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Old April 1 2014, 12:26 AM   #1081
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Re: Power Rangers

Hey Christopher. Might I interest you in some Kamen Rider series?

Kamen Rider Kabuto's a 2006 series.





It has some flaws but its basically the last Kamen Rider series to be part Japanese soap opera with scifi elements in it.

In 2007 Kamen Rider started leaning towards being more like a sentai but still aiming towards an slightly older teen demographic
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Old April 1 2014, 05:27 AM   #1082
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My reviews for From Deep in the Shadows and Truth Discovered.

From Deep in the Shadows/Truth Discovered

As I mentioned earlier, these episodes - along with Ryan's Destiny, Curse of the Cobra, Strength of the Sun, and The Cobra Strikes - had previously constituted the bulk of my Lightspeed Rescue homeownership (I had seen other episodes as well, but these 6 were the most pivotal in terms of the season's overall storyline),and, in rewatching them, I found even more reasons to enjoy them than before.

This hadn't really occurred to me in previous viewings for some reason, but there's a very strong symmetry between these episodes - as well as the Titanium arc in general - and the Andros/Astronema (Karone) storyline from PRiS, particularly the episodes Never Stop Searching, Flashes of Darkonda, and The Secret of the Locket.

The parallels are particularly strong in Truth Discovered, which not only does a great job of continuing the events of From Deep in the Shadows (which has the kind of dramatic action storytelling that you'd find in more mainstream fare) but also offers its own compelling story that could've very easily functioned on its own without the typical franchise formula staples that were incorporated into it.

I also really liked the individual scenes between Dana and Captain Mitchell in both episodes, particularly their scene in Truth Discovered where she tells him he could've told her the truth about Ryan's fate (more on that in a second), which was a nice callback of sorts to their conversation at the conclusion of A Matter of Trust.

There are a couple of logic flaws in the episodes (namely why Dana wouldn't have remembered the truth of events even though she was clearly old enough to, and how/why Diabolico was free of imprisonment) and a rather glaring editing goof (Ryan clearly has the Titanium Morpher on his wrist in the episode's final scene of Truth Discovered despite having taken it off in the previous scene), but, overall, they're both really good episodes that help to kickstart what I think is one of the franchise's better multi-part story arcs and is certainly one of the best arcs of Lightspeed Rescue as a whole.
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Old April 1 2014, 09:56 AM   #1083
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In 2007 Kamen Rider started leaning towards being more like a sentai but still aiming towards an slightly older teen demographic
Kamen Rider doesn't have an older demographic than sentai, both are made for 5 year olds.
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Old April 2 2014, 04:24 AM   #1084
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RangerCrew's AF Day prank: Power Rangers Energy Chasers!

LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)–In 2015, Saban’s Power Rangers will energize the show’s 21 year legacy like never before by introducing Power Rangers Energy Chasers, an all-new original season featuring high-paced action and a captivating story that will cater to fans of all ages.

“We are incredibly excited to continue bringing the Power Rangers franchise to new heights by giving fans a second original season for the first time ever,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands.

Debuting on Vortexx on The CW in early 2015, Power Rangers Energy Chasers will air alongside Power Rangers Dino Charge on Nickelodeon, an unprecedented milestone of two original seasons airing side by side for the first time ever in the show’s history.

Power Rangers Energy Chasers tells the story of the Entron, a powerful energy source strong enough to support entire cities around the world. When an evil army arrives on Earth in search of harnessing the Entron for its evil deeds, a team of three must unite as Power Rangers to keep the power from falling into the wrong hands. In order to save the day, these heroes will utilize all new powers and join forces with a team of animal-like robots that will help the Rangers tap into even more powerful potential.

“Even though Power Rangers Energy Chasers features less episodes, less Rangers, and is smaller scale than its Nickelodeon counterpart, the season still packs a whole lot of punches that will be sure to charge up both Power Rangers fans and the Vortexx lineup!” said Dekel.
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Old April 2 2014, 04:56 AM   #1085
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My next two Lightspeed Rescue reviews:

Ryan's Destiny
Despite having previously said that the Titanium Ranger arc made up the bulk of my previous experience with the season, it turns out that Ryan's Destiny is an episode that I actually hadn't seen before.

