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PLOT

A group of warriors from prehistoric Earth, the Power Rangers, were given the mission to protect the lifeforms on Earth and look after the Zeo Crystal. However, the Green Ranger, Rita Repulsa, eventually betrays them. The Red Ranger, Zordon, takes the Rangers’ source of power, the Power Coins, and hides them while ordering his assistant Alpha 5 to perform a meteor strike, killing Zordon and sending Rita to the bottom of the sea and destroying the dinosaurs.

In modern Angel Grove, football star Jason Scott is thrown off the team and placed under house arrest after a failed prank. He is sent to detention, encountering Billy Cranston and Kimberly Hart. Jason and Billy head to an abandoned gold mine to explore. Billy detonates explosives to destroy some rock, attracting the attention of Kimberly and fellow students Trini Kwan and Zack Taylor. The five discover the Power Coins just as the police arrive to investigate. While escaping, their car is hit by a train. The five find themselves at home the next day, and discover they have been granted superhuman abilities. Elsewhere, Rita’s body is found. Rita rises, and goes on a rampage, taking every piece of gold that she can find in order to raise her minion Goldar to find the Zeo Crystal.

The five teenagers return to the mine, discover an ancient spaceship, and meet Alpha 5 and Zordon’s consciousness. They inform the teenagers about the original Rangers and about Rita, warning them that they have 11 days until Rita has her full power and finds the Zeo Crystal and uses it to destroy all life on Earth. The five teens leave the ship with no intention of returning until Zordon pleads with Jason to convince the team to prepare for Rita’s oncoming attack.

The new Rangers return to train the next day, but they cannot morph. They spend the next week training against simulated Putties and unsuccessfully trying to morph. In an attempt to inspire the Rangers and get them to morph, Alpha reveals the Dinozords. Zack takes his Zord out for a joyride, and almost kills the other Rangers when he crashes it into the cave where they train. This angers Jason and they get into a fist fight. In trying to separate the two, Billy spontaneously morphs into his battle armor. However, when Zack touches him, it disappears. Angered at their lack of progress, Zordon dismisses the group. Jason returns to the ship to confront Zordon and discovers that once the Rangers morph, it will open up the Morphing Grid and allow Zordon to restore himself in a physical body. Feeling betrayed, Jason accuses Zordon of using the team for his own benefit. That night, the team camp out at the mine above the ship and bond with each other.

Later that night, Rita attacks Trini in her home and tells her to bring the Rangers to the docks. The team head to the docks to finally kill Rita, but are quickly defeated. Rita forces Billy to reveal he found the Zeo Crystal underneath a Krispy Kreme, kills him, and releases the others. The Rangers take Billy’s body to the ship and ask Zordon to resurrect him, but he tells them that he cannot. The Rangers admit that they would give their lives for each other and resolve to defeat Rita. In doing so, they unlock the Morphing Grid, and rather than use it to restore himself, Zordon revives Billy instead. With the team restored, the Rangers morph into their armor.

Rita creates Goldar, raises an army of Putties, and attacks Angel Grove to find the Zeo Crystal. The newly morphed Rangers battle the Putties, then set off to Angel Grove in their Zords. After the Rangers destroy all the Putties, Goldar pushes the Rangers and their Zords into a fiery pit. In the pit, the Zords combine, forming the Megazord. Rita merges with Goldar and attacks, and the Rangers battle and destroy Goldar. After refusing Jason’s offer to surrender, a defiant Rita tells the Rangers that more will come for the crystal and leaps at the Megazord only to be slapped into space. The Rangers are praised as local heroes.

REVIEW

Like I said in the non-spoiler review, this was a great movie, I really enjoyed it. I have not felt satisfied with a hotly anticipated movie since The Avengers came out.

The acting was outstanding on all sides, Bryan Cranston was great as Zordon, a real step up from playing Snizzard, you can tell Elizabeth Banks enjoyed chew the scenery as Rita Repulsa, but by far the real star of this show was RJ Cyler who basically stole the show as Billy. I know everyone was worried this going to go the route of every dark and gritty reboot, like that fan film from a while back, speaking of I really have to review at some point, but it’s not dark and gritty nor is it goofy and campy, it’s a nice mix of both. Kinda like Digimon Tamers  The effects were very impressive, especially for the Rangers’ armor and the Dinozords. Only real downsides I can think of is that we had to wait an entire movie to see the Rangers, and that Goldar doesn’t speak or grunt at all, despite having a voice actor credited: Fred Tatasciore.

