Power Rangers

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by SG-17, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Agent Richard07

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    ^ I like the title "Ultra Megaforce" better.

    Can't wait to see how these Pirate rangers figure into the American version.

    Found this just now...

    Bryan Cranston was on Power Rangers. Read about it here.

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MQ0rDcZAtw[/yt]
     
  2. Christopher

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    I gather the idea is that the Gokaiger ("pirate") costumes will be used as a power-up mode, with the Goseiger costumes remaining as the default.
     
  3. Chris3123

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    Yep, the Gokaiger suits will be the power-up mode from which they will be able to change into previous ranger forms.
     
  4. JoeZhang

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    and

    http://comicsbeat.com/papercutz-revives-the-proper-power-rangers-for-new-graphic-novel-series/
     
  5. Chris3123

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    Holy crap... :eek: Shout Factory is making a complete series (as of the end of this year anyway) DVD box set. That's right, all 20 seasons as of the end of 2013, from MMPR through Megaforce.

    The set will consist of a whopping 98 discs. 6 of these discs contain the bonus features, which includes some material made especially for the set. There are also two empty slots, so you can add the two movies if you have them.

    The case for the set is a replica of the original Red Ranger helmet.

    It will be released on December 3. No price has been announced yet.

    Rangercrew Blog
     
  6. Chris3123

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    I know this is double posting, but I'm going to post a bunch of videos so I wanted this to be separate.

    Rangercrew posted a bunch of Comic-Con related video to their channel. Here's some of it:

    The Bandai booth had a lot of stuff on display for the anniversary. As well as featuring toys from every season, up to and including Super Megaforce:
    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QvGOnAgKLY[/yt]

    A brief video of Jason David Frank at the Bandai booth:
    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFFO7Oj0-go[/yt]

    Steven Skylar at the Power Morphicon booth:
    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42BQW8tVx78[/yt]

    An up-close look at the upcoming Power Rangers 20th Anniversary Monopoly game:
    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq2Kfv5m0O8[/yt]

    And here's a video from IGN, in which they interviewed Jason David Frank there at Comic-Con:
    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY8rHA0QzG8[/yt]
     
  7. Admiral_Young

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  8. Christopher

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    Wow, that's so much better than what we got. I like the more international cast, the acknowledgment that the Samurai Rangers should be of at least part-Japanese descent (and the Red Ranger actually Japanese-American), the fact that the Red Ranger was uncomfortable with the samurai traditions, Dayu having a human form, Keiji (the Deker equivalent) having a more personal reason to battle the Red Ranger than just "I must find the greatest warrior," etc. Bulk being a secret descendant of a samurai clan is a stretch, and having his son look just like Skull is weird (unless there's something his wife didn't tell him), but the characters certainly would've been better integrated into the series this way.
     
  9. Praetor

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    The fine line between continuity and fanwank.
    Agreed, I'd have actually wanted to watch that version.
     
  10. DigificWriter

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    I disagree (and not just because I'm okay with what we were given)

    Amit's ideas read like bad fanfiction; they also don't fit what the PR franchise IS.
     
  11. Kelthaz

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  12. Admiral_Young

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    I've only seen a handful of Samurai and liked most of what I saw...but this seems fascinating indeed.
     
  13. Takeru

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    I agree, it seemed to be good when I first read it but it's really not. The Keiji character is pretty bad, why does he become a villain, because some chick tells him it's his destiny? And in the end he's like "Whoops, sorry for trying to murder you, I'm nice again!"? That's just awful.
    The reason for replacing the red ranger is dumb, he has risked his life for months and fought for good after being trained for it his entire life ... but he's descended from the enemy and that's more important than his personality, actions and dedication to our cause, he's fired!:rolleyes:

    While I like that he tried to have an international cast he forgot to have someone from Japan! No, the red ranger doesn't count, he's american, if ancestry mattered you wouldn't need a ranger from Nigeria for example, he could just be african american.
    So after the villains were deafeated 200 years ago the families spread out over the world (very unlikely if you know a little bit about Japan in that period) but no one stayed in Japan or even Asia? Two go to europe, one to Africa and THREE to Mexico? How does that make sense? Even if you argue that the PR version of California was already part of the US in the early 19th century, that's still awfully close geographically. Half of the families move to the same corner of the world why exactly?

    I don't understand why these kids have to be the first Samurai Rangers, why couldn't their ancestors have ranger powers? Even in this proposed version they use magic, so what's the big deal, the powers could have worked in the 19th century just as well (we even have a precedent for that, remember Wild West Rangers?).