The first thing that came to mind as I was watching the episode is how very similar it is to the PRiS episodes Astronema Thinks Twice and Zhane's Destiny and to the PRNS episode Return of Thunder, Part 4 in its structure and storyline.

This episode continued a motif that has been present since A Matter of Trust by having civilians play a key role in the plot of the episode, which, incidentally, is something that I find myself rather enjoying because it gives the season a unique flavor. I also really liked that it was the fact that he'd unwittingly put a couple of kids - who clearly reminded him of himself and Dana - in danger that caused Ryan to change his mind about leaving Mariner Bay and embrace being the Titanium Ranger and helping to fight against Diabolico.

Speaking of Diabolico, I really liked the motif of him having to prove himself to Bansheera because it added a new dynamic to his character and a sense of urgency and 'weight' to his actions.

Ryan's fight with Diabolico's 3 monsters (whose names I can't remember right now) was rather nice, although I would've liked to have seen him bust out the Titanium Laser instead of just simply knocking them around, as it would've made their retreat seem a tad more understandable.

Diabolico cursing Ryan in his sleep with the cobra tattoo made for a rather neat denouement to the episode, and a nice setup for Curse of the Cobra, and also helped to reiterate the idea that he and his fellow demons are in fact supernatural beings (as we really haven't seen a whole lot of that per se so far).

Curse of the Cobra
I know I had previously seen this episode, but it turns out that my memory of it was rather spotty, so rewatching it was a nice 'refresher'.

This episode was basically a reinterpretation of the PRiS episode The Silver Secret, with a tiny bit of influence from Dark Specter's Revenge tossed in for good measure, and made for a nice 'escalation' in terms of Diabolico and Co.'s fight against the Rangers.

I was really caught off guard by Carter almost blowing himself up in order to take out one of Diabolico's trio of monsters, but have to give the writers props for going there, especially since it helped to enhance the idea that Diabolico's curse really is a threat to Ryan's life rather than the show simply paying lip service to that idea, which is something I rather appreciated.

I really liked the ending scene with Carter, Ryan, and Captain Mitchell, especially with Carter confessing that he'd seen the tattoo on Ryan's back earlier in the episode. The conversation with Mitchell forbidding Ryan from morphing put me in mind of the relationship between Scott and Colonel Truman in RPM, which is kind of neat given how much I enjoy that season.

I'm not sure that the Megazord fight was really needed per se, but did like it, especially since we got to see the Lightspeed Megazord and Supertrain Megazord fight side-by-side.

This one has become my favorite of the Titanium Ranger episodes so far, and is one of the stronger 'sixth Ranger focus episodes' we've seen from the franchise so far.
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Old April 2 2014, 02:17 PM   #1086
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RangerCrew's AF Day prank: Power Rangers Energy Chasers!
I don't get it. What's funny about this, as opposed to merely deceptive?
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Old April 3 2014, 12:59 PM   #1087
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And most of it being obviously unlikely. Having two toy lines competing against each other. The rarity of any show having two series running simultaneously. Particularly with Saban's reputation for being cheap. Running a new season on Vortexx would probably violate the agreement with Nickelodeon etc.
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Old April 3 2014, 03:08 PM   #1088
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The rarity of any show having two series running simultaneously.
I dunno... consider Star Trek, Law & Order, CSI, NCIS, Stargate, Once Upon a Time, not to mention sitcoms like The Andy Griffith Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Happy Days that spawned multiple simultaneous spinoffs. Successful franchises often have more than one series on the air at the same time. Indeed, Saban's Masked Rider was treated as a spinoff set in the Power Rangers universe and ran simultaneously with MMPR season 3. Not to mention Saban's Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, which had a crossover with Power Rangers in Space.

So if the franchise were still as big as it was back then, having two parallel series wouldn't sound that unlikely. But I don't think it's anywhere near the phenomenon it once was.

Anyway, there's nothing wrong with an April Fool's gag being unlikely. It should be unlikely, something that makes you go "Wait, that can't be right, is the world really that crazy?" until you remember what day it is and get the joke, at which point you're amused by how silly it is. But this isn't absurd or funny enough to work as an April Fool's gag. It's just deceptive.
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Old April 3 2014, 04:51 PM   #1089
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My next batch of Lightspeed reviews.

