CHRISTMAS 2017 POWER RANGERS DINO SUPERCHARGE – HERE COMES HEXIMAS

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MAIN CAST

Brennan Mejia (Kaboom)
Camille Hyde (Killer Kids)
Yoshua Sudarso (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Michael Taber (The Legend of Hell’s Gate)
James Davies (Someone to Carry Me)
Claire Blackwelder (101 Ways To Get Rejected)
Davi Santos (Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Eve Gordon (The Almighty Johnsons)
Jarred Blakiston (The Hobbit)
Estevez Gillespie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Reuben Turner (Rush)
Andrew laing (Shortland Street)
John Sumner (District 9)

https://kevinfoyle.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dac5f-episode2bstill_12b252862529.jpg?w=1140&h=760This episode surprised me when it takes place after the finale, I thought it would take place before it. Chase, Riley and Shelby get early Christmas presents and open them. They get hypnotized and leave. Tyler arrives and gets two presents, one for him and one for Kendall. He goes to the base and before he and Kendall can open it, Keeper arrives with Koda and Ivan from a portal. Tyler opens the present and becomes an evil elf, Koda reminds him of his real self with memories.

https://kevinfoyle.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/9d221-episode2bstill_22b252862529.jpg?w=1140&h=760Tyler returns to normal. Santa contacts them telling them someone stole his coal. They then find Viviks and a left over monster Heximas are making presents. Heximas escaped Sledge’s ship and making his own Viviks to apply his spell on Santa’s coal. They see Riley, Chase and Shelby as elves and manage to get Chase and Riley. Ivan reminds Chase who he is saying he was on a quest for love. He is brought back to normal. Kendall tries to remind Riley who is by telling him he has grown up. The Rangers morph and fight Heximas. Tyler manage to get Shelby and reminds her who she is. Heximas becomes big and is defeated by the zords. The Rangers later celebrate Christmas together. They get pies in their faces, some things don’t ever change.Image result for here comes heximas This is a great Christmas epiosde and the fact that it is set after the finale of Dino Supercharge is brillaint as that is a first for Power Rangers. With these holiday specials becoming a yearly tradition I always look forward to the next one.

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CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: POWER RANGERS DINO CHARGE: RACE TO RESCUE CHRISTMAS


CAST
Brennan Mejia (American Horror Story)
Camille Hyde (Killer Kids)
Yoshua Sudarso (Easy A)
Michael Taber (The Legend of Hell’s Gate)
James Davies (Someone to Carry Me)
Claire Blackwelder (101 Ways to get Rejected)
Davi Santos (Dont Trust The B__ in Apartment 23)
Adam Gardiner (Spartacus)
Estevez Gillespie (Shortland Street)
Jackie Clarke (Showcase)
Eve Gordon (King Kong)
John Sumner (District 9)
Santa is visited by children in an outside gazebo until Poisandra and Curio make them run away. Poisandra wants presents, Santa looks at footage of her attacking the Rangers so calls her naughty in his computer. He calls her naughty and she steals the computer. Santa bemoans this. The Rangers reminisce over the year at a Christmas dinner. Chase comes in late, he is off to the Airport to go back to New Zealand and gives them all presents. Santa calls them on their Dino Coms. He tells them of his dilemma. Back with the baddies, Wrench sees how naughty he was with a bomb in the computer. He wants to destroy it but Poisandra stops him, she wants to find the base so they start with the Green Ranger. They see footage of him fighting Fury and Puzzler.
 
The computer calls Riley nice for saving his fiends. They then check Pink Ranger, she found Tyler’s bracelet and gives it back and fighting Bones. Then footage of her helping a friend with sketches getting famous. The computer calls her nice. We see Chase’s mom and sister find out news about Santa. Chloe says Chase returning matters to her more than presents. The baddies watch Koda save his brother and a little boy, he is labeled nice. Chase is next, he saved a baby. Also Chase mastering the Dino Armor X to save the others. The baddies are mad they still don’t know their base location. The Rangers track down Curio. The Rangers morph and fight Viviks.
 They then see SIr Ivan fight Fury in the past and helping the Rangers fight Bones. Then Kendall asking Ivan about his wish and he helping a girl falling off step ladder. The Rangers continue fighting. Poisandra asks about the Red Ranger, we see footage of Tyler and Shelby meeting Riley and Tyler fighting Fury. Poisandra tries tracking down where the base is with the computer. The Rangers run in the warehouse. They see footage of them entering the dinosaur head.
 The Rangers run in and the others run off, so they don’t see the footage. Tyler spots himself in the footage in the computer. Shelby figures out their plan. They run off and fight the bad guys and a Blue Head. It grows big and they call Dino Charge Megazord with Ankylozord. Pterazord helps. Koda calls Stegazord and it forms while PteraCharge Megazord takes the Ankylozord. They do hammer punch on the foe. Chase says its too late for him to go home. Later we see Chase’s mom telling Chloe that Chase missed his flight. Chloe is upset. Back at the base, Kendall shows them news that Santa has been spotted sending presents. Chase comes in sad, saying he is the worst brother. Keeper says he is the best brother in the world. Santa comes in the base and thanks them and offers to take Chase home. Everyone says Merry Christmas. Chase’s gift is a puzzle with their pictures. Chase and Chloe hug at home.
Although yet again it’s a clipshow, this Christmas special is brilliant, the story had a decent meaning to it, plus its nice to the see villains given more todo.

