REVIEW: THE BEST OF THE POWER RANGERS – PART IV

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CAST

Firass Dirani (Pitch Blach)
Angie Diaz (Knowing)
Richard Brancatisano (Bait)
Nic Sampson (The Warrior’s Way)
Melanie Vallejo (Winners & Losers)
Peta Rutter (Young Hercules)
Antonia Prebble (Westside)
John Tui (Battleship)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Barnie Duncan (Nothing Trivial)
Holly Shanahan (Venus and Mars)
James Maclurcan (Tiger)
Caitlin Murphy (Petit Homme)
Samuell Benta (All About The McKenzies)
Rhonda Montemayor (The Knot)
Gareth Yuen (Knowing)
David Weatherley (Lord of The Rings)
Rod Lousich (The Warior’s Way)
Gerard Urquhart (Hidden)
Ria Vandervis (Shortland Street)
Dwayne Cameron (The Locals)
Jason Smith (Home and Away)
Anna Hutchison (The Cabin In The Woods)
Aljin Abella (Hunter n Hornet)
David de Lautour (Westside)
Sarah Thomson (Shortland Street)
Bede Skinner (West of Eden)
Nikolai Nikolaeff (Daredevil TV)
Eka Darville (Jessica Jones)
Ari Boyland (Blood Punch)
Rose McIver (IZombie)
Dan Ewing (Home and Away)
Milo Cawthorne (Deathgasm)
James Gaylyn (Avatar)
Adelaide kane (Reign)
Oliva Tennet (Maddigan’s Quest)
Mike Ginn (Broken Halleujah)
Li Ming Hu (Kawa)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Emma Lahana (Stargate: Atlantis)
Beth Allen (The Ugly)
Matt Sadowski (Dawn of The Dead)
Geoff Dolan (Wendy Wu)
Oliver Driver (Black Sheep)
Michelle Langstone (Xena)
Christopher Graham (The Ugly)
Stuart Devenie (Jack of All Trades)
Mark Ferguson (Hercules In The Underworld)
Peter Daube (Legend of The Seeker)
Paolo Rotondo (Riverworld)
Adam Gardiner (Eagle vs Shark)
Nathalie Boltt (District 9)
Mia Koning (Xena)
Mike Edward (Filthy Rich)
Johnny Yong Bosch (Marvel Anime: Blade)
Sally Martin (Wendy Wu)
Glen Levy (Westside)
Nathaniel Lees (Young Hercules)
Bruce Allpress (The Piano)
Cameron Rhodes (Deathgasm)
Paul Gittins (Maiden Voyage)
Jared Turner (Filthy Rich)
Jason Hoyte (Young Hercules)
Damien Avery (Bloodlines)
Andrew Laing (Shortland Street)
Mark Mitchinson (The Hobbit)
John Sumner (District 9)
Josephine Davison (Cleopatra 2525)
Murray Keane (Step Dave)
Bruce Phillips (The Lovely Bones)
Kevin J. Wilson (Spartacus)

SerieTV-Power-Rangers-Mystic-Force-1x31-Il-Segno-del-Destino-Parte1_avi_000694160Ever 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.4068408

 

Image may contain: one or more people, sky, outdoor and natureIn the small town of Briarwood, an unexpected earthquake releases a group of evil creatures from captivity. The sorceress Udonna recruits five teenagers to help fight these monsters and destroy them for good. While Vida, Madison, Xander, and Chip have taken an immediate liking to their magic, the fifth, Nick, has yet to unlock his hidden abilities. It’s up to the team to work together to drive back the forces of darkness.No automatic alt text available.With the four teens beginning to understand their new destinies, Udonna is confronted by Koragg the Knight Wolf. Using the Knight Wolf Centaur, he defeats the White Ranger, taking her Snow Staff. With Udonna unable to morph, the four teens immediately begin their legacy, and morph into Power Rangers. Udonna tries to make Nick accept his destiny to be the Red Ranger, but she cannot change his mind. When the other four Rangers are overpowered by Koragg, Nick arrives and finally believes in himself and magic. He morphs into the Red Ranger and joins the others in defeating Koragg.Image may contain: textKoragg uses Udonna’s Snow Staff to cause Nick self-doubt in an attempt to turn the others against him. Leelee makes matters worse by hiding $1000 dollars from Rock Porium and implicating Nick in the theft. After the truth is revealed, Koragg unleashes the Centaurus Wolf Megazord on the Rangers and manages to bring Morticon to the surface world.Image may contain: night, outdoor and textWithout the power and ability to form the Titan Megazord, Koragg’s latest attack sends the Rangers reeling. Koragg’s attempts to leave the battlefield are compromised when the Dark Seal accidentally sends Nick and Koragg’s zord, Catastros, to another dimension. In this parallel world, Nick manages to aid the wounded horse and return to Briarwood in time to stop the Rock Troll with the Centaurus Phoenix Megazord.Image may contain: sky and outdoorNecrolai, aided by the Taxi Cab Monster, steals a map that will lead them to the magical Fire Heart. The Rangers discover this and travel through the dangerous Cimmerian Forest to find it. Later, the Rangers defeat the Taxi Cab Monster, but in the ensuing battle against Necrolai, Vida tears the map. Will the Rangers ever be able to find the Fire Heart with only half of the map in their possession?No automatic alt text available.The day after she goes to a night club with Leelee, Vida returns to Rootcore nearly twenty-four hours later displaying multiple personality changes. Aside from that, she seems fine, but upon closer inspection, Chip unmasks her as a vampire (the sun weakens Vida when the rangers want to transform into Mystic Titan Dragon Formation)! After the Rangers destroy Flytrap, the citizens of Briarwood return to normal, and the Rangers think it is all over… until Vida is trapped by Chip’s “Vampire Chalk”!No automatic alt text available.The still-vampiric Vida is taken back to Rootcore by the others, but manages to escape and engages them in battle. Chip is ready to destroy Necrolai, but Vida stands in the way of his crossbow. After struggling to break through to her, he succeeds and fires the Dawn Crystal at Necrolai, destroying her. Unfortunately, Necrolai revives herself later that night, and Leelee is revealed to be her daughter.No automatic alt text available.When Clare learns of her mother Niella’s legacy, she takes on the role of the Gatekeeper. While she is victorious against Necrolai, she tries and fails to overpower Koragg after he kidnaps Udonna and forces Clare to fight him. Clare is ultimately seized by Necrolai and used to raise the gates to the Underworld.No automatic alt text available.The gates have been raised and Morticon is set free thanks to a crack made from the Titan Megazord. Koragg kidnaps Clare and wants to release his master from the gate but he was successful. After Nick saves Clare from Koragg, the Rangers reunite and, with Udonna’s power channeled through the Megazord, Morticon is destroyed. from the power of the gatekeeper Clare sealed the gate when the master attempts to release from the gate. Clare’s powers are gone.No automatic alt text available.Clare prepares to hatch the Dragon egg as the Rangers investigate a cave on the beach. Inside, Necrolai attacks and takes an old mummy relic with her, but the Rangers manage to hold on to a mystical lamp. Back at Rootcore, the wise-cracking Jenji is released just as the newly revived Imperious is sent into the city. He blows the Rangers away and prepares to squash the Titan Megazord until Jenji steps in to save the day. As Udonna returns, the egg hatches and the dragon within utters its first word to Clare: “Mama”.Image may contain: water and outdoorImperious disguises himself as Calindor and tries to persuade Udonna into believing he can help the Rangers. Meanwhile, Jester the Pester has the Rangers on the ropes until a brave frog steps in and saves Madison’s life. To repay her debt, Madison kisses the frog, who reverts to his true form: Daggeron, the Solaris Knight.No automatic alt text available.Chip accidentally opens a magic bottle that begins to slowly steal his soul. To help him, Daggeron takes him to the top of Mount Isis to retrieve the Staff of Topaz, where he gets into a battle with Koragg for the artifact. Meanwhile, the other Rangers try to stop Gnatu and Spydax from stealing any more souls from the citizens of Briarwood. After Chip is healed by the magic of the staff, he returns to assist the Rangers to defeat Gnatu. In the end, Daggeron promises to train Chip to be a knight, as he was trained to be a knight under Udonna’s husband, Leanbow.Image may contain: outdoorUdonna and Daggeron grow concerned when the Rangers start to become lazy and use magic for even the smallest of tasks. Meanwhile Imperious summons the Barbarian Beasts to fight the Rangers and take out Koragg as well (knowing that the Knight Wolf will not allow him to make a move against the Master). When fighting becomes too tiring, the Rangers want to resort to using Jenji. Daggeron repeatedly refuses, but the Rangers’ persistence convinces Daggeron to use the “Jenji Shining Attack” on 50-Below and Fightoe. Jenji is subsequently captured and taken to the Underworld, while Koragg is gravely injured after taking on the Barbarian Beasts without magic. Imperious, with Jenji at his disposal, wishes that there were no Mystic Force Power Rangers. The Rangers leave the magical realm, when suddenly Imperious’ wish starts to take effect. Daggeron is erased from existence, a dark force overtakes Rootcore and color is drained from the world.Image may contain: 4 people, people standing, night and outdoorThe Rangers find that the city has been overrun with Imperious’ forces, led by Necrolai. Music is banned from the world, Rootcore has been destroyed and the Rangers have lost their magic. When Koragg finds them in the forest, he tells them what has happened that the only way to reverse Jenji’s wish is to see the Tribunal of Magic, which they can reach by riding Fire Heart (raised by Koragg in this alternate universe). In this other dimension, the Rangers wander through the desert until they ultimately find a door leading to the Tribunal of Magic. The Tribunal members ask why the Rangers have come, and after a short conversation, the Tribunal decides to decline the Rangers request to reverse the wish, sending them back to Briarwood, powerless. Deciding that they now have no hope, the Rangers are quickly captured by Necrolai’s forces as the Tribunal sees the Rangers’ surrender as proof they’ve made the right decision.No automatic alt text available.When Toby is attacked by Hidiacs and Necrolai, Nick and the others rush in to help regardless of the fact they’ll be almost certainly destroyed. Without their powers, they are easily defeated, but as Necrolai steps in to finish the Rangers off, the Tribunal reverses the wish after witnessing the Rangers’ bravery, to Imperious’ disbelief. The Rangers, with their powers back, quickly defeat the Hidiacs, but 50-Below and Fightoe are sent to earth again, and after being beaten badly, the Rangers realize they have taken their magic for granted. In the underworld, Jenji tricks Leelee into letting him go and he quickly teleports to Rootcore. When the Tribunal believes the Rangers have learned their lesson, they grant them new power: Legend Mode, turning the Rangers into the Legend Warriors. The Rangers defeat 50-Below and then proceed to use the Manticore Megazord to defeat Ursus, a mechanical being powered by Fightoe. In the end the Rangers celebrate the Rock-Porium’s anniversary with a cake that, while not made with magic and not as nice looking as it could be, is very much appreciated by Toby.Image may contain: water

As Udonna and Daggeron tell the Rangers of how Leanbow was sealed away in the Underworld, Imperious plots to use the Rangers’ Legend power to revive The Master. He has Koragg deal with the Rangers and, meanwhile, tricks Daggeron by using the Solar Streak Megazord’s energy to create the Chimera. After Imperious disposes of Daggeron, Chimera and Koragg capture the Rangers. Udonna uses a spell to travel to the Underworld, but she is quickly struck down by The Master. Koragg’s visions intensify into an onslaught of flashbacks, and when he finally realizes the truth, he attacks the Master, saves Udonna, and assumes his true form: Leanbow.

