REVIEW: THE BEST OF THE POWER RANGERS – PART III

 

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MAIN CAST

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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REVIEW: THE TATTOOIST

CAST

Jason Behr (Roswell)
Mia Blake (Without a Paddle)
Robbie Magasiva (Stickmen)
Michael Hurst (Bitch Slap)
Nathaniel Lees (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
David Fane (Eagle vs Shark)
John Bach (Jack Irish)
Alison Bruce (Young Hercules)
Stuart Devenie (Jack of All Trades)
Timothy Balme (Maddigans Quest)
Jarred Blakiston (Power Rangers Dino Charge)

a4f298880de7d0f5731f2f6b5aeJake Sawyer (Jason Behr) is a global wanderer and tattooist who explores ethnic themes in his designs. While visiting Singapore to sell his craft at a local trade show, he swipes an ancient Samoan tattoo tool. After flying to New Zealand to resume his art, he meet up with a lovely Samoan woman named Sina (Mia Blake) and discovers the local Samoan culture. But Jake slowly learns that his stolen tool ends up unleashing an evil avenging spirit whom targets all of the customers that Jake has given tattoos to since his theft of the tool. While attempting to learn pe’a, the Samoan tradition of tattooing, Jake soon realizes that Sina is imperiled when she gets a tattoo from him and he must find a way to save her, and himself.32ef91aa32efThe Tattooist is a good example of how a tight script and decent direction can make the most out of a small budget. It’s not overlong, either. Really, if you’re after a horror movie then this probably isn’t what you’d want to watch: it’s more like a supernatural thriller. But it’s a very good example of how a simple film can be made to be intriguing and stylish without being smothered by mumbled dialogue or overblown direction.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS – A STAR TO GUIDE THEM

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A STAR TO GUIDE THEM
MAIN CAST
Kevin Sorbo (Andromeda)
Michael Hurst (Bitch Slap)
GUEST CAST
Brent Barrett (All My Children)
Jon Brazier (The Piano)
Latham Gaines (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Edward Newborn (The Water Horse)
Denise O’Connell (SShark In The Park)
Kirstie O’Sullivan (Mercy Peak)
On the night before the Winter Solstice, Iolaus has a dream involving some strange imagery: a star, a rock, a tree and a strange pointy object. When he wakes, he tells Hercules that he is going north, Hercules comments on his hands being red. Elsewhere, King Polonius tells his queen Maliphone that the Oracle told him a child “not of the House of Polonius” would succeed him. The queen orders all boys under the age of one to be rounded up. Hercules tells Iolaus he will go north with him and asks Iolaus to explain what is going on. Iolaus says he does not understand it himself. He asks him about the dream and Iolaus says he has never felt so good. Hercules warns him that the gods act in strange ways. Iolaus says he just has to go north. Meanwhile, Trinculos tries to steal some money from another thief, whom he lets go. On the way north, Hercules asks Iolaus how far they have to go, Iolaus responds that when he knows he will tell Hercules. Elsewhere in a nearby village, all the baby boys are being taken by Polonius’ guards. While Hercules rests on a rock, Iolaus says the place feels familiar, even though he has never been there before. He then recognizes the rock as the one from his dream, which spurs him on north.
Elsewhere, Uris is taking his wife Loralei and newborn son away from their village so they will be safe. He tells his wife he has to because of a dream he had. While Hercules and Iolaus stop for a rest and some food, Trinculos comes by and Hercules asks him to join them. Trinculos decides to join them up north and Hercules notices he also has red palms. As the guards attack the village, Uris tells his wife to go to his brother’s house. As they fight, Hercules and the other men join in and begin beating up the guards. Trinculos had been protecting Loralei and the baby. They tell Hercules about Polonius’ order to take all the babies under one year old for census, but they do not believe it. Hercules asks where they are headed and Uris tells says they are going north. Hercules asks to see his hands, which are also red. Hercules remarks on the three men all having the same dream, he tells Iolaus that although his dream is important, the lives of babies are at stake. Iolaus and Trinculos head on to the castle and he takes Uris and his family to safety. The captain of the guards tells the queen about the one child who got away. She says Hera will help them against Hercules. Uris leaves his family in the safety of his brother’s house and Hercules promises to bring him back safely. While Uris and Hercules talk about the dream he mentions the gnarled tree, which looked like it was pointing the way. Hercules and Uris meet up with Iolaus and Trinculos in a tavern.
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They decide to travel through the mountains. When they set off, they see the gnarled tree from their dreams. The group comes to a village, whose babies have not been taken and Hercules leads them to safety. At the castle, Maliphone calls on Hera for help and she is provided with some red warriors. While the group of men travels on, Trinculos begins complaining as he draws something in the sand. Iolaus and Uris help him finish the image. It is the strange pointy object from their dream. Trinculos admits he too had the dream and then goes away from the others. The king and queen are worried about which baby will be the new king. Maliphone orders all the babies to be killed. When the men arrive in a deserted village, Hercules warns them it may not be. Hercules then catches an arrow as it flies towards them. The archer is then knocked unconscious by Trinculos (who by the way has decided to come back). The guards find Loralei and question her about Hercules. Hercules and the others meet up with Hera’s red army and a fight breaks out. Hercules disposes of the red army; Trinculos saves Uris’ life and he returns the favor. With the threat out of the way, all the families are reunited. When Maliphone claims the heir to Bethos is in in her womb, Hercules reminds her that the people can elect their own king without a living heir. Hercules wishes Maliphone a happy exile as she is taken away. The men are glad they have accomplished what they had set out to do, Hercules says maybe it is not the end. The others follow him to the window, where he points out a star. Iolaus says he saw the star in his dream. Hercules suggests he should follow the star. The four men arrive at a house, which appears to be glowing from inside. The men agree that this is what the dream was all about, a sense of calm and peace. Hercules tells Iolaus he feels that “what you are about to witness is bigger and more important than anything we’ve ever done.” Hercules stands by as the three men go inside the house.
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Although it seems strange to see a Christmas episode done for Hercules it actually works because they call it Solciste instead of Christmas. It’s a loose retelling of the 3 wise Men, and it makes for an interesting story for the show.

