25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: POWER RANGERS ZEO – A SEASON TO REMEMBER

CAST
Johnny Yong Bosch (Marvel Anime: Blade)
Karan Ashley (Sawed)
Steve Cardenas (Turbo: APM)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Catherine Sutherland (The Cell)
Nakia Burrise (Bones)
Paul Schrier (Wicked)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Robert Axelrod (Deep Freeze)
Richard Genelle (The Death Merchant)
Barbara Goodson (The Legend of Korra)
Alex Borstein (Family Guy)
Gregg Bullock (Evil Acts)
David Stenstrom (Masked Rider)
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The episode starts with an old man telling his grandson a story about the Rangers during the holidays. He sadly did not tell of the time the Rangers actually met Santa. The Rangers and Raymond (a recurring character during Zeo) are throwing a party at the Juice Bar promoting different holiday traditions. They are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and probably others. Power Rangers once again does a good job of showing off all the holidays. The Machine Empire led by King Mondo are the big bads this season. Of course they don’t understand Christmas since they are robots and stuff. Mondo sends Prince Sprocket to mess with the Rangers’ minds. Sprocket makes them not respect other religions leading them to argue. It’s a bit comical listening to Tommy tell Raymond to go pick a Christmas tree instead of worrying about his Jewish stuff. Tanya is pretty hilarious too being really angry that nobody is respecting Kwanzaa. Mondo also makes all their holiday items disappear making everyone want to cancel the party. Mondo’s plan is working until a little girl convinces the Rangers through a bad song that diversity and having friends is good. Mondo’s plan is foiled.I liked the different holidays aspect. It’s good to see Power Rangers go above and beyond just focusing on Christmas. I liked that old school holiday special feel of an old man telling his grandson the story. It’s sweet. We find out in the end that Tommy is the old man and that he’s married to Kat. They make a cute old couple.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: POWER RANGERS – I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE RANGER

CAST
Amy Jo Johnson (Flashpoint)
David Yost (Ladykiller
Johnny Yong Bosch (Marvel Anime: Blade)
Karan Ashley (Sawed)
Steve Cardenas (Turbo: APM)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Paul Schrier (Wicked)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Robert Axelrod (Deep Freeze)
Tracy Lynn Cruz (Power Rangers In Space)
Richard Genelle (The Death Merchant)
Barbara Goodson (The Legend of Korra)
Richard Steven Horvitz (Sabrina: The teenage Witch)
Kerrigan Mahan (Dr. Dolittle)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Carla Pérez (VR Troopers)
Robert von Fliss (Masked Rider)