REVIEW: AMERICAN VANDAL

MAIN CAST

Tyler Alvarez (The Pretenders)
Griffin Gluck (Just Go With it)
Jimmy Tatro (22 Jump Street)
Camille Hyde (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Eduardo Franco (Adam ruins Everything)
Lukas Cage (Sickhouse)
Jessica Juarez ICebox)
Lou Wilson (The Guest Book)
Camille Ramsey (My Sister and I)
Calum Worthy (Lost Generation)
G Hannelius (Dog With A Blog)
Saxon Sharbino (Poltergeist)
Gabriela Fresquez (New Girl)

American Vandal, Netflix’s send-up of true-crime series like The Jinx and Making a Murderer, isn’t for everyone. There’s maybe one too many dick jokes, more glamour shots of toilets than anyone would probably care to see, and an overwhelming amount of shaky-cam footage. But as an examination of today’s teen culture, it’s surprisingly perceptive. The series, created by Funny or Die’s Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, works as a story-within-a-story: On one level it’s a documentary being filmed and edited by Hanover High’s finest mini-Andrew Jareckis, a pair of students named Peter (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam (Griffin Gluck), who want to find out whether the class doofus Dylan (Jimmy Tatro) really spray-painted 27 you-know-whats onto the cars in the faculty parking lot of their school. On a more meta level, their actions wind up influencing their classmates’ reputations, along with their own.And that’s where the series shines. The vast cast of characters — ranging from the protest-happy senior class president to the attention-seeking loner who’s still wearing braces, from the unanimously considered hottest girl in school to the nerdiest-looking kid who gets along with everyone, from the no-nonsense football coach to the overeager young history teacher — all have secrets and potential motives for either pulling the penile prank or throwing Dylan under the bus.untitledHaving such an expansive web of players to work with helps the series make its installments feel whole, despite its, well, flaccid premise. The idea of satirizing true-crime docs through the lens of two teen wannabe filmmakers sounds like a nifty idea for a single sketch instead of eight longer-than-half-hour episodes, but the longer run time allows Yacenda and Perrault to dig deep into the nuances of high-school friendships, hookups, and rivalries. And they deftly take advantage of that real estate: Midway through the series, a standout scene between Peter and Sam forces the two to investigate each other’s potential involvement in the lewd doodles and results in the best friends confronting each other’s obsession and oversight with the case. They end up putting, on camera, secrets they’ve shared with each other that they would rather not have everyone see, if it were not for the fact that they want to capture everything in their footage. It’s oddly true to the way two teens would argue with each other; both fail to understand how to compromise and move about their rift in a mature way.pUxeCE5T1y3RVglZpbn3_Vandal-4Of course, American Vandal has plenty of lighter moments too, many of which have nothing to do with the potty humor that forms its foundation. The series gives Yacenda and Perrault a chance to skewer YouTube influencers, teen texting habits, gaming culture, and even Kiefer Sutherland. And then there are little details that’ll delight viewers who get into the story: Minor players get their own arcs throughout, much of the “footage” the two collect are filmed vertically like most smartphone videos, and Alvarez gives a particularly impressive performance in his voiceover, adopting the cadence of professional documentarians yet letting certain teen biases slip through. Alvarez isn’t the only one to give a note-perfect performance, though. The series cast relatively unknown teen actors who manage to capture the ridiculous drama with deadpan line-readings and an air of naïveté, and the adult players look just wary enough of being filmed for a student’s “documentary” while letting their younger counterparts steal the scenes.Screen_Shot_2017_08_03_at_2_08_41_PM_0All in all, it’s an impressive tightrope walk. Highly recommend checking out.