REVIEW: ANDROMEDA – SEASON 1-5

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MAIN CAST

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: TLJ)
Lisa Ryder (Jason X)
Keith Hamilton Cobb (Noah’s Arc)
Laura Bertram (50/50)
Brent Stait (Blade: The Series)
Gordon MIchael Woolvett (Bride of Chucky)
Lexa Doig (Continuum)
Steve Bacic (Flash Gordon 2007)
Brandy Ledford (Baywatch)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

John Tench (Shooter)
Emy Aneke (Star Trek Beyond)
Elizabeth THai (Saved)
Amber Rothwell (Battlestar Galactica)
Paul Johansson (Highlander:The Raven)
Dylan Bierk (Beastmaster)
Marion Eisman (Hit ‘n Strum)
Cameron Daddo (Packed To The Rafters)
Brian George (The Big Bang Theory)
Sam Sorbo (Hercules: TLJ)
Claudette Mink (Children of The Corn 7)
Kimberley Warnat (Freddy vs Jason)
Malcolm Stewart (Jumanji)
John de Lancie (Star Trek: TNG)
Ty Olsson (Izombie)
Monika Schnarre (Dead Fire)
Douglas O’Keeffe (Sanctuary)
Nathaniel DeVeaux (Antitrust)
Noel Fisher (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Ralf Moeller (Conan The Adventurer)
Mackenzie Gray (Man of Steel)
Chapelle Jaffe (The Dead Zone)
Rachel Hayward (Jingle All The Way 2)
David Palffy (Stargate SG.1)
Kimberly Huie (G-Spot)
Michael Shanks (Stargate SG.1)
Gerard Plunkett (Sucker Punch)
Anthony Lemke (Robocop: Primce Directives)
William B. Davis (The X-Files)
Anna Marie Deluise (Smallville)
Enuka Okuma (House of The Dead)
Roger Cross (Arrow)
Kendall Cross (Caprica)
Francois Yip (Smallville)
James Marsters (Buffy)
Jud Tyler (That 70s Show)
Steven Grayhm (White Chicks)
Timothy Webber (Cypher)
Kevin McNulty (Elektra)
Mark Hildreth (V)
Kristin Lehman (Hemoglobin)
Costas Mandylor (Saw V)
Heather Hanson (The Hosue Next Door)
Dean Wray (Horns)
Ingrid Torrance (Flight 93)
Brendan Beiser (The X-FIles)
Cynthia Preston (Carrie 2013)
Meredith McGeachie (Punch)
Sonya Salomaa (Watchmen)
Michael Hurst (Hercules: TLJ)
Andee Frizzell (Stargate Atlantis)
Christopher Judge (Stargate SG.1)
Ellie Harvie (The New Addams Family)
Winston Rekert (The Blue Man)
Lawrence Bayne (Dog Pound)
Krista Rae (Dawn Anna)
Kristen Robek (Cats & Dogs)
Tony Todd (The Flash)
Venus Terzo (Arrow)
Sara Deakins (Tru Calling)
Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica)
William Katt (Carrie)
Geordie Johnson (Reign)
leila Johnson (School of Life)
Jayne Heitmeyer (Earth: Final Conflict)
Peter Shinkoda (Daredevil)
Adam Harrington (The Secret Circle)
Peter Bryant (Dark Angel)
Chris Potter (Heartland)
Jody Thompson (Flash Gordon 2007)
Helene Joy (Desolation Sound)
Aleks Paunovic (Mortal Kombat Legacy)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Sanctuary)
Krista Allen (Mutant X)
Michael Ironside (Total Recall)
JR Bourne (Stargate SG.1)
Sarah-Jane Redmond (V)
Nigel Bennett (Cypher)
John Reardon (Tru Calling)
Maury Chaykin (Entrapment)
Chelah Horsdal (Hell on Wheels)
Carmen Moore (Artic Air)
Michelle Harrison (The Flash)
Nicholas Lea (Arrow)
