Originally Posted by timegold
I vote for keeping it in one thread.
Yeah but had to put it out there.
Needs more existential crises and questioning the worth of artificial intelligence.
Sadly we're years away from Frax...
So... that means Tommy's going to be knocked up?
Now you put it this way...I think I like Sun Vulcan better. I'll make Jason Hiba and Tommy...um...that air force guy that nearly joins them before the end-game. (which means that Jason David Frank is now Astronema's VA)
And boy, does that get cited all too often, even for teams that have nothing to do with Zordon.
Which brings up the ever persistent question of why. Obviously it wasn't to hide from the villains, because Rita knew who the Rangers were. And it wasn't some tax evasion scheme, because government officials knew the name and provided a space shuttle. Maybe the wall of separation was to avoid meddling in their lives, which couldn't have been super successful given how often their personal lives got caught in the crossfire.
Yeah it's the classic superhero trope but I guess when you start from Sentai #16 and kids of the 90s are more used to the Superman/Spider-Man dynamic, it probably is the only way to go at it at this point. (despite, as seen later, they seem to talk to Zordon in perfect view of everyone) Obviously this isn't Zyuranger and they need to keep some mysticism of "secret heroes saving the world from a space witch", but just something that had to be brought up.
There we go. I think we now have an answer for where the revenue comes from.
Well that solves that mystery. Seriously with how often the Juice Bar gets attacked, Ernie's premiums must go through the roof at some point...probably about the time he gives it to Lieutenant Stone I suppose.
Never gonna give... oh, wait.
Hey, it's not super heavy-handed with its messages; always teaching a valuable lesson but not to the point of being overbearing. Kids watch for the
violence action and incidentally learn community engagement and responsibility. At least, I hope that's what the parents got out of it.
Yeah...let's save that for Danny and Max. (since Sotaro and Kai aren't enough to drive us nuts with their Rick Astley schtick) They'll all be "Together Forever".
It isn't Wild Force mind you and obviously it isn't going to be as "heavy" as that season but I guess considering how often the teens do this sort of thing, you do have to call it into question when it starts.
It's the latest trend. Hiding all this secret knowledge for the sake of convenience.
"But wait, why didn't you tell us about this super powerful thing two years ago?"
At least we now know Gosei isn't alone in hiding crap from Rangers; like master like student.
I almost forgot to do this but sort of something neat I wanted to do: my own titles for these episodes! Yeah its ridiculous but I think I can define the episodes as good as Saban.
Day of the Dumpster: aka: Let's Get this Franchise Started!
High Five: aka: ...And I'll Throw in this Giant at No Extra Cost!
Teamwork: aka: The One where Everyone's Psychic!
A Pressing Engagement: aka: Never Let Ernie Count
Wait, Ernie is Jason's spotter? So Ernie's into that sort of thing? Must explain the juice bar.
Jason, you can't count.
And...one? Two. 73.
Angel Grove High? Wait, the juice bar is associated with the school?
Um, he just bench-pressed over a thousand (give or take a few), Rita. I'd consider that maybe a bit out of your league with Jason's stamina.
Speaking of Stamina, no cut away or a day later; he's suddenly back over a thousand? Yeah, Rita lost.
Hey, Zack didn't even hit her! At least they both got mutual ABC.
I still say the problem for you Rita is Jason has stamina; his problem is his lack of a memory for numbers.
I like how Squatt sort of remains as part of the planning despite being the goofy one.
Neat, King Sphinx. He's a classic; has a toy and everything. (can't say that about...oh, Somnibot?)
Jason's just a good bro to his bro.
Quitter? You just did over 2000 a while back, Jase; I don't say that's a quitter. Just get a better counter!
I wouldn't call Jason a pinhead.
Wait Bulk is a bench-presser? Guess he's strong but just has no technique.
And no cooridnation...and piggy underwear.
Sad thing is it's a legit cell ringtone these days so I doubt Ernie would care that much about the communicator.
Hey, it's an Apple Watch. Ahead of their time; I knew Billy was a genius.
Random nuclear tower poster? And I thought they were environmentally friendly in Angel Grove?
Wait, now King Sphinx is unknown? That wasn't the case with the Minotaur or Bones.
Ah yes, the theater set....classic Sentai setting.