Image may contain: 1 personWith Leanbow’s help, the Rangers & Udonna escape the Underworld, and Leanbow teleports the weakened Udonna away. When the unicorn Brightstar appears, Nick manages to destroy Chimera with the Phoenix Unizord, but when Leanbow is turned back into Koragg, Nick has a hard time holding him off. During the fight, Daggeron arrives to settle things with Imperious in a Bound Battle. Clare gives Udonna Nick’s baby blanket, and when she realizes who Nick really is, she rushes to the battlefield to tell everyone. Daggeron manages to defeat Imperious, who fades and turns to dust while foretelling a cryptic remark. Just as Leanbow manages to turn back to his true form, The Master, using the Legend power, begins to arise from the Underworld. Leanbow freezes the Rangers in their place and fights The Master himself. He manages to stop his revival and return the Rangers’ Legend power to the Rangers, but he seemingly perishes in the battle. Udonna, however, adjusting to life as a mother, believes that Leanbow is still alive.Image may contain: people sitting and textUdonna leaves Rootcore to search for Leanbow. Shortly after, the Ten Terrors arrive and start their campaign to punish the Earth for refusing dark magic, as well as find “The Light,” the child born of magic blood that has the potential to be the strongest wizard of all. After confronting Phineas about this, Nick finds out that he is The Light. Magma is the first Terror to challenge the Rangers, implicating his own rules into a special game; if the Rangers are still standing by the time a radio tower is done burning, they will win. When the Rangers turn into the Manticore Megazord, Magma quickly stops them. The onlooking Terrors notice that the tower has burnt down all the way; Magma has lost his own game, and he is destroyed as punishment. Gekkor points out to Necrolai that the Rules of Darkness must be adhered to for The Master to return.No automatic alt text available.Hekatoid has captured Udonna and the Rangers chase after him in his own dimension to rescue her. Daggeron, in the real world, tries to stop all the tadpoles Hekatoid has laid to destroy the world.No automatic alt text available.The teens lose their powers trying to save Udonna. Leelee, Phineas, and Clare end up saving her instead. The Terrors also acquire The Master from a defeated Leanbow.No automatic alt text available.Matoombo is chosen to bring forth The Master, but he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. Vida teams up with him to try to seal The Master away forever. Later, Leanbow comes to the Rangers’ aid when they cannot defeat Gekkor.No automatic alt text available.Itasiss is chosen to destroy the surface world. Refusing, she tries to convince the remaining Terrors of the thing called courage; she is killed anyway. The Master decides it is time to take care of things himself, starting with The Light. After taking over Nick’s body, he proceeds to destroy the Mystic Village. Nick then dons Koragg’s armor, taking Leanbow with him to Rootcore for one final showdown, trashing it in the process. Nick manages to break free of the Master’s hold, expelling The Master into the real world. The Snow Prince then appears in Rootcore, bringing news that the Mystic Realm has been destroyed, along with Mystic Mother (the reformed Rita Repulsa). While Daggeron and Leanbow fight in the Mystic Realm against The Master, Udonna takes on Sculpin and the Rangers continue their fight with Black Lance. The Rangers, along with Udonna, are seemingly defeated as they lay on the ground, powerless. Leanbow and Daggeron combine their powers in one final attempt to destroy The Master, but their magic is too weak. After The Master devours their magic, Daggeron takes a blow for Leanbow, and is destroyed. Back in the upper world, Jenji shields the Rangers from one of Sculpin’s attacks, and is destroyed. Meanwhile, Udonna is taken to the underworld by Sculpin.No automatic alt text available.Nick, not willing to give up, fights Black Lance, destroying him with the other Rangers. The Master then arrives, spitting out a dead Daggeron and Leanbow. The Master then devours time until they are in the future, a dead, barren, and dark wasteland. After fighting The Master in Legend Mode, their Legend powers are taken away. Nick uses all his remaining power and forces The Master to spit out the time he has devoured. Though The Master then threatens to destroy them, they are saved by the Snow Prince and Clare. Mystic Mother apparently lived by turning herself into energy before being destroyed. As The Master decides to retreat, Udonna appears along with Itassis and Necrolai. Itassis tells how Necrolai saved her, and how she destroyed Sculpin with the power of courage. Leanbow and Daggeron are revived by Necrolai’s power, while Jenji seems to have also returned to his normal self. Necrolai was turned into a human thanks to the good energy she absorbed. The humans, led by Toby, and the mystical creatures, led by Phineas, band together to return the magic to the Rangers. The Rangers stand together and take on The Master with all their fury and power, destroying him with their overwhelming magic. The story wraps up with everyone working together once again, the worlds united, having a party in Toby’s store. Madison tells Nick to come back for her. He gives her his baby blanket. Meanwhile, Nick, Udonna, and Leanbow ride off into the sunset, with Fire Heart rushing behind, while Clare is now a sorceress and resident of Rootcore.