Colin cunningham (Elektra)
Andrew Jackson (Earth: FInal Conflict)
Ona Grauer (V)
Ivar Brogger (Bones)
Sebastian Spence (First Wave)
Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica)
Martin Cummins (Bates Motel)
Jim Byrnes (Highlander: The Series)
Christina Cox (Arrow)
Apollonia Vanova (Watchmen)
Nia Peeples (Half Past Dead)
Peter Wingfield (Caprica)
Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica)
Gary Jones (Stargate SG.1)
Emily Holmes (Dark Angel)
Peter Delusie (21 Jump Street)
Erica Durance (Smallville)
Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica)
Missy Peregrym (Heroes)
Marjorie Monaghan (Babylon 5)
Blu Mankuma (Tin Man)
Alan Scarfe (Seven Days)
Kyle Cassie (Deadpool)
Ken Tremblett (Caitlin’s Way)
Don S. Davis (Stargate SG.1)
Natassia Malthe (DOA)
Matthew Bennett (Battlestar Galactica)
Lochlyn Munro (Scary Movie)
Kevin Durand (Dark Angel)
Hiro Kanagawa (Heroes Reborn)
Francoise Yip (Smallville)
Emmanuelle Vaugier (Two and a Half Men)
Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother)

The first season begins with a two-part story “Under the Night” and “An Affirming Flame” about the formation of Dylan and his new crew. Gerentex, a nightsider, hires the crew of the Eureka Maru: Beka, Harper, Trance, and Rev. Gerentex wants them to do a salvage operation and find the fabled Andromeda Ascendant. The ship is worth a lot of money. After a long effort by the crew, they find the Andromeda and tow it from the black hole singularity.When Beka, Harper, Trace, and Rev board the ship, they find Dylan on board. Gerentex sends a secret assault team, led by Tyr, to kill Dylan. Suddenly, the mission changes and Beka’s crew have a change of heart. They want to leave the ship to Dylan, because it is his ship after all. Gerentex does not react happy to the news and he only leaves the ship when it is sucked back into the singularity. Of course, he leaves Beka’s crew and the assault team to perish. Dylan inspires the crew to work together to get out of the situation. He saves them, and later reveals to them his desire to rebuild the Commonwealth. Reluctantly, everyone joins him. Not because they believe in his cause, but because it is better than smuggling.The two-part story is a pretty exciting introduction to the series. Some of the characters’ performances are a bit over-the-top and their ability to instantaneously adapt to using the Andromeda’s advanced computer systems and having security codes to launch the massive nova bombs (think nukes in space) is little on the unreasonable side. But, if you do not take the show too seriously, the introductory two-part story is quite fun. Another part I enjoyed about it was the mysterious hints about Trance. She was shot and killed, but miraculously recovered without any medical attention. While she seems like an innocent character with a small part, the writers have some big plans for her as the series progresses.

