usually wears what looks like a bath robe – Wendy is too busy campaigning for Homecoming Queen against her school arch rival, Jessica Dawson, to be bothered with rescuing civilization. Wendy’s traditional grandmother knows that Shen is speaking the truth; her mother (Wendy’s great-grandmother) was the previous Yin Warrior who ninety years earlier defeated Yan-Lo in China. However, the others in Wendy’s family have lost touch with their Chinese heritage. Shen’s discussion of Chinese culture inspire Wendy’s mother, a researcher at Fair Springs National History Museum, and Shen’s mooncakes do the same for Wendy’s father. However, faced with the choice between fighting evil and going shopping, Wendy is off to the mall in a heartbeat with her best friends Tory and Lisa. Yan-Lo soon materializes and sets out to destroy Wendy before she can attain her full Yin Warrior powers and abilities. In quick succession, the dark spirit possesses a security guard at the museum, Wendy’s brother, her dog, her principal, her teachers, her best friend Tory and even Jessica Dawson.Wendy breaks up with her boyfriend, Austin after noticing how much of a jerk he is and starts to bond more with Shen. With Shen’s help, her teachers are possessed by the souls of the Five Animals of Chinese martial arts to help teach Wendy. Mr. Medina becomes the Tiger, Coach Gibbs becomes the Snake, Mr. Tobias becomes the Crane, Mr. Garibay becomes the Leopard, and Shen himself becomes the Dragon. Wendy completes her training, and learns that she has become Homecoming Queen. She then discovers that the night she does battle is the same night as the Homecoming Dance. Feeling betrayed, she opts out. On the night of the Homecoming, her grandmother insists that Wendy fulfill her destiny, but Wendy refuses. She finally changes her mind upon learning from the monks that Shen has gone into battle alone.Wendy and the monks arrive to Shen’s aid just in time. Wendy’s martial arts training unleashes her inner heroine for a final showdown with Yan-Lo. In the last scene, Jessica thanks Wendy for lending her the Homecoming crown and the Queen status, opposing her usual hostile approach towards Wendy and the conflict between the two is apparently put to rest. Everyone is about to leave, but Yan Lo returns, this time in his actual form, and the battle continues. Shen begins to sacrifice himself, as it is his destiny, but Wendy saves him by changing his destiny. Wendy and Shen both kick Yan Lo together, and Yan Lo is destroyed forever. The monks tell Shen this is his last life, and they ascend. At the end, Wendy and Shen leave to get cappucinos and chocolate that Shen said he loves earlier in the movie, hinting that they might beginWendy Wu Homecoming Warrior was a delightful movie to watch and it was so much fun!

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: ANGER MANAGEMENT: CHARLIE AND THE CHRISTMAS HOOKER

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CAST

Charlie Sheen (Hot Shots)
Shawnee Smith (The Grudge 3)
Laura Bell Bundy (Veronica Mars)
Noureen DeWulf (Pulse 2 & 3)
Michael Arden (Bride Wars)
Derek Richardson (Bring it On 2)
Barry Corbin (Critters 2)
Brian Austin Green (Smallville)

Guest Cast

Martin Sheen (Spawn)
Anna Hutchison (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)

Sasha, a hooker from Charlie’s past, returns with an offer for Charlie for the two of them to sail a yacht to Hawaii as a favor for her friend, but they have to leave on Christmas eve and he has already invited his therapy group for a get-together that evening. Elsewhere, Sean misinterprets Jordan’s intentions when she intentionally drives away his date and then invites him over to decorate her Christmas tree, while Ed steals a Mexican-looking baby Jesus from a local church’s Nativity scene.

Anger Management may of been a short lived show that was an average comedy, but at least they did a great christmas episode. I’m biased of course as this episode features one of my all time favorite actresses Anna Hutchison who became a recurring character on the show. This special gave all the leads something to do. Ed stealing the black Jesus baby statue was hilarious, and having the gang try to sneek it back into the church was classic. This is a worth while christmas episode to watch around the holidays.