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Image may contain: cloud, sky, nature and outdoorExplorer Andrew Hartford finds the crown of the Corona Aurora, an extremely powerful artifact which, when reunited with its five missing jewels, could be used for good or evil. However when he inadvertently awakens Moltor and Flurious who also seek the jewels of the crown, he recruits four talented citizens to become Power Rangers and plans to become the Red Ranger. However when the evil forces attack, it is soon left to Andrew’s son Mack to take action.Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and outdoorMack wishes to continue as the Red Ranger, however he is opposed by Mr. Hartford who doesn’t wish for his son to get involved. However the situation worsens when Moltor steals the Crown and kidnaps Mr. Hartford, resulting in Mack leading a rescue attempt.Image may contain: one or more people and people standingThe search for the first jewel of the Corona Aurora begins when Andrew discovers Atlantis. Believing the first jewel to be hidden there, the Rangers travel to the undersea continent however problems arise when Will refuses to cooperate with the rest of the team.No automatic alt text available.With the scroll from Atlantis, the Rangers need to find the other two in order to continue with the jewel quest. Meanwhile Dax falls in love with a girl named Mira, but seeing her is interfering with his job. However things soon become far worse when it is revealed that Mira is actually Miratrix, another villain who is also seeking the scrolls.Image may contain: sky, ocean, mountain, nature and outdoorThe Rangers begin the final leg of the first jewel quest on St. Lucia, however while the other Rangers worry about running into the ghost of Brownbeard the Pirate, Rose refuses to believe in the supernatural spirit. However the ghost of Brownbeard does turn up also searching for the jewel, Rose finds herself forced to trust him while trying to keep it away from Miratrix.Image may contain: one or more peopleThe gang’s search for the Hou-ou bird leads to a dead end, however they have more important things to worry about when Will is suddenly “fired” by Andrew and “sides” with Miratrix. While the other Rangers scramble to find him, Will assists Miratrix in releasing Kamdor, her Ninja Master.Image may contain: house, sky and outdoorMack misinterprets Andrew’s concern over his status as a Ranger as a lack of confidence. Meanwhile, Moltor and Flurious team up to steal the DriveMax Megazord, capturing Mack in the process. While the other Rangers try to locate their leader and the Megazord, Mack finds that the key to his escape may be the rivalry between his two captors… with a little assistance from Norg.No automatic alt text available.The Rangers try to translate the parchment that was recovered from Miratrix and Kamdor, but are ambushed by monsters sent by Moltor. Mack discovers that one of the monsters, an alien named Tyzonn, may not be evil, and tries to figure out the truth behind his actions.Image may contain: 1 person, textMack and Tyzonn are ambushed by Bullox and a group of Lava Lizards as the other Rangers try to find Mack and claim the next jewel of the crown.Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and outdoorWhen an expedition camp in Brazil find the first clue towards finding the third jewel of the Corona Aurora, they are attacked by new villains known as the Fearcats. The Rangers attempt to stop them only to find their paths crossing with Tyzonn again.Image may contain: sky, cloud, ocean, text, nature and outdoorFlurious tests his gyros on the Fearcats, Mig and Benglo, turning them into powerful cyborgs. It is a race against time for the Rangers to save Tyzonn and stop the Fearcats from destroying San Angeles and becoming the Mercury Ranger.Image may contain: sky, house, night and outdoorTracing the connection between the Cannon of Ki Amuk and Mjolnir, the Rangers travel to Mexico and are ambushed. In the process, Loki appears, masquerading as Thor, and steals Mjolnir. To get it back, Spencer disguises himself as the goddess Freyja.Image may contain: sky, cloud, outdoor, nature and waterAfter the Rangers use the Cannon of Ki Amuk and Mjolnir to get the Piedra Aztec del Compás it gets stolen by Moltor. Moltor sends Blothgaar to fight the Rangers. Mack is blasted by the compass and is overcome by a serious case of a bad luck. The rangers gave him their good luck charms.Image may contain: ocean, sky, cloud, outdoor, nature and waterUsing the compass, the Rangers finally find the Blue Sapphire which is third jewel of the Corona Aurora. Will is entrusted to get it back to the base, but is ambushed by Kamdor and Miratrix, and loses it to the villainous pair. With Andrew angered at him, he resigns, only to have Spencer offer him another chance. Meanwhile, Moltor offers the Fearcats some invincible Super Armor. With their latest Giant Robot already giving the Rangers a tough time, can Will get to the Armor before the Fearcats, and make up for his prior failure?No automatic alt text available.The son of Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa, Thrax, unites all four Corona Aurora-seeking factions of villains into a new Evil Alliance. When they manage to overwhelm the Overdrive Rangers, their connection to the Morphing Grid is severed, and their powers destroyed! With the gems still needing protecting, Sentinel Knight assembles a team of replacement Rangers, made up of members of previous (or future) teams of Power Rangers. Will they be enough to stop the Evil Alliance? And will the former Overdrive Rangers be able to assist with just their genetically enhanced abilities?No automatic alt text available.No longer having Ranger powers, the former Overdrive Rangers return to their civilian lives. All but Mack, who learns of Thrax’s plans to destroy the Sentinel Knight, and seeks out the only item capable of doing so, the legendary sword Excelsior. Will he be doing this alone, or can the call of action prove the adage of “Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger” to his former teammates? Meanwhile, their replacements, the team of Returning Rangers, head to Angel Grove to seek out the only being capable of repairing the Morphing Grid: Alpha 6! Even if they succeed, can two combined teams of Power Rangers stop Thrax for good, and permanently break up the Evil Alliance?Image may contain: one or more peopleRonny is kidnapped by the Fearcats, while Will disobeys orders to go after her. Meanwhile, a clue from the Centurion Torch leads the other Rangers to Egypt.Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and textWill saves Ronny from having her energy drained, and the Rangers battle Moltor’s new robot with a new Megazord.Image may contain: sky, outdoor and natureThe Rangers battle one of Kamdor’s monsters that gives their system a virus. Mack is revealed to be an android made by Andrew Hartford. Mack then becomes enraged at his father, Andrew convinces Mack to help the other Rangers. Mack then says he’ll go but he’s taking Rose’s new robot technology, he arrives at the fight and activates the Sentinel Sword getting his battilizer and becoming the Red Sentinel Ranger, defeating all of Kamdor’s monsters. Kamdor flees with the Star of Isis but at the last second Ronny uses her super speed to steal the jewel.No automatic alt text available.Mig and Benglo access the power of the Octavian Chalice and create Agrios, which severely damages the Megazords. Meanwhile, after a battle with Kamdor and Miratrix, Tyzonn is knocked unconscious and awakes on his home planet with his fiancé.Image may contain: sky, cloud, house and outdoorTyzonn begins to have doubts regarding his reunion with his old fiance. Meanwhile, Mack attacks the Fearcats in the Flash Point Megazord willing to sacrifice himself to stop Agrios. The Rangers eventually defeat Agrios, The Fearcats try to escape with the Octavian Chalice but the Rangers show up ready to finish the battle once and for all.Image may contain: sky, cloud and outdoorThe Rangers travel to Greece, where they invoke an ancient ritual in order to find the next jewel. Kamdor, angry that Miratrix failed him again, berates her. Miratrix, seeking more power, intercepts the ritual and becomes a giant bird-like creature. After being defeated by the Battlefleet Megazord, Kamdor then imprisons her inside the crystal where he was imprisoned. He now makes his final act: summoning a meteor with the power of the Blue Sapphire, and challenges the Rangers. While the rest battle the meteor, Will battles Kamdor. In the end, Will defeats Kamdor, and the Rangers destroy the meteor. They then travel to Egypt, and now need a key to open the Sarcophagus, with Moltor on the trail.No automatic alt text available.With the Blue Sapphire now in his possession, Flurious uses its power to start destroying Moltor’s volcano. Meanwhile the Rangers head to Japan to find the Tri-Dragon key which is needed to open the Tomb which they hope contains the next jewel. Mack, having decided he is the most expendable member to the team due to his android nature, starts to place himself in more and more dangerous situations and this comes to a head when he decides to go to Moltor’s volcano to retrieve the crown. Although he is unsuccessful, Moltor is severely weakened and travels to Flurious’ ice lair with the crown. However with both the crown and one of the jewels in his possession, Flurious quickly disposes of his brother and plans to take care of the Rangers next. Meanwhile the Rangers learn that the fifth jewel of the Corona may have been far closer than they could ever have imagined.Image may contain: 5 people, people standingThe Rangers retrieve the fifth jewel however are immediately ambushed by Flurious, the only villain left and he manages to take the four jewels that the Rangers possess. Now with all five jewels and the crown, Flurious plans to reassemble the Corona Aurora and unleash his wrath upon the world. 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Image may contain: mountain, sky, nature and outdoorTheo, Lily, and rookie Casey, members of the secretive kung fu academy Pai Zhua (Order of the Claw), are chosen to become the latest guardians of the ancient imprisoned spirit, Dai Shi. However, Jarrod, who was rejected from becoming a chosen guardian for his arrogance, accidentally unleashes Dai Shi before fleeing. When Dai Shi destroys Master Mao’s physical form, the trio head to Ocean Bluff, seeking their new Master only to find he is actually the seemingly inept owner of the Jungle Karma Pizza parlor, RJ. When Dai Shi’s minions attack Casey finds himself struggling to find his Tiger spirit.Image may contain: one or more people and textWith Mantor still plaguing the city, the Rangers are in desperate need of learning the ability to bring themselves up to his size. RJ refuses to teach his new pizza parlor employees/students this skill until they can master their individual weapons. Casey, still a cub in the Order of the Claw, struggles with the nunchuku. If Theo and Lily can aid him in this task, they just may stand a chance of combining their animal spirits to create the Jungle Pride Megazord.No automatic alt text available.Camille sends out Pangolin to attack the city for preparation of the Sky Overlord’s resurrection. The Rangers must seek out the Jungle Mace in order to defeat Pangolin. Unfortunately Master Phant has left Pai Zhua and no longer wants to help. Lily still has faith that the old master is still inside of the hermit. Touched by her hope, the master teaches her his techniques of the Elephant.No automatic alt text available.Theo meets Master Swoop, who has the spirit of the Bat as he is also blind, and starts to teach Theo the way of the Bat so he can help defeat the latest terrors unleashed by Carnisoar.No automatic alt text available.As both Theo and Lily have found new masters, Casey is eager for his to show up which makes RJ feel out of place, and things take a turn for the worse when the new master turns out to be Master Finn, RJ’s estranged father. Casey learns how to use the Shark Spirit while RJ is eager to show his father the extent of his own powers.Image may contain: one or more people and people standingWith new Zords and weapons the Rangers are starting to feel unbeatable, and are offended when RJ wants them to start refreshing themselves on some basic steps. However it soon turns out that the Rangers aren’t the only ones who have been furthering themselves when they are soundly beaten by a more powerful Dai Shi before RJ comes to the rescue. Dai Shi captures him leaving the Rangers without a master. Then the Rangers go back to the Pai Zhua Academy and then Master Mao appears and sends them to the Spirit world to train with the fallen masters. As they arrive the masters take them by surprise and beat them while Dai Shi prepares for his fight with RJ.No automatic alt text available.The fallen masters train the Rangers by helping them over come their fears. Meanwhile at Dai Shi’s lair, Dai Shi fights RJ. Back at Jungle Karma Pizza Fran discovers the Ranger’s identities. Then the Rangers come to RJ’s rescue with their new Jungle Master Mode and defeat Dai Shi and his guards.No automatic alt text available.Carnisaur and Jellica conspire to bring forth Grizzaka, and after a battle with a pig Rinshi Beast, the Rangers are given the day off while RJ deals with a pain in his chest. Soon after, they fight Porcupongo, who pricks Lily with one of his quills. This causes her personality to change drastically, becoming a biker girl as a strange Wolf Man appears and attacks Casey and Theo. When Porcupongo appears again, the boys go after him while Lily and Fran argue, eventually making Lily turn back into herself and join the fight against Porcupongo and defeat him once and for all.Image may contain: textAfter battling with Dai Shi, RJ cannot control his Animal Spirit and goes insane. He becomes a wolf and has to be restrained. Fran then places her palm on his wolf hand he returns to his human form, She then reminds him to ask his friends for help rather than run away. RJ regains control of himself and becomes the Wolf Ranger.Image may contain: 1 personNow that RJ has joined the team as the Wolf Ranger, Casey is beginning to doubt himself as the leader of the Rangers. Meanwhile, Grizzaka releases a pair of stronger Shadow Guards who give the Rangers a tough time. Master Mao’s spirit visits Jarrod and unknowingly sends him on a quest for the Rhino Nexus.Image may contain: night and outdoorAfter R.J. saves Flit, the little fly becomes an unwanted friend, but when R.J. is in trouble only Flit can save him. Meanwhile, Grizzaka releases an evil spirit making R.J. lose control of his spirit again.Image may contain: one or more people, outdoor and waterDominic was sent out by Master Mao to find purpose for his life. He finds out that RJ and the others are really Rangers and he wants to join them. He now knows that this is his purpose in life. Casey is dubious but Dominic proves he has the spirit of the Rhino. Dominic becomes the Rhino Ranger.No automatic alt text available.Dominic and Theo depart for the Control Dagger, but are side tracked with the attack of Whirnado. Meanwhile, Dai Shi returns to the temple where he is imprisoned. Camille attempts to take the Control Dagger which is the only way into the Rhino Nexus.No automatic alt text available.With the Control Dagger in hand, Dai Shi aims to unlock the Nexus for himself. The Overlords refuse to let such power fall into the hands of the Rangers or Dai Shi. Having searched all his life for his destiny, Dominic isn’t about to let the Overlords, or Dai Shi stand in his way. With the help of his friends, Dominic is able to unlock the power of the Rhino Nexus and summons the Rhino Steel Zord to transform into Rhino Pride Megazord and destroy Carnisoar.No automatic alt text available.The Rangers learn about the Crystal Eyes, while Dai Shi sends Camille to steal the Crystal Eyes so he can revive the Phantom Generals, while the Rangers (minus Casey) fight Grizzaka. Casey and Jarrod fight over the Crystal Eyes, while Jellica attempts to steal them. Casey comes to the aid of his friends after Dai Shi warns him that they stand no chance against Grizzaka without him. With Casey’s added power they finally manage to destroy Grizzaka.No automatic alt text available.Jellica releases the Phantom Beasts by the crystal eyes, who destroy her and swear allegiance to Dai Shi. Using their power, Dai Shi allows the Phantom Beasts to kidnap the 3 masters, who are used to create the Spirit Rangers.No automatic alt text available.

With the masters in their possession, the Phantoms have a new weapon, the Spirit Rangers. Meanwhile, Theo’s twin brother Luen (Aljin Abella in a dual role) shows up and causes trouble at JKP. One of the Phantom Beasts begins capturing the Rangers within mirror-like discs but mistakingly captures Luen believing him to be Theo. Theo fights the phantom and manages to free all of the Rangers and Luen who learns of his brother’s secret of being a Ranger. The Phantom Beast is then destroyed by the ranger’s combined might. Later RJ is psychically contacted by his father to help in defeating the Spirit Rangers.Image may contain: one or more people and people sittingBy redirecting the Claw Cannon to cancel out the Spirit Rangers, RJ accidentally seals his father Master Finn inside one of the Crystal Eyes. Unidoom attempts to throw it into the ocean, but Flit gives it to RJ and RJ brings his father back. They free Masters Swoop & Phant and the Jungle Fury Rangers & Spirit Rangers unite to destroy Unidoom.No automatic alt text available.Casey and the others fight Whiger and the other Phantom Beast Generals who have given Camille their power and the Phoenix Spirit, and Dai Shi the Griffin Spirit, and made him their king. Whiger steals Casey’s Tiger Spirit and the Rangers are easily defeated without his help. When Whiger attacks again Casey goes to Jungle Master Mode to help save the others and his martial arts students, powering the Claw Cannon with a student’s Tiger Spirit. Whiger is defeated by the Megazords and flees.Image may contain: outdoor and natureWhiger was only able to steal the Tiger Spirit from Casey, but not destroy Casey. For his failure, Dai Shi strips him of his power and he is to fade away. Casey shows his kindness to Whiger even though they were just battling. Whiger rethinks which side he should be on. He helps Casey save his friends who have been captured along with all the other people in giant rattraps.Together they defeat Camille but Whiger fades to nothing after using up the last of his powers. With the Rangers re-united they destroy the two phantom beasts behind the plot with their animal spirits and afterwards Casey acknowledges that they couldn’t have won without Whiger. Later Snapper and Scorch begin to scheme of getting rid of Camille.No automatic alt text available.RJ takes Casey, Theo, and Lily back to the Pai Zhua temple for the final test before they earn the rank of Pai Zhua Master… defeating Masters Finn, Swoop and Phant in battle. Although Theo and Lily pass and earn their Master’s stripes, Casey fails and, feeling dejected, goes out on his own. Meanwhile Dai Shi starts to lose control over Jarrod as he struggles to break free so Scorch and Snapper send Sonimax, Osirus, and Lepus to destroy Camille because they think she is the cause of it. Casey witnesses Jarrod saving Camille at the last minute and sees that there is some good left in Jarrod. In the end Jarrod gains control long enough to destroy Sonimax and Osirus while the Rangers use their Megazords to destroy Lepus. Dai Shi manages to regain control and Casey, although certain that Jarrod still exists inside Dai Shi, still needs to work out why he failed his test to earn the rank of Master.No automatic alt text available.Casey is convinced there is good left in Jarrod, enough to break Dai Shi’s control, but the others doubt him knowing that even before he was possessed, Jarrod was a bully who went against those weaker than he was. Undeterred by his friends’ doubts and Master Mao’s orders not to pursue the issue, he faces Dai Shi at his lair to bring out the goodness in Jarrod. After a hard battle, Casey allows Dai Shi to destroy him and, as a result, Jarrod expels him before he can strike. The two leave the temple along with Camille, who also rebels against Dai Shi to protect Jarrod. The three then leave and are attacked by Scorch and Snapper. The other Rangers show up, and Jarrod and Camille join forces with them to defeat the two Phantom Generals. Scorch becomes a giant, then gets defeated by the Stampede Formation, including Jarrod and Camille’s spirit beasts. Casey, for acting on his own instincts instead of copying his friends, finally earns his Master stripes while Jarrod runs off, feeling guilty over the trouble he’s caused and the evil he unleashed.No automatic alt text available.Scorch is back again with an army of Rinshis invading the city. Dai Shi now has enough power to open a portal to the spirit world and brings back all of his fallen army. The Rangers are soon joined by all of the masters and the Spirit Rangers and are able to destroy all of the revived villains as well as Scorch. Furious, Dai Shi finally reveals his true form (a gigantic hydra-like dragon) and targets the Red Ranger. Jarrod tries to shake the conviction in his heart, but Camille decides to join the Rangers. RJ and Dominic form the WolfPride and Rhino Steel Megazords, but are defeated. Then Jarrod appears and tells Dai- Shi that he was wrong of saying he didn’t have the lion’s heart, then Jarrod attacked and weakened Dai-Shi with his Zocato power. Master Mao state that only the three chosen ones can destroy Dai Shi for good. “A Pai Zhua Master doesn’t ask, he knows. There is a higher level of animal spirits. One that has never been reached before by student or Master. It’s time to push beyond the possible, to our highest potential.” Then Casey Lily and Theo launch a Big sun blast towards Dai-Shi which destroys him. After that, Casey starts to teach at the academy with Jarrod and Camille starting all over again in it, Theo finally asks Lily for a date, RJ starts working with Flit, now human again, Dom goes on a tour with Fran.power_rangers_rpm_by_butters101-d73amgm