The  grander plot happening with the Andromeda crew tends to be a lot better than the standalone episodes. There are episodes that tie in a super duper bad guy called the Abyss. In “Harper 2.0”, the Abyss sends an assassin into the known world to erase its existence. In the season finale “It’s Hour Come ‘Round at Last”, the crew run into a huge ship filled with millions of Magogs. It becomes a very interesting story.

There are also some interesting stories with detailed background into the characters like “Angel Dark, Demon Bright”, where the Andromeda accidentally travels back in time to a major turning point in the battle against the Commonwealth and Nietzscheans. Dylan is in a position to change the future forever, but decides against toying with fate. Then there is “The Banks of the Lethe”, which puts Dylan back his fiance Sara (Sam Jenkins). Episodes like theses offer insight to the characters, their backgrounds and personalities, and the relationships they have with each other. These developments become a fairly intriguing part of season one . For instance, Tyr is a Nietzschean and cares more about his wellbeing than those he serves with. In several instances, his loyalty and duty to the crew is questionable. Like in the episode “Double Helix”.

Overall, the first season of Andromeda offers viewers a decent science-fiction series filled with action, some corny dialogue, over-the-top performances, decent stories, and a cast of likeable characters.

In season two, Dylan’s quest becomes more of a reality. The Renewed Systems Commonwealth represents more than just the unity and peace Dylan envisions; it is, as Dylan hunt says, a necessity. In the season one finale “It’s Hour Come ‘Round at Last”, Harper took a look around inside Andromeda’s code and found a backup copy of Andromeda’s core. He accidentally restored the backup. Andromeda went out of control and took the crew on a top secret mission. To make matters worse, the mission takes the crew deep into Magog territory, where the Andromeda runs into a Magog Worldship. The Worldship is a transportable solar system, with multiple planets and an artificial sun. The Worldship houses trillions of Magog and gives them the power to destroy stars. The Magog are traveling towards the known worlds with plans of conquest and destruction. In the close of the episode, the Magog have overrun the Andromeda and the crew’s fate is desperate: Trance, Beka, and Dylan are unconscious and near death, Tyr and Harper are being held by the Magog, Rommie had a pike shoved in her stomach, Rev Bem is being converted to the Magog cause, and the Andromeda Ascendant is in critical condition.

The second season premiere episode “The Widening Gyre” continues where season one left off. Despite the direness of the situation, they overcome their individual situations and manage to free themselves of capture. The real excitement introduced in this story is the notion of the Magog and the Worldship. The Spirit of the Abyss, a being that acts as the Magog’s God, is leading the Magog on a quest of utter destruction. This threat becomes a staple for the Andromeda crew to fight off. A Renewed Systems Commonwealth is a necessity. Fortunately for the crew, they have some time until the Worldship reaches space of the known world–two or three years. In the fourth and fifth seasons, the Spirit of the Abyss and the Magog are a major port of the season story arcs. The Magog still are at the front of the stories and a key reason for the new Commonwealth. And Dylan works feverishly to recruit planets to his cause. In the episode “Home Fires”, Dylan receives a message from his long dead fiance. After the initial fall of the Commonwealth, a group sought refuge on a planet called Tarazed and for three hundred years, they have survived as the last remnants of the old way of life. Dylan learns that the people of Tarazed and goes to the planet to get them to join the new Commonwealth. They, however, do not. When he arrives at the planet, he finds a familiar face, that of his former first officer Gaheris. But it is a genetic clone named Telemachus Rhade. Dylan and Rhade are hesitant to trust each other. The story takes an interesting turn in the development of the relationship Dylan had with Gaheris, as well as introduces Rhade, who joins the cast in season four.

