Saturday, September 19, 2009

Power Rangers RPM - Episode 24 - "Ancient History"

Episode Summary

Tenaya and the two robot generals go through the rubble of Alphabet Soup, looking for something useful. Crunch picks up a Red Ranger helmet (that is basically the Operation Overdrive one). She plugs into a drive and gets info on a mountain with info and discarded stuff. She returns with news to Venjix but the new general Kilobyte is already on it, thanks to Shifter. She is really peeved at Shifter, saying he made a big gamble. Meanwhile with our heroes, Flynn and Ziggy play billiards. The alarm rings and they have detected 'excavation' in the mountains. The twins say there is discarded technology. Dr. K says its junk but she is concerned, she tells the gang to destroy it all.

Corporal Hicks and his team has already going through some stuff. The Rangers find the opening to a cave. The digging bot has dug through. The Rangers find him and confront him. Rocks clear and a dragon-like train is engraved into the rock. Venjix makes the robot big. The Zenith Megazord fights it and use the Road Attack Zord. The train is activated and comes to help them. It attacks them too. It is a mammoth, a triceratops and a tyrannosaurus. It attacks the baddie again, the baddie retreats and the three zords retreat as well, leaving the Rangers shocked. (Basically this is the entire Go-Onger episode 32 mushed into 3 minutes)

After the commercials, Hicks gives Truman the hard drive laptop and it is Dr. K talking to Venjix, saying he is too dangerous to let out. Truman is very mad. The Rangers return to Dr. K asking what the locomotive thing is. The twins say it is called the Paleozord. Dr. K says it is uncontrollable. The guards come in and tells them to freeze. Mason tells Dr. K is arrested for treason. Scott says not to arrest her. Hicks tries to grab her but she is a hologram, saying she anticipated Truman coming to arrest her. Scott says arresting her is 'not going to bring anyone back.' Dr. K seems to be on a loop, like a recording, but no, she is doing this live and when the guards leave, she reveals she is in a remote location.

The Rangers go out to look for the Paleozord, or how Dillon calls it, a giant dinozord. They encounter the digging robot and the Grinders and of course a fight ensues. They then morph. Red then fights the bot. They look up and the Paleozord has returned. The bot attacks it and is run over. Red jumps on it and hangs on to it. He flies off it and unto rubble. Meanwhile Dr. K walks in her white robe and sees herself in a 'wanted' video clip. A man identifies her and conveniently located guards chase her. Dr. K still orders the others. She seems to split up and the guards chase the multiple Dr. Ks, she says she is everywhere.

After the commercials, Mach Megazord and ValveMax Megazord fight for some unknown reason as Yellow and Blue watch. Mason watches as the guards chase after her. Hicks tells him that there are dozens of her. Mason looks at the cameras and then at the Corinth tower. Blue and Yellow see the robot and it has grown again and attacks the two zords. Mason arrives to his office to find Dr. K and threatens her with his gun. Ziggy tells them he needs her help. Dr. K asks Mason if 'she is there.' The zords split up and the Rangers go down. Blue and Yellow call their zords but go down. Red says he is on the way. Dr. K asks her if he is going to arrest her. He looks at the picture of his son. She says they all make mistakes they regret, she says they have to move on, she says if they can go back in time, she would undo it. He asks if she can help them, she says it is all she can do.

Dr. K helps them with the Paleozord. Red jumps up at the robot and is knocked down. Mason asks if she was born in a laboratory and she says basically she was thanks to 'his' public government. Paleozord arrives and hits the foe and then splits into three. Red jumps in and pilots the Mammoth one. He transforms it into Paleomax Megazord and destroys the bot. The Rangers celebrate from below. Meanwhile, Tenaya says Shifter to watch his back. The Rangers worry Scott's dad has taken Dr. K, Mason arrives with Dr. K and says he has granted her a full pardon. Dr. K says she has to debrief her team. Mason leaves. Ziggy and Dr. K are alone and Ziggy pokes her, to check if she is real. She scares him with another hologram.

Episode Review
Great episode! Really smart, complex, funny and just overall well executed. Awesome character development as well! Now does everyone have confidence in Judd's abilities to take over the reigns of Eddie? The stalling of Dr. K reminds of Mac's stalling in Operation Overdrive. It seems this episode has two references to Operation Overdrive. It seems the three zords are referred to as 'Paleozord.' The reason the two megazords fought in Go-Onger was to call out the robot.

