Sunday, October 20, 2019

Power Rangers: Non-Color Teammate Names (2019)

I did the Super Sentai version, here are the Power Rangers. I'm not counting Ninjor or Blue Senturion or any Ranger-like Allies that are like them.

Phantom Ranger
The first Sixth Ranger to not have a color in his/her name. In Super Sentai, his counterpart VRV Master was not a Ranger, no mecha (zord) nor personal weapon. 

Magna Defender
Magna Defender, himself, is considered a Rnager-like Ally but when Mike became him, the show and toyline treated him as a Sixth Ranger. 

Titanium Ranger
Titanium is a chemical element with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It is a lustrous transition metal with a silver color, low density, and high strength. He is basically a Silver Ranger. Boom Comics considers him this as he was included in the Silver Ranger cover they did a year ago.

Quantum Ranger
 Quantum distinctly is not a color. It is considered they picked this name not to be confused for Red. His Japanese counterpart as called Time Fire.

Lunar Wolf Ranger
While in Super Sentai, he was Gao Silver with the color in his name, Wild Force decided to call him "Lunar Wolf" instead of a color. My guess they did this because Quantum Ranger had a non-color name and wanted to keep that motif. 

Kat Ranger/Shadow Ranger/Omega Ranger
Shadow Ranger is hard to definiate if he's black or blue or what. So understandable they called him 'Shadow.' Omega Ranger, surprisingly, was not called 'White' but probably 'Omega' being that Omega means "the last." Omega Ranger's original name was DekaBreak. Kat Ranger is just named that because she is Kat, a feline. Her counterpart was Swan-inspired. My guess they did all this was because Dekaranger didn't use color names for their non-core Rangers.

Nova Ranger
"Nova" is a space thing, she was probably called that because it sounded cool. Her counterpart was "DekaBright."

Solaris Knight/Wolf Warrior
Even though treated as a Sixth Ranger both by Power Rangers and Super Sentai, fans don't consider him a 'Ranger' because of his name 'Knight.' Fans consider him a Ranger-like ally. I consider him a Ranger regardless. His counterpart was MagiShine. Wolf Warrior's Japanese counterpart was Wolzard Fire. He is considered a Ranger-like Ally. 

Mercury Ranger
His counterpart was Bouken Silver so he had a color name, but this guy was probably named Mercury because it was considered cool. My guess is because the last season the sixth rangers didn't have color names.

Robo Knight
After Operation Overdrive, all rangers went by colors or animals (in Jungle Fury). The only one during Saban era to not have a color name was Robo Knight, stylized after Gosei Knight. 

Graphite Ranger
"Graphite" is not a color. It is a crystalline allotropic form of carbon. In Japan, he was Kyoryu Gray. With all the unique color names like Aqua Ranger and Purple Ranger, Graphite Ranger is the only one that isn't a color. Gray Ranger doesn't sound as catchy either. He is also considered a Silver Ranger in Boom Comics. 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Super Sentai: Non-Color Teammate Names (2019)

UPDATED 10/19/19
I'm counting only select Extra Heroes. Whole teams that didn't have colors in their names: JAKQ, Changeman, Zyuranger, Dairanger, Carranger and Toqger. I think I am counting the heroes with the word from their team in their names, except for those in Hurricanger.

King Ranger
The Ohrangers had colors in their name. In Power Rangers Zeo, he is the Gold Ranger. Toei considers him a Black Ranger. The kanji symbol of King is on his head and belt.

In Carranger, he was an extra hero but anyway, he didn't have 'Racer' in their name.

Time Fire
I think he was the first team member to not have a color name in a team that had color names. In Power Rangers Time Force, he was the Quantum Ranger.
 The Hurricanger had color names but the Goraijer did not. They had the names of their insects: Kabuto Raijer and Kuwagata Raijer. In Ninja Storm, they had color names: Crimson and Navy.

In Hurricanger, he was Shurikenger. Shuriken is the star shape. In Ninja Storm, he was Green Samurai Ranger.

The American team didn't want to use the name obviously. The name is fine for Japan, but not for America. But a cool name none the less. But I wouldn't want kids saying 'Killer.'

Just a power-up but treated toy-wise as a sixth ranger.

He calls himself a "Daybreak" detective. Break could refer to his electric arracks or that stated previously. In SPD, he was the Omega Ranger.