The episodes “Into the Labyrinth”, “Bunker Hill”, and “The Prince” are more episodes focused on the restoration of the Commonwealth with the cast in diplomatic missions, facing with spies, political corruption, and other such things. “Into the Labyrinth” sees a Nietzschean clan Saber-Jaguar joining the Commonwealth. In “Bunker Hill” the Saber-Jaguar clan invokes the Mutual Defense Pact, which requires the Andromeda join their side in combat against the Dragan clan. At the same time, Dylan sends Harper and Rommie to Earth to join the resistance movement to free human slaves under Dragan control. In “The Prince”, the crew travel to Ne’Holland to save what is left the royal family from being slaughtered. Dylan wants the planet to join the Commonwealth because it is in a key position to defend against the upcoming Magog onslaught. However, in order to get them to join, he has to save its leaders from its own people. But what Dylan did not know was that the royal family’s actions have not always been just.“Ouroboros” is a major episode in the series. It is the first major cast and crew changes. Rev Bem leaves the series as a regular cast member. He apparently went away to find himself. Stait, who plays Rev Bem, talks about the reason he left in his interview featurette. Another change deals with Trance. Harper builds a machine he hopes will help rid him of the Magog larvae that was implanted in him in the season premiere. The machine works, but it also does a little more and bends space and time. The crew is able to glimpse into future versions of themselves. Trance, in particular, meets her future self, who proclaims the future unfolded very badly. The present and future Trance’s switch places in hope future Trance can set the timeline in the right direction. The new Trance is physically different, without a tail and has golden skin. The other major change is in the crew. Robert Hewitt Wolfe was released because the direction he envisioned for the series was much different than wanted. In “Knight, Death, and the Devil”, the crew are on the verge of completing the first stage in restoring the Commonwealth. Beka and Harper negotiate with the fiftieth planetary world to join the cause. Dylan, Tyr, and Rommie also find a decommissioned high guard ship. When they interact with the ship’s AI Ryan (Michael Hurst), they find out there is a solar system with over fifty other relic ships in hiding. Dylan goes to the solar to convince the ships to rejoin the Commonwealth (remember some AI’s have emotions and they were abandoned long ago). Christopher Judge guest stars as one of the AI’s.

 

The season finale “Tunnel at the End of the Light” is a literally explosive episode. Representatives from fifty worlds come to the Andromeda to sign the Commonwealth charter. It is an exciting time to see the Commonwealth officially come back into power. Unfortunately, there are forces that would rather not see the chartered signed. Sabotage hits the Andromeda and the charter signing goes up in flames. It is up to the crew to make necessary sacrifices to see it through.

Overall, I was pretty happy with the second season of Andromeda. Like the first season.  In addition, the story arcs that span the episodes offer intriguing aspects with the formation of the Commonwealth, the Magog, and the Spirit of the Abyss. In the end, I think season two makes for a good watch if you enjoy science-fiction/fantasy oriented shows.

In the close of season two, the signing of the Commonwealth charter was under attack by mysterious alien forces. The disruption caused chaos and the crew had to make sacrifices to deal with the matter. In the third season premiere episode “If the Wheel is Fixed”, the story is concluded. Tyr and Beka were left trapped in another dimension. Dylan frets and considers a way to get them back. He takes the Eureka Maru to reconstruct the events that led to the crew members being sucked into the alternate dimension. He is successful and Tyr and Beka return. Unfortunately, the two are not who they seem to be. Many problems happen on the Andromeda and it eventually turns into a mysterious plot to kill them all–Tyr and Beka are being controlled by a force in the other dimension.

The unfortunate thing about this episode is the direction the story takes. In the end of season two, the story had a lot of promise with aliens from another dimension attacking. However, in the concluding half of the episode, the story gets pretty hokey. I suppose the aliens from another dimension were not the strongest approach itself, but I liked it in the first part. The subsequent episodes also fail to be as strong as they could. This is not to say they are terrible or anything, but rather that they could have been better. The story arcs that ran through the first two seasons start become less significant. The content is more episodic with the Andromeda crew out on missions that are wrapped up in an episode.

