25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: POWER RANGERS SUPER SAMURAI: STUCK ON CHRISTMAS

CAST
Alex Heartman (Police Guys)
Erika Fong (Transformers 4)
Hector David Jr. (Lockwood)
Najee De-Tiege (Kickin’ It)
Brittany Anne Pirtle (Bring it On 5)
Rene Naufahu (Shortland Street)
Felix Ryan (Nip/Tuck)
Paul Schrier (Masked Rider)
Jii sets up the Christmas Tree, the Rangers fight Gred in a quarry. Mike fights it off and then they destroy it and fight it with the Battlewing Megazord. Once the monster is destroyed, they are stuck in the Megazord and must find a way out. So the flashbacks start. Kevin recalls Antonio programing the Clawzord. Jayden reminds Kevin that Kevin was able to help them with his plans.  At the Shiba House, Mentor Ji opens the door to find Bulk (dressed as Santa) and Spike (dressed as an elf). Spike wants to deliver a present meant for Mia. Jayden remembers the time when Kevin and Mike were stuck together. Mia asks Emily what they should wear for Christmas. Mia remembers the time they went on a shopping spree in the “Strange Case of the Munchies” episode. Bulk asks if ‘drill sergeant’ is at the dojo. We see a flashback of Emily training Bulk and Spike.
Bulk and Spike help Mentor with the tree. Jayden calls Jii about what is going on. Mia and Emily cheer up Mike with a flashback of Antonio’s concert and when Mike took a pic of Kevin in a ballerina outfit. Spike attempts to put the angel on top of the tree. Bulk and Spike remember the day they saved the cat. Jii tells them they are heroes and gives them cookies. Bulk tells Mentor that they have helped the Rangers. We see a clip of Bulk and Spike running from Moogers. Mentor replies that they are all lucky that the Rangers protect everyone.
 Clips of several battles where the Rangers defeat the Nighloks are shown. The Rangers say they owe a lot to Mentor. Mia thinks he is lonely all alone. Spike tells Mentor how he met Mia and she told him to never give up.  Bulk says Mia introduced them to a young fisherman named Antonio. Jii didn’t realize it was so late. Kevin continues on the Megazord repairs. Almost everyone is sleeping.
 He fixes the problem with red and green wires, saying it is a Christmas miracle. Emily screams “Merry Christmas.” Jayden calls Mentor that they are on the way. Mentor asks for a quick favor on their way home. Bulk and Spike wake up and want to sneak out before ‘the drill sergeant’ returns. Mentor Ji stops Bulk and Spike and tells them that he has a surprise for them. The Power Rangers (morphed) walk inside the Shiba House, shocking the two, and thank the two for their help. The duo leave happily. The Rangers close the door. We see Santa fly across the moon and then we see Bulk and Spike fly in a motorcycle and they say “Merry Christmas to all.”
Another clipshow episode, but still enjoyable, the highlight was the Bulk, Spike and Jii Story.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: POWER RANGERS SAMURAI – CHRISTMAS TOGETHER, SAMURAI FOREVER

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CAST
Alex Heartman (Police Guys)
Erika Fong (Transformers 4)
Hector David Jr. (Lockwood)
Najee De-Tiege (Kickin’ It)
Brittany Anne Pirtle (Bring it On 5)
Rene Naufahu (Shortland Street)
Felix Ryan (Nip/Tuck)
Paul Schrier (Masked Rider)

