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Old November 12th, 2018, 09:10 PM #3341
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On one hand, this is late and I'm sorry. (close to the end of Breath of the Wild can do that) On the other: it is a three day weekend at least.
Hey, someone's got to beat Ganondorf, and Sidon ain't doing that.

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Kamen Rider Drive: Ep. 41: How is the Golden Drive Born? & Ep. 42: Where is the Truth About the Goddess?
If there's one problem embodied here, it's pacing. Sure, all this stuff about Medic could've been interesting... if it were built over a span of episodes instead of shoved into the back plot of this when more important things are going on. (But then again, doing otherwise would mean that Riku Sanjo would actually have to care about his female characters.) It's all overshadowed by Banno being evil, something that should hurt his children, but instead hurts his metaphorical children the Roidmudes.
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Hey, someone's got to beat Ganondorf, and Sidon ain't doing that.
What does Fiveman have to do with Ganon?

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Space Sheriff Sharivan: Ep. 25: Tears in a Demon's Eye - An Angel's Tears - Papa's Help is Coming

I think this episode is as close as we're going to get to a Roman Orgy on a kids show.

With as many plot lines that seem trite and overdone in this franchise already due to experience, there are still some that work and that can work with a bit of imagination and thought put into them. In this case, we have a business president who sort of seems to have the perfect life; except that he's become addicted to gambling and has taken out loans in order to afford his addiction. It gets to the point that he even bets his own wife and children in order to pay his debts...and of course with the Madou behind all of this, that's who ends up taking them away, with this of course another means of the Madou trying to influence society and take things over. It is interesting that we actually have an episode like this about gambling addictions and the idea that people let their addictions take over their lives, to the point that they just end up betting away things that leave them alone and miserable in the end. Obviously this is a toku story and Madou is behind it so Sharivan is there to come to his rescue (sort of sneaking onto a ship with the old "high class in costumes living it up" that he has to break the illusion of; plus somehow Kojiro ended up also ruining his life and working as a janitor on the same ship), but I actually like this episode and sort of it's lesson of figure out what is important to you and move on to protect them even if it means him abandoning his job just so he and his family will never have to deal with this sort of thing again.

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The Transformers: Ep. 71: The Killing Jar

If Wreck-Garr was smart enough, he would have figured it out from realizing clowns don't breathe in space.

The big problem with Transformers being a toy commercial is that there's still a decent show to be had and enjoyed when done right...it's just that the toy commercial moments are so blatant that you can forget that when it actually does happen. This actually turned out to be the best episode I've seen since...well, depends on what you ask (really the show has been on toy overdrive from the combiner unit episodes through the movie and "Five Faces of Darkness"...and as much as I'd want to say that the last "good" episode prior to this was "The Search for Alpha Trion", at least "War Dawn" and "Starscream's Brigade" were still good despite things), with it basically being about a Quintesseron research vessel abducting multiple beings (Ultra Magnus, Cyclonus, Wreck-Garr and Marissa Fairborne) to research their interactions and reactions, but things going south rather quickly forcing them all to work together to escape multiple perils, including being sucked into a black hole. The main MVP of the episode is Marissa, who I think just stands out in being the voice of reason and sort of being the one who ends up rallying the mechanical beings together the best; actually feeling like someone we should have had in the show from the beginning and not just stuffed in at this late stage (especially since it took until last episode for Spike to take a step-up in badassery with how he saved the universe). Though on that line, I also really like Ultra Magnus here: he just sort of felt like a second-rate Optimus with how the movie used him and a babysitter for Rodimus after that; but in this episode he sort of just felt like someone you care about and who you want to see fix through all of these problems. I really also liked how he and Cyclonus put their anger towards the war aside with the idea of "we work together and we're soldiers fighting one another again once this is resolved". On the other hand...I think Wreck-Garr's gimmick is getting annoying; it worked with Eric Idle in the movie but now he just sounds like a pathetic version of those aliens from "Explorers", who at least were funny and made sense for the time period being depicted. (though at least he proved Lionel Ritchie and Steely Dan do survive as pop culture relevancy in 2005)

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Maho Girls Pretty Cure: Ep. 25: Summer! Ocean! Frolicking! We Want To Eat Shaved I~ce!

Screw strawberry-melon: I want to try Blue Hawaii!

It's summertime, which means it's time for Pretty Cure's annual beach episode, this time with the magical Cure trio going with Mirai's family and friends to a notable resort town that they tend to go to every year. This town unfortunately ends up having a place that Kotoha in particular wants to try: their favorite shop where they have the best kakigoori (the Japanese style shaved ice) around! Unfortunately that shaved ice ends up not being ready when arriving because the machine broke down; but luckily with Mirai's dad a mechanic, that's nothing to really worry too much about. Unfortunately with the machine down and time to waste before kakigoori time, it basically turns into another episode of "let's prevent Kotoha from using too much magic lest it draws suspicion", which I thought after the last couple episodes wouldn't be a thing anymore. The funny thing: Yamoh sort of knows how flighty and problematic Ha-chan is and decides to take advantage of it, tricking her into thinking there's a cave with something similar to shaved ice within it to eat mostly to force Felice to fight a Yokubaru on her own. Obviously this becomes a lesson in teamwork for her but I did like Yamoh realizing how stupid Kotoha is and using that to his advantage to nearly eliminate her. As for Kotoha...eh, regardless of the lesson, she basically still uses magic to allow for shaved ice, meaning she really hasn't learned anything...other than maybe subtlety of getting away with this sort of thing better.
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159/200: "Chibiusa's Little Rhapsody of Love"

Chibi-Usa sort of hinting at Pegasus but not, saying he "wears white and has a long face"...of course it leads to a bizarre sequence where there's such a guy that exist that happens to be Jun-Jun's newest target but of course that's the direction the episode goes with it being wackier after the first half.
I always felt bad for the guy who looks like a horse...


160/200: "Dream to be an Adult! The Amazoness' Bewilderment"

There is some interesting talk here about how far or how much being an adult matters, with Usagi's group priding what can be done as an adult and the Quartet continuing to go on about how dreams end up being lost and aren't as good as when you're a kid.
Which I'm not sure how they'd know, given they've never been adults...


161/200: "Coming Terror! The Dark Queen's Evil Approach"

Don't you hate it when you have an entire season of heros and villains wasting time fighting each other for a ton of episodes when the main villain could have just snapped their fingers and started the end-game at any time?
Not really, since war is never about showing your full hand out of the gate.

In this case, making your presence known to the enemy and thus putting a target on your back, which this event indeed does for her. Big reward, big risk.

Obviously with this happening the Sailors go out to try and handle it, but it isn't made any better with Mamoru slowly being hurt by this effect, basically as another means to keep him out of commission during the end-game.
Ohnoes whatever shall we do without Tuxedo Mask to protect us -__-

Through it all, the girls also find out the Amazoness Quartet were evil, though considering they only barely just got to know them through the last episode I do sort of wonder why it would be such a surprise to them that they would be, especially with how often they kept appearing during the second half (and how their hair style is so wild you can't mistake them)
It's anime, ALL the hairstyles are wild.

Pegasus sort of just wants to run away under the idea that the girls can't handle Nehelenia and what's to come, but Chibi-Usa sort of binds him down under the previous idea that "you're here to protect my dream so you can't get out of it now"...
Yeah, thanks, Pegasus, accept all of our help and then bolt right when shit gets sticky. What a friend!


162/200: "The Center of the Darkness: Dead Moon Circus"

Firstly, the Sailor team finally discovers the connection between Chibi-Usa and Pegasus, and the whole secret that she's been keeping all this time in having him, which of course was all for safety but eventually sort of just went a bit too far even if it was for the sake of him and Elysium.
Eh, not like knowing would have changed anything.

It's stopped unfortunately by Chibi-Usa, but luckily Zirconia isn't an idiot and decides to reveal her as the one with Helios/the Golden Mirror due to the resonation with the Pegasus, thus of course meaning she's captured and now Usagi and her friends have someone else they have to save.
Not like they're not used to saving Chibi-Usa, though.


163/200: "Labyrinth of Mirrors! Chibi Moon Captured!"

I'm not sure why they had to make the endgame for SuperS so long at a length of 6 episodes instead of merely 5, considering not much...really happens in this episode.
I'm not sure why they had to make SuperS at all...

On one side, the Amazoness Quartet "sneak away" Chibi-Usa to play with Pegasus but get screwed over, basically just getting themselves screwed over for their disobedience and finding out about Chibi-Usa's pure heart and whatnot.
But I can't tell if you think they got screwed over.


164/200: "The Golden Crystal Appears! Nehellenia's Spell"

Meanwhile, we also get some final resolution with the Amazoness Quartet amidst the final battle between the Sailors and Zirconia: while the manga had them as "forgotten Sailor Senshi" of the meteor worlds (though if this was made today, Cere-Cere could have been like Sailor Pluto as a "micro-planet Senshi"), this version has them having gained power through the Amazon Stones given to them by Nehelenia as a means of pursuing their dreams.
But I liked the idea of Chibi-Usa's own future Sailor Senshi that she could steal the spotlight from back in Crystal Tokyo...


165/200: "Time for the Crystal to Shine! Beautiful Power of Dreams"

Mamoru actually encounters Helios in his dream and it's implied that Helios does work for him and that Elysium is actually where Mamoru ruled when he was a prince of Earth back during the Silver Millennium.
Now THIS is interesting, kind of explaining how Helios is Chibi-Usa's own prince.


166/200: "Dreams Forever! Light Throughout the Sky"

She does throw down Chibi-Usa to rid herself of Usagi though, leading to a ridiculous final plunge where Usagi has to force Chibi-Usa up to use the Golden Crystal to save them...since we still have one more season and I doubt we want our heroines to become blood splatters on the pavement of the world they just saved.
After that slog, I was sort of hoping for it, though...


Kamen Rider Drive: Ep. 41: How is the Golden Drive Born? & Ep. 42: Where is the Truth About the Goddess?

