Saturday, April 20, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - A Friend Indeed - Episode Review

Blaze and Roxy makes a Robotron from a train and wants the info from the Beast Bots to control the Megazord. Ravi and Devon spar in the base. Smash offers Ravi blueberry drink and Ravi doesn't take it. Devon takes it and Cruise is disappointed when he brings him a drink. Smash offers to spar with Ravi, Ravi says not to do it soft. Smash stains Ravi's shirt. Zoey looks for Jax and finds a bag and wants office supplies. Inside are party supplies. Jax says it is the wrong bag. Betty and Ben get the bag and leave with Jax. Ravi and Devon enter. Nathan tells them to train. Zoey wishes the Beast Bots would do what they want. A truck comes towards the but it is a hologram.

Nathan shows them it is a nano-projector in their blasts. Beast Bots arrive and tell them to take a break. They tell them later. Beast Bots are disappointed. The Tronics attack and the Rangers morph. They fight. The Robotron takes the memory data from Cruise and Smash and they shut down. Robotron goes after Jax when the Opening Sequence runs. Zoey helps him. Blaze takes him away. Zoey tells them. They find  Cruise--who had a reboot and doesn't remember them. Same with Smash. Later, Nathan explains they just obey them, no personality. Devon and Ravi aren't so sad about it.  Nathan wishes he wants one like that--like a brother. Zoey says Jax drives her crazy too. Devon rides Cruise and happy he obeys him. He splashes in mud. He is mad. Cruise says he was told to take it.

Ravi tells Smash not to take easy. He punches him back. Ravi is mad. Smash says it is what he commanded. Jax and Zoey bumped into each other. Jax says the tablet is in Nathan's lab. Zoey wants to go into a room and Jax doesn't let her in. Ravi and Devon talk to Nate and Nate leaves. Zoey complains about Jax with Jax behind her and heard it. He turns the jacket and her tablet is there. Jax leaves. Zoey feels bad. Zoey goes after him and find a party the Beast Bots wanted to give them. Jax explains the reasons why Smash and Cruise messed up earlier. Zoey apologizes to Jax. Nate arrives and explains why they got the discs. Jax wants to set up a trap. Zoey wants to keep him safe. The others convince her. Later, Jax bumps into a Robotron.

Zoey comes out of hiding and knocks the discs out of the Robotron's hands. They get the discs and gives them to Jax to give to Nate. The Rangers fight the monster. They destroy him. Snozzle is upset and send an Alpha model Gigadrone. Raildrone arrives with two other robots. Nate adds the memories back to the Beast Bots. They reunite. They go in the zords. Gorrilla mode and battle mode are used. They attack the Gigadrones. The trio form the Megazord. The three Gigadrones do like a train. The two drones are destroyed. Cheetah Beast Blaster is called. Raildrone eliminated. The Beast Bots enter a dark room. Lights turn on and the party has turned into a thank you to the Beast Bots. Zoey explains they deserve the party and they are their best friends. Nate ask for Ben and Betty. Smash knocks on the cake and Ben and Betty surprise them from within. Snozzle tells the Tronics to take parts to a warehouse. Roxy and Blaze are told about a secret plan--a cyber gate for Evox.

A friend of mine wanted more interaction with the Beast Bots, here is a whole episode dedicated to it. Wish it was more in every ep though.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Hangar Heist - Episode Review

The episode starts with the Gigadrone inside the secret hangar lab and Devon asking Nate for Morph-X to use on a rocket. Outside, the Rangers and Ben and Betty put the Morph-X in the rocket but it doesn't launch. Ben and Betty try to 'fix it' but it points sideways and launches in the wrong direction. Ben and Betty run away from it and then go after it when they reveal it actually belongs to their father. Devon takes out his own model rocket and it breaks apart and doesn't launch it. Ravi critiques it and Devon takes it as an insult. Devon gets defensive and leaves. 

