Thursday, March 21, 2019

Power Rangers Super Megaforce Redo Issues 7-10

Issue 7
Mac takes Gia on an excursion to find a treasure and end up with Moltor.

Issue 8
Gia and Emma help Dana when Silas targets her.

Issue 9
The Rangers fight Silas and get some unexpected help.

Issue 10
The Rangers' substitute teacher is a former ranger and Levira has a crush on him.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - End of the Road - Episode Review

Pictures thanks to No Pink Spandex

Nate merged the devices to make the Beast-X Cannon. Zoey asks for her Morph-X Bike and he shows her. He demonstrates it. Ben and Betty arrive. Zoey leaves and rides in town. Her mom, a newscaster reports about construction. Zoey talks tot he mayor. She shows a lizard almost got harmed. She tells them about the forest, to save it. She shows off the bike and give the city bikes. Mayor funds it for a week. if it works, they will cancel the road. Zoey's mom applauds her. 

With Evok and Snoozle, Snoozle blames the avatars. They show them about the Rangers' bikes. Evok tells them to steal the Morph-X. Ravi and Devon try get people to ride the X-Bikes. People reject them until they see Ben and Betty's dual bike. Blaze arrives and starts loading Morph X into his key and then creating a Needletron. Needletron drains the Morph X from the bikes. He blasts Ben and Betty into the water. The Rangers morph. Blaze morphs. The fiver fight. Red and Blue de-morph. Yellow is knocked down by Blaze. Intro runs.

Needletron blasts Yellow and she jump avoids it. She gets the Blaster and makes the cannon. She destroys Needletron. Blaze takes the needle and leaves. Zoey goes to the boys. Zoey thinks nobody will go near her bikes. Roxy tells Snoozle to make a Gigadrrone. Snoozle needs more. Blaze and Roxy have a plan. Zoey talks to the mayor, tomorrow is the deadline. Devon puts a centipede in a container. The other Ramhers make sure the critters are safe in case the forest gets run down. Zoey tells Nate she is concerned. He shows her his lizard that is his friend now. He says his parents are overseas and he is an only child so he always imagined what family would be like. He always wanted a brother. Zoey bemoans. She comes up with an idea with the X-Bikes make cooler. They are informed of a Blaze sighting.

Blaze takes Morph X and his needle is blasted away by the Rangers. Blaze can't morph and gets on a bike. The Rangers follow him. The Rangers are led to a warehouse where Tronics and Roxy are taking Morph-X. Roxy threatens. They charge the keys. The Rangers fight them. Roxy bats them. Blaze and the Tronics leave. Roxy morphs and fights the Rangers. Blaze almost files the vat for a gigadrone. Beta Model becomes Needledrone and sent to the city.

Ravi is told by his mom. Devon sends Ravi to handle it. He and Smash go in the Wheeler Zord. They change to Gorilla Mode. They send rockets on it. Roxy fights Red and Yellow. They take Morph X from the zord. Devon leaves in the Racer Zord. Zoey is alone with Roxy and she throws a explosive at her that makes a big explosion. Roxy leaves.

Zoey needs a carrot. Racer Zord arrives and stops the drone. It goes to Battle Mode and Red uses the Cheetah Beast Blaster. He does Cheetah Strike and destroys the drone. Later, Zoey arrives to the construction site. Her mom says she is proud. Mayor arrives on an X-Bike, saying he doesn't need a limo. On the news, Zoey's mom's footage of the Rangers on the bikes went viral. Mayor cancels the construction on the forest and orders more bikes. Zoey hugs her mom. She tells them the Rangers did it. Nate and Zoey let the lizard back to his home. They promise to bring the others. Ben and Betty converted the X-Bike into unicycles. The cycles go haywire and they crash. 

Cute episode. It had plot, character development, tension, conflict and a satisfying conclusion. Even though the plot is not so believable with the mayor being able to order bikes so quickly and just cancel construction willy-nilly, this is when the excuse 'it's for kids' applies. Children need to see things, not hear them. Politics and government are boring. In real life, Zoey would had to petition and boycott the construction before it was even broken ground to do so. But for Power Rangers, its done fine. I like that Zoey's mom is a reporter and they seem to have a positive relationship. Where most parents in Power Rangers lately they either have a positive relationship that is not explored or a conflictive one and one where they are apart.  