Banno experimented on Medic to solve the mystery faster so that she could gain the golden power; but he did so by erasing nearly everything within her, both good and bad, turning her into a literal puppet (or more aptly: a pure, mindless dog) who obsesses with Heart but whose mind is basically for Banno to control.
It wouldn't be toku without one character who abandons everything for power and immediately regrets their decision.

Banno also decides to take his new Drive Driver for a spin, "destroying" the Core of 006 (the powerful kung fu expert) and then using his Roidmude body (a Cobra-type, appropriate considering Ouja is the first modern evil Rider) to become a Drive clone known as Gold Drive, with the main ability of stealing anything that any other Drive Rider can utilize.
And while one would assume this ends up cool, it somehow doesn't.
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I always felt bad for the guy who looks like a horse...
Eh, if this was a Groening or some other American comedy show, this would just lead to him becoming a recurring character.

Not really, since war is never about showing your full hand out of the gate.

In this case, making your presence known to the enemy and thus putting a target on your back, which this event indeed does for her. Big reward, big risk.
But if you cut out 10 episodes or so before getting to this, then you can still have a meaningful war and less fillers.

I'm not sure why they had to make SuperS at all...
Popular franchise and the mangaka wrote an arc after the last three...doesn't excuse the bad decisions but Toei was following the money.

But I liked the idea of Chibi-Usa's own future Sailor Senshi that she could steal the spotlight from back in Crystal Tokyo...
Having not read the manga I don't know how the Asteroid Senshi turned out...but probably for the world we got, it was probably for the best that they didn't go with that plot point.

Now THIS is interesting, kind of explaining how Helios is Chibi-Usa's own prince.
If there's one thing Toei messed up big time, it's the Mamoru/Earth worldbuilding this arc has, even with Pegasus/Helios. Really why not just go with the manga concepts of the Golden Crystal being tied to Mamoru instead of Helios?

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Space Sheriff Sharivan: Ep. 26: The Trap of Anger - The Great Makeup War

I get reusing the same amusement parks...but why do they reuse the same mascot costumes?

It's been a while since we've had a Space Sheriff fightgasm episode, so they decide to throw another one of just Den fighting his way through some random stuff that the Madou send against him. This time it's basically him being sent to an amusement park, made all the worse in that the Madou Beast they get to do this ends up constantly changing it's appearance and causing problems to Den whenever he ends up encountering it. Den decides to just hide by spending half the episode as a clown...meaning that of course it ends up tormenting Den's friends in the process when they come to the same park (so it isn't just a Madou illusion?); and while there is a clever bit where Lily and Doctor Polter end up facing each other down as southern belles confronting each other (and a dumb bit where Kojiro is trapped in the same shenanigans as Den himself with avoiding the Madou Beast), it really is just a fightgasm episode with Den fighting his way and avoiding whatever the Madou throw towards him until the final battle in the Genmukai and bringing peace back to the park.

Really, Den should at least ask where his "friends" go considering he always ends up being screwed over by Madou tricks.

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The Transformers: Ep. 72: Chaos

And yes...Predaking does have a Choujuuken. Meaning the Autobots will have to face the Super Live Crush...eventually...

Kup is a weird existence within the Autobots: he's the type who is old enough to probably have worked alongside Optimus Prime, but never went on the Ark 4 million years ago (unless he was built post-Optimus and a lot of what he did was in that interval period prior to 1984). Because of this, he sort of just bores (or enthralls in Grimlock's case) others with his old stories and adventures in his long time in existence; he's sort of a neat character but one that you could argue has a hard time fitting in with all the flashier characters they want to show off. However one of his stories ends up sort of being revealed as not quite a tall tale here when they discover Decepticons having their hands on special "death crystals", which can destroy even the best materials in the universe when put in the wrong hands. The Death Crystals only exist on one world and are associated with a horrific monster known as Chaos, which turns out to be a weird green fusion of a bear and an armadillo, but actually really cool if you think about it. As dangerous as Chaos is, the planet's death crystals have made it a valuable point for others to create a slavery planet where robots mine for the crystals while those who come to save them fear the beast that lives there. Obviously with the Decepticons getting them (due to Galvatron's latest scheme of using them to construct a Cybertron-destroying weapon), the team ends up going to the planet and trying to stop them; with Kup in particular wanting to go back to free the slaves he couldn't prior and confront Chaos once again knowing that he has to stand up to his fears and regrets of the past. It's a good episode and one that feels like it adds as much to Kup's characters as his tall tales...though my only real complaint is they treat Chaos like a monster instead of just a natural inhabitant of the planet: this world is Chaos' and anyone else who comes there, for the death crystals or otherwise, is an invader; further they don't mind trying to "kill" Chaos at the end when really it just felt like it was protecting it's own planet and getting the invaders off it's property. It's the type of creature that would fit well in a Star Trek episode like "Devil in the Dark"...but I guess to the audience watching it's just a big scary monster to overcome and a scar for Kup to confront and move on like many monsters in these types of stories.

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Maho Girls Pretty Cure: Ep. 26: Everyone Has The Same Thoughts! Ha-chan's Cookies

Really the whole lesson of the episode is "if your friend's cooking sucks, lie."

With how much Yamoh has been going after Kotoha due to having the Emerald Linkle Stone (and how troublesome that was with the first half of the season, she has come to an understanding that maybe sticking around with the other two Cures isn't really for her own benefit. However it isn't that easy to just break it to Mirai and Riko, so she decides to be more gracious than anything: she gives a hand of proving she can actually do something without magic (in this case make cookies) before just running off with a letter telling them that she just basically left because it was for the best and for everyone's safety. It's understandable why Kotoha would do this considering that at this point Yamoh is the only one who seems like the real threat and the revenge he wants to get associated with Dokruxie (all while Labut, the new enemy, just lets him do what he wants thinking he can learn some things from this) associates with how the Emerald was everyone's downfall prior. But of course it sort of all falls apart when she thinks that she's done something that shows how gracious she was to them, but ended up screwing the cookie recipe due to using salt instead of sugar...yet Mirai and Riko kept saying the cookies were delicious regardless. They try to make a lesson out of this that "you did your best Ha-chan, so of course we were going to love it"...but it sort of prevents any real lesson about honesty that has nothing to do with the lesson at hand. Ha-chan isn't a baby fairy anymore and she should be old enough to realize that effort is one thing but she can still improve or practice even if she makes a mistake....like the mistake of running away when she thinks that she's doing it for Mirai and Riko's sake when they obviously aren't going to buy into it with how they're in it together. Effort is fine, but at least be honest if/when you screw up to learn for next time if you want to really create a true alliance. Oh...and through all this, Yamoh finally goes down and Labut realizes he probably should do something finally on his own now that his stooge eliminated himself.
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It's the type of creature that would fit well in a Star Trek episode like "Devil in the Dark"..
interesting you mention star trek because one of the future episodes in my opinion also based on star trek.
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interesting you mention star trek because one of the future episodes in my opinion also based on star trek.
Eh, in the 80s Star Trek and Star Wars were about even with their pop culture importance...sadly these days Trek has fallen on times but it still has it's importance so it isn't impossible.

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Space Sheriff Sharivan: Ep. 27: The Treacherous Skies - The Fugitive From the Dark Jail

Really considering the name of the Madou Beast was "Traitor Beast", maybe Sharivan should have paid attention.

I find it extremely hard to believe that after a rather important game-changing story where Den is revealed to be a descendant of the Iga aliens, it's taken this long for another episode about his alien heritage to emerge...but then again it's Takaku writing it and not Uehara, so at least someone wants to delve deeper into the lore that the season is setting up while the main writer is just doing random stupid attacks on famous people and kids. In this episode, we find out that Den has been working together with other aliens whose planets have been destroyed by the Madou as a bit of a resistance, all while finding out that they're hunting those who have escaped or descended from escapees of those worlds. He encounters another on the run from the Madou that he rescues...and surprisingly, he's an Igan as well; his name is Mario and he was born in a prison controlled by the Madou; trying to get his freedom and appearing to be on the run from the enemy. Den becomes blood brothers with him and promises to work together with a fellow Igan descendant; though when he asks for the rebel aliens from Den, Qom sort of advises him to not trust him due to the situation. Den doesn't believe this and thinks that since he is an Igan he'll be alright and the rebels can probably escape as well...until it turns out that he was basically on the side of the Madou, promising to work with them in hopes of getting his own freedom and securing the freedom of his mother still stuck in the prison. Of course this all ends up leading to a fierce battle between the two until Lily basically shows up to say that the Madou lied: they weren't going to release his mother because she was already dead and they were just using him to get to Sharivan. Ultimately Mario sadly pays the price and Den loses another potential Igan ally...it sort of stinks this keeps happening to him but, as said, I'm happy we are at least trying to get somewhere with the main story of the series...though watching the preview, Uehara doesn't think we need to be that ambitious and we're back to the typical nonsense this show tends to do lately.

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The Transformers: Ep. 73: Dark Awakening

I guess that the Decepticons just found Huffer too annoying to listen to during the final battle and eliminated him early.

As if it isn't obvious enough already, Optimus Prime is dead; eliminated so the next generation of toys...er, heroes can emerge to fight the continued threats to the universe. However, the way he went out in the movie combine with how many characters did survive or transform amidst all this (see the Decepticons) probaly was enough to convince the show that they at least needed one more go to prove that Optimus was gone...but maybe eliminate him a bit more nobly this time. Thus this episode: during a pursuit by the Decepticons in space, Rodimus's crew end up at the mausoleum that memorializes all those who died during the final phases of the war (our original characters). However while inside, Daniel and soon the others realize that Optimus Prime is somehow still alive! The strange thing about him is he seems like a weird combination of good and evil in this wrecked state: he still has his nobility and care for the Autobots, but is much more reckless and destructive and forceful, especially against the Decepticons. One note about how noble Optimus still is can be seen in Rodimus just "thrusting" the Matrix of Leadership back into him; Optimus doesn't want it and sees that with Rodimus having it that a successor does exist; but unfortunately the Matrix within him not only makes him stronger again but also sort of allows for the actual plan to go forth, involving the Quintesserons tricking the other Autobot forces into a massive explosion under the guise that their leader will return to bring them back to victory. It's a powerful episode and I really do like what happens here, especially Optimus' own doubt that he's been used as a tool in someone else's game and that, despite really not being good at this, he still trusts Rodimus to be the new leader to help them out, all while sacrificing himself to save the other Autobots from the Quintesseron trap. In many ways, this ending actually feels like a more fitting end to Optimus Prime than the movie did and I am happy he sort of went out more like a hero this time around...

