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)
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 (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)
Matt Shively (American Housewife)

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.

REVIEW: MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE LIVE STAGE SHOW

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CAST

Amy Jo Johsnon (Cold Hearts)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Johnny Yong Bosch (Blade Anime)
Karen Ashley (Sawed)
David Yost (Degenerate)
Steve Cardenas (A Brothers Badge)

As the stage show begins, the audience is directed to the view screens, where, while working their routine scan of the planet Earth, Alpha 5 and Zordon are alerted to a large teleportation anomaly created by the evil Lord Zedd. Then, as their signal is suddenly shut off, a newscaster named Keith Devon alerts the audience that a huge UFO is about to crashland near their city. The UFO, which was disguised as a meteor, is revealed to be piloted by two aliens who wish to learn the Evil ways of Lord Zedd. They find themselves rapping on the large doors of a dark cave, which Lord Zedd has made his base of operations while on Earth. After revealing his plan to his underlings—Goldar, Rita, Squatt, and Baboo—he orders his Putties to invade the city, in an attempt to lure the Power Rangers out into the open, so that he can capture them and weaken their strength, two by two.

Back at the Command Center, Alpha 5 and Zordon discover that Lord Zedd himself may have landed on Earth—but not in Angel Grove. Alpha 5 discovers that the communications have been jammed, so Zordon enters the Morphing Grid to attempt to overcome the jam so that the Power Rangers can be alerted to the gravity of the latest situation, while Alpha is sent to the coordinates where the UFO had landed, ending up in the random city, where he is ambushed by Putty Patrollers in the park. With help from the audience, Alpha is able to alert the Power Rangers, who morph and teleport to Alpha’s location, ultimately driving off the Putties to protect their friend, but then Zordon explains that Lord Zedd is indeed in the city where the Rangers have transported themselves, so our heroes teleport out and begin their search for Zedd’s temporary base on Earth.

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Back at Zedd’s cave, the Emperor of Evil praises the Putties for luring his enemies out into the open, and then uses his staff to produce a fire monster named Lumitor, who can scorch his enemies just by coming in contact with them. Zedd sends Lumitor, Goldar, and more of his Putties to begin another assault on the city, which lures the Rangers into battle with Zedd’s army and results in the Putties’ capture of Adam and Aisha in the middle of the commotion.

Once back at Zedd’s cave, Adam and Aisha attempt to escape, but their exit is blocked by the two space aliens from the UFO. To make matters worse, the two Rangers cannot teleport out while inside Zedd’s cave, and they are soon imprisoned in cages. Meanwhile, at the entrance, Kimberly, Rocky, Tommy, and Billy are trying to gain access inside the cave, when they are alerted by Alpha not to go inside yet, as the communications have been jammed again to prevent the Rangers from being warned by Zordon that going in will mean that the Rangers will be captured themselves. Under Zordon’s orders, the Rangers regroup at the park to await instructions from him.

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Inside the cave, Zedd is having fun the only way he knows how—by tormenting the Rangers he has imprisoned and ultimately transforming them into cockatoos. However, the other four Rangers are informed of this and are also instructed to destroy Lumitor. Billy suggests using the Firebird Thunderzord as a cloud seeder, and the Rangers take the Thunder Megazord and White Tigerzord into the city, where they encounter a giant Lumitor and battle him to a virtual standstill. After the Thunderzords change battle modes later on, the Mega Tigerzord launches the Firebird Thunderzord off its right arm, seeding the clouds and causing it to rain, which ultimately results in Lumitor’s destruction.

Meanwhile, in the park, Goldar, Squatt, and Baboo are preparing their trap to capture the other four Rangers, creating a monster they call “Hollow Monster”, who cannot be destroyed except by loud sounds. The Rangers, after they arrive, learn this information thanks to Saba (with a little help from Adam and Aisha, who remember that cockatoos can speak human language sometimes), and ask for the audience’s help. With help from a collective scream, the Rangers force the Hollow Monster to fall apart—literally.

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After that adventure, the Rangers discover that Squatt has seemingly been left behind, and they order him to lead them to Zedd’s cave in exchange for his freedom. With help from some trash-talk by Saba, Squatt is tricked into opening the main entrance for the Rangers—or so they think, because soon, the Rangers are once again ambushed by Zedd’s army, which include Goldar and the Putties, as well as the UFO aliens. Then, Zedd makes an appearance himself, larger than life, and dares the Rangers to beat him now that they are cut off from Zordon and their Zords. Billy encourages the audience to reflect Zedd’s magic back at him with special reflectors. After a few moments, Zedd is weakened enough for the Rangers to strike the final blow, which breaks their enemy’s hold on the cave, while also restoring Adam and Aisha to normal. With that done, the Rangers finish what they started, ultimately defeating the Putty Patrollers, as well as the UFO aliens. All of the Rangers’ enemies retreat, and Zordon praises the Rangers for once again doing the impossible. But then, Alpha 5 alerts the Rangers to another situation in Angel Grove. After a short goodbye to all their fans in the audience, the Rangers teleport out and back to Angel Grove.