Meanwhile, Evok blames Roxy for losing the Gigadrone and she says she will make up for it. Back at GB headquarters the Rangers do a simulation of forming the Megazord but Ravi and Devon butt heads. Ravi gives Devon advise and Devon rather go with his guts. Devon storms off when the simulation has failed. The Commander talks to Devon about being a good leader means to listen to your teammates, especially Ravi since he has experience and training. Devon thinks about it. Ben and Betty find the rocket but one of the burners hasn't gone off. They spot Roxy. Roxy asks Scrozzle for help with the steel door. 

Scrozzle made a Robotron from a gas tank of some sort. The monster can melt anything so it melts the door and they go in. A piece of a burner goes off and makes Ben and Betty fly away. Roxy puts Morph X into the Gigadrone. Devon arrives in Cruise (which doesn't turn back into a robot or even speak) and the others in the GB SUV. They fight Roxy. Scrozzle in the mean time takes things from the lab including a robot head---(J from Go-Busters). Ravi kicks Devon out of the base to save them. He gets the Racer Zord and tries breaking the street to take the Rangers out but Scrozzle releases another Gigadrone. The first Gigadrone stops Devon. Zoey and Ravi destroy the Robotron. They fight and Devon uses the melter thing from the second Gigadrone to release Ravi and Zoey. Ravi and Zoey are saved by their zords. 

The Rangers fight with the zords. They try forming the Megazord. The two Gigadrones try stopping them but there was a forcefield around them. They form the Megazord and they destroy the Gigadrones. Back in the evil lair, Scrozzle and Evok talk about a secret project. Roxy and Blaze want to know what it is and Evok threatens them. The Rangers present Ben and Betty with their dad's rocket fixed. They successfully fly the rocket off. 

A better episode then last week. A good part was we get a slow build to the new Megazord, not like most recent seasons where Megazords just appear out of nowhere. Also J's head being stolen by Scrozzle is interesting. The actual conflict between Ravi and Devon feels authentic and I loved the Commander's advice. I wish she had a full name though. 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Taking Care of Business - Episode Review

Devon is washing cars because his dad doesn't know he's a Ranger and has him to prove himself. He is late to meet the general, who is Betty and Ben's dad. They show off the Dogtonic, made from parts of Tronics. Nate gives the idea to the General that they can use Gigadrone parts. The Rangers collect parts with their zords. The mayor helps out Devon wash cars. Blaze makes a Robotronic out of a saw--Slicertron. At the secret base, Nate moved stuff from his lab---including a robot head (J from Go-Busters making an early cameo). Yellow and Blue arrive to fight Slicertron and Blaze.

They morph. Blaze also transforms. Devon finally gets the call and says its an emergency to his boss. Blaze kicks them around. Slicertron slices a pole that falls on them. Devon arrives and spins the debris away. Blaze tries to get to them. The Rangers blast the villains while Red quickly slices them. The bad guys leaves and the Rangers de-morph. Ravi almost overheated. Zoe tells Devon to quit. Devon says his dad is proud of him and gets called by his boss and leaves. Nate says the Gigadrone parts explode and are useless. The boss tells Devon he can't leave, if he leaves again, he will be fired. Ravi and Zoe come to help Devon. 

Roxy sees the wrist coms and vunerable and Blaze steals them and Slicertron slices the,. They go to a Morph-X Tower. Ravi's mom arrives and says the tower was knocked down. They find the com pieces. Devon goes to tell the boss he has to go and says he'll be fired. He leaves and Boss threatens to tell the dad. Blaze and Slicertron are stopped by the Rangers. Mayor gets call from Devon's ex-boss in his limo and sees the Rangers. A little girl screams as a saw flies her way. 

Devon races and grabs her out of the way. Her mom takes her away. He shares a look with the mayor. Blue strikes Blaze down. Blaze teleports away. Scrozzle is using a Gamma model Gigadrone and sending it to the city. The rangers beat down the robotron. Devon leaves to use Racer Zord. Ravi and Zoe fight the Robotron. The Racer Zord in battle mode fights the Gigadrone but it has a shield and crashes their systems. It opens the tower and sucks out the Morph X. The commander tells to Jax and Smash to pilot the zords themselves. They distract the Gigadrone. Zoe and Ravi destroy the monser with Beast X Blast. 

