REVIEW: HEROES – SEASON 1

Starring

Milo Ventimiglia (Gotham)
Hayden Panettiere (Nashville)
Jack Coleman (Spawn)
Tawny Cypress (Brooklyn’s Finest)
Leonard Roberts (Smallville)
Santiago Cabrera (Transformers: The Last Knight)
Masi Oka (The Meg)
Greg Grunberg (Alias)
Adrian Pasdar (Supergirl)
Noah Gray-Cabey (Code Black)
Ali Larter (Final Destination)
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty and The Beast)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Ashley Crow (The Secret Circle)
Thomas Dekker (Terminator: TSCC)
James Kyson (Sleepy Hollow)
John Prosky (True Blood)
Richard Roundtree (Shaft)
Clea DuVall (Argo)
Nora Zehetner (Brick)
Cristine Rose (How I Met Your Mother)
Stacy Haiduk (Superboy)
Matt Lanter (Disaster Movie)
Danielle Savre (Boogeyman 2)
Deirdre Quinn (Miss Congeniality)
Adair Tishler (Dollhouse)
Maurice LaMarche (Futurama)
Tina Lifford (New Jack City)
Elizabeth Lackey (Planet of The Apes)
Eugene Byrd (Bones)
Jimmy Jean-Louis (Monster-In-Law)
Riki Lindhome (The Lego Batman Movie)
Erick Avari (Stargate)
Randall Bentley (Upside)
Archie Kao (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
Nicole Bilderback (Bring it On)
Matthew John Armstrong (Bones)
Rick Peters (Dexter)
Rena Sofer (Traffic)
Jayma Mays (The Smurfs)
Sakina Jaffrey (The Equalizer 2)
Zachary Quinto (Star Trek)
Tiffany Hines (Bones)
Graham Beckel (L.A. Confidential)
John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory)
Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World)
Brad Greenquist (Ali)
George Takei (Star Trek: TOS)
Jessalyn Gilsig (Nip/Tuck)
Monica Louwerens (Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue)
Bill Fagerbakke (How I Met Your Mother)
Rusty Schwimmer (The Perfect Storm)
Stana Katic (Castle)
Stan Lee (Avengers Assemble)
Missi Pyle (Gone Girl)
Missy Peregrym (Van Helsing)
Eric Roberts (The Finder)
Malcolm McDowell (Star Trek: Generations)
Kellan Lutz (Twilight)
Sterling Beaumon (Powers)
Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors)
Jack Guzman (Power Rangers Wild Force)