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This was great to see when it first aid on Sky One in the UK and thankfully it was put on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Shout Factory DVD’s. the costumes maybe crude looking for the villains, but it is aimed at children and is still fun to watch for any power rangers fan.

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE (SEASON 21)

MAIN CAST

Andrew M. Gray (1313: Wicked Stepbrother)
Ciara Hanna (The Devil Came Near)
Christina Masterson (Deadgirl)
John Mark Loudermilk (The Best Friends Club)
Azim Rizk (Warrior Showdown)
Cameron Jebo (The Morning After)
Shailesh Prajapati (Rest for the Wicked)
Ian Harcourt (Black Sheep)
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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Geoff Dolan (Wendy Wu)
Estevez Gillespie (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Mark Wright (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Rebecca Parr (Not for Children)
John Leigh (The Frighteners)
Cameron Rhodes (Housebounds)
Stephen Butterworth (Evil Dead 2013)
Adam Gardiner (Agent Anna)
Nic Sampson (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
James Gaylyn (Power Rangers RPM)
Rene Naufahu (Power Rangers SPD)
Alex Heartman (Power Rangers Samurai)
Jason Smith (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Peter Daube (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Joel Tobeck (Spartacus: War of The Damned)
Owen Black (Maddigan’s Quest)
Jason Hood (Underworld 3)
Shushila Takao (Filthy Rich NZ)
Mike Drew (Older)
Sean CW Johnson (My Little Eyes)
Alison MacInnis (Bewitched)
Danny Slavin (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
Selwyn Ward (A Simple promise)
Patricia Ja Lee (Akira)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Jason Faunt (Totem)
Reggie Rolle (Buds for Life)
Melody Perkins (Coyote Ugly)
Hector David Jr (The Sand)
Brittany Anne Pirtle (Bring it On 5)

Power Rangers Super MegaforceThe Power Rangers defeated the Warstar villains, but now the ruthless Prince Vekar has arrived with his armada  to conquer Earth. To face this threat Gosei gives the rangers special keys, they also have the amazing new ability to morph into any rangers from the past and use the past power. The series begins with the aftermath of Megaforce, the armada is in full swing and the rangers must activate the new Legendary Powers. Though this season will never be as good as the japanese counterpart Gokaiger, it’s still fun seeing previous ranger costumes such as Mighty Morphin, Zeo and Lost Galaxy.Silver-RangerThis Season we are introduced to a new Ranger, The Silver Ranger who is able to call upon the past powerrs of the sixth rangers. we do get to see the Return of Jayden (Samurai Red) and Casey *Jungle Fury Red). It would of been nicer to get more cameos, but it is what it is.silverrangermainEmma seems to be the ranger through Megaforce and Super Megaforce that gets the most episodes dedicated to her where as Gia gets none. It’s nice to see a return to the RPM dimension even thou we don’t. but lets face it the real highlight of the season is Legendary Battle.Orion believes that Earth is now completely safe, and decides to return to his home planet Andresia. Ernie and the Rangers (especially Emma) are sad to see Orion go, and gives him a bag of mementos. Orion then leaves Earth on his Armada ship. Meanwhile, in order to destroy the Rangers and conquer Earth, Emperor Mavro decides to send every Armada ship in the galaxy to attack the planet. Levira is given a chance to redeem herself, so she creates her own Megazord and goes after the Rangers. When Gosei tells the Rangers about Mavro’s plans, Troy says that even though they will have to face thousands of enemies, they have every Power Ranger in history fighting beside them. The Rangers, with the help of Legendary Ranger mode, easily defeat Levira and the Royal Guard with no major trouble at all, but it is revealed that Emperor Mavro used Levira to buy the Armada ships time to reach Earth.Armada ships then fully cloud the sky, and begin to destroy the city with powerful laser beams. The Rangers combine every Legendary Zord they have in their arsenal and effectively destroy most of the ships, but a bigger second wave of ships arrive, and destroys all of the Rangers’ Zords before sending their Legendary Megazord crashing to the ground. The Armada Mothership then delivers a final strike on the Megazord, blowing it to pieces. At the same time, Orion listens to Mavro’s threatening messages in his ship. With the Rangers knocked out, Emperor Mavro sends a final message to humanity, telling them that the Armada will be taking over the planet once and for all because of the Earthlings’ strong resistance against the Armada. He then declares that the Armada will finish the job the next day at dawn. With the city in ruins, many civilians question whether or not Mavro’s claim to have destroyed the Power Rangers is true. As the Megaforce Rangers regroup, several Legendary Rangers – including Tommy Oliver, Cassie Chan, T.J. Johnson, Leo Corbett, Carter Grayson, and Dana Mitchell – are seen throughout the city helping citizens out of dangerous situations. As the citizens prepare for the Armada’s attack at dawn, other Legendary Rangers – including Damon Henderson, Karone, and Wesley Collins – are seen amongst the crowds as well.HistoricrangersThe Rangers contact Gosei, who expresses his confidence in their ability to succeed despite the loss of their Zords. While the Rangers are initially despondent, Troy rallies them with an encouraging speech, and a familiar Armada ship soon descends with a welcome addition to their forces: a returning Orion. The next day, Redker leads a force of Armada robots to attack the city, only to be challenged by the Rangers. After briefly helping the others fight him, Troy and Orion determine that their only hope of defeating the Armada for good is to infiltrate the Armada flagship and challenge Emperor Mavro head on. Leaving their four friends to continue the battle, they board Orion’s ship and manage to crash it into the flagship and make their way aboard. While their friends defeat Redker, the pair challenge Mavro, but he proves a formidable combatant.42However, they manage to turn the flagship’s firepower on the rest of the Armada fleet, decimating the entire force in less than a minute. Using their full power, they then defeat Mavro and send the flagship plummeting towards Earth. Much to the horror of their friends, they apparently perish in the crash as the vessel explodes. However, using the powers of the Red and Silver Space Rangers, the two manage to get out of the ship before it crashes. Unfortunately for the Rangers Mavro has survived as well and proceeds to attack them. The rangers then go all out, using nearly all of their legendary powers. Using their legendary power-up modes, they deal the final attack and finally destroy Emperor Mavro.The group celebrate their victory, only to spot one final menace: a massive army of X-Borgs and Bruisers marching towards the city, summoned by Mavro in his final act of villainy. Despite being vastly outnumbered, the six Rangers are determined to fight, and then receive one final surprise: the Legendary Rangers all appear to aid them in this final confrontation. The Megaforce Rangers gladly welcome their new allies, and refrain from going into Super Megaforce mode due to their confidence about the outcome of the battle. After a furious struggle, all the robots are defeated, and the veteran Rangers-led by Tommy-bid farewell to the Megaforce, assuring them that the older Rangers will always be with them. With that, the Legendary Rangers disperse, and the Megaforce Rangers decide to celebrate their victory, with Troy leaving his sword behind at the site of the final battle.

