REVIEW: THE BEST OF THE POWER RANGERS – PART III

 

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MAIN CAST

Ricardo Medina, Jr. (Witchcraft)
Alyson Kiperman (Hell Ride)
Phillip jeanmarie (Passions)
Jessica Rey (General Hospital)
Jack Guzman (End of The Spear)
Ann Marie Crouch (Bar Flies)
Ilia Volok (Air Force One)
Sin Wong (Miss Universe)
Philip Andrew (The Hazing)
Pua Magasiva (30 Days of Night)
Sally Martin (Wendy Wu)
Glenn McMillan (Zenon: Z3)
Jason Chan (Stealth)
Adam Tuominen (Underbelly)
Jorge Vargas (Arrow)
Katrina Browne (Young Hercules)
Katrina Devine (Xena)
Grant McFarland (Hercules: TLJ)
James Napier Robertson (The Tribe)
Kevin Duhaney (Honey)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Emma Lahana (Alien Agent)
Jeffrey Parazzo (Flashpoint)
Lathan Gaines (King Kong)
Miriama Smith (Filthy Rich)
Tom Hern (Maddigan’s Quest)
Brandon Jay McLaren (Smallville)
Chris Violette (Bitten)
Matt Sadowski (Dawn of The Dead)
Monica May (Battle Planet)
Alycia Purrott (Jailbait!)
Rene Naufahu (The Matix Revolutions)
John Tui (Battleship)
Michelle Langstone (Xena)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Olivia James-Baird (Orange Roughies)
Barnie Duncan (Nothing Trivial)Episode_09_-_GaorangerRECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Roy Werner (Weeds)
Brianne Brozey (Digimon)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Ken Merckx (Orgazmo)
Minae Noji (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Eiko Nijo (Eagle Eye)
Jason Faunt (Totem)
Michael Copon (The Scorpion King 2)
Kevin Kleinberg (Ethan Mao)
Deborah Estelle Philips (The Cavanaughs)
Erin Cahill (Skinwalker Ranch)
Vernon wells (Mad Max 2)
Kate Sheldon (The Chronicle TV)
Dan Southworth (Mortal Kombat: Legacy)
Sean CW Johnson (My Little Eye)
Monica Louwerens (The Vampire Diaries)
Wendell Wright (Highlander: The Series)
Sandra McCoy (Cry Wolf)
J.D. Hall (Undercover Brother)
Brancombe Richmond (The Scorpion King)
Christopher Khayman Lee (That 70s Show)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Paul Schrier (Wicked Games)
Danny Slavin (The Boy Next Door)
Austin St. John (Footsteps)
Selwyn Ward (A Simple Promise)
Catherine Sutherland (The Cell)
Walter Jones (Buffy)
Ryan Hansen (2 Broke Girls)
Megan Nicol (Xena)
Peter Rowley (The Tommyknockers)
Craig Parker (Reign)
Bruce Hopkins (Housebound)
Jason Hoyte (We’re Here to Help)
John Leigh (The Frighteners)
Kim Michalis (Toy Love)
Paul Norell (River Queen)
Daniel Sing (Shortland Street)
James Gaylyn (Avatar)
Ismay Johnston (This Is Not a Love Story)
Michael Hurst (Maddigan’s Quest)
Brett Stewart (Everything We Loved)
Joel Tobeck (Spartacus: War of The Damned)
Ian Hughes (Bliss)
Jaime Passier-Armstrong (Jubilee)
Robbie Magasiva (Wentworth Prison)
Geoff Dolan (Gloss)
Morgan Reese Fairhead (Xena)
Stephan Hall (Killing Time)
Dwayne Cameron (The Locals)
Stuart Devenie (Jack of All Trades)
Susan Brady (Hercules: TLJ)
Antonia Prebble (Westside)
Neill Rea (Spooked)
Siobhan Page (Filthy Rich)
Aaron Murphy (Boogeyman)

maxresdefaultEver since its humble beginnings in 1993 no body could predict just how morphinominal hit the show would be and 800+ episodes, 3 films later the show is still on and still hit, these are my all time favourite episodes starting with MMPR right through to the current season Ninja Steel.

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Image may contain: one or more people and nightSomewhere in the wilderness, a young man named Cole leaves a tribe to search for his past. In the city of Turtle Cove, four Rangers are battling two powerful orgs, but are outmatched. The orgs leave, and Alyssa comments on how they need a fifth Ranger, but their leader Taylor disagrees. Cole arrives in the city and tries to find the people in his photo – his parents. He ends up saving animals from a shady shelter run by two devious clowns. Cole and the animals make it out of the shelter safely, and the animal snatchers are revealed to be the duke orgs Toxica and Jindrax. The four Rangers find Cole in the city and ask him to come with them. Taylor ends up punching him in the gut, and they haul him away unconscious. Cole wakes up to find himself in a jungle, and he is greeted by five robotic animals – Lion, Tiger, Bison, Shark, and Eagle – the Power Animals. Cole then makes his way to a temple, where he is greeted by the four Rangers and their mentor, Princess Shayla. Cole shows the team a red crystal with the lion spirit in it. They surprise him by showing him their own colored crystals. The Org from earlier returns to wreak more havoc in the city. Shayla dispatches the Rangers. Taylor gives Cole his Growl Phone and shows him how to morph. The Rangers, are still unable to defeat the orgs. They combine their weapons into the Jungle Sword, destroying one org. Jindrax and Toxica appear. Toxica grows the other org into a giant. The wild zords come to help the Rangers and destroy the org. Another mission complete, but what will they face next?Image may contain: one or more people and textBarbwire Org has surfaced, and starts to attack the city with his wires. Jindrax and Toxica find the old org temple, and find Master Org, the father of all orgs, ready to kick some Ranger butt. The Rangers arrive in the city to fight the org, but while Cole tries to reason with it, Taylor wants to fight. An army of putrids welcomes the Rangers, and Cole sticks to his plan and tries to reason with Barbwire Org. After he finds that orgs do not have hearts, he goes with Taylor’s plan and morphs. The Rangers destroy Barbwire Org with the Jungle Sword, and he grows to giant size. The wild zords come from the Animarium island and Red Lion tells Cole they need to combine the wild zords, forming the Wild Force Megazord. The team puts together their Crystal Sabers and the power animals come together, and the megazord is formed. The megazord growls, signaling it means business. The Rangers use the Mega Roar and destroy Barbwire Org. Master Org, creates a new plan. Back on the Animarium, the Rangers give Cole a make-over, officially making him part of the team.Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting and textAlyssa starts a day at school on an archeological dig. While snooping around, she finds a glowing Wild Force emblem inside a cave. Later, she grabs Princess Shayla and Cole to help her check it out. Tire Org starts terrorizing the city. The three available Rangers show up to fight it. Tire Org manages to stall Taylor, Danny, and Max, giving him time to dash over to Cole, Alyssa, and Princess Shayla. He kidnaps the princess, and the Rangers try to run after him. The power animals send the new savage cycles, and Alyssa manages to stop Tire Org. The Rangers destroy Tire Org with a blast from the cycles, and Alyssa saves Princess Shayla. Toxica resurrects the org into a giant, and the Wild Force Megazord is formed. Master Org kidnaps Princess Shayla while the Rangers are busy, and forces her to try to open the seal. Alyssa leaves the Megazord to help the Princess, but is knocked out by the powerful Master Org. When Shayla tells Master Org that she can’t open the seal, only the chosen one can, he decides to blow it up. After Master Org leaves, Shayla and Alyssa inspect the rubble, and find that the Power Animal behind the seal still lives. An animal crystal appears before Alyssa, and summons the Elephant Zord, forming the Wild Force Megazord sword and shield mode. Tire Org is destroyed and Cole tries to master his new savage cycle.Image may contain: one or more people, outdoor and textWhen jogging, Taylor stops by at the airport and remembers when she first came to the Animarium. She then meets two boys: wearing black and white, running from a security guard. She saves them from capture and finds out from the security guard that she was the best pilot Turtle Cove ever had. Then, Cellphone Org starts attacking the city and can disrupt the Rangers’ ability to morph. He injures Taylor, who manages to hide in an abandoned factory. Putrids find her, but the two boys save her using psychic powers. While the other Rangers deal with Cellphone Org, Taylor is tasked by the boys to get two flowers from a steep cliff. The others manage to break Cellphone Org’s antenna, allowing Taylor to morph, fly, and get the flowers. The boys give her two seeds, and she then returns to the others. Cellphone Org is destroyed by the Jungle Sword, and Toxica revives him into a giant. The Rangers then notice the boys Taylor met before. The boys sprinkle pollen from the flowers on each other, turning them into the Black and Polar Bear Zords. The seeds Taylor was given turns into animal crystals, and the Wild Force Megazord Double Knuckle Mode is formed. Even though Cellphone Org is destroyed, Red Lion becomes tired from taking in energy from the bear brothers, causing the megazord to overload.Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, outdoor and textThe rangers learn of a magical bird called the Soul Bird in the forest that can heal the Wild Zords. Cole thinks it may be able to heal the Red Lion, so the Rangers head off to find it. However, they are stopped by Toxica, Jindrax, and a grown Bulldozer Org. Since Red Lion is still exhausted, the Rangers can’t form the megazord. Red Lion objects and says he will fight, so the Rangers do what Jindrax and Toxica want them to. However, they need to use the bear brothers once again. Red Lion becomes exhausted and injured, so the other Wild Zords try to protect him. Cole then tries to find the Soul Bird, and Jindrax and Toxica go after him. But, Taylor, Alyssa, Danny, and Max stop them. Cole encounters Master Org, who scares away the Soul Bird. The gorilla crystal then comes to Cole, who reunites with the others and forms the Kongazord. After Bulldozer Org is destroyed, the Rangers find a Soul Bird egg, and Cole becomes sad, because the little chick won’t know its mother… like him.No automatic alt text available.A wandering General Org called Retinaxe battles the Rangers to prove his worth. With Freezer Org’s help, the Zords are frozen and the Rangers are rendered powerless. The Soul Bird hatches, restores the Zords and powers, and helps the Rangers defeat Retinaxe.No automatic alt text available.Master Org releases the General Org Nayzor, who finds and releases another Duke Org – Zen-Aku. Zen-Aku utterly defeats the Rangers in battle, and steals the Elephant zord from Alyssa.No automatic alt text available.An injured Alyssa is tended to by Zen-Aku, after she is attacked by Toxica and Jindrax. Zen-Aku summons his own Dark Wild Zords to battle the Rangers’ Wild Zords.Image may contain: mountain, sky, outdoor and natureAfter defeating the runaway Bus org, the Rangers face Zen-Aku who defeats Cole easily in a brief battle, he also combines his Dark Wild Zords into the Predazord, and steals the Giraffe Power Animal from them.No automatic alt text available.Zen-Aku frees Motorcycle Org, and kidnaps Princess Shayla. Shayla’s necklace brings back vague memories for Zen-Aku. The Rangers battle Motorcycle Org and Zen-Aku, and get back the Princess. Taylor is defeated by Zen-Aku, who steals the Bear animal crystals.No automatic alt text available.As Zen-Aku begins to remember his true past, Nayzor plants a bug in his head, which convinces him that he is pure evil, making him an even more dangerous threat to the Rangers.No automatic alt text available.The ancient Animus intervenes to reveal Zen-Aku’s true identity – Merrick, the ancient warrior who defeated Master Org by using the cursed wolf mask. By defeating the Predazord with new zords, the Rangers break the curse, returning Merrick back to normal.Image may contain: one or more people, tree, plant, outdoor and natureAfter a failed attempt to retrieve the stolen Animal Crystals, Merrick must fight the Quadra Org, who was created with the power of the crystals. With the Rangers tied up, Merrick battles on his own, until his Wild Zords return to him and give him the power to morph into the Lunar Wolf Ranger.Image may contain: one or more people and textSignal Org makes Cole lose his memory. He ends up on a farm, and is eventually found by the Rangers and returned to normal just in time to defeat Signal Org. Also, Alyssa discovers that Cole’s parents have been presumed dead.No automatic alt text available.Alyssa’s father is in town, and calls Alyssa for lunch. Samurai Org stirs up trouble, and Alyssa must recall her father’s training to defeat him.No automatic alt text available.To defeat Tombstone Org, who is powered by six Org spirits, the Rangers need the help of the Deer Zord. To get the Deer to help them, Shayla and Merrick must sing for him to make him happy again.No automatic alt text available.Nayzor is resurrected, stronger than ever, but he is defeated by Cole’s new weapon, the Falcon Summoner, and destroyed as a giant by the Rangers’ new Megazord the Isis Megazord featuring: the falcon, the deer, the giraffe, rhino and armadillo.Image may contain: 1 personWes and Eric track down three Mutorgs from the future to Turtle Cove, where they team up with the Wild Force rangers to battle them. The Rangers are greatly overpowered, and only with the intervention of Jen are they able to escape.Image may contain: 1 person, standingThe other Time Force Rangers arrive from the future, bringing Ransik and Nadira with them. They track down the Mutorgs, and Ransik manages to destroy their mutant halves. This allows the 12 Rangers to destroy the trio.No automatic alt text available.Master Org kidnaps four of the Rangers, and reveals his true origin to Cole. In a heated battle, Cole destroys Master Org’s Org half, reverting him back to a normal human. Meanwhile, Toxica and Jindrax have found a replacement to lead them – General Org Mandilok.Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table and textZen-Aku returns to rejoin with Merrick, and only by learning to accept help from his friends does Merrick defeat this evil from his past.Image may contain: one or more people and nightCole befriends a mysterious young boy named Kite, who helps them defeat Mandilok’s two new Duke Orgs – Artilla and Helicos.No automatic alt text available.The Rangers battle for control of the Wild Zords against Lion Tamer Org. The Zords are broken free of the Org’s spell by Kite, who displays some mysterious powers.Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and textMandilok convinces Kite that humans are no good, and unleashes Monitor Org on them. Just as the Rangers defeat the Org, Kite reveals himself as Animus. He determines that humans do not deserve the Wild Zords’ help, and takes them all away.No automatic alt text available.The Rangers struggle to defeat Toy Org without their Zords. When Animus truly believes in the soul of humanity, and the Rangers’ commitment to protecting the Earth, he returns the Zords to the Rangers.No automatic alt text available.Some of King Mondo’s generals survived. They’re preparing to attack Earth again. Andros (Power Rangers in Space) finds out about the impending attack, and contact Tommy. Tommy gathers 9 Red Rangers and The quantum ranger from the past decade stop them.

No automatic alt text available.To prepare for his return, Master Org sends the ninja Duke Org Onikage to take care of business. Onikage succeeds in kidnapping Shayla and destroys Toxica.Image may contain: one or more people, ocean, text, water and outdoorOnikage creates Shadow Rangers to fight the Rangers. Master Org reappears and destroys Mandilok; Onikage is eventually destroyed by the Pegasus Megazord, but Master Org does manage to walk off with the Princess.Image may contain: nightJindrax sets up both the Rangers and the new Locomotive Org to re-energize Toxica’s horn, which he uses to fish her out of the spirit world, Meanwhile, Master Org prepares the Nexus for a mysterious ceremony, and snatches Princess Shayla’s necklace, for his ceremony.Image may contain: sky, outdoor and natureThe Rangers battle resurrected Org generals to disable the Nexus’s force field, so that their new allies Toxica and Jindrax may sneak in and rescue Princess Shayla.Image may contain: one or more people and textMaster Org returns from an apparent death and attacks the Rangers with his new form. He destroys all the Wild Zords, and the Ranger’s powers.No automatic alt text available.The Wild Zords return from the dead, along with other Wild Zords of the world, and destroy Master Org with an Ultra Roar. The Rangers then destroy the Org Heart so Master Org won’t come back.

 