True story, when Go Go Power Rangers started playing, I almost teared up. I know, I know it’s silly, but, it was the first time I heard it on the big screen, and it just felt awesome. Now, I understand why Blockbuster Buster teared up when he saw Serenity in theaters.

Overall, this was well worth the wait, I’m very happy with what I saw, can’t wait to see what’s next. Speaking of, mid-credits scene, stay during the credits, and while your at it keep watching he credits just to listen to Brian Tyler’s score, or at least up to his rendition of Go Go Power Rangers. I also recommend check out the sequel comic Power Rangers Aftershock it’s a pretty good read.

RANK: 5 out of 5

Next I’m working on an easter egg post talking about all the references and mythology gags in the movie, till then, may the power protect you.

The power is finally on!

Well, March 24th came and went and I can safely say, it was well worth the wait.

Power Rangers has officially become the little movie that could, everyone thought it was going to fail, but it didn’t, it’s currently at 2nd place in the box office against Beauty and the Beast, I have hope it’ll beat the odds.

Power Rangers is a modern retelling of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. (Almost) All the characters your familiar with are here, as we see five teenagers uncover the mysterious Power Coins and train under the tutelage of Zordon and his assistant Alpha 5, these new Rangers will go up against Rita Repulsa, as she searches for the Zeo Crystal.

The movie is great, the visuals were amazing, the actors was very good, and I really can’t wait to see what becomes of this franchise in the future.

I’ll give my official ranking in the spoiler review in three weeks. I’m also putting together a easter egg post which will be out after the review, until then…

May the power protect you.

GUESS WHAT TIME IT IS?!

WHAT TIME IT IS?!

This is pretty funny, a week after I post my review of the first trailer, the next trailer comes out.

So, the trailer starts with the logo in-joke from the previous trailer, and we get a new brighter establishing shot of Angel Grove. Jason and Kimberly talk about how they didn’t know each other, and felt like screw-ups. But Jason points out that they were all together when Billy found the power coins.

We then see the Rangers falling into a gorge and glowing their respective colors. With Zack pointing out that he’s black, much to Billy’s chagrin.

We then see that one shot of Jason showing his sink-breaking powers, along with new shots of Kimberly breaking her compact(?), and her and Zack jumping really high.

We then see the Rangers discovering the Command Center, and Zordon (Bryan Cranston) explaining to them that they’ll find their answers inside. We finally get our first look at Zordon, who tells the kids that they’re the Power Rangers. The kids are skeptical, Kimberly is especially disturbed by the talking wall, and we get our first look at Alpha 5 (voice of Bill Hader) who isn’t impressed by what he sees.

We then see Trini at home. Her mom asks where she went the night before, and Trini tells her and her brothers exactly what happened. Her brothers seemed intrigued, but her mom’s a little concerned, a she orders her to take a drug test.

We then see the Rangers training, while Zordon exposits how the Power Rangers are a legion of warriors, and that they have to become those warriors. Zack sees the holographic Putties, and sees them as a simple hologram, but they can pack quite the wallop, or as Billy puts it, “That’s a strong ass hologram!”

We then see the Rangers trying out their powers, Zordon telling them they were born for this, while Zack trains… on a train, Jason and Kimberly kissing, and Rita attacking Trini, then attacking the Rangers. She attacks the city, and summons an army of Putties, with Zordon telling the Rangers that she’s pure evil.

Trini asks Zordon how he expects them to stop her, his answer?

“It’s Morphin’ Time.”

We then see the Rangers finally morph, and we get this great shot of the Rangers in their suits, and we see them doing a superhero landing reminiscent of Gatchaman, and fighting off the some Putties.

We then see the Rangers charging through the city in their Dinozords, and our first on-screen look at Goldar, with Zack commenting “That’s a lot of gold”, as Rita watches the destruction.

We then see Jason save his dad(?) as Zordon tells them this is their destiny. We then see more of the Goldar battle, with Jason saying “Let’s go (go)!”

Zordon then delivers the last line of the trailer, saying that this is their time. And we see the Dino Megazord rising from the smoke, and punch Goldar in the face.

REVIEW

So, I think it’s pretty safe to say this trailer has me pumped! Seriously, when the trailer went live, I spent the entire day, watching the trailer. You know how many times I watched the trailer? I just recently watched the Logan trailer!

Bryan Cranston looks great as Zordon, though I’m sure you all heard all the jokes about how he looks like those things from the 90s. Alpha and Goldar I feel are most likely going to be an acquired taste for a lot of people, but I’m sure it’ll grow on people. It was very nice to finally see the suits, zords, and the rest in motion, and they look gorgeous. Overall, job well done! You wanted people to get excited for the movie and they did. All we can do is hope it lives up to hype, or if it doesn’t I’m sure it’ll still be a fun movie anyway.