REVIEW: ANGER MANAGEMENT – SEASON 1-2

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MAIN CAST

Charlie Sheen (Machete Kills)
Selma Blair (Hellboy)
Shawnee Smith (Saw)
Noureen DeWulf (American Dreamz)
Michael Arden (Bride Wars)
Daniela Bobadilla (The Middle)
Derek Richardson (Hostel)
Barry Corbin (Windsor)
Brian Austin Green (Terminator: TSCC)
Laura Bell Bundy (Scream Queens)
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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Brett Butler (Grace Under Fire)
Michael Boatman (Hamburger Hill)
James Black (Kick-Ass 2)
Darius McCrary (15 Minutes)
Aldo Gonzalez (Sons of Anarchy)
Stephen Monroe Taylor (Texas Rising)
Kerri Kenney (Role Models)
Denise Richards (Valentine)
Martin Sheen (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Meredith Salenger (Lake Placid)
Mimi Kennedy (Mom)
Steve Valentine (Mike & Molly)
Stacy Keach (Two and a Half Men)
Danielle Bisutti (Curse of Chucky)
CeeLo Green (Sparkle)
Ken Lerner (The Running Man)
Bryce Johnson (Popular)
Lindsay Lohan (Scary Movie V)
Eddie Shin (That 80s Show)
Don Stark (That 70s Show)
Marion Ross (Happy Days)
Steven Krueger (The Originals)
Carol Kane (Gotham)
Nicole Travolta (House of Dust)
LeAnn Rimes (Reel Love)
Greg Cipes (Teen Titans)
Kristina Anapau (Black Swan)
Brea Grant (Heroes)
Anna Hutchison (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Bob Clendenin (Birds of Prey)
Ajay Mehta (Spider-Man)
Meera Simhan (Miss India America)
Gina Gershon (Ugly Betty)
Odette Annable (The Unborn)
George Wyner (Spaceballs)
Ron West (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Bary Livingston (Argo)
Cheech Marin (Machete)
Carla Gallo (Bones)
Julia Duffy (Looking)
Brooke Lyons (Izombie)
Fred Stoller (Little Man)
Isaiah Mustafa (Chuck)
Aly Michalka (Izombie)
Tiffany Dupont (Greek)
Michael Gross (Tremors)
Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap)
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Arrow)
Ivar Brogger (Andromeda)
Eric Steinberg (Stargate SG.1)
Will Sasso (Movie 43)
Arden Myrin (Shameless USA)
Mercedes Mason (The Finder)
Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin)
Ciara Hanna (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Robin Riker (Big Love)
Izabella Miko (The Cape)