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Image may contain: 1 person, standing, ocean and outdoorThree young extreme sports fans and friends, surfer Tori, skateboarder Shane, and motocrosser Dustin, spend their afternoons together at the Wind Ninja Academy, where the future stealth protectors of the Earth are trained in secret. Though, they’re considered to be the three least dedicated students, the trio’s potential and good nature comes to an advantage, when they run late for class one afternoon. It just so happens, that day, Lothor, a banished evil ninja, comes back to the planet, and conquers every Ninja Academy with his hoard of Evil Alien Ninjas! and makes their Sensei trapped in the form of a Guinea Pig, and his grumpy and embittered tech-wizard son Cam designing the weaponry to combat the villains, the three become the Wind Ninja Rangers. Can they manage to defeat the Blue Face monster in their first battle?Image may contain: one or more people and textVirtual training missions between the three Rangers highlights a major fault in their teamwork, focused directly upon team leader Shane. Despite Sensei’s reminding that he must learn to trust in his teammates, the Red Ranger strikes out on his own against the Mad Magnet monster. Will he learn his lesson the hard way? Meanwhile, Lothor’s evil nieces, Kapri and Marah, are also suffering from a lack of teamwork, and are forced to work out their problems by being stuck together, literally, by the monster’s magnetic ray! This is the first time that the zords are introduced in this season.Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor and waterTori is upset at being considered one of the guys and wishes to appear more feminine rather than tom boyish. She turns to Sensei for advice but is disappointed. Lothor’s nieces use this to trick her into going to a “fashion shoot”. She is trapped while an impostor goes to find Shane and Dustin and the headquarters. This is the first time the Rangers use the “Lightning Mode” of the Megazord.Image may contain: motorcycleThe Rangers encounter a new enemy named Terra Mole, who causes sismic disturbances in the city as he burrows underground; Dustin isolates himself. Blake and Hunter, the two warriors from the Thunder Ninja Academy show up.No automatic alt text available.Cam is in need of the data disc for the Tsunami Cycles, which Dustin had last, all unaware that it’s not only landed in the hands of the evil Thunder Rangers, but has been used to give them their own Cycles! This leads to the first confrontation between the Wind and Thunder Rangers, and as if our heroes didn’t have it bad enough, they also face Zurgane! When the Thunder Rangers unveil their own Zords, can our heroes’ own Zords withstand their awesome power?Image may contain: outdoor and natureThe Thunder Rangers finally strike, defeating the Wind Rangers with their own Tsunami Cycles and Zords. When Blake is injured protecting Tori, she takes him to Ninja headquarters. With their location discovered, the Thunder Rangers infiltrate their headquarters and kidnap Sensei, blaming him for the death of their parents, not realizing just how wrong they are.Image may contain: one or more peopleAfter Sensei seals himself inside a protective sphere, the Thunder Rangers head for a cave that contains what they need to break it. Hot on their trail, the Ninja Storm Rangers catch up with and briefly aid them. When they finally reach the cave, all is revealed. Lothor was the one responsible for the deaths of Hunter and Blake’s parents. The Thunder Rangers finally come to their senses, team up with the Wind Rangers and battle Lothor.Image may contain: 2 peopleTori misses Blake so much that she decides to go for a ride and ends up running into Blake, and he has something to tell her. She later talks to Shane and Dustin about what she’s learned, but they are hesitant. Meanwhile, Hunter and Blake make their way on to Lothor’s ship, and things go awry. When the Rangers battle another of Lothor’s creations, they are in for the surprise of their lives….and then they disappear without a trace.No automatic alt text available.Temperatures across the globe are dropping at an alarming rate, while the confused Rangers find themselves on an island. Lothor looks on gleefully as the Thunder Rangers battle the Wind Rangers until Blake and Hunter begin to come to their senses. A creature is sent down that is more formidable than ever; and the Rangers find that they have to get off the island before it sinks! Things take a turn for the worse when Hunter falls under a powerful spell that sends him on a murderous rampage for his brother, who is barely saved in time by the Wind Rangers.No automatic alt text available.Blake is much more eager to save his brother than the Wind Rangers are, but they help anyway especially when they realize that the island is sinking. They find Hunter who struggles to find himself in his rage, forcing Blake to take matters into his own hands. Cam discovers where the Rangers are and contacts them; the Rangers find that there’s only one way to make it off the island, but it’s very risky. The Wind and Thunder Rangers have to work together but they’re running out of time!No automatic alt text available.Choobo blames the Thunder Rangers for his punishment and will stop at nothing to seek revenge, capturing them when they go out for a ride to decide if they will accept Tori, Shane, and Dustin’s tempting offer. They are freed thanks to their new friends, but things take a turn for the worse when Choobo reveals just how powerful he truly is by casting a spell to control the Wind Rangers so that they will destroy the Thunder Rangers against their will! Will the Wind Rangers be able to break free from his grip?Image may contain: outdoor, nature and textCam resents not being a Ranger and wishes to prove himself worthy of joining them, hating how his father is too overprotective to allow him that chance. It’s up to Cam to save the day though when the Rangers are stripped of their powers, forcing Cam to go on a dangerous quest to the past to find the only thing that can save the world!Image may contain: one or more people and close-upCam finds himself at least thirty years in the past. There are many more surprises in store for the young warrior when he meets his mom and dad as teenagers, and discovers that his father has a brother, Kiya! Kiya is determined to take a mesmerizing emerald amulet from Miko, Cam’s mother. Cam interferes with his attempt and is later accused when it appears that Cam has stolen the amulet. His father, Kanoi, uncovers the truth which leads to a face-off between Cam and Kiya. Later, time runs out and Cam reluctantly leaves to save the other Rangers, armed with a special gift from his mother. Meanwhile, the spell that froze time so that Cam could time travel to the past is wearing off, leaving the powerless Rangers to face a gigantic monster. Cam becomes the Green Ranger & help the other Rangers.Image may contain: one or more people, outdoor and natureThe Rangers are reeling from the latest surprise when they are ambushed by Lothor. They barely manage to escape and retrieve their powers when each of them is forced to fight a monster alone. Cam is stung and almost turned into a bug. Sensei reveals to him how to undo the spell, which seems impossible. In the end, it takes all the Rangers split into two groups to save the city.No automatic alt text available.Marah and Kapri convince Lothor to make a television show that will make him more likable. A new monster, Mr. Ratwell, assures Lothor that he can create a show to make him well-liked and offers to use love potions as a backup plan. Lothor, disgusted with the idea of using love potions, refuses and tosses them aside. Marah and Kapri decide to use them on the Rangers to prove their usefulness to their uncle as well as for fun. They accidentally make two of the Rangers fall in love with Tori, and they begin to fight over her for her affections. Even more problems arise when Tori is captured and bound to a cactus on Lothor’s TV set and a strong love spell cast through the television puts all the viewers of Lothor’s new show into a frenzy and they go after Dustin, Shane, and Hunter. It’s up to Tori to help Cam and Blake come to their senses.Image may contain: one or more people and outdoorHunter is disappointed when he becomes a mentor to a boy, Charlie, who resents him after losing his dad. He feels a kinship with this young boy when he discovers that they have something in common but is frustrated that he can’t get though to him. Meanwhile, everyone’s in trouble when Marah and Kapri lose Lothor’s P.A.M.. Confusion arises when strange things begin to happen during the Rangers’ battles. Finally, Marah and Kapri find Lothor’s P.A.M. when it falls into the hands of Charlie who, naturally, doesn’t recognize it for what it is. Fortunately, he’s a lot smarter than the two of them.No automatic alt text available.Cam is overwhelmed by the desire to have a human father so much so that he decides to try to bring his father back to his normal human self. After Shane and Sensei accidentally switch bodies, Sensei must go into battle as the Red Ranger while Shane must stay and watch. Cam attempts to fix it but another setback makes Sensei and Dustin switch bodies. Meanwhile, Marah and Kapri try to destroy the power rangers all on their own and are completely confused by the rangers newfound skills.Image may contain: one or more people and outdoorDustin uses his Yellow Ranger powers to protect Storm Chargers from a big sports company. Kelli tells a newspaper about it and Dustin becomes famous. Shane becomes jealous of Dustin’s newfound fame and Dustin begins to grows a big head. When Hunter, Tori, and Blake get captured by a stamp monster, Dustin and Shane are forced to work together in order to defeat the monster and save their friends.Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, sky, outdoor and natureMotodrone is born via a real mechanical genius, Perry, who comes into the scenario when Hunter’s bike gets trashed during a race. Motodrone takes Hunter. Cam matches the DNA of Motodrone and finds out that he is Perry. Blake and Cam save Hunter who destroys Motodrone and saves Perry. Zurgane finds Motordrones pieces and takes them to Lothor’s ship, where he is reassembled and brought back to life.No automatic alt text available.It’s a special day for Tori, and the Rangers get a day off when Sensei decides to take a little trip. Shane, plagued by nightmares, comes to Tori for advice and heeds it to her chagrin. There’s only one person who can help Shane, and that person is someone from the past.No automatic alt text available.Shane is confused and overwhelmed when he learns the truth about his nightmares and their link to the past. Meanwhile, Lothor discovers that there’s an old acquaintance that may be trouble and is curious as to why this person has shown up. Only when Skyla leaves Shane does he understand everything that he’s been shown and has to rely on her gift to defeat the one that is searching for her.No automatic alt text available.Tori is puzzled when Blake disappears a lot for no real reason. No one else seems to know where he is or what he’s doing when he’s gone. When asked where he has been, he tells them very little. A new monster shows up, and finally the Rangers can see what he’s been up to.Image may contain: 1 personShane’s intimidating big brother comes to town, and accidentally catches him morphing and Motodrone calls a new monster named eyezak who forces people to face their worst fears. The Wind Rangers are forced to face their fears, and the Thunder Rangers are captured.Image may contain: textTori gives the guys a ride when they decide to go out camping. On the way, they are ambushed, but ultimately choose not to cancel their trip anyway. Meanwhile, Zurgane is ridiculed and his rank is threatened by even Lothor himself so he hatches an interesting plan to eliminate the Rangers, not knowing that Vexacus has plans of his own. Nearly everyone is stunned at how things begin to unfold for Zurgane.Image may contain: outdoorZurgane’s Zord is obliterated by the Rangers, but the General manages to get the data from the Rangers’ attacks, and uses it when creating a new Zord, the HyperZurgane Zord! It cripples the Hurricane Megazord, so can the Rangers stall Zurgane long enough for the Zords to be repaired? Even if Zurgane survives the battle, one of his fellow Generals has his own plans about his fate.No automatic alt text available.The Rangers are selected to showcase their respective talents in the US Action Games. Meanwhile, Lothor prepares the final stages of a scheme set in motion by destiny itself, as he seeks to unleash the evils within The Abyss of Evil, hidden beneath the site of the Action Games. The Rangers face their greatest challenge.No automatic alt text available.Lothor discovers and destroys Ninja Ops, but leaves behind a radically changed Sensei. With renewed confidence, the shattered Rangers unite to take on Lothor’s new Zord and the forces of the Abyss of Evil as it opens, releasing every evil they have faced and more. When it’s all over, the Rangers will face Lothor himself, but will their powers be able to withstand the villain’s final trump card?

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Image may contain: one or more people and textFormer Veteran Power Ranger Tommy Oliver takes a teaching job at the city of Reefside years after escaping from an ordeal with the evil and mysterious reptilian monster Mesogog, and is assigned to look after three detention students: Conner McKnight (soccer star), Ethan James (hi-tech prankster) and Kira Ford (singer). During a trip to the museum, the trio stumbles upon a secret hideaway and find the magical Dino Gems. Kira rejects her Gem soon after, only to be abducted by Mesogog’s forces.Image may contain: one or more people and people standingKira manages to escape from Mesogog’s lair, and the mad scientist reveals his powerful Bio Zords and unleashes them on the city. Tommy grants the students the means to become a new generation of Power Rangers and sends them out to tame the wild creatures. They succeed, and combine their newfound Zords into the Thundersaurus Megazord to halt the evil warrior Zeltrax’s attack on the city and save the day.No automatic alt text available.Mesogog kidnaps Tommy to find out how to access a mysterious power source. As Hayley searches for a way to rescue Tommy, the Rangers watch a video diary on the history of the Power Rangers with footage from the past eleven seasons. Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and textThe Rangers rescue Tommy, who steals the stone and discovers that the power within to be another Dino Gem. Harnessing the unique powers of this black gem, Tommy reignites his past and becomes the Black Ranger. To defeat Mesogog’s latest creation, the Rangers are sent the Cephala Zord as a boxing glove.No automatic alt text available.Kira is reunited with her old friend and celebrity, Kylee Styles. The snobbish teenage star falls victim to the youth-draining Donkeyvac monster, and Kira comforts Kylee by reminding her of better times while the others confront this new menace. When Kira helps her friends take down Donkeyvac, everyone’s youth is restored, and Kylee and Kira reunite and perform a duet at Hayley’s Cyberspace.No automatic alt text available.Mesogog’s latest plan takes advantage of Ethan’s obsession for a video game by transporting Ethan into the game’s virtual world where he meets a strange wizard and the even stranger Triptoids. Kira also gets sucked into the game but the pair manage to return to the real world, and discover that the Triptoids and the wizard have followed them. After the Rangers deal with the Demagnetron monster, Hayley sends the wizard back to the virtual world.No automatic alt text available.Dr. Oliver and Principal Randall take the students on a dig, using that pretence to hide their true motive of finding a nearby Dino Egg. Pulling a bait and switch on the Rangers, Randall, who is actually Mesogog’s henchwoman, Elsa, in disguise, manages to steal the real Dino Egg and hatches the Dimetro Zord. After a brief battle, the Rangers manage to tame the Dimetro Zord, who helps to defeat Scorpex, the latest monster with the saw blade ability.Image may contain: sky, night and outdoorWhen the powerful White Dino Gem goes missing from Mesogog’s fortress, a monster is sent to lure out whoever stole it. Mesogog’s plan works and the renegade White Ranger appears on the scene, easily defeating the monster and forcing the Rangers to retreat in the face of his might.No automatic alt text available.Conner and Kira are sent to locate a new Dino Egg, only to find it in the White Ranger’s possession. Hayley alerts the team to the presence of the Angor monster, and the Thundersarus Megazord duels with this new foe while Tommy goes to confront the White Ranger and retrieve the Dino Egg. While the Megazord is successful in defeating the monster with help from the newly-hatched Parasaur Zord which gives the megazord the scissor blade, Tommy fails his mission and the Drago Zord is hatched.Image may contain: one or more people, sky and outdoorThe White Ranger steals the Rangers’ Stego Zord and combines it with his Drago Zord to form the Dino Stegozord, which promptly blasts the Thundersarus Megazord apart. While a trio of auxiliary Zords are sent into battle, Conner dukes it out with the White Ranger and unlocks his Super Dino Mode in the process. Later, Tommy discovers the White Ranger’s true identity as Trent, but is encased in amber before he can tell the others.Image may contain: house, plant, tree, outdoor and natureAs the Rangers attempt to free Tommy from his amber prison, Trent starts causing trouble. In battle against the Rangers, Trent manages to stop himself from hurting a demorphed Kira and later tells her that he is the White Ranger. While Kira is initially shocked, she offers to help him but he declines and decides to leave the city, citing that he is too dangerous to stay around. The ankylo zord reveals itself and beats the dino stegazord with the ability of another drill.Image may contain: nightAs Trent leaves the city, he notices a meteor crashing into the woods. The Rangers show up to investigate, hoping that the meteor will help free Tommy, and are greeted by Tyrannodrones and the Rojobot monster. During the ensuing battle, the meteor blasts everyone with strange energy that reveals the hidden sides of everyone’s personalities. Conner becomes a brainac, Ethan, a jock, Kira turns into a typical valley girl that loves shopping, Cassidy becomes a nerd and Devin becomes the coolest kid in school. The Rangers face off against the now-aggressive monster and defeat him with help from Trent, who has been turned good by the meteor’s rays. The Rangers destroy the meteor, revert to normal and use a fragment to set Tommy free. While Tommy is glad to be free, he now finds himself permanently morphed.No automatic alt text available.Trent, now completely overwhelmed by the evil influence of his Dino Gem, joins forces with Mesogog. After tricking the Rangers into believing he has reformed, he presents them with brand new Dino ATV’s as a gift of goodwill, but Tommy discovers his ruse. Meanwhile, Mesogog is revealed to be Anton Mercer’s unwilling alter-ego.Image may contain: 3 people, people sittingEthan is bullied by one of his classmates while Trent and Zeltrax forge an uneasy alliance to destroy their enemies. Tommy tries to reason with the vengeful Zeltrax after discovering Zeltrax’s true identity, and Trent is singled out by Mesogog, who warns Trent not to betray him again.No automatic alt text available.When Conner, Ethan, and Kira find a show about Power Rangers in Japan, Conner is appalled at its portrayal of them. Meanwhile, the Japanese Rangers must go up against a money hungry monster named Ka-Ching.No automatic alt text available.Mesogog attempts to destroy Trent when Zeltrax, through Copyotter, frames the White Ranger for destroying his lab. However, Anton Mercer manages to break through and destroy the White Dino Gem’s hold over Trent. Trent returns the favor by promising to use his powers for good. Later, Zeltrax reveals an evil, soulless clone of the White Ranger.No automatic alt text available.Zeltrax manifests the White Terrorsaurus from the evil White Ranger clone. While Tommy and Trent search for a powerful new energy source, Conner is left discouraged when his plan to defeat the Terrorsaurus costs the Rangers their Dinozords. Sensing the new power calling out to him, Conner steps up to accept the Shield Of Triumph and with it, the power to become the Triassic Ranger. With a whole new level of power at his command, Conner easily destroys the Terrorsaurus.No automatic alt text available.Ethan is hit with a string of mysterious bad luck after uncovering an ancient curse and awakening Pharaoh Tutenhawken. The Rangers battle Tutenhawken in their search to break the curse, and the Pharaoh takes Cassidy as his queen. With his fellow Rangers at a tactical disadvantage, Ethan comes to the rescue with his new Hovercraft Cycle.Image may contain: cloud, outdoor, nature and textElsa retrieves some strange slime that matures her new creation, Thornox and Tommy gathers a sample for himself. After Hayley analyzes the substance, she prepares to use it on Tommy in the hopes of demorphing him. The process is a success, but now the good doctor is rendered invisibleNo automatic alt text available.Tommy informs the Rangers of an experiment that he hopes will restore him to normal. A hesitant Hayley activates a machine that draws power from his Dino Gem and manages to make Tommy visible again, but unfortunately Dr. Oliver is left comatose. Meanwhile, as the Rangers are stripped of their powers by a new White Terrorsaurus, the hospitalized Tommy finds himself in a strange dream-world where he must fight three of his past Ranger alter-ego’s in a battle for his life.Image may contain: sky, cloud and outdoorA young environmentalist named Krista is protesting to save an old tree from being torn down. In his efforts to impress Krista and win her heart, Conner finds himself wishing for the same passion she has. When Zeltrax returns and powers up using the serum inside the tree, he transforms the tree into a monster named Deadwood, whom the Rangers kill with the help of the new formation of the Triceramax Megazord. When Zeltrax endangers Krista, Conner’s determination to save her grants him access to his Triassic Morpher and Battlizer Armor, which originates from Conner’s Triassic power.Image may contain: sky, outdoor, nature and waterAs Mesogog and Anton Mercer battle for control, a fluctuation in the Morphing Grid forces the White Ranger and his evil clone to meet in a final battle. Meanwhile, the other Rangers do battle with Mesogog’s Jade Gladiator.No automatic alt text available.Lothor manages to climb his way out of the Abyss Of Evil and, with his own corrupt Power Discs, brainwashes the Ninja Storm trio into servitude. After the Wind Rangers lay waste to their Ninja Academy, Cam alerts Hunter and Blake to the situation at hand while the Rangers face off against the Wind Rangers in the ultimate Ranger showdown!Image may contain: house, plant, tree, outdoor and textAs Cam, Hunter and Blake venture into the Abyss of Evil to retrieve their lost powers, the evil Wind Rangers challenge the Rangers to a rematch. Just as both teams are about to morph, Cam and the Thunder Rangers appear and snap the Wind Rangers out of their trance. Meanwhile, Lothor and Mesogog unite to take over the Earth once and for all, only to turn against each other once all eleven Rangers, including Marah and Kapri foil their plan.Image may contain: one or more people, grass, outdoor, text and natureTrent attends a comic convention to show his work to famous artist Carson Brady. Elsa is also there and gives Carson a pen that possesses him, making him draw a comic where the Power Rangers face off with Elsa’s latest ally, Fridiga. With the Rangers trapped within the comic and forced to live out the storyline, will Trent be able to help them escape?Image may contain: 1 personThe first of the two part finale starts with Mesogog torturing Anton Mercer and showing Elsa his latest plan, a giant cannon that can defeat the Rangers and transform Earth back to the age of the Dinosaurs. For that he will be needing the powers within the Dino Gems. But he will also need the power he gave Elsa. So he drains Elsa’s power, turning her back into a normal human no longer under his control. She is rescued by the Rangers and taken to the Dino lab. Trent pretends to make a deal with Mesogog, allowing the Rangers to invade and destroy Mesogog’s cannon. Trent returns with Anton Mercer intact. Zeltrax comes to the Dino Lab and destroys it and takes the humanoid Elsa away.No automatic alt text available.The Rangers return from Mesogog’s island to the Dino Lab, where they find it destroyed. Hayley finds a box, in which is a hidden camera. The Rangers and Hayley learn that Zeltrax has captured Elsa. Meanwhile, Zeltrax unleashes the Zelzord. Ethan finds the Zelzord and he reports it to the Rangers. Ethan then morphs and joins the other Rangers. As Zeltrax destroys the city using the Triptoids, Trent fights against the Triptoids, while Tommy summons the zords and the Rangers form the Thundersaurus Megazord. Tommy goes into the Zelzord and Kira rushes in to help Tommy. Tommy and Kira destroy Zeltrax, but the Zelzord survives, and the Rangers sacrifice their zords to destroy the Zelzord. The Rangers meet on the ground, where they find Mesogog, who had survived the final battle. Mesogog then transforms into the Mesomonster and fights the Rangers until he is knocked down by the Triassic Ranger. However, the Mesomonster clones himself. The Rangers use their Dino Gems to create an unstoppable power which destroys the Mesomonster and his clones, sacrificing their powers in the process. Cassidy and Devin discover the real identities of the Power Rangers but they do not wish to publish it in the news because the Rangers are their friends. The Rangers go to their school prom, but they do not find Kira. Conner says that he will open up a Soccer camp and Ethan will take part in a video competition and he is practicing it right now in the party, since he will not lose it again like last time with Devin. Trent is going to Art School with a fall and Anton Mercer is the happiest person to hear it. The series concludes with Kira singing a song with past memories about their life.7c1910aa0047f4c84c97085b29f6d9f2