'Master' of them all, makes sense. Also, funny cause he's a dog. He's his own master.

Deka Swan
Her name is Swan and her powers are swan inspired. In SPD, she was Kat Ranger because she was a feline-like alien. The helmet does look cat-like.

Deka Bright
Coolest name ever. In SPD, she was the Nova Ranger.

Magi Shine
He's shiny and his name is shine.

Magi Mother
She was a mother, obviously but I don't know, was she really just a mother? She was a warrior, not just a mother.

He can chop things. In Jungle Fury, he was Rhino Ranger.

Toei counts him as a Silver Ranger and doesn't have 'Silver' in his name and suit seemed the most like an Extra Hero. In Megaforce, he was Robo Knight and treated as a Sixth Ranger.

Stag Buster and Beet Buster
They were the fourth and fifth rangers but they had their insect names but not color names. In Power Rangers, they have color names but their insects were changed. Kabuto Beetle to Mantis and Stag Beetle into Scarab. 

In Ninninger, they had the color names in Japanese. Starninger was the only one with a shape name and not a color. In Ninja Steel, he was the Gold Ranger. 

ZyuOh The World
In Zyuohger, the main team had beast names but ZyuOh The World has a unique name as he is made of three animals and not one.

Ryu Commander
In Kyuranger, he did have the Violet name temporarily but ultimately was 'commander.'

Houhou Soldier
He was the second Red Ranger in Kyuranger so he got another name. 

Paten X / Lupin X
He was the 7th warrior in the series but the fourth of each team in Lupinranger vs Patranger.

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Hypnotic Halloween - Episode Review

Zoey is looking or something, they are dressed up. Steel is the Frankenstein monster, Nate is Dr. Frankenstein, Zoey is a Viking and Ravi is Sherlock Holmes. They use a streaming service that hypnotizes them into being their characters by Scorzzle. Devon arrives and sees them believing they are their characters. The others run off but Devon stops Sherlock Holmes. Ravi wants him to be a cop. Devon goes to Zoey's costume trunk and pits on a British cop costume. Devon uses a bad accent and tells "Sherlock" he is looking for Ravi. He tells him that Ravi was scared of the dentist. Clips are shown. He also tells him about the boy Joey learning martial arts, from last week. The spell comes off Ravi and he is back to normal. Devon and Ravi change into costumes. Devon changes into a Viking and tells Ravi to get the Frankenstein characters. Ravi tells the Commander to shut down a floor to find Nate and Steel. Zoey is taking down a snack machine when Devon arrives as a Viking.

Zoey throws an axe at him and the theme starts. After the commercial, The axe is thrown on Devon but it is rubber. Devon wraps her with a cable from his Morpher. Devon tells her about Zoey, a fearless warrior. He tells her about when she becomes a Ranger. Zoey or Ingrid the Viking flinches. Devon tells her about when Zoey said she'd be better without Jax the Beast Bot. The clip runs about her apologizing to Jax about taking him for granted. The spell wears off and Zoey returns to normal. Meanwhile, Steel scares Nate. Ravi wraps cables around the two. He is dressed as a doctor. All three main Rangers are dressed as doctors (with the white lab coats). They talk to the tied up Nate and Steel. The trio tells them about Nate and Steel. Clips run about Nate creating Steel in front of the villains. Nate morphs into the Gold Ranger. Steel then becomes the Silver Ranger in the clip. Devon and the others narrate.

The spell wears off the two. They are untied. Commander asks how thye are, she says a Robotron is trying to break in to a Morph X Tower. The Robotron scares a Morph X truck driver. Scrozzle is happy. The Rangers arrive and morph. Gigadrone arrives and Zoey and Devon leave on their zords. Zoey blasts the Gigadrone which makes itself another come out of its back. It is a Delta model. The Megazords fight. Gold and Silver fight the Robotron. Smash brings the Wheeler Zord to Ravi. Gold and Silver destroy the Robotron with Striker Saber attack. Sytems are down for Red and Ravi goe sto Gorilla mode and protects the others. Gold and Silver call their zords. They save Ravi. Steel attacks the gigadrones with his zord. Nate gets his crane and picks up a Gigadrone and spins him around. The two zords combine into a Megazord and destroy the Delta Model. Later, the Rangers have a movie night again. Devon comes out as a skeleton ninja and makes them drop the popcorn. Now he likes wearing costumes, he likes 'being' the character. The Rangers play fight. 