Strength of the Sun
I hadn't really realized this until I watched this episode, but Ryan is one of the most strongly characterized Sixth Rangers in the franchise (although his overall storyline doesn't even come close to dethroning Merrick's as the absolute best in the show), and this episode is one of the key reasons why.

I really liked that he felt so strongly about helping protect Mariner Bay that he was willing to basically kill himself - literally - in order to help out, especially once it became apparent that his friends were on the verge of losing their own lives.

I really like Diabolico; he reminds me a great deal of Prince Gasket, Trakeena, and Imperious, a combination that actually makes him a rather formidable - and underrated - primary antagonist for the Rangers, and I rather enjoyed his machinations in terms of plotting to kill Impus (I would've liked to have seen him try, only for Bansheera's magic or something else to stop him rather than him simply backing off when Vypra and the others approached).

One of the things that I enjoyed most about Lost Galaxy (and which was largely absent in Time Force) was the proliferation of recurring minor antagonists, and so it was nice to see the motif return for the Titanium Ranger arc. Thunderon and Falkar don't have the most gregarious of personalities, but I did like that they managed to offer the Rangers a rather formidable challenge before being ultimately defeated by the Max Solarzord.

I also liked that Diabolico spoiled the Rangers' victory by revealing that Demoknight, Thunderon, and Falkar had survived in crystalline form.

The denouement with Ryan and Captain Mitchell was also great, and a rather nice callback to the final scene of A Matter of Trust between Dana and Captain Mitchell.

The Cobra Strikes
Because I had seen so little of Lightspeed Rescue overall, I didn't realize just how serialized the season truly was, but I have to say that, so far, it's been the most serialized of the Saban Entertainment seasons (even surpassing Lost Galaxy in that regard), which is rather neat.

I really enjoyed the numerous carry-overs from previous episodes that manifested themselves in this episode, but one in particular stood out for me: Ryan realizing that Diabolico had shown him where he needed to go in order to break the Cobra curse back in Ryan's Destiny when he transported him there in his dreams and put the Curse on him in the first place.

Ryan's fight with the Cobra monster was rather neat, and I liked the way he used his surroundings to help him prevail.

Ms. Fairweather is fast becoming one of my favorite 'Ranger helper' characters (the people who make it possible for the Rangers to do what they do), and is really starting to remind me a lot of Doctor K (albeit without K's psychological issues). Monica Louwrens does a really great job of making the character more than just the 'tech wizard', and I love the way she sort of casually mentioned the Battle Boosters (which I find to be rather cool).

I really liked that Diabolico didn't hesitate to take on the Rangers himself once they'd defeated his Troika monster, although it was kind of obvious from the very beginning that he wasn't going to emerge victorious even as he was kicking the royal crap out of both the Lightspeed Megazord and Max Solarzord.

I thought the Rangers' little victory party was a nice touch, especially since it was ruined by Bansheera showing up and introducing herself and her cocooned son Impus. It made for a pretty epic 'buzzkill' and a great way to end the episode (I especially liked Carter's reaction - "It's a drill, right?" - and Mitchell's response - "We don't have drills").

Olympius Ascends
Sorry Prince Gasket, but you're on the verge of being bumped out of my Top 10 Favorite PR Villains (primary only) by the awesomeness that is Prince Olympius.

Olympius Ascends had everything you could ask for in a character introduction/'turning point' episode, and then some. You had internal villain conflict (Vypra and Loki's sarcasm and false pandering countered with Jinxer's fawning servitude), rather brilliant strategic planning (Olympius using the forms of the captured Rangers to infiltrate the Aquabase), great interplay between the Rangers, and Carter being Carter (throwing himself and Olympius into the water).

Going back to Prince Olympius, I really like him, as I alluded to in opening this review. I love the character design, voice acting, and the way he briefly mopped the floor with the Rangers before having to beat a hasty and strategic retreat. I also liked the way the writers tossed in a tiny bit of foreshadowing by having him mention that he plans to give his mother her full bodily form once again.