But then again how long this will stick depends on if/whether the main audience watching this wants to see the true mascot/leader of the franchise go out like this, Rodimus or no Rodimus...but that's for the future to discuss.

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Maho Girls Pretty Cure: Ep. 27: Let's Enjoy! Magic School's Summer Break!

All this episode teaches me is simply Jun should have been a Cure to keep the others in line.

With summer in full swing, Mirai and the others decide to return to Magic World to spend some time there; not knowing of the summer festival about to occur around the grounds of the campus. It seems like something to keep them enthralled, however strange things are suddenly happening that are becoming more alarming to the team. On a minor note, the frozen clementines seem to have somehow stopped growing, as if something is interfering in their development and thus harming the local environment of the world. On the other hand, the Headmaster has continued his research and discovered that the Great Calamity is still coming, and that the Cures have to be prepared for when and if it occurs. This means seems to finally have it's means (and possibly the revelation behind who is behind it) when Labut appears before him and Mirai finally, claiming that he works for a great evil known as Deusmast, who has suddenly found interest in this world and is potentially coming to destroy it. I do like how they reveal the villain with the last remnants of the supposed evil Dokruxie gone with Yamoh's defeat...but of course they have to make Mirai a bit too over the top here with her whole "I don't want to lose my friends ever again" speech here. It seems like all of her experiences of nearly being separated from Riko and Ha-chan/Kotoha has made this her mantra for the season, and while it's understandable it feels annoying that this is suddenly what she's fighting for...well that and just how uber powerful the Emerald Linkle Stone is to allow for the other two to break through Labut's shield while he sends an upgraded Yokubaru (a DouYokubaru) to demonstrate the power of "Mayhex" (I love that term, the original Japanese is "Muhou" which is a combination of "Mahou" or "Magic" with "Mu" or "Nothing"). Probably the one who gets the most growth here is surprisingly the Headmaster: he felt discouraged in how all that acquired energy from the Dokruxie fight did nothing and yet this greater evil in Deusmast is just starting to emerge...but he's still willing to do what is needed in order to fight against it. He also suggests that it isn't just the Emerald that is needed to stop this evil...though while I get the power of all the Linkle Stones, the Emerald just keeps being overhyped considering what happens this time so...let's hope he's right about that.
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Space Sheriff Sharivan: Ep. 28: The Campus is an 80m Wind Speed Violent Storm

The gaijin professor definitely looked like an early 70s Ringo Starr.

As mentioned last time, it's sort of tiring with this franchise to follow up something that actually works with the season's lore (the destruction of planet Iga and Den's personal stake in taking down the Madou) to another generic Madou infiltration plot that Den has to stop. In this episode, we have a professor at a university murdered mentioning that there is a "Professor Wolf" among them, someone who isn't what he seems. This sort of forces Den to infiltrate the campus to figure out what's going on, where as usual the professor has a sister that shows his documentation that something is up with one of the professors at the school and that he's not who he is supposed to be. There's an interesting bit at one point where it seems like the professor may actually be doing his own experiments and could just be doing something horrific, perhaps maybe or not allied with the Madou with whatever experiments he's doing (such as when he plays tennis and wrecks his and his opponent's racket!)...except in the end it's just another Madou Beast and we're back to status quo, with the actual professor abducted as part of some bizarre scheme to lobotomize him and two other professors to create a three-brain super computer to surpass all other supercomputers. I...sort of wish that the professor was evil or something and working against humanity as a Madou ally but unfortunately they never really want to go that far with this series.

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The Transformers: Ep. 74: Forever Is a Long Time Coming

Really at this point, I wouldn't be surprised if all of Autobot history was just destined due to temporal screw-ups.

I'm not sure why we needed a prequel/sequel to "War Dawn" with the Quintesserons screwing with time about the same as the Decepticons prior, but somehow the idea of the episode is that "the Quintesserons are superior intellects and have a better handle on these sorts of things so of course they'd be masters of time better than the Decepticons." Their plot actually seems to initially involve the abduction of a random Autobot from history 11 Million Years in the past; but before too much can go on, the Autobots end up raiding the place and thus leaving the temporal portal on, all while a batallion of Blaster, Blurr and Wreck-Garr (and Blaster's two cassette buddies) go through. On their side, they end up seeing a crucial element of the slave rebellion against the Quintesserons, which isn't really that big a deal considering that it basically will lead to the three Great Wars anyway. (they keep bringing up the Autobots rebelling but never seem to suggest the Decepticons being rebels either as if the Autobots did all the hard work and the Decepticons rode on their coattails) On our side, though, the idiocy of Rodimus' crew in leaving the time portal open basically ends up leading to time being screwed with, with the idea that if it isn't closed within a matter of time, then time and space will collapse and the universe with it. The only really important thing that we find out here is that the slave leader, who ends up being the key of who has to go back to the past, ultimately turns out to be Alpha Trion, the scientist that...well they claim "invented Optimus Prime", but it's sort of confusing since the past in "Five Faces of Darkness" suggested that the Matrix of Leadership was around for quite some time and Alpha Trion only really just installed it into Orion Pax and transformed him and his girlfriend into "superior leaders" so...eh, I rather just leave time travel stories on their own if they just end up screwing up my brain too much.

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Maho Girls Pretty Cure: Ep. 28: The Magic World's Summer Festival! Fireworks, Soar High!

You know if you had a flower fairy as an ally from the beginning, you should have just let her make the important floral decisions!

If there's one thing I appreciate about Maho Girls, it's actually the villains and their slow build-up. While Dokruxie and his squadron were great, I love how just slight sublte environmental changes preventing certain sunlight-needing plants from growing are the first signs even to the Magic World that Deusmast is awakened and is starting to power up to destroy their world and beyond. Of course in this case, this "environmental problem" actually ends up being a crucial plot point in this episode: it's Magic World's Summer Festival, and the flower typically used for the school's fireworks show is suddenly dying out due to their lack of sunlight, most likely due to Deusmast! In a bit of a surprise, Mirai and Riko end up splitting up to deal with certain elements of management: Mirai to find an alternate flower and Riko to make sure they know how to use the flower so that they can make the fireworks as spectacular as if they used the traditional one. A bit more surprising...and frustrating...is that the trio of Jun, Kay and Emily help them too: I used to like them but one thing I don't like is that the problems they have at the beginning they don't have anymore...and the worst part: they don't show how they've improved! You could say it's Mirai and Riko's confidence boost, but I don't think those two did anything to make Emily aspire to get a magic carpet license considering she started the series afraid of heights! My problem with these three is they feel like they would have been great Cures and that if we had them more around, the growth would feel natural...but instead due to these gaps in encounters due to returning to Mirai's home, it just feels abrupt in what we get from them with passing time! Oh and Labut's threat from last episode about "this will be the last time"...no it isn't, as expected; I don't mind Labut and it probably was just an idle threat anyway, but it is interesting he would be so direct last episode and this time just not just put his all into it...but then again Labut's a lazy bastard so that's to be expected.
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The Transformers: Ep. 74: Forever Is a Long Time Coming

Really at this point, I wouldn't be surprised if all of Autobot history was just destined due to temporal screw-ups.

I'm not sure why we needed a prequel/sequel to "War Dawn" with the Quintesserons screwing with time about the same as the Decepticons prior, but somehow the idea of the episode is that "the Quintesserons are superior intellects and have a better handle on these sorts of things so of course they'd be masters of time better than the Decepticons." Their plot actually seems to initially involve the abduction of a random Autobot from history 11 Million Years in the past; but before too much can go on, the Autobots end up raiding the place and thus leaving the temporal portal on, all while a batallion of Blaster, Blurr and Wreck-Garr (and Blaster's two cassette buddies) go through. On their side, they end up seeing a crucial element of the slave rebellion against the Quintesserons, which isn't really that big a deal considering that it basically will lead to the three Great Wars anyway. (they keep bringing up the Autobots rebelling but never seem to suggest the Decepticons being rebels either as if the Autobots did all the hard work and the Decepticons rode on their coattails) On our side, though, the idiocy of Rodimus' crew in leaving the time portal open basically ends up leading to time being screwed with, with the idea that if it isn't closed within a matter of time, then time and space will collapse and the universe with it. The only really important thing that we find out here is that the slave leader, who ends up being the key of who has to go back to the past, ultimately turns out to be Alpha Trion, the scientist that...well they claim "invented Optimus Prime", but it's sort of confusing since the past in "Five Faces of Darkness" suggested that the Matrix of Leadership was around for quite some time and Alpha Trion only really just installed it into Orion Pax and transformed him and his girlfriend into "superior leaders" so...eh, I rather just leave time travel stories on their own if they just end up screwing up my brain too much.
I think the time portal is based Guardian of forever from Star Trek. It seem so similar. And where those cassette autobots come from? How come we do see them when Blaster first appeared.? Man this show is just weird introducing toys.
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I think the time portal is based Guardian of forever from Star Trek. It seem so similar. And where those cassette autobots come from? How come we do see them when Blaster first appeared.? Man this show is just weird introducing toys.
The "Secret Files of Teletraan One" segments said that Blaster had been given his casettes at some point, in order to counter Soundwave's own. Probably somewhere between season two and the movie.
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I think the time portal is based Guardian of forever from Star Trek. It seem so similar.
That came to me too...but I wonder if this is the "Star Trek" episode mentioned prior when I talked of "Chaos".