In the city, Bulk and Spike admire a bike but can’t afford it. Bulk decides to buy some hot chocolate. At the Shiba House, Ji delivers the Christmas tree. Mia wants to decorate it with pink stuff. Mike tells her that they need to set up the tree first. Mike calls Emily to help out. Emily wants to write her sister a Christmas letter. She starts the email about their memories of the Origins episode. Emily continues with her times with Mike and then writes about Mike’s journey as a Samurai. Emily turns her attention to Mia, who has always been a great role model. She writes about her memories of Mia, including their wedding mission.
Back at the Garage, Bulk prepares to rebuild his old bike for Spike. Back at the Shiba House, the Rangers continue to set up the tree. Mia enters the room and remembers her moments with Jayden. She continues with Kevin’s dedication to the Samurai life. Kevin asks Mia for the tape. They remember Mia’s bad cooking skills. The guys finish the Christmas tree and prepare for egg nog. Emily writes about Antonio and the Gold Ranger in her email. She follows up how they worked as a team and learned to never give up. Back at the Garage, Spike and Bulk talk about their good and bad memories. Emily saves her favorite memory for life: the first time that they morphed. Emily concludes her email and gives her snow globe a final shake. In the morning, the Shiba House is surrounded with snow. Mike wakes his friends up to a swarm of gifts under the tree. Bulk and Skull wake up to a snowy Christmas. Mentor Ji hands out the gifts. The Rangers love their gifts. Mike doesn’t have a smile on his face. Ji reveals Mike’s gift: a motorcycle. Bulk and Spike prepare to head outside. Back at the Shiba house, Mike returns with no bike. He gives up his bike to people that truly need it.
A Nice Christmas episode, that although it is a clipshow it is still fun.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: POWER RANGERS ZEO – A SEASON TO REMEMBER

CAST
Johnny Yong Bosch (Marvel Anime: Blade)
Karan Ashley (Sawed)
Steve Cardenas (Turbo: APM)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Catherine Sutherland (The Cell)
Nakia Burrise (Bones)
Paul Schrier (Wicked)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Robert Axelrod (Deep Freeze)
Richard Genelle (The Death Merchant)
Barbara Goodson (The Legend of Korra)
Alex Borstein (Family Guy)
Gregg Bullock (Evil Acts)
David Stenstrom (Masked Rider)
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The episode starts with an old man telling his grandson a story about the Rangers during the holidays. He sadly did not tell of the time the Rangers actually met Santa. The Rangers and Raymond (a recurring character during Zeo) are throwing a party at the Juice Bar promoting different holiday traditions. They are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and probably others. Power Rangers once again does a good job of showing off all the holidays. The Machine Empire led by King Mondo are the big bads this season. Of course they don’t understand Christmas since they are robots and stuff. Mondo sends Prince Sprocket to mess with the Rangers’ minds. Sprocket makes them not respect other religions leading them to argue. It’s a bit comical listening to Tommy tell Raymond to go pick a Christmas tree instead of worrying about his Jewish stuff. Tanya is pretty hilarious too being really angry that nobody is respecting Kwanzaa. Mondo also makes all their holiday items disappear making everyone want to cancel the party. Mondo’s plan is working until a little girl convinces the Rangers through a bad song that diversity and having friends is good. Mondo’s plan is foiled.I liked the different holidays aspect. It’s good to see Power Rangers go above and beyond just focusing on Christmas. I liked that old school holiday special feel of an old man telling his grandson the story. It’s sweet. We find out in the end that Tommy is the old man and that he’s married to Kat. They make a cute old couple.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: POWER RANGERS – I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE RANGER

CAST
Amy Jo Johnson (Flashpoint)
David Yost (Ladykiller
Johnny Yong Bosch (Marvel Anime: Blade)
Karan Ashley (Sawed)
Steve Cardenas (Turbo: APM)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
Paul Schrier (Wicked)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Robert Axelrod (Deep Freeze)
Tracy Lynn Cruz (Power Rangers In Space)
Richard Genelle (The Death Merchant)
Barbara Goodson (The Legend of Korra)
Richard Steven Horvitz (Sabrina: The teenage Witch)
Kerrigan Mahan (Dr. Dolittle)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Carla Pérez (VR Troopers)
Robert von Fliss (Masked Rider)