 

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS DINO SUPERCHARGE (SEASON 23)

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MAIN CAST

Brennan Mejia (Kaboom)
Camille Hyde (Killer Kids)
Yoshua Sudarso (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Michael Taber (The Legend of Hell’s Gate)
James Davies (Someone to Carry Me)
Claire Blackwelder (101 Ways To Get Rejected)
Davi Santos (Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23)
Ryan Carter (Curious-City)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Eve Gordon (The Almighty Johnsons)
Jarred Blakiston (The Hobbit)
James Gaylyn (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Ross Girven (Ngati)
Estevez Gillespie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Jackie Clarke (The Semisis)
Paul Harrop (Power Rangers Samurai)
Gerald Urquhart (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Stig Eldred (Hercules In The Underworld)
Reuben Turner (Rush)
Elizabeth Dowden (Step Dave)
Jay Simon (Filthy Rich)
Mark Mitchinson (The Hobbit)
Paul Gittins (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Shara Connolly (Go Girls)
Adam Gardiner (Legend of The Seeker)
Alex Walker (When We Go To War)
Mark Wright (Nothing Trivial)
Sophia Huybens (The Last Saint)
Ilona Rodgers (Sons and Daughters)
Andrew Grainger (Spy Game)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Alistair Browning (Rain)
Jeff Szusterman (Power Rangers Samurai)

I have been an immense fan of the Power Rangers ever since the first show aired and I have also been following and critiquing the show since I have had access to a computer. With that being said, I am the first to say that my hopes for Power Rangers Dino Superchargee were very high. Upon watching the first few episodes of Supercharge, I’m satisfied to say that my expectations were met and in some ways exceeded.

The Characters: Lets start out with the Rangers themselves. These characters are amongst the best I’ve seen since RPM, which to me, was the last truly great season and in many ways, they break all the molds that have plagued the series. As an African-American woman myself, I was most impressed to see the first Pink Ranger of African-American descent who brings a rare non-stereotypical portrayal that seems to be so common to African-American characters these days. She’s a rebellious tomboy whose intellect and knowledge of dinosaurs sometimes puts her at odds with the rest of the Rangers and especially Kendall Morgan, the resident Team Mom. There’s Tyler, the Red Ranger who brings a subtle comical portrayal to the traditional no-nonsense attitude Red Rangers have. Following nearly in the Red Ranger’s place is Chase, the Black Ranger and a cocky, ladies man whose native New Zealand accent makes the character a sleeker, more refined and lovable version of Zander from Power Rangers Mystic Force.

There’s Koda, the Blue Ranger, a caveman who has survived into the modern era due to the effects of the Energem he was bonded to. I cannot find Koda comical nor can I take him seriously, more on that later in my critique section of this review. Riley is the logic minded Green Ranger who brings a quiet intellectual approach that seems to make him stand out in contrast to the other Rangers who are very upfront and in your face in terms of personality. Rounding out the Rangers is Kendall, the resident Team Mom and technological expert who reminds me of a younger Mrs. Fairweather from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue whose constant squabbling with Shelby in the first few episodes gives her a rare depth that is rarely found in television nowadays. Lastly, there is Keeper who functions as the Zordon equivalent but who has not seen much character development as of yet, something I hope will be expanded on later in the series.
42As for the villains we have the mysterious Heckyl/Snide who showed up last season, with sledge MIA, Heckyl takes over, he is a cold calculating villain and having half of him be human is brilliant similiar in ways to Jarred from Jungle Fury, as the season goes on he becomes a more complex villain. The overall storyline and premise of Supercharge is rather simple but played pretty much straight in that Heckyl/Snide wants the Energems, which are the most powerful objects in the universe and the source of the Ranger’s powers when Keeper bonded them to dinosaurs. In addition to this main storyline, there are smaller story lines scattered throughout such as Tyler’s missing father and his quest to find him, and there eventual reunion early on in the season. With a great Finale this season and Dinocharge have brought forward a great storyline that ran through these two season, a great team, great villains and a great ending. All I can say is bring on season 24 (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS – THE HALLOWEEN EPISODES – PART 2

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“TRICK OR TRIAL”

MAIN CAST

Brennan Mejia (Kaboom)
Camille Hyde (Killer Kids)
Yoshua Sudarso (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Michael Taber (The Legend of Hell’s Gate)
James Davies (Someone to Carry Me)
Claire Blackwelder (101 Ways To Get Rejected)
Davi Santos (Don’t Trust The B— In APartment 23)