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Last Time on Power Rangers: 2001: a year where a lot happened in the real world...but where no Ranger activity was supposed to occur. That all changed when Ransik, the greatest mutant criminal of the 31st century, escaped to this year from a millennium in the future; leading to four officers in hot pursuit to prevent him from changing history. In order to gain access to their powers, they gained the connection of one Wesley Collins, a billionaire industrialist son who (with help of a friendly butler) decided to take control of his own destiny and joined as the member of the futuristic Time Force squadron. Unfortunately the battle between them lead to greater changes to the timestream than any of them imagined from the start: Wes' father became more engrained in altering the path of technology and security and ultimately created his own Silver Guardians lead by Wes' old friend Eric, who ultimately found his own futuristic tech and became a 6th Time Force Ranger! Even worse were the antics of Ransik's partner Frax, who revealed himself to not be a robot but a cyborg transformed from the one man who tried and failed to give the mutant compassion to change his world yet who became blinded into making a world where robots were superior to humans and mutants! Ultimately, Frax became lobotomized into being a mere robot despite his efforts by his former partner; who ultimately surrenders when his revenge blinded him to the point of accidentally attacking his own daughter Nadira, the first ever Mutant to realize that they do have the love to live alongside humans after all. With their mission complete, Time Force returned to the future, despite the efforts of Wes and team leader Jen to have a relationship in this past time.

However even with Silver HIlls having problems that would become known to the world at the dawn of the 21st century, the city of Turtle Cove secretly had it's own troubles; troubles bubbling from thousands of years of human contamination that had for a time been protected by a squadron of Rangers slowly being built over the same year as Ransik's attack. But now the muck and mire is boiling over and the leaders of this horrific squadron are finally returning...and it is now time for the Guardians of the Earth to emerge and unleash their mighty roar...


POWER RANGERS - THE FRANCHISE WATCH
SEASON 10: POWER RANGERS WILD FORCE


Lionheart: aka: The World is a Jungle

No cold opening just...the opening. So...is this Saban or Disney's doing? (OK, got to ask this question a lot this season) And shock among shocks: the opening includes...GaoHunter!?

Oh great, Eric's still stuck in that Tarzan movie with...wait is that Skull? Can't be Bulk, he's still on Mirinoi.

Mingo? Um...listen, I'm not sure naming a chimp after a pink bird is a good idea, apeman...unless you want to be the Pink.

I'm not sure you want to know what happens to all those bananas...unless you want to study the digestive system that bad. (the colon's the worst part)

Sorry, can't come; hanging out with Super-Skull.

Cole...like my deep voice? It's very demanding and slightly awkward.

Yes, I am white and wearing Tribal makeup...wait are you sure Cole is the non-native of this tribe?

Cole, it's time for you...to get a job. Sadly, jungle ways aren't going to work in the real world.

Hey, that's my parents? And who the heck is that brat in the picture?

A gemstone...I KNOW, I'LL BE A HORSE AND OPEN A FASHION BOUTIQUE!

So he was black. Then again...that's the most diverse wild tribe I've ever seen.

Random guy: So...can I keep the chimp or is he going to be your Bear?

Um...where did that random narrator come from? It's not the tribe leader...

And cut to...city at night. Urban jungle, I get it.

EVIL MONSTER, COMING THROUGH, HOPING RANSIK'S STILL AROUND CAUSE I NEED SOMEONE TO HELP ME...WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE SURRENDERED PEACEFULLY!? (what a wuss)

And Rangers already! That's...sudden.

Leg hold, try to get out of that!

I always find that water effect of "backwards diving" to be weird even in toku.

Wow, TDK advertisement. They really got sponsorship this season.

There's a sound problem I've noticed; there's not even an explosion when Yellow stabs the thing!

Well it is a turbine so lightning isn't out of the question.

Really these guys have to be the original Mighty Morphin Power Mimes.

And Blue's the first revealed. And he's frustrated...except not really.

Black...not our first Hispanic Ranger but definite the first with an actual accent (compared to Ashley who was Hispanic but seemed to play "white")

Oh come on White: J.A.K.Q. was doing great with four Rangers for two-thirds of the series. Why do you need a Red?

OK, with Yellow as the confident semi-leader in Gao...I think I like they kept that here while making them female. (though seems cockier than Jen was)

And meanwhile, the Red wannabe is lost in Venice...what he has the gondola.

At least he has enough air in that shirt to make it breatheable.

I'M HERE...AND BOY DOES THIS PLACE LOOK NOTHING LIKE HOME!

Car alarm...hope the new guy isn't the reason behind the alert. He probably thought the tires were gum.

GO AWAY YOU WEIRD RAGGED HIPPIE FREAK!

He's using the Battle Kenya/VulPanther method of climbing I see.

Look you may have a photo but it isn't like you have sight beyond sight.

Vanderbilt Avenue...wait, Cole's in New York!?

Day 1: results: arrived in city, ran around, got hit a few times and called a freak for talking to the puppies at a pet store. So far...so good...

Hey there...what do you mean where's Cassie!? Who the heck is Cassie!?

This city is huge...maybe I should have come in from the Mexican border side...

Cole, if you get arrested for loitering and sleeping on a park bench...well, maybe we can find someone else to be Red.

And thus the dog catchers catch the poor dog...and one of them feels like this isn't her line of work.

My Cole Senses are tingling...or was that just hunger; how many days has it been since I ate?

Oh well...better him than me...no wait, he licked my face five minutes ago!

Turtledyne Labs? So our villains are mad scientists?

All these weird sounds and all we see are dogs in cages? Where did they put the rest of them?

Well rather here than the pound; at least here you'll be used in horrific experiments but you won't be put to sleep.

YOU'RE FREE, GO DO WHAT STRAYS DO...ANIMAL ORGY EVERYWHERE!!! (screw you, Bob Barker!)

That better be a vegan dog you're eating.

DANG YOU JUNGLE MAN AND YOUR LAW OF THE JUNGLE METHODS!

Yeah, he's running away; all hail the Turtledyne Lab people for chasing away the annoying human intruder!

Meanwhile...wait that's not Tetomu!?

Our "answer"...is running with random animals on what's obviously a set.

Seriously, "get a job"...who the heck said that to us? We're Power Ranger villains, what are we doing in suits and baseball caps?

We need a boss...wait, this is the season without a main villain...well, at least we have sub villains.

Hey, he's flying around in a rubber suit...WE CAN BE OURSELVES AGAIN!

YAY, MASTER...wait what Master? Last I heard it was some random statue face that was a figurehead.

And here's our TsueTsue and Yabaiba...well, Toxica and...that blonde guy.

Day 2 begins: after freeing the animals from a random lab, my next idea is to talk to the rats in the sewer about...no wait, someone's calling.

No, HUMANS! MY LEAST FAVORITE SPECIES!

You'll love what we have: it's spacious and roomy and..hey, want to listen to my Rick Astley record?

Yeah...let Max talk, Danny's not the best at these things.

And thus the Yellow makes it direct: punch him and drag him to the boss.

Yeah Danny's strong enough but his nose is just way too sensitive.

Birds, weird callings...am I...home? Was the whole city a dream? I CAN TALK TO MY MONKEY FRIEND AGAIN!!!

Hey maybe we can eat some of these plants.

It's a bird...A BIRD MADE OF METAL!

Nah it's not that beautiful; it's just got too much color saturation.

Hey maybe those two can run him over...please run Cole over.

Hey you don't know what's in that water; Cole may just have been infected with parasites!

OK, you four...eat him before the lion realizes that his color's there.

I have no idea what you're saying but...I'll go with the flow.

Oops, Cole ran out of stamina. And the king never gave him his paraglider!

Wait how can Cole tell they're floating? Is his perspective anywhere that can see the sky; or did they just hit a cloudbank?

Thanks a lot, lion. You just killed your new partner.

Um...metal bird, metal shark, metal tiger...yeah I've seen some like him a minute or so ago.

Yeah its' a Gao Crystal. He's in it now.

It looks nothing like him, Cole.

So our Tetomu...looks like a hippie more than a priestess. The 60s must have been fun for her.

See that gorilla...ignore him, he's not on our team yet.

Hey, what makes HIM leader!? One moment he's a hobo on a bench and the next he's a Power Ranger leader!?

This way to the boys dorm and this way to the girls. There will be a test later.

Yeah you've met them: shy guy, Asian girl, that...Rick Astley lover...and gut puncher girl.

Look, i'm just out of the jungle, looking for my parents...can I go back to busting up dog pounds?

At least Alyssa's apologetic for Taylor's...actions.

We're all new...except we're not...but we'll get to that later.

My density is a random lion gem; really I should be in Beach City about now.

Hey a matching set. Those things get around.

Oh great, the mall fountain's acting up again.

Oh it's just those two. We can handle them, Red or no Red.

Trust her or not...wait is she the one who punched me?

HAH, LIKE THOSE ALIENS, DEMONS OR MUTANTS COULD DO WHAT WE ORGS CAN!

WHERE DID THE MONKEYS COME FROM!?

Oh...them again. Can't we just get new Orgs or something?

This isn't Japan: monkeys don't live in the wild in...wherever in the states they are. (California? New York? Elsewhere?)

I don't trust that lion; he's just such a braggart.

Here, have a cell phone. The sound quality stinks but it has good coverage.

Yeah...a lot of people in 2002 America wouldn't understand cells yet (and we're not even at touchscreens)

GAO ACCESS! SUMMON, SPIRITS OF THE EARTH!

Really now all I imagine are cell towers summoning the suits to merge with them.

It's not much of a crystal but...I guess zirconia is all Shayla could afford.

Astley-Count - 1 (Wait...TAYLOR SAID IT FIRST!?)

Hey, I'm the Shark Ranger...Taylor, can I have my catchphrase back!?

Guess no one is taking on the livewire...so I'll just throw him into a tree.

Stomped...more like smashed with the fist pound.

You had to ask, Org. You just had to ask.

IHAVETOTALKSUPERFASTTOGETEVERYTHINGOUTBEFOREMYROLLCALLSCENEENDS!!!

Fujin and Raijin tend to work together well.

My spandex symbol...it's saying...heartburn.

Look, if you're forcing me to be leader...let me be leader.

Combine our weapons...what weapons? The sabers?