Tommy Forces Indentured Servant to Make Tree Look NiceIt’s Christmas time in Angel Grove and, in the Angel Grove Juice Bar, everyone inside is in the spirit. Rangers Adam, Billy, Rocky and Tommy watch the goings-on as Kimberly and Aisha hold a minor pageant within, leading children in singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. As the pageant ends, the girls rejoin the guys as bar owner Ernie approaches Tommy and offers him to put up the star and finish up the Christmas Tree. However, Tommy spots a despondent little girl and lets her put up the star in his place. Aisha talks to Kimberly, who tells her that this was the first Christmas she was going to spend without her mom (an earlier plot had Kimberly decide to stay with Aisha when her mom moved to Europe). Aisha reassures her and gets her to join in with the decorating as bullies-turned-junior police officers Bulk and Skull enter, lamenting in the duties as Santa and an elf respectively. When Kimberly attempts to put up some mistletoe, Tommy arrives to help her, only for Bulk and Skull to barrel through and Skull steal a kiss from Kimberly, much to her displeasure. However, not all is happy. In his base on the Moon, the villainous Lord Zedd shows his displeasure over the holidays and vows things will be different.ZeddPutOnHisJeansRita Repulsa demands to know how he’ll do that, noting he says that every year. However, Zedd corrects her, pointing out how could she know since they’ve only been married a year; he produces a special top that would hypnotize the children of the world into doing his bidding – basically, by taking control of children, Zedd rules the future of Earth. Rito Revolto comments that Zedd’s idea is pretty good, while being entranced by the spinning top. Zedd gives Rito the top and tells him to get to the North Pole and force the elves to make more of the toys, while taking Santa hostage. Deciding to make a pun-related gloat, Zedd says “Santa won’t have to check his list twice, because all the children of the world will have been naughty, and won’t that be nice for me.”In the Juice Bar, Aisha and Kimberly practices another song, “Menorah, Menorah”, with the kids as Aisha notices the kid from earlier. Aisha’s curious as to what’s going on though Kimberly is just as clueless.Alpha's Suit Actress in a Cameo RoleWhen the song ends and the kids leave, the two confront the girl over her half-hearted performance, but she brushes them off saying that it wasn’t worth it as she wouldn’t have to sing for. In the North Pole, Santa enters his workshop to check on his elves and their work. The head elf shows worry over not meeting their deadline, but Santa reassures her. However, Rito appears, flanked by Tengu Warriors, and declares that he’s taking over and wants the elves to make the tops. Rito introduces himself, with Santa commenting that he’s been very bad; Rito takes it as a compliment. Santa and the head elf stand up to them, but Rito’s numbers easily overpower them. In the Juice Bar, Kimberly confronts the child and finds out that her dad can’t come to the pageant because he’s stuck at work. Kimberly reassures the girl and cheers her up before bringing her in. She catches Tommy under the mistletoe once again and they try for another kiss only to be interrupted by their communicators – Zordon needs the Rangers.Arriving in the Command Center, Zordon lets the teens in on Rito’s takeover, confusing the teens over why Zedd would do this. Learning of the toys, the team agrees that they have to stop them; however, Zordon warns them that, because of various factors like a cross-current of holiday magic and the North Pole’s unique polarity, their powers will not work on the North Pole. They realize that and take the chance anyway. Upon arriving, the Rangers make it to the workshop to see Santa tied up and Rito and the Tengu pushing the elves into working. As the team thinks up of a plan, Zedd spots the teens and sends Goldar to assist Rito and to get rid of the Rangers. In the Juice Bar, the little girl confronts Bulk and Skull in trying to find Kimberly; both are shocked to her Kimberly isn’t around, since she never bails on helping others. Skull reminds Bulk it’s time to slip into their costumes; Bulk says they’ll go outside and let Santa know about Kimberly’s disappearance.maxresdefaultIn Santa’s workshop, the Rangers huddle and come up with a plan, which begins with Aisha and Kimberly getting the head elf’s attention and letting them in on their plan. The two, then, get Rito’s attention and lure him outside while the head elf rallies the other elves. Outside, the Rangers make their presence known and Rito realizes that his powers don’t work either, which greatly upsets him. When Goldar finally arrives, the Rangers attack by launching snowballs at the two villains, forcing them to retreat inside the workshop, where they’re tripped up and taken out. The Tengas try to aid them, only to be tripped up by marbles. The villains defeated, they’re tied up in ribbon and teleported back to Zedd and Rita. The head elf realizes that the takeover has put them behind schedule and Billy offers the Rangers to aid the elves in getting them back on track by wrapping up the rest of the presents and loading them into Santa’s sleigh, which they accept. The teens are able to finish everything and, for their help, are given a sack of presents to give to others at the Juice Bar. In Zedd’s base, Zedd and Rita are happy to receive at least one gift this year. To Rita’s anger, the box is full of their hypnotic spinning tops – “What a gyp!” Wearing a Santa hat, Rito sheepishly give Goldar a new sword as a Christmas gift. Taken aback by Rito’s gesture, Goldar can only thank him gladly. Rita and Zedd, however, are left disgusted. Looking out to earth, Zedd declares that he hates Christmas with a “bah humbug!”, the quote echoed by Rita.At the Juice Bar, Bulk and Skull have donned their costumes and are tending to the kids to hear their wishes, finding themselves dumbstruck over one kid’s massive list. The Rangers return with the gifts and Kimberly gives the girl a special gift – her father, who apologizes for missing out and promises her that he would stay with her. The girl approaches Bulk and asks what she’d want for Christmas, only for her to say she already has her gift thanks to him, leaving the two feeling warm inside (and Skull breaking down into tears). Kimberly and Tommy finally get their kiss under the mistletoe and she is reunited with her mom for the holidays. After one last song, “Silent Night”, everyone gathers around the stage and let out a “Merry Christmas”.

