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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.

 

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…

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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Pressing forward on the road of justice!

Pressing forward on the road of justice!

Around this time in 2006, I was watching an episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, during the credits, I noticed that their was a thing that said the show was “Developed from Galaxy Rangers and Dai Ranger”. I had know idea what that meant, but it piqued my interests, so one day at school, I looked up Galaxy Rangers and the result were some 80s cartoon about space cowboys, so I tried Dairanger, and I see five people in color-coded suits I’ve never seen before, and one I have seen before. So, after some more investigation, I learned that this whole time, Power Rangers was adapted from a Japanese TV show called Super Sentai, it was after this investigation that I saw my first snippet of Super Sentai, the final battle from Gaoranger VS Super Sentai, the 25th anniversary movie. Three years later, I finally watched my first full season of Super Sentai. So in honor of the franchise’s (official) 40th anniversary celebration, were gonna look at the first Super Sentai series I ever watched, Engine Sentai Go-Onger.

First let’s talk about the theme, I LOVE THE THEME SONG, it’s catchy, it’s energetic, and it and the opening sequence pretty much tells you what to expect from the series. Good luck getting the song out of your head.

The show begins with episode (Grand Prix) 1, shows a glimpse of Machine World an alternate dimension where it’s inhabitants are talking animal/vehicle hybrids. Three such hybrids, Speedor (a condor/racecar), Buson (a lion/Bus), and BearRV (a Bear/4WD) chasing the villains of the season The Gaiark, more specifically, the three Pollution Ministers: Water Pollution Minister Kegalesia, Air Pollution Minister Kitaneidas, and Land Pollution Minister Yogostein, as they escape to Earth (or Human World), and pollute the planet and make it their own paridise.  Six months later, the Gaiark launch an attack in Japan sending out a monster and their foot soldiers: the Ugatz. They’re later confronted by three  from earlier, use their Go-phones and morph into, Go-On Red (Souske Esumi), Go-On Blue (Renn Kosaka), and Go-On Yellow (Saki Royama) to fight off the Gaiark. While this is happening, a delivery boy named Hant Jo, and Gunpei Ishihara, a former police officer are watching the fight. The latter being upset that our heroes are teenagers with attitude. He asks them how their powers work but tell him it’s a secret. Later the ministers infuse the monster with Bikirium (which translates to Surprise-ium) which allows him to grow to giant size, the Go-Ongers up the ante by summoning Speedor, Buson, and BearRV, who combine together to form the super robot, Engine-Oh (Engine King) and take out the monster. After the fight, Gunpei and Hant walks up to them and Gunpei tells them he wants to join them, as he believes he’s more suited to be a Go-Onger. They don’t answer his request opting to run off instead.

In episode 2, Gunpei kidnaps the Go-Ongers’ robot buddy, BOMPER, and he explains that the engines can’t stay in their giant forms for longer than 10 minutes, and shrink down and split their soul into Engine Souls, and a smaller Engine Casts. And their partners were given powers to fight along side the Engines. Gunpei and Hant run off with the Engine Casts, as the Gaiark send in another monster, but the trio fight it off as BOMPER explains that he saw the three fighting off Ugatz at the race track that they used to work at, which gives him the incentive to give the three, their morphers. After hearing that story, Hant and Gunpei run to return the Casts to the Go-Ongers, while the monster attacks them, BOMPER gives them their morphers, allowing them to morph into Go-On Green and Go-On Black, respectively. And after the row call, the main three take out the monster. In Episode 4, Hant and Gunpei head off to find their respective Engine partners, Birca (a bike/orca) and Gunpherd (a police car/german shepard), and both vehicles are capable of combining with Engine-Oh as a interchangable arm (but can only be done one at a time). In Episode 7, the Go-Ongers find another Engine partner for Gunpei and Hant, a member of the Giant race of engines Carrigator (a crocodile/car carrier), and when combined with Birca and Gunpherd can become GunBir-Oh. Then in Episode 10, after tangling with a Gaiark monster that can copy the mecha’s finishers, Ren creates a new configuration that combines all six Engines into Engine-Oh G6.