GUEST CAST

Eve Gordon (The Almighty Johnsons)
Jackie Clarke (The Semisis)
Gerald Urquhart (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Estevez Gillespie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Stephen Butterworth (Evil Dead 2013)
Peter Daube (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Reuben Turner (Rush)
Jarred Blakiston (The Hobbit)
Jay Simon (Filthy Rich)
Richard Simpson (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)

https://kevinfoyle.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/33f21-episode2bstill2b2.jpg?w=1140&h=760Scumlaw, a lawyer, sees his commercial on TV and Fury makes fun of Poisandra and she lets go Scumlaw to get the Rangers. Ivan and Kendall are dressed as a scarecrow and a musketeer. Ivan and Kendall watch as Scumlaw and his mummy police teleport the main five Rangers away. Riley is Sherlock, Koda is a samurai, Chase is a vampire, Tyler is either a matador or a mariachi and Shelby is a pirate. The Rangers are on trial with monsters for destroying monsters and they get a strike for every monster destroyed. When they reach ten marks, they will be destroyed. Pumpkins are the judges, cloaked monsters are the jury and a witch summons the witnesses, old monsters.Ninja and Hunter are called and they lie. Tyler clarifies that they put a virus that turned him into a T-Red. Meanwhile, Keeper finds a document about the trail, that Scumlaw never lost a case. Kendall remembers he controls the jury. Keeper says the only way in is with getting captured.https://kevinfoyle.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/b1dc4-episode2bstill2b3.jpg?w=1138&h=760Spellbinder and Golddigger are called out. Spellbinder says he was giving a hypno lesson, we see Chase be hypnotized and snap out of it and breaking Spellbinder’s plate. Spellbinder and Golddigger talk about when he was Spelldigger giving coins to people . Chase clarifies the coins made people greedy. The monsters talk about how they were destroyed, interestingly enough no zord footage. they get three strikes. Kendall and Ivan pretend when the mummies come. The mummies are taken away by two mysterious people. Ice Age, Stingrage, and Meteor are called. Ice Age talk about two times he encountered them. This time the zords are shown. Riley tells them that they were frozen in blocks of ice. Stingrage lies and Kods and Chase clarify about Koda being poisoned and turned against the Rangers. https://kevinfoyle.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/17c2f-curaje1wcaizhs4.jpg?w=520Ankylozord is shown too. Tyler talks about how Stingrage poisoned water to make people forget.  Meteor talk about New Zealand and Albert. Shelby talks about the truth about the Plesio Zord. Meteor claims the Plesiozord attacked him. We don’t see Albert in the footage. They get all ten strikes. The guards come in with Kendall and Ivan. The judge pumpkins say they are to be vaporized too. The mummies unmask the jury and reveal they are Poisandra and Viviks. The pumpkin sentence Scumlaw. The mummies are revealed to be Phillip and James. The Rangers are teleported back and fight Scumlaw and Viviks after they morph. The Ranger spot out puns. Viviks form the Vivizords. The Rangers summon the zords. Red, Black and Blue fight Scumlaw. Ankylo, T-Rex, Para and Raptorzord fight the Vivizords. All the Rngers gather and do a final strike on Scumlaw. Curio and Poisandra dont want to see the judges again and bump into pumpkins in the ship. Fury makes a scary jack-o-lantern that looks like him. Back at the Dino Cafe, the Rangers are about to go to a party when they encounter mummy judges who turn out to be James and Phillip once again.

https://kevinfoyle.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/547e9-episode2bstill2b1.jpg?w=1138&h=760As expected the episode is somewhat of a clipshow, where the episode places within the storyline of the season is to be determined, but most likely around the besties4eva episode. The episode is a fun episode and is cool seeing all 9 rangers together at the battling Scumlaw. Maybe a clipshow but it does have some good new footage and is a fun episode to watch for Halloween.