Tommy Forces Indentured Servant to Make Tree Look NiceIt’s Christmas time in Angel Grove and, in the Angel Grove Juice Bar, everyone inside is in the spirit. Rangers Adam, Billy, Rocky and Tommy watch the goings-on as Kimberly and Aisha hold a minor pageant within, leading children in singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. As the pageant ends, the girls rejoin the guys as bar owner Ernie approaches Tommy and offers him to put up the star and finish up the Christmas Tree. However, Tommy spots a despondent little girl and lets her put up the star in his place. Aisha talks to Kimberly, who tells her that this was the first Christmas she was going to spend without her mom (an earlier plot had Kimberly decide to stay with Aisha when her mom moved to Europe). Aisha reassures her and gets her to join in with the decorating as bullies-turned-junior police officers Bulk and Skull enter, lamenting in the duties as Santa and an elf respectively. When Kimberly attempts to put up some mistletoe, Tommy arrives to help her, only for Bulk and Skull to barrel through and Skull steal a kiss from Kimberly, much to her displeasure. However, not all is happy. In his base on the Moon, the villainous Lord Zedd shows his displeasure over the holidays and vows things will be different.ZeddPutOnHisJeansRita Repulsa demands to know how he’ll do that, noting he says that every year. However, Zedd corrects her, pointing out how could she know since they’ve only been married a year; he produces a special top that would hypnotize the children of the world into doing his bidding – basically, by taking control of children, Zedd rules the future of Earth. Rito Revolto comments that Zedd’s idea is pretty good, while being entranced by the spinning top. Zedd gives Rito the top and tells him to get to the North Pole and force the elves to make more of the toys, while taking Santa hostage. Deciding to make a pun-related gloat, Zedd says “Santa won’t have to check his list twice, because all the children of the world will have been naughty, and won’t that be nice for me.”In the Juice Bar, Aisha and Kimberly practices another song, “Menorah, Menorah”, with the kids as Aisha notices the kid from earlier. Aisha’s curious as to what’s going on though Kimberly is just as clueless.Alpha's Suit Actress in a Cameo RoleWhen the song ends and the kids leave, the two confront the girl over her half-hearted performance, but she brushes them off saying that it wasn’t worth it as she wouldn’t have to sing for. In the North Pole, Santa enters his workshop to check on his elves and their work. The head elf shows worry over not meeting their deadline, but Santa reassures her. However, Rito appears, flanked by Tengu Warriors, and declares that he’s taking over and wants the elves to make the tops. Rito introduces himself, with Santa commenting that he’s been very bad; Rito takes it as a compliment. Santa and the head elf stand up to them, but Rito’s numbers easily overpower them. In the Juice Bar, Kimberly confronts the child and finds out that her dad can’t come to the pageant because he’s stuck at work. Kimberly reassures the girl and cheers her up before bringing her in. She catches Tommy under the mistletoe once again and they try for another kiss only to be interrupted by their communicators – Zordon needs the Rangers.Arriving in the Command Center, Zordon lets the teens in on Rito’s takeover, confusing the teens over why Zedd would do this. Learning of the toys, the team agrees that they have to stop them; however, Zordon warns them that, because of various factors like a cross-current of holiday magic and the North Pole’s unique polarity, their powers will not work on the North Pole. They realize that and take the chance anyway. Upon arriving, the Rangers make it to the workshop to see Santa tied up and Rito and the Tengu pushing the elves into working. As the team thinks up of a plan, Zedd spots the teens and sends Goldar to assist Rito and to get rid of the Rangers. In the Juice Bar, the little girl confronts Bulk and Skull in trying to find Kimberly; both are shocked to her Kimberly isn’t around, since she never bails on helping others. Skull reminds Bulk it’s time to slip into their costumes; Bulk says they’ll go outside and let Santa know about Kimberly’s disappearance.maxresdefaultIn Santa’s workshop, the Rangers huddle and come up with a plan, which begins with Aisha and Kimberly getting the head elf’s attention and letting them in on their plan. The two, then, get Rito’s attention and lure him outside while the head elf rallies the other elves. Outside, the Rangers make their presence known and Rito realizes that his powers don’t work either, which greatly upsets him. When Goldar finally arrives, the Rangers attack by launching snowballs at the two villains, forcing them to retreat inside the workshop, where they’re tripped up and taken out. The Tengas try to aid them, only to be tripped up by marbles. The villains defeated, they’re tied up in ribbon and teleported back to Zedd and Rita. The head elf realizes that the takeover has put them behind schedule and Billy offers the Rangers to aid the elves in getting them back on track by wrapping up the rest of the presents and loading them into Santa’s sleigh, which they accept. The teens are able to finish everything and, for their help, are given a sack of presents to give to others at the Juice Bar. In Zedd’s base, Zedd and Rita are happy to receive at least one gift this year. To Rita’s anger, the box is full of their hypnotic spinning tops – “What a gyp!” Wearing a Santa hat, Rito sheepishly give Goldar a new sword as a Christmas gift. Taken aback by Rito’s gesture, Goldar can only thank him gladly. Rita and Zedd, however, are left disgusted. Looking out to earth, Zedd declares that he hates Christmas with a “bah humbug!”, the quote echoed by Rita.At the Juice Bar, Bulk and Skull have donned their costumes and are tending to the kids to hear their wishes, finding themselves dumbstruck over one kid’s massive list. The Rangers return with the gifts and Kimberly gives the girl a special gift – her father, who apologizes for missing out and promises her that he would stay with her. The girl approaches Bulk and asks what she’d want for Christmas, only for her to say she already has her gift thanks to him, leaving the two feeling warm inside (and Skull breaking down into tears). Kimberly and Tommy finally get their kiss under the mistletoe and she is reunited with her mom for the holidays. After one last song, “Silent Night”, everyone gathers around the stage and let out a “Merry Christmas”.

