CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: POWER RANGERS NINJA STEEL: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

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MAIN CAST

William Shewfelt (The Final Days of Elliot Morrison)
Nico Greetham (From Within)
Zoe Robins (The Killian Curse)
Peter Adrian Sudarso (Exchange)
Chrysti Ane (A Housekeeper’s Revenge)
Caleb Bendit (Game of Silence)
Chris Sean Reid (Matador)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jordi Webber (Be Faithful)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

John SUmner (King Kong)

PRNSCSS092417-1Sarah gave presents to the Ranger in the school. The Rangers don’t have a present for Sarah. A female cat monster Cleocatra arrives, the cousin of Cat O’Clock. They review what happened with him. She froze the Rangers but Sarah escapes and is saved by Santa. Santa and her travel through time to where she made clones to get Power Stars. She uses a device to enter the lab and talks to her past self. She gets the Pink Ninja Star. Sarah thinks back to when they first met Levi. Brody had attitude of not being a Levi fan and saving him from a villain. Sarah goes back in time. Levi offers a bodyguard job to Brody and Sarah speaks to Levi. She asks to borrow her Power Star.PRNSCSS092417-10He gets the Power Star from his manager. Sarah returns to Santa and talks to him about the Ribbon Tree. They protected the tree from men who wanted to bring down the tree. She wants to get the stars from Calvin and Hayley from the tree. She gets the stars easily. She thinks about to when Hayley and Calvin were running for class president. She finds Preston on his own when the rest of the school were having a food fight incited by Victor and Monty. Santa asks for a snack, Sarah says its serious business. She quickly nabs the star and says she needs the Red Power Star. Red Ranger was at the mercy of a magnet of Galavanax who had already taken 5 Power Stars.maxresdefaultSarah thinks she can’t get it from Brody since he had to keep the stars to save everyone else. Santa says she has to try. Brody tells Mick he can’t give up. Sarah arrives and confuses them. She asks for the star. He says he can’t. Sarah says she is in the same boat as Brody. She says knows it sounds crazy but he has to trust her. He says of course he trusts her. He asks how he saves the future. She says when the time comes, he will know what to do. She returns to the present and unfreezes everyone. They morph and Cleocatra returns. She runs away from them. They catch up with her and beat her up. Red puts on the Lion Armor. He uses the time device and glows and becomes big. She becomes big too and they fight it out. Robo Red helps too and the two fight against her. He destroys her. Sarah returns the Power Stars to where they go and destroys the controller. She apologizes for getting upset and thinks they are the best present. They surprise her with Santa offering a ride around the world. She loves it and says it is the best gift.PRNSCSS092417-9Santa is the same actor from the Dino Charge specials. It’s another fun PR Christmas and set after the season finale makes even more fun. Sarah is one of best Pink Rangers we have had in the history of PR and it’s nice t osee take the focus of the Christmas episode.

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REVIEW: POWER RANGERS – THE HALLOWEEN EPISODES – PART 3

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MAIN CAST

William Shewfelt (The Final Days of Elliot Morrison)
Nico Greetham (From Within)
Zoe Robbins (The Killian Curse)
Peter Adrian Sudarso (Racist Asians on St. Patricks Day)
Chrysti Ane (Young Hearts)
Jordi Webber (Be Faithful)
Caleb Bendt (Game of Science)
Chris Sean Reid (2 Broke Girls)
Kelson Henderson (Ash Vs Evil Dead)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Amanda (Billing (Shortland Street)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Lori Dungey (Lord of The Rings)
Ian Hughes (Wonder Woman)
David Van Horn (Avatar)
Greg ward (Spartacus)

