25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: POWER RANGERS NINJA STEEL: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

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MAIN CAST

William Shewfelt (The Final Days of Elliot Morrison)
Nico Greetham (From Within)
Zoe Robins (The Killian Curse)
Peter Adrian Sudarso (Exchange)
Chrysti Ane (A Housekeeper’s Revenge)
Caleb Bendit (Game of Silence)
Chris Sean Reid (Matador)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jordi Webber (Be Faithful)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

John Sumner (King Kong)

PRNSCSS092417-1Sarah gave presents to the Ranger in the school. The Rangers don’t have a present for Sarah. A female cat monster Cleocatra arrives, the cousin of Cat O’Clock. They review what happened with him. She froze the Rangers but Sarah escapes and is saved by Santa. Santa and her travel through time to where she made clones to get Power Stars. She uses a device to enter the lab and talks to her past self. She gets the Pink Ninja Star. Sarah thinks back to when they first met Levi. Brody had attitude of not being a Levi fan and saving him from a villain. Sarah goes back in time. Levi offers a bodyguard job to Brody and Sarah speaks to Levi. She asks to borrow her Power Star.PRNSCSS092417-10He gets the Power Star from his manager. Sarah returns to Santa and talks to him about the Ribbon Tree. They protected the tree from men who wanted to bring down the tree. She wants to get the stars from Calvin and Hayley from the tree. She gets the stars easily. She thinks about to when Hayley and Calvin were running for class president. She finds Preston on his own when the rest of the school were having a food fight incited by Victor and Monty. Santa asks for a snack, Sarah says its serious business. She quickly nabs the star and says she needs the Red Power Star. Red Ranger was at the mercy of a magnet of Galavanax who had already taken 5 Power Stars.maxresdefaultSarah thinks she can’t get it from Brody since he had to keep the stars to save everyone else. Santa says she has to try. Brody tells Mick he can’t give up. Sarah arrives and confuses them. She asks for the star. He says he can’t. Sarah says she is in the same boat as Brody. She says knows it sounds crazy but he has to trust her. He says of course he trusts her. He asks how he saves the future. She says when the time comes, he will know what to do. She returns to the present and unfreezes everyone. They morph and Cleocatra returns. She runs away from them. They catch up with her and beat her up. Red puts on the Lion Armor. He uses the time device and glows and becomes big. She becomes big too and they fight it out. Robo Red helps too and the two fight against her. He destroys her. Sarah returns the Power Stars to where they go and destroys the controller. She apologizes for getting upset and thinks they are the best present. They surprise her with Santa offering a ride around the world. She loves it and says it is the best gift.PRNSCSS092417-9Santa is the same actor from the Dino Charge specials. It’s another fun PR Christmas and set after the season finale makes even more fun. Sarah is one of best Pink Rangers we have had in the history of PR and it’s nice t osee take the focus of the Christmas episode.

REVIEW: SUPERSTORE – SEASON 4

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Starring

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Ben Feldman (As Above So Below)
Lauren Ash (She-Ra and The Princesses of Power)
Colton Dunn (Bad Internet)
Nico Santos (2 Broke Girls)
Nichole Bloom (Project X)
Mark McKinney (3rd Rock From The Sun)

Mark McKinney and America Ferrera in Superstore (2015)Recurring / Notable GUest Cast

Kaliko Kauahi (Hall Pass)
Kelly Stables (Two and a Half Men)
Johnny Pemberton (Son of Zorn)
Kerri Kenney (Reno 911!)
Carla Renata (Living Bibilically)
Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief)
Vernee Watson (The Big Bang Theory)
Orson Bean (Innerspace)
Fred Melamed (In A Word…)
Meagen Fay (That’s My Boy)
Sean O’Bryan (Vantage Point)
Ernie Reyes Jr.(Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II)
Ellen D. Williams (How I Met Your Mother)
Jennifer Irwin (Exit Wounds)
Isabella Day (The Escort)
Chris Reid (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)
Tony Plana (Ugly Betty)
Chrissy Metz (This Is Us)
Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty)