No automatic alt text available.Three experienced B-Squad cadets, Sky, Bridge and Syd, are assigned to bring in a pair of criminals who, just like them, happen to possess genetic powers of their own.Image may contain: outdoorWhen the evil Emperor Gruumm attempts to open a portal and invade the Earth, the three cadets are promoted and given Delta Morphers to become the Blue (Sky), Green (Bridge), and Pink Rangers (Syd), respectively. When the two criminals Z and Jack are recruited as the Yellow and Red Rangers, the S.P.D. B-Squad Power Rangers unite.No automatic alt text available.Jack discovers the advantages of being the Red Ranger and begins to heavily abuse his position. Having been charged with defending the planet now that their elite A-Squad counterparts have disappeared while on a mission in the Helix Nebula, Jack’s teammates call his leadership skills into question and he is stripped of his leader status and Ranger powers.No automatic alt text available.When she is sent to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several citizens, Syd is disappointed to be paired with the constantly malfunctioning R.I.C. Upon finding Rhinix, the culprit behind the disappearances, R.I.C saves her by stepping in and shielding her from Rhinix’s blast. Feeling guilty for her earlier attitude towards R.I.C, Syd returns the favor by taking the robotic dog to Bridge for repairs. With a little help from Boom, Bridge succeeds and presents “R.I.C 2.0”. With the newly upgraded R.I.C’s help, Syd finds that the missing humans have been converted into a type of fuel, and the Rangers use the Canine Cannon to take down Rhinix after restoring the citizens to normal.No automatic alt text available.While searching for an intergalactic bank robber, the B-Squad catch a Trilondon alien near the scene of the crime. While the others assume they have their man, an unconvinced Bridge requests to perform his own investigation. While Bridge is off on his own, the Rangers confront the supposed criminal, and discover not only that he’s innocent of the robbery, but he is a bounty hunter searching for the true culprit. Using his own bizarre methods, Bridge successfully unmasks the real culprit, Hydrax from Planet Fernovia.Image may contain: one or more people and outdoorA lonely boy named Sam is mocked by other kids for being different due to his unique teleportation abilities, and he ultimately becomes an unwitting target for Mora, who promises to be his friend if he helps her new creation Bugglesworth turn the city’s population into dolls for Mora. When the Rangers confront Sam, Z tries to befriend him but he refuses. When they find out the captives will be trapped permanently in doll form soon, Z and Jack find Sam and try to convince him that being different isn’t a bad thing. However, Bugglesworth appears and convinces Sam to come with him while leaving Jack and Z to deal with a new, extremely powerful Orangehead Krybot.No automatic alt text available.After almost being destroyed by the Orangehead Krybot, the Rangers duel against Bugglesworth and his giant robot in the Delta Squad Megazord. Working together, the Rangers manage to destroy the Orangehead Krybot with the Canine Cannon. Once returning to base, Z recounts to the others an old memory from her childhood; where a cloaked figure saved her from a monster, after running away from school where she was being bullied. Cruger (S.P.D. Commander) then reveals to the team that he was the cloaked figure that saved Z. He continues to tell how all of their parents once worked for S.P.D. alongside Kat in an emperiment (also telling us Kat is 147 years old). After their parents were exposed for so long is altered their genes allowing their kids (the Rangers) to have powers. Sam is said to be the last child of the group. Z manages to finally convince Sam that she is his friend, but before they can celebrate they’re attacked by Bugglesworth and the henchmen. With Z captured Sam uses his power to conjure Bugglesworth’s staff and smash it. Thus allowing the Rangers to contain the monster once his robot is destroyed. With Bugglesworth sealed away, his victims are restored to normal, and Sam is welcomed into the S.P.D Academy.No automatic alt text available.Jack is left in charge while Commander Cruger is away at an intergalactic conference. When Sky’s old friend Dru Harrington is rescued from a burning S.P.D spaceship that crashed landed on Earth, he returns to the Academy. While Sky is delighted to see his old comrade again, Jack is immediately suspicious and states that Dru must be reevaluted. Sky realizes his mistake with trusting his old friend when Doggie returns to the Academy, and is wounded by an intruder and hospitalized. Sky is attacked by the intruder, and Giganus reveals his identity as Dru. They attack one another and Sky proves to be the loser after Dru tells Sky he works for Broodwing. Jack allows Sky a head start to confront Dru in one final battle.Image may contain: nightIt’s Syd’s birthday, and she is over the moon with excitement. However, Sinuku has just escaped from K.O-35’s satellite prison and Jack chooses Syd to assist him in keeping an eye on Sinuku’s partner Dr. Rheas, leaving Syd severely disappointed over the fact that she must work on her birthday. During the stakeout, Jack takes a walk and runs into Dr. Rheas who helps him realize how important birthdays are to people; letting Jack figure out why Syd is so mad it him. When he’s confronted by Syd for nearly blowing their cover by talking to Dr. Rheas it’s revealed Jack doesn’t know when his birthday is. They continue with their heart to heart when they’re called to battle once more. During the distraction Sinuku grabs Dr. Rheas and forces her to tell her where the Activator is; Jack runs after the two and holds them off toll the others can join. After putting a stop to Sinuku’s plans, the Rangers cheer Syd up with a surprise birthday party.Image may contain: one or more peopleDoggie is plagued by nightmares involving his home planet of Sirius, and Emperor Gruumm is plagued on how to defeat the Rangers but Mora gives him the advice to defeat someone take out their leader. To stir up trouble Gruumm visits earth and takes up a human body form to visit Broodwing at Piggy’s new restaurant who has become a millionaire. Kat discovers a strange energy disturbance caused by Gruumm’s visiting General Benagg who also is an old “friend” of Commander Cruger. Causing Cruger’s pain to only worsen. Benaag calls Cruger out to battle but Doggie refuses, and Doggie later reveals to the Rangers the history of Sirius and the origins of S.P.D. Meanwhile, Kat is ambushed by Krybots outside the base, and confronted by Benaag.No automatic alt text available.With Kat missing the team compensates for losing their head analyzer by bringing in Boom to check the proton spikes. With Gruumm on Earth the team soon learns the spikes, without being deactivated, will cause a major catastrophe. Soon after R.I.C. returns with amessage from Benaag who reveals Kat as his hostage, Doggie is left with no choice but to fight, despite Kat’s warnings of a trap. Doggie sends the Rangers off to deal with the series of giant energy spikes that have been placed around the city, and prepares to face Benaag himself. Taking his Shadow Saber and the Patrol Morpher Kat made for him, Doggie becomes the Shadow Ranger for the first time to defeat Benaag and rescue Kat.Image may contain: night and skyWhen the B-Squad begins to take the Shadow Ranger for granted, Doggie teaches them a lesson by leaving them on their own to stop the monster Drakel from using the power from an evil stone to resist the sunlight that weakens him and wreak havoc on the city.Image may contain: nightThe B-Squad finds a standout D-Squad cadet in a girl named Sophie, who succeeds where her fellow D-Squad members failed by defeating Krybots during a training exercise. Mora begs Gruumm for one last chance to defeat the Rangers in a bid to keep her childhood, and recruits Valko to assist her in this task. Valko reveals his plan to defeat the Rangers by attempting the impossible: gaining control of a massive robot named Goradon. But first, he needs a piece of technology that only S.P.D has a series one processor/hyper-intelligent encryptor. Meanwhile the new standout cadet takes matters into her own hands when Kat needs help with decrypting a new sequence for the base.Image may contain: outdoorAfter being expelled from the Academy, a depressed Sophie falls right into Valko’s grasp. She is taken and hooked up to Goradon’s internal systems while Doggie tells the Rangers off for expelling a fellow cadet and sends them out to find her. Bridge eventually realizes that Sophie houses the piece of equipment Valko needed, a Series One Processor Hyper Intelligent Encryptor (aka S.O.P.H.I.E), and find Valko with Piggy’s help. Sophie proves to be the key to unlocking the Rangers’ greatest weapon yet: the Delta Command Megazord. Except first she must escape Valko without the help of the Rangers, who are busy handling a rogue Goradon. In the end, fed up with Mora’s failure, Gruumm transforms her into her true form.Image may contain: outdoorWhen the Rangers apprehend the evil Wootox and take him back to headquarters. He manages to escape prison by swapping bodies with Sky and goes searching for the controls to the Delta Command Megazord. Except along the way the body swapped fake Sky runs into Kat, while the real Sky in Wootox’s body must convince the others he truly is himself without an alien translator. R.I.C. ends up being the only one who can tell the differ nice between the two of them.Image may contain: night, sky and outdoorWhile Commander Cruger is plagued with nightmares, S.P.D.’s Supreme Commander Fowler Birdie pays a visit to Earth. After mocking the Rangers, arrogantly trying to poach Dr. Manx, and rudely comparing a Ranger battle to Crugers fight on Sirius; Birdie commands Cruger to take up a new strategy of splitting up the Rangers. When Cruger refuses, citing it would make easy targets out of the Rangers, Birdie takes over the Delta Base relieving Commander Cruger of duty. With a very upset Ranger team, Dr. Manx try’s consoling them while dealing with Birdie. Meanwhile, Gruumm heads to Earth himself in order to face Anubis, Commander Cruger, in battle and an energy surge alerts the team. Gruumm is able to easily overpower the Rangers, who were split up under the command of Bidie. Forcing Commander Birdie to take matters into his own hands, unfortunately Birdie doesn’t fare much better than the Rangers. Upon being informed of Gruumm’s challenge, Cruger shows us a flashback of him being the one responsible for Gruumm’s missing horn. With the help of Kat, Cruger returns to save the day and an apologetic Birdie reinstates him. The episode ends with another glimpse of our ball of light.Image may contain: one or more people and indoorBoom gathers everyone for an urgent update from his makeshift radio signal grabber. A message comes through from the future, telling of S.P.D.’s defeat at the hands of the Troobain army. While discussing whether they should believe the message or not Morgana puts her plan into action, taking time to torment Z who hurt her doll in Sam part 1. Things get even worse when the prophecy seems to come true with the aid of Morgana’s most powerful allies, the brothers Shorty and Devastation.No automatic alt text available.As the Rangers teeter on the brink of defeat, help arrives in the form of mysterious individual calling himself the Omega Ranger. Shorty falls to the might of this enigmatic new Ranger who refuses to allow the other Rangers to help him in his upcoming battle against Morgana and Devastation, citing that their inferior technology would only get in the way. In the midst of trying to get an explanation from Omega Ranger Morgana and Devastation call him out. While the other Ranger are indeed hesitant to step in, Cruger reminds them of their duty. When Devastation goes too far by disregarding Morgana’s safety to get at Omega the Rangers must step into action. Except they are indeed hesitant to step in and help the egotistical future ranger, Cruger reminds them of their duty and the S.P.D. code. Together the six Rangers put a stop to Morgana’s plan. The Omega Ranger later reveals himself to be Sam.No automatic alt text available.The B-Squad’s day off is brought to a halt when criminals they’ve already contained attack NewTech City, leaving them mystified as to how they could’ve escaped. Sky travels to Gamma Orion and visits an alien criminal named Mirloc, who has been locked in a specially made cell due to his ability to travel through reflective surfaces, to gather information. In exchange for the information, Mirloc wants to know what Sky’s saddest memory is and Sky tells the story of his father. Upon finding out the criminals are still in containment, the Rangers confront the true culprit: Slate, a copycat criminal who mimics anything. Morgana joins Slate, and Jack calls for his brand new Battlizer to defeat them both. Meanwhile, Mirloc mocks Sky’s story, and the upset Blue Ranger sheds a single tear. Mirloc takes this opportunity to travel into Sky’s tear and escape his cell, leaving Sky stunned as he realizes what has happened.Image may contain: drink and indoorMirloc meets Gruumm and is sent out to capture six of the Rangers, while Gruumm plans to deal with Cruger personally. Mirloc succeeds in imprisoning four Rangers, and Jack borrows Sam’s Omegamax Cycle to deal with a giant rampaging robot. Once Jack is captured, Sam takes on Mirloc alone and manages to free his friends. Mirloc taunts Sky and his father, and an angry Jack gives Sky the chance to bring Mirloc in. With Jack’s morpher, Sky morphs into the Red Ranger and uses the Battlizer to defeat Mirloc in honor of his father.No automatic alt text available.When a S.O.S. message warns Cruger and Kat of a horrible upcoming threat, it puts them both on edge and Kat in a rush to finish some updates. In her rush Kat accidentally destroys her quantum enhancer and Z helps her go to Piggy to get a new one. What they don’t know is Gruumm has put a time limit on Piggy to hurt the S.P.D. and he takes the chance to give them a new one with a virus inside that Thresher and Stench, Piggy’s acquaintances/customers, use to get into S.P.D. files. With Thresher causing a distraction Stench is able to download the schematics for the Rangers new S.W.A.T. mode. When the Rangers deal with this new threat and their constant bickering gets in the way Commander Cruger sends the B-Squad to Planet Zentor where they are to be trained under the watchful eye of primate Sergeant Silverback. The irate simian quickly puts the Rangers through their paces, pitting them against Krybots and a giant scorpion monster. Meanwhile, Piggy’s scheming friends Thresher and Stench break into S.P.D and steal the schematics for the newly created S.W.A.T. Mode.No automatic alt text available.After disappointing Silverback the Rangers are stripped of their Ranger powers and demoted. Meanwhile back on Earth, Kat is feeling sorry for herself for letting the S.W.A.T. mode fall into Thresher and Stench’s hands. The Rangers are forced to endure grueling training exercises, only to be pushed even harder when they complain to Silverback. On Earth, Piggy teams up with Piggy to beat his friends but their attempts are foiled by the arrival of Sam. The Sergeant ultimately gets fed up with the Rangers and considers sending them back to Earth with a recommendation for dismissal from the Academy. But when the Rangers ask for a second chance the Sergeant puts them through another test. They’re able to work hard to prove themselves as a team worthy of being rewarded with the S.W.A.T Armor. Just in time too since Sam and Cruger, in an attempt to take on Piggy’s friends, have been captured. They return to earth to use their upgrade to defeat Thresher and Stench before containing them.No automatic alt text available.Supreme Commander Birdie offers Kat the chance to work at S.P.D Galaxy Command and the Rangers, not wanting her to leave but wanting her to take the opportunity, try convincing she isn’t needed. During a battle, it’s revealed that a new monster has gotten all the data on the Rangers equipment at the fight. After some careful thought she decides to take up her new position. Boom quickly runs into problems with Kat gone and the zords aren’t running smoothly anymore. However, Broodwing has teamed up with Kat’s old schoolmate Mooney, and his powerful robot hides a dangerous weapon: a Helios Generator. After telling Birdie the danger of the Helios Generator he gives her permission to return to Earth, and she now has her own specially made 1-hour morpher. She tries talking to Mooney, but with the interference from Broodwing she must morph into Kat Ranger in order to stop him.No automatic alt text available.Broodwing uses the Red, Blue and Yellow Dino Gems to transport Conner, Ethan and Kira to 2025 as part of his plan to defeat the Rangers and destroy the planet. The three confused Dino Rangers escape with their Gems and are soon cornered by Krybots, only to be saved by the B-Squad and taken back to the Delta Base. Although Doggie insists they remain at the base to avoid disrupting the timeline, the Dino Rangers decide to do what they feel is right. Upon receiving re-energized Dino Morphers from Kat, the Dino Rangers team up with the B-Squad in order to drive back a robotic army and the Dragoul creature.Image may contain: cameraBroodwing’s associate Professor Cerebros alters the course of a meteor to cause it to collide with NewTech City. As if that weren’t enough, a more powerful Dragoul has been let loose. Although Sky is sent on a solo mission to destroy the meteor, Jack stows away on the S.W.A.T Megazord to try to get in on the action. While the Red and Blue Rangers learn to work together to destroy the meteor, the others are left to deal with Dragoul.No automatic alt text available.Icthior, Commander Cruger’s old rival from his days at the S.P.D Academy, returns and puts the Rangers to the test as several of them are injured and stripped of their badges, leaving Doggie to face his past alone.Image may contain: outdoorJack meets a young girl named Ally Samuels who shares his passion for helping the needy. Unfortunately, Jack’s new relationship is interfering with his Ranger duties as he is late to help his friends defeat Broodwing’s newest ally, Delex. After the battle, Cruger confronts Jack, who insists that nobody is perfect and that he deserves a personal life. Meanwhile, Kat picks up a distress signal and Cruger sends the Rangers to Gamma Orion, where they find a crashed spaceship and the A-Squad.No automatic alt text available.Gruumm decides to take drastic measures to stop the Rangers once and for all by travelling through a wormhole 21 years into the past, where S.P.D. doesn’t exist. Upon realizing what Gruumm has done, the B-Squad pursues him to the year 2004 and meet up with the Dino Rangers once again. Meanwhile, Gruumm forces Zeltrax to join his army and ultimately faces the combined might of twelve Rangers who are determined to save the past, present and future.Image may contain: night and textThe traitorous A-Squad capture Commander Cruger and call out the B-Squad, who meet their counterparts for an intense battle. Meanwhile, Broodwing makes his final push for domination and gathers an army to attack the Delta Base while the Rangers are away. B-Squad and A-Squad battle it out and thanks to S.W.A.T Mode and the S.W.A.T. Megazord, B-Squad wins and captures the traitorous A-Squad. After dealing with A-Squad, the Rangers break into the Delta Base and contain Broodwing. Unfortunately, they still have to deal with Gruumm who captures them with the help from Piggy.No automatic alt text available.The Rangers are freed from Gruumm’s ship by Piggy, but Doggie stays behind to rescue his wife Isinia who he has learned is alive on Gruumm’s ship. Doggie captures Mora and defeats Gruumm, apparently killing him and rescues Isinia, but Omni becomes The Magnificince, a giant biomechanical monster that battles the S.W.A.T. Megazord which is no match for it. At the same time, a Trobiain army attack S.P.D and the cadets, Piggy, Boom and Kat defend it to no avail until reinforcements in the form of the Nova Ranger from the future and troops from S.P.D. Command arrive (including Sergeant Silverback and Commander Birdy) and defeat the enemy. Kat finds a weakness in Omni which the Rangers are able to exploit with Cruger’s help. Omni is destroyed and Cruger and Isinia miraculously survive. Gruumm appears alive as well, but Cruger easily defeats and captures him. Following this victory, Jack leaves S.P.D. and Sky is promoted to Red Ranger while Bridge is promoted to Blue. Sam and Nova return to the future and the Rangers visit Jack, but must soon leave to defend the world again.data-top-prspd

 

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REVIEW: SMALLVILLE – SEASON 1-10

CAST

Tom Welling (The Fog)
Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast)
Michael Rosenbaum (Urban Legend)
Eric Johnson (Flash Gordon)
Sam Jones III (Glory Road)
Allison Mack (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies)
Annette O’ Toole (IT)
John Schneider (Desperate Housewives)
John Glover (Robocop 2)
Erica Durance (The Butterfly Effect 2)
Jensen Ackles (Supernatural)
Aaron Ashmore (The Skulls 2)
Justin Hartley (Chuck)
Laura Vandervoort (Bitten)
Cassidy Freeman (Yellowbrickroad)
Sam Witwer (Being Human)
Callum Blue (Dead Like Me)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Sarah-Jane Redmond (V)
Chad Donella (Final Destination)
Gabrielle Rose (Catch and Release)
Jason Connery (Wishmaster 3)
Hiro Kanagawa (Heroes Reborn)
David Paetkau (Flashpoint)
Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield)
Mitchell Kosterman (White Noise)
Michael Coristine (Get Over It)
Eric Christian Olsen (Tru Calling)
Jackie Burroughs (The Dead Zone)
George Murdock (Star Trek V)
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Maybe it is that Superman is truly indestructible or that the Man of Steel, who was picked recently as one of the Top 10 American pop culture icons, is so respected that not even Hollywood would dare tug on his cape, because “Smallville” is another successful small screen version of the strange visitor from another planet. Of course, the great irony is that this time around there is no cape to tug on because this television series is about Clark Kent, years before he put on the suit with the big red “S,” when he was still in high school, his powers were just starting to kick in, and the girl in his life with the double L name was Lana Lang.