The systems are almost rebooted. Devon tells Nate he will reboot the Gigadrone. He throws his sword and it breaks the sheild. The saw gets stuck on the zord but the Gigadrone falls down. Zoe takes the Gigadrone to the hanger of the secret base. Nathan is amazed the Gigadrone is in tact. The General asks Devon what's wrong. Betty gets caught in a Gigadrone hand thanks top Ben. At the local hangout Devon calls the Mayor and asks if he is okay. The Mayor is mad. The Rangers see the Mayor on the TV and he says the Rangers are heroic. He says he is proud of them. Devon says he will know it some day.

Nepotism! Ravi is the Commander's son, Devon is the Mayor's son, Zoey is the city reporter's daughter and Ben and Betty's dad is the General of Grid Battleforce. So who are Nate's parents? A basic episode but it would nice to have a BeastBot centered episode.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Digital Deception - Episode Review

Ben and Betty have Valentine's Day gifts for the Rangers and chase a bee. Ravi visits the real Roxy in her coma case and wishes her a happy valentine's day and remembers last year they were together. Meanwhile in Snoozle's dimension, Roxy says she has her memories but no emotions. She comes up with an idea against Ravi. Nate meanwhile gets flowers. Roxy comes and takes Morph-X and creates a monster from a construction dozer vehicle. Nathan calls GB. Back at GB, Devon's cookies are rejected. They are called by the Commander. The trio arrive. Tronics are called and the Rangers call their weapons. Ravi fights the monster. Roxy trips Ravi and he is at the mercy of the Robotron.

Roxy stops the monster and leaves. Commander wonders what the robotron was after and wanted to know why Nathan was out. She put him on the buddy system and he hates it--he considers it a babysitter. They ask about Ravi, he shows them the picture and saying the avatar rescuing her. He asks Nathan if he thinks the real Roxy is in there, everyone thinks she's evil. Nathan says Ravi is a stickler for the rules. Devon figures he still loves her. Avatar Roxy gives Ravi a rose and says Happy Valentine's Day. She needs a device from Nate's lab from Ravi and he agrees. She leaves.

Ravi comes to Nate and asks about the Neural Aligner. Nate says it is theoretical and he would need the virus. Ravi takes it anyway. Devon and Zoey figure out what Ravi is up to and go to the park. Ravi meets with Roxy. The Robotron grabs Ravi. Roxy plans to infect Ravi with the virus. Roxy reveals she is all evil. The Rangers stop it. The Rangers fight the monster. She teleports away with the Neural Aligner. The Rangers morph. Tronics are called. The rangers fight the Tronics. Blue and Yellow fight the monster. Beta Gigadrone is sent to become Shoveldrone. Cruise comes to Devon and he deploys the Racer Zord. The battle mode fights Shoveldrone. He outruns the missiles. He changes to Cheetah Mode. Yellow surprises the monster with a back attack. The zord becomes battle mode again and Devon calls his blaster to finish off the Gigadrone and the others destroy the Robotron at the same time. 

Snozzle tries using the Aligner on Evox with a machine he makes. Blaze and Roxy listen to this. Back at GB, Ravi talks to sleeping Roxy. Ravi apologizes to the Rangers. They say they have to work together. They side hug. Zoey gets flowers from a secret valentine. Commander Shaw tells them  of the gifts in the hanger. Betty has a big sticky fly paper to get the bee. They get stuck on it and the Rangers find them.

A little late for Valentine's Day episode but nice they tried. I liked the moments between Ravi and Roxy. Great episode expect it felt Story A took over Story B and Story B was about a bee so good they kept it short. Also, Nate having a crush on Zoey is interesting as he is still being treated as a kid so it would be interesting if they is explored. Hopefully the Neural Aligner will return to help Roxy and Blaze. 

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.