Sunday, December 28, 2014

How the MMPR Reboot Can be a Good Thing

2016 promises to give us a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot movie, and I couldn't be happier. Which is funny to me because when I was younger, I wasn't very fond of the idea of reboots or retcons. That's why I never took too kindly to seasons 3 and 4 of Digimon, and why even Power Rangers Ninja Storm irked me a bit when it first came out, due to it having a line of dialogue in the premiere that gave the impression that the previous PR seasons were only comic books.

This MMPR reboot movie doesn't irk me at all though. Mostly because Saban Brands will continue to create new seasons that are connected to the old continuity. However, it is also because this new movie may be an opportunity for us to get a more in-depth look at past PR plots.

The main thing I want to see is the backstory between Rita and Zordon fleshed out. The show never elaborated on the battles these two intergalactic sorcerers had 10,000 years ago. All we know is that Zordon sealed Rita and her minions in a space dumpster, and Rita somehow trapped Zordon in a timewarp. I believe that the old MMPR Fan Club VHS, and the pamphlet that comes with the MMPR Shoutfactory DVDs try to fill in the blanks by informing us that Zordon and Rita's battling went on for 2,000 years. They also note that many planets were destroyed in the process, and that in the end, a simple coin toss decided the victor between the two magic users. Now that's all very interesting and corny, but none of that shit was ever stated in the TV show.

I would love to actually see Rita and her armies duking it out against Zordon and his allies; see how vicious the battle between the two was, and see the end results of said battle with my own two eyes (not just hear it told to me in exposition). And I'd love to see how and when the Command Center was established on Earth. I feel like these scenes are a must for the upcoming film.

I really hope that this movie will be a huge success and that many, many sequel movies will be made. Seeing classic Power Rangers stories like the Evil Green Ranger and Lord Zedd's arrival re-imagined on the big screen would be fucking awesome. I mean, that goes without saying. But imagine if they did a movie based around the Millennium Message plot. I'd love to see what the future time period that Blue Senturion comes from looks like; a future where Lord Zedd and Rita, the Machine Empire, and Divatox rule supreme. Hell, adapting that plot could lead to a version of Countdown to Destruction that many fans always wanted. A version where all the ranger teams come together to fight the United Alliance of Evil.

Oh 2016 MMPR movie, please give me a morphinominal backstory regarding Zordon of Eltar and Empress Rita. And also, please come up with a reason for why Ms. Repulsa doesn't just kill the rangers in their sleep. I'd definitely appreciate it.

Then again, I remember reading somewhere that the movie is suppose to take place within the same continuity as the show. If that is true, then... I don't know what the fuck this movie is going to be about. Hmm...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Minority Opinion Alert: Judd Lynn's Return to Power Rangers

*Dusts off blog*

So it's been awhile since my last blog post. My goal was to write a new one at least once a month, but clearly that didn't go as planned. Oh well, let's talk Power Rangers.

More specially, let's talk about a topic that I should have blogged about MONTHS ago when the news of it first came out: Judd Lynn coming back to work on Dino Charge.

When we first heard the news, I did get a few comments from people asking me to make a video on it. Thing is... I really had nothing to say. Nothing good anyway. So Judd Lynn's coming back. Yes, he is a good writer, and he is responsible for some of my favorite seasons. And yeah, I'm sure he'll do a great job whipping Dino Charge into a decent season at the very least. But so what?

When I tell you that I don't care about Dino Charge, I mean it. You know what season I did care about? This 20th/21st anniversary season. So Saban Brands decides to hire a capable writer that has previously worked on PR before and has knowledge about how the show works and its lore. That's great. That's wonderful. WHY THE HELL DIDN'T THEY DO THIS FOR MEGAFORCE!

Why are they working hard to make sure that regular ass Dino Charge is a good season, but dropped the ball completely on Super Mega Flop?! I don't understand this. If there was any season to bring Judd Lynn back for, it was Megaforce. The big anniversary season that is in DESPERATE need of storytelling and character development. The big anniversary season that is one of the worst seasons I have ever seen.

I am beyond disappointed in Super Megaforce. The Gokaiger footage was handed to SB on a silver platter, and yet they completely squandered it. So many potential storylines could have been built off of that footage, but we got nothing. There is literally nothing going on in Super Mega Flop. In every episode the nameless Alien Armada attacks, and the rangers fight them for 20 minutes. Sometimes with powers never seen before on this planet! That's it.

The rangers have Super Mega Mode, but you can forget about getting any answers on where the hell Gosei got such power, or where the hell the 563649278789274 zords in his arsenal came from, or where the hell Gosei comes from, or where the hell these villains come from, or how the hell the Sixth Ranger Key ended up on Orion's dead planet, or what adversity Troy went through, or why the hell T-roy was psychic for two episodes, or why the hell I'm watching a 20th anniversary season where people have no idea what a damn Power Ranger is and have no knowledge of Countdown to Destruction. I just... what?!