Least it wasn't that bizarre "turn people into trees" like Dora Sphinx. (and there's his quiz clock and chair!)
They could just teleport back you know. The Youth Center isn't that far away.
Contact is impossible? At least try it first, Alpha, before you panic.
And thus we change locations to...another classic, the quarry!
Hey Goldar, I thought you were part of this plan too? Oh wait, here's where they grow, that was the intent.
Um Jason, you fought a giant with your Tyrannosaur; yeah stock footage but why not try a solo run?
What exactly is that pennat in Billy's lab? I need to know!
There, Trini provied he's cut off. You should have done that earlier with Alpha (that or Trini's just smarter)
Nice, first Morphing Grid mention.
Indeed it would...if it weren't for...something I should have mentioned earlier. (Zordon, again with the forgot to tell you bit!?)
Least the Power Crystals were easier to get here than the mess Geki went through. (a reminder: CONGRATULATIONS, YOU FAILED!!!! EXCEPT...you haven't yet...BUT YOU WILL!)
OK, this is a better usage of stock footage than Zyuranger. That's what I call writing.
And Jason knows what they are immediately?
OK that was awesome. Hey, meet my friends! (and here they come)
You know Jason you should have done that from the beginning with Tyrannosaurus.
OK this bares a question: why the heck did Zordon let them become the Megazord in the first episode considering the need of the crystals in both versions? Was that a test run?
Now the eye beams are crystal powers? So...they had the crystals all along but didn't realize it yet?
OK, I like that, Daizyujin is the "Battle Mode" and the tank is still part of the whole thing. (compared to the weird "evolution" thing Zyu did)
Hey look, I saw a green panel! Does this mean there could be another Power Ranger?
He just has good wind resistance.
Love the accidental hand thing with the Power Sword.
Not as epic as the Daizyujin finisher music but hey, Wasserman effect.
And...Goldar chickens out again.
The Sphinx? Why not just call him King Sphinx? Does anyone remember him?
AND THUS TRINI IS THE COUNTER. SEE, SHE'S RELIABLE AS SHE IS ADORABLE.
Jason's eyes looked almost bugged out by the last number.
Almost sounds a bit like the Karate Kid ending music.
Hey, Jason's a Niners Fan?
Cake? Considering all the weights? So whose mom?
Seriously, Bulk and a huge cake? This isn't going to end well...and it doesn't.
And Zack gets the girls...as you'd expect.
Amazingly ignoring the nostalgia goggles, this one really holds up. While Rita's plan is petty and not thought out (really, he's bench pressed over a thousand times twice in a short period!), I do like the usage of how it is used for a Jason plan; while King Sphinx is an epic and memorable MotW, removing the goofiness of Dora Sphinx and just making him menacing and a perfect partner for Goldar. (oh and the crystal plan makes way more sense than the mess of Zyuranger's interpretation) Really this should have been the main Megazord's intro if it weren't for the first episode but what can you do.
Different Drum: aka: The Outcast from Goblin City
Wonder if Linda Rondstat would show up based on the title?
Aerobicise? Not gymnastics for Kim's class?
And why is Billy in this class? Is Billy not telling us something or is this to work up to Jason's?
And...down goes Billy...and most of the laundry in the Juice Bar.
Sure Billy wants to meet girls, Kim?
Wait, music is the theme? That music at Kim's class was very phoned in, Rita.
Meanwhile, Billy still has a neglige on him.
Hey, not being able to dance never stopped Leo Sayer...or Phil Collins.
Maybe this other girl she needs to have better coordination like Billy...OK, skip Billy.
Heh, it's like with how old fashion she looks, they wanted to single her out.
Ah, deaf girl. And Kim knows sign?
Yeah, let's just keep bullying Billy. As if he hasn't beeen through enough so far.
Risky? I say it's more suit...er, sweet.
It eats cars and smells like a fish? Now that's a MotW I'd love to see.
Yeah, musical monsters aren't reliable; can attest to that.
Really, Finnster needs to unionize againt Rita...though I don't know if Goldar, Squatt or Baboo would be in.
So...the mean girl is a lip reader I suppose.
Ballerinas? Um, that's not ballet, Bulk.
Hey Zack, neat hat there.
Hey, that's how I dance too, Bulk.
Michael Jackson bit...Zack's got this.