“The Unconquerable Man” is a pretty solid episode, but one you do not want to think too much about. The storyline is based on time travel and alternate realities. The episode begins with Harper moving Gaheris Rhade’s body and Dylan notices a mark on his hand he had never seen. Then the episode jumps into a point in time when a future Rhade had the opportunity to destroy the time machine Harper built in the season two episode “Ouroboros”. Trance is with Rhade and tries to convince him not to do so. Rhade reflects on his life (an alternate reality of the events thus far). In this reality, Rhade killed Dylan and survived for three hundred years in the black hole. He teamed up with Beka, Rev Bem, Trance, Harper, and Tyr to rebuild the Commonwealth. As the episode unfolds, Rhade comes to realize it is Dylan’s fate and not his. He sacrifices himself so that the original timeline is restored and Dylan is once again put in charge of the Andromeda.

“The Dark Backward” is an exciting episode because it explores Trance’s reality. There is a deadly intruder aboard the ship trying to kill the crew. The episode focuses on Trance and one her of mysterious talents. In past episodes, she has offered advice that could only be explained by foresight of some kind. She has the ability to play out situations in many different scenarios in mere seconds. Trance explores different ways to maximize the crew’s life and stopping the intruder. It is an interesting episode because it details more about how mysterious and special Trance is as a character.

Another strong episode this season is “What Happens to a Rev Deferred?”, where Rev Bem returns. While monitoring the evacuation of Empyrium, a world that is on the brink of destruction, the crew receives a communication from Rev Bem asking to be rescued. To complicate matters, a group of renegades are after Rev. Dylan and crew go to the planet’s surface to rescue Rev and witness a miracle. Rev under goes some spiritual phenomena when an unknown entity confronts Rev and he professes his sorrow for all his ill-natured acts as a savage Magog. He is given redemption and physical changed into a new being. Rev Bem has been an interesting character, with his struggles to be “civilized” over “savage”, and his ties into the Spirit of the Abyss make him an even more interesting character. It is too bad he is not investigated further. In the season finale “Shadows Cast by a Final Salute”, things take a turn for the worst for the Andromeda crew and the Commonwealth. The assistant minister of war informs Dylan that there is something afoot with the Nietzschean clans in the Commonwealth. There have been rumors going around that they are considering leaving the allied forces and forming their own united front. They are rumors no longer, but fact. Afterwards, Andromeda is put on high alert when an elite strike force of Dragans takes hostages and demands their lives for the bones of Drago Musevini. As the situation unfolds, it becomes evident Tyr’s hand had play in the situation. With his son, the genetic clone of Drago Musevini, he plans to unite his people and save the universe. At the end, Dylan and Tyr bid a final farewell to each other with no promise their next meeting will be peaceful. But the situation was more than just Dylan and Tyr, as a plot to stand against the Commonwealth became an important issue. The Nietzscheans and several other forces joined in a battle against the Commonwealth fleet, which ended with the fall of the Restored Systems Commonwealth.

Overall, I was not nearly as impressed with this season as I was with seasons one or two. The episodes were more episodic with Dylan and his crew going on this or that adventure. The overall story arc with the Commonwealth, the Spirit of the Abyss, the Magog, Trance’s past, and others were not addressed as they were in the past seasons. The focus was a lot different. While this is not an awful move, it just was not as good. The fortunate news is that the pace picks up again with the season three finale and it puts the entire universe of Andromeda in upheaval.

Life is not looking pretty for the Andromeda. In the season three finale, the Andromeda and the Commonwealth fleet were manipulated into a situation that resulted in the apparent downfall of the newly formed federation of planets. Dylan was betrayed by his friend Tyr for a cause that Tyr believes to be more righteous and important than anything else. In the season four premiere episode “Answers Given To Questions”, the story is revisited. With the destruction of the fleet, the Andromeda crew decides what to do next. While trying to figure out their situation, they take on an injured pilot who brings Dylan a communication. The message is from a man named Paroo. He tells Dylan that the Commonwealth is no more and that he is holding one of its leaders and will kill her in due time. Dylan responds by chasing after Paroo, who he finds out is the head of Commonwealth security and the real cause behind the massive battle. But Paroo has manipulated the situation so that everyone thinks Dylan is the bad guy. Dylan kills Paroo and shows he was an agent of the Abyss. He then becomes a hero. More good news follows as enough leaders survived that the Commonwealth continues on.