Tawny Cypress and Santiago Cabrera in Chapter One 'Genesis' (2006) Set on present day Earth, the show details how a growing number of people are developing special abilities outside of government control with a variety of consequences to them and the population at large. Unlike the truncated second season, the first had a full 23 episodes to explore the concept, resulting in a number of smaller, multi-episode arcs that all built toward a bigger picture as the season progressed. Unlike the old style of comic books though, the cast is made up of all sorts of regular people that start to notice they are “special”, some of whom learn to increase their abilities with concentration or training, stumbling at times but honing said powers in numerous ways.Masi Oka in Heroes (2006)In overall terms, the story uses the Human Genome Project as something of a starting point, using scientist Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) as a focal point for identifying gifted people as he follows a trail set forth by his father, a formerly distinguished geneticist that chased what were considered crazy ideas about human evolution until he was killed. Mohinder discovers that certain trace markers in human DNA predict people with abilities and having observed firsthand exactly how gifted some of these people are, he ends up trying to warn them of a serial killer named Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and what appears to be secret agents out to capture them. Needless to say, his efforts are not universally appreciated and he himself is cast into the mix as a pawn, forced to face both powered and mundane humans out to stop him. The show also uses a dozen or so other main characters that either have powers or interact heavily with them, many seemingly patterned after specific comic book characters in terms of abilities, though not so much in terms of their personalities.Greg Grunberg in Heroes (2006)Take Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) for example, he can bend the space time continuum if he concentrates hard enough, the Japanese office worker slaving away at his father’s corporation while dreaming of his special destiny. The guy is a stereotypical science fiction/comic book nerd too, wanting more than anything to become a hero rather than follow the path laid out for him by his father Kaito (George Takei of Star Trek fame). His hit or miss attempts to control his powers provide some of the comic relief of the show but he also serves as someone genre fans can identify with as he tries to uncover his own future with the help of his best friend, the mundane Ando Masahashi (James Kyson Lee).Hayden Panettiere in Heroes (2006)Then there was Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere), a gal with Wolverine-like healing powers who figures out she will regenerate no matter what happens to her, the gal finding out her adopted father Noah (Jack Coleman) is working for an agency with special plans for anyone with her kind of talents. The Texas high school cheerleader becomes an integral part of the main picture as she is stalked by Sylar, a man with the ability to take special powers by decapitating those he encounters, their showdown predicted long before by Isacc Mendez (Santiago Cabrera), a precognitive that draws the future while under the influence of heroin.Masi Oka and James Kyson in Heroes (2006)The cast also included internet stripper Niki Sanders (hotty Ali Larter) whose multiple personality disorder grants her alias Jessica super strength, Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar) a district attorney running for Congress that can fly, his brother Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) that finds out his ability is especially powerful as time moves forward, Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) a street cop that can read minds, and DL Hawkins (Leonard Roberts) who can become intangible at will. Some of them try to keep their secret, like Nathan since he is running for office, while others are on the run from the agency searching such folks out (their point man being Noah with the aid of a Haitian that can negate powers and erase minds played by Jimmy Jean Louis), the conspiracy something straight out of shows like The X-Files, Jericho, or Angel. The interactions of the cast make the show quite special too, capturing the spirit of modern comic books better than anything else I have seen to date.Adrian Pasdar and Rena Sofer in Heroes (2006)Particularly appealing is the manner in which most of the powers are not overly flashy, the dramatic elements allowed to keep the science fiction elements present but downplayed so that a larger audience won’t be alienated. Some of the episodes were gaudier than others in this respect but the exploration of human nature made this a wonderful show to appreciate, the sheer number of extras requiring me to take a lot longer to review this one but the quality of extras was such that I can see why so many fans found this show (in previous releases) to be such a winner, making it a high end Highly Recommended or better, reports of the second season being somewhat less inspiring but still interesting to me now that I’ve gotten a taste for the show. Also, fans of comic books and science fiction will likely find the great many references to other works interesting to find, things such as character names, addresses, license plates, or other minutia standing out to the dedicated few willing to pay stricter attention.Heroes Season 1 may not have tread completely new territory in terms of vast conspiracies (the manner in which Micah manipulated the election seemed to come straight out of the Gore camp), super powered humans, or the way in which human nature deals so readily with conflict but it was the kind of comic book for TV that I have been waiting for all my life and despite a few writing quirks in this first season, it was most entertaining with the kind of replay value few TV-on-DVD sets provide these days. It dealt with numerous situations that non-fans could appreciate too (rape, alienation, “being different”, and the balance between individual rights versus those of the public being only a few to speak of) and left the show open enough for following seasons to take the characters in all new directions. The use of a formulaic process in the episodes was proven to not impact the quality of the show too, my initial concern about the time travel arcs being a series of “do overs” covered well before the finale showed a healthy respect for making our own destiny instead of a predestined outcome as originally implied.

REVIEW: THE ONE

CAST

Jet Li (The Mummy 3)
Carla Gugino (Watchmen)
Delroy Lindo (Gone In 60 Seconds)
Jason Statham (Spy)
James Morrison (24)
Dylan Bruno (Numbers)
Tucker Smallwood (Contact)
Dean Norris (Breaking Bad)
Joel Stoffer (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Archie Kao (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
Doug Savant (Desperate Housewives)

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A high concept film that offers the possibility of the existence of a number of parallel universes wherein a person actually exists in each as an individual entity, yet is linked to the others by a life force that enables one to draw power and strength from another, `The One,’ directed by James Wong, is ultimately a showcase for the martial arts prowess of Jet Li. Li plays the dual role of Yulaw, a former policeman of the `Multiverse,’ who at some point happened onto the fact that if his own counterpart in one universe dies, his strength is increased; and Gabriel, a member of the L.A.P.D., who knows nothing of the existence of Yulaw or the parallel universes until he finds himself suddenly and inexplicably being hunted down by an unknown predator. Gabriel, it seems, is the last of Yulaw’s counterparts; and he has thus far disposed of one hundred, twenty-three others already. And, if the theory of the Multiverse proves to be true, with Gabriel’s demise Yulaw will become a kind of god, invincible and unstoppable. But there is another theory that states that if such a thing in fact occurs, it will mean the destruction of the universe in which it transpires. So there is a lot on the line, with only two policemen from the Multiverse, Roedecker (Delroy Lindo) and Funsch (Jason Statham) on Yulaw’s trail, hoping to stop him before it’s too late.
Wong has crafted a clever and fast-paced, action-packed adventure in which his star, Li, proves more than capable of maintaining the excitement, especially in the scenes in which he squares off with himself (with a nod of thanks to the F/X wizards-at-large). In this case, more is better, and `two’ Li’s equals twice the action, which is the name of the game in this movie. But though the action is plentiful– and extremely well done and choreographed– the story, even with it’s interesting premise, never seems to be fully realized, or at least not up to it’s potential.