REVIEW: TURBO: A POWER RANGERS MOVIE

CAST

Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Johnny Yong Bosch (MArvel Anime: Blade)
Steve Cardenas (A Brother’s badge)
Catherine Sutherland (The Cell)
Nakia Burrise (BOnes)
Blake Foster (Kid’s World)
Hilary Shepard (Full House)
Paul Schrier (Footsteps)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Gregg Bullock (Evil Acts)
Amy Jo Johnson (Cold Hearts)
Austin St. John (Footsteps)
Carla Perez (VR Troopers)
Richard Genelle (The Death Merchant)

The Second Power Rangers unlike the first actually does fir into the series, set Before Power Rangers Turbo. Though the movie has had mixed reviews I personally enjoyed it. On the distant planet Liaria, a wizard named Lerigot is fleeing for his life from unseen enemy forces. In desperation, he uses a magical key in his possession to teleport away from them.  In the city of Angel Grove, Power Rangers Tommy Oliver, Adam Park, and Rocky DeSantos are training for an upcoming martial arts charity tournament, but Rocky’s lack of focus while training causes him to fail a jumping kick and land on his spine, critically injuring him. Elsewhere in the city, their fellow Rangers Katherine Hillard and Tanya Sloan are on a school bus helping the children of the Little Angel’s Haven orphanage. Among the kids is a young boy named Justin Stewart, who is stuck in the orphanage due to his father always working and never being around. Kat tries to cheer him up, but Justin shrugs her off.eb41510440d497aff7286336ca6da338--power-rangers-turbo-power-rangers-movieBack on Liaria, the alien pirate Divatox admonishes her soldiers for failing to capture Lerigot and orders her subordinates Rygog and Elgar to find him immediately. They trace the wizard’s path to Earth, and Divatox deduces that he is seeking refuge with Zordon. Their Subcraft immediately lifts off from Liaria and flies towards Earth. At the hospital, Justin comes in to visit Rocky but hides under his bed as the other Rangers come in to pay their sympathy to him. Their communicators suddenly go off as Zordon summons them to the Power Chamber, unaware that Justin has overheard them. Inside the Power Chamber, Zordon and Alpha 5 explain that Lerigot is being pursued by Divatox as part of her plan to awaken and marry the fire demon Maligore, who sleeps on the island of Muranthias. In his panic, Lerigot has landed in the African wilderness and is now at risk of dying from heatstroke. Tommy and Kat agree to locate the wizard and bring him to safety. As they arrive on Earth, Divatox has Elgar capture two humans “of purity and strength” to be used as sacrifices for Maligore. Elgar brings her Bulk and Skull, security guards working under Jerome Stone who had gotten lost on their way to the International Dance-a-Thon when they were captured. Disgusted at his poor choice of sacrifices, Divatox orders Elgar to try again and throws the pair in the Subcraft’s hold.