And there goes the pants again. Or Bulk's back.
That's unsanitary. You don't know what Ernie put there!
Yeah, saw that coming. Too easy.
Seriously they abandon Bulk? That's cold. Least he has Skull...and good counter food.
Don't know if a gnome can be...um....gnarly.
Wait, capture kids? At the juice bar? They're teenagers...or actors who play teenagers.
Pepsi product placement!
And...that's why she's deaf. Though I do like Gnarly Gnome's creepy laugh. And the Labyrinth influence of the gnome/goblin.
Oh boy, a net! Just get some scissors and you've got this!
What is it, girl? Little Tommy...er, Timmy's in the well?
All hail the power of a notepad!
DANCE MAGIC DANCE! (DANCE MAGIC DANCE)
I wonder how good Baboo's cooking is?
Girl on putty action!
The secret ingredient is...rubber balls?
Squatt eating a bug...so random, but so classic.
Just wake them at 13 o'clock and we'll be alright.
So Rita knows they're all slackers? What a taskmistress.
No, just threaten turn them into princes of eternal stench, then they'll do whatever you want.
Wait, why did Gnarly Gnome turn invisible again?
Seriously, where was Kim when she needed to tell them that?
DINO BUCKLER!!! (well they're all there so it worked)
And these sound...off....was this recorded earlier...and why is Kim gray?
It had to be; the Power Weapons names are...bizarre. (Cosmic Cannon? Double Bow? Double Daggers? MIGHTY MACE!? THAT'S NOT A MACE!!! At least Power Sword remains as is)
Damn, Gnarly Gnome did nothing when it came down to it...then again, neither did the goblins in Goblin City.
Did like the "rebuilding effect" of his growth; that made sense with how the MotW are made.
Kim really loves her stereo in Pterodactyl, doesn't she.
They like the tank form way more than the Zyuranger did.
Now the stock footage has Triceratops miscolored.
Hey, now he's doing the Fiery song! (let's see him remove his head like Bones!)
You know if you had illusion abilities like that, use them in your small form first!
And now it's the "Mega Sword"...this really was done prior to things being standardized.
Gnarly Gnome's last words: "If you need us...for any reason..."
And where the heck did the net go?
Hugs make everything better...though I swear they made up earlier prior to Gnarly Gnome.
I wouldn't blame Squatt or Baboo; they just helped, they weren't the monster.
SODA!? THAT FORBIDDEN DRINK IN THE JUICE BAR!?!?
From her glass, I say Trini's a blue creme fan.
Jason: never sign again.
And thus Billy Love Interest #....1?
Oh great, now Billy can dance? So...where was the montage sequence and why weren't we allowed to see it?
It's interesting our first real "character of the day" episode was more or less about working with the deaf; yeah it's a weird choice but I think it wasn't a bad idea with the weird footage from the episode. But hey, I still say if Gnarly Gnome wanted to be in Labyrinth, we should let him...even if Jareth probably wouldn't stand him either. (well it's better than working for Rita I suppose) Also really remembering Squatt and Baboo; yeah it's mostly Sentai footage but I actually like their goofiness as much as Bulk and Skull.
Food Fight: aka: Can Someone Fix Pudgy Pig's Mouth!?
Silly costumes; this isn't going to end well...same goes for the sudden creme pies Ernie's brought in.
Seriously, let Erine get laid. He deserves it for what he puts up with here.
And thus he asks Bulk and Skull with the creme pies...yep, here it comes...
Seriously, getting Bulk and Skull laid would help their lives drastically.
Hey, nice pigtails, Kim.
20 bucks? Seriously, you're not just going to slice it up!? That's what you do with cake!
Jason in that hat...sure this isn't "Powerful Rangers" and not "Power Rangers"?
Really they need to change that stock footage of the telescope to Southern California; every time it zooms on Tokyo, it just shows laziness. (and last episode showed they can do such a thing)
So...Rita's on that "air diet"? That's why she's repulsed by food?
Just "Asian"? No real definition of what it is?
So Zack is "American" and Jason is "USA"...wait what? So is Zack Canadian and Carribbean? (or is this subtle racism?)
Healthy? Jason and Kim are giving out cheeseburgers, soda and cake. I doubt that's very healthy, Mr. Kaplan.