On the acting front, Carla Gugino gives a solid performance as T.K., Gabriel’s wife, and though her supporting role is little more than a diversion between the action sequences, she is a welcome presence to the proceedings and makes the most of the screen time she is allotted. Most importantly, she makes T.K. believable, which adds some needed strength and emotional involvement to the story. Lindo does a good job, as well, but his character, Roedecker, lacks the development that would’ve made him a more integral part of the story. The same can be said of Statham, also, and Funsch seems to be little more than a means by which to move the story along. Not a bad device, but it adds so much more to a film when the characters involved have some real life of their own in them.

The supporting cast includes Brandon Molale (Stygian Prisoner), Scott L. Schwartz (Prisoner) and Kim McKamy (Doctor). A film that seems to fly by as fast as Jet Li’s feet and fists, `The One’ is definitely an exciting experience and makes for some satisfying entertainment. It’s a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of a movie, and the chances are pretty good that you’re going to get exactly what you expected going in.

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS – SEASON 8-12

MAIN CAST

Michael Chaturantabut (The Time Machine)
Sean CW Johnson (My Little Eye)
Alison MacInnis (Bewitched)
Keith Robinson (Dear John)
Sasha Craig (Dark Wolf)
Monica Louwerens (The Vampire Diaries)
Ron Rogge (That 70s Show)
Jennifer L. Yen (Dark Assassin)
Rhett Fisher (Micro Mini Kids)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Neil Kaplan (Digimon)
David Lodge (Naruto)
Ken Merckx (Orgazmo)
Rachel Koda (Birds of Prey)
Hal England (The Bonfire of The Vanities)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
David Leitch (V For Vendetta)
Diane Salinger (Batman Returns)
Archie Kao (Heroes)
Michael Forest (Cast Away)
Vaughn Armstrong (Star Trek: Enterprise)
Shannon Welles (Inception)
Jeff Henry (In Pursuit)
Justin Ross Martin (Scream Bloody Murder)
Danny Slavin (The Boy Next Door)
Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever)
Valerie Vernon (Power Rangers Time Force)
Jennifer Burns (Nightfall)

The series takes place in the fictitious city of Mariner Bay, California, which was built on an ancient demon burial ground. When the demons were accidentally released from their tomb in the desert, they threaten to destroy Mariner Bay. Therefore, a government organization called Lightspeed Rescue, headed by Captain William Mitchell, recruits four civilians and his own daughter to defend the city. Each of the four civilians chosen had a special area of expertise: Carter Grayson, the Red Lightspeed Ranger, was a fire fighter in the local fire department; Chad Lee, the Blue Lightspeed Ranger, worked as a lifeguard and marine animal trainer at a local aquarium and a marine amusement park; Joel Rawlings, the Green Lightspeed Ranger, was a stunt pilot; Kelsey Winslow, the Yellow Lightspeed Ranger, was an extreme sports athlete; and Dana Mitchell, the Captain’s daughter, who agreed to become the Pink Lightspeed Ranger, was a nurse and practiced medical arts. The five Power Rangers were aided by a team of scientists and engineers led by Miss Angela Fairweather, and operated out of the Lightspeed Aquabase, an underwater military compound that also deters the hydrophobic demons from directly attacking the base.

The five Rangers would be joined by Captain Mitchell’s (long thought to be dead) son, Ryan Mitchell, who would become the Titanium Ranger. Together, the six Rangers would prevail against the demon forces time after time, culminating in a final showdown where, in the Power Rangers tradition, all of the Zords and much of the weapons and other equipment that was used by the Power Rangers over the series was destroyed. In addition, Lightspeed Rescue featured a reunion reappearance of characters from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, when the villainess Trakeena comes to Earth to destroy it and the Lightspeed Rangers team up with the Galaxy Rangers.

MAIN CAST

Jason Faunt (Totem)
Michael Copon (The Scorpion King 2)
Kevin Kleinberg (Ethan Mao)
Deborah Estelle Philips (The Cavanaughs)
Erin Cahill (Skinwalker Ranch)
Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2)
Kate Sheldon (The Chronicle TV)
Edward Albert (Beauty and The Beast 1987)
Dan Southworth (Mortal Kombat: Legacy)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Roy Werner (Weeds)
Brianne Brozey (Digimon)
Douglas Fisher (Intolerable Cruelty)
Britt Robinson (The Secret Circle)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Ken Merckx (Orgazmo)
Jordan Belfi (Surrogates)
Lacey Beeman (American Pie 2)
Minae Noji (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Eiko Nijo (Eagle Eye)
Michael Chaturantabut (The Time Machine)
Sean CW Johnson (My Little Eye)
Alison MaCiinis (Bewitched)
Keith Robinson (Dear John)
Sasha Craig (Dark Wolf)
Monica Louwerens (The Vampire Diaries)
Ron Rogge (That 70s Show)
Jennifer L. Yen (Dark Assassin)