One of my all time favorite Christmas specials, it’s got a great story to it and its loads of fun to watch every year around Christmas.

 

 

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: ALPHA’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS

CAST
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Amy Jo Johnson (Flashpoint)
David Yost (Degenerate)
Johnny Yong Bosch (Marvel Anime: Blade)
Karen Ashley (Sawed)
Steve Cardenas (Power Rangers Zeo)
Romy J. Sharf (The Item)
The Christmas special begins in the Command Center decorated for Christmas with Alpha 5 walking in as the special’s title is shown on screen. As the opening credits appear on screen, the frame story starts: Alpha 5 breaks the fourth wall and tells the audience that he’s just putting the final touches on his Christmas tree before the big day arrives. He then goes on to tell the audience that he feels quite happy about Christmas that year (the actual year isn’t stated, but it is implied to be 1994 based on Rocky, Adam and Aisha appearing on the Viewing Globe) even though he didn’t feel that way at the beginning of the day.
The rest of the special then goes into a flashback (comprised of both stock and original footage) where Alpha 5 is telling Zordon that he just can’t get into the Christmas Spirit. Zordon tells Alpha 5 to cheer up as it’s Christmas Eve although it does seem too quiet without the Rangers. When Alpha asks where the Rangers are, Zordon responds that they are at the North Pole helping Santa Claus get ready for his annual trip. To cheer Alpha up from his sadness over being ignored by the Rangers, Zordon presents a Christmas tree and then teleports in several children from around the world to do activities and sing carols with Alpha. Soon the Rangers teleport in, but they can’t stay long.
At the end of the special we cut back to the same area we see at the beginning, where Alpha says goodbye and that he, Zordon, and the Rangers hope we have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year
The Special is cheesy and out of continuity but it’s good t ohave for any Power Rangers fan, and is fun to watch at Christmas. It’s available as a special on the Christmas Power Rangers dvd and on the Season 1-3 set in America.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR: POWER RANGERS ZEO – IT CAME FROM ANGEL GROVE

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CAST

Catherine Sutherland (The Cell)
Nakia Burrise (Hart of Dixie)
Steve Cardenas (Enuattii)
Johnny Yong Bosch (Money Heist)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
David Yost (Degenerate)
Paul Schrier (Eagle Riders)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Richard Genelle (The Death Merchant)
Gregg Bullock (Evil Acts)

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RECURRING CAST

Carla Perez (VR Troopers0
David Stenstrom (Masked Rider)
Alex Borstein (Family Guy)
Barbara Goodson (Akira)
Kerrigan Mahan (Dr. Dolittle)
Robert L. Manahan (You Light Up My Life)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Oliver Page (Titantic)
Richard Steven Horvitz (Summer School)
Robert Axelrod (The Blob)