Oh those weapons...and yeah, GaoRed's gauntlet looks like a puppet, seriously.

Do like how easy the combo is...and they don't need a long stock footage like the Zyu/MMPR team with the Power Cannon.

BEWARE MY FEET ON TOP OF FEET!

HAJA HYAKUJUUKEN

No kanji? But that was the most epic part of the finisher!

So he fell in one direction and exploded in another...yeah, that's Japan's fault.

SERIOUSLY...WE WERE GOING TO EXCHANGE PHONE NUMBERS AND EVERYTHING!

Oh hey, Toxica and...blonde guy.

Um, Toxica...a bit faster. I don't want to bring out the Vypra jokes another season.

He's got to be somewhere...it's all out in the open here.

OK, that's funny: just him growing and appearing out of nowhere; they never do that enough in Sentai or PR.

My fountain's pissing it's...load!

How? Well Toxica does have a staff...she probably made it grow the Rita way.

Lion, schmion; Cole is the fly...and he just got swatted like one!

Oh so the Crystal Saber can talk too. Seriously this season, everything talks.

Um, Shayla, let the Crystals do the talking if they're going to make effort.

Oh so that's why they have these holes...though why aren't they just embedded already?

Neat, the jingle from Gaoranger. At least they kept that....and the bad CGI.

RANDOM ROCKY LANDSCAPE, ARISE!

They're not just Zords...they're dachi...I think.

Yes, maul the Org...dang it, he tastes terrible.

Tiger ball!

Yellow beams and...red explosions.

OK, everyone on the dam for the pose!

Random Ranger Posing...like that's going to...WHAT DO YOU MEAN LASER BREATH!? (dies)

And so the random narrator returns to say...this is CNN.

We're not letting the narrator get last say: GROWL TOGETHER!

Thoughts: I sort of notice that there's a bit of a back-and-forth between whether to do an epic introduction (From Out of Nowhere, Quasar Quest, Force From the Future) or one that just gets right into things (Day of the Dumpster, Operation: Lightspeed). This sort of just takes the Gaoranger approach, though with it's own twists like...somehow turning the Red into jungle boy Cole returning to civilization, searching for his parents...and just becoming the leader Ranger out of nowhere. It's probably about as perplexing as Kakeru becoming GaoRed (though at least Cole proved himself in freeing the animals of the lab instead of "hey, a random vet that can talk to a circus elephant!") but it works for what it does. It's mostly set-up but I do like some of what we get here, including Taylor's introduction as just a badass who is no-nonsense to not give us another Jen clone...and that we actually get Jindrax and Toxica hiding in the human world until they realize that the Orgs are returning instead of just...them appearing out of nowhere to help like what we got with TsueTsue and Yabaiba. It's a decent opening despite the wonkiness, so at least it works for what it wants to do.

Darkness Awakening: aka: I Heart the Heartless

Yep, where I grew up, the chimps were totally metal and ate metal bananas. It was surreal.

Well...there goes my original intent. Sorry mom and dad, but I'm a Ranger now and you know what Zordon's...er, Shayla's rules are.

Screw family: IT'S ALL ABOUT NATURE!

That is an interesting idea...though it's Power Rangers and episode 2 so...I doubt Cole's ideas are going to work very well. (unless it's Charcoal Grill Org)

So from New York stock footage to Japan stock footage...MAKE UP YOUR MIND!

Cat: And I was going to claw that wire too!

Knock knock...have you driven a Ford lately?

Wait is he dead...no wait, his voice is still screaming and it's Power Rangers.

Can someone tell the sun to not reflect there...no wait it's Shayla...wait why was she in the pool?

We'll be so quick we'll finish this season in five episodes!

Yep, totally getting help. No personal scabs or anything, it's got to be help.

Alyssa's still going to university? Guess we're not getting the whole "separate from the world for a year" angle, huh.

Taylor: Don't swing so fast, you'll crash into...something soft and...personal.

Mall fountain's broken again. Someone needs to fix it.

Hey at least it makes more sense than the Viewing Globe; natural senses always make more sense than...Zordon has cameras everywhere.

So, does this lead to a subway? I mean villains living in the subway would be cool.

Well we're deep in the Earth...somehow...

Oh hey, the Org Master! They're right: it is Master Org!

So basically they're in a mausoleum. Creepy but appropriate.

Do we really need the generals? I mean from what I remember from Gaoranger, those three were...eh...

Oh great, it's a grumpy Russian. Sort of hope this isn't a Cold War angle (Russia should be friends at this point...unfortunately by 2002, Putin was already president)

Wait, THAT'S Master Org!? So what's that face behind you two?

Blah blah, enough formality you two.

We've been human for a thousand years or so. Do you realize I lost Toxica until Commodore Perry came along?

What the heck...he's wearing boots? SU...SPIIII...CIOUS!

At least they get to insult each other through the Master's mumbling.

The eyes are glowing...I really like that effect, let's stare at it for a while longer.

Just speak with something more comprehensible than a Peter Lorre wannabe accent.

Well his third eye is nothing out of the ordinary.

A wild animal? Um...it's sentient and laughing manically...eh, Cole's not from around here.

Yeah, Taylor's not putting up with his bullcrap regardless.

Guess Danny and Max are too cowardly to disobey. (or they realized she used the sacred words first)

So Taylor's orders have purpose...let's hope Alyssa's right about this.

So it's about the same time length as Gaoranger...so why did Max say he was new at this if he was a Ranger for 6 months?

OVER A YEAR!? THE ORGS WERE AROUND THE SAME TIME RANSIK SHOWED UP...so why didn't they interact!?

Hey, we're higher up than you so just listen to us.

That is one cloudy tea they're offering.

You do it Danny, I'll shove you until you do.

OK the idea of Cole being babysat for being the new guy makes way more sense than the whole "he's our leader and now we have to listen to him" angle of Gao.

On-the-job training. I never knew training involved fighting monsters.

Taylor: Really, him? Seriously, Danny, why do you remind me of that crap Shayla pulled?

I'M THROWING BARBED WIRE EVERYWHERE!

Oh...so it's the mooks of the season. And they're just...gray...paint.

Aww...they're so happy...look at them pounding their clubs in unison.

So people are running, mooks are running amuck and the monster is laughing maniacally...still think it's an innocent animal, Cole?

STOP! I'M THE PACIFIST RED!

Guess he's going to bring about peace the violent way.

At least Alyssa can handle herself in a battle.

OK, time for the peace conference. It isn't Jindrax or Toxica or Master Org but...eh, it's a start.

COME ON, I'M MADE OF BARBED WIRE, IS THIS REALLY WHAT YOU WANT!?

Listen to Alyssa...at least unlike Taylor, she has compassion.

A heart? Um...lower lifeforms sort of have way more primitive circulatory systems so...

I won't hurt you...just keep the prickly parts away from my hands.

And thus...Cole falls asleep. Not only is he the pacifist Red, he's also the narcoleptic one.

Nope, no heart; not even two sizes too small.

Nice burn: so far Cole does seem rather brainless.

There's more to it but...yeah I think the Org's right about that.

Guess Cole's little stunt made Alyssa become motherly to him.

No...plastic...IT'S SO UNNATURAL...

You throw my teammate into a table, you're getting a chair!

Seriously, it's become like a wrestling match here.

You want things without hearts? Can someone send Cole to Kingdom Hearts to meet Heartless?

You still defer to Cole as the leader, Taylor? After smashing the Org with a chair!?

Bout time he decides to fight. He's less a hippie than I thought.

Do we have to see all five of them transform? This is going to take forever.

Role Call Time! (only without the full names)

United we Roar doesn't fit from the Sentai original but...I do like it.

Seriously, these guys have been fighting Orgs, the mooks are going to be way easier.

Simon's Fish and Steaks...and there's Danny fighting in front of it...that just feels...wrong.

Yeah we can't hurt civilians...but we can still drown Putrids.

Metal on metal's still going to be a problem.

Yeesh those CGI barb wires...no wonder they only do the special stuff in the first couple episodes.

And thus it gets stuck by it's own prickles. A bit ironic I say.

Yeah there's an obvious edit to not show the kanji.

Yep he's dead...so why are you two showing up?

I...am Toxica...the latest...in the Vypra...line of acting...

ONI WA UCHI, FUKU WA SOTO!

Those are some potent vines.

So if he's vegetable, we go animal!

OK, OK, we hear you; why don't we have cells like them?

Got to jump over the bridge; can't be too destructive of human property.

Oh great, the Megazord advice already? Why not at least let the individuals fail first?

So a Lion, Eagle, Shark, Bison and Tiger merge together...not sure what into but it should be interesting.

PREDAZORDS, COMBINE INTO...PREDAKING...er, Wild Force Megazord!?

So the sabers are the key like the Fang Blades.

So five animals merged into some human thing...what's that gonna do to me, dummies!?

SEE MY FINGER!? PULL IT!

Now that's what I call shark-fin soup.

Just tenderize him until he's prepped and ready.

ANIMAL HEART!

I still think the smoke spewing head is the real master.

Him, destroy you!? But...you just met him!

OK, I hate being a minion again. Let's just dissect something as humans; that works better.

Get down; if we can't see him, he can't see us!

Can someone understand what he's saying? It's just a lot of blahing.

GORMA EMPEROR XVII!?!?!? Isn't he...a little late!? (and wasn't Lord Zedd his replacement...or was it Shadam's?)

They will feel the wrath or I will keep shaking my fist until they do!

Two episodes and still stuck here not looking for mom and dad. I'm bored.

A gift? Better not be another Taylor lecture.

Oh...so the gift is a grooming. But I like wild Cole! It makes him stand out from the Tommys and Weses of the world.

And Danny's tool is...just generic super-strength.

Hey, you're touching Shayla's secret stash!

And thus Cole looks...human...and Shayla's probably going to kick them out for touching her things.

Sleeves? With these guns, I don't need no sleeves!

Yeah, the headband makes it work. Not sure why, but it works.