Lauren Ash in Superstore (2015)Superstore is a delightful workplace comedy about a megastore in middle America and the lovable weirdos in it. Now in its fourth season, Superstore is as brilliant as ever, and it’s finally able to lean in to the charming romance it’s been building up for years. It may seem blasphemous to declare Superstore’s prominence in such hallowed company, but TV romance has come a long way in the decade-plus since The Office. There was Ben and Leslie on Parks and Recreation and Jake and Amy on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Superstore feels like a natural followup because of how it makes you feel. Like The Office, Superstore began with Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) having just enough chemistry for us to be equally titillated and worried. She was married and he was interested and we’ve been down this road before.Kerri Kenney, Mark McKinney, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Kelly Schumann, Kaliko Kauahi, and Nichole Bloom in Superstore (2015)But week to week, Superstore makes us feel warm and fuzzy. Like The Office and its ilk, this is an ensemble comedy with enough hilarious performances and wild B plots to wholly distract from Amy and Jonah when it wants to — or to let them be friends without any agenda when it serves the plot. Parks didn’t waste too much time on tension once Ben and Leslie got together. Nor did Brooklyn Nine-Nine, instead subjecting its central couple to the very real struggles they’d experience as working detectives and opposites in attraction. Similarly, Superstore thrives equally on stretches of agonizing tension juxtaposed with bursts of bliss that are the hallmark of a good crush and TV romance.Irene White and Kaliko Kauahi in Superstore (2015)Superstore began with a situation that ostensibly doomed Jonah to years of Halpert-esque waiting. But in 2018, Halpert-ing isn’t as romantic as it once was. Listening to some of Jim’s romantic overtures years later — and seeing the real-life copycats it inspired and sometimes misled — does lead us back to some toxic ideas for young men, even if Jim and Pam’s love was true. Superstore borrows the best of the Jim-and-Pam model, then updates it with subtlety and precision. Superstore borrows the best of the Jim-and-Pam model: the chemistry, friendship, and support that laid the foundation for their successful romance, and the emphasis on timing, which can make or break a relationship.Danny Gura, America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, and Nico Santos in Superstore (2015)Then Superstore updates it, refines it, with genius subtlety and precision. Amy’s husband Adam (Ryan Gaul) is far less obvious a villain than Roy on The Office. A furtive kiss at the end of Season 2 (remember “Casino Night?”) leads to awkwardness and confusion, but not to a clean break; while Jim had the luxury of transferring offices to get space from Pam, Amy and Jonah do not. There’s no question of them not being friends even when one or the other wants more. Season 3 ended with as fresh a start as this two could have. They had sex, and Season 4 (spoiler alert!) even pulled a classic Jim-and-Pam fakeout on us as they turned out to be dating in secret — while Amy was pregnant with Adam’s baby. It’s messy and complicated in a way that The Office wasn’t, in a way that TV has naturally embraced over the past decade, which only makes it realer and more worthy an emotional investment. America Ferrera and Ben Feldman in Superstore (2015)In a year when we all consistently turn to The Office for comfort and sanity, Superstore’s central romance is a perfect companion. It’s soothing and simple when little else is, and being reminded of the great TV ships that sailed before it only adds to the enjoyment. Jonah, Amy, Jim, Pam – you’re all in good company.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: POWER RANGERS NINJA STEEL – GRAVE ROBBER

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MAIN CAST

William Shewfelt (The Final Days of Elliot Morrison)
Nico Greetham (From Within)
Zoe Robbins (The Killian Curse)
Peter Adrian Sudarso (Racist Asians on St. Patricks Day)
Chrysti Ane (Young Hearts)
Jordi Webber (Be Faithful)
Caleb Bendit (Game of Science)
Chris Sean Reid (2 Broke Girls)
Kelson Henderson (Ash Vs Evil Dead)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Amanda Billing (Shortland Street)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Lori Dungey (Lord of The Rings)
Ian Hughes (Wonder Woman)
David Van Horn (Avatar)
Greg Ward (Spartacus)