I think this is the first episode not to actually have Roxy and Blaze outside of the clips. Interesting how Ninja Steel tried coping the school and Bulk and Skull aspects of MMPR but Beast Morphers plays homage to Martial Arts and Juice Bar... 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Tuba Triumph - Episode Review

[I missed last week's episode, if it is on Netflix next month I'll review it.]

Ravi is drawing a boy playing the tuba. Bullies bully the boy and he throws away the bully. Ravi talks to him. The boy says it's stupid. Ravi says his granddad played in a Jazz band. They shake hands. Ravi offers to train Joey. The boy leaves. Roxy arrives and takes the tuba. Tuba becomes a monster and Roxy gives him the chip to collect the Red Ranger's beast power. The Rangers morph and fight the monster. The monster blasts them with sound. Roxy fights the Rangers as well. Roxy goes into "Ranger mode." Red fights Tuba, Robotron bumps into Roxy. They retreat. They return to Scrozzle who tinkers with the Tubatron. 

Nate is fixing the detectors to detect Tubatron's sound waves. Back at Riptide, Ravi and the little boy Joey meet to train. Joey can't get the tornado kick right. Ravi gives him a pep talk. Joey says he shouldn't throw away the tuba. Ravi tells him to see him tomorrow. Back with Scrozzle, he upgraded Tubatron.  Roxy wants Tubatron to blast Blaze. Blaze objects but gets blasted into the brick wall. Roxy is giddy. Back at the base, Ravi polishes tubas and instruments. Ben and Betty play around with the instruments. Ravi says they belong to his grandfather. Commander says a Power Rangers cannot have distractions. He tells her it is for a friend. She says there is more important things to do. Betty tries to unclog the sax. Hilarity ensues. Ravi keeps training Joey and shows him a sketchbook. Joey sees the drawing of him and Ravi and he puts them away. Ravi says he is not an artist, it is a distraction. He gives Joey the tuba. Ravi gives him another pep talk. Joey plays the tuba and the detector catches it. The Rangers find Joey. The Rangers get blasted by Tubatron who has arrived with Roxy. The Rangers morph.

Joey watches the Rangers. Devon uses his beast power and gets blasted back by Tubatron. All the Rangers go down. Nate thinks of making a similar soundwave. Joey hears this and goes in front of the Rangers and he blasts at the monster. The monster goes down, the Rangers go up and blast him. The upgrade goes off. Silver and Gold protect Joey while the main trio goes after Tubatron. They avoid a blast and the chip falls off amd Roxy takes it to Scorzzle. The chip is fried and Roxy is mad. She asks for a Gigadrone. Gold records the sound of Joet's tuba. The Rangers fight the Tubatron. Tronics arrive. A van is dispatched. The trio destroys the Tubatron. 

Tubadrone and the zords are deployed. Nate uploads the data file to the zords to use against Tubadrone. It sends sound and Blue does too, they cancel each other out. They freeze the Gigadrone and Red uses his blaster and they destroy it. Joey tells the trio about it at Riptide. Betty and Ben come with instruments. Thet both sound horrible. The bullies from before come and take Ben's instrument and white goo splash on the other bullies. The main bully is upset. Joey stands to him and does te backflip kick on his hat and he leaves. Joey framed his drawing. They hug,

Doesn't Joey look like one of the kids from All That (2019)? Also, why didn't Ravi have Joey take out the tuba from the trash? That's the first thing I would've done! Oh, Ravi, haven't you become genre-savvy already? Nate has. I guess it is just one genre-savvy ranger per season. Jayden was the one for Samurai and Dino Charge Rangers had their moments. And that's about it, Megaforce and Ninja Steel didn't get the memo. Mick was pretty genre-savvy but not sure if he counts. Joey stood up to the bullies but with martial arts, not his tuba. I would've liked it better if it was with the tuba. Like playing really well, not blasting him...

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Tools of the Betrayed - Episode Review

At Riptide, Devon fights a blindfolded Ravi and Zoey. They finish and Betty and Ben come with a reality headset. They get called about Blaze. Devon tells Betty and Ben for nothing to happen to it. Betty uses it and she is surfing in the game but knocking everything out in the actual place. She falls but she says she is fine. A shark comes up to her and she and Ben fall and breaks the headset. Gold and Silver fight Tronics. The others arrive and Blaze is about to make a Robotron when Devon slices the laptop in half Blaze leaves. The Rangers clean up the Tronics. 