Keep in mind that when Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel created the Man of Steel in 1939 there was no Superboy until 1949, when he began part of the futuristic Legion of Super-Heroes. All we knew about the early days is that just before the doomed planet Krypton exploded to fragments, a scientist placed his infant son within an experimental rocket ship, launching it toward earth. When the vessel reached our planet, the child was found by an elderly couple, the Kents. They adopted the super tyke and with love and guidance shaped the boy’s future. As he grew older Clark Kent learned to hurdle skyscrapers, leap an eighth of a mile, raise tremendous weights, run faster than a streamline train, and that nothing less than a bursting shell could penetrate his skin. When his foster parents passed away, Clark decided he must turn his titanic strength into channels that would benefit mankind. The key part of “Smallville” is that creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar go back to the simple beginning, with young Clark (Tom Welling) growing up on the Kent farm with Martha (Annette O’Toole) and Jonathan (John Schneider). From the “Superboy” comic books the series borrows the characters of girl next-door Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and best buddy Pete Ross (Sam Jones III). But in addition to covering the basics, Gough and Millar come up with a key triad of additions to the original Smallville mythos.


First, they add young Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) to the mix, knowing that he and Superman are fated to be (im)mortal enemies, but that for the present he and Clark are friends (after Clark saves Lex’s life in a car accident that should have killed them both). The key thing is that they truly are friends and that “Smallville” is as much about how Lex would become a super villain as it is about how Clark would become a super hero. Throw into the mix Daddy Dearest in the form of Lionel Luthor (John Glover), and Lex would have already pulled all of his hair out if it were not for what happened that fateful day in Smallville.


Second, is the brilliant reconceptualization of Superman’s arrival on earth where the small spacecraft shows up in the middle of a shower of glowing green meteors that are all that remains of the planet Krypton. As much as the little boy in that spaceship, those meteors change Smallville forever, turning a little girl into an orphans and a young boy bald, and the small Kansas town into the self proclaimed meteor capital of the world. More importantly, those little green rocks will have continue to have an impact as they cause a series of mutations with which young Clark will have to contend. This also accounts for the great in-joke that Clark always becomes a bumbling idiot around Lana because she wears a locket made of kryptonite. Third, there is the multi-purpose character of Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack). The driving force of the Smallville High School student newspaper her “Wall of the Weird” documents all the strange things that have happened around Smallville since the meteor shower, making her the show’s resident mistress of exposition.

But she is also the tragic figure who longs for Clark the way he casts puppy dog glances at Lana, creating a nice example of teenage love triangle pathos. Overall, Miller and Gough had created an extremely solid premise for their series, which creates multi-dynamics for all of the plotlines. The first season (2001) is book ended by some great special effects, with the devastating arrival of the meteors in the pilot and the three twisters becoming one in the thrilling cliffhanger finale. My only serious complaint is that Schneider’s Jonathan Kent has too much of an angry edge, which takes away from his font of parental wisdom. Martha really needs to mellow him out so that he cuts Clark some slack. I understand that Jonathan is motivated by fears and concerns about his son, but I always liked the gentle influence personified by Glenn Ford in the first Christopher Reeve “Superman” film. Turning adolescent traumas into mutant monsters of the week is a hit and miss proposition, but that was true of the first season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as well, and look at how well that series turned out. Yes, we can also throw into the mix that Clark and Lana are played by a couple of cute young actors. Welling is not too serious as the kid who is going to grow up to be the hero who stands for truth, justice, and the American way, and I was going to say Kruek was the WB’s new Katie Holmes except after her soft-core Lana scene in the school swimming pool goes way beyond the world’s biggest collection of midriff revealing tops. But the bottom line here is that either the Clark-Lana or the Clark-Lex would be enough to make this a good show and “Smallville” has both of them and a lot more, including the brilliant metaphor of the scarecrow immortalized in the DVD collection’s cover shot.

Starting a moment after the season one finale Smallville continues the story of Clark’s younger years. This season really stands out in memory, the sheer quality of the episodes is amazing, there are more memorable episodes in this series than in any other combined. Furthermore there is a movement away from “freak of the wekk” episodes, with several episodes reveolving around the characters and their backstory, not monsters and threats to them. Clark’s identity (as Kal-Ell is revealed to him, as is the fate of Krypton), Pete find oout about Clark’s secret, Red K causes havoc turning Clark into a moralless teenager, secrets about Clark’s adoption and Lex’s brother are revealed, Clark lays on his deathbed and Clark is told to leave Smallville and complete his father’s quest to rule the planet.

Along with these arks, there is the continuing storyline of Chloe and Clark, that was left hanging in Tempest, this slops both Clark and Lana coming closer as Chloe looks on sadly. Clark’s adoption is revealed to have been organised by Lionel Luthor (who is also blinded at the beginning of the season), Lionel and Lex jokel against each other as Lionel quashes Lexcorp, and Clark is appauled by the intrustions of his father. This is one of my favourite season, as it was for the viewing figures (check wiki), characters continue to eveolve and change, and leaving a fantastic cliifhanger which I won’t spoil. If you liked Season 1 you’ll love this, if you loved season 1 you’ll be overjoyed

Season 3 veers constantly between dark and light – light: Perry White arrives in Smallville – played fabulously and hilariously by Annette O’Toole’s real-life husband Michael McKean (note that they have no scenes together), the fact that Jor-El chose the Kents to raise his son; dark: Clark’s antics on Red Kryptonite resulting in serious health issues for Jonathan Kent, Lex’s forays into insanity and back again. There are mainly stand-alone stories this year, although there is the double-headed cliffhanger of Chloe’s apparent death and Clark being stripped of his humanity to be reborn as Kal-El. The actors continue to raise their game, although Sam Jones III seems to be phased out as the season progresses: a sure sign of his departure before the finale.

Also this year Terence Stamp features more prominently as “The Voice of Jor-El” – an intense presence whose determination to enforce his will over his son clashes with the mortal man who raised him. The only drawback of this season is the lingering Clark & Lana love story – will-they, won’t they is fast becoming do they have to? This DVD set features a couple of commentaries although the blooper reel doesn’t contain as many gems as the one featured on series 2. Favourite episodes: Phoenix, Extinction, Perry, Relic, Whisper, Delete, Hereafter, Crisis, Truth, Memoria & Talisman.

In this season there are no stand-alone stories as all 22 episodes provide a piece of the puzzle which is finally revealed in the finale. Tom Welling transcends his previous work on the show as he begins to build his most successful on-screen partnerships – with Allison Mack’s Chloe who returns from the dead to become privy to Clark’s powers and takes the inital steps towards becoming his sidekick and confidante, and Erica Durance’s Lois Lane who crashes into his world and turns it completely upside down.

There are sparks aplenty between Welling & Durance – her face when confronted with her naked co-star in the opening episode is priceless – but the enduring Clark & Lana storyline continues to flare so the viewers have to make do with their hilarious banter and feigned dislike of each other. The only lowlight as far as Welling is concerned this year is Clark’s bewilderment that Lana could possibly move on from him – a trait resumed in Seasons 5 and 6 as Lana moves on yet again and Clark remains stuck in the “Clana mud”. Annette O’Toole also shines this year as Martha Kent steps into the spotlight to save her son. The rest of the cast also continue to shine and the calibre of guest stars keeps on rising, particularly in the season premiere when actress Margot Kidder cameos – ironically in the same episode Smallville’s incarnation of Lois Lane is launched. Favourite episodes: Crusade, Gone, Facade, Devoted, Bound, Pariah, Recruit, Krypto, Lucy, Blank & Commencement.

In the fifth season of Smallville, one chapter ends as another new and exciting chapter begins as Smallville is taken to new heights as the DC Universe is finally blown open as new characters make their appearances felt.


In season five, Clark’s relationship with Lana is at its peak, his friendship with Chloe has never been stronger, and he is finally coming to terms with the discovery of his Kyptonian heritage. But things in Smallville are about to change with the arrival of the mysterious Milton Fine (James Marsters) along with 2 Kryptonians bearing the symbol of ZOD. Whilst his relationship with his friends has never been stronger, Clark finds himself in direct confrontation with Lex Luthor as he is now forced to question whether he and the younger Luthor were ever friends.


Alongside the great continuity drama with the regular leads, this season also sees the arrival of 2 familiar faces from the DC Universe in form of Aquaman and Cyborg who cameo in this season alongside DC villain Brainiac.


James Marsters is a very welcome addition to the cast and plays Fine with confidence and arrogance while Michael Rosenbaum continues to steal the show. The pinnacle moment of the season also sees the very sad departure of a long staning term cast member in what still rates as Smallville’s saddest moment and greatest tear-jerker.

They say timing is everything, and for me the timing of watching season 6 of Smallville for the first time was perfect. Why is that? Because this was the season that introduced their take on Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow, and I got hooked on the new show about him this last season on TV.

Of course, before we can get to new characters, we have a few cliffhangers to resolve. While all kinds of chaos is reigning down on the citizens of Earth thanks to the evil force that has taken over Lex Luther’s body (Michael Rosenbaum), Clark Kent (Tom Welling) can’t do much about it since he’s trapped in the Phantom Zone. While he does escape and manage to save the day, he unwittingly releases the evil prisoners from the Phantom Zone and must spend some time tracking them down this season. As things return to normal, characters explore new options. Lois Lane (Erica Durance) and Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) become roommates and Lois starts a new career as a reporter for a tabloid. They also both get new boyfriends in the two new characters that are introduced. Lois starts dating the previously mentioned Olive Queen (Justin Hartley) while Chloe falls for Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore), a young photographer at The Daily Planet. Lana Lang (Kistin Kreuk), meanwhile, has moved in with Lex and their relationship becomes more serious when she finds out she is pregnant. Chloe learns a very surprising secret and is reunited with her mom as played by TV’s Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter.

Other storylines of the season involve Clark and Oliver’s clashes over how to use their powers for good. Lex is collecting and hiding people with abilities. Those storylines clash when we see the first glimpse of the Justice League Smallville style.
This season is really about the young adults. No one is in college any more (did they all drop out after one season or did they all graduate at lightning speed?) While Lionel Luther (John Glover) is still around being unclear in his intensions, Martha Kent (Annette O’Toole) is given very little to do. And before the season is over, one character makes an exit from the show.

Season 7 demonstrates a real maturity in terms of the characters and the wider Smallville universe. For the characters themselves we obviously have to start with Clark and Lex.

What I love about this series is that you don’t notice subtle changes that are going – its only when there is a sudden abrupt change that you realise that it had been going on for ages and you find yourself saying “Ah!”. Clark in this season is gradually waking up to the fact that his old life is practically gone – most friends and family have moved on. This really hits home with an episode that sees the (thankfully brief) return of Pete. This was a subtle episode that demonstrated that Pete and Clark are very different now – they are friends but have both moved on. Clark towards his greater destiny – Pete to his, well, lesser destiny. But the real tear jerker that forces Clark to face the changes is the video left by Lana in the series finale. Understated and brief – its all the more powerful. Lana functioned as a sort of bubble for Clark – a link back to his carefree past – her leaving all but cuts this.

For Lex – wow. Smallville always managed to avoid having him as a cartoon baddie. What really took off on this season was Lex rushing towards his destiny as the powerful enemy of the “Traveller”. We get to see the childhood of Lex and his inner struggles. The moment that he and Lionel have their final encounter – powerful stuff. But what really hits viewers is Lex’s view of what his destiny was. The link he has with the Traveller, the impact that has had on his life and how it will ultimately play out – this was biblical stuff.

For the overarching storylines of the series. Well a special mention goes to the Veritas saga. Debate rages on message boards across the land about whether or not writers had planned this from the start of the series. Regardless if they did – the Veritas storyline weaves together almost 7 years of storylines. Smallville has always managed to pull of the secret legends stories, particularly in Season 4 and 7. But there is a real epic storylines going in season 7. Other storylines worthy mention: the return of Brainiac – always a joy. Bizzaro is also great fun. Tom welling clearly enjoys playing a baddy instead of straight-laced Clark. That and he gets to wear a blue jacket and red tshirt, instead of vice versa. And Lionel finally meets his maker.

Technically this season shouldn’t have worked; the show’s main villain and arguably most popular character, Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) has now departed; secondly they were introducing a villain which was virtually impossible to bring to the big screen never mind a television series in Doomsday. However whilst a massive void had been created by Rosenbaum’s departure, it was filled suprisingly very well by the main cast of heroes who finally come into their own this season with performances and stories which intelligently test those who have big destinies to embrace in the Superman era to come. Tom Welling finally begins to take his final steps to becoming Superman and is starting to demonstrate how capapble as lead he is while bringing a new found presence to Clark Kent. There is also an increased number of on-screen scenes between Welling and Erica Durance’s Lois Lane and the result is a relationship which is as funny as it is touching and believable.

Likewise other support characters like Chloe and Jimmy are tested by the new villain in town, Sam Witwer’s Davis Bloome who is a great unique character to the series who undergoes a menacing and horrific transformation as the season unfolds. There is also a welcome return from Justin Hartley’s Oliver Queen who now becomes a series regular after a successful stint in the sixth season and a brief cameo in the seventh. Queen’s character is also successful to the season’s story as his questionable methods bring him into conflict with Clark who is now trying to figure out what sort of hero he wants to become.
The Doomsday story is a well written one in itself and Doomsday is interpreted in a way which is both unique in style yet never undermines the characters standing in the mythology. Sam Witwer is more than capable playing the villain, he lacks perhaps the charisma and flair of Rosenbaum, but the horror given off by his transformations is more than projected out of the screen. The same cannot be said for Cassidy Freeman whose Tess Mercer is terribly aimless and lacking in focus, in terms of a series villain, Rosenbaums absence is felt though not quite fatal.


The season is very well executed in tone, humour and story. There are many episodes which take the series much further and there are some more characters from the D.C Universe in episodes such as ‘Instinct’, ‘Legion’ and ‘Hex’. ‘Bride’, ‘Eternal’ and ‘Beast’ are also exceptional drama episodes featuring Doomsday which keeps building up the season to a final climatic battle.


It is unfortunate therefore that what prevents the season from achieving pure greatness is a series of misjudged stories which threaten to undermine every bit of progress Smallville made this season. The brief reintroduction of an old character in ‘Power’ and ‘Requiem’ was a terrible mistake and unpopular with viewers, as was the apparent demise of another important character. Also while the season does a sensational job in building up the tension towards the final episode, the final episode of the season itself is very weak and sadly anti-climactic. This is a shame since many may feel cheated by a poor resolution but on the plus side, the drama remains top notch throughout and the themes explored this season are never forgotten and never betrayed, even in the finale. Smallville has enjoyed a fantastic return to form overall this season and many fans will be left feeling hopefull of the action and drama to come in the ninth season. Well worth buying though this eighth season.

Season nine is the single greatest season Smallville has ever produced. The show has fully reached its potential and has created a tense, exciting, beautifully shot, clever and romantic season. One with interesting villains; conflicting needs; searching for the right questions; searching for the truth; love and hate and the fine line between it all; finding yourself and finding others. All with the strong undercurrent of destiny. There are around two ‘not so well executed’ episodes that fall short of their goals, but even those are not awful. The four or so main arcs of the season are: the return of a weirdly attractive and charismatic Zod, the blossoming relationship between Lois and Clark, the development of the Blur and the Justice Society. This is a season of triangles. Many carefully subtle and symbolic in nature: triangles between friends, triangles between enemies, the triangle for two. There was a distinct sense of care to this season, unlike the others — it actually felt as if the writers paid close attention to the small things which made the writing feel more cohesive. It’s certainly the case, because something as small as a hand gesture in one episode became a very significant thing later on.

The season opens with ‘Saviour’, as Lois miraculously returns without memory of where she’s been. The only thing hinting at a darker side to this is random flashes and visions, confusing memories. Are they dreams? Visions of a not-so-distant future? This is one of the mysteries of the first half of the season. I love this show but they I’ve never been so engaged as I have when Lois had those first flashes. It was well done and it was gratifying to see Smallville put together a coherent story arc which flowed into other arcs as the previous ones drew to a close. First time ever that I’d been excited to see where the mainplot went!

Tom Welling is now an executive producer so having more creative control over his character is obvious this season — it has a very positive impact on Clark. Clark finds himself being tested. Learning to cope with juggling an overly-inquisitive Lois, an alter-ego as the Blur whilst swiftly returning to his desk at the bullpen. But ultimately, a key theme of this season is his struggle to maintain a balance between who he is and what he could become. This season firmly asks: who will he become? There was some fantastic development for Clark as a character and his relationship with Lois Lane is centre stage the entire time. The writing for them is careful, precise, intimate and is wonderfully nuanced thanks to the actors. It was well established last season that Lois is in love with Clark, and Clark spends this season rightly demonstrating that he loves her back. The Lois and Clark relationship is one of my favourite arcs in season nine. It was so satisfying to see their romantic relationship moved forward without a painfully slow draw-out. There’s a lot of beautiful scenes shared between them and the writers do a brilliant job of showing (yes ‘showing’, not telling) exactly why Lois is the one for Clark.

Zod (Callum Blue) is a fantastic and compelling villain. His dalliances with Tess Mercer are mesmerising to watch. Oliver Queen returns, having hit rock bottom and kept going since the previous finale. There’s a triangle early in the season between Clark, Lois and Oliver. It’s very subtle and one can only be picked up on in a few frames a lot of the time — not something I’ve come to expect from Smallville, whose usual idea of ‘subtle’ is huge honking anvils landing on you when trying to convey something. It peeters away as Oliver grows and changes out of this darker period in his life. Lois develops as a reporter and finds a purpose in life she didn’t dream of before; her character arc was excellent and benefitted from Erica Durance appearing in 18 episodes instead of the usual 13 (yay!). We see the return of many superheroes as well as meet some new ones. I loved this as it’s one of my favourite parts of the series. I liked seeing Bart and Black Canary back in particular. Star Girl was awesome! The superhero epic Absolute Justice (two episodes smooshed together as one) was a highlight of the season and will surely make comic book fans happy. The finale, ‘Salvation’ was a fast paced good quality closing chapter. It set up the next season and moved the story forward at the same time as closing it. The finale fight scene also did not disappoint! For once! Salvation was very much a juggernaught of emotion which wasn’t cheap and empty like Doomsday, but had the weight of a great season of storytelling behind it. It really made all the difference.

This season is well structured with a fascinating story arc which sees time travel as a central concept. In many ways this plotline held far more tension and anticipation than the whole of the Doomsday arc did. I enjoyed feeling fascinated by Zod, insanely wanting answers as to what had happened to Lois when she disappeared, and could barely contain myself when all was revealed in the episode ‘Pandora’. Truly one of the best episodes of the series.