power-rangers-ninja-steel-grave-robber-01-1022693Here is the annual Halloween special. Levi is playing a song with the Rangers at the school. An old lady gives some junk to Principal Hastings, one is a game Grave Robber which Calvin likes. Hayley brings the costumes. The Rangers want to play but Levi doesn’t. The 5 Rangers go to shop class and put on their costumes, Sarah is some sort of unicorn, Brody is a mounty or a British guard, Calvin is Frankenstein’s monster, Preston is a wizard and Hayley is a witch. Cosmo Royale traps them to sit and they can’t call for help. They have to play Grave Robber. There is a magic hourglass they can’t stop. They have to fight villains they defeated before so they fight Trapsaw, already morphed when they touch the crystal ball. Red defeats them all. Sarah rolls 6 and finds Hacktrack, who took her cloning technology. They get some devices and enter. Hacktrack leaves. Red tracks the monster with a Ninja Kite technique using Ninja Forest Attack while the Rangers help Sarah with a device. She makes a kite as well and flies after them. Sarah blasts the monster and destroys it. The Rangers return to the game.power-rangers-ninja-steel-grave-robber-sarah-prestonPreston rolls a five and find the slow monster. They surprise him and fight him. Blue and the monster fight. Blue and the others get the slow mist. Blue still tries fighting but fails. Red arrives and they all disappear and return to the board. Cosmo Royale says they lost and give them a misfortune card. Calvin rolls and gets Spinferno. Calvin goes in on his own since he rolled it. Calvin fights Spinferno in a dump and a truck goes after him and Calvin is tied by a ring to the truck. The truck driver is asleep, Yellow gets in and gets the man. They escape but Yellow misses the net and comes out of the game. Cosmo Royale gives them another misfortune card—they must go against a Skullgator. The 5 Rangers call their Megazord to fight the Skullgator. Cosmo turns RoboRider evil and it goes after the Rangers. Robo Red goes out to fight Robo Rider while Preston calls the Astro Zord to replace the Red one on the Megazord. They destroy the Skullgator. Robo Rider shoots the Megazord. The Rangers fall out. Cosmo Royale sends another Skullgator. Calvin and Hayley use their zords. Levi and Mick talk. Mick states the obvious, Levi learns his Aseop and goes to the auto class. He finds the door lock and pries it open. He finds the game. He touches the ball and enters the game. Cosmo Royale arrives and is mad.PRNSHE092317-10He doesn’t play by the rules and saves the Rangers. Robo Rider stops the Skull Gator. The others celebrate. Bullrider Megazord is formed. All 6 Rangers enter the cockpit. They destroy the monster. Gold has the hourglass and all the Rangers blast the hourglass and escape the game. They are happy they can stand again. Levi apologizes by spoiling their game. They get an alert so they go trick or treating because it is night now.PRNSTL-16-Grave-RobberBest Line– Presto: “Magic Hourglass? I have to get me one of those.” Nice to have Cosmo Royale involved but he’s not a fighter so they didn’t have a hand to hand combat. Not a bad Halloween special, sort of reminds me of the Megaforce one since they had to sit around a crystal ball. Nice to sneak a lesson in there for Levi though.

REVIEW: 2 BROKE GIRLS – SEASON 3

Starring

Kat Dennings (Thor)
Beth Behrs (The Neighbourhood)
Garrett Morris (Ant-Man)
Jonathan Kite (Black Dynamite)
Matthew Moy (No Strings Attached)
Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Federico Dordei (Girl Missing)
Ally Maki (Cloak & Dagger)
Gilles Marini (Daredevil)
Mary Lynn Rajskub (24)
Eric André (Disenchantment)
Patrick Cox (Aquaman)
Rachel Cannon (Two and a Half Men)
Andrea Gabriel (Lost)
Brian Doyle-Murray (JFK)
Lindsey Kraft (Grace and Frankie)
Jeff Garlin (The Bounty Hunter)
Sheryl Lee Ralph (Fam)
Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls)
Ben Lawson (13 Reasons Why)
Chris Sean Reid (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)
Carlos Jacott (Firefly)