what-happened-to-the-cast-of-mighty-morphin-power-rangers-876016It’s a dark and stormy night at Angel Grove High School, and Adam is staying late to study while Tanya is asleep and Bulk and Skull are on night patrol. When Tanya gets up to leave, Bulk and Skull warn her that it’s a full moon tonight and that unusual things can happen under it, but Tanya just laughs and agrees to walk them home. As he studies, Adam is distracted by the television as it begins playing a favorite old monster movie of his, The Bride of Hackensack, and he ends up falling asleep on the sofa.vlcsnap-4951117Later, Adam is rudely woken up when a black cat runs into the room. Adam chases it, only to run into Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd as they stand in the darkened hallway of the high school. They tell him that while he slept, the Machine Empire took over the planet and brainwashed his friends. Adam’s only hope is to follow the cat as it leads him to a powerful sorcerer, and he must also collect the cape of a vampire, the hair of a werewolf, the wrappings of a mummy, and the eye of a cat in order to earn the sorcerer’s trust and turn back the Machines. As Adam steps through a door, he finds himself in a black-and-white world and meets a vampire named Tomacula as a familiar-looking bartender serves drinks to him and his friends… except Tomacula wants something a little more fresh from Adam’s veins. King Mondo suddenly appears to taunt Adam and send down Cogs, and Adam grabs Tomacula’s cape while he’s distracted.Vulgar-2000-movie-Bryan-Johnson-3A voice suddenly calls out as a rope appears. Adam climbs it and appears in a forest where he meets Lord Henry. He and the villagers are on watch for a werewolf in the area, but Adam finds out that Henry himself is the werewolf. When Henry falls into the bushes, Adam grabs some of his caught hair and flees. After meeting with the local Burgermeister, Adam is directed to a nearby cave where a professor is researching the tomb of Prince Bulkenhotep. The mummified prince wakes up and chases them until Adam helps him unwind by pulling his wrappings off. Adam leaves the cave and arrives inside a strange laboratory, where Dr. William von Hackensack and his assistant Eye-Gor are at work creating a zombie bride. Suddenly, the cat reappears and transforms into Valencia, queen of the witches. She demands that Adam submits to her power, but he takes her cat’s-eye pendant and she melts away.hqdefaultThe four items gathered, Adam finally reaches the wizard Zordonicus, who forces him to choose one of his friends to fight the evil Drill Master. When Adam asks himself what Tommy would do in his situation, Zordonicus accepts it as Adam’s answer and sends Tommy into the battle. Tommy struggles against Drill Master, but he ultimately triumphs over the monster. Adam demands that Zordonicus revert the world to normal, but the sorcerer reveals himself to be King Mondo and sends monsters to destroy him. Adam is suddenly jostled awake by Tommy, Kat, Tanya, and Rocky. As it turns out, Adam had slept through the whole night and suffered through one big nightmare. While Bulk and Skull pass through chasing what looks like the cat from his dream, Adam sees a TV commercial for an encore showing of The Bride of Hackensack. The other Rangers plan to watch it later, but Adam decides to pass on the offer as he’s had enough of scary movies.bxhNrwGiTlvy2rmH7S3zpGO9N8OAn excellent episode one of the best Halloween specials and indeed one of the best episodes ever.

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)
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 (2017)

CAST

Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things)
Naomi Scott (Terra Nova)
RJ Cyler (War Machine)
Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt)
Becky G. (Empire)
Elizabeth Banks (The HUnger Games)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Bill Hader (Superbad)
David Denman (Outcast)
Sarah Gray (Legends of Tomorrow)
Wesley MacInnes (Smallville)
Garry Chalk (Arrow)
Patrick Sabongui (The Flash)
Erica Cerra (The 100)
Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Anjali Jay (Supergirl)
Caroline Cave (Van Helsing)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)

Twenty years after the last Power Rangers theatrical release, the sci-fi series returns with an updated visual style and reconfigured storyline, as the Saban Entertainment property moves from 20th Century Fox to Lionsgate. Unlike the TV program (still running after 24 seasons), the feature films faded away after 1997’s Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, the follow-up to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, released two years earlier.
This version creatively reimagines the Power Rangers’ origins by establishing them as a team of intergalactic protectors, which certainly provides a high degree of flexibility for potential future iterations. Its worldwide appeal should assure satisfactory initial results.