In the year 3000, Time Force is a police agency that deals with the crimes of mutants, outcasts of society who have developed super powers. Ransik, one of the most dangerous mutants, is arrested and sentenced to life for his crimes including murder and the plan to travel back in time to take over the world. However, after sentencing, he escapes and manages to go back in time to the year 2001, but seemingly kills Alex, the Red Time Force Ranger, in the process. Alex’s fiance Jen, as well as Time Force members Lucas, Katie, and Trip, decide to break protocol and go back in time after Ransik. However, upon arriving in the year 2001, they find that the rest of the Time Force morphers are locked, and cannot be used until someone with Alex’s DNA uses the Red Ranger morpher. To that end, they find Alex’s ancestor Wes Collins, who unlock the morphers, and then helps them battle Ransik’s army of mutants as the Time Force Power Rangers, though Wes and Jen, upset over Alex’s death, don’t see eye-to-eye initially.

As Ransik continues his quest for total domination of Earth, archaeologists discover a box that, unknown to them, contains the Quantum Ranger morpher and powers. Both Ransik and the Rangers are well aware of its contents, and make attempts to retrieve it. The box eventually falls into the hand of Eric Myers, a member of the Silver Guardians, the city’s police force managed by Wes’ father, Mr. Collins and Wes’s old rival. Eric activates the power, and becomes the Quantum Ranger. Eric, however, becomes cocky and irresponsible with his power, forcing Wes and the Rangers to try and get it back from him; however, Eric defeated them and he kept his powers. Soon he learns the responsibility of using the Quantum Powers and becomes the leader of the Silver Guardians as the Quantum Ranger.

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Eventually, the Rangers begin receiving help from an unseen ally from the future in the form of the Time Shadow Megazord. Soon, this ally arrives in 2001 and reveals himself to be Alex, stating that he is alive because something the Rangers have done in the present has altered the future, and that he has returned to fix it. Alex reveals to Wes what was meant to happen in the original timeline and encourages him to take action to set it right. Wes reluctantly agrees, and relinquishes control of his morpher to Alex so he can take care of his father’s business while his father lays ill. Alex then briefly leads the team, but his relationship with the Rangers becomes strained when they realize Alex has changed. Alex eventually realizes that Wes is the true Red Ranger and, having nearly destroyed his relationship with Jen, returns the morpher.b65c492407c5af9d350b177cf8a91f47--live-action-power-rangers

When Ransik makes his final assault on Earth, with a powerful army in large amounts Alex orders the Rangers to return to the future, for fear that if they hesitate, they may not be able to return at all. Wes, however, would have to remain behind. The Rangers refuse, and fight Ransik alongside Wes, who, knowing his friends can’t stay, forces them into returning to the year 3000, leaving only himself and Eric to stop Ransik, or die trying. When the Rangers return to the future, they learn that Silver Hills was saved, but Wes died in the process. The Rangers are ordered to have their minds erased of their memories from 2001, and encouraged to resume their lives. Angered, Jen returns Alex’s engagement ring, and the Rangers return to 2001 to help Wes and Eric. During the final battle, Ransik accidentally injures his daughter Nadira and, traumatized over nearly killing her, surrenders to the Rangers. Right before the Rangers return Ransik and Nadira to the future, Wes and Jen, having soothed over their initially rocky relationship, profess their love for one another. As the Rangers depart, Wes stays behind with Eric to co-command the Silver Guardians.

CAST

Ricardo Medina Jr. (Bad Blood)
Alyson Sullivan (Helll Ride)
Phillip Jeanmarie (Passions)
Jessica Rey (Rules of Engagement)
Jack Guzman (Chuck)
Ann Marie Crouch (Bar Flies)
Ilia Volok (Mission Impossible 4)
Sin Wong (Miss Universe)
Philip Andrew (Dead Scared)