Thoughts: While this is more of a direct translation of the original Sentai in the footage with Barbed Wire Org (including Kakeru/Cole's little "does he have a heart" bit; with the great "you don't have a brain" line here), there are two crucial elements that actually make it work better and allow for the series to do it's own thing. One is of course the introduction of Master Org; one of the more infamous things about Gaoranger was that there was no central leader with the whole storyline of the major generals appearing and dying until the final twist of "there was no main leader, just parts that would become the basic means for the end of the world". With Master Org, we have an interesting mystery: someone who claims to be the leader but somehow Jindrax and Toxica realize seems "different" somehow, thus the question is "is this really Master Org and why is he the leader of the Orgs?" (or is he another de-facto leader and we're going to follow Gaoranger eventually once this guy's out of the way?) The other is that I do like there is greater tension here between Taylor and Cole with Cole's pacifistic ideas as opposed to just "hey, your boss made me leader, listen to me now" that Kakeru threw out there. While it is crazy that some guy just out of the jungle is now the Ranger leader, the build-up here actually works and I like the interaction of him and Alyssa trying to accomidate him while humoring his whims until realizing that he can't reason with Orgs and that you have to fight them.

Click, Click, Zoom: aka: Priorities Out of Focus

Um, Master Org...your accent...eh, it's as bad as Danny's I suppose.

And thus Master Org gives an Inconvenient Truth...eh, more an opportunist than a politican I suppose.

We will...RULEZEWORLD!

Yeah it takes someone with a weird accent like Toxica to realize that there's something strange about their weird-accented master.

Eh, if Toxica is a thoughtful Republican, Jindrax is one of the MAGA types.

Ecosystem 101? Um...Alyssa...wouldn't you have learned that in high school?

And Danny's into flowers. Is someone on this team not a nature nut?

The Ranger Rulebook: copyright 1975, Zordon Enterprises/Toei/Shotaro Ishinomori

Seriously, never escalate a battle? What is this, Angel Grove?

Come on Cole, let Alyssa say it first. She really wants to.

Teamwork...just...teamwork...well you're not going to last long in a Rider universe, Cole. (which season are they on in Japan, Phillips...oh, that one...yeah, the Mirror Monsters would kill him in a flash if Ouja doesn't)

Max's key is his looks? Um...so...charm the Orgs to their doom?

Looks, quick mind, his need to...um...what was that line again?

DO YOU REALIZE I HAD TO DIG THROUGH THAT COMMAND CENTER WRECKAGE IN ANGEL GROVE TO GET THE MEANS TO WRITE THIS THING!?!?

Taylor: I'm leaving; so if any weird mirror creatures or a random guy yelling "FIGHT!" shows up, I'm not helping.

Taylor didn't write anything; I still say you guys plagerized it from Zordon (well it wasn't Mitchell and I don't think Jen left anything behind when they returned to 3001)

So Shayla is 3000 years old...hmm...what does she know of the Starbeasts? (wait, the Starbeasts never interacted with Earth outside those on Terra Venture)

You used Taylor as your guide, Shayla? My guess is she probably just saw all the Ranger teams that appeared pre-you and just made up the rules as she went along.

Well let's ignore Taylor and just talk about Shayla's tragic history now!

Taylor: Stupid Cole and his stupid rules...all that work being stationed in Angel Grove for my pet project and...

Wait..A LITTLE BOY KNOWS OF THE ANIMARIUM!? There goes Zordon rule #3.

There was a beautiful girl who looked like Sleeping Beauty...and not some weird curly haired brunette who naively let some blonde eagle woman tell her what to do.

We all lived happily...and we all ate vegetable matter...except the carnivores whom we tried to but they complained and had to give a sacrifice of a cow or sheep every few days or so.

We all lived together in harmony, despite all the crap happening on Earth around then...

And then...mud started to bubble...and some really clean-skinned people appeared...no wait, they were Ransik's ancestors.

I'd be shocked too: this is the second straight season a hand emerged from the ground to destroy the world.

Villainous? Seriously, he's made of vines and everything!

Styrofoam vines, our greatest weakness!

Shayla, this isn't a Bonnie Tyler video; run like you mean it!

And then these six...er, I mean, five people in ridiculous helmets showed up. (yeah, five, definitely five, not six...Merrick, I miss you...)

Hey they all had old style Ranger scarfs; they are old school!

I had this protector; and he had this silver scarf...wait, Red, Yellow, Blue, Black, White...why Silver? Eh, forget it.

And then that Silver-scarfed jerk abandoned me and I cried myself to cryogenic sleep.

Seriously, stop showing six Rangers! Well OK...five and a protector but still...it's like that sixth guy is important and you're lying to them!

ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION, HO!

Those five destroyed the Master Org, the sixth guy...we never speak of again (to herself: STUPID, STUPID MERRICK!)...oh and that crater became a turtle lake...and that explains the town name.

So for the next 2800 years, nothing happened. But then the cotton gin was invented and with it the Industrial Revolution...you know the rest.

Orgs nothing; I'd more worry about the deadly wildfires, more powerful hurricanes and worsening conditions for the planet in general...the Orgs are just a temporary measure.

If you want unnatural, talk about those Power Animals...but hey, defenders of the Earth and all that.

Really...the lion...that's why Cole is the leader? Shayla, you have weird standards.

Mommy, that tale stunk. Why not tell me about those two ninja schools who hate each other and the evil luchadore? (Next year, honey. Next year. And then after that the tale of the mad scientist and the evil dinosaur minions.)

I'm with Linkara: your season origins shouldn't be in the children's fiction section of the local library. (unless it's Gingaman...but that's different)

Meanwhile, a photo-bomber appears.

Come on, he just wanted a picture for his blog; he's a nice guy!

Oh great, the film was overexposed. I hate when that happens.

Well at least I'll never have to see you get fat later.

Those footprints...too suspicious for me to deal with.

Never thought they'd use industrial dust to try and make themselves visible.

Oh, fountain's burbling; guess we got to use the cell.

I'm not sure if he's making them invisible but I did see disembodied feet so...

Hey Dana, you'll need a lot of sheets; throw them around and if it makes a form, treat them.

So do we or don't we have something? Eh, we'll fake it and say we do.

This scene really is creepy if you think about it.

Well it isn't like anyone else you meet is going to be around too long anyway.

Slowly run and let my curves do the talking!

You call that a knife? This...is a knife.

Not sure who this Master Org is but I'll take your word for it.

Hey, maybe they're invisible too. You never know, Jindrax.

Never bring a sword to a knife fight, Taylor.

Slash her until you throw up!

Seriously, Toxica, he can take his own photos.

First try! She's got a knack for it.

And now she's invisible...and demorphed.

Taylor, you're playing make-believe ghost until we figure this out!

Quick, accomidate her until she starts going insane like Claude Raines!

You're really not going to be destroying anything like that...maybe you could possess him?

Wait how is this your fault; you just acted like a jerk about her rules.

Yeah now Cole's into the "I in Team" idea...

It's less a job and more a hobby I say.

Um Camera Org...the flashing is going to give some poor kids seizures.

Of course Taylor gets her own compartment; that's what we're dealing with.

Hey a car; now Taylor has transport.

What light; didn't you get programmed with a flash?

What about your jungle training; you lose your stamina with this loser?

This isn't your fault, Cole. Again, you just acted stupid and she ran off.

A chain...THAT'S IT, BONDAGE!

And some supplies for the trapped people; this Org is considerate.

The light in here is terrible; why can't they just give me a more intense bulb?

And here are the grey batmen and their idiot leaders.

He's still...just staring at the chain...how is that a plan, Cole?

FOCUS! DOWN IN FRONT!

What birdie; the birdie's in you now.

So grab the chain before he pulls the trigger...sure you'd be fast enough?

You know if he took pictures of those barrels, he wouldn't be as beat up as he is.

Well there's the film...so how to develop...is Fotomat still available?

Oh great they're overexposed now, which means the processing is going to be ruined...or not.

Still don't like his ways but...at least I'm back.

And a second roll. At least he knows his craft.

A wide-angle? Why didn't he use that earlier?

That really isn't the type of camera to work on wildlife.

Yeah I think Taylor's right to rib Cole like that.

You may be mad...but you have to put up with the roll call like the rest of us.

Boo? Gao's the more likely onomotopeia.

Really the camera would have been good to break that fall.

Well without the lens, there's still the film.

Developed...negative...OK, that's a good pun.

Oh come on Lion, let Cole figure this out on his own!

Can't give up...does it count...nah, the Astley-Count stays at 1.

And the gauntlet became a gun. That's...cheap.

And time for the Blazing Sword.

Oh just blow up already...or turn to goop, that works too.

Not sure why she has to rhyme but you need a catch phrase: Make My Monster Grow, Launch Torpedoes, Fire the Sattilasers, you know.

And now Taylor just unleashes for the crap she went through.

Seriously, it's like everyone but Danny is getting a strike.

Eh, Cole's learning violence; sort of has to after last time.

Well that was a bad development for him.

Another day, another time to mope about my parents.

Confidence...that works for teamwork, right?

Now she believes he's the leader? Come on, Taylor would have been way better.

Um, Shayla, who lets you have last word?

(Watches preview) Yep...the Astley-Count's gonna explode next time.

Thoughts: I'm a little confused about the lesson of the episode; was it trying to make a comment about the old PR episode about being a team but showing that you don't have to be? It probably feels that way, especially considering that ep. 3 of MMPR was literally called "Teamwork"...yet the lesson here is "sometimes teamwork works...but other times you have to do the right thing on your own"...which considering things is actually a good lesson considering that each part of the whole has different strengths that make the team work even if it isn't always about working together. I did like the usage of Cole and how he played it smart while saving Taylor...while somehow Camera Org just turned it's brain off when it had debris falling from the ceiling; it probably could have worked to have the Org firing at all the debris while Cole stole the film too but I guess that would have been too complex for the production crew. On the other hand I wasn't a fan of Cole laying the blame on himself when Taylor got captured: she stormed off because of how pushy he was; if she left for some other reason, Camera Org probably would have targeted her regardless. The only other interesting thing was the backstory of Animaria: sure the whole "fairy tale" bit was ridiculous, but it was interesting to see the PR adaptation of the general idea of the Shaman/Org war...and how they basically hinted at the 6th from the beginning (Shayla's guardian with a Silver scarf) without revealing who he was and what happened to him. It's probably the best hint of a 6th in the franchise up to now; the closest competition being of course the Mike situation but of course they went with the Gingaman plot there and Gaoranger never hinted at Shirogane this early.

