CHRISTMAS 2017 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.

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REVIEW: POWER RANGERS – THE HALLOWEEN EPISODES – PART 3

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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 Bendt (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: 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

Ninja-Steel-3RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

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)
Stanley Andrew Jackson (The Company we Keep)

whenevil31_351With all the hype and that’s built up  for the 20017 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