Next week there will not only one new episode but two new episodes. I will be very busy that weekend because of family stuff, so most likely I will upload the first episode on Saturday morning and the second one Sunday night at the least. We'll see.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Results to two polls

What do you come to this blog the most for?
Power Rangers 71 out of 192
Super Sentai 32 out of 192
Kamen Rider (US) 19 out of 192
Kamen Rider (Japanese) 16 out of 192
All of Above 54 out of 192

Basically, the majority of people come here for Power Rangers and the second reason is everything else. The least reason is for Kamen Rider, the original version from Japan.

What would you rather have?
Female Red Ranger 84 out of 186 votes
Female Green Ranger 37 out of 186 votes
Female Black Ranger 33 out of 186 votes
Male Pink Ranger 32 out of 186 votes

Basically everyone wants a female Red Ranger. The least anyone wants is a male Pink Ranger. And not surprisingly, people rather have a female Green Ranger than a female Black Ranger.

Related Topic: It's a Girl! The REAL Shinken Red


Power Rangers RPM and Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Summaries Sept-Oct

Somewhat Spoilers Abound

Power Rangers RPM
Sat Sep 19 - Ancient History (24)
Untested technology is found in an Alphabet Soup dumping ground. Truman tries to keep the technology from Venjix but instead stumbles upon a video log that pins Dr. K responsible for the start of Venjix. Truman wants to arrest Dr. K. But if he does, she won’t be able to help the rangers with the dangerous Paleomax technology.

Sat Sep 26 - Key to the past (25)
It dawns on Dillon that the two keys to his watch fit together to play another song. It’s the same song that Tenaya 7 sings! Tenaya 7 is hit by memories of her past. She does some investigating on her own and finds out what really happened to her.

Sat Sep 26 - Beyond a Doubt (26)
Airs the same day as episode 25
Tenaya 7 and Dillon go to Venjix palace to retrieve codes to stop an attack bot. Dillon is left wondering which side she is on when she turns him into Venjix. With the stolen codes, Dr. K is able to configure the RPM Ultrazord. Kilobyte captures Tenaya 7 before she can reunite with our heroes.

Sat Oct 3rd - Control - Alt- Delete (27)
Dillon’s search for Tenaya is put on hold when Scott is in trouble. Scott was shot with a key that allows Shifter to control him. The rangers do their best to save their leader when they come face to face with Tenaya. She has been reprogrammed with one mission: Serve Venjix.

Sat Oct 3rd - Run Ziggy Run (28)
Airs the same day as episode 27
It’s time for Ziggy to payback the money he owes Fresno Bob. Tenaya makes a deal with Fresno Bob to give him Ziggy in exchange for a certain case. The rangers deploy Dr. K’s Rail Saber weapon against the latest attack bot.

And then there is no new episodes until December, supposedly Episodes 29 and 30 will air December 19 and 31 and 32 on December 26 but I doubt it.

Red - Scott episode
Green - Ziggy episode
Dark Grey - Dillon episode

Kamen Rider Dragon Knight
Sat Sep 19 "Dark Temptation" (24)
Kit confronts Onyx and loses. After Len and Siren defeat several of Xaviax's monsters together, Kit asks whether they even need him anymore. Kit gets another unwanted visitor at his apartment... Michelle Walsh.

Sat Sep 26 "Dropping the Axe" (25)
Kit confronts Axe again until Strike arrives. Kit finds Len and Siren and tells them he is ready to be a true Kamen Rider. Xaviax tells Strike that he has a Kamen Rider ready for emergencies: Kamen Rider Wrath.

Sat Oct 3 "Kamen Rider Wrath" (26)
Secret agents begin to watch Kit's home. Once Kase apologizes to Kit for her previous actions, he goes to hospital where his father is. In the bookstore, Maya is initially furious with Lacey, but uses her assistance to draw the attention of another secret agent spying on them.

Sat Oct 10 "The Attack" (27)
The secret agents force Kit to fight against Mirror Monsters to see his armor and skills. Len and Kase fight Wrath and Strike. Maya talks to Len about what happened, and he goes searching for Kit. Trent calls his friends to hack the government's database to find where Kit is being kept.

Sat Oct 17 "The Arrested Dragon" Saturday (28)
Trent has Kit's location and Maya goes there. Kit is interrogated by Michelle Walsh. Len and Kase also go to the building to look for Kit. Kit is ambushed by Strike and Wrath.