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If there is anything that can be said about Charlie Sheen it’s that he lands on his feet, even when having very public melt downs.  After losing his job on Two and a Half Men the fact he managed to find himself another show where he was the star is surprising in ways, but in others it could be said to be a cheap attempt to cash in on the fact that he is quite a huge public figure.  Anger Management Season One is a show that rests firmly on Sheen’s shoulders and relies on his talents, which is both a good and bad thing.
Charlie, played by Charlie Sheen is a failed baseball player who ended his own career when he lost his temper and tried to break a bat over his knee, doing more damage to himself than the bat.  Having to find another form of employment he becomes an anger management therapist ranging from a group that meet every week at his house to a group in prison who are in need of the therapy to curb their violent actions.  Managing his patient’s therapy while trying to control his own anger issues he finds things further complicated by his own therapist that he’s sleeping with, his ex-wife and their daughter who suffers from OCD.
It’s quite interesting that Anger Management starts with an opening scene where Sheen shouts into the screen with a blatant message to his past employers over at Two and a Half Men, because Anger Management is very similar to his past show.  His character, although he drinks less and actually seems quite a smart guy but he is very much Charlie.  The other characters also have that oddball appearance about them that you expect to see in Two and a Half Men, it’s just missing the people he left behind.  In the defence of Anger Management defence though I found the show to be quite likeable and the fact that Selma Blair, who is very easy on the eye spends most of it in various stages of undress is nothing to be complained about.  Of course she also provides sound advice as his therapist and constantly challenges him to do the right thing.
If we further compare the show to Two and a Half Men the reason that show worked and continues to survive is down to the characters themselves, although most recently it seems that not only Charlie Sheen are causing it issues.  Looking to Anger Management though, with a more well behaved Sheen, a guest appearance from his father Martin Sheen and a good ensemble cast and we have a show that Sheen can work off quite well.  Shawnee Smith as his ex-wife pulls off a suitably fiery performance, verbally sparring with Sheen and holding her own, she’s the type of actress who seems to effortlessly have that edge to her characters, and in this she does it to good effect, though it’s obvious she still cares about her ex-husband.  Daniela Bobadilla as his daughter Sam is one of the quirkier of the characters, with her OCD giving her quite a few episodes when she’ll get herself into strange situations just as part of her daily life.
The highlight of the show though is arguably Charlie’s patients, Lacey (Noureen DeWulf), Patrick (Michael Arden), Nolan (Derek Richardson) and Ed (Barry Corbin) who display different varieties of anger that needs to be managed.  The sessions where they tell their tales of being in “control” are some of the funnier moments and I’d say for me Barry Corbin (Ed) is the stand out with his hatred of everybody in equal measure.  There are even episodes where the theme actually looks at ways for them to curtail their anger, which is a nice change.
Anger Management is a show that is enjoyably, but it does rely on Charlie Sheen which is always a risk.  It’s interesting that the show plays off the events that took place in Sheen’s life, which does include the shadow of Two and a Half Men.  It will be nice to see in the second season if the show can pull itself out of that shadow and Sheen can move on with the success, and it is believable that both he and the show can.
Charlie Sheen is in heaven. ‘Anger Management’ is the perfect show for him. He gets to walk around a set, cracking badly written jokes while a laugh-track validates them. The entire show is laden with attractive women who were probably in grade school when Sheen was doing ‘Major League.’ He gets to pretend to have a sex-filled no-strings-attached relationship with Selma Blair. And, to top it all off, the man who once pronounced “I’m different. I have a different constitution. I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man,” is playing a psychologist. One of the world’s greatest ironies I guess.
The problem – well the show has a ton of problems, but the biggest – is the fact that ‘Anger Management’ doesn’t play on the Charlie Sheen is batshit insane. It tries to make him a level-headed psychologist who happens to simply be way too addicted to females. At least one thing carried over from Charlie’s real-life shenanigans. Whenever one of his patients professes something crazy, or over-the-top, Charlie rolls his eyes, the laugh-track guffaws, and then he tries to set them straight. How much funnier would a show be about a therapist who happens to be just as crazy as Sheen is in real-life?
The show’s formula hasn’t changed from the first season. Sheen begins almost every episode gathered in his living room with his group of patients. Season two features maybe one or two semi-interesting storylines. In one episode Charlie’s father (played by his real-life father Martin Sheen) comes to visit. The gimmick is light-hearted fun for the first 10 minutes. There are a couple other episodes that focus more on the patients, which is a nice respite from chronicling Charlie’s endless female conquests. Yet again, most of the season revolves around Charlie trying to get into the pants of (extremely) younger women. Yes, it’s just as sleazy as it sounds even if there is a laugh-track trying to lighten the mood.
Anger Management is neither a bad show, nor a great one. Though there are some fairly talented people involved, the show is mediocre at best, happy to recycle the same gags repeatedly. This third volume picks things up partway through the series’ second season, but you could pick up this series at any point and not miss much. The show continues to try and find comic gold in the interactions between therapist Charlie Goodson (Sheen) and his ‘interesting’ array of patients including cantankerous old codger Ed (Barry Corbin); sexpot Lacey (Noureen DeWulf); passive Nolan (Derek Richardson), who has an unreciprocated crush on Lacey; and gay, disingenuous Patrick (Michael Arden).Since the characters haven’t been developed much beyond a surface level, generating any genuine, lasting laughs is near impossible.
This volume also has a handful of episodes continuing the “will they or won’t they” angle of Charlie’s relationship with Dr. Kate Wales (Selma Blair). It’s worth noting that Selma Blair look utterly uncomfortable in her appearances, making the storyline seem ridiculous. As many with an interest in entertainment news are aware, Blair complained that Sheen was a menace to work with…Charlie subsequently fired her, and she was soon replaced by eventually replaced by Laura Bell Bundy as Dr. Jordan Denby, a rather airheaded psychologist.
To be fair, even a mindless show like Anger Management can muster a laugh or two on occasion, and I always enjoy Martin Sheen’s appearances as Charlie’s father. By and large though, Anger Management has the feel of a show that’s put together on the fly, so as to not interfere with Charlie Sheen’s busy social schedule. A Nice addition to the series was Anna Hutchison who played a reformed hooker who Charlie falls in love, this kept my interest for the remainder of the show as she is one of my all time favorite actresses.