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Wendell wright (Highlander: The Series)
Sandra McCoy (Cry Wolf)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Jason Faunt (Totem)
Billy Forester (Big Bad Beetleborgs)
Ken Merckx (Masked Rider)
J.D. Hall (Undercover Brother)
Branscombe Richmond (The Scorpion King)
Michael Copon (The Scorpion King 2)
Kevin Kleinberg (Ethan Mao)
Deborah Estelle Philips (The Cavanaughs)
Erin Cahill (Skinwalker Ranch)
Vernon wells (Mad Max 2)
Kate Sheldon (The Chronicle TV)
Dan Southworth (Mortal Kombat: Legacy)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Sean CW Johnson (My Little Eye)
Christopher Khayman Lee (That 70s Show)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Paul Schrier (Wicked Games)
Danny Salvin (The Boy Next Door)
Austin St. John (Footsteps)
Selwyn Ward (A Simple Promise)
Catherine Sutherland (The Cell)
Walter Jones (Buffy)
Ryan Hansen (2 Broke Girls)

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The series follows the adventure of Cole Evans, who had been staying with a tribe in a jungle for many years, as he tries to find his destiny in the fictitious town of Turtle Cove. He encounters the Animarium, a place that many believed to be a fairy tale. He joins four others who had a common path to become the new leader of the Wild Force Power Rangers.Image result for power rangers wild forceThe Animarium is an island that floats in the sky. It is shaped like a turtle and is the home of the Wild Zords and the Princess Shayla, the Rangers’ mentor. (It is unclear how the Rangers travel between the Animarium and the Earth surface, but in one of the last episodes Merrick and Kite are teleported onto the Animarium, so presumably they used the same teleportation throughout the rest of the series.)

The Power Rangers use their powers to defeat the forces of the Orgs, led by one Master Org. As Cole was fond of other animals, he was shocked to discover that the Orgs were heartless monsters. As the series continues, he finds out the truth about his real parents: his parents, Richard and Elizabeth Evans, were professors at Turtle Cove University, along with a family friend, Viktor Adler. When they were sent to the jungle for research, they discover the remains of Master Org, in which a jealous Adler consumes in order to exact revenge on Richard, who had proposed to Elizabeth before he could. However, Adler goes insane, and kills both Richard and Elizabeth. For a while, their newborn son, Cole, was also presumed dead.

In addition to the annual team-up episodes, Power Rangers Wild Force also had a special episode commemorating it as the tenth incarnation, Forever Red, by having Cole team up with the nine Red Rangers before him, (in order of incarnations, Jason Lee Scott, Aurico, Tommy Oliver, Theodore J. Jarvis Johnson, Andros, Leo Corbett, Carter Grayson, Wesley Collins and Eric Myers), in order to prevent the remaining generals of the Machine Empire from unearthing and reactivating Lord Zedd’s zord, Serpentera, which had been left buried on the moon

CAST

Pua Magasiva (30 Days of Night)
Sally Martin (Wendy Wu)
Glenn McMillan (Zenon: Z3)
Jason Chan (Stealth)
Adam Tuominen (Underbelly)
Jorge Vargas (Arrow)
Katrina Browne (Young Hercules)
Katrina Devine (Xena)
Grant McFarland (Hercules: TLJ)
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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Megan Nicol (Xena)
Peter Rowley (The Tommyknockers)
Craig Parker (Reign)
Bruce Hopkins (Housebound)
Jason Hoyte (We’re Here to Help)
John Leigh (The Frighteners)
Kim Michalis (Toy Love)
Paul Norell (River Queen)
Daniel Sing (Shortland Street)
Roseanne Ling (The Dark Horse)
James Gaylyn (Avatar)
Ismay Johnston (This Is Not a Love Story)
Michael Hurst (Maddigan’s Quest)
Brett Stewart (Everything We Loved)
Joel Tobeck (Spartacus: War of The Damned)
Ian Hughes (Bliss)
Jaime Passier-Armstrong (Jubilee)
Angela Bloomfield (Bonjour Timothy)
Robbie Magasiva (Wentworth Prison)
Geoff Dolan (Gloss)
James Napier Robertson (The Tribe)

MV5BMjM2OTMxMTgwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjQ0NzcxMTE@__V1_Shane, Tori and Dustin are three students at the Wind Ninja Academy. Their less than stellar performance gets them the occasional lecture from their Sensei. One day, the academy was attacked by Lothor, a banished ninja master who has returned to capture all ninja students. Shane, Tori and Dustin are the only three remaining students, and along with Sensei, who has been transformed into a guinea pig by Lothor, and his son Cam, retreat into the underground Ninja Ops. There, the three are given morphers, which allow them to transform into Wind Rangers and protect the city of Blue Bay Harbor from Lothor’s forces.When Lothor demonstrates his ability to make his monsters grow into giants, the Rangers unleash the Ninja Zords, which could combine into the Storm Megazord and destroy monsters with its arsenal of Power Spheres. Lothor again raises the stakes by sending his new allies to battle the Wind Rangers – the Thunder Rangers, Blake and Hunter, who had their own Thunder Zords. The Thunder Rangers are on a mission to destroy the Wind Rangers’ Sensei, who they believed to be responsible for their parent’s death, but a visit from the afterlife from Blake and Hunter’s parents show them the truth – that it was Lothor who killed them. The Thunder Rangers see the error of their ways and join the Wind Rangers in the battle against Lothor, bringing the Thunder and Ninja Zords together to form the Thunderstorm Megazord.When the Rangers lose their powers, Cam uses the Scroll of Time to travel into the past and retrieve the Samurai Amulet, a family heirloom in the possession of his late mother. Cam travel back to present day and uses the amulet to become the Green Samurai Ranger, armed with the Samurai Star. A lost scroll would later reveal to Cam the Lightning Riff Blaster, which could summon the Mighty Mammoth Zord.