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Evok's Revenge - Episode Review

Roxie and Blaze arrive in the Cyber Dimension and meet Skrozzle and Tronics. Evok emerges and tells Skrozzle to bow down to him. They offer him Morph-X to teleport the robots and avatars but can't transport Evox. The Rangers came out of the simulator and head to the main room for an announcement. They meet their new tactical companions, the Beast Bots. Jax has a New York accent and doesn't like to be called cute. Smash is a hugging type and has a deep voice. Cruise (Kelson Henderson) is a little forgetful and has a Sonic-like voice. Betty and Ben present the Zap-o-matic and they both get zapped.  Vargoyle is after Skrozzle and he is hiding from him. He gives them keys to teleport. Blaze and Skrozzle leave. The commander shows them their zords. Ravi and Zoey compete to be a leader. The commander schools Ravi. Devn gets distracted with the Beast Blaster. The Rangers get called. Blaze bumps Morph-X outside. Zoey steps up. Blaze morphs. Tronics arrive. Intro and commercial.

The teens fight Tronics. Blaze and Devon fight. Zoey and Ravi show off. Devon tells them to stop fighting. Skrozzle makes a Robotron out of tires, Morph-X and the Evox virus and makes Cycletron. The Rangers morph. Blaze and Skrozzle leave. The Rangers transport their Beast X Sabers and fight the Tronics. Blue fights Cycletron. Red calls his Beast-X Blaster. Ben and Betty cheer. A dog arrives in fron tof Devon and he freezes. Ben and Betty protect him. The dog leaves and Devon un-freezes. Ravi heats up and starts blasting at Zoey. Zoey looses energy. Devon stops Ravi and blasts the monster. The vans arrive with Beast Bots. Smash tackles Ravi. Meanwhile in the Cyber Dimension, Skrozzle says Gigadrones can be powered with the Morph-X they gathered. 

Nathan scans the Rangers. Ravi and Zoey are still about beating Blaze but are tired. Devon tells them to stop competing. He says Ben and Betty worked as a team to help him. Devon tells the Commander he is going to the spot to find out why they got weak. Back at the Cyber Dimension, Skrozzle rises a Gigadrone from underneath and sent to the city. Devon morphs on to Cruise the cycle. Racer Zord is deployed. They get picked by the Racer and the two enter the cockpit. Cruise is linked and they activate Battle mode. Devon fights the Gigadrone that looks like Cycletron. Devon sees a dog and freezes again. Comander calls the Rangers. Nathan realizes the connection of cheetahs and dogs. Evok virus corrupted their DNA making the weakness. Zoey eats the carrot and feels better. If Ravi doesn't overheat, he's fine. Zoey and Jax link to the zord. Ravi and Smash connect to their zord. 

Zoey gets hit and goes down. Ravi saves her. Jackrabbit Mode is activated and the zord does Underground strike. She kicks the drone on Devon and he no longer sees the dog and is fine. He transports the Cheetah Beast Blaster. He strikes the monster down. Virus Eliminated. The Rangers regroup and Commander is concerned and says they are confident the Rangers will be ready. Zoey and Ravi say that Devon helped them out so he should be leader. Devon is shocked. Commander agrees. He thanks Betty and Ben. Smash hugs the,. They all get shocked by Ben's Zappo-matic.

First of all, I still like the cold opening. Usually a Power Rangers show has a short cold opening, goes to opening sequence and does act one with episode title. This time, Act One starts and ends with the opening sequence. Interesting that they used the Go-Busters weaknesses in this series. Red had the weakness of seeing a chicken and freezing, now Devon sees a dog instead of a chicken. Blue stays the same with overheating. Yellow would get weak and eat candy to energy up, this series smartly puts a carrot to tie in with the rabbit and be healthy example. I also like the tie to the Evok Virus to cause these weaknesses. As for Devon being a leader, I'd be all for it except for him constantly saying it is like a video game. I do like the Megazord catchphrase being "Virus Eliminated." This episode used much more Go-Busters footage than the last episode but that is a given since the last one had only original footage. Also interesting they established the difference between Robotron and Gigadrone, most seasons wouldn't bother. Also deploying the zords remind me of Timeranger and the GB guards helping the Rangers reminds me of Shinkenger. So another good episode.