Smallville Season 10 is the culmination of a 10 year journey which set out to follow the life of a young Clark Kent as he accepts his destiny and becomes Superman. So did Smallville go out with a bang or a whimper?

I for one love the final season of Smallville….whenever you are trying to finish off a story it can be difficult especially with a character as iconic as Superman and with the weight of 10 years of expectation but amazingly it manages to produce an end that is befitting of a superman. This season really is all about how Clark Kent finally becomes Superman and almost every episodes deals with this acceptance of destiny. The season kicks of where season 9 ended with Clark Kent falling to his apparent death….this episode kicks off the season on the right note, with nods to the past seasons as well as hints for what the future holds. This season has so many memobrable episodes such as Homecoming, the 200th episode that is one of the best episodes have ever produced, other highlights include: Supergirl, Harvest, Abandoned, Luther, Icarus, Fortune (one of the funniset Smallville episodes ever!), Kent and Booster. You can see just by the number of episodes listed just how good the final season was.


However, what could make of break this season was the two part Finale in which we fianlly see Clark Kent embrace his destiny. I believe that this episode is one of the best finales ever produced, it is important to remember that Smallville is more about Clark Kent then Superman and as such this character takes the focus for the majority of the episode and it benifits for it. These episodes also include the return of Lex Luthor and I think that the scenes between him and Clark are perfect. Also, when Clark finally puts on the suit we get to see more Superman action then I’m sure anyone was expected. And the final scene is a perfect way to finsih the story.


Tom Welling has played Clark Kent for 10 years and every season we have seen him grow as and actor and a director and I think that he has managed to bring new life into this character and took him in a truely unique direction. Although, this show wouldn’t be what it is/was if it wasn’t for the rest of the supporting cast especially Erica Durance who in my mind is the best Lois Lane that the screen has seen and thanks to her acting she has become just as much of the Smallville story as Clark Kent himself.Thank you Smallville for 10 great years and for breathing new life into a an inconic character…you will be missed!

REVIEW: SANCTUARY – SEASON 1-4

MAIN CAST

Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG.1)
Robin Dunne(Dead Like Me)
Emilie Ullerup (Leprechaun: Origins)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight: Breaking Dawn)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Ryan Robbins (Arrow)
Kavan Smith (Stargate: Atlantis)
Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica)
Peter Shinkoda (Masked Rider)
Chuck Campbell (Jason X)
Michael Adathwaite (Tru Calling)
Ellie Harvie (The New Addams Family)
Panou (Flash Gordon 2007)
Leah Cairns (Interstellar)
Laura Mennell (Thirteen Ghosts)
Peter Bryant (Dark Angel)
Peter Outerbridge (Earth: Final Conflict)
Alex Zahara (The Stickup)
Mackenzie Gray (The Net: The Series)
Matthew Walker (Highlander: The Series)
Sarah Strange (White Noise)
David Nykl (Arrow)
Kirsten Robek (Cats & Dogs)
Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal)
Jonathon Young (Antitrust)
Gabrielle Rose (Jennifer’s Body)
Jim Byrnes (Highlander: The Series)
Lynda Boyd (Power Rangers In Space)
Rekha Sharma (The Core)
Peter Wingfield (Caprica)
Christine Chatelain (40 Days and 40 Nights)
Alex Diakun (Androemda)

Being a big fan of Stargate SG-1 in general and Amanda Tapping in particular, I was quite excited to hear that the actress had signed up to play the lead in (and was executive producer of) a web-based series entitled Sanctuary.  I had meant to download the 8 15-minute webisodes but with one thing and another, never got around to it.  Based on the strength of those shorts, the series was picked up by the horribly named cable network Syfy, had a successful first season, and was renewed for a second (that is scheduled to begin in October.)  E1 Entertainment has now released Sanctuary Season One on DVD in a nice four disc set that fans of SF should consider picking up, especially if you gave up on the series while it was airing after a few episodes.

Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) is a profiler for a local police force in an unnamed metropolitan city.  Being very observant in a Monk-like way, he puts together clues that others often miss and follows them to their logical conclusions, even if those conclusions sound crazy.  He was kicked out of the FBI for his hair-brained hypotheses, and is pretty much shunned by the policemen he works with for the same reason.

While investigating the dead of a civilian and two police officers Zimmerman crosses paths with Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping).  She runs the Sanctuary, a privately funded large gothic building in the middle of town that is host to, Will eventually discovers, a wide assortment of bizarre creatures called ‘abnormals’.  Basically all of Zimmerman’s theories have been correct, there are odd being roaming the world in secret and Magnus’ group helps those that they can and hunts down the ones that are dangerous to humanity.Will signs up and joins the Sanctuary team that includes Magnus, who turns out to be much, much older than she looks, Helen’s kick-ass daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup), tech geek Henry Foss (Ryan Robbins) and butler and extra muscle when needed Bigfoot (Christopher Heyerdahl).  Searching the globe for abnormals the group discovers mermaids, ancient witches, a human-like race that can compact their bodies to squeeze through the smallest spaces, a vampire, people who can shoot heat rays from their eyes, and even the basis for Sherlock Holmes and the real Jack the Ripper (who just happens to be Magnus’ ex-lover.) Every great team needs a suitable enemy too, and Sanctuary has one in the form of the Cabal, a super-secret, well funded, organization that also investigates abnormal sightings, but they have sinister motive behind what they’re doing and consider the Sanctuary their sworn enemies.
In the second half we’re introduced to Nikola Tesla  who used to be a friend of Magnus’ way back when and who is a vampire.  An intriguing character and easily my favorite in the show, viewers are never sure if he’s lying or telling the truth and whose side he’s really on.  The show picks up for there, no longer being a ‘monster of the week’ program; it starts telling a larger story and is more careful how the plots unravel.  The faux witty banter is toned down considerably and small incidental details actually make sense at this point.  They also go back and correct some of their earlier mistakes such as Magnus’ education.  In the first episode they stated that she attended Oxford in the mid 1800’s, a time when women weren’t allowed to enroll, but in episode 12 a character reveals that she only audited classes at that time, something that makes much more sense. The acting in the program is generally good with Amanda Tapping stealing the show.  She’s playing a character similar to Dr. Samantha Carter, the person she portrayed on Stargate SG-1, but Tapping went out of her way to create a totally different personality for this new character.  Physically she dyed her hair and she also sports a British accent (that sounds pretty good actually.  She was born in England, I guess that helps more than a bit.)  Magnus is also more careful than Dr. Carter and has a totally different demeanor.  I was always enamored of Tapping’s role in SG-1 (she reminded a lot of my wife,) but while watching her here I never thought of her as “that gal from SG-1,” a testament to how well she did in crafting a new individual.

MAIN CAST

Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG.1)
Robin Dunne(Dead Like Me)
Emilie Ullerup (Leprechaun: Origins)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
Ryan Robbins (Arrow)
Agam Darshi (Bates Motel)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Jonathon Young (Antitrust)
Christine Chatelain (Riese)
Lynda Boyd (Final Destination 2)
Hiro Kanagawa (Heroes Reborn)
Jason Schombing (Mutant X)
Chuck Campbell (Jason X)
Chris Gauthier (Watchmen)
Robert Lawrenson (Underworld: Awakening)
Nicole Munoz (Pathfinder)
Anne Marie Deluise (Highlander: The Raven)
Colin Cunningham (Elektra)
Erica Cerra (Blade: Trinity)
Colin Lawrence (X-Men 2)
Michael Shanks (Stargate SG.1)
Aleks Paunovic (I Spy)
Jason Bryden (Marmaduke)
Ryan Kennedy (Poison Ivy 4)
Chad Rock (The Flash)
Meghan Ory (Once Upon A Time)
Callum Blue (Smallville)
Shaker Paleja (The Day The Earth Stood Still)
Paul McGillion (Stargate: Atlantis)
Sahar Biniaz (Smallville)
Terry Chen (The Chronicles of Riddick)
Balinder Johal (Killer Punjabi)

Season 2 carried on from where season 1 left off. Dr Helen Magnus and team Sanctuary are trying to discover what happened to Ashley Magnus (Emilie Ullerup) and why she would betray her family and friends and join the Cabal, all while trying to save and protect “abnormals” from those who would do them harm. The main cast of Amanda Tapping (Dr Helen Magnus), Dr Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), John Druitt (Christopher Heyerdahl), Henry Foss (Ryan Robbins) and Bigfoot (Christopher Heyerdahl, again) all return for the second season.

There is also new girl Kate Freelander (Agam Darshi).  Who was created to replace Ashley (who is killed in the opening two epiosdes), Although Ashley was a popular characterKate does grow on you more and more with each episode, by seasons end shes is more rounded out character.


I Enjoyed this season even more than season 1 . In this case the stories seem much stronger and have more depth to them than those in the first season. Instead of a season long battle with the Cabal, that story line gets wrapped up in two episodes. Which lets season two create new stories that enrich the characters more.

MAIN CAST

Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG.1)
Robin Dunne(Dead Like Me)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
Ryan Robbins (Arrow)
Agam Darshi (Bates Motel)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Callum Blue (Smallville)
Shaker Paleja (The Day The Earth Stood Still)
Paul McGillion (Stargate: Atlantis)
Sahar Biniaz (Smallville)
Terry Chen (The Chronicles of Riddick)
Balinder Johal (Killer Punjabi)
Robert Lawrenson (Underworld: Awakening)
Jim Byrnes (Highlander: The Seroes)
Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5)
Raquel Riskin (Killer Bash)
Gary Jones (Stargate SG.1)
Peter Flemming (Replicant)
Jonathon Young (Antitrust)
Michael Rogers (Duets)
Jorge Vargas (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Martin Christopher (Stargate: Atlantis)
Chris Gauthier (Watchmen)
Pauline Egan (Elysium)
Allison Hossack (Kingdom Hospital)
Adrian Hough (Underworld: Evolution)
Ian Tracey (Bates Motel)
Peter Wingfield (Highlander: The Series)
Vincet Gale (Big Eyes)
Pascale Hutton (Ginger Snaps 2)
Polly Walker (Caprica)
Jody Thompson (Flash Gordon 2007)
Francoise Yip (Andromeda)
Tinsel Korey (The Lookout)
Peter Deluise (21 Jump Street)
Aliyah O’Brien (Smallville)
Sean Rogerson (Bitten)
Douglas O’Keeffe (Dark Angel)
Richard De Klerk (Reign)
Jordana Largy (Flashpoint)
Barclay Hope (Final Destination 5)
Adam Copeland (Highlander: Endgame)
Tom McBeath (Stargate SG.1)
Greyston Holt (Bitten)
David Milchard (The Eye)

Season three sees Sanctuary taking a big step forward,and for the most part being very successful. instead of the previous two seasons 13 episode runs,this has 20 episodes,something which allows the writers to expand storylines and explore things further,bringing more depth to this seasons story arc. As always the acting from the entire cast is first rate .There is also plenty of Jonathan Young as Nikola Tesla,whos presence always lifts any episode he appears in,and guarantees some sharp dialogue.This series looks better as well,and steps out of,whenever possible,the confines of a cgi generated world,something which I always believed limited it far too much.Season three sees Sanctuary setting itself up as a major league player,and staking a claim as a show to be taken seriously,and it does it very well.Giving you more than it has before,while leaving you with the impression that there is much more to come,and the desire to find out what.The Sanctuary team deal with the aftermath of the gigantic tidal wave released by Big Bertha while Will’s life remains in balance but soon the errand comes to an end once Will leads one final plea to “Kali” A.K.A. Big Bertha in his near death experience to stop the destruction. Following Will’s return to life two abnormals appear to him to rekindle his memory and in doing so Will remembers an important message that Gregory sent for Helen to find an underground city with great technology and secrets.Later Nikola sends an SOS call and after his rescue continues to help Helen in discovering the secrets of the city which eventually leads them to a Hollow Earth atlas. Soon Adam Worth, a former acquaintance, tricks Helen and causes radiation poisoning (that should kill both Helen and Adam in a few weeks) so that she may show Adam the Hollow Earth. Upon Adam’s interference Helen, Will, Henry and Kate enter the city to save Gregory and find a cure for the poisoning but only to be executed immediately when caught while Adam imprisons John, leaving Tesla and Big-Guy alone in the mysteries. Magnus is then revived by Ranna for answering and Magnus finds out that she needs her to help an abnormal from the events of ‘KALI’, thereby Magnus and the gang is revived and she given the cure and is reunited with her father, together Gregory and Helen save the abnormal and reach the surface back again while John kills Adam. The show returned to its original format, featuring a new short story for every episode until Tesla and Magnus discover a Praxian Stronghold. This is revealed to have been taken by Vampires and as such was a Vampire Stronghold where a whole army of Vampires and their queen were buried to be awakened someday. Magnus views this as a threat and destroys the stronghold, but not before restoring Tesla to a Vampire again.

MAIN CAST

Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG.1)
Robin Dunne(Dead Like Me)
Emilie Ullerup (Leprechaun: Origins)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
Ryan Robbins (Arrow)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Agam Darshi (Bates Motel)
Peter Wingfield (Highlander: The Series)
Ian Tracey (Man of Steel)
Pascale Hutton (Flash Gordon 2007)
Francoise Yip (Robocop: Prime Directives)
Tom McBeath (Stargate SG.1)
Robert Lawrenson (Human Target)
David Milchard (The Eye)
Greyston Holt (Bitten)
Adam Copeland (Highlander: Endgame)
Pauline Egan (Ambrosia)
Brian Markinson (Izombie)
Lara Gilchrist (Battlestar Galactica)
Mig Macario (Once Upon A Time)
Sandrine Holt (Terminator Genisys)
Carlo Rota (Stargate Universe)
John Novak (Wishmaster 3 & 4)
Martin Cummins (Dark Angel)
Tora Hylands (Primeval: New World)
Charlie Carrrick (Reign)
Jonathon Young (Antitrust)
Zak Santiago (Caprica)
Adam Greydon Reid (Cult)
Caroline Cave (Saw VI)
Al Sapienza (Margin Call)
Brent Stait (Blade: The Series)
Jodi Balfour (Final Destination 5)
Jim Byrnes (Highlander: The Series)
Kurt Evans (Watchnmen)
Brenda Campbell (Orphan)
Gil Bellows (Flashforward)
Gerard Plunkett (Andromeda)

At the end of the last season things were getting pretty hairy on a couple of different fronts. The subterranean abnormals who live inside the Earth have decided that they want their chance in the sun and three armies march out of caves in different parts of the planet. If that wasn’t bad enough, Magnus is battling an old companion, Adam Worth, who manages to open up a hole in time and slip back to the 1800’s with the aim of curing his terminally ill daughter. This will change the time stream irrevocably, so Magnus follows him on his one-way journey into the past in order to stop him.

This season opens with Magnus in 19th Century London, following Worth. He manages to wound her and escape, so she turns to one person she knows she can trust, he husband at the time, James Watson  Together they have to stop Worth, but even if they do, how will Magnus manage to return to the 21stCentury? She does manage it, but it takes a very long time. Meanwhile Will has been put in charge of the New York Sanctuary by the Sanctuary Network, that mysterious body that runs the various abnormal shelters around the world. He’s having a rough time, as the US military wants to actually  attack the invading army, especially after there’s a revolt in the refugee compound that’s housing several Hollow Earth abnormals in which the subterranean creatures take hostages and threaten to kill them. No one in authority will take Will’s calls, and with Magnus MIA he’s clearly out of his depth.

After that crisis, and Magnus’ return, things are different. The government is very leery of abnormals and they create a department, SCUI, to hunt down the Hollow Earth creatures that are still on the surface. Either imprisoning the abnormals that they capture or using them for experiments it’s a race between the bad military and the saintly Sanctuary to see who can locate and capture the renegade abnormals first.There are some very good episodes in this season. Monsoon, where Magnus is held hostage by some abnormal crooks while in an airport in Africa was a high point. Seeing the unarmed Magnus take out a group of ex-military super-humans was delightful.

The series does wrap up (though there is room for more adventures)  It was nice that the show did get a coda. All in al lSanctuary was an excellent show that lasted four seasons and left room for more stories to be told shold Syfy every decide to bring it back.