In the remainder of the season, the series story arc dealing with the Magog threat is revisited in full. The majority of the episodes deal with the Andromeda crew caught up in one situation or another that ties into the Magog, the Abyss, and the Nietzscheans. A new addition to the Abyss story arc in this season begins to define Dylan’s role in the overall scheme of things. Yes, he is the captain of the Andromeda and leading the cause, but there is more to it than just that. The truth about who and what Dylan is revealed and his role in stopping the Abyss is more important than any of the lives of his crew.

“Waking the Tyrant’s Device” is an episode that takes a look at the creator of the Magog Worldship. Nicholas Lea (The X-Files) guest stars as Tri-Lorn, who gives the Andromeda orders to visit a planet. When they arrive, they are attacked. Dylan questions Tri-Lorn why they were sent to such a dangerous place without being told. Tri-Lorn reveals the importance of the mission. They are to stop Kroton, a half man, half robot. Kroton is building a massive army of androids and it is up to Dylan and crew to stop him. The episode itself is not the strongest, but it is still interesting to focus on the creator of the Worldship.

“Soon the Nearing Vortex” and “The World Turns All Around Her” is the two part episode where Telemachus Rhade joins the Andromeda crew on a permanent basis. In the first part, the Andromeda comes to the aid of a Commonwealth transport ship that is under attack from Nietzchean. On the transport is Rhade, who is holding Tyr as a prisoner. The Andromeda fends off the attacking ships and save Rhade’s life, but not before Tyr escapes. When Dylan reports back to the Commonwealth headquarters, Tri-lorn demands Rhade be returned to Tarazed so he can be dealt with. Dylan decides not to take him back because he fears Tri-lorn is corrupt. The story continues with the crew facing corrupt politicians, a scheming Tyr, and the Route of Ages, a mystical slipstream that goes to the original Vedran home world.

In the second part of the story, Dylan is ready to take on the Route of Ages. Tyr appears in a ship, with Beka in custody, demanding that Dylan give up the map for Beka’s life. Dylan comprises and allows Tyr to follow him on the journey. The Route of Ages is important because it is the key to stopping the Abyss. As the story unfolds, more intricate aspects of the plotline are uncovered, which include Trance revealing who and what she really is to Dylan, an avatar of the Vedran sun. The Abyss also makes a frightful appearance that puts the crew in a race for survival. This episode marks Tyr’s final appearance.

Other strong episodes in the season include “The Torment, the Release”, where the corrupt Tri-lorn demands Dylan hand over Rhade for prosecution, “The Warmth of an Invisible Light”, where Harper’s latest invention sends Dylan into an alternate reality, “Fear Burns Down to Ashes”, Rev Bem returns with a weapon to stop the Magog, “Lost in a Space that Isn’t There”, where Beka becomes an agent of the Abyss, and other episodes. For the most part, they all tie into the larger plot and tend to add to the excitement. The two-part season finale “The Dissonant Interval” is also an episode worthy of noting. The Andromeda goes to a space station called the Arkology when they learn the Magog Worldship is headed right for them. When the crew arrives at the station, they inform its leaders about the upcoming threat. The unfortunate part is that they are unwilling to listen. The people in the Arkology are of a peaceful nature and they believe they will be able to make peace with the Magog. But the Magog are not a peaceful people and they intend to kill everyone. The two-part story puts the crew in a battle with death-defying odds. And despite the odds, they put 110% into stopping the Magog. Unfortunately, as the episode ends, the situation is hopeless with death not far off from the horizon. Dylan is forced to abandon everyone and escape through the Route of Ages.

 

Overall, I enjoyed season four. The plotlines in the episodes tended to tie the material into a larger plot and it made for a much more intriguing watch. There were also several reoccurring characters like the devilish Nicholas Lea, the guy you love to hate, playing a questionable Commonwealth politician. The storylines touched upon the Abyss and the Magog, the Collectors, turncoat Tyr, and other exciting bad guys. Like seasons one and two, season four produces some exciting stories that are engaging and easy to get lost in.

In season five, the series takes a much different turn in events. At the end of the season four, there was some skepticism as to whether or not the show would continue into a fifth season. Well, the series was picked up for a fifth season, but with a smaller budget.The storylines lose the grandeur it once had with the epic space battles and massive story arcs. The series, stories, and character becomes more confined and lose a lot of the appeal found in previous seasons. In a nutshell, watching season five was more of a chore than fun. While there was some decent content, it does not compare to the quality of the past seasons.