Back at base, Devon tells the commander. Betty and Ben show Zoey the broken headset. She tells them he will be less mad if she says she did it. Betty is against it. Zoey takes the blame. Ben and Betty lie. Zoey takes Devon. Evox is mad at Blaze. Blaze leaves and Roxy plots. Scrozzle fixes the Robotron Maker. Roxy asks if his computer and break things apart. Her plan is to break the weapons of the Rangers. Nathan makes a Gigadrone detector. Zoey says she hated the gigadrone that came from under the one. Devon enlists Ben and Betty's help set up the detectors. Each Ranger takes one as well. Roxy spots Ben and Betty. She opens a truck cargo bay and gets a wrench. She makes a Robotron out of the wrench. He 'undos' a bike. She puts a chip on him and spots Zoey. Tooltron is tasked to take apart Zoey's wrist communicator and he takes apart the Gigadrone detector. Roxy leaves. Back at base, Commander tells Nate to activate them. He says Ben and Betty's unt isn't working. They access the camera and see it is apart. Zoey, Ben, and Betty came with ice cream. Ravi thinks he didn't do it. They show it is in pieces. 

Devon figures Ben and Betty broke his headset. Zoey admits she covered for them. Devon says why should he believe Zoey. Zoey pulls the friend card and Devon talks about honesty. Zoey leaves. Jax follows Zoey. He says he believes her but Devon had a point. Zoey says she needs space. The boys fix the broken detector and it is linked. Roxy and Toolreon appear. The boy Rangers morph. The weapons are taken apart. Tooltron wants to take about Steel. Blue hands Steel a hubcap and the ray destroys the detector again. Roxy fights the four while Tooltron runs to het Silver. Red speed runs on Roxy. Blue uses his beast power but Roxy leaves. Zoey's morpher is taken apart and Tronics are sent after her. Tooltron collects her jackrabbit power on the chip. The other Rangers and Cruise arrive.  Cruise gives her her morpher and the blasters. They destroy the evil blaster and the tronics. 

Zoey morphs and the Rangers fight Tooltron and the Tronics. Red and Gold destroy Tooltron. The Rangers head back to base when Scrozzle returns and gets the chip. He scolds Roxy for leaving the data chip behind. He makes a delta gigadrone and the detectors go off. All zords are deployed. Wrecker Zord goes into battle mode Beast X Megazord is formed. Gigadrone arrives and another comes out of him. It is a new Gigadrone. The two Megazords fight them. They destroy the Gigadrones. Devon apologizes and gives a carrot smoothie toe Zoey. She apologizes as well for being dishonest. They agree to be friends forever. Ben and Betty give him his new headset. Betty tells him about the shark. The shark comes and he freaks out and slips on a familiar skateboard (Chase's with the Kiwi on it) and Ben catches the headset. 

Episode Review:
A solid episode, the plot made sense and all the characters came together. The Ben and Betty plot was not forced in and meant more to the A plot. I did notice that there was very little Blaze in this episode. 

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers – Thrills and Drills – Episode Review

Evox speaks to Skrozzle about failures of Roxy and Blaze. Data will be collected of the three Rangers from a Robotron to upgrade them. Roxy has a plan. The five Rangers and Betty train at the Youth Center. Ben puts Betty on turbo mode on a treadmill and hilarity ensues. Ravi gets kicked in the face. He says he has a toothache. He doesn’t go to dentists. Flashback to dentist drill and Ravi shakes. Nate says he fears spiders. They get called. Roxy grabs a drill and makes a Robotron and places a chip on him. The Rangers arrive. Tronics are called. The Rangers morph. Roxy transforms and the two groups fight.