    Why did the Bulkmeyers forget their duty? The real world answer is because Bulk as he had been portrayed was clearly not part of a family that trained him to be a monster fighting Samurai but what's the in story reason? Especially because two other families lived nearby, one just one city away, they didn't stay in contact?
    Why do the parents have to tell the other rangers about their destiny right before the battle starts? Look at Iris for example, she apparently learned Kanji and to use their magic or the teleportation wouldn't have worked like in Bulk's case but her parents never mentioned the reason and she never asked why rocks appear if she draws the kanji for rocks? She doesn't even know they have japanese ancestry ... how is that possible, she never questioned why she's learning japanese magic?

    Then there are completely unnecessary changes like the villains' castle, why not just keep the boat?

    The proposal isn't even that different from what we got, it's basically Shinkenger with a new hat and scarf. Everyone can take an existing sentai and say "My show is almost exactly like that, except for this and that", fans do it all the time. Except in this case most changes aren't very good or logical.
     
  14. Christopher

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    That's hardly fair. This was an abbreviated summary of the outline. We don't know all the details of what the characters' motivations would've been, because there wasn't room to go into that much depth in a blog post.


    How is that any worse than the aired version of Samurai, or Shinkenger itself? The core idea of both of those is that these people are Rangers because it's their family heritage, and even more, that the other Rangers are sworn to be subservient to the Red Ranger because that's the family tradition -- which to Western eyes is perhaps the most obnoxious thing about the concept, this idea that it's legitimate to have a hereditary hierarchy of rulers and servants. Bhaumik's outline incorporated that same idea from Shinkenger, that the characters' life paths were shaped by their family traditions, but it questioned and challenged the idea. The Red Ranger and Keiji were both told they had to submit to their family destiny, but in the end both of them rejected that idea in favor of individual choice. So it's questioning and challenging a philosophy that the aired version of Samurai pretty much embraced uncritically.


    No more unlikely than the aired version. That didn't even bother to establish Japanese ancestry for any of the characters. It just asked us to accept the idea of multiracial, American samurai families without making any attempt to address how such a thing could exist. At least this version tried to justify it.

    Again, the aired version is worse, since they were all already living in the same city.

    It's a given that a lot about any Power Rangers series is going to be silly and implausible. I mean, it's Power Rangers. But it's a matter of proportion. The aired version of Samurai was even stupider and more inept than this sounds like it would've been.


    Yes, and there are also precedents for the Ranger powers being an improvement on an earlier power. For instance, in Jungle Fury, the animal spirit power the Rangers drew on was ancient, but R.J. used tech from Andrew Hartford (of the previous year's Operation Overdrive) to tap into the Universal Morphing Grid and thereby allow the spirit power to manifest in Power Ranger form.

    It's not that there's anything wrong with the idea of earlier generations having been Rangers; it's just that there are multiple ways the idea can be taken, and there's no reason it has to be done the same way every year. On the contrary, having a variety of approaches is good when the franchise has run for this long.


    Some of the suggestions seem arbitrary, but of course this was a first-draft proposal, so the details would've been revised and tweaked if it had gone into production. A lot might have changed even if they had gone with Bhaumik's proposal. But there are a number of ideas here that, if they'd gone forward, would've been considerable improvements on the slavishly imitative, ineptly executed version of Samurai we got.
     
  15. Samurai8472

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  16. Christopher

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    Interesting that Tommy is still known as "the Green Ranger" even though he's subsequently been the White Ranger, two flavors of Red Ranger, and the Black Ranger.

    Wouldn't it have been more appropriate if a Time Force Ranger had met the Doctor?
     
  17. Chris3123

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    It was 20 years last Wednesday that the very first episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, "Day of the Dumpster", aired on FOX. Happy 20th PR!

    Awesome. :techman:
     
  18. Samurai8472

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    -First full time 6th ranger in the history of Sentai AND Power Rangers

    -Awesome zord

    -Shock the good guy's core with disabling communication with their mentor and storming the inside of the megazord

    -Rivalry with the red ranger

    Plus it's the most iconic ranger besides MMPR Red and it's making a return

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  19. Hound of UIster

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  20. DigificWriter

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    At one point, Amit was kissing Tzachor's rear-end and parroting his ludicrous opinions abut every single Power Rangers season - including MMPR Seasons 2 and 3 - being their own distinct universes, so I highly doubt this proposal was rejected for the reasons he's claiming.