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PLOT

On a distant planet, a wizard named Lerigot is being hunted by Divatox; an intergalactic space pirate, who seeks his golden key in order to traverse an inter-dimensional gateway and enter into matrimony with Maligore, a demon who promises to grant her great riches and power. Lerigot escapes Divatox’s forces and travels to Earth in search of Zordon and his friend Alpha 5, but lands in Africa instead. Weakened by the sun’s ultraviolet rays, Lerigot meets a pack of common chimpanzees and wanders off with them. Meanwhile, Divatox sets off for Earth in pursuit.

In Angel Grove, Rocky, Adam, and Tommy are training for a charity fighting competition to save the Youth Shelter, when Rocky accidentally injures his back. Kat and Tanya arrive with Justin, a kid who admires Rocky and frequents the shelter. As Rocky is rushed to the hospital, Justin follows the group and learns that they are Power Rangers. Zordon sends Tommy and Kat to search for Lerigot. They manage to find him and return to the Power Chamber.

Divatox’s nephew, Elgar searches for two human sacrifices to revive Maligore. He abducts Bulk and Skull, but Divatox rejects them for not being pure of heart. Divatox finds two perfect specimens who are scuba diving nearby and captures them. While recovering, Lerigot is contacted by Divatox, who has captured his family and demands that he surrender himself. Divatox also uses the two hostages, revealed to be Kimberly and Jason, to pressure the Rangers. At the exchange site, Elgar tricks the Rangers and takes Lerigot without releasing their friends.

Zordon and Alpha create new powers for the Rangers to defeat Divatox. With the new Turbo powers and their new vehicular Turbo Zords, the Rangers drive across the desert to a ship called the Ghost Galleon. They are joined by Justin, who has received Rocky’s Blue Ranger powers as the new Blue Turbo Ranger as Rocky is unable to rejoin his friends. On Divatox’s submarine, Jason and Kim work on a plan to escape. When the Ghost Galleon and Divatox’s submarine arrive at the inter-dimensional gateway known as the Nemesis Triangle, Divatox forces Lerigot to allow them to cross while the Rangers do the same with the keys to their Ranger powers.

Once they reach the island where Maligore is imprisoned, Divatox torpedoes the ship and Rangers narrowly escape. Bulk, Skull and Kimberly escape the sub, but Jason is trapped and left behind. Kimberly has been captured by the Malicians; inhabitants of the island, and Divatox forces Lerigot to make the Malicians join her with Kimberly. At the temple in the volcano, the Rangers fight Divatox’s forces, but are unable to free Jason and Kimberly before the two are possessed by Maligore and attack the Rangers mercilessly. The Rangers free Lerigot and his wife Yara, who undo the possession.

Angered, Divatox sacrifices her nephew and successfully revives Maligore. The Rangers summon their Turbo Megazord to fight Maligore. They defeat him as Divatox and Rygog flee, vowing vengeance. The Rangers pick up Jason, Kimberly, Lerigot, Yara, Bulk and Skull and return to Angel Grove. At the competition, Jason takes Rocky’s place, and they win the tournament, earning the money in order to save the shelter.

REVIEW

This wasn’t as good as the first movie, and wasn’t as entertaining either. While it wasn’t as entertaining, it still had some redeeming qualities, like the fact that they actually made an original zord fight sequence, I know they did this already in Seasons 2 and 3 of Mighty Morphin, and a few episodes of Zeo, but I like to think this was done as a test to see if they can pull it off. It was also great to see Amy Jo Johnson again, despite the “Dear John” incident, and I thought the cameo from Rita and Zedd was funny. Everything else was terrible. The villains were terrible, Rocky’s removal from the main plot was dumb, and transition from Zeo to Turbo was laughably lazy. And no, I’m not going to complain about Justin, because its been done to death. Overall, I’d rather they just aired this on TV as a special, rather than release this in theaters. I can;t really recommend this as a movie.

RANK: 2 out of 5

So, thank you all for your patience and for helping the blog reach 200 post. Hopefully the 300th post won’t take as long. Next up, Marvel Month 5.0!

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They should ditch the visors and mouthplates. Really show us their emotions, you know?

PLOT

The Power Rangers participate with Bulk and Skull in a charity skydive for the Angel Grove observatory, in anticipation of Ryan’s Comet which is scheduled to pass by in two days.

Bulk and Skull miss the target landing zone and accidentally land on a construction site where a giant egg has been unearthed. Lord Zedd, Rita Repulsa, Goldar, and Mordant arrive at the construction site and crack open the egg, releasing Ivan Ooze after 6,000 years, a morphological being who ruled Earth with an iron fist before he was overthrown by Zordon and a group of young warriors. Ivan lays siege to the Rangers’ Command Center and incapacitates Zordon, robbing the Rangers of their powers. As the Rangers return to the Command Center, they find it destroyed and Zordon dying.

Zordon’s assistant Alpha 5 sends the Rangers to the distant planet Phaedos to obtain the Great Power and save Zordon. On Earth, Ivan usurps Rita and Zedd, trapping them in a snow globe. Ivan sends his Tengu warriors to Phaedos and begins building an army. He uses his ooze to hypnotize the adults, forcing them to be his workforce to dig up his Ecto-Morphicon Titans, twin war machines built during his reign. When Fred Kelman, a friend of the Rangers’, discovers his father missing, he finds him working at the construction site and discovers Ivan’s plans.

On Phaedos, the Rangers are almost killed by the Tengu, but are rescued by Dulcea, Phaedos’ Master Warrior. After hearing of Zordon’s plight, she agrees to help them and takes them to an ancient ruined temple where the Rangers will have to overcome obstacles to acquire the power of the Ninjetti. Dulcea awakens each Rangers’ animal spirit: Aisha is the bear, Billy is the wolf, Rocky is the ape, Kimberly is the crane, Tommy is the falcon, and Adam is the frog. The Rangers make their way to the Monolith housing the Great Power, defeat its four guardians, and retrieve the Great Power.

On Earth, Ivan’s Ecto-Morphicons are completely unearthed, and he unleashes them on Angel Grove, ordering the parents to commit suicide at the construction site. Fred, Bulk, Skull and other students head to the construction site to save their parents. The Rangers return with their new animal-themed Ninja Zords and destroy one of Ivan’s Ecto-Morphicons. Ivan takes control of the other and battles the Rangers himself. The Rangers lead Ivan into space right into the path of Ryan’s Comet, which destroys him. His destruction breaks the hypnosis and the parents are reunited with their children. The Rangers then use the Great Power to restore the Command Center and resurrect Zordon.

In a mid-credits scene, Goldar briefly lounges in Zedd’s throne being served by Mordant only to panic when Zedd and Rita appear having been released after Ivan was destroyed.

REVIEW

So after all these years, this movie doesn’t really hold as well as it use to, but I still enjoyed watching it. The effects are obviously dated especially when you take into account that this was out six months before Toy Story, the dialog is corny as all get out, the plot holes, and then there’s all the behind-the-scenes issues that plagued the movie. I’m not sure if the video still exists, but try and find Linkara’s Introduction to The History of Power Rangers, which briefly touches upon the issues about the movie, or see his review of the comic adaptation which goes in better detail behind the movie. Problems aside, I still enjoy watching this movie, and I especially enjoy the villain Ivan Ooze. He’s corny and quotable as all hell. Overall, while it’s not a great movie, it’s still very fun to watch from time to time, if you have the time I recommend seeing it for yourself.

RANK: 3 out of 5

Next is their canonical trip to the big screen with Turbo’s glorified pilot episode.

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.

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.

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.