REVIEW: POWER RANGERS SUPER NINJA STEEL (SEASON 25)

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MAIN CAST

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

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Mike Edward (Filthy Rich)
Jacque Drew (Shortland Street)
Byron Coll (Jack The Giant Slayer)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Marissa Stott (Ash Vs Evil Dead)
Jackie Clarke (The Semisis)
Adam Gardiner (Pork Pie)
Estevez Gillespie (End of Daze)
Becky McEwan (Fifthy Rich NZ)
Jodie Rimmer (Young Hercules)
Marcus Johnson (The Third Wheel)
Claire Chitham (Outrageous Fourtune)
Lori Dungey (Lord of The Rings)
Geoff Dolan (Sppoked)
Peter Elliott (800 Words)
Ian Hughes (Hercules: TLJ)
Amanda Billing (Shortland Street)
Aidee Walker (Step Dave)
Mikaela Rüegg (The Stolen)
Li Ming Hu (Power Rangers RPM)
Yoshi Sudarso (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Jason Faunt (Power Rangers Time Force)
Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Steven Skyler (Power Rangers Samurai)
Ciara Hanna (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Steve Cardenas (Power Rangers Zeo)
Selwyn Ward (Power Rangers In Space)
Jeffrey Parazzo (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Catherine Sutherland (Power Rangers Zeo)
Kate Elliott (Deathgasm)
Xana Tang (Filthy Rich)
Jared Turner (6 Days)
Daniel Sing (Xena)
Eve Gordon (The Almighty Johnson)
Jay Simon (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Jamie Davies (Power Rangers Dino Charge)

PowerRangersSuperNinjaSteelFallEpisodeTitlesDescriptions072218It’s easy to overlook that Power Rangers has never really gone away. Power Rangers has been going strong for over twenty years, with a new season debuting almost every year since 1993. 2018 is no different, with Power Rangers super  Ninja Steel kicking off the latest iteration of the long-running franchise.234058964328968563498Super Ninja Ninja Steel does a great job of jumping right into the action, indulging in the sort of “just go with it” storytelling that works best with Power Rangers. In quick order, we’re introduced to a number of high concepts – The Return of Madame Odius, the setting up of her show Galaxy Warriors season 2… And The Return of Sledge who returns in the opening episode if only briefly.  Also introduced is The Super Ninja Armor for when they are in the Zords.DimensionsInDangerI enjoyed Super Ninja Steel from beginning to end, Madame Odius is a much better villain than Galvanax. In the mid season finale where she defeats the Rangers and dispatches the zords is brilliant and the wait for Episode 9 was painful. Episode 10 the big crossover events shows how a crossover should be in the returning rangers are all favorites of mine. It was great to see Catherine Sutherland , I was always saddened when she left the Show. The Big finale was awesome too finally seeing the Madame Odius defeated and The Rangers victorious. The season has its ups and down, but all in all a great season, and leads you wanting more , Bring on Beast Morphers in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: FILTHY RICH – SEASON 1

 

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MAIN CAST

Miriama Smith (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Emma Fenton (Bridge to Terabithia)
Taylor Hall (Venus and Mars)
Alex Tarrant (800 Words)
Josh McKenzie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Simon Prast (When Love Comes)
Luciane Buchanan (The Blue Rose)
Shushila Takao (The Last Saint)
Mike Edward (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Erroll Shand (Deathgasm)
Luciane Buchanan (The New Legend of Monkey)
Cristina Serban Ionda (Out of Season)
Jodie Rimmer (Young Hercules)
Siobhan Page (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Xana Tang (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Nick Davies (Coverband)
Tania Anderson (We’re Here To Help)
Carl Bland (The Warrior’s Way)
Jay Simon (Shortland Street)
Joe Folau (King Kong)
Becky McEwan (Power Ranges Super Ninja SteeL)
Emily Robins (The Elephant Princess)
Bonnie Soper (The Devil Dared Me To)
Jared Turner (Underworld 3)
Simon Prast (When Love Comes)
Thereasa Healey (Jubilee)
Mark Mitchinson (Power Rangers Dino Charge)

By comparison, the Truebridge family in new drama series, Filthy Rich  seem positively plebeian with their one swimming pool and regular old champagne.  The premise is this one of New Zealand’s wealthiest men has died and left shares in his business to his three illegitimate children.  It throws diverse characters together and is infused with ready-made tension and conflict.

The rich man’s widow Brady Truebridge (Miriama Smith), is a woman so unpleasant and aggressive she could start a fight in a Buddhist retreat.  She’s obviously less than delighted about her dead husband’s illegitimate kids, “stray sperm that should have met a sodding condom”, is her verdict. Brady’s stepson John Junior (Josh McKenzie) does nothing to warm you to the wealthy.  He’s all  overt displays of wealth and a moral compass so non-existent he barely blinks when he realises he’s slept with his half-sister.  I’d say he’s a cliché, but I’ve seen rich kids on Instagram and, based on that, he actually feels sadly convincing.

Into this nest of designer-clad vipers, walk Savannah, Vader and Joe – the three illegitimate kids. Their differing attitudes towards the inheritance quickly become apparent, with Savannah after more cash and Joe only interested in finding out about his own birth mother.  Meanwhile, laid back Vader just seems to go with the flow, but considering he’s impersonating his critically ill foster brother…well he’s got his own problems.

It feels a little bit soapy in parts and at times Brady Truebridge put me in mind of Elizabeth Hurley in The Royals, in terms of fierce matriarchs.  And that’s not really a good thing.  It also has its predictable moments – only someone who has never watched television would have failed to predict Vader’s injured brother impostor storyline. But it’s fun.  It’s got pantomime evil characters, lots of glossy settings and plenty of secrets and conflicts in the offing.  It’s also a 20 episode series so there’s plenty of time to develop the story. Renewed for a second series which means there’s more drama to come
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