Hey neat, the Bulk army's up to 4 now...and is as racially inclusive as the Power Rangers!
Hey, Skull may just like eating cream pies. Let him have it.
Chow mein isn't Asian; it's an American invention!
And thus it begins. Still not as epic as "The Great Race"'s pie fight.
KETCHUP AND MUSTARD FOR ALL!
OK there's the dash...seriously, African American food is just as American as burgers and fries!
Not your usual? Um, considering the last couple times, Finnster's been rather accomodating.
At least they're on the same wavelength for once.
All the food on Earth...you do realize people can eat weird things if desperate, Rita.
I'm with Finnster: I see a fork and knife and I don't think it's going to end well.
And Pudgy Pig starts with garbage...at least he's not picky.
Save the food fair? You probably made a ton of money already.
Meanwhile in Bulk's bunker...
Hoo boy, sausage fu. Jason's serious.
And Jason won by...stunning him with sausage nunchaku's silliness? Yeah, that works.
Now that was a nice set-up...then again Kim's got reflexes.
Now here we go with Pudgy Pig's mad feasting.
Seriously, the food wasn't going to waste as ammo, Billy; maybe you can remake the burgers somehow.
Well...he got beaned. (terrible pun but it works)
20 bucks for that!? OVERCHARGING!
And now Bulk forgoes the whole "tin plate" thing and just squirts whipped cream everywhere.
Bulk, you have long distance ammo; you're just being set up by Zack!
Seriously if Mr. Kaplan doesn't just suspend the entire school, he's a bad principal.
Now that's how you take charge! And yeah, if they do all the charity work, they should clean it too.
Saved by the Zordon.
So whose gonna clean up the juice bar? And whose going to wear Jason's silly hat? And whose going to tell them about Uncle Joe!?
The images you see are Japanese stock footage. Don't mind them because they have nothing to do with you.
48 hours? So can Pudgy Pig just swim everywhere? Or will Rita just teleport him country by country?
OK, Kim's valley girl speak here works.
Um Alpha, not now; we have a pig to stop.
Fighting like a pig means eating...so not the best words, Trini.
Well that's going to hurt. Daggers in the stomach are just going to rip him apart.
Seriously, he starts eating weapons and Finnster now likes Pudgy Pig?
Full course. Burp a Power Cannon laser attack!
...or nostril gusts, those work too.
Well this has gotten surreal fast.
Seriously, what's left at the food festival that hasn't been turned to ammo or smears they SHOULD BE CLEANING UP!?!?
I never knew popcorn was Italian.
What happened to his mouth? He's just nosing it all inside!
OK, Bulk standing up to Pudgy Pig was awesome. Too bad the fabric mouth did him in.
Yes, Ernie, take the Hawaiian girls! Embrace your destiny!
Hot, hot hot...seriously, just put "Mexican" there and don't try to hide the fact.
Seriously, you all caused the mess first. Pudgy Pig just sort of finished what you didn't.
Trini remains the smart one. Why isn't she the nerd instead of Billy?
Hmm....horseradish. Maybe they should have used that for a Passover sedar plate.
That Finnster, really holding out for more...he really is the savviest of the forces.
MGR? Wonder what that stands for.
Yay, Power Coin display! Love when the show did that.
I forgot how huge that sushi prop is. (and that I'd blame Zyu for)
Hey that may be a bah mi; Trini must have known how to make that.
Now that's indigestion!
Pudgy Pig's face really is so squashed he can't see what's coming.
Great, now it's worthless. Rita really has no perspective.
Squatt and Baboo didn't do anything; how is it their fault?
And meanwhile...yeah, the place is still a mess.
Um...Alpha, are your circuits that slow? Now you think of a Pudgy Pig plan when he's dead?
See, they made all the money before the mess. Told you it wasn't going to affect a thing.
Again with the 20 bucks!? Is food in Angel Grove that overpriced? Or is it all taxes?
Hoo boy, it's the speecee spaishee jimmy juice!
Maybe you need a glass for that water first, Mr. Kaplain.
Didn't know the principal was into sinus clearers.
Really the whole episode was just a big excuse to throw a huge food fight; it was silly enough but it worked. The footage to series worked to the advantage of PR I say; they cut out that annoying Gnome (he really only had two appearances, both here and when Burai shows up) and it gave Trini a victory due to the Boi storyline even if it really wasn't about anyone. And heck, I did like Finnster playing Rita along when Pudgy Pig almost worked better than expected despite his feelings initially it was a dud.