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, outdoor and textEveryone on Earth is forced into the domed city of Corinth, for it is their last safe haven from the computer virus known as Venjix. While everyone makes it safely into Corinth, a mysterious stranger later known as Dillon is seen outside the dome. Trying to find the city of Corinth, a man known as Ziggy Grover offers to take him there. Safely making it inside past Venjix’s soldiers, known as Grinders, the city is being attacked by a Generation 5 Attack Bot. However, three people: Scott Truman, Ranger Operator Series Red, Flynn McAllistair, Ranger Operator Series Blue, and Summer Landsdown, Ranger Operator Series Yellow, all of which were previously seen before, step in to take down Venjix’s forces. They are known as the Power RangersNo automatic alt text available.Ziggy & Dillon make it inside, but so do some of Venjix’s forces. Now the Rangers have to deal with the attacking forces. The two new members of the city are arrested when Dillon is found to have internal Venjix Hardware. But with Venjix growing stronger, who can the Rangers choose to activate Series Black?No automatic alt text available.Dillon is given the chance to become the Black Ranger, but even after he passes all the tests, he himself still doesn’t want to. After realizing he can protect others with the power he accepts the role, but he still has some obstacles to overcomeImage may contain: sky, skyscraper, cloud, ocean and outdoorThe Rangers begin to search for a candidate for the Ranger Series Green. After auditioning several colorful candidates they give up. After Ziggy’s past catches up to him he encounters a young woman who seems perfect. She turns out to be Tenaya 7 in disguise. Ziggy is forced to bond with the Morpher and become the Green Ranger.Image may contain: one or more people and people sittingDillon must learn how to use his invincibility shield when Tenaya 7 tries to bring down Corinth’s shield. Dillon and Ziggy use their Zords to help the Megazord, and Doctor K finally reveals “his” identity as a teenage girl.No automatic alt text available.Ziggy and Doctor K clash as he undergoes training, while a magnetic Venjix monster launches an assault on the city. Ziggy’s criminal past is revealed to the Rangers, as is how he angered the cartels by sending black-market medical supplies to an orphanage; Doctor K emerges from the base to save him from being executed by the mobsters, though she remains antagonistic to him.Image may contain: sky and outdoorAfter fending off a squad of Grinders, Ziggy and Dillon try to summon the Croc Carrier, but it goes out of control and requires rare technology, which only Scott knows about. However, Scott goes out alone into the desert and tries to get the part from his brother’s plane wreckage. But then the newest Attack Bot attacks, leaving Scott in need to get saved by his father Colonel Truman. Scott delivers Doctor K the engine part, allowing Ziggy and Dillon to form the ValveMax Megazord and destroy the Attack Bot. At the end, Colonel Truman reads the lost and found recommendation letter from Marcus, which pointed out Scott’s abilities.No automatic alt text available.Tenaya 7 attacks Corinth with the Boombot while the Rangers and Doctor K answer questions from some school kids, which makes Summer remember her past as a spoiled rich kid. The Rangers fight and destroy the Boombot, only to discover it is a decoy and that Tenaya 7 has gone in search of a rare black diamond owned by Summer’s parents. After defeating Tenaya 7, Summer tells the other Rangers that she promised to get married if her parents gave her enough space and let her temporarily become a Ranger until sometime later in the future when she would be taken back home.Image may contain: one or more peopleSummer’s parents reveal to her that they are broke, and need her to marry Chaz Winchester for his family’s money. Dillon and Scott are still arguing about whether or not Summer is making the right decision on going along with the marriage to get the diamond, and keep it safe from Tenaya 7. After she is abandoned in the desert, Andrews finds her and helps her get close to Corinth before they get attacked by Grinders. Andrews dies, but tells Summer to make it safe. Scott tells Mr. Landsdown about the “new” Summer, and how she saved him.Image may contain: 1 person, indoorA malfunction in his Time Manipulation Burst causes Flynn to be sidelined as the other Rangers face off against Tenaya 7 and her Grinders. While waiting for Doctor K to come up with a solution, Flynn looks back on his life leading up to Venjix’s attack and how he came to be the Blue Ranger.No automatic alt text available.While attempting to overcome a power problem with the Rangers’ new zord configuration, Doctor K is haunted by memories of her childhood being held at the “Alphabet Soup” think tank and a terrible mistake for which she has tried to make up for.Image may contain: nightDillon has a dream about his past when the Rangers are called into action. Venjix sends multiple monsters, wearing the Rangers down, and Dillon must make an important decision when he confronts the monster that has his stolen memories. He decides to keep his new memories and forget everything.Image may contain: ocean, sky, nature, outdoor and waterTenaya 7 implants a remote device on Dillon’s back of his neck which makes him fall under the control of Venjix and makes his bionic implants begin to take over his body. When he tries to leave the city, Dillon finds himself chained by Scott, leaving the rest of the Rangers to seek out the means to help him.No automatic alt text available.Dillon seeks to find more about his past by traveling to Omega City with the other Rangers in the GO-ONGER vehicle. They are sidetracked when Venjix downloads himself into a Generation 13 Attack Bot. When things look bad for the Rangers, two new and unknown Rangers appear to help. They then disappear, leaving the five Rangers in wonder of their identities.Image may contain: outdoorThe Rangers arrive at Omega City only to discover it was all a trap set by Venjix. In the midst of trying to escape, they are ambushed and overwhelmed by Venjix forces, but are saved by Rangers Gold and Silver who, this time, fight off their assailants in person. The seven Rangers then return to Corinth, where Rangers Gold and Silver finally reveal themselves as Gem and Gemma, long lost friends of Dr. K from the Alphabet Soup facility.Image may contain: car, sky and outdoorScott decides to join Gem and Gemma in a more offensive approach in the battle against Venjix. Colonel Truman defaults to his usual “defend the city” tactics and ends up trapping everyone inside while a Venjix bot sucks all the air out of the city. The remaining Rangers make a deadly escape from Corinth and regroup with Scott in order to save the city.Image may contain: sky, skyscraper, cloud and outdoorScott decides to join Gem and Gemma in a more offensive approach in the battle against Venjix. Colonel Truman defaults to his usual “defend the city” tactics and ends up trapping everyone inside while a Venjix bot sucks all the air out of the city. The remaining Rangers make a deadly escape from Corinth and regroup with Scott in order to save the city.Image may contain: sky, skyscraper, cloud and outdoorThe Rangers must return to the factory where the doomsday device is being built. Dillon attempts to find his sister before it’s too late. Dillon discovers that he, Summer, Gem & Gemma are in his sister’s cell. Summer finds the key that belonged to Dillon’s sister at Venjix factory that matches Dillon’s key.Image may contain: skyscraper, sky, cloud and outdoorIn an effort to impress his father, Scott makes a reckless trip out to the wasteland. He and Gem stumble upon human prisoners and their field trip turns into a rescue mission. Venjix test-drives his new and improved robotic form. His new body doesn’t hold up very well against the Rangers. Scott talks to Dillon about the Venjix Prisoners Camp where humans are infected with the Venjix virus, and Grinders make human hybrids like Dillon, his sister & the other at the Venjix Palace.No automatic alt text available.Untested technology is found in an Alphabet Soup dumping ground. Colonel Truman tries to keep the technology from Venjix and comes across a video log that pins Dr. K responsible for the start of Venjix. Colonel Truman wants to arrest Dr. K. but if he does, then she wouldn’t be able to help the Rangers with the dangerous Paleomax technology.No automatic alt text available.It dawns on Dillon that the two keys to his musical pocketwatch fit together to play another tune — the same one that Tenaya 7 whistles. Tenaya 7 is hit by memories of her past. She does some investigating on her own and finds out what really happened to her. Dillon finds out Tenaya 7 is his long lost sister.Image may contain: one or more peopleTenaya 7 & Dillon go to Venjix palace to retrieve codes to stop an Attack Bot. Dillon is left wondering which side she is on when she turns him into Venjix. With the stolen codes, Dr. K is able to configure the RPM Ultrazord. Kilobyte captures Tenaya 7 before she can reunite with the Rangers.No automatic alt text available.Dillon’s search for Tenaya is put on hold when Scott is in trouble. Scott was shot with a key that allows Shifter to control him. The Rangers do their best to save their leader when they come face to face with Tenaya 15. She has been reprogrammed with one mission: Serve Venjix. Dr. K makes a gun whose shots can make Tenaya susceptible to mind control.Image may contain: night and skyVenjix’s end game is about to reveal itself. Every Attack Bot has been a calculating step closer to his plan. The city is filled with hybrids just like Dillon. Venjix is going to activate them all and Corinth will be brought down.Image may contain: 1 person, outdoorWhen a magnetic wave cuts off Corinth’s electricity, the Rangers are left vulnerable to attack from Venjix’s army of sleeper hybrids. Ziggy embarks on a solo mission to rescue Dr. K, who was kidnapped by Venjix, when The Garage is compromised; Venjix deletes two Rangers, Gem and Gemma; and Venjix’s hardware inside Dillon’s body begins to take control over him. Tenaya has returned to the good side thanks to Dr. K’s antidote, and Kilobyte is destroyed. At Dr. K’s destroyed lab, the Rangers appeal to her to help them. Tenaya refuses at first, but Flynn convinces her to do so since Dillon’s life is in danger.No automatic alt text available.Dr. K. develops another virus to counter the Venjix virus, but it must be inserted into Venjix himself in order to be activated. Tenaya agrees to insert the virus into the Venjix network. Despite being short a few members, the remaining Rangers vow to soldier on before Venjix can regroup his armies. Gem and Gemma return with help from Dr. K. Venjix is destroyed when Gem and Gemma destroy the support beams to the Command Center and drop it onto Venjix. The Earth is now safe for humanity to live and prosper once more. In the last scene, red light appears in Ranger Red’s morpher, hinting at Venjix’s survival.maxresdefault