Red - Dragon episode
Blue - Axe episode
Gold - Wrath episode
Dark Grey - Onyx episode

Toylines that continue after the show ended

Back in 9/13/08, last year, we got pictures and news of Power Rangers RPM and I reported it on the 16th, but now it is the 18th of September the next year and we haven't heard anything. It used to be, since 1999, we usually heard news on the title of the show by May and toy pictures by Fall season. But now, we haven't heard squat. Many fans still believe the show will continue, but there has been evidence that production stopped in New Zealand and there has been no news on the show continuing any time soon. If the show does get picked up by a new production company, it for sure won't be on airwaves by March of 2010, most likely much later. Anyhoo, I had slight hopes Bandai America would release a toyline based on Samurai Sentai Shinkenger anyway, since they claimed the show wasn't canceled back in April and also promised us a Pink Ranger Super Legends figure for Fall of 2010 back in late May.

I decided to cover toylines that continued after their popular television shows had ended in the past...

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
The series ran from 1983-1985 and a couple of toys were released from 1986-1987. Mosquitor above was released in 1987.

These toys (Mircomasters) were released in 1989 and the first animated series lasted from 1984 to 1987. What happened was that the Japanese series continued and they kept making toys so they kept releasing toys. The Generation 2 toys came out in 1991, remember the green and purple Megatron tank and Pyro (Optimus Prime fire truck)? I don't think there was a year with some Transformer toy, maybe a couple of months or so. Maybe 1994.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
This toy came out in 1997, the first animated series went from 1987 to 1996.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

2010 Sentai Rumors and Speculations #2

Tensou Sentai Goseiger
(Rumored illustration above, unknown if is legitimate or official.)
Dukemon says Toei has copyright to this name Goseiger. 10/07/09 11pm EST update: Copyright for title is official. "The copyright is legit, but the actual copyright page has not listed it yet (meaning it might only be a temp name.) Until this happens, we have to wait. Though, the name Goseiger and the animals being reminiscent of Dairanger's is interesting. However, the name is not Tenjou Sentai. I believe it is to be read as: Tensou, meaning Transfer, is a common term card-game wise, i think."
"Some of the cards themselves will not be of the same thickness as the Ganbaride Cards. They'll be a lot thicker, and will be able to play sounds by themselves, along the lines of the Enjin Souls and Gaia Memories. Some of the cards will either be the henshin devices, or activate them."
  • The core team will be of three (Red, Blue, Yellow) and two (like Go-onger). The secondary team is composed of Green and Pink. I believe Yellow will be male, take this with a grain of salt, nothing is written in stone right now. We still have four months to go and the most changes occur in december.
  • Green and Pink's mecha are not known, but Red maybe a Dragon, Blue could be a Unicorn and Yellow maybe a bird of some kind.
  • The first robot will be Red's Dragon, which can transform into a robot on its own, much like in Dairanger. Red's monster seems to be called "SutsuDragon" (Suit Dragon).
  • Blue's Unicorn and Yellow's bird will be able to transform into a Pegasus, sold as a set of course. The three of course will unite.
  • The mecha are able to hold the corresponding cards of the rangers. The three-robot will have cards displayed on its chest and shoulders
  • Red is the leader of a group of rangers, rebelling against the invasion forces of the home planet, (the other, villain rangers), which seek to conquer the Earth. He has been given "Earthling Blood" mysteriously.
  • Blue and Red had originally fought for the title of leader, and Red won. There will be definite rivalry between them.
  • Yellow has control over a "Pod/Base" which the rebels were able to escape to Earth in.
  • Green is also a dissenter (rebel) from the villains, but his reasons for doing so are less than positive.
  • Pink is Red's sister, and also dissents from the villains. "Since they're brother and sister, and Pink is supposed to be older. Also, please take everything with a grain of salt. We're still not close enough to the end of year for this info to be trusted completely." -Dukemon22
  • The rangers, besides Red, cannot exist in Earth's atmosphere for a long period of time, without transforming. They need to return to the "Pod" regularly. (Reminds Dukemon22 of Alien Rangers hehe.)
  • Pink, in the style of Vancuria and Trey, can split into twins. Dukemon22 (Matt) believes the other twin is allied to the villains.
  • Green's monster will be a Cobra-like monster. His personal weapon is a CobraRod.
UPDATED 9/23/09
Photoshop above, not sure if Green and Pink will be different in style. Nobody is 100% if Yellow will remain male or female.

UPDATED 9/28/09
It is said Pink doesn't have a regular twin, that she has a split-personality, much like Vancuria with Nai and Mea. She will split into two people with different personalities. It is still not clear if the second person is still going to be part of the villains.

Related Topic: 2010 Sentai Rumors and Speculations #1