Ravi’s tooth hurts. The Rangers continue the battle. Roxy blows Gold and Silver away. The Robotron and Roxy go down a tunnel. The Rangers try to track them. Devon tells Ravi to see the Dentist. Betty and Ben take Ravi to the dentist. Ravi sees a woman in pain. He sees a man with a scary drill. Ben and Betty run off. Ravi does too. The dentist checks and the drill was a handyman. Zoey checks on her zord for the bad guys. Nate gets an idea and asks Ravi if he went to the dentist and he says no. Ravi goes on a  search with Nate and Steel in the storm drains. Nate bumps into a spiderweb and freaks out. They bump into Roxy and a Robotron. Yellow and Red get the Zords ready. The Robotron is drilling below. A spider crawls on Nate. Nate grabs the spider and sets it down and is proud of himself. They reach the base of the tower. Ravi and the brothers morph. Scrozzle releases a Gigadrone. Roxy, the Robotron, Silver, Gold and Blue burst from the ground and fight.

Ravi fights the Robotron and has a toothache. Ravi gets big biceps and brings down the Robotron and he collects the info on the chip. Roxy laughs and explains to Robotron. Red and Yellow don’t see the Gigadrone. They get shot from below. They figure the Gigadrone is underground. Roxy tells the Robotron to drain the tower. Blue fights Drilltron. Red calls Blue, he says he’s busy. Blue continues fighting Drilltron. He uses his Beast-X Blaster and destroys the Drilltron. Nate and Steel fight Tronics. Ravi and Smash deploy their zord. The three form Beast-X Megazord. They use Hyperstrike to take the Gigadrone out. They destroy the Gigadrone. The duo blast the villains but Roxy leaves. The five reunite. Ravi says if Nate can face his fear, he can too. He goes to the dentist. Roxy gives the chip to Scrozzle. She wants the upgrade but Blaze says they need three powers. Evox says it is Blaze’s turn. Ravi come s out to find the others and they are proud for him. Ravi spooks Nate with a fake spider and Nate wasn’t scared.

Good episode with a common child fear which is the dentist. I am surprised that in twenty-six years, dentistry has never been cover. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Silver Sacrifice - Episode Review

Nate and Steel have a heartfelt talk about being brothers. Meanwhile, Blaze and Roxy make a new bot to go after the Rangers for Steel. Scrozzle fixes the gate. Nate and Steel go jogging and then see the new zords Wrecker and Jet zords. They meet the General and Steel shows off the morpher and zords. Betty and her brother Ben slide off the zords into bubbles. Nate says to the General he needs Morph-X in the zords and he gives him a bunch of forms. Betty offers to fill out the paperwork. The trio calls Nate to 'hang.' Roxy and Blaze overheard this and they go after them. They go to the popular hangout when they are attacked by Roxy and Blaze.

Tronics are called and the Rangers fight. Nate takes Steel to safety. The others run off. Roxy reminds Blaze they are listening in. In the base, they tell the General that Evox still wants to upload into Steel. The General wants to shut him down and laughs at the idea that Steel is his brother. Betty goes after the General. The Rangers protest. The commander apologizes. Blue says that they have to destroy the Cyber Gate. Steel hides. The General asks for Steel. Commander says the Rangers are gone too. Betty finished the paperwork but it gets shredded. They try hitting reverse and the pink papers come out of the shredder. 

Roxy and Blaze hear where the Rangers are. The Rangers find Tronics. General tells the Rangers to hand over Steel. Blaze and Roxy have Betty and Ben. General doesn't know what to do. Steel steps up and says to take him in. He says its the only way. Roxy gets Tronics to take Steel away. Ben and Betty reunite wth the General. Nate cries. Roxy and Blaze leave. General realize they are family, he tells Nate to get his brother back. The four Rangers morph and fight. Evok comes through the gate to enter Steel. Steel jumps out and is rejected. Evok growls. Evok says he is incompatible with Steel because of the human DNA. Steel sends Evox back home and the gate exploded. They call the Gigadrone.

Blaze and Roxy leave. The Rangers fight the Tronics and the Gigatron. Back in the cyber dimension, Sxrozzle sends down a big robot. Cruise and the Racer zord ae deployed. Devon goes to battle mode. General says to forget procedure and excuse the zords. Jet and Wrecker Zords are deployed. The Gold and Silver Ranger enter. The Zords go to beetle mode and drain the other gigatronics. Yellow and blue fight the Gigadrone. They use the Beast X Cannon to destroy it. Gigatronics are destroyed by the new zords. Red destroys the Gigadrone. Back at the base, they wrap everything up. General says Steel is needed for the Ranger family. 

Good episode but a little hammy.