 

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REVIEW: VERTICAL LIMIT

CAST

Chris O’Donnell (Batman &Robin)
Robin Tunney (Hollywoodland)
Stuart Wilson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3)
Temuera Morrison (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena)
Nicholas Lea (Andromeda)
Scott Glenn (The Silence of The Lambs)
Bill Paxton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Alexander Siddig (Game of Thrones)
Colon Moy (Xena)
Alistair Browning (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
Josephine Davison (Power Rangers S.P.D.)
Craig Walsh-Wrightson (Spartacus: Blood and Sand)

While climbing in Monument Valley, siblings Peter (O’Donnell) and Annie Garrett (Tunney) lose their father, Royce (Stuart Wilson). After two falling amateurs leave the family dangling, Royce forces Peter to cut him loose to save Peter and his sister. Peter has since retired from climbing, becoming a full-time wildlife photographer, and Annie has gone on to become a renowned mountain climber. Three years later, during a wildlife photo shoot for National Geographic in the lower Himalayas in Pakistan, Peter’s assistant falls and breaks his leg. Peter is dropped off at K2 Base Camp and searches for Annie who is planning a summit attempt on K2, the world’s second highest and most dangerous mountain. The expedition is funded by wealthy industrialist Elliot Vaughn (Paxton) who is also part of Annie’s expedition, with the help of renowned climber Tom McLaren (Nicholas Lea).

The climb turns out to be a disaster—as a storm closes in and the winds begin to wreak havoc, causing an avalanche. Annie, Vaughn, and Tom fall through a patch of ice and become trapped in a crevasse, while the other expedition members are killed. Peter, who initially radioed Tom to turn around, stands by the radio and begins to hear Annie using Morse code to inform base camp that they are alive. Peter manages to assemble a rescue mission with some of the climbers at base camp, including brothers, Cyril and Malcolm (Le Marquand and Mendelsohn), Monique Aubertine (Izabella Scorupco), Kareem Nazir (Alexander Siddig), and Skip Taylor (Robert Taylor). Skip and Peter also visit the reclusive Montgomery Wick (Glenn), reported to be the world’s best climber and foremost expert on K2, who agrees to join in the rescue attempt to reach the team before they die of pulmonary edema. Skip is unable to go as Wick says he needs someone he can trust at base camp directing the mission.

The teams pair off: Malcolm and Kareem, Monique and Cyril, and Peter and Wick. Each team takes different entry points up the mountain to increase chances of success. Monique and Cyril enter trouble when Cyril loses his balance and clings to the side of a cliff. After Monique secures her harness to him, the peak cracks, and Monique also falls over the edge with the leaky nitro canisters exploding beneath them. Cyril is able to climb back up, but an avalanche throws him over the edge of a steep cliff. Monique pulls herself up and radios base camp that Cyril has been killed. Back at the military station, the nitroglycerine canisters come into contact with the sun and explode. Base camp tells the teams to get their cases of nitroglycerin into the shade. Kareem and Malcolm do so, but, while resting after covering the cases, the leaked nitroglycerin eventually gets into contact with the sun and explodes, killing the two.

Meanwhile, underground, Annie begins to suffer from pulmonary edema. Tom is in a more severe state, with his leg and ribs broken. Vaughn is the only one unharmed and possesses dexamethasone. Vaughn’s story from his first disastrous climb on K2 detailed that the dexamethasone was swept away, but Wick later discovers an empty box of dex, proving his assertions that Vaughn used it for himself and ultimately let Wick’s wife die from pulmonary edema to which Wick swears revenge on Vaughn.

Meanwhile, in the crevasse, Vaughn administers dex to himself and kills Tom with the syringe full of air to save the remaining dex for himself. Wick wakes up to find Peter and Monique gone, having continued climbing the mountain. He soon locates where Annie and Vaughn are trapped, and they use the nitroglycerin to blast a hole, enabling access to the survivors. Wick descends into the cave and harnesses Annie, and although a weakened Vaughn thinks he is about to attack him, Wick attaches a harness to him as well. Along with Peter, he attempts to pull Annie out of the crevasse, but an ice boulder falls, knocking Wick and Vaughn from the ledge in the crevice and pulling Annie and Peter down. Monique alone remains on the ledge holding the rope with the other four hang on to it. To save Annie and Peter, and to fulfill his revenge on Vaughn, Wick pulls a knife from his pocket, says a Buddhist prayer and cuts the rope holding himself and Vaughn (similar to Royce Garrett’s death) dropping the two to their deaths.

Recovering at base camp, Annie reconciles with Peter, who finally pays his respects at a memorial for those killed on K2, including Wick, Vaughn, Kareem, his cousin Ali, Cyril and Malcolm, Tom McLaren, and Wick’s late wife who was a guide.

This is a surprisingly well done little film, mixing the climber/mountain drama with some additional elements. Very good movie plenty of dramatic action, and a very good quality picture

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: CLEOPATRA 2525

MAIN CAST

Jennifer Sky (Xena)
Gina Torres (Firefly)
Victoria Pratt (Mutant X)
Patrick Kake (30 Days of Night)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Filthy Rich)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Joel Tobeck (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Danielle Cormack (Wentworth Prison)
Daniel Gillies (The Originals)
Kate Elliott (The Locals)
Latham Gaines (Power Rangers Dino thunder)
Jim McLarty (Evil Dead)
Zoe Bell (The Hateful Eight)
Bruce Hopkins (Hercules: TLJ)
Stephen Lovatt (Spartacus: Gods of The Arena)
Rupert Cox (After The Rain)
Chris Graham (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
Josephine Davison (Power Rangers SPD)
Kieren Hutchison (One Tree Hill)
Peter Feeney (Black Sheep)
Marton Csokas (Alice In Wonderland)

The show was released in 2000 by the same folks who made Hercules and Xena. Filmed in New Zealand, the show detailed a dystopian future like that in Rock & Rule where mutations were common and the result of some ecological disaster hundreds of years prior. The series followed the exploits of three attractive rebels, Cleopatra (the lovely Jennifer Sky), “Hel” (the talented Gina Torres), and “Sarge” (Victoria Pratt), in their quest to retake Earth from numerous machines called Baileys.The show opened each week with a revamped, upbeat version of the song In the Year 2525, starting with the episode Quest For Firepower, where Hel and Sarge have come under fire from enemy infiltration units called Betrayers (they look like humans but soon morph into weapon toking terminators that go on rampages to accomplish their goals). Sarge is hurt and in need of a vital organ transplant, stumbling across a mutant medical clinic that has just thawed an attractive young blonde, Cleopatra, from a deep sleep (500 years worth). Essentially an organ harvesting operation, the mutants make a deal and soon enough, the gals are teaming up in one of the most illogical, silly partnerships of television history. I found it interesting that Cleo(patra) was originally frozen in order to have breast augmentation.The series made a lot of how mankind has been forced into a series of underground tunnels due to the threat of the Baileys that hover about with heavy firepower above ground. The origins of the enemy don’t come about until the end of the series. The girls are part of a “Voice” team, guided by an unseen voice (played by Elizabeth Hawthorne), that uses rebel cells comprised of three warriors in an effort to fight battles needed to reclaim mankind’s heritage. They encounter other groups that all have their own agendas, sometimes forming loose knit alliances in the pursuit of uniting the people to pursue the fight as well as establish some form of justice lost long ago.The chief enemy, Creegan (Joel Tobeck), was a clown faced man with superior knowledge of the dynamics of the age, who is found to have worked closely with Voice in the past. His primary goal is to locate Voice and kill her  at all costs, using whatever means necessary to achieve his goals. Rounding out the Voice team is a betrayer turned helpful android, Mauser (Patrick Kake), who provides support to the team and is riddled with a few mysteries of his own.hqdefaultOkay, the show was originally part of the “Back to Back Action Pack” with the silly Bruce Campbell series Jack of All Trades, a story about a Revolutionary War spy (Campbell’s fans clamor for that one big time!), with each show lasting the usual 30 minutes. After Campbell’s series was cancelled  Cleopatra 2525 was boosted to a full hour, although this was only for the short second season.untitledI wish there could have been better closure since the cliffhanger ending of The Voice made me want that one last episode to tie things up. The campy fun of the series, the over the top action, and the top notch production values all contributed enough to make this series a hit and must see for sci-fi fans.

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: HERCULES & XENA: THE ANIMATED MOVIE: THE BATTLE FOR MOUNT OLYMPUS

 

MAIN CAST

Lucy Lawless (Ash Vs Evil Dead)
Kevin Sorbo (Julia X)
Renee O’ Connor (Boogeyman 2)
Michael Hurst (Bitch Slap)
Kevin Smith (Jubilee)
Alexandra Tydings (Sunchaser)
Josephine Davison (Power Rangers SPD)
Alison Wall (Funny Business)
Ted Raimi (Spider-Man)Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus movie scenes Hercules and Xena The Animated Movie The Battle for Mount Olympus 1998 an awesome animated movie If you like Hercules and Xena and the TV series

Sam Raimi’s Hercules: The Legendary Journeys  and Xena: Warrior Princess  of the same year has left fond memories for many small screen audiences. Kevin Sorbo had a way of being a very macho convincing Hercules, while Lucy Lawless gave a kick-ass performence. Both series combined action, wit, likable characters and story lines that reeled in fans. Interestingly enough, some people aren’t familiar that Universal Studios released an animated cartoon feature of these two famous characters. And compared to many other animated features that have been released, it does have its flaws but it still is fun.

The title, (although a mouthful) explains itself. Xena and Hercules will battle for Mount Olympus. Simple as that. The four elemental titans attack the Immortal Gods and its up to Earth’s mightiest heroes to fend them off. However, what differs is that John Loy (the writer) was smart and stuck to Sam Raimi’s story line where Hera (Hercules’ immortal step-mother) is the one who unleashes the titans. Thankfully, along with the writing, the actors who play the characters in the live-action series came back to voice their cartoon counterparts as well. The last couple of parts that help make the watching experience enjoyable were the action and music. The title doesn’t lie, there is plenty of battle moments in this movie. And for a PG film, it has some tense moments. Either way that’s effective. And since this is a Raimi production, composer Joseph LoDuca should be expected to be on board – which he was and his score is effective for each scene.

Some viewers may not appreciate the animation. At points it can look choppy even though the action scenes are exceptionally good. The main characters are drawn appropriately but it also seems like that’s the only other place all the effort that was put into. Everything else from the background pieces to the minor characters weren’t given much attention. Some characters from head to toe are one full color. That can come off as cheap and lazy. The dimensions of this world are very flat and too squared off in some areas. Along with that are some very strange flaws in continuity. It’s not always obvious, but when noticed, it is baffling. It really depends on the opinion of the viewer and what you’re interested in seeing. For the most part, fans of the Hercules and Xena TV series should enjoy this animated feature. It’s animation certainly isn’t as polished like Disney’s but the voice cast makes it work along with some fun action and music.