REVIEW: STARGATE – SG.1 – SEASON 1-10

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MAIN CAST

Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver)
Michael Shanks (Smallville)
Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary)
Christopher Judge (The Dark Knight Rises)
Don S. Davis (Andromeda)
Corin Nemec (Parker Lewis Can’t Loose)
Ben Browder (Farscape)
Beau Bridges (My Name Is Earl)
Claudia Black (The Originals)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Jay Avocone (Beauty and The Beast 1989)
Vaitiare Bandera (Out of The Blue)
Peter Williams (Catwoman)
Brent Stait (Blade: The Series)
Gary Jones (Highlander: The Series)
Alexis Cruz (Dark Wolf)
Rachel Hayward (Jingle All The Way 2)
Colin Lawrence (X-Men 2)
Adam Harrington (The Secret Circle)
Kevin McNulty (Elektra)
Alan Rachins (Batman: TAS)
Jorge Vargas (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Soon-Tek Oh (Death Wish 4)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat Legacy)
Crystal Lowe (Poison Ivy 4)
Teryl Rothery (Arrow)
Steve Makaj (IT)
Roger Cross (First Wave)
William Russ (American History X)
Harley Jane Kozak (Santa Barbara)
Gabrielle Miller (Highlander: The Series)
Bobbie Phillips (Two Guys and a Girl)
Galyn Gorg (Robocop 2)
Tamsin Kelsey (Needful Things)
James Earl Jones (Star Wars)
Keene Curtis (Lois & Clark)
Elizabeth Hoffman (Sisters)
Paul McGillion (Stargate: Atlantis)
Tony Amendola (The Mask of Zorro)
Katie Stuart (She’s The Man)
Tobin Bell (Boogeyman 2)
Ronny Cox (Robocop)
Douglas Arthurs (Act of War)
Bonnie Bartlett (Firefly)
Dwight Schultz (The A-Team)
Tobias Mehler (Wishmaster 3)
Peter Bryant (Dark Angel)
Chris Owens (Red)
Erick Avari (Heroes)
Tom McBeath (Bates Motel)
Sarah Douglas (Superman 2)
JR Bourne (Arrow)
Christina Cox (Earth: Final Conflict)
Matthew Walker (Highlander: The Series)
Eric Breker (X-Men Origins)
Marshall R. Teague (Armageddon)
Colin Cunningham (Elektra)
Carmen Argenziano (Identity)
Amber Rothwell (Andromeda)
Tom Butler (Blade: The Series)
Samantha Ferris (Along Came a Spider)
Mitchell Kosterman (Smallville)
Andrew Airlie (Final Destination 2)
Britt Irvin (V)
Ty Olsson (Izombie)
Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon)
Dion Johnstone (The Core)
Megan Leitch (IT)
Jason Gray-Stanford (Bones)
William deVry (Earth: Final Conflict)
David Palffy (Blade: The Series)
Garwin Sanford (The Fly 2)
Kevin Durand (Dark Angel)
Terry Chen (Bates Motel)
Steve Bacic (Andromeda)
Anne Marie DeLuise (Smallville)
Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: DS9)
Musetta Vander (Buffy)
Vanessa Angel (Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys)
Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: TNG)
Alessandro Juliani (Smallville)
Brian Markinson (Arrow)
Peter Wingfield (Highlander: The Series)
Willie Garson (White Collar)
Matthew Bennett (Battlestar Galactica)
Steven Williams (Jason Goes To Hell)
Anna-Louise Plowman (Shanghai Knights)
Paul Koslo (The Flash 90s)
Dion Luther (The Net: The Series)
Christopher Cousins (The Vampire Diaries)
Michelle Harrison (The Flash)
Elisabeth Rosen (House of The Dead)
Hrothgar Mathews (Deception)
Bill Dow (Legends of The Fall)
Sean Patrick Flanery (Raging Angels)
John de Lancie (Star Trek: TNG)
John Prosky (The Devil Inside)
Colleen Rennison (The Story of Us)
Jacqueline Samuda (The L Word)
Larry Drake (Firefly)
Garry Chalk (Dark Angel)
Bill Marchant (Chappie)
Michael Deluise (Lost)
Jill Teed (Arrow)
Courtenay J. Stevens (Beach)
Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica)
David Kopp (Blade: The Series)
Cliff Simon (Days of Our Lives)
Jennifer Calvert (Earthsea)
Obi Ndefo (Angel)
Rick Worthy (The Vampire Diaries)
Danielle Nicolet (3rd Rock From The Sun)
David Hewlett (Splice)
Aleks Paunovic (Mortal Kombat Legacy)
Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica)
Dorian Harewood (Termiantor: TSCC)
Ona Grauer (V)
Blu Mankuma (Tin Man)
Michael Eklund (Arrow)
Dean Stockell (Quantum Leap)
Patrick Mckenna (Robocop: The Series)
John Billingsley (Cold Case)
Michael Adamthwaite (Tru Calling)
Peter Stebbings (Bates Motel)
Gwynyth Walsh (Taken)
George Wyner (Spaceballs)
Kendall Cross (X-Men 2)
Ian Buchanan (Justice League Unlimited)
Tahmoh Penikett (Dollhouse)
G. Patrick Currie (Smallville)
Francois Chau (Lost)
Sarah Deakins (Andromeda)
David Paetkau (Flashpoint)
John Novak (Wishmaster 3 & 4)
Thomas Kopache (Catch Me If You Can)
Michael Welch (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane)
David Richmond-Peck (V)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Sanctuary)
James Parks (Kill Bill)
Michael Rooker (Guardians of The Galaxy)
Kavan Smith (Sanctuary)
Jolene Blalock (Star Trek: Enterprise)
Christine Adams (Agents of SHIELD)
Emily Holmes (Dark Angel)
David Deluise (Vampires Suck)
Sebastian Spence (First Wave)
Saul Rubinek (Memory Run)
Adam Baldwin (Chuck)
Peter Flemming (Love Sick)
James McDaniel (Sleepy Hollow)
Jessica Steen (Armageddon)
William Devane (The Dark Knight Rises)
Torri Higginson (Highlander: The Raven)
Kira Clavell (Ninja Turtles: Next Mutation)
Alisen Down (Smallville)
David Kaufman (Superman: TAS)
Amy Sloan (The Aviator)
James Kidnie (Arrow)
Erica Durance (Smallville)
Derek Hamilton (Out Cold)
Charles Shaughnessy (Sabrina: TTW)
Barclay Hope (Paycheck)
Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons)
Isaac Hayes (South Park)
Mel Harris (Thirtysomething)
Clare Carey (Hercules: TLJ)
Lexa Doig (Andromeda)
April Telek (Supernatural)
Julian Sands (Gotham)
Louis Gossett Jr (The Punisher 80s)
Maury Chaykin (Andromeda)
Sonya Salomaa (Watchmen)
William B. Davis (The X-Files)
Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager)
Cameron Bright (Running Scared)
Tony Todd (The Flash)
Anna Galvin (Caprica)
William Atherton (Die Hard)
Reed Diamond (Dollhouse)
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters)
John Aylward (Alias)
Peter Shinkoda (Masked Rider)
Tamlyn Tomita (Highlander: The Series)
Tim Guinee (Iron Man)
Daniella Evangelista (Edgemont)
Michael Ironside (Total Recall)
John Noble (Sleepy Hollow)
Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps)
Eric Steinberg (Terminator: TSCC)
Noah Danby (Bitten)
Jodelle Ferland (Kingdom Hospital)
Joe Flanigan (Thoughtcrimes)
Sarah Strange (Dark Angel)
David Nykl (Arrow)
Chuck Campbell (Jason X)
Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel)
Corey Monteith (Glee)
Morena Baccarin (Gotham)
Rudolf Martin (Buffy)
Scott McNeil (Beast Wars)
Aisha Hinds (Cult)
Mike Dopud (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Ron Canada (Wedding Crashers)
Craig Fairbrass (Termiantor: TSCC)
John Tench (Andromeda)
Fred Willard (Anchorman)
Jonathan Walker (Flash Gordon)

Most TV shows spun off from movies are uninvolving and uninteresting, and hopefully die and are forgotten.

That wasn’t the case with the spinoff of the 1995 movie “Stargate,” a science fiction movie that spawned an excellent television series, “Stargate SG-1.” The first season is not nearly as brilliant as the ones that followed it, but it’s a welcome change from distant space operas — excellent writing, acting, and a sense of humor about itself and its characters.

The Stargate has been inactive for a year — until it is activated, and a bunch of Egyptian-styled warriors come through and kidnap a young officer. General Hammond (Don S. Davis) pulls Jack O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) out of retirement to learn what really happened on the planet of Abydos, and where these mysterious aliens have come from. O’Neill and a small team go to Abydos and find Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) who has been learning about a vast network of Stargates over the past year. But when Daniel’s wife Sha’re and brother-in-law Skaara are abducted by the same warriors, O’Neill, Jackson and Air Force scientist Sam Carter (Amanda Tapping) use the Stargate to venture to where they’re being kept. What they find is an alien race who inhabits human hosts, the Goa’uld, and their ruthless slave warriors, the Jaffa. Carter, O’Neill and Jackson are captured by the powerful Apophis — but to escape, they must have the help of an unlikely ally: Teal’c (Christopher Judge), Apophis’ First Prime. Since Earth has now annoyed the Goa’uld, several exploration teams are formed to go through the Stargate and find weapons and allies.
And SG-1 — Carter, O’Neill, Jackson and Teal’c — encounters some very strange problems: a plague that turns people into savages, a people who live only a hundred days, a Viking planet, a Stargate explorer stranded since 1945, a little girl turned into a bomb, the seductive Goa’uld queen Hathor, and coming back as robots. And when the military shuts down the SG program, Daniel reveals that the Earth is about to be destroyed by Apophis’ armies. The first season of “Stargate SG-1” isn’t the most impressive, though the last three episodes hint at the series’ future greatness. And thankfully, it drops the usual space opera stuff — instead we get Stargates, real military, and a very plausible reason why everybody in the galaxy (more or less) looks just like us. It’s graced with kitschy Egyptian-styled sets, lots of shoot-em-up action from Marines and Air Force, and plenty of planets influenced by Earth cultures, like the Minoans and the Vikings. Best of all is the snappy dialogue, mostly from the tart-tongued O’Neill.

When we last left Our Heroes, they were on Apophis’ ship, facing the impending destruction and/or enslavement of everyone on Earth.
So unsurprisingly, the second season of “Stargate SG-1” can only get better from there on. In fact, this is when the clever, innovative sci-fi series really started to gel together, with more intriguing storylines, character arcs, and some new alien allies — basically, it all blooms.
Intending to blow up Apophis’ ship, our heroes get captured by the Jaffa and thrown in a cell — only to be unexpectedly rescued by Bra’tac (Tony Amendola), Teal’c’s old teacher. As Earth mounts a pitiful defense against the Goa’uld, SG-1 joins with a small band of rebel Jaffa to stop Apophis’ invasion — but they may have to leave one of their number behind.
Obviously the Goa’uld make things awkward throughout the season, with the second episode featuring Sam (Amanda Tapping) being possessed by a Goa’uld during a rescue mission — but it seems that it’s part of a rebel Goa’uld faction called the Tok’ra. Teal’c’s (Christopher Judge) son is kidnapped and brainwashed, and Daniel (Michael Shanks) finds that his beloved wife is pregnant with Apophis’ child.
And of course, SG-1 has to deal with lots of other stuff — insectile transformations, black holes, prison planets, Native American “spirits,” invisible bugs, hostile alien orbs, reliving their most traumatic memories in a VR world, and time traveling to 1969. And O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) gets an ancient repository of knowledge downloaded into his head — and he’ll die if they can’t reverse it.
“Stargate SG-1” really got into its stride in the second season — the basic Air-Force-versus-evil-headsnakes story gets expanded out into a bunch of arcs. We get new villains, some surprising new allies, hints about the true origins of the Stargates and the human race, and corrupt factions on Earth who use the spare Stargate for evil ends.

The writing gets even steadier and the alien worlds more interesting — even stuff that sounds goofy, like the planet of singing mushroom-people, somehow works. The drama is stronger, and the sci-fi usage of the Stargate ever more creative, such as when a black hole’s gravity well keeps the gate open, and is slowly sucking Earth through the wormhole.  Of course, all the action and sci-fi is heavily tempered with comedy. Even in grim situations, there’s usually at least a few funny moments, such as Daniel’s tour of the custodial closet. And of course, the dialogue is priceless — most of the good stuff comes from O’Neill, but Teal’c and the others usually get some good ones as well. Of the main cast, Amanda Tapping gets the juiciest role in this season — Sam deals with the impending death of her father, becoming a Goa’uld host, and trying to deal with the feelings it left behind. Including a Tok’ra boyfriend. Yet when we see Sam’s vulnerable sides, Tapping never lets her character be anything but a strong, capable military woman.

But the other actors aren’t neglected — Shanks’ Daniel grapples with the news that his wife is pregnant with Apophis’ baby, while Teal’c faces losing his entire family. Anderson is brilliant as the quirky, capable O’Neill, but he really gets brilliant when Jack’s brain is being overwritten — he has to emote and communicate without a comprehensible word. The second season of “Stargate SG-1” is where the story began to really get great, building up a series of strong story arcs, funny dialogue, and strong characters.

Many people believe that subsequent seasons of Stargate: SG1 get progressively better. So far, no arguement from me. Season 1 was good, 2 was better, and  season 3 is even better. Col. Jack O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), and his SG1 team of the now Maj. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), and Teal’c (Christopher Judge) continued their adventures through the Stargate to various old and new planets. The team, as well as the SGC in general, were tested in many more ways than ever thought possible. The team went to “Hell” in order to save Sam’s dad, who is still a member of the Tok’Ra resistance, Daniel suffered a major loss, and O’Neill was blended, albeit briefly, with a Goa’uld. One of the reasons that I personally liked this year was that many of last year’s conflicts were resolved (Lenea, Destroyer of Worlds), which made room for new plotlines (the Replicators), as well as continuing old ones (the search for the Harsesis child).

This is also the season when SG1 truly realizes that they truly have allies in their fight against the Goa’uld; the Asgard helped form a treaty between Earth and the Goa’uld, the Tok’Ra continue to offer their assistance and wisdom, the Nox have begun to reestablish contact with the SGC, and the Tollan.


Other good episodes include “Into the Fire”, “Fair Game”, “Legacy”, “Learning Curve”, “Point of View”, “Past and Present”, “Jolinar’s Memories”, “The Devil You Know”, “Foothold”, “Urgo”, “Shades of Grey”, “New Ground”, and “Nemesis”. Judging by the increase in quality each season.

he Replicators. The Russians. The Aschen. These are only a few of the new enemies presented this year, in Stargate: SG-1 (okay, so technically, the Replicators were introduced last year). These new baddies made a lot of trouble this year for the SGC in what is definitely the best season yet. We learn more about the Replicators this year when Sam (Amanda Tapping) is brought to an Asgard-controlled planet to help defend the O’Neill, the Asgard’s newest and most advanced ship ever. Also, the Russians retrieve the Giza gate from the bottom of the ocean from when Thor’s ship, the Beliskner, crashed, while the SGC is now using the Antarctica gate. And, 10 years in the future, an advanced race, known as the Aschen, are quietly wiping out the human race by making humans infertile.


These are just a handful of the amazing new stories that occurred this year. It seems that Col. O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), Maj. Carter, Dr. Jackson (Michael Shanks), and Teal’c (Christopher Judge) can never catch a break. This year, not only have their alien enemies become more powerful than ever, especially Apophis (Peter Williams), their enemies on Earth have truly become a threat. Senator Kinsey (Ronny Cox), the man who tried to shut down the SGC in Season 1, has been linked to the rogue sector of the NID, the civillian organization responsible for the theft of numerous alien technologies over the last few years.


The stories this year are better than ever, especially with an increasing number of arcs occurring. Episodes like “Crossroads” and “The Serpent’s Venom” were expertly executed, and had immense emotional effects on our heroes. However, I have to praise the stand-alones this year, especially “Window of Opportunity” and “The Other Side”, which have never been better.

Some other great episodes are: “Small Victories”, “Upgrades”, “Watergate”, “Point of No Return”, “Tangent”, “The Curse”, “Chain Reaction”, “2010”, “Absolute Power”, “Double Jeopardy”, and “Exodus”.

The year began with a cool premiere, “Enemies”,  There were some amazing story developments this year, beginning with the final demise of Apophis (Peter Williams), the Goa’uld System Lord who has been making life difficult for the SGC ever since the first season. Next, the Tollan, an extremely advanced race of humans who are allied with Earth, begin acting suspiciously, the SGC begins recruiting new officers, the motives of the Aschen from last season are revealed, the Tok’Ra are nearly destroyed, and the Jaffa rebellion begins to truly become a problem for the System Lords.

And then, Daniel is brought to a System Lord summit where he has the chance to wipe out the Goa’uld threat forever, that is until he learns of the return of Anubis, an ancient System Lord who was banished for his horrific crimes. Also, we finally learn the origins of the Replicators. Finally, SG-1 must endure a change that they never thought would happen in the episode “Meridian”, and then, Anubis and Osirus (Anna-Louise Plowman) reveal plans to attack the Asgard.


This is a very important season, good episodes include: “Enemies”, “Threshold”, “Between Two Fires”, “2001”, “Wormhole X-Treme”, “Proving Ground”, “Summit”, “Last Stand”, “The Warrior”, “Menace”, “Meridian”, and “Revelations”.

The season begins with SG-1 still trying to find a fourth man. Ever since the death/ascension of Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), they have been unable to find a suitable replacement. Refugee Jonas Quinn (Corinn Nemec) has expressed a desire to join, but Col. O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) never seemed to warm up to the idea. Also, Anubis (David Paffly) has found a machine created by the Ancients that uses one stargate to destroy another, and he used it to attempt to destroy Earth.

Using the new X-302, a craft capable of aerial combat and intersellar travel, O’Neill successfully avoids disaster, but the Antarctica gate is destroyed. After that, we don’t see Anubis for a while, but the threat of his powers is always hanging over the heads of the SGC.


With Jonas as the new member of SG-1, the team embarks on another year of amazing missions. This year, we see the end of the exiled System Lord Niirti, known for her attempts to create a superior human host through genetic experimentation, we are introduced to some technology of the Furlings, one of the members of the intergalactic UN group who rallied against the goa’uld, Earth’s first interstellar capital ship, Prometheus is unvailed, the Replicator threat is ended, and, in one of my favorite episodes, Gen. Hammond (Don S. Davis) discloses the existence of the SGC to representitives of the UK, France, and China.


Some great episodes include “Redemption Pts. 1 and 2”, “Descent”, “Nightwalkers”, “Abyss”, “Shadow Play”, “Allegiance”, “Prometheus”, “Unnatural Selection”, “Smoke and Mirrors”, “Disclosure”, “The Changeling”, and “Full Circle”, the best episode of the season.

That is the season when Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) returns from being an ascended being, albeit on an alien world without his memory (“Fallen”). This required getting rid of Jonas Quinn (Corin Nemec) to get the old gang back together again, which happens when Anubis download Jonas’ memory and the Goa’uld attack Kelowna (“Homecoming”). Wisely, this is not the last appearance of Jonas for the season (“Fallout”) as he becomes another one of recurring guest characters that are a major strength of the series.

There are several Daniel Jackson stories that make a point of giving the actor interesting things to do, such as “Lifeboat,” where his mind becomes a resting place for a bunch of alien minds, “Enemy Mine,” which requires Jackson to show diplomatic skills, and big time flashbacks in “Chimera,” to before Daniel first saw the Stargate.

Overall, Season 7 is really Samantha Carter’s season and Amanda Tapping has several episodes where she pretty much goes it alone. “Space Race” has her joining an alien pilot for a little intergalactic competition, while “Death Knell” finds Carter being hunted by the supers soldiers of Anubis after an attack on Earth’s secret off-world base. In “Grace” Carter literally ends up alone when the Prometheus is attacked and she wakes up to find herself the only one on a ship drifting in deep space. The other characters show up as the angels of her better nature, which is the only way that Sam and Jack are ever going to have an honest conversation.

The whole Anubis/Lost City bit ends up being equal parts time to beat another bigger and badder system lord and find a fitting end point for the series that can also work as a transition to the spinoff.

Stargate has retained a massive level of consistency over the years, staying at the same level of quality, if not getting even a little bit better: it has always retained the humor, the characterization and the excitement and the action that has made it so loved.

Since season seven, there has been more of a focus on characterization and a tad bit more humor: and i for one welcome this, as the characters have always been the best aspect of the show: season eight continues this trend, and also the trend of even better quality than ever before!
Highlights include the opening two parter: New order Parts one and Two which is very exciting with plenty of plot twists. Affinity is another highlight for me as it is an episode with very little action, it is a mystery with a huge focus on characterization and intrigue, and manages to be very intriguing, with, again, some brilliant little character moments. Prometheus unbound is a highlight.

Reckoning parts one and two are possibly the best episodes of stargate ever made; they wrap up most of the major storylines, bringing the end to both the main enemies in the show, and are impossibly epic: there is so much going on, so much peril and a sense of doom, that you are kept on the edge of your seat the whole time, with some humour thrown in for good measure.

Avalon, Part 1 is a great season opener, introduces  new kid on the block Ben Browder,  as the season progresses the character is definitely fleshed out more and he soon fits in nicely with the tightly-knit S.G.1 team.

However, the bottom line is that this is still a character who bares a striking similarity in disposition to Browder’s other well-known TV personality- Farscape’s John Crichton- with that same irreverent humor and easy-going attitude, but it’s a style that clearly works for Browder and it’s difficult not to find that likable. Beau Bridges’ introduction is made with equally good fanfare, his character is one who I found myself liking more readily- he approaches the role of the General of the base differently to Don S. Davis, with more of an every man approach, although he never hesitates to exert the full force of his office against unfriendly aliens, or humans when required.

Largely thanks to the development of this season’s main story-arc with the introduction of God-wannabes the Ori and their powerful minions known as Priors, this ninth season becomes surprisingly mesmerising in very short order. Beginning with the concluding part and then into episode 3- `Origin’, this season soon establishes itself as one of the best `Stargate: S.G.1′ offerings in years. The use of Arthurian legend in this season is spread pretty thickly in the beginning and had me worried that this fantasy element might not work in a predominantly science-fiction-oriented series, but very soon the parallels the writers draw between the Arthurian myth and the familiar Stargate set-up, become very inventive and come to work surprisingly well at contrasting against the new and growing force of evil spreading through the galaxy. In the first five episodes that other recognizable `Farscape’ regular Claudia Black and her seductively disobedient alter-ego Vala are another reason to be enchanted by this season. Vala brings such humor and life to the series that I was really disappointed when she parted company with S.G.1, despite the welcome return of Sam Carter following her brief career change. Thankfully Vala returns towards the end of the season and here’s hoping it’s not the last we see of her.

