Saturday, February 7, 2015

Power Rangers Dino Charge - Powers from the Past - Episode Review


Millions of years ago, the bounty hunter Sledge and his crew chased the mild Keeper through space. Sledge had his fiancé Poisondara, the warrior Fury, the worrywart Wrench, the footsoliders Viviks and all the counties he collected in a prison. Fury goes after Keeper on Earth, Keeper tricks him and Fury goes to Sledge's ship with a bomb disguised as the Energems they want. Their ship blows up, Fury is sent to Earth again, his collection of asteroids go to Earth and Sledge is propelled away into space. Meanwhile, Keeper gave the energems to different dinosaurs. The asteroids hit Earth and kill the dinosaurs.
Now in current times, Tyler Navarro is on the search of his dad and asks for help at a history museum with dinosaur fossils. Chase, an employee that fancies him a lady's man flirts with girls and he is from New Zealand. Shelby is a bad waitress and wants to go on a dig and implores Dr. Morgan to go on it, she doesn't understand why Chase and Koda are going. She sneaks on the truck and goes on the dig. Tyler goes into a cave and finds a red Energem. He bumps into a robed monster and tries fighting it off, he takes the Energem and runs off. At the dig, Shelby spots the same robed foe stealing a box.
Shelby goes after the monster, he threatens her and Tyler rescues Shelby. They find out a Pink Energem is in the box, they both held the gems and they glow. Dino Charge Morphers appear and they shoot the monster. Tyler and Shelby accidently transform and battle the monster. T-Rex zord appears and scares off the monsters. Morgan, Chase and Koda leave without Shelby and Tyler drives her. Tyler shows Shelby his dad's journal and he is after Fury who is drawn in it. Shelby is sure he will find his dad.
The production values are lightyears better than Super Megaforce and it has the feel of a Disney season with actual characterization, an actual story and original footage. The whole episode barely uses any Kyoryuger footage. Sledge's ship is impressive and reminds me of Grumm's ship and it is more atmospheric than let's say Vekar's ship which is an obvious TV set. I like how they are slowly revealing the characters, we haven't even met Green yet. Fans have already suspected Dr. Kendall Morgan might be the Purple Ranger, given she is a 'doctor' character and seen with the Energems, it is clear she might be as KyoryuViolet was a scientist. I have to admit I made fun of the Keeper as well when I first saw him, I don't like how his eyes don't move.
They did a bit but that was CGI. Also early descriptions said there was 12 Energems but we see Keeper with 10. I also like that the prelude was almost half the episode, good it wasn't rush. Some people were complaining about the dinosaurs but I think they look pretty good, I mean with a TV budget, it's fine. The CGI T-Rex Zord was a bit jarring as I am used to seeing the Kyoryuger puppet (it's not felt but I am calling it a puppet). It's too early to judge the Rangers themselves, but I didn't like Tyler's generic dialogue, I liked Shelby and Chase's better. Anyway a decent beginning, most people like it. See, Saban and Tzachor this is how it is done!

Friday, February 6, 2015



His name is Starninger, he looks to have a cowboy-theme and I recently did a cowboy fanfiction so I am happy with this. My nephew says he looks like Zeo Ranger I/OhRed. I think he looks like Samurai Gold/Shinken Gold. His mecha is called Shuriken Gattai BisonKing.
Henshin Device StarBurger is his 'morpher' and his main weapon is the Guitar Ningeki SwordGun. He was a hamburger changer and a guitar sword which me and my nephew really want. Also coming in is Otomonin Series 3 SurferMaru: A submarine Otomonin that changes from Submarine to a robot with a surfboard. It merges with Shurikenjin to form the ShurikenjinSurfer and can also combine with BisonKing.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lavender Ranger's Editorial: Ranger Actors with unpopular choices, rumored behavior, crimes and fan-division