REVIEW: XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS – SEASON 1-6

Logo Xena Warrior Princess by XENA-96

MAIN CAST

Lucy Lawless (Ash Vs Evil Dead)
Renee O’ Connor (Boogeyman 2)

NBC Says The XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS Reboot is Happening

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Jay Laga’ala (Home and Away)
Darien Takle (The Ugly)
Stephen Hall (Get Ace)
Willa O’Neill (The Price of Milk)
Jeffrey Thomas (The Hobbit)
Nathaniel Lees (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Bruce Hopkins (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Simon Prast (Filthy rich)
Latham Gaines (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Paul Norell (Power Rangers SPD)
Bobby Hosea (Independance Day)
Stephen Tozer (Young Hercules)
Iain Rea (Shortland Street)
Kevin Smith (Jubilee)
Kevin Sorbo (Julia X)
Michael Hurst (Bitch Slap)
Christopher Graham (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
Kieren Hutchison (Cleopatra 2525)
Erik Thomson (All Saints)
Danielle Cormack (Wentworth Prison)
Alison Bruce (Young Hercules)
Mark Ferguson (Power Rangers Mystic force)
Kevin J. Wilson (Pictures)
Galyn Gorg (Robocop 2)
Scott Garrison (Swamp Thing: The Series)
Cameron Rhodes (Deathgasm)
Dean O’ Gorman (The Hobbit)
David Weatherley (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Peter Daube (Traffic Island)
Jeremy Roberts (The Mask)
Jason Hoyte (Power Rangers RPM)
Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead)
Tim Thomerson (Trancers)
Karl Urban (Red)
Tom Atkins (Halloween 3)
Peter McCauley (The Locals)
Robert Trebor (Universal Soldier)
Ted Raimi (Ash Vs Evil Dead)
Hudson Leick (Tru Calling)
David Taylor (Rain)
Mark Ferguson (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Paul Gittins (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Todd Rippon (King Kong)
Antony Starr (Outrageous Fortune)
Anthony Ray Parker (The Matrix)
Peter Vere-Jones (Bad Taste)
Simone Kessell (San andreas)
John Sumner (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Melinda Clarke (Gotham)
Murray Keane (Power Rangers RPM)
Alison Wall (Funny Business)
Craig Parker (Reign)
Alexandra Tydings (Suncahser)
Craig Walsh-Wrightson (Spartacus)
Jeremy Callaghan (The Great Raid)
John D’Aquino (3rd rock from The Sun)
Rachel Blakely (The Lost World)
Charles mesure (V)
Tony Todd (Chuck)
George Henare (The Dead Lands)
Marton Csokas (XXX)
Meighan Desmond (When Love Comes)
Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Full Frontal)
Grant McFarland (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Jacquelien Kim (Star Trek: Generations)
Daniel Sing (A Soldier’s Sweetheart)
Gina Torres (Firefly)
Megan Nicol (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Amy Morrison (Jack of All Trades)
Shiri Appleby (Jack of All Trades)
Patrick Fabian (Veronica Mars)
Stig Eldred (Dick Tracy)
Katrina Browne (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Angela Marie Dotchin (Jack of All Trades)
Jodie Rimmer (Young Hercules)
Victoria Pratt (Mutant X)
Kate Elliott (Power Rangers Samurai)
Sheeri Rappaport (Little Witches)
Claire Stansfield (The Flash 90s)
Kathryn Morris (Cold Case)
Olivia Tennet (Power Rangers RPM)
Timothy Omundson (Human Target)
Mark Hadlow (The Hobbit)
David Franklin (Farscape)
Jennifer Sky (Cleopatra 2525)
John Leigh (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
David de Lautour (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Jay Ryan (Beauty and The Beast)
Antonio Te Maioha (Spartacus)
Jenya Lano (Mutant X)
Mfundo Morrison (Vet)
Marie Matiko (Date Movie)
Anthony Wong (Haywire)
George Cheung (Starsky & Hutch)
Rose McIver (Izombie)
James Gaylyn (Power Rangers RPM)
Geoff Dolan (Jack of All Trades)
Stephen Lovatt (Cleoaptra 2525)
Musetta Vander (Stargate SG.1)
Claudia Black (Farscape)
Morgan Reese Fairhead (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Peta Rutter (Young Hercules)
Selma Blair (Hellboy)
Manu Bennett (Arrow)
Miriama Smith (Filthy Rich)
Josephine Davison (Power Rangers SPD)
Paris Jefferson (The Counselor)
Jed Brophy (The Hobbit)
Adrienne Wilkinson (Renegades)
William Gregory Lee (Dark Angel)
Joel Tobeck (Ash Vs Evil Dead)
Tsianina Joelson (Bring it On)
Sela Apera (Crooked Earth)
Zeus Mendoza (Port Charles)
Tandi Wright (Black Sheep)
Michelle Langstone (Power Rangers SPD)
Gina Varela (Sione’s Wedding)
Owen Black (Maddigans Quest)
Ian Harcourt (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Brittney Powell (That Thing You Do)
Renato Bartolomei (The Cult)
Alexander Petersons (Redheads)
Luanne Gordon (King Kong)
Alexis Arquette (Pulp Fiction)
Li Ming Hu (Power Rangers RPM)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Filthy rich)
Katrina Devine (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Michelle Ang (Triple 9)
Mike Edward (Filthy Rich)

Most people have some kind of guilty pleasure they watch on television. I have several. One of my past guilty pleasures was Xena: Warrior Princess (as well as the show that spawned it-Hercules). Seeing a bunch of attractive gals running around, showing ample amounts of cleavage and leg while they went through their paces seemed like such harmless fun.  The show developed quite a fanbase over the years and it all began with a few appearances on Kevin Sorbo’s old show, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. In Hercules, Xena played a female warrior who torn through the countryside killing and pillaging as she and her armies went. Hercules stopped her and eventually showed her a different path and the Xena series started off with that premise (hey, it was a cute idea for a spin off and eventually surpassed the parent show in ratings).

Season 1 begun with Xena meeting Gabrielle whilst trying to atone for her past, the rest of the season saw several highlights such as the introduction of Ares (Kevin Smith), Autolycus (Bruce Campbell) and Callisto (Hudson Leick), with each episode the shy got better and better.

The show really kicked into overdrive with Season2, the biggest highlight was Julius Caeser (Karl Urban) who once had a relationship with Xena and betrayed her. Gabrielle became an Amazon Queen and we saw Xena’s arch nemesis Callisto return with a vengeance. It was with Season 2 where the show surpassed Hercules and became the huge it is today.

Season 3 saw the the beginning of The Dahak storyline a story that would dart backwards and forward between the two shows and eventually conclude on Hercules (Season 5). This season also saw what fans refer to as the Rift story where gabrielle and Xena relationship was tested to breaking point eventually sending them to the land illusia where they had to sing. The Xena Musicial was a huge hit and well put together, to this day i smile every time I watch it.

Season 4 saw a new villain introduced, Alti (Claire Stansfield) A sharman who killed a tribe of Amazons, but the main story of this season was about Julius Caeser, his rise to power and Xena trying to prevent the vision of her and Gabrielle’s death from coming true. The Caeser story was excellent and in the episode The Ides of March, everything comes to fruition, we even see the return of Callisto.

The fifth season was written around Lucy Lawless and her real life pregnancy. The Producers decided to write it in to the show making it easier on production. With the birth of Xena’s child brings fourth the twilight of the Gods, the moment Zeus is killed they all come after Xena with a vengeance. Athena was the main antagonist, the show also explored a possible relationship with Ares and Xena. The last four episodes saw a time jump so we get introduced to a grown up Eve/Livia (Adrienne Wilkinson),  who ended up on a similar path to her mother.

Season brought the show to an end, six years of action and adventure. Highlights in this season were the Norse trilogy showing Xena as a Valkyrie, Michael Hurst playing a reporter called Nigel, Ares living on an farm and the return of Ares and Aphrodite to godhood. It’s always sad to see a show come to an end, with the shocking finale seeming to be a hard to beat ending it does seem like the show had a satisfying ending.

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REVIEW: HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS – SEASON 1-6

 


MAIN CAST

Kevin Sorbo (Julia X)
Michael Hurst (Bitch Slap)

 

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Clare Carey (Stargate SG.1)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Tawny Kitaen (Witchboard)
Richard Moll (Scary Movie 2)
Kim Michalis (Jack of All Trades)
John Sumner (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Norman Forsey (Lord of The Rings)
Bruce Allpress (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Todd Rippon (King Kong)
Peter Muller (Step Dave)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Mark Ferguson (Power Rangers operation Overdrive)
Lisa Chappell (Coffin Rock)
Lucy Liu (Kill Bill)
Lucy Lawless (Ash Vs Evil Dead)
Alison Bruce (Young Hercules)
Jeffrey Thomas (The Hobbit)
Erik Thomson (All Saints)
Reb Brown (Captain America 70s)
Robert Trebor (Universal Soldier)
Tony Todd (Chuck)
Matthew Chamberlain (Avatar)
Dean O’ Gorman (The Hobbit)
Peter Daube (Traffic Island)
Anthony Ray Parker (The Matrix)
Nathaniel Lees (Young Hercules)
Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead)
Kevin Smith (Jubilee)
Liddy Holloway (Without a Paddle)
Simone Kessell (San Andreas)
Simon Prast (Filthy Rich)
Brian Thompson (Hired To Kill)
Bruce Phillips (The Lovely Bones)
Martin Kove (The Karate Kid)
Rose McIver (Izombie)
Paul Norell (Power Rangers SPD)
Teresa Hill (Cruel Intentions 2)
Stig Eldred (Dick Tracy)
Glenn Shadix (Beetlejuice)
Bridget Hoffman (Frozen)
Jed Brophy (District 9)
Karen Sheperd (Cyborg 2)
Latham Gaines (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Willa O’Neill (The Price of Milk)
Audie England (Free Enterprise)
Bruce Hopkins (Housebound)
Corinna Everson (Natural Born KIllers)
Jason Hoyte (Nothing Trivial)
Alexandra Tydings (The Sunchaser)
Stephen Tozer (Trial Run)
Marton Csokas (XXX)
Josephine Davison (Power Rangers SPD)
Joel Tobeck (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Lisa Ann Hadley (Infested)
Paul Gittins (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Ashley Laurence (Hellraiser)
Owen Black (Netherwood)
Jeremy Roberts (The Mask)
Alastair Duncan (The Batman)
Julian Garner (Home and Away)
Galyn Gorg (Robocop 2)
Cynthia Rothrock (Undefeatable)
Grant Heslov (True Lies)
Karl Urban (Dredd)
Sam Sorbo (Andromeda)
Rene Naufahu (Power Rangers Samurai)
Catherine Bell (Bruce Almighty)
Hudson Leick (Tru Calling)
Ted Raimi (Spider-Man)
Renee O’Connor (Boogeyman 2)
Peter Vere-Jones (Bad Taste)
Amber Sainsbury (Hex)
Danielle Cormack (Xena)
Kara Zediker (Rock Star)
Grant McFarland (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Lindsey Ginter (S.W.A.T.)
Ian Bohen (Pearl Harbor)
Claudia Black (Farscape)
Gina Torres (Firefly)
Kimberly Joseph (Lost)
Meighan Desmond (When Love Comes)
Alistair Browning (Vertical Limit)
Katrina Browne (Young Hercules)
Stuart Devenie (Jack of All Trades)
David Weatherley (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Jacinda Barrett (The Last Kiss)
Peter McCauley (The Lost World)
Lacey Kohl (Two Guys and a Girl)
Amy Morrison (Jack of All Trades)
Christopher Graham (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
Roy Dotrice (Hellboy 2)
Chris Conrad (Young Hercules)
Scott Michaelson (Sabrina Down Under)
James Gaylyn (Power Rangers RPM)
Antonio Te Maioha (Spartacus)
Tamara Gorski (Angel)
George Henare (The Dead Lands)
Geoff Dolan (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March)
Susan Brady (Without a Paddle)
Jodie Rimmer (Filthy Rich)
Angela Marie Dotchin (Jack of All Trades)
Neill Rea (The Warrior’s Way)
Stephen Lovatt (Cleopatara 2525)
Traci Lords (First Wave)