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS: DINO CHARGE (SEASON 22)

MAIN CAST

Brennan Mejia (Kaboom)
Camille Hyde (Killer Kids)
Yoshua Sudarso (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Michael Taber (The Legend of Hell’s Gate)
James Davies (Someone to Carry Me)
Claire Blackwelder (101 Ways To Get Rejected)
Davi Santos (Don’t Trust The B— In APartment 23)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Eve Gordon (The Almighty Johnsons)
Adam Gardiner (Legend of The Seeker)
Paul Harrop (Power Rangers Samurai)
Estevez Gillespie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Jackie Clarke (The Semisis)
Richard Simpson (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Gerald Urquhart (Power Rangers Operation OVerdrive)
Alex Walker (When We Go To War)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Toni Potter (Shortland Street)
Jeff Szusterman (Power Rangers Samurai)
Nic Sampson (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
Patricia Vichmann (The Dark Horse)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Peter Daube (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Paolo Rotondo (Xena: Warrior Princess)
Jarred Blakiston (The Hobbit)
Bruce Phillips (Power Rangers RPM)
Jazmyne Van Gosliga (Deadly Women)
Mia Simons (Legend of The Seeker)
Arhur Ranford (The Piano)
Kirk Torrance (Outrageous Fortune)
Stephen Butterworth (Evil Dead 2013)
Ryan Carter (Power Rangers Dino SuperCharge)
Reuben Turner (Rush)
Lori Dungey (Hercules: TLJ)
John Sumner (District 9)
Beth Kayes (Perfect Creature)

I’m quite pleased with the cast of “Dino Charge,” the 22nd season of the Power Rangers franchise, which premiered on Nickelodeon on Feb. 7, 2015. The new actors all have high degrees of charm, energy and charisma and their characters are more interesting and more layered than the individual rangers have been in some time. They’re also older than the Rangers have been in a while. These aren’t high school kids but young adults just past college age and venturing out into the working world for the first time. InThe female ranger here is the Pink Ranger, of course, and the character, Shelby, is played by a black American actress (Camille Hyde), making her the first black Pink Ranger ever. Not only that, but she’s the first black female ranger in 14 years—since Yellow Ranger Katie Walker (Deborah Estelle Philips) in “Power Rangers Time Force” back in 2001.

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Shelby also happens to be the most compelling character here given her extensive knowledge of dinosaurs and the constant need to prove herself in her efforts to make a real impact on the Rangers’ mission. She also expresses dissatisfaction at having to work as a waitress in the cafeteria of the Amber Beach Dinosaur Museum during her downtime when she’s got so much paleontological knowledge to share. Their supervisor, Kendall Morgan (Claire Blackwelder), also director of the museum, which houses the laboratory base of Power Rangers operations, who has some prickly exchanges with Shelby.

The four male rangers are all personable, endearing characters, each with different backgrounds. Tyler, the Red Ranger (played by Brennan Mejia), Tyler’s father was an archaeologist who disappeared after tangling with one of the lead villains here, a monstrous armored warrior called Fury, who Tyler gets into a serious battle with in episode #8 (“Double Ranger, Double Danger”). Tyler hopes to find his father or at least learn his fate. He keeps a journal and sometimes narrates his thoughts about the others.Blue-RangerKoda, the Blue Ranger, is a caveman who has somehow been revived after being buried alive a few thousand millennia ago during a confrontation with one of the ancient villains they’re now facing. (It’s all explained in #4: “Return of the Caveman”) He’s played by Yoshua Sudarso, from Indonesia, as someone new to the modern world and struggling with the language and the new technologies he witnesses around him.

Riley, the Green Ranger, is a white farm boy (played by Michael Taber), newly arrived in the city, who has a very precise way of doing things, which sometimes puts him at odds with the Black Ranger, Chase Randall (James Davies), a slacker from New Zealand given to riding a skateboard with headphones on. One episode (#6: “The Tooth Hurts”) shows their contentious relationship and how they learn to adapt their working methods to each other. It’s a highlight of the series so far because of the way it develops the characters and their working relationships, something not always given much attention in past PR seasons.


Even though the series is shot in New Zealand, as have the previous eleven seasons (since “Power Rangers Ninja Storm,” 2003), this season appears to take place in California. The series is adapted from “Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger,” the 2013 sentai season in Japan, one of three sentai seasons with a dinosaur theme, the first being “Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger,” the basis for the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Since I’m following “Kyoryuger” episodes as well, I am happy to note that much of the Power Rangers fight footage in “Dino Charge” and most of the villain scenes seem to be newly shot in New Zealand for this version while the Zord battles, which take up the last five minutes, are, as usual, taken from the Japanese original. When we get to the back half the season  Three new Rangers appear, with one (Gold Ranger) joining the team as a regular member and the others appearing intermittently (“Graphite Ranger” and Purple Ranger). This means there have been a total of eight Rangers so far this season. That’s gotta be a record. And based on its conclusion.maxresdefaultPower Rangers Dino Charge certinally is a great season and the little cliffhanger leaves you waiting for Season 23: Power Rangers Dino Supercharge.Dino-Drive-Purple