Yogostein’s Vice Minister, Hiramechimedes joins in he fight in Episode 15, and it seems that he’s got quite the advantage against our heroes, until two new engines appear, Toriptor (a chicken/helicopter) and Jetoras (A tiger/jet) aid the Go-Ongers. They hope to get the two Flying Engines to join them, but they reveal that they already have partners, as revealed in Episode 17, a pair of siblings named Hiroto and Miu Suto, aka Go-Gold and Go-On Silver. The Flying Engines took the siblings to Machine World to train them personally, and it’s because of that training that, the Go-On Wings look down at the Go-Ongers. But, by Episode 20 the Flying Engine that trained the Go-On Wings, Jumbowhale (a whale/Jumbo Jet) arrives on Earth, and is a little more friendlier to the Go-Ongers. Also, he can combine with Toriptor and Jetoras to become Seikuu-Oh. In episode 22, Hiramechimedes is seemingly tossed aside by Yogostein, who stabs him with his staff. The Go-Ongers find Hiramechimedes dying in a cave, and as a last request, asks Hiroto for one last race, but it turned out to be a trap, as they ended up on an island with natural lighting storms, leaving the Wings at the mercy of his monster. The Go-Ongers try to help the Wings, illustrating a point, Jetoras was making for the Wings, that even though they don’t think ahead, and their methods a bit unorthodox, they’re both fighting the same fight, and with their new found understanding, the nine engines join together to become Engine-Oh G9, and take down the monster. This does not sit well with Hiramechimedes in episode 23, as he looks back on his life as a Gaiark scientist, who planned on killing Yogostein, until he made him his second-in-command, leading to him giving Yogostein his undying devotion. In the present, Hiramechimedes fills his body with 100 times the normal amount of Bikirium, making him into a rampaging monster. Hiroto had trouble trying to keep up with him, but Souske managed to take destroy him, much to the dismay of Yogostein.

Yogostein sends out a monster to the mountains, to search for Horonderthal, an ancient gaiark that destroyed the dinosaurs. While this is happening the Go-Ongers are helping a family that’s looking for a golden dragon, but episode 33 said dragon turns out to actually be ancient train engines, Kishamoth (mammoth/steam locomotive), Ti-Line and Ki-Line (Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops/bullet trains). At first they don’t like humans, but after seeing Souske try and pull a Carter Grayson, they decide to help the Go-Ongers. And of course, the Ancient Engines combine together to form the oddly familiar Kyoretsu-Oh. Yogostein’s understandably upset that he basically helped the Go-Ongers gain new allies, and goes out to find Horonderthal himself, and finds him. In episode 35, the Ancients explain to the Engines what happened 65 million years ago, they came to Earth to stop Horonderthal from invading, by fossilizing themselves. They o to fight Horonderthal, but Yogostein brainwashes the Ancients to fight against the others. The brainwashing gets undone, and then the greatest sight to behold happens, the 12 engines combine to form Engine-Oh G12 and destroy Horonderthal. Unfortunately, after the battle Souske suddenly collapses and his entire body becomes encased in copper. Renn asks Speedor what happened, and he explains that Yogostein fired at him while he was distracted.

