Update on The 5th Anniversary

Hey everyone, sorry for the long wait, but a few weeks after posting part 1, and working on part 2 my computer was running slow. Since then, I’ve had it fixed, and resumed working on the review of the Archie Sonic comics.

Speaking of, since there was a lot to go over, the Archie Sonic review, will be split into 2 parts, thus making the 5th anniversary post three parts now. The first part of the review (Part 2), which looks at the first 50 issues will be up shortly. The other half (Part 3), will be up, eventually.

Stay tuned for more.

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A New Begining

I know I once again missed another date, but this time this was something I did on purpose. If you just entered the site, you may have noticed, I changed the layout of the blog. I’m not sure how long you’ve been here, but I have had this blog going on for five amazing years. While there have been some problems here and there, both online, and outside the blog I like to think I’ve had some pretty good moments. From reviewing the Sonic Fan Film to the epic review of the lost Robotech Movie. And as Seinfeld once said, once you count them all up, that’s when you know.

On a personal note, I’m feeling a lot better than I did, when last you heard from me, while I’m employment still elude me, I’m not feel as depressed as I was before. What I’m trying to get at is, I’m working to get better, and trying not to let down the people I care about, friends, family, and most of all you.

Now back to the blog, of course I’ve got big plans for my 5th anniversary, first of all, the annual Sonic Review, and I’m sure you figured out we’re tackling Sonic SatAM. Next, I’m figuring out how I’m going to celebrate Power Rangers’ 25th anniversary, I’m not going to do a Year of Power Rangers, like I did with Star Trek, as while I enjoyed doing it, I was feeling burnt out very easily. While it’s still a long way down the road, this year’s Marvel Month is going to be very epic, and that’s all I’ll say about it. I also want to talk about the Arrowverse, Gravity Falls, and Gundam at some point, and a special surprise early this year, I’m not going to say all I’ll say is it’s going to be something of a retrospective series, so stay tuned for that, and finally since it was the whole reason I even started this blog to begin with, I’m finally going to talk about the Cutting Room Floor web series, that sadly never got off the ground.

So, to conclude, once again, I must thank each of you for following me, kind words, and sticking with me for both the good and the bad. This isn’t just my anniversary, it’s yours. In fact, in addition to all that I mentioned above, why not join me in the celebration, if you have something, you’d like for me to talk about, leave a comment, and I’ll try and find the time to review it.

Happy 5th Anniversary everyone!

 

Tomb of Marvel Month Intro

Not a big fan of guys who try to ice skate uphill.

It’s that time again, where we journey to the world of Marvel Comics adaptations, but this time instead of looking at various adaptations of Marvel properties, were just focusing on one series of movies and one TV show featuring Marvel’s resident vampire hunter, the daywalker himself, Eric Bishop, AKA Blade.

Everyone likes to talk about how Deadpool was the greatest R-rated comic book movie, but they seem to forget that Blade was the first R-rated comic book movie, if it wasn’t for Blade, we wouldn’t have had a certain series of movies that would be the subject for next year, people wouldn’t have been as interested in comic book movies as they are now, and we wouldn’t have the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But, one question remains, does any of the movies, or the TV show still hold up after all these years?

Find out next week as we look at Blade.

The 200th Post: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie Intro

Two movies, one milestone.

200 posts in and seven months later, and I’m still tingling with Power Rangers fever. So what better way to celebrate this nifty milestone, by talking about the first two theatrical movies from the Power Rangers franchise.

One of the reasons I’ve been gone for awhile is mostly because I had a lot of trouble trying to figure out what I was going to look at for the 200th. Another reason is that I don’t think anything is going to top the Robotech review, and the only reason I ever really tackled it for the 100th review was because I was getting into the show, and the movie was fresh in my mind.

I had a ton of ideas for the 200th post, Dragonball Evolution, Last Airbender, even Max Steel, but I really didn’t feel like doing those since I’d pretty much be saying what everyone’s been saying for years now.

So come back soon for the first part of this Power Milestone, as we look at the Power Rangers’ first foray on the big screen.

Top 10 Favorite Childhood Commercials

I’m back, and were looking at some commercials. Commercials bring us so many memories, and so I thought I’d look at some of my favorite adverts from when I was young.