Skruzzle is an American creation and reminds people of Finster with the tools. I say he could also be a Dragon because he has enough arsenal to be his own threat. So he could sneak up and be the main villain of the second season. 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Beasts Unleashed - Episode Review

Coral Harbor City. Clean X energy will be opened by the mayor and it will supposedly save the planet. The mayor will pull it. Meanwhile, a blonde guy Blaze is training karate with a guy (mayor's son Devon) with headphones and attitude. They challenge each other. They get aggressive with the karate. Ravi and Roxy try to get him to stop. The Mayor--Devon's son comes in and tells him to leave. Blaze says its not over. Devon was supposed to be at a cleaning carper job interview. Mayor is heading for Grid Battlegrid. Devon takes picture of ID. Mayor thinks it is a mistake and is not for it. Devon leavcs the limo as well. The security guard (with Bulk and Skull music) are funny with the mayor. Devon sneaks in with his dad''s ID. One of the laundry ladies Zoey introduces herself--she was cut and Mayor thinks she will go far. Commander Shaw arrives and takes Mayor to the lab. She shows them Morph-X, an energy that was turned into liquid by Nate, a kid genius.

Mayor says it is a mistake. Talking about different monsters who want to rule the universe and now that the grid has been 'wrapped around with a ribbon' an evil can go for it. Devon disguises himself. Now opening Sequence and commercial. Someone tells Devon to go to the lab. He sees three people on beds. Nate and the commander show the Mayor that the grid will mutate with animals the DNA into Power Rangers. Devon notices a purple energy enter a tube. Nate teleports a blade. The Ranger identities have to be secret. The mayor leaves. A snake scares Devon and his identity is revealed. Ravi, Blaze, and Roxy wake up. He tells them of the virus. He is taken to detention. Roxy and Ravi may be romantically involved, Ravi says they can't be together, Rangers can't date Rangers. Roxy seems heartbroken. The three cadets go under the device to change their DNA. Mayor does a speech. They activate the Morph-X. Alarm blares. Evox, the virus says the grid will be his. 

Commander says to abort. Devon escapes. Zoey doesn't run away but runs to the lab. The two goofy security bump intot hings.  Blaze glows and an evil Blaze arises from the real Blaze body. Blaze put sthe mask on. Devon and Zoey get together. Roxy is corrupted. They are avatars. Ravi is about to join them when Devons tops it. The two villains shoot Devon and get run over by Zoey. Ravi is mad about Roxy. Devon and Ravi double team Blaze. Zoey fights Roxy. Roxy wraps the three and put them under the DNA device. Nate shoots it and frees them. He morphs them. Ravi says they aren't Blaze and Roxy. The Rangers fight the two. Ravi tells Nate to teleport the two far away. They successfully do so. They take off their helmets. The real Roxy and Blaze are put under stasis. The three introduce each other. Nate says the virus duplicate the, the evil twins, they are linked. As long as their avatars are awake, they are asleep. Apparently the commander is Ravi's mom. Commander says they are the Power Rangers. Zoey says she is proud to take their place. Devon says he's in. 

Greta start and feel. The Rangers have parents that are involved, Ravi has a personal stake on Roxy. They some callbacks. I like that is slow moving and the first episode effectively introduced the whole cast and the characters clearly. Devon is the hyper kid wanting a bigger challenge, Zoey is the Type A go-getter that doesn't give up and Ravi is the follow-the-rules guy. I asked my grandnephew what he thought, he said boring. My grandniece says she is disappointed there is no pink. There is Go-Busters elements like the giant energy thingy, the lab and base and there are MMPR elements such as the youth center, karate and Bulk and Skull music. 

Some people have called this a "Jungle Fury"-"RPM" hybrid. The "DNA" part reminds me of Operation Overdrive, the beasts remind me of Jungle Fury and the whole base reminds me of SPD and RPM. The whole episode feels like a Disney episode with vibrant characters, lots of good story points and pacing. It is not all perfect, the whole karate fight between Blaze and Devon seemed awkward and strange motivations on both parts. The romantic link between Ravi and Roxy didn't feel genuine. Also, the Bulk and Skull music? So obvious. Good points go to the Mayor, Commander and Nate. Nate is a capable character and charming and not annoying like other kid geniuses (Cubert from Futurama and Wesley Crusher from Star Trek). Commander is capable, caring and stern all together. Good start.

Friday, March 1, 2019