power-rangers-ninja-steel-grave-robber-01-1022693Here is the annual Halloween special. Levi is playing a song with the Rangers at the school. An old lady gives some junk to Principal Hastings, one is a game Grave Robber which Calvin likes. Hayley brings the costumes. The Rangers want to play but Levi doesn’t. The 5 Rangers go to shop class and put on their costumes, Sarah is some sort of unicorn, Brody is a mounty or a British guard, Calvin is Frankenstein’s monster, Preston is a wizard and Hayley is a witch. Cosmo Royale traps them to sit and they can’t call for help. They have to play Grave Robber. There is a magic hourglass they can’t stop. They have to fight villains they defeated before so they fight Trapsaw, already morphed when they touch the crystal ball. Red defeats them all. Sarah rolls 6 and finds Hacktrack, who took her cloning technology. They get some devices and enter. Hacktrack leaves. Red tracks the monster with a Ninja Kite technique using Ninja Forest Attack while the Rangers help Sarah with a device. She makes a kite as well and flies after them. Sarah blasts the monster and destroys it. The Rangers return to the game.power-rangers-ninja-steel-grave-robber-sarah-prestonPreston rolls a five and find the slow monster. They surprise him and fight him. Blue and the monster fight. Blue and the others get the slow mist. Blue still tries fighting but fails. Red arrives and they all disappear and return to the board. Cosmo Royale says they lost and give them a misfortune card. Calvin rolls and gets Spinferno. Calvin goes in on his own since he rolled it. Calvin fights Spinferno in a dump and a truck goes after him and Calvin is tied by a ring to the truck. The truck driver is asleep, Yellow gets in and gets the man. They escape but Yellow misses the net and comes out of the game. Cosmo Royale gives them another misfortune card—they must go against a Skullgator. The 5 Rangers call their Megazord to fight the Skullgator. Cosmo turns RoboRider evil and it goes after the Rangers. Robo Red goes out to fight Robo Rider while Preston calls the Astro Zord to replace the Red one on the Megazord. They destroy the Skullgator. Robo Rider shoots the Megazord. The Rangers fall out. Cosmo Royale sends another Skullgator. Calvin and Hayley use their zords. Levi and Mick talk. Mick states the obvious, Levi learns his Aseop and goes to the auto class. He finds the door lock and pries it open. He finds the game. He touches the ball and enters the game. Cosmo Royale arrives and is mad.PRNSHE092317-10He doesn’t play by the rules and saves the Rangers. Robo Rider stops the Skull Gator. The others celebrate. Bullrider Megazord is formed. All 6 Rangers enter the cockpit. They destroy the monster. Gold has the hourglass and all the Rangers blast the hourglass and escape the game. They are happy they can stand again. Levi apologizes by spoiling their game. They get an alert so they go trick or treating because it is night now.PRNSTL-16-Grave-RobberBest Line– Presto: “Magic Hourglass? I have to get me one of those.” Nice to have Cosmo Royale involved but he’s not a fighter so they didn’t have a hand to hand combat. Not a bad Halloween special, sort of reminds me of the Megaforce one since they had to sit around a crystal ball. Nice to sneak a lesson in there for Levi though.

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS NINJA STEEL (SEASON 24)

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MAIN CAST

William Shewfelt (The Final Days of Elliot Morrison)
Nico Greetham (From Within)
Zoe Robins (The Killian Curse)
Peter Adrian Sudarso (Exchange)
Chrysti Ane (A Housekeeper’s Revenge)
Caleb Bendit (Game of Silence)
Chris Sean Reid (Matador)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jordi Webber

Ninja-Steel-3RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Mike Edward (Filthy rich)
Richard Simpson (Nuns on The Run)
Jacque Drew (Shortland Street)
Byron Coll (Jack The Giant Slayer)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Amanda Billing (Find me A Maori Bride)
Ian Hughes (Xena)
Stanley Andrew Jackson (The Company we Keep)