Never Give Up!: aka: Together Forever (or: Strong, Strong Man)

Another haunted mansion? Flabber, why the heck did you leave Charterville to bother these idiots?

Turtle Cove Gossiper is never wrong...um, what about that paper from Silver Hills, it was wrong about a few things (um, what's this life size doll on the back?)

Fabric clearance...considering the title of the episode, maybe that's 20 minutes to keep Max and Danny busy.

Look, you're a minority, I'm a minority, we have a catch phrase together we need to make our own before Taylor co-opts it...come on...

Yep, together forever and never to pa...hey, who's she?

Kendall? Well there are purple balloons so...oops, too soon.

Man, Danny is remembering when she used to prune her weeds in order to see her cherry.

Hey flower arranging is a hobby in Japan so it isn't that rare. It brings aesthetics and everything.

Dan, your best bud here...come on, we're teammates and share a love of Rick Astley, DAN!

KENDALL, I SWEAR THERE'S A BEE ON HER BUD I HAVE TO NIP!

And thus Danny finds the way to avoid the baby carriage scenario.

Oh come on it was made of wicker; it would have just gotten messy on the floor and not caused a disaster!

You saved me, potted plant man...oops, you have a human face...and now I'm disturbed.

Danny? Is that you...and I hope you didn't have that summer fling with that Sandy girl!

FOUR MONTHS!? I THOUGHT ALYSSIA SAID DANNY WAS A RANGER FOR TWO MONTHS!? (well she isn't a math major)

My last four months: fighting pollutant monsters, listening to Rick Astley with my new dachi, meeting some weirdo jungle man...the usual.

Max: DANNY, REMEMBER: AND DON'T YOU KNOW I WOULD MOVE HEAVEN AND EARTH TO BE TOGETHER FOREVER WITH YOU!!!

Wait did Max say "fine" or "f**k"...if he said the latter, then he really, REALLY wanted Danny to stick around.

Dark, moonlit night...wait should I be scared of ghosts or wolfmen?

And he brought the tabloid with. Max, why not find an article about Hitler's still-sentient brain and go hunt for that?

Max: Really, why couldn't it be a haunted church; why am I stuck with the haunted Buddhist temple?

You're the only one I can believe in, fake tabloid newspaper.

Someone really needs to fasten those vases to the railings so calamities don't happen.

NO, I JUST ALERTED THE YIGA CLAN; WHERE ARE MY MIGHTY BANANAS!

Stupid kids, messing with my bonsai plants and breaking my antique vases...I really should keep them out of reach but they say to keep them there for comedy sake.

Leave or I will shake my cane at you a second time!

No wait that teleportation was the Yiga Clan...no wait, Org, same thing though.

Org: Ghosts, big deal...ELVIS IS ALIVE AND WORKING AT A CONVENIENCE STORE IN TUSCALOOSA; NOW THAT'S NEWS!

Max, stop trying to play Goku and "feel" for random threats.

Oh and it's Taylor with the Mighty Bananas. Should have given it to Max before he screwed up royally.

Oh and here's Romeo...and his teddy bear (well he just took Taylor's banana so maybe she should take...nah, too soon)

Yeah I know, I'm supposed to be Mango Arms; sorry about that.

It's not the first time, Danny: Taylor and Alyssa probably got a ton of funny "Max screwed up" tales before you and Cole came along.

LEAVE ME ALONE...AND WHY IS A BULL RUNNING AROUND WITH A BEAR!?

It's hard to tell who the kid is: the whiny brat or the tall guy with the novelty T and sleeping cap.

And thus Max downgraded his weapon to the stick. That won't even do well against a Bokobin!

Look, I'm playing trailblazer by tossing leaves around; just leave me to that and...have sex with Kendell or something.

Yeah...Max needs to realize that Danny's little plot is actually being brought up prior to when Soutaro had it.

You can count on...hold on, hormones on overdrive.

Hey, can I repair your van; I'm sure my super-strength can come in handy somehow.

So...bros before hos or true love with confidence...decisions, decisions.

Danny wants to tell her something...and somehow the porn music is on standby.

Org: (singing) DING-DONG DING-DONG! (hey, I'm a George Harrison fan)

I'M GONNA GIVE MYSELF A MIGRAINE THIIIIIIS BIG!

Guess he's not the only one getting a migraine.

Hey don't shake your cane trying to mock/copy him!

OK, maybe he should have just avoided the sound...or put on earplugs.

Bang...nah, he's probably just going to get a ringing in his ears.

Ring out the old, ring in the new! Ring out the false, ring in the true!


Hey, you forgot your cane! You're going to keep falling down without it!

FREE TEMPLE; now what religion should I change it's denomination to?

Hey, don't talk smack to the Duke Orgs. They probably can blast you to oblivion if they had the chance.

This isn't about scaring them, Bell Org's more into just annoying them into submission.

We represent the Scientologists. If you come with us, we'll help free your mind of all your problems...and make you spend a ton of cash so Xenu will never bother you again with his army of alien ghosts.

What promotion? Regular Orgs have two horns, Dukes have 1...is less horns a bad or a good thing?

It's a deal; TIME TO ANNOY YOU WITH MY RINGING OF RESOLTUION!

Cole: Danny, did you see my parents when you were...oh, sorry, busy.

Yeah, Max just keeps acting like a baby. (maybe I shouldn't have called him Tommy Oliver)

I'm not a baby; I stopped wearing a diaper in 5th grade, honest!

Hold it...Gao Black...what, being attacked by some space ninjas who want to imitate you? Meh, prank call.

And thus one of the few chances of a Sentai/PR crossover has been aborted.

DOES ANYONE EVEN KNOW HOW OLD MAX IS!? HE'S NOT KAI, HE'S JUST...WILDER!

Seriously, we have yet to have a kid Ranger in Sentai! (why does everyone keep thinking this is Beetleborgs?)

So you're not a kid...that means I can trap you in my metal bell and not get sued by your parents! YES!

Well at least the holes will let Max breathe once he unmorphs.

("Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward plays) Yep...this is my jam. Hope it's yours too.

Shayla: Why do the Orgs show up during my "look pretty in the water" time?

Oh..so Max did go to the Temple...Danny, you messed up.

Luckily this is one of those "there's no 'i' in team episodes" unlike last time so...yeah, we'll save the brat.

We? Danny was being a flirt and Taylor really isn't the best at communicating feelings so....

Oh no...now it's time for "that flashback"...oh and hey, Turbine Org.

I suddenly realized bulls suck at leaping buildings...I tried to ask Shayla to change my animal denomination but she decided to be "this is your destiny, no do-overs" about it.

Great so from the "Teamwork" homage to the "High Five" homage...only this time in costume compared to poor Trini.

Come on Danny; parkour isn't that hard.

I DID I...WHY AM I PLUMETTING TO MY DEATH!?!?!?!?

I'd like the cliffhanger if it weren't for the fact that Danny's telling this tale.

Astley-Meter - 2 (And...here we go)

And...that's 3. (Yep...now it's a thing)

Just think: WHAT WOULD RICK ASTLEY DO!?!?!? (yeah: a black dude and a Hispanic dude listening to Rick Astley but...he had style)

And that...lead to 4.

5! (this is probably the worst of it all season, huh?)

And then Max pulled all his muscles wanting to give up on Danny.

That day we founded the Rick Astley Fan Club...and were friends ever since. Now all we need is a video platform on the internet to put his music video on for people to troll their friends with.

Cole: We...didn't want to hear your musical tastes, Danny...but Max is our teammate unfortunately so...

And there's the Growl Phone. He probably has a ton of unanswered cell calls about now, huh?

Danny: No, Max...hey, where did he get his wallpaper pic?

Hey Toxica, have you seen a shrimpy black dude who likes Rick Astley?

What surprise: if the bell is there then they'd probably wonder "hey, where did that bell come from" as Max's muffled voice comes through.

Toxica: So...rivalry? Now? Please? (what, she thinks she's Vypra?)

Grandma, older sister? Um...did someone just put the Sentai episode through Babblefish?

A clown with a sword? Hey wasn't that Bozo's new act a while back?

OK, so Taylor got Jindrax, Alyssa got Toxica, Danny's going after Max, and Cole...um, just gets Putrid duty.

Suddenly the Org sounds like that stock FX they use in Philly to represent the Liberty Bell.

OK, the longer episode goes, the more I just think they threw the script from Gaoranger into Babblefish.

A hill? Seriously? Hills...roll...so really it'll just make Max rather sick and will be alright.

MAX; YOU HAVE PLENTY OF AIR WITH THE HOLES IN THE BELL'S TOP!

Astley-Meter: 6 (um...you're the one who shouldn't be giving up you know)

HEY, FORGET I'M A BULL AND SUPER-STRONG, DUMMY?

Astley-Meter: 7 (And now it's just Danny's "I Think I Can"; the Brave Little Astley)

8 (and now Max is just imagining scenes from earlier in the episode)

Max, your life was really boring and sad if Danny is the best friend you ever had considering you barely know him.

YOU'RE NOT GETTING AWAY FROM MY MUSICAL REFERENCES WITH YOUR MUSICAL REFERENCES!

BACKFLIP OF EXPLODING AND GIVING UP!!!

And...Danny feels like Link after falling from a cliff without a parachute.

Astley-Meter: 9 (exhausted but...here we go again)

I'm counting both together as two so...11...and thus it's the one that basically destroys the space-time continuum.

Danny:

My heart starts aching
My hands keep shaking
And you know, you know, you know
It would take a strong, strong man
To ever let you go (to ever let you go)
To ever let you go


SUPER ASTLEY STRONG-STRONG SLICING ATTACK!!!!!