After a long and dangerous search through Africa, Tommy and Kat find a passed-out Lerigot and revive him with supplies from their Power Boxes, then take him to the Power Chamber to recover. They are soon contacted by Divatox, who demands that Lerigot be surrendered to her immediately. To emphasize, she reveals that she has captured Lerigot’s wife and child, Yara and Bethel, as well as former Power Rangers Jason Lee Scott and Kimberly Ann Hart (both captured while they were scuba-diving), and that she will kill them all if the wizard does not surrender.


On the beach, the Rangers are unable to stop Lerigot as he willingly surrenders to Divatox, and her forces throw back what appear to be Jason and Kimberly into the water as they take him away. The Rangers quickly discover them to be nothing but their empty scuba-suits. Back in the Subcraft, Jason and Kimberly are put in the hold next to Bulk and Skull as they await their fate as Maligore’s sacrifices.  Zordon explains that Lerigot’s magical key is required to ensure safe passage through the Nemesis Triangle, which prevents all ships from reaching Muranthias. A vessel known as the Ghost Galleon can pass through the Triangle, but the Rangers’ current powers will not suffice for this journey. Instead, Zordon creates a new form of power to protect them — the Turbo Keys and Turbozords. Now the Turbo Rangers, Tommy, Kat, Tanya, and Adam quickly adjust to their new Turbozords, the Red Lightning, Wind Chaser, Dune Star, and Desert Thunder, though Rocky’s Mountain Blaster must stay behind due to his injuries. The Rangers arrive at the rendezvous point where the Ghost Galleon awaits its passengers. Before the Rangers board, the Mountain Blaster arrives with its driver… Justin. He explains that he had followed the Rangers to the Power Chamber and was given Zordon’s blessing to become the Blue Turbo Ranger. Now five-strong, the Rangers load the Turbozords onto the Galleon and begin their journey,  Though the Rangers’ Turbo Keys renders the Galleon invisible to Divatox’s Subcraft, Divatox spots them through the periscope and deploys Putra Pods to climb aboard the Galleon and destroy them, though they are fought off. Down in the holds, Jason and Kimberly attempt to escape by pulling apart a bulkhead, a dangerous plan that very nearly drowns them. While Kimberly escapes with Bulk and Skull, Jason snags his shirt and is unable to follow before Divatox seals the bulkhead with the emergency hatch and leaves him trapped. She is displeased that Maligore is going to have to deal with one sacrifice.


After forcing Lerigot to have her Subcraft pass through the Nemesis Triangle, Divatox is shocked to see the Rangers still tailing her, and a call for advice from Rita Repulsa proves useless. The Subcraft fires torpedoes at the Galleon to destroy it, but the Rangers escape to their Turbozords and drive on the ocean surface to reach Muranthias. Kimberly is also found by the Malichians, though Bulk and Skull are left to fend for themselves. Upon making landfall, Divatox convinces the native Malichians (who have Kimberly in their possession) to lead her to Maligore’s temple where they worship him.  Morphing with their Turbo Keys for the first time, the Turbo Rangers give chase to the temple, where Divatox is preparing to throw Jason and Kimberly to the Pit of Eternal Flame and awaken Maligore with a pre-nuptial snack. She sends her Piranhatrons to delay the Rangers as the sacrifices are made and Jason and Kimberly are reincarnated as Maligore’s evil minions.

Turbo A Power Rangers Movie RangersThe Rangers are barely able to keep their own friends from killing them, but Lerigot and Yara use their combined power to restore the pair to normal, allowing the Rangers to draw their Turbo Weapons and focus on the Pirahnatrons. Divatox throws Elgar to the Pit as a new sacrifice, awakening Maligore as he begins throwing the Rangers around effortlessly.3237330e901780d08b3fc4168e9a8a35When Maligore grows in size, the Rangers summon their Turbozords to unite into the Turbo Megazord. After a fierce fight, Maligore is destroyed by the Turbo Megazord, and Divatox flees for her life while swearing revenge on the Power Rangers as the volcano erupts. After recovering Bulk and Skull, the Rangers return to Angel Grove in time for the martial arts tournament. Tommy ultimately wins the tournament, winning a sizable charity donation to the Little Angel’s Haven as well. The Rangers later return to the Power Chamber to see Lerigot and his family off as they go home to Liaria.Turbo A Power Rangers Movie MaligoreAn excellent entry into the power rangers franchise and served as a gateway to Power Rangers Turbo