whenevil31_351With all the hype and that’s built up  for the 20017 movie, it’s easy to overlook that Power Rangers has never really gone away.  Power Rangers has been going strong for over twenty years, with a new season debuting almost every year since 1993. 2017 is no different, with Power Rangers Ninja Steel kicking off the latest iteration of the long-running franchise. .Ninja Steel does a great job of jumping right into the action, indulging in the sort of “just go with it” storytelling that works best with Power Rangers. In quick order, we’re introduced to a number of high concepts – an intergalactic battle game show of monsters, a mystical Spirit Crystal that contains magic throwing stars – without worrying about overexplaining any of it. The best Power Rangers seasons understand that fans will just go with whatever opening concept it throws out, and Ninja Steel gets that.What makes it work as things go on, though, is the strength of the storytelling within the over-the-top premise. The opening episodes do a good job of introducing our core characters, with the focus falling on Red Ranger Brody as he escapes from the evil Galvanax’s space station. Brody has spent most of his life a prisoner following his dad’s defeat, and the story opens as he finally finds a chance to return to Earth and take up his father’s cause to defend the legendary Ninja Steel.The rest of the team, as is often the case early on, are little more than sketches, but they come across as likable enough. The standout is would-be magician and Blue Ranger Preston, with Peter Sudarso giving the team its most carefree, entertaining member. It helps that this is a solid group of actors, with no one delivering a wooden or unengaged performance; everyone seems to be aware of and enjoying the type of show Power Rangers is..This sense of fun and comfort expands to the supporting cast as well, with not a weak link in the chain so far. Victor Vincent and Monty bring the sort of lighthearted comedy that all of the best civilian friend characters have over the years, while series veteran Kelson Henderson is reliable as ever as the goofy shapeshifter Mick. There’s nothing to complain about in the action department, with the Ninja Steel Rangers delivering several great fight scenes throughout. The action choreography is solid, and it’s always fun to see the Rangers use their Zords individually in battle. Visually, the Ninja Steel suits themselves are great, and the Zords are diverse in design and function. Ninja steel from the first 8 episodes has shown it be a great season, the Introduction of The Gold Ranger in 7 and 8 was great, and will ne nice to see what he brings to the team as the season continues. So far Ninja Steel has become yet another great Power Rangers season.ninjasteel-708-16x9

 

REVIEW: 30 DAYS OF NIGHT

CAST

Josh Hartnett (The Faculty)
Melissa George (Triangle)
Danny Huston (The Kingdom)
Ben Foster (The Punisher)
Mark Boone Junior (Batman Begins)
Mark Rendall (Open House)
Amber Sainsbury (Hex)
Manu Bennett (Arrow)
Megan Franich (Alpha Planet)
Joel Tobeck (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Filthy Rich)
Nathaniel Lees (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Craig Hall (King Kong)
Andrew Stehlin (10, 000 BC)
John Rawls (The Blue Rose)
Jared Turner (The Almighty Johnsons)
Kelson Henderson (Power Rangers n inja Steel)
Pua Magasiva (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Kate Elliott (Power Rangers Samurai)

The town of Barrow, Alaska is preparing for its annual “30 Days of Night”, a period during the winter when there is a month-long polar night. As the town gets ready, a stranger (Ben Foster) rows ashore from a large ship and sabotages the town’s communications and transport to the outside world. Barrow’s sheriff, Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett) investigates and also learns that his estranged wife, Stella (Melissa George), missed the last plane and must stay the 30 days. That night, a coven of feral vampires, led by Marlow (Danny Huston), attack and slaughter most of the townspeople, forcing Eben, Stella, Eben’s younger brother Jake (Mark Rendall), and several other survivors to take shelter in a boarded-up house with a hidden attic. Marlow finds the stranger locked up in the station. The stranger believed Marlow was going to turn him into a vampire. Marlow thanks him for doing what he asked, and then snaps his neck. Marlow ironically comments to his fellow vampires: “The things they believe.”Eighteen days later, when a blizzard hits, the group uses the whiteout to go to the general store for supplies, but are stranded after it ends. While the group heads for the station, Eben creates a diversion by having the vampires chase him to his grandmother’s house, where he uses one of her ultraviolet lights to burn the face of Marlow’s lover, Iris (Megan Franich), so badly that Marlow is forced to kill her. As he escapes, the town snow plow operator, Beau (Mark Boone Junior), creates another distraction with his tractor, killing many of the vampires, before trying to blow himself up; when he fails, Marlow crushes his head. Eben arrives at the station, where he is then forced to kill Carter (Nathaniel Lees), who has been bitten and is turning into a vampire.Two weeks later, Stella and Eben see the deputy, Billy (Manu Bennett), signaling them with a flashlight and bring him back to the station, after finding out he killed his family to save them from a more painful death. The trio find the others have made for the utilidor, a power and sewage treatment station that still has power, and head over there but are separated after Stella saves Gail Robbins (Rachel Maitland-Smith), a young girl whose family was slaughtered by a vampire named Zurial (John Rawls) who was stalking her. Eben and Billy make it to the utilidor but are attacked by Arvin (Andrew Stehlin), who bites Billy; Billy knocks Arvin into the heavy-duty shredder, before being killed by Eben because he is starting to turn.As the month comes to an end, with the sun due to rise, the vampires start to burn down the town to destroy evidence of their presence, and prevent any survivors from telling the world what happened. Realizing Stella is trapped and that he cannot beat the vampires in his current state, Eben turns himself into a vampire by injecting himself with Billy’s infected blood. He confronts Marlow, and they get into a vicious fight, before Marlow is finally killed by having a hole punched through his head, causing the remaining vampires to flee. Knowing he will die soon, Eben and Stella go off to watch the sunrise together, sharing one last kiss. As the sun comes up, Eben’s body burns to ash in Stella’s arms, while she stares at the sky, coming to grips with what has happened.For a movie that takes place almost completely in the dark, 30 Days Of Night is well shot. The snowbound settings and claustrophobic interiors instantly conjure up memories of Carpenter’s The Thing but the similarities are really only superficial.