I didn't want to cover this topic for a while but certain events has 'broke the camel's back' a bit. I just want to say that I am not comparing one actor's alleged criminal behavior to any other actor's non-criminal behavior. For example, I am not comparing Rick Medina's recent alleged murder with the non-criminal behavior of let's say Jason David Frank or Steve Cardenas. I don't mean to clump them all together but I am doing so to display the spectrum of behavior, mild to the worst imaginable. Neither I am judging none of the people I display on this post. Some (Jason, Najee and Hector) for example is just heresay. Also these are in not any particular order. The following is highly controversial.
 Jason David Frank
The number one divider towards fans. There are people who love JDF (Tommy Oliver/Green Mighty Morphin, White Mighty Morphin, Zeo Ranger V Red, Red Turbo Ranger and Black Dino Thunder Ranger) and others who loathe him. Those who loathe him claim he is pompous and selfish. Even though there hasn't been a lot of complaints or evidence of him actually being rude to fans, many haters generally dislike the over-abundance of Tommy love such as a lot of Green Ranger or Tommy merchandise from Tommy and Bandai America while other past Rangers have been ignored. JDF has been blamed for unfair hacking into Morphin Madness website last March in favor of Tommy. But the majority of this has just been heresay and rumors, not actual evidence.
Rick Medina Jr.
January 31, 2015 Rick Medina Jr. (Cole/Red in Wild Force and Deker in Samurai/Super Samurai) has been arrested for allegedly murdering his roommate with a sword. Some fans are already claiming self defense, but like I said, I'm not judging, we don't all know. After Wild Force, he was in a reality show about a cougar and he was a deplorable character. Rumors from fans were that he didn't appericiate the show. He was also in a Chippendales-like show. He later join PR again on Samurai was redeemed in Fans' eyes until this.
 Steve Cardenas
He (Rocky/Red Ranger in Mighty Morphin and Zeo Ranger III Blue in Zeo) was generally liked until a recent situation in which he got a flame war of sorts with a fan who makes props. There was a lot of he said-he said going on. I won't go into specific details but basically Cardenas claimed the helmet maker broke a helmet he was supposed to fix and there was a dispute over payment. Some fans are in his favor and others not. Like I said I am not judging and I am not on either side. Basically there was evidence of their conversations on Instagram and it doesn't look in favor of Cardenas.
 Walter E. Jones
A few years ago Walter E. Jones (Zack/Black Ranger in Mighty Morphin) has a D.U.I., but fans haven't really cared much and his standing towards fans hasn't really been polarized.
 Hector David Jr.
He played Mike/Green Ranger on Power Rangers Samurai. He has been a bit of a wild card. According to Alex Heartman, Najee De Tiege and Steven Skyler at various conventions, he took actress Rugen Du Bray on a motorcycle ride, they go in an accident and she ended up injured at the hospital (hence why human Dayu is sitting down in her last scenes next to Deker). Rumors are that recently at Power Morphicon 2014 he was banned for some unruly behavior (this is hearsay of course). This could be untrue. I have been trying to keep this secret but I personally witnessed him shouting at a valet over something. Actually I went up to him at the hotel and he acted coldly towards me, not speaking. He was clearly angry. Like I said I am not judging, actors are human, they are regular people. Humans make mistakes. We all have bad days.
Najee De Tiege
Some fans have disliked him because of his Twitter comments. He has used bad grammar. One fan has posted up all the tweets he made and read them out loud. Some fans have not liked his acting. I think that's not fair to judge a person on just those factors, he hasn't done anything to harm anyone. At the convention Rangerstop in 2013, he personally helped me out and bought merchandise from my vendor table. He was really nice to me. I am just giving him the benefit of the doubt.
Samuell Benta
I totally forgot about this guy! He was Will/Operation Overdrive Black Ranger, he attended at Power Morphicon 2007 with the other castmembers. There were four official banners that all the guests signed and were going to be auctioned off on eBay with the earnings donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He took one. When he was rumored to might be in a Super Megaforce episode, fans were furious as the majority of fans now see him as a thief.
Does this effect your view on these actors or their characters? I say they are just people, let them live their lives.

Ricardo Medina (Wild Force's Cole and Samurai's Deker) arrested

Ricardo Medina a.k.a. Rick Medina, age 37, who played Cole/Red Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force (2002) and Deker in Power Rangers Samurai/Super Samurai (2011-2012). Yesterday 1/31/15, he was arrested on suspicion on murder of his roommate Joshua Sutter, 36 years of age, with a sword in Palmdale, California. A fight broke out. According to law enforcement, Medina went to his bedroom with his girlfriend but Sutter forced his way into the bedroom and that's when he allegedly stabbed him once in the abdomen with the sword.  Medina called 911 and waited for for cops to arrive. He was arrested and booked for murder. Sutter was transported to a hospital where Sutter was pronounced dead. This is indeed unsettling news as I met Rick Medina at Power Morphicon 2012 and met his son and mother of the son. Skylar Delon infamously was in one episode of Power Rangers, murdered two people and got the death sentence and has been mistaken for a Power Ranger.