This season’s other major success is in its stand-alone stories that continue to present unique, punchy and creative sci-fi ideas to its audience. In particular episode 9- `Prototype’ and episode 13- `Ripple Effect’ are a couple of my favourites, the first of which concerns the discovery of a prodigy of Anubis frozen on a distant planet and the second has multiple S.G.1 teams pouring through the Stargate from diverse alternate realities , both of which had me glued to my seat.

Largely thanks to Vala (Claudia Black) who’s as charming as she is side-splittingly, ingeniously, flirtatiously funny and who now becomes a credited member of the main cast, season ten gets off to a brilliant start  as the action picks up right where the previous season left-off with episode 1- Flesh and Blood and doesn’t decrease in pace.

It explores the continued threat of the Ori and their ever-increasing capture and control of worlds unable to mount any effective resistance against such a seemingly omnipotent foe. Episode 3- The Pegasus Project  is also very gripping with a finale that’s both surprising and tantalizing.

episodes 10- The Quest, Part I and 11- The Quest, Part II both of which work well in continuing SG-1’s discovery & unravelling of Arthurian-inspired mysteries surrounding their search for a weapon capable of destroying their enemy. Episode 14- The Shroud  sees Daniel in a unique position to deal a crippling blow to the Ori, which is also solid.

while episode 20- Unending is a wonderful episode- with a story that’s not just dramatic, but explores sides to the main characters never seen before, it ends the season with so much unresolved that it’s difficult to appreciate this tenth season as it should be appreciated as the final outing of SG-1. Obviously a great deal has been withheld to be used in the TV movie The Ark of Truth.

REVIEW: ARROW – SEASON 1 & 2

CAST

Stephen Amell (The Vampire Diaries)
Katie Cassidy (Black Xmas)
Colin Donnell (Chicago Med)
David Ramsey (Pay It Forward)
Willa Holland (Legion)
Susanna Thompson (Dragonfly)
Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files)
Emily Bett Rickards (Brooklyn)
Manu Bennett (Spartacus)
Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Colin Salmon (Limitless TV)
Jamey Sheridan (The Ice Storm)
Annie Ilonzeh (Beauty and The Beast)
Brian Markinson (Izombie)
Derek Hamilton (Disturbing Behavior)
Hiro Kanagawa (Heroes Reborn)
Kelly Hu (The Vampire Diaries)
Ty Olsson (X-Men 2)
Byron Mann (Dark Angel)
Roger Cross (First Wave)
Euegen Lipinski (Goosebumps)
Michael Rowe (Tomorrowland)
John Barrowman (Reign)
Currie Graham (Agent Carter)
Kyle Schmid (The Covenant)
Sarah-Jane Redmond (V)
Jessica De Gouw (Dracula)
Jeffrey Nordling (Tron: Legacy)
Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica)
Sebastian Dunn (The Other Half)
Andrew Dunbar (Leprechaun: Origins)
Danny Nucci (Eraser)
Ben Browder (Stargate SG.1)
Christie Laing (Scary Movie 4)
Patrick Sabongui (The Flash)
David Anders (Izombie)
Ona Grauer (V)
Adrian Holmes (Smallville)
Agam Darshi (Sanctuary)
James Callis (Battlestar Galactica
Rekha Sharma (Dark Angel)
Chin Han (The Dark Knight)
Janina Gavankar (True Blood)
Alex Kingston (Flashforward)
Celina Jade (The Man with The Iron Fists)
Seth Gabel (Salem)
J. August Richards (Angel)
Summer Glau (Firefly)
Dylan Bruce (Heroes Reborn)
Caity Lotz (The Machine)
Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight)
Kevin Alejandro (Ugly Betty)
Bex Taylor-Klaus (Scream: The Series)
Teryl Rothery (Stargate SG.1)
Aubrey Marie Anderson (The Unit)
Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes)
Cle Bennett (Flashpoint)
Dylan Neal (Sabrina: TTW)
Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Spartacus)
David Nykl (Stargate: Atlantis)
Sean Maher (Firefly)
James Kidnie (Robocop: The Series)
Katrina Law (Chuck)
Nicholas Lea (V)
Robert Knepper (Cult)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Animated Series)
Lochlyn Munro (Little Man)
Jorge Vargas (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Carlos Valdes (The Flash)
Danielle Panabaker (Sky High)

Image result for arrow pilotAfter turning the story about Clark Kent’s evolution from humble teenager to world’s greatest hero into one of the most successful science fiction TV series of all time, what exactly do you do for an encore? The obvious answer would be a series about a young Bruce Wayne. Or maybe a crime procedural starring the men and women of the Gotham City Police Department. Instead, The CW gave us Arrow, a series that simultaneously explores Oliver Queen’s first months as a vigilante hero and the painful hero’s journey he undertook while stranded on a remote island. Even considering Green Arrow’s popularity in Smallville and Justice League Unlimited, it wasn’t the most obvious choice. Nor was it the choice many DC fans wanted. But ultimately, it was a choice that paid off.

To their credit, they succeeded. Even right off the bat, there were many notable elements that he writers introduced into the Green Arrow mythos. Generally a loner in the comics, here Ollie was given a full family and circle of allies. Some were inspired by characters from the comics, while others were entirely new creations. Probably the most successful new addition was John Diggle as Ollie’s personal bodyguard-turned-ally in his war on crime. Watching the dynamic between Ollie and Diggle morph from cold and hostile to warm camaraderie was a treat. And the two sequences featuring Diggle in the costume rather than Ollie suggested that this show could have a life beyond that of its lead character.Image result for arrow pilotAmell’s performance grew stronger over time, and the subtle ways in which he distinguished his performances during the present-day and flashback scenes stood out.With other characters, it was more a question of the scripts shedding light on motivation and relationships before they really came into their own. This was certainly the case with Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), who was a bit of a hard sell as a sympathetic mother figure until viewers came to understand her role in “The Undertaking.” Similarly, Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) came across as a fairly flat and unimportant character at first. But by the end of the season, Tommy had emerged as the emotional heart of the series and Donnell’s one of the strongest performances.

Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) was endearing, her instant charm made fans fall in love with her making her a regular was the best choice when they headed into season 2. As Laurel, Katie Cassidy was excellent as future Black Canary, dealing with her emotions of seeing her former boyfriend back from the dead and the lost of her sister.  Structurally, the season started out strong and finished even stronger. The writers managed to weave together an overarching narrative as Ollie slowly uncovered the truth of The Undertaking and his own parents’ involvement while contending with various smaller villains and conflicts.

Anchoring the series throughout were the frequent flashbacks to Ollie’s five years on the island. The pilot episode offered a tantalizing glimpse of what had transpired over the course of those five years with the Deathstroke mask discarded on the beach. Various plot twists revealed just how complicated that story is, teaming Ollie with Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) and Shado (Celina Jade) in an ongoing guerrilla war against mercenary leader Edward Fyers (Sebastian Dunn). Particularly once Slade entered the picture and his bond with Ollie became a major focal point, the flashbacks emerged as one of the strongest elements of the show.

Everything in Season 1 culminated in two climactic episodes as Ollie fought for the survival of Starling City in the present and to stop Fyers from sparking an international incident in the past. These episodes offered a satisfying blend of big action scenes and emotional character showdowns. In particular, the final scene between Ollie and Tommy that closed out the season was perhaps the best the show has delivered so far.

Right off the bat, “City of Heroes” set the tone and direction for Season 2. We saw a despondent Ollie still crushed by the death of his best friend, Tommy, and having retreated to the island in a self-imposed exile. Though Colin Donnell only briefly reprised his role as Tommy this season, his character was very much a lingering presence driving the actions of Ollie and Laurel throughout the year. And his death formed the crux of Ollie’s renewed mission. It was right there in the revised opening sequence – “To honor my friend’s memory, I can’t be the killer I once was.” And that, more than Ollie’s battles with Slade Wilson or Sebastian Blood or Isabel Rochev, was the core conflict of the season. It’s easy enough to fight criminals by shooting them dead. But could Ollie muster the strength and the courage not to kill, even if it meant putting himself, his family, and his city in greater danger? It was a struggle, but the most satisfying element of the finale was the way Ollie definitively answered that question and established himself as a better class of vigilante.

Overall, Season 2 was a good showcase for Stephen Amell’s acting talents.  Ollie was haunted by demons and shouldering heavy burdens throughout the year. He suffered more often than he succeeded, and Amell conveyed that pain well. Most impressive was the way Amell was so capable at portraying Ollie at different periods in his life. We saw plenty more of Ollie’s life on the island in the various flashback scenes. Having already spent a year fighting for his life against men like Edward Fyers and Billy Wintergreen, flashback Ollie was closer to the man he is in the present, but not all the way there. And we even caught glimpses of a pre-island Ollie, most significantly in “Seeing Red.” More than the changes in hairstyle or fashion, it was Amell’s purposeful shifts in vocal intonation and body language that differentiated the different versions of Ollie.

Having established himself as one of the better supporting players in Season 1, it was very gratifying to see Manu Bennett step fully into the spotlight and become the big antagonist of Season 2. That’s despite him not even being revealed as the secret mastermind of Brother Blood’s uprising until the mid-season finale, “Three Ghosts.” But it was crucial that the show spend so much time, both this season and last, in building up the brotherly bond between Ollie and Slade and the island. We needed to feel the pain of seeing them broken apart and Slade become a vengeful villain hellbent on tearing his former friend’s life down. And it wasn’t until much later still that we saw how that rift occurred and Slade turn his wrath against Ollie. It’s a testament to both the writing and Bennett’s acting that the character never quite lost his aura of sympathy even as he murdered Ollie’s mother and tried to do the same to Felicity. This was a man driven half-mad by the loss of the woman he loved and an injection of a super-steroid. But conversely, I appreciated how the finale took pains to establish that it wasn’t just the Mirakuru fueling Slade’s anger. Even now, super-strength gone and exiled back to the island, Slade is a clear and present danger to Ollie’s world.

The show introduced Sebastian Blood and Isabel Rochev as Slade’s subordinates, with Blood serving as the most visible villain for much of the season. I really enjoyed Kevin Alejandro’s portrayal of Blood. Alejandro’s Blood was so disarmingly charming that it was often difficult to reconcile him with the masked man kidnapping drug addicts and turning street thugs into super-soldiers. Ultimately, Blood became the sort of villain who does the wrong things for the right reasons. He had an honest desire to make Starling City a better place. And when it became clear to him that Slade Wilson wouldn’t leave a city left for him to rule, Blood did the right thing and aided Team Arrow.

Most of the increasingly large supporting cast were given their moments to shine in Season 2. I was often disappointed that Diggle wasn’t given more to do, but at least he was able to take a starring role in “Suicide Squad.” Diggle’s backseat status was mainly the result of Sara Lance stepping into the limelight early on and eventually becoming the fourth member of Ollie’s vigilante crew. The Arrow had his Canary finally. Sara’s own struggles with the desire for lethal force and reuniting with her family often made for good drama. But among Team Arrow, it was often Felicity Smoak who often had the best material.  Emily Bett Rickards had much better material to work with this year, whether it was her unrequited love for Ollie, her burgeoning relationship with Barry Allen, or her desire to pull her weight alongside her more physically capable allies. The final three episodes all featured some standout moments for Felicity as she established herself as a force to be reckoned with.

Elsewhere, Roy Harper was often a focus as he transitioned from troubled street punk to superhero sidekick. Roy’s temporary super-strength powers were a welcome story swerve and a fitting physical manifestation of his inner rage. His character arc received a satisfying conclusion in the finale when he proved himself worthy and received his own red domino mask, but lost Thea as a result.

As for the various women in Ollie’s life, Felicity and Sara aside, Season 2 was a little more uneven. Moira definitely had an interesting ride. She started out Season 2 fighting for her life while on trial for her role in the Undertaking. Then, in an unlikely turn of events, she was spurred to run for mayor. And finally, her life did end when she became a pawn in Slade’s cruel game. It was a terrific finish for Moira, proving once and for all that, whatever wrongs she committed, she was only ever trying to ensure her children’s survival. Thea was more up and down throughout the season. She was often underutilized, but received a boost late in the season when she learned the truth about her parentage. Laurel’s character  had her own crucible this season, spiraling into into drug and alcohol addiction and losing her job before hitting bottom, rebounding, and playing her part in saving Starling City.

The Mirakuru drug served as a plausible, pseudo-scientific way of introducing super-strength and allowing Slade to transform into Deathstroke. And even when it came time to introduce the Flash midway through the season, Barry Allen never felt too out of place alongside the more grounded characters.

Season 2 really opened the floodgates as far as drawing in characters and elements from other DC properties. Barry Allen’s debut was the most high-profile, but we also saw plenty more of Amanda Waller and A.R.G.U.S. “Professor Ivo became a recurring villain, along with a very different take on Amazo. And in a welcome twist, it turned out that even the Batman franchise is fair game with this show. Early on we learned of Sara Lance and Malcolm Merlyn’s connection to the League of Assassins. Nyssa al Ghul appeared in a couple of episodes, and we know her father is out there in the world, leading his shadowy organization in the hidden city of Nanda Parbat. Even Harley Quinn had a brief cameo.

And beyond the introduction of all these new elements, the scope of Arrow really opened up in Season 2. The action was bigger and better choreographed. The scale of the conflicts was bigger. The producers simply seemed to have more money to throw around. And whether that was actually the case or just the result of experience and planning, the end result was the same. Arrow became a bigger, more cinematic TV series this season.

REVIEW: DARK ANGEL – SEASON 1 & 2

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CAST

Jessica Alba (Machete)
Michael Weatherly (NCIS)
Richard Gunn (Hemlock Grove)
J.C. MacKenzie (The Departed)
Valarie Rae Miller (Crank)
Jennifer Blanc (The Victim)
John Savage (The Deer Hunter)
Jensen Ackles (Supernatural)
Alimi Ballard (Sabrina: TTW)
Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins)
Ashley Scott (Birds of Prey)
Martin Cummins (Bates Motel)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Stanley Kamel (Monk)
Paul Popowitch (Mutant X)
Douglas O’Keeffe (Sanctuary)
Lauren Lee Smith (Lie With Me)
Sarah-Jane Redmond (Smallville)
Stephen Lee (Quantum Leap)
Hiro Kanagawa (Heroes Reborn)
Garry Chalk (Stargate SG.1)
Fulvio Cecere (Watchmen)
Natassia Malthe (Elektra)
Tyler Labine (Rise of The Planet of The Apes)
Peter Bryant (Sanctuary)
Christine Chatelain (Final Destination)
Abraham Benrubi (BuffY)
Byron Mann (Arrow)
Tony Perez (Once Upon A Time)
Lisa Rodriguez (Next Friday)
William Gregory Lee (Xena)
Rodney Rowland (Veronica Mars)
George Cheung (Rush Hour)
Robert Gossett (The Net)
Brian Markinson (IZombie)
James Kidnie (Robocop: The Series)
Alex Zahara (The Stickup)
Jodelle Ferland (Kingdom Hospital)
Ryan Robbins (Caprica)
Emily Holmes (Stargate SG.1)
Craig Veroni (Two For The Money)
Rekha Sharma (Smallville)
Ashley Crow (Heroes)
Ian Tracey (Bates Motel)
Rainn Wilson (House of 1000 Corpses)
Nana Vistor (Star Trek: DS9)
Lisa Ann Cabasa (Lies of The Twins)
Sebastian Spence (First Wave)
Steve Bacic (Andromeda)
Nicole Bilderback (Buffy)
Grace Park (Hawaii Five-O)
Nicki Clyne (Saved)
Colin Cunningham (Elektra)
Rob LaBelle (Jack Frost)
Sarah Carter (Smallville)
Todd Stashwick (The Originals)
Meghan Ory (The Memory Book)
Peter Williams (Catwoman)
Sam Witwer (Being Human)
Tracy Ryan (Firefly)
Gabrielle Rose (If I Stay)
Kandyse McClure (Seventh Son)
Jorge Vargas (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Rick Worthy (The Vampire Diaries)

The story is set in Seattle, Wasington, in the year 2019, which is afer “The Pulse,” an electromagnetic bomb that basically pushed reset on the United States. However, that is only the setting, because the star is Jessica Alba as Max Guevera, who at first glance has a day job as a bike courier, and at second glance works as a cat burglar at night, bit at third glance and closer examination turns out to be a genetically enhanced superhuman created by the government who escaped from a military training school ten years earlier.


“Dark Angel: The Complete First Season” has a couple of plot lines that make Max both the hunter and the hunted. Max is always on the lookout for her “siblings,” the other kids who escaped from Manticore, while Lydecker (John Savage), the head of the secret program is trying to find both them and Max to return them to government service. Meanwhile, Max’s days as a cat burglar are over when she tries to rob Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly), a rich kid who is the secret cyber-journalist known as “Eyes Only,” who enlists her into his idealistic crusade to clean up corruption in Seattle. Of course, the two are made for each other, but we have to wait for them to catch out to this rather obvious fact. What really makes “Dark Angel” work is the extent to which this futuristic dystopia has been worked out.

This is not so much a series where the mythology emerges over time as it is one where the premises are so strong that they sustain multiple episodes and provide compelling sub-text for the rest. Compare this to similar series that take a while to find themselves, and you can see why these solid premises allowed this one to be able to have so many solid episodes early on.


Creator James Cameron’s imprint is clearly on this production, but mention should be made of the show’s Vancouver crew, which obviously includes a lot of “X-Files” veterans. The production values on “Dark Angel” are pretty striking in creating the seedy world of post-pulse Seattle and its icon Space Needle where Max likes to go and contemplate existence. But the sense of style comes as much from the characters as the setting. Alba is truly stunning as Max, able to play hard, soft, or whatever the scene demands. Weatherly has one of the squarest jaws in television history, and Savage has fun milking everything out of the bad guy (he really does care for his children, but duty never gets in the way of such emotions). The supporting cast has some compelling texture types, from Normal (J.C. MacKenzie), the overbearing dispatcher at Jam Pony (“Bip! Bip! Bip!”), to urban philosopher Herbal Thought (Alimi Bllard), and everybody’s favorite, Original Cindy (Valarie Rae Miller), Max’s roommate and co-worker, who basically has the right attitude for every occasion.

51RT33G37CLWatching the second season of “Dark Angel” knowing that the show would be cancelled it becomes easier to see that there the fundamental dynamic of the series was just changed way too much. After all, gone is John Savage’s villainous Lydeker, who had at least a proprietary interest in the transgenics. In his place is a Snidley Whiplash type, Agent White (Martin Cummins), who wants to kill all the transgenics, not so much because of orders from the government but because of a much larger ancient conspiracy (e.g, “Exposure”) having to do with the whole eugenics vs. transgenics argument (pretend there is one).