Oh, but Judd Lynn will be back for Dino Charge, and that somehow makes up for the fact that the 21st anniversary season is a joke? No! Too little, too late. Super Megaforce is the season that SB should have called Judd Lynn back for. Maybe then the season would have had a name that isn't ridiculous, and we could have had interesting characters, and amazing plots, and callbacks to past seasons that actually make sense!

Look at all this negativity. This is why I didn't make a video when the news first broke. I was sick of being a Negative Nathan about a franchise that, as a whole, I still love very much. The good seasons still outweigh the bad in my book. It's just that we haven't had a good season in a loooong time. And the one season that should have NEVER been bad... turned out to be garbage.

I truly envy the fans that are still excited about SMF and future seasons. Wish I still shared your enthusiasm. When it comes to PR, the only thing I care about at the moment is the MMPR Reboot movie. Please let that be good. Please.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Super Megaforce: Spirit of the Tiger Episode Review

I hate Casey. I despise that character and the season he comes from. I wasn't thrilled that his season was one of the few chosen to receive a tribute episode. I wasn't thrilled that Saban Brands decided to bring Casey back to represent Jungle Fury instead of RJ, the actual fan favorite of that season. And I sure as hell wasn't thrilled that Casey had some lengthy screen time in this tribute episode, compared to Jayden last week, who was almost a "blink and you miss it" cameo.

Surprisingly though I didn't hate this episode. It was... so-so. It's a typical, average episode of Power Rangers that I would expect from Saban Brands. An episode that puts in the bare minimum of effort and does nothing really special. Well OK, maybe to some fans bringing Casey back is special. Fine... but that's not special to me though since I, you know, hate the character. *Shrugs*

The episode had the Megaforce rangers visiting a local zoo and looking at all the different animals held in captivity. At one point, the rangers made their way to the tiger den, and they saw a guy cleaning in there while standing near a tiger. The rangers were amazed that the guy would have the balls to clean so close to a tiger. Now while I agree that it does take some courage to stand anywhere near a freaking tiger, Noah took it too far with one of his comments. He said something similar to, "It's like he and the tiger are connected." Umm, that tiger was lying down minding his damn business. He didn't even pay attention to the skinny white dude moving dirty around in his den. How did they look like they were connected? Ugh, but that's nitpicking, so I'll move on. But hey, the guy cleaning the den was Casey! LOL TIGER BOY!!111!!

Later in the episode, Jake ends up walking with Emma in the park. Naturally they talk about Gia, and Jake tries to probe Emma for information. OK, here's the thing. I am sick to DEATH of scenes like this. I am tired of the writers bringing up Jake's crush and then doing NOTHING with it. It's been over a year now, and Jake has made zero progress with Gia. Why the hell hasn't he asked her out yet? This is TV. Something should have happened or progressed with this "relationship" by now.

Jake asked Emma if he really had a shot with Gia or not. He felt that since Emma is her best friend, she might have some insight on how Gia feels about him. Now if Emma actually had revealed some new information in this scene, then maybe I would have liked it. For instances, if Emma had said something like, "I think Gia does like you. She just has a hard time showing her true feelings to people. You're a good guy, just take a chance and ask her out", then I might be praising this scene like a bunch of PR fans are. But she didn't say shit to Jake. Jake asked her the question and she ignored it. She ignored it because she saw freaking Casey in the park and ran to speak with him. Ugh!

So Emma and no-pussy-getting Jake spoke with Casey for a bit, found out that he's a martial artist, thought that was cool, and then ran off to deal with a monster attack. After the Monster of the Day rendered the rangers' weapons useless, Emma and Jake decided that they should have Casey train them to be better fighters with their hands so that they don't have to depend on their weapons.

Casey agrees to train them, which then leads to him bringing up one of the few concepts from Jungle Fury I liked: the idea that everyone has an animal spirit inside of them. Casey also tells Jake that his spirit is the snake and tells Emma that hers is the phoenix. I loved that. He even had the two rangers sparring each other in the Snake and "Phoenix" techniques. Fucking awesome. And to those few PR fans that disliked that Emma's spirit animal was a phoenix because those animals don't exist... the fuck is wrong with you? This is Power Rangers. If dragons exist in this world, a phoenix can too. Plus, as any Jungle Fury fan will tell you, there was a fighter in that season that had the Phoenix spirit.

The end result of the two minute training that Emma and Jake endured was that they defeated the MoTD and unlocked the Jungle Fury Zords (I think that makes 1 trillion zords in their arsenal now). The five rangers went back to the zoo to thank Casey, but he was gone. And one of the workers there told the teens that no one named Casey worked there. OK, what? This is ridiculous. First Jayden disappearing like Batman on the rangers last week, and now this. Why so mysterious? This is unnecessary. And Casey knew the whole time he was training Jake and Emma that they were rangers, and he waited until the last possible second to tell them he knew... for no reason. Again I ask, why so mysterious? Why the secrecy? You are all rangers, stop playing stupid games.