REVIEW: ASH VS EVIL DEAD – SEASON 1

MAIN CAST

Bruce Campbell (Jack of All Trades)
Ray Santiago (My Name Is Earl)
Dana DeLorenzo (2 Broke Girls)
Jill Marie Jones (Sleepy Hollow)
Lucy Lawless (Spartacus)

RECURRING / NOTABLE CAST

Damien Garvey (Terra Nova)
Mike Edward (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Sian Davis (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
Bridget Hoffman (Frozen)
James Gaylyn (Avatar)
Mimi Rogers (Ginger Snaps)
Ben Fransham (Legend of The Seeker)
Jared Turner (30 Days of Night)
Hemky Madera (Weeds)
Kelson Henderson (Power Rangers SPD)
Peter Feeney (Black Sheep)
Rachel Blampied (Shortland Street)
Mark Mitchinson (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Milo Cawthorne (Power Rangers RPM)
Samara Weaving (Home and Away)
Indiana Evans (H20)
Ido Drent (Offspring)

Well, we’ve had to be patient for nearly a quarter of a century to finally see Ash wield his chainsaw again, but trust me: it was well worth the wait. Ash vs. Evil Dead fires on all cylinders.  After so many years had passed since Army of Darkness (aka Evil Dead III) came out in 1992, it looked like a direct sequel just wasn’t going to happen anymore, yet apparently, the Raimi-Campbell gang had been working on one for some time. According to recent interviews with the show’s creators Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, what was first supposed to be a new feature film and the fourth entry in the franchise, over time turned into an idea for a TV-series, and I believe fans will be very happy with the result. Instead of a 2-hour film for a sequel, we now get 10 episodes  with Ash and the DeaditesAt the beginning of the show we meet Ash leading a lazy, but apparently happy slacker life, residing in a run-down trailer and working as a stock boy at a Value Stop (for some obscure legal reasons, the writers couldn’t use the name S-Mart from Army of Darkness’ iconic last scene). In the show, 30 years have passed since Ash’s last encounter with the Deadites, and while he might be well into middle age now, he hasn’t matured one bit. Ash is still the exact same guy we last saw fighting walking skeletons and other ghastly undead things in Army of Darkness, cracking wise and appearing as cock-sure of himself as ever. These days, he likes to spend most of his spare time either getting wasted in his trailer or picking up random ladies – or both . suffice to say that his rather irresponsible lifestyle ultimately won’t go too well with his duty as keeper of a certain  dangerous book, and  bloody mayhem soon ensues.In my opinion, Ash vs. Evil Dead does everything right. Instead of going down the “gritty drama” route of shows like The Walking Dead or taking the “straight horror” approach of Fede Alvarez’ Evil Dead remake, creators Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell fully embrace the over-the-top goofiness and playful tone of Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, while still delivering the scares of the first film and plenty of gore. The Deadites are frightening. The production values in general are absolutely great; the writing is in the vein of the first three films (no wonder, since the episodes were mostly written by Sam and Ivan Raimi); the music, the pacing and the direction: really everything just falls into place. It’s clear that this wasn’t some lazy attempt to cash in on the name of a beloved cult-franchise, but a labour of love for all involved.Another great plus of the series is the cast. Seeing Bruce Campbell step back into this iconic character is simply hilarious fun; it still fits him like a glove (or, perhaps more accurately in his case, a chainsaw). But there was never a doubt in my mind that he would deliver (it seems Ash is a character Campbell was born to play); what really surprised me was how well the rest of the cast fits into the show. Ray Santiago as Pablo and Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly (they’re Ash’s co-workers at the Value Stop) are completely able to hold their own; they are fully fleshed-out characters and just as fun to watch as Ash. Also we have Lucy Lawless of Spartacus and Xena fame, who’s character is a mystery until episode 9 when all hell breaks loose and leads into a great Season One finale.Ash vs Evil dead brings back everything that we all loved about the original Evil Dead films, but it also manages to introduce interesting new characters and story lines which help maintain the element of surprise for long-time fans. And the show works just as well as a stand-alone story, so people unfamiliar with the original trilogy need not worry either: they will find just as much to love here as those who know and cherish Sam Raimi’s classics – as long as they have a certain affection for trashy, gory horror comedies and don’t expect serious drama. The good news its already been picked up for a season 2, so we got more blood and gore to come