Lothor attempts to open the Abyss of Evil and release its evil into the world. In a final battle, he steals all of the Rangers’ powers, but is defeated by their ninja skills and thrown into the abyss. After the battle the powerless Rangers became ninja teachers at Sensei’s Ninja Academy.

CAST

James Napier Robertson (The Tribe)
Kevin Duhaney (Honey)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Emma Lahana (Alien Agent)
Jeffrey Parazzo (Flashpoint)
Lathan Gaines (King Kong)
Miriama Smith (Filthy Rich)
Katrina Devine (Xena)
Tom Hern (Maddigan’s Quest)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Ismay Johnston (This Is Not a Love Story)
James Gaylyn (Wendy Wu)
Morgan Reese Fairhead (Xena)
Stephan Hall (Killing Time)
Dwayne Cameron (The Locals)
Stuart Devenie (Jack of All Trades)
Susan Brady (Hercules: TLJ)
Cameron Rhodes (Deathgasm)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Joel Tobeck (Spartacus: War of The Damned)
Anthony Ray Parker (The Matrix)
Antonia Prebble (Westside)
Peter Daube (The Warrior’s Way)
Geoff Dolan (Wendy Wu)
Pua Magasiva (30 Days of Night)
Sally Martin (Wendy Wu)
Glenn McMillan (Zenon: Z3)
Jason Chan (Stealth)
Adam Tuominen (Underbelly)
Jorge Vargas (Arrow)
Katrina Browne (Young Hercules)
Grant McFarland (Hercules: TLJ)
Neill Rea (Spooked)

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A soccer player, a computer expert, a singer, an artist, and a teacher with a long history of such situations join forces to become Power Rangers and help save the Earth from the scheming of Mesagog, a dinosauric villain who wishes to eradicate all human life and return Earth to the age of dinosaurs.

In this season, Tommy Oliver, from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Turbo fame, returns as a paleontology professor in Reefside, California. When he is assigned three detention students, Conner, Ethan, and Kira, they end up finding the Dino Gems, paving the way for them to become the Dino Rangers. Conner gains the power of the Tyrannozord (based on the Tyrannosaurus), as well as super-speed; Ethan gains the power of the Tricerazord (based on the Triceratops), as well as the ability to make his skin invulnerable; and Kira gains the power of the Pterazord (based on the Pteranodon), as well as a sonic scream. Tommy (known often as Dr. O) himself once again becomes a Power Ranger by joining the team as the Black Dino Ranger with the power of invisibility, and they are also later joined by Trent Mercer as the White Dino Ranger, with the powers of invisibility and camouflage, respectively. Trent must deal with the inner struggle of good and evil, as Tommy himself once had to do as the evil Green Ranger, due to the fact that he gained his powers from a raw Dino Gem in Mesogog’s lab, with the powers originally intended to be Mesogog’s. Mesogog is in fact, Trent’s adopted father Anton Mercer, who, in a faulty lab experiment, began to mutate into Mesogog. Trent later sides with good and saves his father from the mutation.hqdefaultDuring the course of the series, the team adds to its arsenal Zords, Cephalozord (based on the Pachycephalosaurus), Dimetrozord (based on the Dimetrodon), Stegozord (based on the Stegosaurus), Parasaurzord (based on the Parasaurolophus), and Ankylozord (based on the Ankylosaurus). The Stegozord later combines with Trent’s zord, the Dragozord (based on the Tupuxuara), to form the Dino Stegozord. Tommy pilots the Brachiozord (based on the Brachiosaurus), the carrier for all the other Zords. Conner is also given the power to become the Triassic Ranger, and pilots the Mezodon Rover/Megazord (based on the Styracosaurus), which can combine with the Cephalo, Dimetro, Parasaur and Ankylozords to form the Triceramax Megazord.hqdefaultAt the end of the series, the Rangers destroy Mesagog with their raw Dino Gem power, but the gems are burned out in the process. Just before this, they are also forced to sacrifice all the Zords in their last battle with Zeltrax, one of Mesogog’s strongest minions.hqdefaultIt’s brilliant that Shout Factory puts multiple seasons in one with big set, all five seasons are enjoyable, even Wild Force, which is classed as a weaker season. I could sit and watch these over and over again