Once again, when we return the (late) fifth anniversary review.

 

Alone they are strong, but together they are more.

Alone they are strong, but together they are more.

The trailer begins with a cute in-joke with the  Lionsgate and Saban logos decked out in Power Ranger colors.

We get our first look at Jason (Dacre Montgomery) being dropped off by the police. He’s standing next to a smashed pick-up truck. His dad drops him off at Angel Grove High (on a Saturday), telling him how he’ll have to go to school every Saturday just to ensure he’ll still graduate.

We see Jason in detention, and cut to Zack (Ludi Lin) sitting on a train. Then we see Billy (R.J. Cyler) who’s also in detention, and we see that he may have OCD as he’s seen organizing his colored pencils, and a bully shoves him and was about to break the pencils, until Jason stepped in.

Then we see Trini (Becky G.) standing at her locker which is covered in obscenities, and finally we see Kimberly (Naomi Scott) being berated by her former cheerleading friends Kimberly then cuts her hair short, and joins Jason and Billy in detention.

We then see the five together at a construction site, Trini reminds them their in a restricted area, but then Billy notices something  and strange, and whips together a bomb and the kids uncover the Power Coins. The police arrive, and the kids decided it’s time to run.

We then see that the coins have enhanced the kids, Jason has the power to destroy sinks, Billy has invulnerable, as demonstrated by the bully from earlier attempting to headbutt him and getting knocked unconscious. Then as Jason, Billy, and Kimberly discuss their changes, they place their coins on the serving trays in the cafeteria, which ends up melting.

Later they all decide to pay homage to Chronicle, by jumping over a cliff. Jason and Kimberly perform the feat with no problem, though Billy needed more convincing until finally jumping.

We then see the kids fall underwater. Discovering what I can only assume is the Command Center, we then see them training, running through a construction site (presumably the same one from earlier), a thrilling car chase, then we see Kimberly and Jason kissing, and one last shot of the Rangers together while Jason holds his coin.

Then it cuts to Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) hovering over Trini stating that she’s “killed Rangers before” before slamming her against the wall and a smash-cut to the film’s logo.

Then we see the Rangers standing in the Command Center most likely gaining their powers, as we see Jason morph into the Red Ranger.

REVIEW

This was a pretty solid trailer, it got me excited for what’s to come in March. The cast and crew seems pretty cool, and are just as excited for the movie to come out as everyone else. Overall, this was a good trailer, and I am pretty excited for what’s to come. Now if only we could get a new trailer, since the movie’s coming very soon.

Next time, it’s our fourth anniversary! And we have quite the doozy this time…

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)

2016 is over, and good freaking riddance! The world’s dumbest rich guy became our president. We’ve lost so many people, and apparently, even during the holidays, we still have to keep loosing people. But, there were some positives to this year, I did a year-long celebration of Star Trek, and despite a minor hiccup in September and October, I still consider that a success, I held a marathon of Robotech, tried Ecto Cooler and Crystal Pepsi for the first time ever, and only one of those drinks made me throw up, and I created an Instagram account to show off my artwork.

As mentioned, in the Big Hero 6 review, Marvel Month is tackling the first franchise in outside of animation. The 200th post is coming up soon, and I haven’t made an official decision on what I’m going to cover yet. I was planning on holding a poll on Twitter to see what people want me to cover.

I have plans on doing retrospective series on Digimon, but that’s currently being put on hold until, the final three Adventure Tri movies are released, and the new series, Appli Monsters has ended. As for movie reviews, I plan on reviewing Rogue One following this post in honor of Carrie Fisher’s passing. Next up, is Ranger Spotlight, I’ve been meaning to give my thoughts of the trailer for the new movie. And of course go over some of my favorite team-ups from the both Power Rangers and Super Sentai. Since my first interview was a success, I’m working on scoring another one soon.

So, with that said, Happy New Year folks, let’s hope and pray that 2017 will be better than 2016.

Keep a look out for the Rogue One review.

Later.

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"Never give up, never surrender!"

“Never give up, never surrender!”

So, 2016 is over and so is this year-long celebration of Star Trek. And to wrap up this massive event, we’re gonna look at the probably one of the best Star Trek parodies of all time, how do I know it’s true? Because it’s got the seal of approval from several Star Trek alums.

PLOT

The former cast of the once-popular television space-adventure series Galaxy Quest spend most of their days attending fan conventions and promotional stunts. Though Jason Nesmith, who played the commander of the NSEA Protector, thrives with the attention, the other cast members, Alexander Dane as the ship’s alien science officer, Fred Kwan as the chief engineer, Gwen DeMarco as the computer officer, and Tommy Webber as a precocious child pilot, all resent these events.