REVIEW: SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED

CAST

Liam McIntyre (Legend of Hercules)
Manu Bennett (Arrow)
Dustin Clare (Wolf Creek TV)
Daniel Feuerriegel (Winners & Losers)
Cynthia-Addai-Robinson (Arrow)
Pana Hema Taylor (Dead Lands)
Simon Merrells (The Wolfman)
Ellen Hollman (The Scorpion King 4)
Anna Hutchison (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)


RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Ditch Davey (Crawlspace)
Christian Antidormi (Strike Back)
Jenna Lind (Burning Man)
Colin Moy (Xena)
Jared Turner (Filfthy Rich)
Anthony Ray Parker (The Matrix)
Stephen Lovatt (Neighbours)
Peter Mensah (Sleepy Hollow)
Todd Lasance (The Vampire Diaries)
Joel Tobeck (Young Hercules)

And so comes the beginning of the end as War Of The Damned brings to its conclusion series’ creator Stephen DeKnight’s take on the story of Spartacus. Picking up where the last arc in the continuity left off, the ever controversial show once again takes us back to the days of ancient Rome to offer up the final chapter of the slave revolt around which the show is based. As with the story arcs that preceded it, the show does not want for sex, nudity and graphic violence, much stronger than most have seen on TV before, but that there is half the charm. Everything about the series, from the performances the set design to the digital effects work is so over the top that it’s hard to imagine the series being nearly as fun had the exploitative elements been toned down in the least. When the story beings, Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) has teamed up with Crixus (Manu Bennett) and Gannicus (Dustin Clare) to lead the slaves in bloody revolt against the armies of the Roman Empire. They won’t win an easy victory but Spartacus figures that to really win their freedom they’re going to have to set up a city fortress of sorts in order to have a location that will serve not only as a stronghold but also as a headquarters.As they set about making this a reality in hopes that once accomplished it will allow them to really ramp up their military operations, the powers that be in Rome lick their wounds and look for ways to replace soldiers lost in battle and refill their coffers. The Senate decides that the best man for this job is a wealthy Roman named Marcus Licinius Crassus (Simon Merrells). He comes in with enough money to help and is more or less put in charge of the military forces dedicated to putting the slaves back in their rightful place. While Crassus sets about doing this, a young Roman man named Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) is brought on board for the specific purpose of going undercover and making his way into Spartacus’ inner circle. The series sticks to the same formula that made the earlier storylines so much fun: lush production values,  epic and bloody battles, sex, backstabbing political types. A series that makes no qualms whatsoever about playing up not only the decadence of the Roman Empire during which it has been set  but also the more violent side of life during those times. The series is all the better for it. Underneath all of this surface level insanity, however, is the final chapter of a pretty well told story. Characters develop nicely and are given interesting personalities and the various plot lines that are woven throughout the series can occasionally be intricate and genuinely surprising. As such, there’s a good amount of suspense here.McIntyre shines in the lead again, showing a confidence and a naturalness in the part that really helps to carry the series. The other cast members all do good work here as well. Merrells and Lasance are both great on the opposing side of McIntyre and company as the soldiers. Performances are rarely, if ever, subtle but they fit the tone of the story and of the series as a whole. Merrells, in fact, tends to steal any scene he’s in even if he occasionally chews the scenery. Throw Ellen Hollman as a female warrior named Saxa and Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Naevia, Crixius’ main squeeze, and you can see that the ladies not only look great here but they hold their own in front of the cameras as well.The series ends on a high note, bringing together everything it laid out beforehand rather nicely. Would it have been possible to stretch it out further? Sure, but then you run the risk of the series starting to become old hat and with it already being repetitive in certain ways this far in, that was probably a legitimate concern on the part of the writing crew. As it stands now, the series remained a solid watch all the way through, a show that put entertainment first and succeeded in doing so. It’s easy to see why this quickly became and stayed a fan favorite.