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Book 2:
Ep. 16: Appa's Lost Days & Ep. 17: Lake Laobai
No one ever seems to trusts ol' Scruffy
So considering that Appa is still around somewhere and where exactly he's been that will lead to the reunion with Aang and the other, the question now is: so what was that bison doing? 16 basically is that in a nutshell, basically being the last few episodes from the perspective of the Air Bison (well, Wind Buffalo according to that latest Fire Nation circus jerk) from the moment he is captured around the library to the moment he made that footprint that Momo found in Ba Sing Se. It really isn't that good for the most part since it's mostly just Appa not ending up where you'd expect and sort of just getting on a rather ridiculous and improbable adventure on his own, going from the traders to some beetle men to a Fire Nation circus to just wandering around for a bit to finding his way to the Eastern Air Temple, more or less going there since it seems Aang won't be able to. There are a lot of cliche moments like the Fire Nation boy who befriends it at the circus and the whole end part with the guru, where he can't trust it but then has to leading to an important message. (and of course how it just happens to end up with the Dai Li of all people, with Long Feng himself taking it hostage and taking it elsewhere). The best part of the episodes is actually another catch-up with Suki and the Kyoshi Warriors, who find Appa at one point and heal it's wounds and regain it's trust after a lot of the mess it goes through. This also leads to a battle of girls vs. girls when Azula and her entourage meet up with the Kyoshi Warriors and we get a neat battle between them; it sort of isn't fair since Azula is a master Firebender and the Kyoshi Warriors are just warriors closer to handling the likes of Mai and Tai Lee, but I did like the confrontation and I liked that Suki was able to hold her own even if she obviously doesn't seem a match for the likes of basically the most powerful Firebender not named Ozai...or maybe Iroh. (and as an aside: I know she isn't an Earthbender but Suki being in team Aang would have been way better than Toph, who I find vastly overrated despite her abilities)
17 more or less returns to Aang's group on the trail of Appa in Ba Sing Se, but also picks up the other key elements held on hold with the last few episodes but building in the background. Namely, the team meet up with Jet finally, who we know was brainwashed by Long Feng but to a point that basically he's able to lie about where Appa is but still be seen even by Toph as telling the truth. Its this situation that I think really shows how Sokka's instinct (despite not being a Bender) determines that he's lying as well as the meeting-up with the other two members of his entourage; we know Jet's been brainwashed but it sort of takes logic on behalf of the Avatar group to figure it out, especially with how even someone like Toph can't tell on her own with reading personal readings via the ground. Through a bit of Waterbending "wiping", the group find out about a secret Dai Li base beneath Lake Laobai, which is where their worst elements are being done (such as...creating an army of Ju Di's), as well as, of course, where Long Feng took Appa. At the same time, Zuko is trying to figure himself out when Iroh ends up nearly getting a new tea shop in the richer part of Ba Sing Se, with him knowing this isn't for him...but not sure what he wants to do, outside maybe finding Appa himself to answer the question. It all sort of collides in Lake Laobai, with the Avatar group trying to find Appa but deal with Jet's brainwashing and the Dai Li, while Zuko infiltrates Laobai as the Blue Spirit in hopes of getting Appa before Aang. Ultimately, Aang is able to break Long Feng's hold on Jet, but it isn't enough prevent the Dai Li leader from smashing him with some rocks, more or less leaving him in a critical state and potentially leaving him for dead. We don't know what Jet's group are going to do with him or if Jet will be back, but that is probably for the future to reveal. Meanwhile, Zuko gets to Appa, but Iroh confronts him and tells him the honest truth: does he even know what he's doing when he has it; bringing up the whole incident at the North Pole and the truth that when Zuko gets what he wants, he really has no plans or ideas of what he needs to do! Zuko really is clueless and just seems to be driven by the spur of the moment than having any real thoughtful plans; whether as Fire Nation warrior or even as the Blue Spirit. Ultimately this leads to him freeing Appa and the reunion with Aang's group, as well as him abandoning the Blue Spirit element...but what will Zuko do now if he's gained this sort of conscious to figure out what to do?