During one event, Nesmith is approached by Mathesar and others calling themselves “Thermians” and request his assistance, which he agrees to, thinking this is a planned and paying fan event. Later at that same convention, Nesmith becomes despondent after overhearing attendees speaking of him as a laughing stock by fans and his fellow actors, and he loses his temper with an avid fan, Brandon. After Nesmith spends the night drinking heavily, the Thermians arrive to pick up a hungover Nesmith in the limo he had requested. Unaware that they are truly octopoidal aliens, using technology to appear human, the barely conscious Nesmith is oblivious to his limo being beamed aboard the Thermian’s spaceship. Aboard their ship in deep space, Nesmith goes through the motions of commanding the ship and asks to be returned home. When they send him back to Earth via a transporter, Nesmith realizes that it is all real. He races to meet his cast, accidentally bumping into Brandon and misplacing a Thermian communicator Mathasar gave him with Brandon’s fan-made replica. Nesmith eagerly relates his experience to the crew, who think he is drunk again. When another Thermian appears and request the entire crew’s help, Nesmith manages to convince them, along with their handler Guy Fleegman, an actor who played a unnamed security officer on one episode before being killed off, to come along. They are all transported to a perfect reproduction of the NSEA Protector in deep space, and are shocked by the reality of the situation.

Mathesar begs the crew to command the Protector, as Nesmith’s previous actions (namely, blowing up the opposing ship) have enraged Saris, a reptilian humanoid that seeks to wipe out the Thermians. While they were able to recreate the ship from the broadcast episodes, the Thermians have no idea how to pilot it. The crew hesitantly take the controls, and despite their ineptitude, the Thermians cheer them on. After the second encounter with Sarris’ ship, they barely evade his attack by flying through a minefield, severely damaging the ship. The humans take a shuttle to a nearby planet to find a replacement beryllium sphere as a new power source. They manage to secure the sphere after a run-in with the hostile alien species on the planet. Once back aboard the Protector, they find that Sarris and his soldiers have captured the ship.

Sarris interrogates the humans, discovering they are only actors, and recognizes that the Thermians have no concept of fiction, believing the show to have been real. Sarris sets the Protector to self-destruct and departs, leaving a few sacrificial soldiers to guard the humans. Nesmith and Dane use a gambit from the show to engineer their escape, and then Nesmith orders his fellow cast members to help rescue the other Thermians, finish repairs to the Protector, and prepare to engage Sarris in combat. Nesmith and DeMarco then set off into the bowels of the ship to stop the self-destruct sequence, using help from Brandon and his group of friends via the swapped communication device. Along the way, they encounter Omega 13, a plot device introduced in the final episode but never used; Brandon notes it could either destroy all matter in the universe or rewind time by 13 seconds, “enough time to undo one mistake”.

Having finally accepted their roles on the ship and gained confidence in themselves, Nesmith and his crew use the minefield as a weapon against Sarris’ ship, destroying it. They prepare to head to Earth when Sarris, who has transported over at the last moment, starts killing the crew. A desperate Nesmith activates the Omega 13, which reverses time far enough for him to knock out Sarris. They near a wormhole to return the humans home via the command module, and Nesmith assures Mathesar he has the ability to command the Protector along with the other Thermians. The humans, along with Laliari, a Thermian that has fallen in love with Kwan, return home. The command module crashes into Earth near a fan convention and comes to a stop after crashing through one wall, which the audience takes as part of the show. As the crew exits the module, Sarris wakes up and tries to fire on them, but Nesmith reacts faster, and disintegrates Sarris with a phaser-like weapon. The crowd erupts into cheers. Some time later, Galaxy Quest is revived as a new series, starring the same cast along with Fleegman and Laliari.

REVIEW

God, I love this movie! The film was hilarious, and a very enjoyable parody of Star Trek. The writers depicted  every aspect of the franchise, lie Jason being insufferable, like (the stories) of William Shatner depicts, Alexander hating being typecasted, the fact the initials for  the Protector’s registry number is “Not The Enterprise”. It’s very impressive. Speaking of impressive, the effects were very impressive and amazingly still hold up. The acting particularly of the late Robin Sachs and Alan Rickman was outstanding. Lastly the score by David Newman was very outstanding, and really captured the feel of Star Trek. Overall, well  you the first sentence, check it out!

RANK: 5 out of 5

In Memory of Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

Next up, it’s the last post of 2016, and it’s time to look towards the future.