REVIEW: THE TRUTH ABOUT DEMONS

CAST

Karl Urban (Star Trek)
Katie Wolfe (Mercy Peak)
Jonathan Hendry (A Song of Good)
Sally Stockwell (Wendy Wu)
Tony MacIver (Vial)
Peter Daube (Power Rangers Samurai)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Neill Rea (The Warrior’s way)

Image result for THE TRUTH ABOUT DEMONSI surely can appreciate a bloodless/violent less horror film as The Ring, The Eye, Pulse (the Oriental originals) or The Sixth Sense, but to be frank, the best examples (and the most remembered classics) are the violent blood feast like Dead or Alive (Jackson), Phantasm (Cascarelli), Exorcist, Evil Dead. Those classics, accumulate blood and body parts, dark aisles, knives and other penetrating objects, violence and sex. The most common elements, was the dark and quite relieving humor involved (often product of their own excess). The Truth about Demons match that class B style with a class D budget never used better.Image result for THE TRUTH ABOUT DEMONSThe story is more complex and ambiguous than it seems. An anthropologist doctor, whose brother committed suicide after being involved with a Satanic cult, receive a threatening video and later is kidnapped by cult members and attacked by demons. He managed to escape, but his closest friends are killed. A mysterious girl came to his aide, but he refuses to accept her explanations. There is a twist; the guy is also a depressive drug addict. His fuzzy touch with reality make him (and us) doubt about what happening is real or just one of his trips.
Image result for THE TRUTH ABOUT DEMONSDuring the one night everything happens; the suspense is kept to the max, using decent special effects, excellent use of sounds and background voices, moving shadows and cockroaches (and other insects). The end of the movie is not on par with the rest, but there is a final unexpected twist. A highly recommendable movie.

REVIEW: BATTLE PLANET

CAST

Zack Ward (Freddy vs Jason)
Monica May (Power Rangers SPD)
Colleen Smith (No, You Shut Up!)
Brea Grant (Heroes)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)

The movie “Battle Planet” was set in the future, and it was about a man from earth whois assigned a top secret government project where he is told that he will have to go to another planet, scout out and arrest possible traitors to an important program. However, the man from earth soon discovers that he is just another one of a prototype that is designed to execute itself, as well as he discovers a plot to exterminate the human race. Thus, the peak of the plot comes when he is faced …

with the dilemma of whether or not he should save the human race or whether or not he should continue his mission.


I thought that the plot of the movie “Battle Planet” was what gave it most of the potential it had, and made it slightly better than a few other Syfy movies I had watched in the past. However, like many of its kin, the movie “Battle Planet” still had quite a bit of bad acting in it, Monica May of SPD fame was excellent as the alien throughout the film. There were the usual cliché characters and there was no denying that the dialogue was not written properly. However, I did not think that the dialogue was as horrible as the ones I would hear in a lot of other low budget Syfy films.I recommend the movie “Battle Planet” to science fiction movie lovers because of the interesting plot it had.