Shows based on ancient mythology have been common over the years, both in the written form and other media. The myths were a way for people to deal with the uncertainties of their lives, much like religions help people today. Nearly ten years ago a television show, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, became the latest in this long line of tributes to age-old stories, albeit with a certain modern flair. The show didn’t stick very close to the original material and updated the language, mannerisms, and sensibilities in order to make the legendary strongman more palatable to modern audiences. After all, there wouldn’t be a big market for a show centered on a demi-god that rapes women, enslaves them, killed his family, and solved problems with brute strength alone No, this was a kinder, gentler guy who was as politically correct as anyone coming out of a Southern California ACLU meeting. The series itself started off with this little monologue: “This is the story of a time long ago. A time of myth and legend, when the ancient gods were petty and cruel, and they plagued mankind with suffering. Only one man dared to challenge their power, Hercules. Hercules possessed a strength the world had never seen, a strength surpassed only by the power of his heart. He journeyed the Earth, battling the minions of his wicked stepmother, Hera, the all-powerful Queen of the gods. But wherever there was evil, wherever an innocent would suffer, there would be Hercules.”

The show started off with a series of five made-for-television movies, most likely designed to test the readiness of the market for a series, and it did so well that the series was made as a mid-season replacement. Hercules was shown as a kind, compassionate man who never took advantage of others using his strength. He assisted people in need, usually people that were victims of the gods or other supernatural forces, since he felt a sense of obligation to do so. His father was Zeus, the king of the gods, and his mother a regular human, so he was caught between both worlds. His step mother, Hera (Zeus’ wife) was always attempting to kill Hercules using whatever means necessary, and this led to a lot of people getting hurt because they were pawns in the epic struggle between these two powerful forces.

As one of the most popular shows in syndication history, the show was somewhat preachy in terms of morality, but a fun ride on the camp wagon, if you catch my drift. After season one, a spin off series, Xena: Warrior Princess, found a huge audience and both shows had large followings (Xena was a bit darker most of the time, but that was in line with the character’s past), outlasting all the critics predictions about the campy, quirky humor used to draw in audiences all over the world.

The show’s strong point was that it never took itself too seriously, even when preaching the virtues of friendship, loyalty, tolerance, and justice. The ladies would appreciate seeing Kevin Sorbo prancing around in tight leather pants with loose or non-existent shirts, getting all hot and sweaty while there was also plenty of eye candy for the guys (Cory Everson’s cleavage and ass come to mind that there was a whole lot more as well). The special effects were cheesy, as was much of the writing but it was all good fun without too much thinking needed to appreciate the situational aspects of the show. Season One established the basic characters and situations they’d get in and later seasons would get lighter in terms of what happened more often than not. The movies themselves were slightly different than the weekly episodes in how Hercules wasn’t quite as refined in them.

 

The second season was where the show really got its stride. The darkness of Season One was excised and sent over to the new Xena: Warrior Princess show and almost all of the shows displayed a lighter tone. There was still the fighting and conflict, still special effects all the time, and still the silly banter (especially in the episodes with Bruce Campbell and Robert Trebor) you’d expect of the tongue in cheek show.

 

 

In season 3, the tales of Hercules as depicted by producers Robert Taper, Christian Williams, Sam Raimi, and a horde of writers produce some of the episodes of the series. Perhaps the most exciting and entertaining episode of season 3, “The End of the Beginning”, features the return of Autolycus, the King of Thieves (Bruce Campbell). Autolycus manages to still the Chronos gemstone, a device that gives the holder the ability to manipulate the strands of time! In this episode Hercules chases Autolycus into the past, where they get stuck. In order to return to the future (the present), Autolycus must team up with a five year younger version of himself and steal the Chronos gemstone again. There are also a few comical Army of Darkness references.

The biggest highlight was the Golden Hind Trilogy showing Hercules falling in love Serena (Sam Jenkins) a creature Half Human, Half Deer. It also brought him into conflict with Ares (Kevin Smith). This will always remain one of my all time favorites as it also includes guest appearances with Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor).

 

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Season Four was the season where Kevin Sorbo was ill, episodes had to be created around him not being there.These included using Young Hercules (Ian Bohen) flashbacks, bringing back Autolycus (Bruce Campbell) & Salmoneus (Robert Trebor) to showcase episodes. the most strangest of all would be the introduction of Widow Twanky (Michael Hurst) A Dance Tutor who helps Hercules learn to dance. the Dahak storyline from Xena also crossed over in the excellent  Armageddon Now. We also get to see an alternate Hercules in the brilliant Stranger in The Strange World. Season four despite Kevin Sorbo’s illness Season four still turned out to be a great season.

 

The majority of the episodes in season five are used to tell one story. It follows one central theme, where Hercules undergoes a dramatic life changing event and doesn’t end up the same person. After the death of a very close friend, he loses his desire to help others. Instead, Hercules broods and his character becomes slightly dark. This approach holds great intrigue, because it isn’t everyday that we get to see the overly altruistic hero in a dark fashion. This season is stranger for it. It finally brings closure to the Dahak story.

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Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Season 6, the swan song of the show on television. It only had 8 episodes and served to finish the long run with some decent shows. The main highlight of the season is the finale, Full Circle which sees the return of Zeus and Hera. also featuring the Titans. The episode brings nice closure to a great series.  Hercules would also return in the Xena (Season 5) episode God Fearing Child, after that this would be the last time we would see the Hercules and Iolaus. This show will always remain one of my all time favorite shows and i’m glad to have it on DVD.

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS – SEASON 13-17

CAST

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)
Josephine Davison (Cleopatra 2525)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Craig Parker (Reign)
Siobhan Page (Filthy Rich)
Bruce Hopkins (Hercules: TLJ)
Sarah Thomson (Shortland Street)
Aaron Murphy (Boogeyman)
Dwayne Cameron (The Locals)
James Gaylyn (Avatar)
Tandi Wright (Black Sheep)
Paul Willis (Wendy Wu)
Brett Stewart (Everything We Loved)
Stig Eldred (Young Hercules)
James Napier Robertson (The Tribe)
Emma Lahana (Stargate: Atlantis)
Kevin Duhaney (Honey)
Jeffrey Parazzo (Flashpoint)
Beth Allen (The Ugly)
Gina Varela (The Devil’s Rock)
Paul Norris (Hercules: TLJ)
Geoff Dolan (Wendy Wu)
Antonia Prebble (Westside)

The story takes place in the year 2025, after Earth has welcomed alien beings to live peacefully with the human race. But peace is short lived, as the planet-conquering Troobian Empire turns its destructive attention to Earth. When the Earth’s first line of defense, the S.P.D. A-Squad, vanishes without trace, the protection of the planet falls to their replacements: the B-Squad Rangers, and their commander, Anubis Cruger.

When two reformed thieves join the team as the Red and Yellow S.P.D. Rangers, tensions threaten to tear them apart. With the alien threat growing stronger every moment, the Rangers must put aside their differences and go into action as one!

Using teamwork, intergalactic weaponry and light-speed Zord vehicles to battle evil, they unite to become one of the ultimate forces for good: Power Rangers S. P. D.! It’s eventually revealed that the A-Squad is in fact evil and the B-Squad proves its might by defeating the former elite squad of SPD. With help from the S.P.D. commander and his wife Isinia, B-Squad destroys the true threat, Omni and Grumm is arrested for his crimes in front of S.P.D. headquaters on Earth by Cruger.

CAST

Firass Dirani (Pitch Blach)
Angie Diaz (Knowing)
Richard Brancatisano (Bait)
Nic Sampson (The Warrior’s Way)
Melanie Vallejo (Winners & Losers)
Peta Rutter (Young Hercules)
Antonia Prebble (Westside)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Barnie Duncan (Nothing Trivial)
John Tui (Battleship)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Geoff Dolan (Wendy Wu)
Holly Shanahan (Venus and Mars)
John Callen (The Hobbit)
Donogh Rees (Crush)
Oliver Driver (Black Sheep)
Will Hall (Auckland Daze)
Susan Brady (Without a Pddle)
Christopher Graham (The Ugly)
Stuart Devenie (Jack of All Trades)
Josephine Davison (Cleopatra 2525)
Mark Ferguson (Hercules In The Underworld)
Peter Daube (Legend of The Seeker)
Paolo Rotondo (Riverworld)

Twenty years ago, in a magic-filled dimension parallel world to our own, the forces of darkness came into power and a war called the “Great Battle” between good and evil began. An army of the monsters, led by a powerful warrior named Morticon, swarmed into the land with their sights set on taking over the magical realm, the human realm and beyond, but they would have to combat a legion of brave and powerful wizards. The Mystics battled valiantly against overwhelming odds until they drove the evil back from the edge of the human world. The strongest wizard of all, Leanbow, cast a spell and sent the evil warriors into the Underworld, having the Gatekeeper seal the gates for all eternity. The forces of truth successfully thwarted the dark forces’ attempt to take the surface world, but they lost Leanbow, as he made sure the evil forces did not escape by sealing himself on their side of the Gate. The human world would never know of the Great Battle, nor of the sacrifices made to spare their lives from destruction. Even to this day they live in peace and tranquility, totally unaware of what is about to awaken.

The city of Briarwood was struck by an earthquake, which was just enough to crack the seal, allowing evil to renew its attempt to invade the earth. The sorceress Udonna, realizing that the forces of evil had returned, sought out the warriors of legend, five teens living in Briarwood, to become the Power Rangers alongside her. While one of the teens was reluctant at first, he realized his destiny and joined the others in the fight against the Master of the Underworld and his numerous minions.

NIC SAMPSON, MELANIE VALLEJO, FIRASS DIRANI, ANGIE DIAZ, RICHARD BRANCATISANO

When Udonna loses her Ranger powers to the mysterious Koragg, it is up to Nick, Chip, Xander and sisters Madison and Vida, to save the Earth on their own. They are assisted by Udonna’s bumbling apprentice Clare, and eventually Jenji the Genie and his master Daggeron, the Solaris Knight.

Using their powerful magic and incredible martial arts skills, the Mystic Force Power Rangers must rely on teamwork to save the day. Later, in a shocking surprise, it is revealed that Koragg is none other than Leanbow, the greatest and strongest of all wizards. The good power that was taken from Udonna helps Koragg into turning into his normal self, and he uses his powers to transform into the most powerful defender of truth, the Wolf Warrior. In the end, Leanbow transoforms into the Ancient Mystic Warrior and uses his power to give a final strike to destroy the Master of Evil and destroy after him. After this is done, the Rangers return to their usual life and Nick, Udonna and Leanbow leave Briarwood to settle down safely.