In the next episode, the Go-Ongers mourn for Souske, but Yogostein doesn’t give them all day to do so, as he upgrades himself with Horonderthal’s power, and takes away the Go-Ongers power to morph. But the Go-Ongers press on even without their powers, and manages to stab Yogostein with his staff, and takes him down with G12. Yogostein survives, but he’s confronted by a now revived Souske. Souske destroys him, but I’m sorry, but the fight was done much better in Power Rangers RPM. Everything looks OK for the Go-Ongers, but not so much for Kegalesia and Kitaneidas, who were struggling without Yogostein, and in episode 43, as they gt help from the Gaiark cleaning minister, Kireizky. Kireizky arrives to “clean” Earth of its heroes, taking out the engines, and beating the Go-Ongers pretty easily. Then he plans on cleaning the world of all humans, and by clean he means destroy everything. And he’s doing this all on Christmas Eve. The Go-Ongers manage to get their spirits back up thanks to a pep talk from Santa. They fight Kireizky, throwing everything they had at him, but he survives by hiding n his bottomless trashcan, making the battle run on to episode 44, the Go-Ongers fight Kireizky with the mechas (complete with giant robot roll call!). They defeated him, but they didn’t destroy his trash can, and in episode 47, Kegalesia and Kitaneidas they get more then they bargain for when they meet the Gaiark Prime Minister, Yogoshimacritein. It’s also revealed he’s Yogostein’s father and that Kegalesia and Kitaneidas didn’t even know they Gaiark had a superior. Yogoshimacritein attacks the city, while is secretary fights off the Go-Ongers. He takes out Engine-Oh and Seikuu-Oh, but GunBir-Oh takes him out. However, Yogoshimacritein uses his Justice Dissolution attack on GunBir-Oh which makes them disappear.

It’s explained in episode 48, that he erased them all from existence. Kegalesia and Kitaneidas celebrate, mentioning how happy Yogostein would’ve be, but Yogoshimacritein tells them not to mention his name since he lost to them. The Go-Ongers fight a monster that has all the powers of the monsters they fought all season, and managed to take him down. While that was happening, Souske tries to fight Yogoshimacritein, but he’s too strong for him. Though it’s kind of a good thing, since Yogoshimacritein makes the Ancients disappear. He attempts to do this to Engine-Oh, but Seikuu-Oh takes the blast for them, causing them to disappear, leaving the core three to fend off the Gaiark. In episode 49, the remaining Go-Ongers fight Yogoshimacritein again, even using the weapons of their fallen friends, but he blocks them by using Kegakesia and Kitaneidas as “human” shields, and even tries to shoot through them to hit the Go-Ongers. And because of that, the two generals destroy the bottomless trashcan. Yogoshimacritein gets the last laugh and destroys Kegalesia and Kitaneidas, but before completely exploding, they tell the Go-Ongers that if they destroy the giant gear behind their base, that should bring back their friends.

And so, in episode 50 the Go-Ongers face Yogoshimacritein face-to-face and manage to destroy the gear, which also destroys the Gaiark base. And, just like the generals said, everyone comes back to existence, and fight the Prime Minister without their helmets, a Sentai first. They take the fight to giant form, with Engine-Oh G12, and officially destroy him using two finishers. Now with the Gaiark defeated, the Engines head back to Machine World, but their adventure is far from over as it seems. Speedor and BOMPER returns and reveals that the Gaiark are at large again and asks the Go-Ongers if they want to help them fight once again, and they jump inside Speedor and head off to Machine World.

There was also a preview for Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, but that’s neither here nor there.

REVIEW

The show’s is goofy and campy, and I LOVE IT! Like most installments before it, Go-Onger was a season of firsts, first female Silver Ranger, first two-person sixth rangers, and while it wasn’t the first series to invent this, but Go-Onger improved on the Ultimate Combination, with creating the trend of cluster-f*** robots. The Gaiark were also pretty cool villains, aside from some interesting design choices, they had great characterization, from the generals treating the monsters well, Yogostein mourning over Hiramechimedes, the generals mourning Yogostein, and finally the generals standing up to Yogoshimacritein. Overall, the show still holds up after eight years, and I highly recommend it. If you can find it on YouTube check it out, or check it out on KissAsian.

As for it’s counterpart, Power Rangers RPM, well I’m sure you’ve heard stories about that season, or at least seen the History of Power Rangers retrospective about it.

RANK: 4 out of 5

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