Instead of the super-soliders from the X-5 series trying to blend in with humanity and avoid being killed by their creators, we know have transgenics of every description, which far too often becomes a “freak” of the week. While in the case of Joshua (Kevin Durand), the first transgenic, this has some nice payoffs, the rest of it is just becomes a bit much and you need a program to keep all the transgenic clear in your mind. Then there is the whole romantic relationship between Max (Jessica Alba) and Logan (Michael Weatherly), which starts off the second season with him thinking she is dead. Then he gets the good news, she is alive, but the bad news: she has been given a virus that is genetically programmed to kill Eyes Only. You have to admit, it terms of keeping apart two people who seriously want to get together, this is a rather creative way, and there are a couple of very good episodes dealing with their romantic problems (e.g., “Borrowed Time,” “Hello, Goodbye”). We are supposed to then throw X-5 Alex (Jensen Ackles) into the mix as a love triangle, but I can never believe Sam would be unfaithful to Logan, let along want to go the kissing cousin route. I prefer the problems with the X-6s (“Bag ‘Em”) and the X-7s (“Designate This”).  Perhaps the best proof of how the show was matching steps forwards with step backwards is in the supporting cast. With Alex and Joshua becoming the third and fourth most important characters in the show after Max and Logan, that meant reduced roles for Original Cindy (Valarie Rae Miller) and Norman (J.C. MacKenzie). The latter is reduced to on-going homoerotic shtick with Alex, especially in the Manty Coro bits, and the former is reduced to popping in to episodes for brief moments of clear thinking and moral support. This is underscore by their return to prominence in the series finale, “Freak Nation”

Perhaps the problems with Season 2 of “Dark Angel” is that making things bigger and going the whole “X-Men” route with the public outcry to get the wicked mutants, is just pretty much a complete flip on the more intimate and secretive world of post-Pulse Seattle we got in Season 1. It seems strange to fault a show for moving in new directions, given how often they become stagnant, but all these changes might just have been too much too soon. Then again, the fault might be audiences were not particularly open to so many changes. You certainly cannot say that watching Alba as Max got tiresome

Ironically, FOX’s reasoning for cancelling “Dark Angel” was that they did not want to do two futuristic science-fiction shows (i.e., costly sets and special effects), and decided to go with the highly anticipated sci-fi western “Firefly” from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon. Of course, “Firefly” never had the ratings of “Dark Angel” and never made it to double figures on episodes. If you missed “Dark Angel,” then it is certainly worthwhile checking it out on DVD. The second season is not as good as the first, but still way above average in terms of science fiction shows. And the biggest highlight is the James Cameron directed the finales.

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS – SEASON 8-12

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Michael Chaturantabut (The Time Machine)
Sean CW Johnson (My Little Eye)
Alison MaCiinis (Bewitched)
Keith Robinson (Dear John)
Sasha Craig (Dark Wolf)
Monica Louwerens (The Vampire Diaries)
Ron Rogge (That 70s Show)
Jennifer L. Yen (Dark Assassin)
Rhett Fisher (Micro Mini Kids)

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Neil Kaplan (Digimon)
David Lodge (Naruto)
Ken Merckx (Orgazmo)
Rachel Koda (Birds of Prey)
Hal England (The Bonfire of The Vanities)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
David Leitch (V For Vendetta)
Diane Salinger (Batman Returns)
Archie Kao (Heroes)
Michael Forest (Cast Away)
Vaughn Armstrong (Star Trek: Enterprise)
Shannon Welles (Inception)
Jeff henry (In Pursuit)
Justin Ross Martin (Scream Bloody Murder)
Danny Slavin (The Boy Next Door)
Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever)
Valerie Vernon (Power Rangers Time Force)
Jennifer Burns (Nightfall)

The series takes place in the fictitious city of Mariner Bay, California, which was built on an ancient demon burial ground. When the demons were accidentally released from their tomb in the desert, they threaten to destroy Mariner Bay. Therefore, a government organization called Lightspeed Rescue, headed by Captain William Mitchell, recruits four civilians and his own daughter to defend the city. Each of the four civilians chosen had a special area of expertise: Carter Grayson, the Red Lightspeed Ranger, was a fire fighter in the local fire department; Chad Lee, the Blue Lightspeed Ranger, worked as a lifeguard and marine animal trainer at a local aquarium and a marine amusement park; Joel Rawlings, the Green Lightspeed Ranger, was a stunt pilot; Kelsey Winslow, the Yellow Lightspeed Ranger, was an extreme sports athlete; and Dana Mitchell, the Captain’s daughter, who agreed to become the Pink Lightspeed Ranger, was a nurse and practiced medical arts. The five Power Rangers were aided by a team of scientists and engineers led by Miss Angela Fairweather, and operated out of the Lightspeed Aquabase, an underwater military compound that also deters the hydrophobic demons from directly attacking the base.

The five Rangers would be joined by Captain Mitchell’s (long thought to be dead) son, Ryan Mitchell, who would become the Titanium Ranger. Together, the six Rangers would prevail against the demon forces time after time, culminating in a final showdown where, in the Power Rangers tradition, all of the Zords and much of the weapons and other equipment that was used by the Power Rangers over the series was destroyed. In addition, Lightspeed Rescue featured a reunion reappearance of characters from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, when the villainess Trakeena comes to Earth to destroy it and the Lightspeed Rangers team up with the Galaxy Rangers.

MAIN CAST

Jason Faunt (Totem)
Michael Copon (The Scorpion King 2)
Kevin Kleinberg (Ethan Mao)
Deborah Estelle Philips (The Cavanaughs)
Erin Cahill (Skinwalker Ranch)
Vernon wells (Mad Max 2)
Kate Sheldon (The Chronicle TV)
Edward Albert (Beauty and The Beast 1987)
Dan Southworth (Mortal Kombat: Legacy)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Roy Werner (Weeds)
Brianne Brozey (Digimon)
Douglas Fisher (Intolerable Cruelty)
Britt Robinson (The Secret Circle)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Ken Merckx (Orgazmo)
Jordan Belfi (Surrogates)
Lacey Beeman (American Pie 2)
Minae Noji (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Eiko Nijo (Eagle Eye)
Michael Chaturantabut (The Time Machine)
Sean CW Johnson (My Little Eye)
Alison MaCiinis (Bewitched)
Keith Robinson (Dear John)
Sasha Craig (Dark Wolf)
Monica Louwerens (The Vampire Diaries)
Ron Rogge (That 70s Show)
Jennifer L. Yen (Dark Assassin)

In the year 3000, Time Force is a police agency that deals with the crimes of mutants, outcasts of society who have developed super powers. Ransik, one of the most dangerous mutants, is arrested and sentenced to life for his crimes including murder and the plan to travel back in time to take over the world. However, after sentencing, he escapes and manages to go back in time to the year 2001, but seemingly kills Alex, the Red Time Force Ranger, in the process. Alex’s fiance Jen, as well as Time Force members Lucas, Katie, and Trip, decide to break protocol and go back in time after Ransik. However, upon arriving in the year 2001, they find that the rest of the Time Force morphers are locked, and cannot be used until someone with Alex’s DNA uses the Red Ranger morpher. To that end, they find Alex’s ancestor Wes Collins, who unlock the morphers, and then helps them battle Ransik’s army of mutants as the Time Force Power Rangers, though Wes and Jen, upset over Alex’s death, don’t see eye-to-eye initially.

As Ransik continues his quest for total domination of Earth, archaeologists discover a box that, unknown to them, contains the Quantum Ranger morpher and powers. Both Ransik and the Rangers are well aware of its contents, and make attempts to retrieve it. The box eventually falls into the hand of Eric Myers, a member of the Silver Guardians, the city’s police force managed by Wes’ father, Mr. Collins and Wes’s old rival. Eric activates the power, and becomes the Quantum Ranger. Eric, however, becomes cocky and irresponsible with his power, forcing Wes and the Rangers to try and get it back from him; however, Eric defeated them and he kept his powers. Soon he learns the responsibility of using the Quantum Powers and becomes the leader of the Silver Guardians as the Quantum Ranger.

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Eventually, the Rangers begin receiving help from an unseen ally from the future in the form of the Time Shadow Megazord. Soon, this ally arrives in 2001 and reveals himself to be Alex, stating that he is alive because something the Rangers have done in the present has altered the future, and that he has returned to fix it. Alex reveals to Wes what was meant to happen in the original timeline and encourages him to take action to set it right. Wes reluctantly agrees, and relinquishes control of his morpher to Alex so he can take care of his father’s business while his father lays ill. Alex then briefly leads the team, but his relationship with the Rangers becomes strained when they realize Alex has changed. Alex eventually realizes that Wes is the true Red Ranger and, having nearly destroyed his relationship with Jen, returns the morpher.

When Ransik makes his final assault on Earth, with a powerful army in large amounts Alex orders the Rangers to return to the future, for fear that if they hesitate, they may not be able to return at all. Wes, however, would have to remain behind. The Rangers refuse, and fight Ransik alongside Wes, who, knowing his friends can’t stay, forces them into returning to the year 3000, leaving only himself and Eric to stop Ransik, or die trying. When the Rangers return to the future, they learn that Silver Hills was saved, but Wes died in the process. The Rangers are ordered to have their minds erased of their memories from 2001, and encouraged to resume their lives. Angered, Jen returns Alex’s engagement ring, and the Rangers return to 2001 to help Wes and Eric. During the final battle, Ransik accidentally injures his daughter Nadira and, traumatized over nearly killing her, surrenders to the Rangers. Right before the Rangers return Ransik and Nadira to the future, Wes and Jen, having soothed over their initially rocky relationship, profess their love for one another. As the Rangers depart, Wes stays behind with Eric to co-command the Silver Guardians.

CAST

Ricardo Medina Jr. (Bad Blood)
Alyson Sullivan (Helll Ride)
Phillip Jeanmarie (Passions)
Jessica Rey (Rules of Engagement)
Jack Guzman (Chuck)
Ann Marie Crouch (Bar Flies)
Ilia Volok (Mission Impossible 4)
Sin Wong (Miss Universe)
Philip Andrew (Dead Scared)

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Wendell wright (Highlander: The Series)
Sandra McCoy (Cry Wolf)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Jason Faunt (Totem)
Billy Forester (Big Bad Beetleborgs)
Ken Merckx (Masked Rider)
J.D. Hall (Undercover Brother)
Brancombe Richmond (The Scorpion King)
Michael Copon (The Scorpion King 2)
Kevin Kleinberg (Ethan Mao)
Deborah Estelle Philips (The Cavanaughs)
Erin Cahill (Skinwalker Ranch)
Vernon wells (Mad Max 2)
Kate Sheldon (The Chronicle TV)
Dan Southworth (Mortal Kombat: Legacy)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Sean CW Johnson (My Little Eye)
Christopher Khayman Lee (That 70s Show)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Paul Schrier (Wicked Games)
Danny Salvin (The Boy Next Door)
Austin St. John (Footsteps)
Selwyn Ward (A Simple Promise)
Catherine Sutherland (The Cell)
Walter Jones (Buffy)
Ryan Hansen (2 Broke Girls)

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The series follows the adventure of Cole Evans, who had been staying with a tribe in a jungle for many years, as he tries to find his destiny in the fictitious town of Turtle Cove. He encounters the Animarium, a place that many believed to be a fairy tale. He joins four others who had a common path to become the new leader of the Wild Force Power Rangers.Image result for power rangers wild forceThe Animarium is an island that floats in the sky. It is shaped like a turtle and is the home of the Wild Zords and the Princess Shayla, the Rangers’ mentor. (It is unclear how the Rangers travel between the Animarium and the Earth surface, but in one of the last episodes Merrick and Kite are teleported onto the Animarium, so presumably they used the same teleportation throughout the rest of the series.)

The Power Rangers use their powers to defeat the forces of the Orgs, led by one Master Org. As Cole was fond of other animals, he was shocked to discover that the Orgs were heartless monsters. As the series continues, he finds out the truth about his real parents: his parents, Richard and Elizabeth Evans, were professors at Turtle Cove University, along with a family friend, Viktor Adler. When they were sent to the jungle for research, they discover the remains of Master Org, in which a jealous Adler consumes in order to exact revenge on Richard, who had proposed to Elizabeth before he could. However, Adler goes insane, and kills both Richard and Elizabeth. For a while, their newborn son, Cole, was also presumed dead.

In addition to the annual team-up episodes, Power Rangers Wild Force also had a special episode commemorating it as the tenth incarnation, Forever Red, by having Cole team up with the nine Red Rangers before him, (in order of incarnations, Jason Lee Scott, Aurico, Tommy Oliver, Theodore J. Jarvis Johnson, Andros, Leo Corbett, Carter Grayson, Wesley Collins and Eric Myers), in order to prevent the remaining generals of the Machine Empire from unearthing and reactivating Lord Zedd’s zord, Serpentera, which had been left buried on the moon

CAST

Pua Magasiva (30 Days of Night)
Sally Martin (Wendy Wu)
Glenn McMillan (Zenon: Z3)
Jason Chan (Stealth)
Adam Tuominen (Underbelly)
Jorge Vargas (Arrow)
Katrina Browne (Young Hercules)
Katrina Devine (Xena)
Grant McFarland (Hercules: TLJ)
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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Megan Nicol (Xena)
Peter Rowley (The Tommyknockers)
Craig Parker (Reign)
Bruce Hopkins (Housebound)
Jason Hoyte (We’re Here to Help)
John Leigh (The Frighteners)
Kim Michalis (Toy Love)
Paul Norell (River Queen)
Daniel Sing (Shortland Street)
Roseanne Ling (The Dark Horse)
James Gaylyn (Avatar)
Ismay Johnston (This Is Not a Love Story)
Michael Hurst (Maddigan’s Quest)
Brett Stewart (Everything We Loved)
Joel Tobeck (Spartacus: War of The Damned)
Ian Hughes (Bliss)
Jaime Passier-Armstrong (Jubilee)
Angela Bloomfield (Bonjour Timothy)
Robbie Magasiva (Wentworth Prison)
Geoff Dolan (Gloss)
James Napier Robertson (The Tribe)

MV5BMjM2OTMxMTgwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjQ0NzcxMTE@__V1_Shane, Tori and Dustin are three students at the Wind Ninja Academy. Their less than stellar performance gets them the occasional lecture from their Sensei. One day, the academy was attacked by Lothor, a banished ninja master who has returned to capture all ninja students. Shane, Tori and Dustin are the only three remaining students, and along with Sensei, who has been transformed into a guinea pig by Lothor, and his son Cam, retreat into the underground Ninja Ops. There, the three are given morphers, which allow them to transform into Wind Rangers and protect the city of Blue Bay Harbor from Lothor’s forces.When Lothor demonstrates his ability to make his monsters grow into giants, the Rangers unleash the Ninja Zords, which could combine into the Storm Megazord and destroy monsters with its arsenal of Power Spheres. Lothor again raises the stakes by sending his new allies to battle the Wind Rangers – the Thunder Rangers, Blake and Hunter, who had their own Thunder Zords. The Thunder Rangers are on a mission to destroy the Wind Rangers’ Sensei, who they believed to be responsible for their parent’s death, but a visit from the afterlife from Blake and Hunter’s parents show them the truth – that it was Lothor who killed them. The Thunder Rangers see the error of their ways and join the Wind Rangers in the battle against Lothor, bringing the Thunder and Ninja Zords together to form the Thunderstorm Megazord.When the Rangers lose their powers, Cam uses the Scroll of Time to travel into the past and retrieve the Samurai Amulet, a family heirloom in the possession of his late mother. Cam travel back to present day and uses the amulet to become the Green Samurai Ranger, armed with the Samurai Star. A lost scroll would later reveal to Cam the Lightning Riff Blaster, which could summon the Mighty Mammoth Zord.

Lothor attempts to open the Abyss of Evil and release its evil into the world. In a final battle, he steals all of the Rangers’ powers, but is defeated by their ninja skills and thrown into the abyss. After the battle the powerless Rangers became ninja teachers at Sensei’s Ninja Academy.

CAST

James Napier Robertson (The Tribe)
Kevin Duhaney (Honey)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Emma Lahana (Alien Agent)
Jeffrey Parazzo (Flashpoint)
Lathan Gaines (King Kong)
Miriama Smith (Filthy Rich)
Katrina Devine (Xena)
Tom Hern (Maddigan’s Quest)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Ismay Johnston (This Is Not a Love Story)
James Gaylyn (Wendy Wu)
Morgan Reese Fairhead (Xena)
Stephan Hall (Killing Time)
Dwayne Cameron (The Locals)
Stuart Devenie (Jack of All Trades)
Susan Brady (Hercules: TLJ)
Cameron Rhodes (Deathgasm)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Joel Tobeck (Spartacus: War of The Damned)
Anthony Ray Parker (The Matrix)
Antonia Prebble (Westside)
Peter Daube (The Warrior’s Way)
Geoff Dolan (Wendy Wu)
Pua Magasiva (30 Days of Night)
Sally Martin (Wendy Wu)
Glenn McMillan (Zenon: Z3)
Jason Chan (Stealth)
Adam Tuominen (Underbelly)
Jorge Vargas (Arrow)
Katrina Browne (Young Hercules)
Grant McFarland (Hercules: TLJ)
Neill Rea (Spooked)

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A soccer player, a computer expert, a singer, an artist, and a teacher with a long history of such situations join forces to become Power Rangers and help save the Earth from the scheming of Mesagog, a dinosauric villain who wishes to eradicate all human life and return Earth to the age of dinosaurs.

In this season, Tommy Oliver, from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Turbo fame, returns as a paleontology professor in Reefside, California. When he is assigned three detention students, Conner, Ethan, and Kira, they end up finding the Dino Gems, paving the way for them to become the Dino Rangers. Conner gains the power of the Tyrannozord (based on the Tyrannosaurus), as well as super-speed; Ethan gains the power of the Tricerazord (based on the Triceratops), as well as the ability to make his skin invulnerable; and Kira gains the power of the Pterazord (based on the Pteranodon), as well as a sonic scream. Tommy (known often as Dr. O) himself once again becomes a Power Ranger by joining the team as the Black Dino Ranger with the power of invisibility, and they are also later joined by Trent Mercer as the White Dino Ranger, with the powers of invisibility and camouflage, respectively. Trent must deal with the inner struggle of good and evil, as Tommy himself once had to do as the evil Green Ranger, due to the fact that he gained his powers from a raw Dino Gem in Mesogog’s lab, with the powers originally intended to be Mesogog’s. Mesogog is in fact, Trent’s adopted father Anton Mercer, who, in a faulty lab experiment, began to mutate into Mesogog. Trent later sides with good and saves his father from the mutation.hqdefaultDuring the course of the series, the team adds to its arsenal Zords, Cephalozord (based on the Pachycephalosaurus), Dimetrozord (based on the Dimetrodon), Stegozord (based on the Stegosaurus), Parasaurzord (based on the Parasaurolophus), and Ankylozord (based on the Ankylosaurus). The Stegozord later combines with Trent’s zord, the Dragozord (based on the Tupuxuara), to form the Dino Stegozord. Tommy pilots the Brachiozord (based on the Brachiosaurus), the carrier for all the other Zords. Conner is also given the power to become the Triassic Ranger, and pilots the Mezodon Rover/Megazord (based on the Styracosaurus), which can combine with the Cephalo, Dimetro, Parasaur and Ankylozords to form the Triceramax Megazord.At the end of the series, the Rangers destroy Mesagog with their raw Dino Gem power, but the gems are burned out in the process. Just before this, they are also forced to sacrifice all the Zords in their last battle with Zeltrax, one of Mesogog’s strongest minions.hqdefaultIt’s brilliant that Shout Factory puts multiple seasons in one with big set, all five seasons are enjoyable, even Wild Force, which is classed as a weaker season. I could sit and watch these over and over again