An opening flashback reveals that the original Power Rangers were actually humanoid-like extraterrestrials, arriving on earth millions of years ago as Zordon (Bryan Cranston) and his team of Rangers attempted to defend the planet from power-hungry alien invader Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). When an errant meteor strikes, Zordon’s Rangers are all killed and he almost perishes before his loyal robot assistant Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) saves him by uploading his consciousness into their spacecraft’s computer system, while Rita’s body is consigned to the depths of the ocean. Digitally imprisoned within the ship indefinitely, Zordon will have to wait until the power coins that enable the development of Ranger superpowers are discovered sometime in the distant future before he can be freed.More than 60 million years later, a decrepit gold mine outside the rural California town of Angel Grove attracts the attention of outcast teen tech-whiz Billy (RJ Cyler), who’s focused on a project started by his late father to unearth a mysterious energy source within the mountainside. Billy gets some unexpected assistance from disgraced football star Jason (Dacre Montgomery), who needs his help hacking the tracking anklet the local police department forces him to wear after he’s apprehended for staging a disastrous high school prank. It turns out that some other marginalized teens are also drawn to the mountain, including bad boy Zack (Ludi Lin), ostracized cheerleader Kimberly (Naomi Scott) and (in one of the first representations of an LGBTQ superhero character) gay-questioning Trini (Becky G).
After Billy’s homemade explosive device blows away the wall of the mine, they discover the buried power coins and quickly begin developing unexpected super-abilities, including incredible strength and agility. It’s not until they discover Zordon’s buried spaceship and encounter Alpha 5, however, that they begin to understand their anointed role as Zordon’s next team of Power Rangers. As the kids struggle to control their newfound talents, the revival of Rita from deep beneath the ocean snaps their situation into sharp focus when she arrives in Angel Grove seeking Zordon and begins destroying the town. If the Rangers can’t find a way to come together and form a cohesive team, they’ll never be able to defeat Rita and save the world from her destructive ambitions.
For longtime fans, the newest installment preserves some of the most beloved characteristics of the original franchise, updated to reflect technological advances. The Rangers’ color-coded power suits now benefit from nanoparticle properties and the robotic mecha assault vehicles known as Zords that they pilot take on enhanced battle capabilities, while Rita’s menacing sidekicks the Putties and the gigantic warrior Goldar get more polished, fluid CGI representations. (And yes, the “Go Go Power Rangers” theme song makes a triumphant return.)

Screenwriter John Gatins succeeds in effectively distilling the Power Rangers’ sprawling mythology into a manageable scope and dialing back the campy humor and martial arts fixations that characterized the TV series and liberally informed the feature films. The current version instead emphasizes more realistic dramatic situations by imbuing each Ranger with some type of personal issue. Whether they’re dealing with bullying, alienation or sexual orientation, these teens are more three-dimensional than their Ranger predecessors.Standing out in a field of largely emerging young talent, Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) strikes a heartfelt balance between Billy’s obsessive and creative tendencies, playing them against one another for both humor and emotional impact. Cranston as the pompous alien with unrealistic expectations and Hader as the ever-optimistic robot form a resourceful if unexpected comedic team, but can’t quite match Banks for Rita’s sheer delightfulness , she is having fun and it shows oin the big screen.Israelite, building on his experience with teen sci-fi feature Project Almanac, orchestrates a vastly more complex array of characters, action set pieces and technical resources for a combined effect that maintains dramatic tension. CGI characters and special effects sequences by Weta Workshop are seamlessly integrated and consistently thrilling. This is a brilliant retelling the classic story for a new age.

REVIEW: THE ONE WARRIOR (aka THE DRAGON WARRIOR)

 

CAST

Jason David Frank (Power Rangers)
Dominic Keating (Star Trek: Enterprise)
James Russo (Django Unchained)
Brent Philip Henry (Drive Angry)
Tara Kleinpeter (The Chair)

As a huge JDF fan I was interested in seeing what was called The One Warrior. So I was really happy to see a blu ray at Walmart! While the movie is really low budget and very cheesy it’s also a lot of fun. The story is really simple, Jason is a noble warrior who must kill the evil lord Shoukata. The little nods to gaming peppered all in the movie, are a wonderful touch. Sure as I said its campy as hell.

But it’s still really fun, the fights are not as hard hitting as in Johnny Yong Bosch’s Broken Path, but there still fun fantasy battles. That featured some good variety. The landscapes and sets were well done, and the dragon was pretty well designed and animated. The fights reminded me of all the cool shows and cheesy movies I saw as a kid. The plot is thin but it’s pretty smart too, the whole gaming aspect of the movie really works. And Jason rocked it as always, he had a few really funny moments. My favorite was when he requested his sidekick carry him. It was pretty funny and showcased Jason’s classic charm that we all love. What really made the movie for me besides Jason, was that this movie really was made with gamers in mind. This is the closet to seeing a movie made into a video game world. By the end of the film you will understand. Granted its incredibly cheesy but that’s also the appeal, it doesn’t try to be anything but silly fun.

If you love JDF, Saturday morning adventures, gaming, and old cheesy fantasy movies this is a fun addition to your collection. I plan on rewatching this plenty of times as it totally fun to watch.