CAST

James Maclurcan (Tiger)
Caitlin Murphy (Petit Homme)
Samuell Benta (All About The McKenzies)
Rhonda Montemayor (The Knot)
Gareth Yuen (Knowing)
David Weatherley (Lord of The Rings)
Rod Lousich (The Warior’s Way)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Gerard Urquhart (Hidden)
Ria Vandervis (Shortland Street)
Dwayne Cameron (The Locals)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Nic Sampson (The Warrior’s Way)
Mark Ferguson (Hercules In The Underworld)
Adam Gardiner (Eagle vs Shark)
Susan Brady (Hercules: TLJ)
Will Wallace (Step Dave)
James Gaylyn (Avatar)
Nathalie Boltt (District 9)
Mia Koning (Xena)
Mike Edward (Filthy Rich)
Matt Sadowski (Dawn of The Dead)
Emma Lahana (Stargate: Atlantis)
Sally Martin (Wendy Wu)
Richard Brancatisano (Bait)
Johnny Yong Bosch (MArvel Anime: Blade)
Glen Levy (Westside)
Beth Allen (The Tribe)

Many years ago, two brothers named Flurious and Moltor try to steal a legendary crown known as the Corona Aurora and are imprisoned throughout the galaxy. Sentinel Knight scatters the crown and its jewels on the planet Earth in hopes of preventing it from falling into the wrong hands. In the present day, world renowned explorer Andrew Hartford uncovers the crown, which frees Flurious and Moltor from their imprisonment. Andrew recruits four elite teenagers to become Power Rangers and stop the Corona Aurora from falling into the wrong hands. Although Hartford is originally opposed to it, his son Mack becomes the fifth team member – the Red Ranger. The Power Rangers search ancient civilizations and all over the world to uncover the first jewel which was once used by Neptune – King of Atlantis. In the process, they encounter the illustrious Miratrix, who is determined to find the jewels and free her master Kamdor.

While searching for the Toru Diamond, the Rangers encounter an alien named Tyzonn. Tyzonn came to Earth from the planet Mercuria to stop the evil Fearcats who are intent on releasing their army which had been previously imprisoned in a mirror world. After the apparent demise of his fiancée Vella, Tyzonn is reluctant, but is eventually convinced to join Operation Overdrive as the Mercury Ranger. Together, the Rangers encounter Thor and Loki, two of the Norse gods. Their involvement leads to the discovery of the Blue Sapphire, which is stolen by Kamdor and Miratrix.

When Thrax, son of Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa escapes imprisonment from the Sentinel Knight, he recruits Flurious, Moltor, Kamdor, Miratrix, and the Fearcats to form an evil alliance and destroy the Rangers’ connection to the Universal Morphing Grid. The Rangers must go on a quest to seek out the legendary sword Excelsior which is capable of restoring their powers and the Sentinel Knight. With the help of five former Power Rangers – Adam Park-the Black Power Ranger, Xander Bly-the Green Mystic Ranger, Bridge Carson-the S.P.D. Red Ranger, Kira Ford-the Yellow Dino Ranger and Tori Hanson-the Blue Wind Ranger, the Power Rangers unite and take down Thrax, which breaks apart the evil alliance.

After the Rangers encounter a virus, Mack makes a startling discovery about himself. Realizing that he is an android, Mack begins to question his very existence, but he still pulls through for his friends by merging with the Sentinel Knight to become the Red Sentinel Ranger. Meanwhile, when another Fearcat named Crazar shows up, Tyzonn discovers that Vella is still alive. Also the Rangers uncover the Star of Isis, the fourth jewel of the Corona Aurora.

The Octavian Chalice holds the power to uncover the final jewel to the crown. In an ultimate struggle for it, the Fearcats are destroyed for good and so is Kamdor, but not before imprisoning Miratrix inside a gem for eternity. Flurious destroys Moltor and steals the crown and gets his hands on the jewels as well. Now with the power of the Corona Aurora at his disposal, Flurious freezes all of San Angelas. In a desperate attempt to save the world, Mack sacrifices himself to destroy Flurious once and for all. The Sentinel Knight appears and uses the Corona Aurora to bring Mack back to life. As Mack awakens, he realizes that thanks to the crown, he is now human. Thanks to Norg, Tyzonn is reunited with Vella and the Power Rangers move on with their lives now that they have saved the world from evil.

CAST

Jason Smith (Home and Away)
Anna Hutchison (The Cabin In The Woods)
Aljin Abella (Hunter n Hornet)
David de Lautour (Westside)
Sarah Thomson (Shortland Street)
Bede Skinner (West of Eden)
Holly Shanahan (Venus and Mars)
Nikolai Nikolaeff (Daredevil TV)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Nathaniel Lees (Young Hercules)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Bruce Hopkins (Hercules: TLJ)
Gerard Urquhart (Hidden)
Bruce Allpress (The Piano)
Oliver Driver (Black Sheep)
Cameron Rhodes (Deathgasm)
Paul Gittins (Maiden Voyage)
Stig Eldred (Young Hercules)
Andrew Laing (Shortland Street)
Michelle Langstone (Xena)
Jared Turner (Filthy Rich)
Jason Hoyte (Young Hercules)
Siobhan Page (Filthy Rich)

For over ten thousand years, the spirit of a pure evil known as Dai Shi has been locked away and safely guarded by the Pai Zhuq, the “Order of the Claw,” a secretive Kung Fu clan. But now, evil has escaped and the Pai Zhuq has selected their three top members to fight this evil. Jarrod, Lily, and Theo were picked, but Jarrod turned out to be a bad choice and Casey, a cub was to take his place. Jarrod tried taking the container holding Dai Shi. It accidentally opened; Dai Shi killed Master Mao and took over Jarrod’s body. The trio was sent to find a new master and he gave them the special gift to become Power Rangers. They alone are the Earth’s only hope to stop the army of evil animal spirits from overtaking the human world. Dai Shi is doing everything, and anything that he can, along with his loyal minion Camille and an army of undead, the Rinshi so he can take over the world and have animals rule. He started out with the Five Fingers of Poison, but they failed. Dai Shi controls an army of fear, and the three Power Rangers are trying to stop him.

When a Rinshi Warrior possessing an animal spirit is too much for the Rangers, each are trained by a retired master in a new animal spirit. Lily was trained by Master Phant in the ways of the Elephant, Theo was trained by the visually impaired Master Swoop in the techniques of the Bat, and Casey was taught by RJ’s father Master Finn in the tradition of the Shark. Dai Shi and Camille revived the deadly Overloads Carnisoar and Jellica to train them in the ways of fear, deceit and terror, stripping Jarrod of his humanity. When Dai Shi fought the Rangers with his training, he defeated them and took RJ prisoner. To save RJ, the Rangers were taken to the Spirit World by Master Mao to be trained by three fallen Masters: Master Rill, Master Guin, and Master Lope. In doing so, the three Rangers were able to upgrade to Master mode with incredible jets and hand-held claw weapons. RJ’s Wolf Spirit, which he obtained by following his own path and straying from his father’s Shark style, was tampered with by Dai Shi and transformed RJ into a werewolf. RJ did not rely on his friends and tried to take care of the situation by himself. Ultimately, he learned to lean on his friends and transformed into the Wolf Ranger. RJ’s werewolf problem was able to fix thanks to his new friendship with Flit the fly, who once was human. The last Overlord, Grizzaka was revived but he took over Dai Shi’s place, as he hates humans and resents Dai Shi possessing a human. Dai Shi wanted to possess Grizzaka’s powerful Zocato power. RJ’s old friend from Pai Zhuq Dominic, a wanderer who hadn’t yet found his path, decided being the Rhino Ranger was his path.  Years ago, Master Mao once gave Dominic the Control Dagger, which everyone is now after it to control the Rhino Steel Zord from the Rhino Nexus. Camille and Dai Shi reached the Nexus, a betrayal towards the Overloads. Dominic was able to take control of the Rhino Steel Megazord and destroy Carnisoar once and for all. The time was running out to revive three Phantom Beast Generals from the Crystal Eyes. Grizzaka was also destroyed by the Rangers. The Generals were revived by Jellica but they destroyed her and allied with Dai Shi, wanting him to be their King. Dai Shi’s first court of order is to kidnap the three living masters and put them under control to manifest three Spirit Rangers to go against the five Power Rangers.

Master Finn was locked in a Crystal Eye and saved by his son and together they were able to gain control over the Spirit Rangers and call them forth when needed. Soon Dai Shi was loosing control over Jarrod and the remaining Phantom Beast Generals blamed Camille and sent warriors against her. Jarrod saved her and Casey witnessed this and when to Dai Shi’s temple to save Jarrod. Together, Jarrod and Camille helped in a battle with the Rangers.

Ashamed of his bad deeds, Jarrod refused to help again when Scorch and Dai Shi began a new Beast War. Dai Shi opens up a portal to the Spirit World and resurrects all his fallen warriors, including the fallen masters. Jarrod finally decides to join them as well and helps weaken Dai Shi and the three protectors finally destroy Dai Shi forever. Once the war was finished, Camille and Jarrod train as beginners in the Pai Zhuq academy. Dominic was given a fond farewell, along with Fran to back-pack through Europe.

CAST

Eka Darville (Jessica Jones)
Ari Boyland (Blood Punch)
Rose McIver (IZombie)
Dan Ewing (Home and Away)
Milo Cawthorne (Deathgasm)
James Gaylyn (Avatar)
Adelaide kane (Reign)
Oliva Tennet (Maddigan’s Quest)
Mike Ginn (Broken Halleujah)
Li Ming Hu (Kawa)
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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Damien Avery (Bloodlines)
Mia Koning (3 Mile Limit)
Andrew Laing (Shortland Street)
Mark Mitchinson (The Hobbit)
John Sumner (District 9)
Murray Keane (Step Dave)
Bruce Phillips (The Lovely Bones)
Stephen Papps (The Piano)
Angela Shirley (Jubilee)
Stephanie Lee (House Husbands)
Jason Hoyte (Young Hercules)
Kevin J. Wilson (Spartacus)

In the not-so-distant future, the mysterious and sinister Venjix Computer Network is attempting to conquer and lay ruin to the entire planet. It had succeeded and nearly conquered the entire Earth. Fortunately, mankind has retreated from the threat into environmentally-shielded domed cities to protect against the pollution and machines unleashed by Venjix. In the shining city of Corinth, an elite force of Rangers must learn to drive and operate an arsenal of radically advanced biotech vehicles in order to battle the attacking machine army bent on world domination.

RPM, though, pretty much blows it away on every level, except for maybe the costume designs. It’s better acted, better written, the cast has chemistry that the Samurai rangers really lack and a romance subplot that was actually engaging and subtle, two things that are rarely seen in the entire franchise. It takes the existing formula and does new things with it that no other series had done, and it all works really well. But the other reason it’s so good, the one that makes me almost hate to admit how great it is, is that it is dark.

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Once again a great collection, Operation Overdrive maybe a hated season, but it’s fun and has a decent story ark to it, Jungle Fury is just plain awsome on every level. SPD, is a stone cold classic and RPM is one of the best.