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS – SEASON 4-7

CAST

Catherine Sutherland (The Cell)
Nakia Burrise (Bones)
Steve Cardeanas (A Brother’s Badge)
Johnny Yong Bosch (Marvel Anime: BLade)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
David Yost (Degenerat)
Paul Schrier (Wicked Games)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Gregg Bullock (Evil Acts)
Richard Genelle (The Death Merchant)
Austin St. John (Footsteps)
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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Carla Perez (VR Troopers)
Richard Steven Horvitz (The Angry Beavers)
Robert Axelrod (The Blob)
Kerrigan Mahan (Dr. Dolittle)
David Senstrom (Masked Rider)
Alex Borstein (Family Guy)
Traci Belushi (Big Bad Beetleborgs)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Karim Prince (Buffy)
Barbara Goodson (Akira)
Sarah Brown (VR Troopers)
Brad Hawkins (VR Troopers)
Rajia Baroudi (Starship: Rising)
Royce Herron (Rocky Road)
David Bacon (Hidden Passion)

Power Rangers: Zeo is possibly Power Rangers at it’s best (or Power Rangers in Space). Although the original costumes, command center, zords, and villains have become the main icons for Power Rangers, I personally love the costumes, zords, the power chamber (wow, it looks so cool), and the new villains. The Machine Empire are very entertaining villains, but we get the feeling that they’re also very evil. During the first portion of the show, before we get much storyline, the episodes are absolutely fantastic. It’s great. We then start to move away from individual episodes to having more storyline in the overall show when Tommy goes on a personal journey, and we find out about his brother. We then get a bunch of episodes about the mysterious gold ranger, and as soon as we find out who he is, Jason returns and gets the powers. We then see the Machine Empire changing leaders around, until the final couple of episodes. Power Rangers: Zeo also includes my favorite Power Rangers Christmas/Holiday special, one that celebrates the many different holiday.

CAST

Catherine Sutherland (The Cell)
Nakia Burrise (Bones)
Johnny Yong Bosch (Marvel Anime: BLade)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Blake Foster (Kid’s World)
Paul Schrier (Wicked Games)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Gregg Bullock (Evil Acts)
Tracy Lynn Cruz (Eastside)
Roger Velasco (Castle Rock)
Patricia Ja Lee (Hollywood Kills)
Selwyn Ward (A Simple Promise)
Hilary Shepard (Full House)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Richard Steven Horvitz (The Angry Beavers)
Steven Cardenas (A Brother’s Badge)
Lesley Pedersen (Hot Air)
Royce Herron (Rocky Road)
Carol Hoyt (Sasori In USA)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Kristina Anapau (Cursed)
Ali Afshar (Masked Rider)
Ken Merckz (Orgazmo)
Barret Swatek (2 Broke Girls)

Power Rangers: Turbo is considered by many fans to be one of the worst. However, I think it had some fantastic episodes, and even though it wasn’t always as epic as previous seasons, it was still very enjoyable. With Turbo, they’re up against a whiny woman with her clumsy henchmen, and they have new car-themed powers. Although the new villain, Divatox, is nowhere near as menacing as the Machine Empire (or even Rita and Zedd), she and her henchmen always entertain the audience. Their car-themed powers might seem to be a step down from the previous season, but their equipment proves itself to be very useful for these newer situations. Also, a lot of fans might have complained about the newest member of the team being a twelve-year-old boy, but he actually proves himself to be extremely competent. I also think it had a great movie to start it out, which isn’t included in this boxed set, but you should buy it. We have some pretty good episodes at the beginning, and then there is a switchover of rangers. Except for Justin, the kid, all the previous rangers are replaced. The new team is TJ, Cassie, Carlos, Ashley, and, as already mentioned, Justin. We don’t get major introductions to them before they become rangers although Carlos and Ashley appear in a couple of episodes beforehand. However, we get to know them well when they become rangers, and there are some pretty good episodes here. The story-arcs are not my personal favorites, but the individual episodes are mostly great, especially around the end. Although Turbo is not a favorite amongst fans, I find it to be very enjoyable, and a great set-up to the next season. It ends with a two-parter called Chase Into Space, where all of the rangers, except for Justin, leave Earth.