10. Mortal Monday – There’s not much to say about Mortal Kombat that hasn’t been said already, the games (most of them anyway) are great, and this commercial is also great. There’s not much to say really it’s just a bunch of kids running around the city shouting Mortal Kombat, while a slowed down version of Techno Syndrome played. It’s enough to get your blood pumping for the game, even if it’s a toned down version.

9. Transformers G1 (Transformers 2010 Japanese Commercial) – I’m technically cheating, since I saw this later in life, but I still think it deserves some mention. It’s a commercial showcasing the new toys for the third season of G1, but it’s pretty chilling. It has some helicopters carrying off Optimus Prime (or Convoy in Japan) along with some other characters, with a crowd of people chanting Convoy, culminating with a boy shouting Convoy, and then silhouettes of Rodimus Prime (Rodimus Convoy) and the other new characters introduced in The Movie.

8. Sega CD – I’m a pretty big Sega fan, mostly because it’s what I grew up with, until the Playstation Line came into my life. One of the funniest (unintentionally) has to be for the Sega CD add-on, where a guy on TV tells the viewer to buy it, while showing off some of the not so great games (and Sonic CD). There was another one, showing off some other games that pretty much foreshadows what Sony had in mind in the future. “There is no Nintendo CD” the guy says. Irony!

7. Voltron X Sprite – So most people from the 80s know about Voltron from the anime, some kids from the 90s know about it from either the reruns on Toonami, or the CG cartoon that I have yet to review, and then there’s the kids from the 2010s who know about it from Voltron Legendary Defender. This is how I found out about Voltron. For some reason, Sprite teamed up with World Events to make a series of commercials where King Zarkon sends out a Ro-Beast to an Urban city, and it fights each of the Lions. But the twist is that there being piloted by popular rappers at the time. It was a little odd, but it was still good to see Voltron for the first time.

6. Star Wars Shadows of the Empire – This was Lucasfilm’s first big sub-project within the Legends Timeline, a massive project ranging from comics, books, a video game (that was exclusively for the N64, sadly), and of course toys. It even spawned a original soundtrack by Joel McNeely. Taking place between Empire and Jedi, the project explains how Luke and the others found out where Han was taken, while also following the adventures of possibly one of the best named characters in the Legends Timeline, Dash Rendar! Let’s hope e makes a comeback within the official canon someday.

5. Mentos, The Freshmaker – One of the few candy jingles I know word for word, and the commercials weren’t to bad either. It would always start with someone getting in some kind of trouble, and figures out a solution, by eating Mentos while that jingle plays in the background. The guy, woman, or group wonder what’s going on, the protagonist shows of the product, and everyone goes home happy. Also did anyone else know there was an extended version of the theme?

4. Got Milk – Which one, pretty much all of them. Weather you saw these in the 90s or in the early 2000s, the Got Milk campaign was one of the most clever and entertaining advertising campaigns ever made. Everyone as a favorite, wheather it’s a milkman joining The Avengers, or a parody/tribute to an episode of the Twilight Zone. By far my favorite has to be the one with the Trix Rabbit, mainy because it keeps you guessing.

3. Make 7Up Yours – No you’re not misreading that, this was an actual campaign for 7Up. For awhile Orlando Jones (only known for MadTV at the time) serve as the spokesman for 7Up, and so he came up with this oddball slogan. Throughout the commercial we see him walking down the street telling people “Make 7Up Yours” while wearing a t-shirt saying “Make 7” on the front and “Up Yours” on the back. He keeps saying it unaware of how people are reacting negatively, especially this one guy, but still sees this as a success.

2. Bionicle: Toa Inika – The commercials for Bionicle were already great, but the ones for the 2006 storyline were on a whole other level. While it was cool starting off with the bad guys first (the Piraka), the rap in their commercial is kinda laughable, but then there’s the commercial for the former McToran turned Toa, the Inika, showing off their new Zamor shooters and light up weapons, and set to Move Along by the All American Rejects.