2 Broke Girls (2011)The third season continues to follow the two girls with their attempt to run their cupcake business, which has been “off and on” in a way that any sitcom relationship would be. This season, the girls have found the secret back room of the diner (which was the focus of the last episode of the second season) and have opened for business. “And the Soft Opening” and “And the Cronuts” are highlights, as the two find themselves with crowds after a British rock star croaks in front of the shop and the girls make an attempt to capitalize on the Cronut craze.Kat Dennings in 2 Broke Girls (2011)However, around the halfway point of the season, Max and Caroline head to pastry school and things get even more intresting. Max starts to have feelings for Deke (Eric Andre), while Caroline falls for a head baker (Gilles Marini), who has a secret. Meanwhile, Mary Lynn Rajskub is thrown into the mix playing an oddball working at the front desk. Rajskub is extremely funny.Alot of these threads conlude towards the end of the season. The last episode of the season, which sees Max heading back to her old high school to get her diploma, is a great example of the series – it’s genuinely funny, sweet and really shows the chemistry well between the two leads.

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS SUPER NINJA STEEL (SEASON 25)

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MAIN CAST

William Shewfelt (The Final Days of Elliot Morrison)
Nico Greetham (From Within)
Zoe Robins (The Killian Curse)
Peter Adrian Sudarso (Exchange)
Chrysti Ane (A Housekeeper’s Revenge)
Caleb Bendit (Game of Silence)
Chris Sean Reid (Matador)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jordi Webber (The Dead Lands)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Mike Edward (Filthy Rich)
Jacque Drew (Shortland Street)
Byron Coll (Jack The Giant Slayer)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Marissa Stott (Ash Vs Evil Dead)
Jackie Clarke (The Semisis)
Adam Gardiner (Pork Pie)
Estevez Gillespie (End of Daze)
Becky McEwan (Fifthy Rich NZ)
Jodie Rimmer (Young Hercules)
Marcus Johnson (The Third Wheel)
Claire Chitham (Outrageous Fourtune)
Lori Dungey (Lord of The Rings)
Geoff Dolan (Sppoked)
Peter Elliott (800 Words)
Ian Hughes (Hercules: TLJ)
Amanda Billing (Shortland Street)
Aidee Walker (Step Dave)
Mikaela Rüegg (The Stolen)
Li Ming Hu (Power Rangers RPM)
Yoshi Sudarso (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Jason Faunt (Power Rangers Time Force)
Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Steven Skyler (Power Rangers Samurai)
Ciara Hanna (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Steve Cardenas (Power Rangers Zeo)
Selwyn Ward (Power Rangers In Space)
Jeffrey Parazzo (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Catherine Sutherland (Power Rangers Zeo)
Kate Elliott (Deathgasm)
Xana Tang (Filthy Rich)
Jared Turner (6 Days)
Daniel Sing (Xena)
Mark Wright (Hercules: TLJ)
Eve Gordon (The Almighty Johnson)
Jay Simon (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Jamie Davies (Power Rangers Dino Charge)

PowerRangersSuperNinjaSteelFallEpisodeTitlesDescriptions072218It’s easy to overlook that Power Rangers has never really gone away. Power Rangers has been going strong for over twenty years, with a new season debuting almost every year since 1993. 2018 is no different, with Power Rangers super  Ninja Steel kicking off the latest iteration of the long-running franchise.234058964328968563498Super Ninja Ninja Steel does a great job of jumping right into the action, indulging in the sort of “just go with it” storytelling that works best with Power Rangers. In quick order, we’re introduced to a number of high concepts – The Return of Madame Odius, the setting up of her show Galaxy Warriors season 2… And The Return of Sledge who returns in the opening episode if only briefly.  Also introduced is The Super Ninja Armor for when they are in the Zords.DimensionsInDangerI enjoyed Super Ninja Steel from beginning to end, Madame Odius is a much better villain than Galvanax. In the mid season finale where she defeats the Rangers and dispatches the zords is brilliant and the wait for Episode 9 was painful. Episode 10 the big crossover events shows how a crossover should be in the returning rangers are all favorites of mine. It was great to see Catherine Sutherland , I was always saddened when she left the Show. The Big finale was awesome too finally seeing the Madame Odius defeated and The Rangers victorious. The season has its ups and down, but all in all a great season, and leads you wanting more , Bring on Beast Morphers in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS NINJA STEEL (SEASON 24)