***

I've been really enjoying Lightspeed Rescue so far, and can't wait to see where things go (especially since the only 3 episodes I've seen going forward are the Trakeena's Revenge 2-parter and Sorcerer of the Sands).

Speaking of Trakeena's Revenge, I know it's panned by a lot of PR fans as being rather poorly done, but I think I've found an episode placement for it that could go a long way towards making most of those complaints irrelevant and obsolete (we'll see for sure once I get to it again).
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Old April 3 2014, 05:47 PM   #1090
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So if the franchise were still as big as it was back then, having two parallel series wouldn't sound that unlikely.
It would be unlikely because they depend on selling merchandise, having two new series at the same time would hurt both. It works if you have a very different series like Masked Rider or Turtles but two PR series would have very similar toylines, parents wouldn't buy two sets of action figures, morphemes, megazords etc. the kids would be forced to choose. I can't see Bandai being very happy with that.
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Old April 3 2014, 10:15 PM   #1091
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Indeed, which is why Bandai doesn't do it either. To stretch out their toylines though, they do a lot of crossovers, cameos and followup movies to keep each entry into the franchise in the public consciousness longer than the year each one is center stage, thus (hopefully) selling more merchandise along the way.

At present, I think that each Sentai team first cameos in their predecessor's teamup movies, has a short theatrical special somewhere in their run, then a teamup movie with the previous year's team close to the series finale (also introducing their successors), and a final standalone theatrical release a few months later. Sometimes, they also do a bigger crossover event with Kamen Rider and / or some other franchise, like the recent one that rolled Sentai, KR and Space Sherrif Gavan into one release.

After that, the principal actors can hope to be involved in subsequent anniversary specials. This of course is somewhat dependent on how popular their show was in the first place... As much as I liked GoBusters, I don't see them showing up much in the future. Heck, they seem practically marginalized in their own crossover movie with Kyoryuger, almost taking a backseat to the other dinosaur sentai. Poor guys.

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Old April 3 2014, 11:37 PM   #1092
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A number of Sentai actors seem to get opportunities to return in different roles in later seasons. For instance, at least three regular or semiregular Jetman cast members had recurring roles two years later in Dairanger, and one of the Dairangers and his identical twin played twin supporting characters in the following year's Kakuranger.
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And then there's the original JDF of the Sentai world, Kenji Ouba. He played Battle Kenya in Battle Fever J, Denji Blue in Denjiman the following year (a completely different character), and after that he was the eponymous Space Sheriff Gavan, which was partof the Sentai universe (ish). And before all that, he was a suit actor or guest star as far back as the original Sentai show Goranger.

This resulted in frequent cameos in Sentai following that, culminating in one of the Gokaiger movies where both his Sentai characters AND Gavan got to meet up in person - and of course none of them saw the resemblance. :P

http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Kenji_Ohba

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Old April 4 2014, 11:57 PM   #1094
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Judd Lynn is apparently returning as executive producer.

http://news.tokunation.com/2014/04/0...producer-16767

The good people at RangerCrew have been closely following the recent casting details for 2015′s “Power Rangers Dino Charge.”

A casting sheet released today lists the Executive Producer of this new series as “Judd Lynn,” a veteran Power Rangers writer responsible for a number of fan-favorite seasons (Lynn was primary story editor for Power Rangers from the second half of Turbo through Time Force & returned again for the latter half of RPM). This may be the first indication that Dino Charge will be working with a different production crew & potentially an exiting new direction for Power Rangers!

In addition the available casting page reveals biographical details for EIGHT Dino Charge Rangers (a high amount for Power Rangers fans, surprisingly low for fans of Dino Charge’s source material, Kyoryuger). Could these details provide an accurate description of the 2015 Heroes? Only time will tell!
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Old April 5 2014, 12:39 AM   #1095
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On the one hand, I'm encouraged by this news, since Judd Lynn was responsible for most of the best years of the franchise. On the other hand, I'm wary, since the last time he came back -- replacing Eddie Guzelian as the showrunner for RPM -- all he really managed to do was copy his past glories, giving Tenaya-7 an arc that was essentially identical to Astronema's in PRiS.

Well, either way, it's bound to be better than the shallowness of the writing on the past few seasons.
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