And another question: why didn't Casey help fight? I've never heard of rangers who still have their powers not fighting. It's beyond ridiculous. If Adam took his ass out and fought with a fucked up morpher in In Space, then damnit, Jay Jay and Casey can use their perfectly functional powers and battle.

OH! One more thing. I completely forgot about this while I was writing. Freaking Troy. Alright, so the rangers struggled a bit in their first battle with the MoTD because he managed to take away their weapons. After that fight, Troy. Was. Pissed. He kept saying over and over again that a ranger must never let go of his weapon, and he yelled at his team when they told him he was overreacting. In one scene, Noah was trying to research past ranger weapons to find one that would be hard for the monster to take, and Troy snapped at him. "A ranger must never let go of his weapon. So we won't. Now shut your bitch ass up Noah!" OK, Troy didn't say that last part, but with his attitude, he might as well.

Seriously, where the hell did this anger come from? We all know that Troy doesn't even have a personality, so him getting so pissy-wissy over random monster stealing his weapon was so left field. If Troy was in season one, he would have been mad as shit at the rangers for losing their weapons to Pudgy Pig. Damn.

So yeah, it was an average episode. Nothing to praise in my book. Didn't even feel like recording a video review for this. I don't understand how some fans thought that this was the best episode out of the Saban Brands era so far, but whatever. Different opinions. So if anyone reads this longwinded review, let me know what you thought of the Jungle Fury tribute episode of Super Megaforce.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Random Thought: Power Rangers Super Megaforce Earth Fights Back

A few days ago I had a random thought about the second episode of Power Rangers Super Megaforce. It's not worth making a video over, but I didn't feel like doing multiple 140 character tweets on it either, so I decided to put it on my blog. I need to update this thing anyway.

So this was the episode where the Mega Rangers defeated the Monster of the Day with the Legendary SPD powers. While I was re-watching that fight online (a fan-edited version with the SPD theme song added in), I started thinking about how cool it would have been if the rangers had pulled out the SPD morpher and did the "Judgment Mode" thing on the monster before delivering the final blow. Troy could have said something like, "you are charged with trying to cause mass destruction, judgment!" Then the morpher would flash that giant red X on the monster to show that it is indeed guilty of such evil. After that, the monster would ask, "Are you going to arrest me now?" Then the rangers would respond with, "Nah, we're just going to destroy you. Delta Max, load! Fire!"

How messed up and hilarious would that have been? Yes? No? Well I laughed for a solid minute over the thought of it. If I'm laughing alone, that's cool. Just a random thought.

Bad boys, bad boys. What you gonna do? What you gonna do when they come for you?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

These "Rules" People Have About Sex

So I was watching a video by Spoken Reasons where he talked about some chick that liked him and was desperate for the D. He said that they had eventually hooked up, but afterwards he had lost interest in her because she swallowed his babies...

Now at first I was thinking that he was disgusted by this because, in a world where STDs are running rampant, gulping down the sexual fluids of someone that you barely know is dangerous. But no. He was disgusted by it because he feels that a woman shouldn't swallow a man's cum until they have known each other for two years. Because apparently if a woman doesn't abide by this two year waiting period, she will not be respected by her mate.

Sigh... some men out here are just ignorant. Who the hell makes up these stupid rules? Men can't respect a woman who decided to be extra freaky in the bedroom before waiting a couple years? What lame ass men are these? Men should respect women if they have a great personality and treat their family and friends with love and generosity and just try to be a good person in general. Respect should not come from whether or not they decided to taste some protein before they were two years closer to death.

Really this is just the male ego at work. I know I can be jealous from time to time, but some dudes out here take the cake. "If she swallowed for me that soon, how many other men have she swallowed for?" Who cares?! What happened with previous sexual partners is none of your business. As long as she practices safe sex, and regularly gets STD tested (something ALL sexually active people should be doing), don't worry about it.

Society annoys the hell out of me with all the rules and double standards it has for women when it comes to sex. It annoys me even more that there are many women who co-sign the double standards. In 2014. I've seen so many popular male YouTubers who talk about the numerous women they've slept with, but then turn around and say shit like, "you gotta watch out for how many men your girl says she's slept with. If she says 3, multiply that by 5." Again, who cares?! Why does it matter how many she's slept with? As long as a person, guy or girl, is STD free and isn't cheating on their spouse, the number of previous sexual partners shouldn't really matter.

I find Spoken Reasons funny sometimes, but this isn't one of those times. Sex is an amazing thing. Can we stop shaming women out of enjoying it however they like?

Here's the video in case you were curious: