Saturday, December 7, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Evox: Upgarded - Episode Review

Cyber Gate is almost created. Mayor confronts the commander about Devon being a Ranger. He meets Ravi and realizes he is a Ranger. Zoey explains about Evox's plan. She tells him Devon was trying to stop him. Mayor asks how he can help. Commander says no. Ben and Betty begin the test and open the dimension portal and something wrong happens. Betty is sucked in and becomes flexible. She returns to normal, now she has stretchy powers now. Ravi wants to go in with a beacon inside. Commander says no. Mayor Daniels grabs the beacon inside and enters the portal. Everyone is shocked. Steel wants to shock them. Zoey says they need a bigger zord. Nate says he has the Ultrazord ready. Scrozzle sees Morph-X enters Evox's new body. Blaze wants him to hurry. Devon is left alone and a brick is dropped next to a Tronic. The tronic turns and is hit in the head by Mayor Daniels. He tells Devon is quiet and he takes him away. Tronics realize Devon is gone. 

Ultrazord is ready to be made and the Rangers dissemble the zords. The other zords are combined and Ultrazord is formed. The Ultrazord is teleported away. Scrozzle detects the,. Blaze asks for an army of Gigadrones. Gigadrones are assembled. The Gigadrones blast at the Ultrazord. Devon and Mayor hide in brick walls. They catch up. Devon tells him that it is against the rules to tell him. He apologizes for giving him a hard time and he couldn't be more wrong, that he is a hero.The Ultrazord does the Ultra strike and destroy a,ll the Gigadrones. Evox is formed. He teleports in front of the Ultrazord. 

Evox blasts at them and the zords come apart. Devon and Mayor reunite with the Rangers and Beast Bots. The zord are damaged. Evox confronts them. Mayor hides for safety. Devon morphs. Evox blasts them and they de-morph. Evox glows and grows. Evox heads off. Steel says he might want to merge with the Morphin Grid. They make a plan. Devon and Cruise use the Racer Zord while the others stop Scrozzle. Devon morphs again. Evox enters the transporter. Blaze hurry up Scrozzle. Scrozzle sends Tronics. Red and Cruise enter the Racer Zord and get to the Morph-X Tower. They find a new Gigadrone inside the tower. Blaze is piloting it. The Megazord fights the Gigadrone. The Rangers fight Tronics. Nate, Smash, Mayor and Jax goes after Scrozzle. 

Nate blasts at Scrozzle. Scrozzle teleports away with some gear. Nate tries stopping the teleportation. Red does Hyper STrike and takes down the Gigadrone and Blaze at once. Nate tries to reversing the teleportation. The tower becomes unstable/ The Rangers reunite and they go back to the cybergate portal entry. The Megazord becomes Racer mode and an explosion occurs that wipes out Evox. The cyber gate opens and the Rangers run in. Mayor looks longingly at the portal for Devon. Morph-X comes towards the mayor and the portal is full of green fog. Devon and Cruise come out of the mist. The portal closes. Betty is still flexible. Mayor says he is proud of Devon. Blaze awakens and a technician finds him. 

A week later, the Rangers get a medal of valor. Mayor was re-elected. Ben and Betty also get something. Betty is in a bubble suit. They get medals and their dad cries. Betty goes flying everywhere. She is then fine. Steel wants a selfie. Mayor's hand glows purple. 

 Devon gets the acknowledgement that many kids want from their parents. I am not sure if the Megazord footage was all new but some of it was pretty good. It is a good episode. I wish this was the season two ending because it is hard to top, that is what happened with the Ninja Steel finale. The Ninja Steel finale was better than the Super Ninja Steel finale. The Dino Charge finale at least let the door open for Dino Supercharge. This doesn't seem like a mid-season finale even though the next season won't have 'super' in it. Also, there is no indication what place Roxy and Blaze will have now that they have been saved. 

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Target: Tower - Episode Review

The Rangers see the footage of them giving the transporters to the avatars. Roxy's pod was overloaded by the USB that Roxy stuck in there. The life support will go out, Ravi is upset. Zoey says if they destroy her avatar, she'll wake up. Commander tells Ravi not to cloud his judgment. Devon is in the re-election rally. Ravi gets a call during Mayor Daniels' speech. Betty and Ben track the transporters with special glasses but crash into a van. They find the transporters but get chased out by Tronics. Devon runs off and the mayor thinks he is a coward. The mayor helps an elderly man. The Rangers appear and saved Ben and Betty. 

The Rangers get to the van as they fight Tronics. Mega Transporters have to be set up around the tower, the Rangers are nearby and Blaze and Roxy are told by Scrozzle. Blaze forces Scrozzle to send a Gigadrone. The Rangers get the transporters. Commander deploys the zords. Blue drives the van. Roxy leaves the dimension and intercepts Ravi. She runs off and Ravi has to choose if to stop for Roxy or transport the transporters. He chooses to go after Roxy. Roxy morphs. They fight. Megazords are formed and they fight Gigadrone. Ravi turns on his ape power and throws a rock at him. He overheats and Commander detects this. She tries calling him but he doesn't answer. Roxy's morpher is taken and crushed. 

The Gigadrone is destroyed. Ravi fights Roxy and he shoots off her weapon and destroys the avatar. Water from the sprinklers de-heat him. He hears the van and Blaze has taken the transporters. Evox is upset that Roxy is gone but Blaze says he will get his tower. Ravi returns to Roxy but she doesn't wake. Commander is upset at Ravi. He apologizes and she apologizes. They get called by Ben and Betty and they found a Mega Transporter pointed at the Morph-X Tower. Nate figures the two are around it. The Mayor finds Devon and is upset at him. An attack happens and the mayor sends Devon home. Devon leaves and the attack is from Blaze. The un-morphed Rangers without Devon fight the Tronics. The Mayor helps Ben and Betty against the Tronics and one Transporter on a shopping cart.

The Rangers morph and fight. Blaze leaves and aims a Transporter at the tower and activates it. He then teleports and activates another one. Commander sees the transporters have been activated. Ben puts the third transporters in a black van but Blaze takes it. Blaze teleports back to the location where the others battle. Red runs to him and stops him before he activates it. Red calls his claws nad fights Blaze, who calls his sword. Red blocks Blaze. Blaze wraps tentacles around Red. Mayor watches this. Red is demorph and Mayor discovers he is a ranger. Blaze activates the transporter and the tower is teleported away, along with Devon as a hostage. Mayor runs towards Devon but it's too late.

Nate wants to rebuild the gate to charge into Evok's base. Ravi is for getting Devon. Roxy's pod beeps and she wakes up. She looks a mess. She tells him about Evok's plans as she was connected to the evil avatar. They plan to make a new body for Evox. Devon is tied up and is helpless but to watch. 

Love this episode. Some great stuff with Ravi and his mom and also Devon and his dad. All the pieces came together in this episode. Great stuff with Roxy as well. 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Toys that Made Us: Power Rangers: Editing and Information Errors

Netflix has a toy documentary that has covered Star Wars, Barbie, He-Man, Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony and other toys. A lot of Power Ranger fans appear in this documentary such as Scott from Power Morphicon, Mike of Rangerstop, Black Nerd Andre, my buddy John, and two Ranger actors David Yost and Walter Jones. It tells the story of Haim Saban got the idea from Sentai to make Power Rangers. It starts out by explaining Tokusatsu. It shows a bit of history with Spider-Man and Kamen Rider. The accuracy then leaves. They use clips from subbed shows and mentions the wrong one while showing another. They show the Cyclone from Kamen Rider and say Sentai. I did my best to edit out the opinion from what CCLemon99 wrote. Thanks to him again.  The reason I did this was to just have the errors highlighted. 

Here is a couple of things CCLemon99 noticed:
  • Popy is not mentioned. Popy was around before Bandai, they had the toy license in 1975.
  • Kamen Rider is called the first Henshin Hero when that is inaccurate. I’m not even sure but Ultraman is one of them as well.
  • Mattel imported some toys over from Japan in the 70s. Godaikin was Bandai's first attempt, but not the only attempt.

  • They mention Bioman but show a clip of Kyodai Ken Bycrosser. Bycrosser is not Sentai, but was produced by Toei.
  • No mention of the 1987 comedy Dynaman dub here in the US but it is forgivable as it is just an hour.
  • "Please remember, in 1991 Zyuranger aired in Japan." The show aired in 1992 but the toys were manufactured in 1991, hence why some toys said 1991.
  • The 8 Inch Rangers were not sold for Zyuranger. If they were created for Zyuranger, it is not mentioned. The only time they were released was for Mighty Morphin.
  • The original broadcast time of Day of The Dumpster. It's stated here as being 7:30am on August 28, 1993. In reality, it was 11:30am.

  • "Nonaka, speaking of America toy safety standards, shows a gold Zyusouken that he represents as "the American version" with an incredibly dull blade tip. The American Dragon Dagger is nowhere near as dull and, despite other big differences between the Dragon Dagger and Zyusouken, is the exact same blade. A better example of toy safety differences really lies with the swords that come with things like DX Won Tiger/White Tigerzord." -CCLemon99
  • Stock footage of British parents swarming upon a Toys R Us while Trish is talking about complaints Bandai America was getting. The footage shown is of Bandai Europe.
  • Auto-Morphin figures (1994) are said to be an American creation. Kakuranger (1994) had a line of figures with a very similar transformation action that released earlier in 1994. 
  • A Ninja Steel commercial is shown during the Disney era.
  • When discussing Legacy toys and then showing clips from 1994 toy commercials and Nonaka's gold-plated Kyuukyoku Daizyujin instead of highlighting the Legacy toys themselves.
  • Also, at the end they mention Hasbro taking over and that TOEI was no longer part of it. FALSE. Toei is still partnered with Power Rangers because how else do they get the Super Sentai footage?

I wish it let my friends and other Ranger fans talk about their love of the toys and show off their collections like the Star Wars episode. These errors clearly show how much people really don't take Power Rangers seriously and had no passion for this episode. It could have been really great. I don't know if they messed up the clips on purpose as a homage to the early days of Power Rangers, or even Megaforce. Anyway, it is what it is and there you go. 

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Rewriting History - Episode Review

Steel wants to own a pet. Nate says if he can take care of a potted plant for a week, then he will get a pet. Meanwhile, the villains are about to execute the plan. Vargoyle presses the button and the memory pulsator will change everyone's memories in the city.  They won't remember Evox. He will replace their memories, making them forget the evil avatars. The new memory is that Blaze and Roxy became Red and Yellow Rangers. Zoey thinks she works in the laundry and surprised she is in the lab. Steel is with his plant and calls the plant Spot. Devon is frozen and Steel is not affected. Devon doesn't remember Steel. 

Steel convinces Devon to go with him to Grid Battleforce for the simulator. They spot Blaze and Roxy going inside. They hide behind a van. They see the other Rangers. Devon doesn't believe Steel's story. Steel realizes that must be the plan. He says bad guys always forget he is a half-human and half robot. Ben and Betty don't recognize him and think they stole the communicators. Devon gives his. They tackle Steel and he lets go his hand and the hand spanks them and plays with them. Devon and Steel run away. The hand returns. They don't have their wristcoms. Vargoyle arrives. 

Vargoyle mentions the broadcast tower, Devon and Steel figure out where the Memory Pulsator is. Steel fights Vargoyle and fails. Devon tries helping and returns the Spot Plant. Devon fights Vargoyle. Steel puts Spot down. Vargoyle beats them up. Vargoyle notices the plant and cuts it. Devon runs fast and saves it, realizing he is the Red Ranger. Steel tells him to get the wrist coms back. Vargoyle burns the plant and Steel mourns it. Vargoyle throws Steel in the trash. Devon gets the wrist coms. Steel gets out of the trash. Devon tells him to not give up. They get the Wrist Coms and go after the pulsator.

Blaze and Roxy want the Rangers to help load the Mega Transporters. Roxy goes to her real body and puts a data chip inside the box. Ben and Betty crack a transporter and end up teleporting to a bunch of random places. Devon and Steel arrive to the pulsator. Steel tries blasting it but it is immune. Devon gets shocked trying to climb it. Steel climbs up the tower even though it shocks him. Devon is to turn off the power and runs off. Muriel's boss stops him but Devon explains and Vargoyle is after him. Devon morphs.

Vargoyle's Morph-X is low and Blaze and Roxy stop Scrozzle from transporting some. Devon fights Vargoyle. Steel gets to the pulsator and turns it off. It explodes and he falls down. The pulse stops and everyone's memories return. Devon calls Steel but he does not respond. Steel shuts down. The Rangers put the transporters in a van. They remember and battle pose. Blaze and Roxy teleport and steel the transporters. Devon continues fighting Vargoyle. He blasts him and destroys Vargoyle. Back at Grid Battleforce, the gang worries about Steel. A Gigadrone arrives and the Rangers leave in zords. Gigadrone arrives and the Beast-X Megazord is formed.

They fight. They destroy it. Steel is back to normal and is called a hero. He feels bad for his plant. Nate says because he saved the city, he can have his pet. They get him a puppy which freezes Devon since dogs make him freeze up. A girl loves the puppy and the mom says they couldn't find a puppy at the shelter. Steel offers the dog to the girl. The Rangers congrats him on his generosity. Steel says he doesn't have the time. Ben and Betty arrive from their trip, which Betty wants to do it again. Ben does not. Everyone laughs. Back with Evox, Blaze and Roxy show off the Mega Transporters and they sabotaged the stasis pod. 

Nice to see Muriel's boss back to continue the continuity. This episode shows the heart of Steel and that he can have emotions not just one-liners and being a flat character. It was great to see Blaze in the Red Ranger suit though.

Grade: A-

Power Rangers Beast Morphers -Ranger Reveal - Episode Review

Everyone is gathered to meet Niki Rev, a celebrity and Zoey's mom is going to interview her. Ben and Betty use a selfie extender and get it caught on something. They get stuck ina truck. Nikki Rev cancels. Vargoyle arrives. Everyone runs away and a cameraman leaves the camera running. The Rangers morph and the camera catches it. Vargoyle uses the Beast powers. The trio is shocked. The five of them fight Vargoyle. The camera is damaged. Vargoyle is running out of morph X. The Rangers call their weapons but Vargoyle teleports away. The Rangers leave. The cameraman says the memory card is damaged and Zoey's mom thinks they have their identity. She says it is her scoop. Zoey arrives and her mom tells her about the Rangers. Zoey tries to convince her not to reveal their identities but she is thinking about her career.

Zoey's mom Muriel tells her boss. Vargoyle has a memory pulsator. Roxy and blaze have a plan for a memory pulsator and shocked Vargoyle stole their idea. They blame Scrozzle. Evox tells them if he is smart enough to steal the plan. he is smart enough to do the plan. Back at the hangout, Ben tries fixing the extender and knocks out the wig from a woman. The woman turns out to be Niki Rev. The Rangers discuss fame, Steel is for it. Steel wants a cooking show and wants a mouth. Ravi says the commander would not approve. Zoey says to leave it to her. Everyone gets crazy for Nikki Rev and she tries to escape the fans. The Rangers protect her.

Shockatron is sent after the Rangers and Scrozzle is to send a Gigadrone. A Grid Battleforce van takes Nikki away. Steel says he'll think twice about fame. The Rangers are told about the danger. The trio go for Shockatron and morph while the others call their zords for the Gigadrone. Shockatron sends their energy back at them. The Rangers deflect and keep fighting. The Gigadrone arrives and the boys fight him with their Megazord. Vargoyle arrives at the channel satellite to set up the device. Devon arrives in his zord to help Gold. Blue and Yellow takedown Shockatron. Red and Gold beat up the Gigadrone. Red destroys the Gigadrone. 