In the close of season four, the Andromeda came to the space station Arkology to warn the inhabitants about their impending doom. The Magog Worldship was headed right for them and they need to get out of there. The inhabitants were a peaceful people and believed that they could make peace with the Magog. Dylan and the rest tried to tell them peace is not an option. Of course, they did not listen. When the Magog came, the Andromeda and its crew tried its best to stop the onslaught, but they failed miserably. In the close of the two-part season four finale, Dylan took the Route of Ages in a slipstream fighter and found himself transported into an alternative universe.

The two-part episode “The Weight” kicks off season five. In it, Dylan gets accustomed to his new life in the alternate universe on a planet called Seefra-1, which is one of nine barren wastelands. When Dylan tries to learn more about where he is, he finds little help. But when he meets a mysterious man named Flavin, he begins to get more clues about his situation. He is trapped in an isolated cluster of planets in another universe. Dylan explores Seefra-1 and later runs into a very disgruntled Rhade. Rhade and the others crew members (who Dylan runs into in later episodes) are unhappy with him for leaving them to die. It was through the efforts of Trance that the Andromeda (badly damaged) and her crew were brought into this alternate reality and not left to die at the hands of the Magog. They also blame him for being stuck on Seefra-1. Dylan returns to Flavin to get more information from him. Dylan learns his place is on Seefra-1; he must help the people in the coming days. Flavin also reveals the true nature of the Route of Ages.

After the not-so-exciting season premiere, “Phear Phactor Phenom” has the majority of the season four cast back together in some form or another, Dylan, Harper, Beka, Trance, and Rhade. We learn that Rommie was destroyed and Harper had been on Seefra-1 for over three years while the rest of the crew had only just recently arrived. During Harper’s time on the Seefra-1, he was able to rebuild a new android with portions of Rommie’s damaged core. The new character is Doyle, a blonde robot who was initially made to think she is human. The season five episodes proceed with the cast getting reacquainted with each other and Dylan trying to get the Andromeda up and running again. Some have changed with their new situation, most notably Trance who lost portions of her memory.

In the episode “Moonlight Becomes You”, Trance starts to remember who she is and the season starts to focus on the storyline hinted at in “The Weight”. The Seefra system is in jeopardy and the crew must work together to save the inhabitants of the nine wastelands over the next several episodes. But the story really ties into the power that is Trance. Trance is an avatar of the Vedran sun and the actual sun is approaching Seefra-1. When it arrives, the planets in the system (except for Seefra-1) will explode. The episodes “Past is Prolix”, “The Opposites of Attraction”, “Saving Light from a Black Sun”, “Quantum Tractate Delirium”, “One More Day’s Light”, and “Chaos and the Stillness of It” continue to focus on this storyline (uncovering more about Trance, the council of avatars she is a senior member of, and the crew trying to save the inhabitants), which is much more entertaining than the first portion of the season, but it still lacks the same punch the early seasons had.

In the two-part series finale “The Heart of the Journey”, the series come to a close by wrapping up the series story arc with the Abyss. While on Seefra-1, Harper receives a message transmission for Dylan. It is from Flavin, who had been killed by the Abyss, telling Dylan he is the last hope for the survival of the known worlds. The Council intends to destroy the galaxies of the known world in order to snuff out the Abyss. They, however, give Dylan and his crew the opportunity to return before their utter demise. Once back in their universe, they find only four days have passed since the Magog Worldship attacked. The Andromeda has to face the Nietzchseans and the Abyss. The situation that appeared dire ends with a happy ending and the destruction of the Abyss in a battle that is far from epic.

Overall, I really did not care for this season. The level of grandeur in the storylines was significantly diminished. The big flashy effects were part of what made the sci-fi series so much fun were gone. The show tended to have very isolated stories with limited character development. In the end, I did not see much in this season that made it worthwhile. Sure, there are some decent episodes, but they fail to compare to the past seasons. Despite my lack of enthusiasm, I give it a rent it recommendation on the pure basis that it concludes the series and there are a few decent episodes to follow.

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)
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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

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MAIN CAST

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

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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.