1. Crossfire – Of course I can’t talk about commercials I grew up with, without talking about one the greatest commercial ever made. “It’s sometime in the future”. Kids in leather jackets engage in an epic battle of marbles and pucks. Two kids enter, one gets teleported to oblivion. And of course that awesome jingle. There’s not much to say except, “you’ll get caught up in it”.

Honorable Mentions

Lazer Tag Rocky

Wonder World

Skip It

Chrono Trigger

Socker Boppers

Diet Pepsi Max

Star Wars Vector Prime

Alright folks, when we return, the 200th post, then Marvel Month, and some other stuff after and in between!

See you then!

Easter Eggs in Power Rangers

Had to include this shot of the Zords.
Best scene of the whole movie!

TRAILER 1

Jason and Kimberly’s kiss was a reference to the budding relationship that was planned for the two before the Green With Evil saga.

A very small and barely noticeable one during the morphing sequence at the end, Trini wears a shirt with the year 1973. 1973 is the year Thuy Thrang was born

TRAILER 2

The “I’m black” joke was of course referring to the accidental racist casting with Walter Jones being cast as the Black Ranger and Thuy Trang being cast as the Yellow Ranger (and to a later and lesser extent Jason David Frank as the Red Zeo Ranger).

Kim’s line of “We’re talking to a wall” is similar to Zack’s line “We’re talking to giant floating head” in Day of the Dumpster

The Superhero landing as mentioned in the Trailer 2 review before reminded me of Gatchaman.

The Dino Megazord itself (or at least the toy) bares a resemblance to the super robot Mazinger Z

ALL STAR TRAILER/TV SPOT

The song in the background has the sing saying “ay yi yi yi yi” repeatedly, which is Alpha’s catchphrase. Alpha says this twice in the movie.

The shot of the Dinozords charging through the desert/quary (as seen above) was an homage to the exact same scene on the show.

THE MOVIE

The movie’s opening in the Cenozoic Era is both a reference to Abaranger and Dino Charge.

Jason, Billy, and Kimberly meeting each other in detention, is similar to how Connor, Ethan, and Kira met in Dino Thunder.

Zordon and the original Yellow Ranger bore strong similarities to the Aquitians from the Alien Rangers from the Alien Rangers arc/series. Zordon also looks like his depiction in MMPR The Movie

As usual, the Rangers wear the respective colors in civilian attire.

Squat, Finster, and Putty Patroller action figures appear in Billy and Trini’s rooms respectively.

Power Rangers has the distinction of being the first superhero movie to feature heroes that are on the Autism Spectrum (Billy) and LGBTQ (Trini)

The three rules of being a Ranger (1. never use your powers for personal gain, 2. never escalate a fight unless forced to, 3. keep your identity secret) is stated word for word here.

When the Rangers morph for the first time it is reminiscent of the Rangers’ first morph in Turbo A Power Rangers Movie.

Rita refers to the Rangers by color similar to Dr. K in Power Rangers RPM.

Rita says “Make My Monster Grow” as Goldar takes form.

The 1995 version of Go Go Power Rangers plays briefly during the Zord sequence.

The Dinozords run past a store called Dex’s Door and Window, a possible reference to Masked Rider.

The Dino Megazord coming out of the fiery pit, is similar to the Tyrannosaurus and Pterodactyl Dinozords coming out a volcano

Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank (Kimberly and Tommy respectively) cameo as bystanders at the end of the movie.

In some behind the scenes photos there are street signs for Ocean Bluff and Reefside. These are the name of cities in Jungle Fury and Dino Thunder respectively. Mariner Bay (the city Lightspeed Rescue takes place in) was also mentioned during the climax.

After the Dino Megazord bang-zooms Rita to the space, you see the moon right behind her, a reference to her castle from the show.

Rita mentions that there are others that’ll go after the Zeo Crystal, this may be a reference to Lord Zedd, King Mondo and his House of Gadgetry, and yes, even Divatox.

Tommy Oliver is mentioned in the mid-credits scene

Lord Zedd (despite being mentioned in promotional material) does not appear or is even mentioned (outright) in the movie

OTHER

In Russia, Power Rangers is rated 18+ (the equivalent of an R rating here in the US), due to their negativity on LGBTQ.