Muriel comes to check on the memory card. Ravi and Zoey arrive and Zoey wants to talk. Nikki Rev arrives and Muriel doesn't want to interview her. Zoey convinces the manager to interview Nikki as a fan. He says yes. Zoey tells the others she has an idea. Nikki says she owes Zoey a favor so she'll do it. Zoey asks Nikki about the downside of fame. Muriel has the footage and she is to air it after the Nikki interview. 

It is Muriel's turn, she talks about the Rangers morphing and has the footage on a memory card. She mentions the Nikki Rev interview and she thought if the Rangers are hounded like a celebrity and they wouldn't be able to do her job. She destroys the chip and says their identities have to be protected. Muriel and Zoey talk. Muriel apologizes. Zoey says she made the right decision. The boss likes it, a reporter with integrity. Vargoyle hounds Scrozzle and laughs about his plan.

I love this episode. This is a great episode. It is rare for a kids' show to talk about integrity and doing the right thing. Fame and fortune and also the Ranger's identities have been covered before but not like this. The Memory device will be used in the next episode.

Grade: A++

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Gorilla Art - Episode Review

Late at night at the base, Nate leaves and Ravi asks if he can work on his saber. In reality, he is working on his artwork. He paints Roxy as she sleeps in the chamber. Smash comes in and Ravi erases his memory. Smash gets the urge to paint and paints the base and then public property. Ben and Betty find him when they are on their bike. Betty tells the commander. They try using water from a hose but fail. The Rangers arrive and a new Robotron arrives. The five morph. Turbotron goes after Smash while Roxy and Blaze fight the five. Devon beats Turbotron back. Ravi leaves with Smash. Devon fights Tronics and Turbotron leaves. 

Ravi puts Smash in a warehouse when Turbotron arrives. Turbotron blows them with a turbine. Ravi tries hitting him but is blown away. Ravi fights the air and uses his gorilla strength. Smash comes and protects Ravi. Scrozzle puts together the beast power discs. Vargoyle arrives and asks for the fury cells and Scrozzle blames Roxy and Blaze. He beats them. Evox arrives. Scrozzle made Vargoyle but he turned against him. Evox offers him to work for him for the beast powers and Blaze and Roxy are mad. Evox said he would reward his strongest servant. Nate checks on Smash, Commander says working on art is a waste of time. Smash is corrupted and they can't use the zords. Ravi admits it was him and have them promise not to tell his mom. 

The Rangers go fight Vargoyle (in a cloak) who is collecting Morph-X, who play-acts for the drama. The five morph. Vargoyle calls Scrozzle, whos says he is playing games with his enemies. The Gigadrone attacks a tower. Devon and his zord come but can't climb the tower. Zoey comes in on her zord to help Devon. Zoey flies away. Nate wants Smash to paint and Smash leaves and goes to help Ravi. Meanwhile, Ravi and Steel corner Vargoyle. Ravi leaves and Steel is on his own. Vargoyle takes off the cloak and beats up Silver. Wheeler zord comes in and turns upside down. Racer Zord bounces off and slashes at he Gigadrone, destroying it. Silver continues fighting Vargoyle. He de-morphs and Vargoyle is about to blast him when Gold Ranger arrives. Vargoyle teleports away.

He shows the Morph-X to Evox and Scfozzle gives the upgrade to Vargoyle. Roxy and Blaze watch this. Evox promises Vargoyle power if he succeeds. Blaze says to work together to get Vargoyle, Roxy agrees. Later, Ravi apologizes to Smash and Smash reveals he knew about the art for months. He kept it to himself. Ravi says he was wrong for not trusting him and hugs Smash. Smash says he never did it before but Ravi says not to get used to it. Smash says his mom will accustom to it one day. Betty and Ben get buckets of soap water on their heads. 

Episode Review:
It is interesting as Ravi keeps hiding stuff from his mom, especially artist talent. It is nice Smash protects Ravi and keeps secrets for him but would have liked his character would be different. I know he is 'cute' for kids and does stereotypical gorilla. Maybe if he was a bit more fleshed out of a character and less stereotypical and hammy. Other than that, a good episode and an interesting storyline about Vargoyle being a creation of Scrozzle that turned against him. Vargoyle is an interesting character but has the same generic villain voices they've been doing lately.