One of my all time favorite Christmas specials, it’s got a great story to it and its loads of fun to watch every year around Christmas.

 

 

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR: POWER RANGERS TURBO – CARLOS AND THE COUNT

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CAST

Tracy Lynn Cruz (Power Rangers in Space)
Blake Foster (Kids World)
Patricia Ja Lee (PAW Patrol)
Roger Velasco (Castle Rock)
Selwyn Ward (A Simple Promise)
Hilary Shepard (The 40 Year Old Virgin)
Paul Schrier (Eagle Riders)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Gregg Bullock (Evil Acts)

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RECURRING CAST

Carol Hoyt (American Tigers)
Katerina Luciani (Ultimo Bersaglio)
Derek Stephen Prince (Bleach)
Scott Page-Pagter (Beetleborgs)
Lex Lang (Star Wars Resistance)

Count Nocturne - newWhile on his way home from Bulk and Skull’s Scary Film Festival, Carlos is ambushed and bitten in the park by Divatox’s latest monster, Count Nocturne. The next day, Carlos slowly starts to develop the attributes of a vampire, and the other Power Rangers quickly try to cure him and take down Count Nocturne. Meanwhile, Bulk and Skull are determined to slay Carlos before he turns his friends into vampires too.Power-rangers-Turbo-40-Carlos-Et-Le-Vampire.avi_000552080This was a good showcase episode for Carl, it’s a fun episode seeing Carlos as he transforms into a vampire and Justin trying o prove to the others that Carlos is a Vampire.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR: POWER RANGERS ZEO – IT CAME FROM ANGEL GROVE

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CAST

Catherine Sutherland (The Cell)
Nakia Burrise (Hart of Dixie)
Steve Cardenas (Enuattii)
Johnny Yong Bosch (Money Heist)
Jason David Frank (The One Warrior)
David Yost (Degenerate)
Paul Schrier (Eagle Riders)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)
Richard Genelle (The Death Merchant)
Gregg Bullock (Evil Acts)

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RECURRING CAST

Carla Perez (VR Troopers0
David Stenstrom (Masked Rider)
Alex Borstein (Family Guy)
Barbara Goodson (Akira)
Kerrigan Mahan (Dr. Dolittle)
Robert L. Manahan (You Light Up My Life)
Bob Papenbrook (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Oliver Page (Titantic)
Richard Steven Horvitz (Summer School)
Robert Axelrod (The Blob)