Bryan Cranston. Outside of being (or not being in some cases) the inspiration of Billy’s last name, he worked on Power Rangers before, doing voice work for two monsters of the week (Snizzard and Twin Man) .

In the movie and trailers Billy mentions Spider-Man, Elizabeth Banks was in the Sam Rami Spider-Man trilogy as Betty Brant.

Rita’s new look harkens back to Divatox, Trakeena, and one of Rita’s commanders on the show, Scorpina.

RJ Cyler’s casting as Billy Cranston is actually a bts reference to Walter Jones originally auditioning for Billy instead of Zack.

Becky G’s casting as Trini is a reference to the original Day of the Dumpster pilot, where Trini was played by fellow latina actress Audri DuBois.

The Angel Grove High blog had Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy) serve as a writer for a brief time. If you watch his videos you know he loves Power Rangers just as much as I do.

The Power Morpher bares a striking resemblance to the Typhoon Belt from Kamen Rider

The Power Coins seem to be a combination of the Power Coins from Mighty Morphin and the Dino Gems from Dino Thunder.

Since her reveal, there have been rumors (which have since been confirmed) that Rita might be the Green Ranger, and that her staff has the Green Power Coin inside it, here’s a fan replica of what the coin might look like.

There’s a promotional service on Facebook that allows you to chat with Alpha, during the chat Alpha mentions Zeo Crystal. The Zeo Crystal is a major plot device for the movie.

In a copy of his autobiography A Life In Parts, Bryan Cranston autographed to Andrew Gray (Troy Burrows/(Super) Megaforce Red): To a Power Ranger, from a Power Ranger. This helps confirm the rumor that the Movie Zordon is a former Red Ranger.

There are also references to Super Sentai itself

EXAMPLES INCLUDE

Despite no Super Sentai footage, the franchise is given equal credit in the movie alongside Power Rangers.

Alpha’s manerisms are similar to Peebo, and Billy’s death harkens back to Choudenshi Bioman. Incidently, Haim Saban attempted to adapt Bioman long before Zyuranger was made.

“Teenagers With Attitude” was a concept that existed all the way in 1989 with the show that should’ve been adapted to Power Rangers Turbo, Kousoku Sentai Turboranger

Zack’s personality is almost on par with Gai Yuki/Black Condor from Coujin Sentai Jetman.

Zordon’s appearance actually resembles Empress Meadow, the primary villain from Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman.

There’s a subtle reference to Zyuranger where Trini’s brothers think the Yellow Ranger is a guy.

Rita being a Ranger that turned evil for personal gain, and killing (most of) her former teammates is similar Ryo’s (Ryu Ranger) father from Gosei Sentai Dairanger and Brajira from Tensou Sentai Goseiger.

The opening taking place in the Cenozoic Era is a reference to Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger

The Zeo Crystal being inside the Earth’s core is a reference to the current season of Sentai Uchu Sentai Kyuranger.

And there you have it, if there’s any other easter eggs I missed I’ll update this page accordingly. Next we explore the world of Virtual Reality with the V.R. Troopers.

Rogue One Review

Save the Rebellion! Save the dream!
This is a rebellion isn’t it? I rebel.

WARNING!! THE FOLLOWING MOVIE IS CURRENTLY IN ITS THEATRICAL RUN. THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN HEAVY SPOILERS, PLEASE READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

PLOT

Research scientist Galen Erso is in hiding on the planet Lah’mu when Imperial weapons developer Orson Krennic arrives to take him to complete the unfinished Death Star, a space station-based superweapon capable of destroying an entire planet. His wife Lyra is killed in the ensuing confrontation, but their daughter Jyn escapes and is taken to safety by Rebel extremist Saw Gerrera.

Fifteen years later, pilot Bodhi Rook defects from the Empire, smuggling a holographic message from Galen to Gerrera on the desert moon of Jedha. After learning about Rook’s defection, Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor frees Jyn from Imperial captivity and brings her to the Rebels, who plan to use her to extract Galen and learn more about the Death Star. Unbeknownst to Jyn, however, Cassian is covertly ordered to kill Galen rather than extract him.