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MAIN CAST

William Shewfelt (The Final Days of Elliot Morrison)
Nico Greetham (From Within)
Zoe Robins (The Killian Curse)
Peter Adrian Sudarso (Exchange)
Chrysti Ane (A Housekeeper’s Revenge)
Caleb Bendit (Game of Silence)
Chris Sean Reid (Matador)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jordi Webber (The Dead Lands)

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Mike Edward (Filthy rich)
Richard Simpson (Nuns on The Run)
Jacque Drew (Shortland Street)
Byron Coll (Jack The Giant Slayer)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Amanda Billing (Find me A Maori Bride)
Ian Hughes (Xena)
Lori Dungey (Hercules: TLJ)
Stanley Andrew Jackson (The Company we Keep)
Daniel Sing (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Mac Jeffrey Ong (The Mummy 3)
Nick Beckwith (Robot Club)
Geoff Dolan (Spooked)
Taylor Barrett (Filfthy Rich)
Ruby Love (Burying Brian)
Claire Chitham (Fresh Eggs)
Paul Glover (Spartacus)
Jodie Rimmer (Young Hercules)

whenevil31_351With all the hype and that’s built up  for the 2017 movie, it’s easy to overlook that Power Rangers has never really gone away.  Power Rangers has been going strong for over twenty years, with a new season debuting almost every year since 1993. 2017 is no different, with Power Rangers Ninja Steel kicking off the latest iteration of the long-running franchise. .Ninja Steel does a great job of jumping right into the action, indulging in the sort of “just go with it” storytelling that works best with Power Rangers. In quick order, we’re introduced to a number of high concepts – an intergalactic battle game show of monsters, a mystical Spirit Crystal that contains magic throwing stars – without worrying about overexplaining any of it. The best Power Rangers seasons understand that fans will just go with whatever opening concept it throws out, and Ninja Steel gets that.What makes it work as things go on, though, is the strength of the storytelling within the over-the-top premise. The opening episodes do a good job of introducing our core characters, with the focus falling on Red Ranger Brody as he escapes from the evil Galvanax’s space station. Brody has spent most of his life a prisoner following his dad’s defeat, and the story opens as he finally finds a chance to return to Earth and take up his father’s cause to defend the legendary Ninja Steel.The rest of the team, as is often the case early on, are little more than sketches, but they come across as likable enough. The standout is would-be magician and Blue Ranger Preston, with Peter Sudarso giving the team its most carefree, entertaining member. It helps that this is a solid group of actors, with no one delivering a wooden or unengaged performance; everyone seems to be aware of and enjoying the type of show Power Rangers is..This sense of fun and comfort expands to the supporting cast as well, with not a weak link in the chain so far. Victor Vincent and Monty bring the sort of lighthearted comedy that all of the best civilian friend characters have over the years, while series veteran Kelson Henderson is reliable as ever as the goofy shapeshifter Mick. There’s nothing to complain about in the action department, with the Ninja Steel Rangers delivering several great fight scenes throughout. The action choreography is solid, and it’s always fun to see the Rangers use their Zords individually in battle. Visually, the Ninja Steel suits themselves are great, and the Zords are diverse in design and function. Ninja steel from the first 8 episodes has shown it be a great season, the Introduction of The Gold Ranger in 7 and 8 was great, and will ne nice to see what he brings to the team as the season continues. So far Ninja Steel has become yet another great Power Rangers season.ninjasteel-708-16x9