31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

 

 

 

CAST

Kristen Connolly (The Happening)
Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
Anna Hutchison (Spartacus: Ward of The Damned)
Fran Kranz (Dollhouse)
Jessie Williams (Grey’s Anatomy)
Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers)
Bradley Whitford (The West Wing)
Brian White (Beauty and The BEast)
Amy Acker (Angel)
Tim DeZarn (Fight Club)
Tom Lenk (BuffY)
Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill)
Adrian Holmes (Arrow)
Ellie Harvie (The New Addams Family)
Patrick Sabongui (The Flash)
Sigourney Weaver (Aliens)

In a high tech underground facility, senior technicians Sitterson and Hadley discuss plans for a mysterious operation. A similar operation undertaken by their counterparts in Stockholm has just ended in failure. American college students Dana, Holden, Marty, Jules, and Curt are spending their weekend at a seemingly deserted cabin in the forest, a cabin recently acquired by Curt’s cousin. From their underground facility where they possess significant technological control over the area in which the cabin is situated, Sitterson and Hadley manipulate the teenagers by intoxicating them with mind-altering drugs that hinder rational thinking and increase libido. They take bets from coworkers as to what kind of monster will attack the teenagers and discuss the failures of similar rituals in other nationsIn the cabin’s cellar, the group finds many bizarre objects, including the diary of Patience Buckner, a cabin resident abused by her sadistic family. Dana recites incantations from the journal, inadvertently summoning the zombified Buckner family despite Marty’s warnings. By releasing pheromones, Hadley successfully induces Curt and Jules to have sex. Attacked by the marauding Buckner zombies, Jules is decapitated while Curt escapes to alert the group. Marty, a frequent marijuana smoker, discovers concealed surveillance equipment before being dragged off by one of the Buckners. Later, the facility workers learn that the ritual in Japan has also ended in failure, meaning that the American ritual is humanity’s last hope. It becomes apparent that the ritual involves blood sacrifice.Curt, Holden, and Dana attempt to escape in their RV, but Sitterson triggers a tunnel collapse to block them. Curt jumps a ravine on his motorcycle in an attempt to flee and alert the authorities, only to crash into a force shield, killing him. Holden and Dana retreat to the RV to plan their next move, but one of the Buckners, hiding within all along, fatally stabs Holden as they are driving away, resulting in the RV crashing and sinking into a lake. Dana escapes and swims ashore and is beset in turn. As she is attacked, Sitterson, Hadley, and their staff celebrate the successful completion of the ritual, viewing the events from their underground facility. The celebration is interrupted by a phone call pointing out that Marty has survived. His heavy marijuana use has apparently rendered him immune to Sitterson and Hadley’s manipulations.Marty rescues Dana and takes her to a hidden elevator he discovered under a grave. They descend into the underground facility, where a menagerie of monsters are imprisoned. Dana correlates them with the objects in the cabin’s cellar and realizes that those items gave victims the opportunity to choose the agents of their own deaths during the ritual. Cornered by the facility’s security personnel, she and Marty release the monsters, including zombies, goblins, mutants, witches, wraiths, a basilisk, a unicorn, a killer robot, and an evil clown. They wreak havoc and slaughter the staff; Hadley is killed by a merman and Sitterson escapes to the lower level.Dana and Marty flee the carnage (particularly menaced by a giant bat). Dana accidentally mortally wounds Sitterson, who begs her to kill Marty. Fleeing further, they discover an ancient temple and are confronted by the facility’s leader, known only as The Director. She explains that they are participating in an annual ritual sacrifice to appease the Ancient Ones (described as “giant evil gods”). Each facility’s ritual conforms to the rules of that region’s local lore; in America young people are chosen to be sacrificed based on similarity to certain archetypes: the whore (Jules), the athlete (Curt), the scholar (Holden), the fool (Marty), and the virgin (Dana). In order to complete the ritual the whore must die first and the virgin must survive or die last. Since all other facilities have failed, the penalty for not completing the ritual is the extermination of the entire human race. Hence, The Director urges Dana to kill Marty. Dana considers, but she is interrupted by a werewolf attack, while zombie Patience Buckner appears and kills The Director.Deciding that humanity is not worth saving, Dana and Marty share a joint while awaiting their fate. The temple floor collapses and a giant hand emerges, destroying the facility and the cabin itself.The genius of Cabin is the way director/co-writer Drew Goddard and producer/co-writer Joss Whedon have taken this mindset and embraced it. The film sat on the shelf for years when MGM suffered too many financial woes to afford a release, and yet its wit and invention remain as sharp as ever.  In the interest of keeping expectations managed, Cabin doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Its approach to horror is  original. The increasingly realistic and excessively gruesome style that they rode in on is far from universally loved. Cabin spills its fair share of guts, but it’s a good old-fashioned crowd pleaser.Cabin finds a way to access the reservoir of geekiness by engaging it rather than pandering to it.