CAST

Christopher Khayman Lee (That 70s Show)
Tracy Lynn Cruz (Eastside)
Roger Velasco (Castle Rock)
Patricia Ja Lee (Hollywood Kills)
Selwyn Ward (A Simple Promise)
Paul Schrier (Wicked Games)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Melody Perkins (Coyote Ugly)
Hilary Shepard (Full House)
Justin Nimmo (Dude, Where’s My Car?)
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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Johnny Yong Bosch (Marvel Anime: Blade)
Blake Foster (Kid’s World)
Carla Perez (VR Troopers)
Richard Steven Horvitz (The Angry Beavers)
Robert Axelrod (The Blob)
Barbara Goodson (Akira)
David Senstrom (Masked Rider)
Aloma Wright (Scrubs)
Jack Banning (Top Dog)
Ali Afshar (Masked Rider)
Ken Merckz (Orgazmo)
Jack Donner (Stigmata)

Power Rangers in Space is possibly my favorite, and a favorite for many other fans as well. Zeo is definitely a close second for me, but Power Rangers in Space takes things to a whole new level. The four rangers that replaced the previous rangers in Turbo join up with a ranger from outer space, named Andros. They have high-tech (mostly computer-based) powers, and they regularly travel space. The storyline is large. Power Rangers: Turbo ends where Zordon (who gave them their powers at the beginning) is captured by the monarch of all evil. Power Rangers in Space begins where the villains for all of the previous shows are together at a feast. We are introduced to the new villain, Astronema. Although she is joined by Elgar, the most clumsy henchman, from the previous season, we get the addition of Ecliptor, possibly one of the most impressive henchmen that we’ve seen so far. He’s show to be stronger than any of the other henchmen they’ve been up against, and his relationship with Astronema is much more complex than what we have had so far in Power Rangers.

We are also introduced to Darkonda, possibly the most evil of the villains we’ve had. He and Ecliptor also are rivals with each other, and we get something much more complex than heroes vs. villains. It gets even more complex when we find out that Astronema is Andros’ long lost sister, Karone, and Ecliptor even helps her help the rangers. However, the two of them are brainwashed, and we then get evil power rangers. There is a fantastic story-arc here about the psycho rangers. In previous seasons, we’ve seen evil power rangers, but those rangers were fairly easy to defeat. The psycho rangers, however, are difficult to defeat. Another major part of the storyline is their search for Zordon throughout space. This season ends with a resolution to all of the previous seasons of Power Rangers resolved. Usually for closing seasons (which this was partially meant to be), they regularly bring back people from all the previous seasons to reflect on the show. However, I’m, in many ways, glad that they didn’t do that. There was a little bit of that, but mostly not. This was an amazing season, and it ended the continuous storyline.

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CAST

Danny Slavin (Boy Next Door)
Archie Kao (CSI)
Reggie Rolle (Buds for Life)
Valerie Vernon (Power Rangers Time Force)
Cerina Vincent (7 Mummies)
Paul Schrier (Wicked Games)
Jack Banning (Top Dog)
Amy Miller (Rock Star)
Melody Perkins (Coyote Ugly)
Russell Lawrence (The Young and The Restless)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Tom Whyte (Touched By An Angel)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Kerrigan Mahan (Dr. Dolittle)
Ken Merckx (Orgazmo)
Tracy Lynn Cruz (Eastside)
Roger Velasco (Castle Rock)
Patricia Ja Lee (Hollywood Kills)
Selwyn Ward (A Simple Promise)
Carol Hoyt (Sasori In USA)
Rajia Baroudi (Starship: Rising)

Lost Galaxy really has a lot of good upside to it, despite some of its flaws and occasional spotty writing. This season was one of the darkest, with more casualties in this season than any other season, with notable casualties including Kendrix and the Magna Defender (first two rangers to be killed in battle), and the Magna Defender’s son, Zika. Lost Galaxy has a strong cast with some very likable characters such as Leo, Kai, Kendrix, Karone, Maya, and the Magna Defender. While I typically don’t like seeing copy and paste story arcs from the Sentai counterpart, I felt the story surrounding the Magna Defender, Mike, and Leo which was coppied from Gingaman, was well done and fit in really well with the Lost Galaxy story, especially considering Leo’s character, how he cared for his brother, and snuck onto Terra Venture initially. Also adding to the story was the excellent team-up with In Space, the story surrounding Kendrix’s death (unfortunate due to her actress Valarie Varone having leukimia), and Karone’s story as her replacement. Many of the villains are awesome and sympathetic, such as Trakeena, Villamax, and Deviot. The final battle was pretty good as well. Fight scenes were awesome and even the American footage was good during this season. This season’s theme song was also really cool.quasar-sabers-lights-of-orion-lost-galaxy