Jyn, Andor, and reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO travel to Jedha, where the Empire is mining kyber crystals to power the Death Star while Gerrera and his partisans are engaged in an armed insurgency against them. With the aid of blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Îmwe and his mercenary friend Baze Malbus, Jyn makes contact with Gerrera, who has been holding Rook captive. Gerrera shows her the message, in which Galen reveals he has secretly compromised the Death Star’s design so it can be destroyed, directing them to retrieve the schematics located in a high-security Imperial data bank on the planet Scarif.

On the Death Star, Krennic orders a low-powered shot from the superlaser to destroy Jedha’s capital, causing Jyn and her group to take Rook and flee the planet, but Gerrera and his group are killed. Grand Moff Tarkin congratulates Krennic before using Rook’s defection and security leak as a pretext to take control of the project.

Rook leads the group to Galen’s Imperial research facility on the planet Eadu, where Cassian chooses not to kill Galen. When Krennic directs that Galen’s main team be killed for causing the security leak, Galen confesses that he is responsible. Jyn makes her presence known just moments before Rebel bombers attack the facility, resulting in Galen being wounded. Jyn reunites with her father only to have him die in her arms before she escapes with her group onboard a stolen Imperial cargo shuttle. Krennic visits Darth Vader, seeking support with granting an audience with the Emperor, but Vader dismisses his appeal for recognition.

Jyn proposes a plan to steal the Death Star schematics using the Rebel fleet but fails to get approval from the Alliance Council. Frustrated at their inaction, Jyn’s group is supported by a small squad of Rebels intent on raiding the data bank themselves. Arriving at Scarif via the stolen Imperial ship, which Rook dubs “Rogue One”, a disguised Jyn and Cassian enter the base with K-2SO while volunteers attack the resident Imperial garrison as a distraction. The Rebel fleet learns about the raid from intercepted Imperial communications and deploy in support. Rook is killed by a grenade just after informing the Rebel fleet that it must deactivate the shield surrounding the planet to allow Jyn and Cassian to transmit them the schematics. K-2SO sacrifices himself so Jyn and Cassian can retrieve the data. Despite this, Jyn and Cassian are ambushed by Krennic, who has traveled to Scarif, and shoots Cassian.

Îmwe is killed after activating the master switch to allow communication with the Rebel fleet while Malbus is killed shortly after. Most of the Rebel squad are killed as well. Krennic corners Jyn, declaring the Empire’s victory, but Cassian, still alive, shoots Krennic. Jyn transmits the schematics to the Rebel command ship. The Death Star enters Scarif’s orbit, where Tarkin uses the weapon to destroy the Empire’s base. Krennic dies instantly, while Jyn and Cassian embrace on a beach before dying in the ensuing shock wave.

The Rebel fleet prepares to jump to hyperspace only to be attacked by Vader’s flagship. Vader boards the command ship and massacres several troops in his pursuit of the schematics as a small starship (the Tantive IV) escapes with them onboard. Aboard the fleeing ship, Princess Leia declares that the schematics will provide hope for the Rebellion, as the Tantive IV warps off to the Outer Rim.

To be continued… Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

REVIEW

This was actually pretty good. I was a bit concerned at first, since the director only did one movie, and the last guy  who did a major movie ended up ruining his career. But, I’m actually very impressed with what Gareth Edwards brought to the table. Michael Giacchino took over for John Williams, and I gotta say, you could barely tell the difference, if fact if Williams was to not work on Episode IX, I’d love for Giacchino to do the music instead. The cast was great as well, though I do admit we could’ve done without the cameo by Jimmy Smits. Speaking of cast, let’s get to the controversy about the movie, and that was the “return” of Peter Cushing as Tarkin, now some people found it disturbing, others thought it was good, and most people thought it was unnecessary. I really didn’t mind it that much, I also didn’t mind the “cameo” from Leia at the end either.

And Vader, good God Vader. Well, alright I was a little concerned after his little Dunkelman-esque pun he gave Krennic (in fact I even joked, “oh, he’s still got a little prequel in him.”), but he completely made up for it in the end.

Overall, it was a very decent movie, and was huge step up from the prequels.

RANK: 4 out of 5

So, welcome to 2017, hopefully this makes up for not reviewing Force Awakens. Next, I give my long overdue review of the Power Rangers trailer.

In Memory of Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) and Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)