Power Rangers

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

  1. Christopher

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    What's ridiculous about those? Morphers tend to be either items of apparel, like wristbands and belt buckles, or items kept in a pocket, like mobile phones. Sunglasses fall into both categories. And it makes sense because one can imagine the eyewear turning into the visor of the helmet, so there's a continuity to it.
     
  2. Christopher

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    I didn't notice the wirework, but otherwise I agree with most of this. It was a breath of fresh air to see an episode with decent acting, characters with actual personality, and humor that was actually amusing. The story was a bit decompressed -- only two Rangers have been empowered by the end of the first episode, and they still have no idea what they're up against -- but that's refreshing after the hypercompressed pace of Super Megaforce. Thankfully, this time they're taking two seasons to adapt one series (albeit with some Go-Busters elements folded into the Kyoryuger stuff). I like the cast diversity too. A lot of promise here.

    Although it's weird that their guns are their morphers. How are they supposed to carry those around inconspicuously? They're huge and garish. Although they'll probably do something like what we saw here, where they just carry the Energems around and the guns appear when they hold the gems.

    I have been puzzled that the villain is a bounty hunter; why would a bounty hunter want to rule/destroy the Earth rather than just, well, collect bounties? But the episode kind of explains it. Sledge is just generally interested in wealth and power, and he sees the Energems as a means toward that end. I do like it that apparently the monsters he sends against the Rangers are his collected prisoners. I assume he's offering them their freedom if they succeed, and it makes sense for him because he'd consider them more expendable than members of his crew (although I suppose he wouldn't get paid if he didn't bring them back to justice -- unless it's a "wanted dead or alive" kind of deal, in which case it's win-win for Sledge).

    It was odd and contrived that he got paid in asteroids, though. Asteroids are one of the most commonplace things in the universe. Was there some special value to the ones he collected? Or is he just the universe's most dedicated rock collector?
     
  3. Stephen!

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    ToQger finally gets a 7th ranger, albeit in the final episode.

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  4. Christopher

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    "Past, Present, and Fusion" finally forms the full Ranger team (well, the first five) and provides the basic exposition. Essentially, you could say this was a 2-part premiere, although it's not too different from the format of a lot of the Sentai seasons.

    Not sure how I feel about Kendall as the team's mentor. She seems too young for the role (with apologies to Dr. K), and her contempt for Shelby seems gratuitous. With only two women in the cast, it's not good to have them being hostile and catty with each other rather than getting along. It also bugs me when they set up a relationship like that where the one expressing scorn and condescension is white and the one on the receiving end is black. Presumably it's not the intent, just the luck of the draw in casting, but it carries some uneasy implications. (See also the Ninth Doctor/Mickey Smith and the Twelfth Doctor/Danny Pink.) Hopefully Shelby will prove herself to Kendall soon enough.

    I guess Keeper is the real mentor, though; evidently Kendall found him first (or he found her) and they've worked together to recruit the Rangers. Unfortunately, I don't like him much. He's got a fairly ugly design and an unappealing voice. I guess he and Kendall are an improvement on Gosei and Tensou, but that's the faintest possible praise.

    The T-Rex Zord ("Rexie"?) is kind of interesting in that it behaves like an autonomous animal rather than a vehicle (although I assume that will subside and we'll soon enough get to the point where it's only briefly glimpsed before joining into the Megazord). But it's also kind of ridiculous that something so massive could be doing all those acrobatic flips and somersaults through the air.
     
  5. Saga

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    i'm pretty sure this is actually from the V-Cinema.
     
  6. Stephen!

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    Yep, it looks like it. That seemed to be just speculation on Rangerboard that it was from the finale.
     
  7. Christopher

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    A bit off-topic: It's just been announced that Eka Darville, formerly the RPM Red Ranger, is joining the cast of Marvel's AKA Jessica Jones, the second of its four Netflix original series. This is after having had recurring roles in The Originals and Empire. What with Adelaide Kane starring in Reign and Rose McIver about to star in iZombie, the RPM cast is really getting around. I don't think any single season's Ranger cast has had so many veterans going on to major TV roles at the same time. But then, I always felt RPM had just about the most talented cast of any Power Rangers series, except perhaps the original MMPR cast.
     
  8. Mark_Nguyen

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    Well, there IS a reason that RPM is higher on the list of series beloved by the fandom, IMO. In addition to taking a lot of the overarcing plot fairly seriously, they actually made some decent casting choices. Almost a shame it ended that era, really.

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  9. Christopher

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    ^Absolutely. RPM totally reinvigorated the franchise, but they scuttled the whole thing after one season and Saban's followups were a huge step backward, vastly inferior in writing and casting both. It was a terrible disappointment.
     
  10. Christopher

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    "A Fools Hour" [sic] gave us our first real look at Koda, establishing his "caveman" nature, and dropping quite a bombshell: These Rangers are immortal and unaging. (Which could be a problem for future reunion specials if the franchise is still going 14 or 19 years from now.) That's quite a big deal to establish so casually. And it doesn't make a lot of sense where Koda is concerned. If he's 100,000 years old, why isn't he smarter? He should have great wisdom and experience compared to the others, not be this monosyllabic dimwit. How is he so ignorant of our culture and its language if he didn't just recently wake up in it? I'm afraid I'm finding him a rather annoying character so far, and the illogic of his backstory doesn't help.

    We also didn't get much explanation for why Sledge and his crew and prisoners are so unchanged after 65 million years. Does Judd Lynn have something against the concept of suspended animation?

    The Zord summoning sequence is clearly inspired by Zyuranger/MMPR, with the different Zords emerging from different faraway environments and somehow almost immediately converging on the city. But it's a bit modernized too, in that the animated T. rex we see at the start of "Rexie"'s summoning clearly has a ruff of feathers on the back of its head. I'm not sure the same is true of the T. rex we saw Keeper interacting with in the pilot.

    But I'm afraid I'm not crazy about the Zords this season. They're too agile and bouncy for such huge machines/creatures. And the way the Zords swallow, regurgitate, and swap the various "batteries" in order to form the Megazord is vaguely nauseating and perhaps vaguely pornographic.
     
  11. JD

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    I love Shankar's* rationale. Zordon recruited a team of child soldiers, which is bound to mess them up.

    *And he's dressed as one of the 7 Evil Exes from Scott Pilgrim, too
     
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    The short becomes amazing when it reached Zach's old video.

    I'd actually watch a whole movie like that.
     
  14. Beagleman

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    :lol: That was fucked up and brilliant and awesome!
     
  15. JD

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    I think it would be hilarious if they actually decided to go this route with the new movie they are working on.
     
  16. RoJoHen

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    Exactly how I felt.
     
  17. Mr. Adventure

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    Pretty crazy video. BTW, there's a more NSFW version floating around out there. Bare tits at least, I'm not sure if maybe there's more language or violence. EDIT: Played side by side that does seem to be the only difference...
     
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    I'm sure there's a legal reason why Saban would do it, but I also feel like, deep down, this is yet another example of a fan doing much better work at a fraction of the budget, and they can't have fans, y'know, upstaging them at their own game.

    By the way, I've been really turned off by James Van Der Beek for the past 15 years or so. But that sword fight has really raised him up a few points in my book.
     
  20. Mr. Adventure

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    ^ Do you think it was actually lower budget? Seems like more was done with it than I've seen in PR, though I haven't really been watching for many years.