what-happened-to-the-cast-of-mighty-morphin-power-rangers-876016It’s a dark and stormy night at Angel Grove High School, and Adam is staying late to study while Tanya is asleep and Bulk and Skull are on night patrol. When Tanya gets up to leave, Bulk and Skull warn her that it’s a full moon tonight and that unusual things can happen under it, but Tanya just laughs and agrees to walk them home. As he studies, Adam is distracted by the television as it begins playing a favorite old monster movie of his, The Bride of Hackensack, and he ends up falling asleep on the sofa.vlcsnap-4951117Later, Adam is rudely woken up when a black cat runs into the room. Adam chases it, only to run into Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd as they stand in the darkened hallway of the high school. They tell him that while he slept, the Machine Empire took over the planet and brainwashed his friends. Adam’s only hope is to follow the cat as it leads him to a powerful sorcerer, and he must also collect the cape of a vampire, the hair of a werewolf, the wrappings of a mummy, and the eye of a cat in order to earn the sorcerer’s trust and turn back the Machines. As Adam steps through a door, he finds himself in a black-and-white world and meets a vampire named Tomacula as a familiar-looking bartender serves drinks to him and his friends… except Tomacula wants something a little more fresh from Adam’s veins. King Mondo suddenly appears to taunt Adam and send down Cogs, and Adam grabs Tomacula’s cape while he’s distracted.Vulgar-2000-movie-Bryan-Johnson-3A voice suddenly calls out as a rope appears. Adam climbs it and appears in a forest where he meets Lord Henry. He and the villagers are on watch for a werewolf in the area, but Adam finds out that Henry himself is the werewolf. When Henry falls into the bushes, Adam grabs some of his caught hair and flees. After meeting with the local Burgermeister, Adam is directed to a nearby cave where a professor is researching the tomb of Prince Bulkenhotep. The mummified prince wakes up and chases them until Adam helps him unwind by pulling his wrappings off. Adam leaves the cave and arrives inside a strange laboratory, where Dr. William von Hackensack and his assistant Eye-Gor are at work creating a zombie bride. Suddenly, the cat reappears and transforms into Valencia, queen of the witches. She demands that Adam submits to her power, but he takes her cat’s-eye pendant and she melts away.hqdefaultThe four items gathered, Adam finally reaches the wizard Zordonicus, who forces him to choose one of his friends to fight the evil Drill Master. When Adam asks himself what Tommy would do in his situation, Zordonicus accepts it as Adam’s answer and sends Tommy into the battle. Tommy struggles against Drill Master, but he ultimately triumphs over the monster. Adam demands that Zordonicus revert the world to normal, but the sorcerer reveals himself to be King Mondo and sends monsters to destroy him. Adam is suddenly jostled awake by Tommy, Kat, Tanya, and Rocky. As it turns out, Adam had slept through the whole night and suffered through one big nightmare. While Bulk and Skull pass through chasing what looks like the cat from his dream, Adam sees a TV commercial for an encore showing of The Bride of Hackensack. The other Rangers plan to watch it later, but Adam decides to pass on the offer as he’s had enough of scary movies.bxhNrwGiTlvy2rmH7S3zpGO9N8OAn excellent episode one of the best Halloween specials and indeed one of the best episodes ever.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR: MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS – LORD ZEDD’S MONSTER MASH

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CAST

Austin St. John (Footsteps)
Amy Jo Johnson (Flashpoint)
Walter Jones (Garden of Evil)
Thuy Trang (Spy Hard)
David Yost (Degenerate)
Paul Schrier (Wicked Game)
Jason Narvy (Masked Rider)

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RECURRING CAST

Richard Genelle (The Death Merchant)
Richard Steven Horvitz (Invader Zim)
Dave Mallow (Fearless)
Robert Axelrod (The Blob)
Kerrigan Mahan (Dr. Dolittle)
Michael Sorich (VR Troopers)
Barbara Goodson (Star Wars: The CLone Wars)
Robrt L. Manahan (You Light Up My Life)

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As the teens enjoy Halloween with some of their young friends, Lord Zedd instructs the putties to crash the annual Youth Center Halloween Party by disguising themselves as kids. Then, as Tommy takes the disguised putties trick-or-treating, Goldar kidnaps him to a secret location to battle the most vicious Halloween monsters.power-rangers-zedd-monster-mash-1041339
A Simple Halloween episode but a fun one, Tommy vs Monsters of the past, also the first mention of the peace conference, so it makes the episode important.