MAX, I'M SORRY I TALKED TO THAT GIRL, WHAT WAS I THINKING!?!?!?

I'll say it first: Spirit of the Earth? Seriously, they took that line from Gaoranger too on the badges?

He didn't say "Never Give Up", he just said "you didn't give up"...so it won't count.

Bro-fist...bro-fist.

Bell Org: RICK ASTLEY SUCKS! I'M RINGING IN THE CLASSICS!

No he's not a kid. He's a grown man who acts like a kid.

The sound design for that morph was terrible.

Hey Rangers, how about a little rock n roll headache!?

Eh this combo isn't as insanely epic as the shark/bull combo a moment ago.

And unlike the Org, the mallet was just wood.

Yeesh, that reminds me of that infamous Battle Japan/Miss America tactic.

Sound design still sucks with how sudden the yelling out came.

What does it do? Slices, dices and eliminates annoying questioning bell monsters!

Turn away before the fire engulfs your eyes.

Blah blah blah, EVIL SEED TIME!

Um, "alright lion"; are you really that much a fan of it, Cole?

Yeah...that hardness proves maybe the team needs to get something else to deal with the Orgs soon.

And for my next hit: the classic surreal theme from the Exorcist: TUBULAR BELLS!

Final bell? Um, are there any boxers on this team?

Hey, my bro nearly died so an Org is nothing to us.

That Bell Org...living the dream.

HEY, DON'T HIT THE TWO LITTLE JINGLES DOWN THERE, YOU DUMMIES!

And again the shark slices the wooden mallet.

Ouch, that's a bit of a soccer kick...no wonder the later upgrade happens for Danny.

Bell Org: THAT DOES IT: NEXT TIME, NO COWBELL! (dies)

OK, so is this a confession or a farewell cause of Max?

Oh no, girl alert, hide the note!

What to do, what to do; hey, I'll hide the note here!

I remember, I really missed something...but it's hard to say...

Kendall, I need to make a confession....have you ever heard of the Rick Astley Fan Club? It's two members but we're willing to add more.

I...like...flowers. OK...can we send this joker to Fiveman and get a real Black Ranger? (and not puppetman)

This is an awkward "Breakfast at Tiffany's" situation, isn't it?

Whenever you look at them, I hope it's when you're doing who knows what.

Um, Danny...you didn't burn the note?

Really at this point the porn music should have started to blare...or Rick Astley, considering this episode.

Thoughts: This was a unique combination, somehow fusing together the early Black/Blue episode from Gaoranger to the one from the Rouki arc where Black nearly quits the team. I actually like how it worked out here in letting the two have a plot that involved both of them, since somehow the original version was just a bit too dry with the whole "Max is a kid and thus we can't trust him" plot that was copying from the Kai/Soutarou plot of the original. I think probably what the episode is more well known for is the emergence of the infamous catch phrase that basically does make it feel more "kiddy" than we've had up to now: yeah it's just hilarious to joke about the "never give up!" bits and the whole parts with Max and Danny repeating it ad nauseum does sort of go back and forth between hilarious and annoying, but my guess is that this is just a symptom of the infamous "throw Gaoranger plots into a translation program and see what happens" phenomenon I hear gets worse as the season goes on. It probably was annoying on initial watch...but with distance and the changes in pop culture (let alone the Rickroll phenomenon), at least we can all have a good laugh now.
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No cold opening just...the opening. So...is this Saban or Disney's doing? (OK, got to ask this question a lot this season) And shock among shocks: the opening includes...GaoHunter!?
At least we don't need to ask what's Tzachor's or Lynn's doing. History has told us what's what.

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Yes, I am white and wearing Tribal makeup...wait are you sure Cole is the non-native of this tribe?
Does Power Rangers have a history of cultural appropriation? (Oh...)

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Hey, that's my parents? And who the heck is that brat in the picture?
See, there's this concept known as "time". Time changes everything, there are people from the future and from the past. Some conflicts are brought from the future, some are brought from the past. Even in the jungle, time passes too... what do you mean, do I have any bananas?

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So he was black. Then again...that's the most diverse wild tribe I've ever seen.
Oh, so those are the ones Saban chose to... wait, is it Saban's doing or Disney's doing?

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I always find that water effect of "backwards diving" to be weird even in toku.
So, wild-guy-who-grew-up-in-jungle, the laws of physics are time-symmetric, yet there's this concept known as entropy that appears to be time-asymmetric.

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Wow, TDK advertisement. They really got sponsorship this season.
Definitely Disney's doing.

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Black...not our first Hispanic Ranger but definite the first with an actual accent (compared to Ashley who was Hispanic but seemed to play "white")
Rocky? Carlos?

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OK, with Yellow as the confident semi-leader in Gao...I think I like they kept that here while making them female. (though seems cockier than Jen was)
Of course they're usually gender-flipping the male Yellows... here, they've done a lot to make the character fit a sword-wielding ex-military no-nonsense type.

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He's using the Battle Kenya/VulPanther method of climbing I see.
Well at least he's not emulating other aspects of Vul Panther.

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Vanderbilt Avenue...wait, Cole's in New York!?
Of course. The British colonized the West Coast with Spanish architecture.

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Day 1: results: arrived in city, ran around, got hit a few times and called a freak for talking to the puppies at a pet store. So far...so good...
That was his first mistake. No one calls people freaks for talking to kittens at pet stores.

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Hey there...what do you mean where's Cassie!? Who the heck is Cassie!?
Cassie? Is she the one who keeps shouting "Jethro, where are you? You're the reason I can't stay on Terra Venture!"

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This city is huge...maybe I should have come in from the Mexican border side...
Well, if he arrived alone, he wouldn't be called an invading caravan.

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Turtledyne Labs? So our villains are mad scientists?
Plot twist incoming!

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YOU'RE FREE, GO DO WHAT STRAYS DO...ANIMAL ORGY EVERYWHERE!!! (screw you, Bob Barker!)
Well that doesn't feel very Disney or Saban.

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Day 2 begins: after freeing the animals from a random lab, my next idea is to talk to the rats in the sewer about...no wait, someone's calling.
Better the sewer rats than the sewer turtles.

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No, HUMANS! MY LEAST FAVORITE SPECIES!
Ever look in a mirror?

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You'll love what we have: it's spacious and roomy and..hey, want to listen to my Rick Astley record?
"Who's this Rick Astley? Is this some tradition among human civilization?"

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And thus the Yellow makes it direct: punch him and drag him to the boss.
Yeah, that's not often: one Ranger punching another Ranger (well, soon-to-be) in anything that's not a sparring match.

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It's a bird...A BIRD MADE OF METAL!
Superman, man of steel.

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Hey you don't know what's in that water; Cole may just have been infected with parasites!
Given his living conditions, he probably already was.

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OK, you four...eat him before the lion realizes that his color's there.
Mmm... soylent...

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Thanks a lot, lion. You just killed your new partner.
Yep. Soylent.

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So our Tetomu...looks like a hippie more than a priestess. The 60s must have been fun for her.
Which 60's?

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Hey, what makes HIM leader!? One moment he's a hobo on a bench and the next he's a Power Ranger leader!?
Do leaders even need to be qualified? Or can they just declare themselves king without question?

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HAH, LIKE THOSE ALIENS, DEMONS OR MUTANTS COULD DO WHAT WE ORGS CAN!
"Demons? There's no such thing as demons."

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This isn't Japan: monkeys don't live in the wild in...wherever in the states they are. (California? New York? Elsewhere?)
Some fans say Oregon. I have no idea.

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Really now all I imagine are cell towers summoning the suits to merge with them.
Good thing they never got a dead zone.

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Astley-Count - 1 (Wait...TAYLOR SAID IT FIRST!?)
So, are these "akiramenai" moments going to be Tzachor's fault, considering they could've chosen other words for those times they're not transliterating a catchphrase?

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Hey, I'm the Shark Ranger...Taylor, can I have my catchphrase back!?
Give it a few episodes. You know how it is - other colors are more important.

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Fujin and Raijin tend to work together well.
Are they going to beat up the Lionheart?

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No kanji? But that was the most epic part of the finisher!
Don't worry, Tzachor will get his mega-chance to mega-copy in a mega-mistake.

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Um, Toxica...a bit faster. I don't want to bring out the Vypra jokes another season.
Don't worry. She's better.

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Neat, the jingle from Gaoranger. At least they kept that....and the bad CGI.
Ah, yes. The bad CGI.

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Yep, where I grew up, the chimps were totally metal and ate metal bananas. It was surreal.
Where the rest of them grew up, chimps were named Donkey and they threw barrels.

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We'll be so quick we'll finish this season in five episodes!
Yay! (Oh wait, not really? We're going to have to deal with that endless nebagiba stuff and Fuutaro hijinks?)

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Alyssa's still going to university? Guess we're not getting the whole "separate from the world for a year" angle, huh.
That's one thing that made Gaoranger feel too empty.

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Oh great, it's a grumpy Russian. Sort of hope this isn't a Cold War angle (Russia should be friends at this point...unfortunately by 2002, Putin was already president)
But Putin wasn't president until... oh, president of Russia.

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Wait, THAT'S Master Org!? So what's that face behind you two?
Dang it Gosei.

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OVER A YEAR!? THE ORGS WERE AROUND THE SAME TIME RANSIK SHOWED UP...so why didn't they interact!?
Or... maybe they did!

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OK, time for the peace conference. It isn't Jindrax or Toxica or Master Org but...eh, it's a start.
Peace conference already? You can't leave Max and Alyssa alone, something about inexperience!

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A heart? Um...lower lifeforms sort of have way more primitive circulatory systems so...
Clearly sea sponges don't matter.

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You still defer to Cole as the leader, Taylor? After smashing the Org with a chair!?
I don't think the chair minds. (Wait, do chairs have hearts? What's even this heart thing?)

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Do we have to see all five of them transform? This is going to take forever.
Yeah, sounds like Saban.

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Simon's Fish and Steaks...and there's Danny fighting in front of it...that just feels...wrong.
Eh, what's the worst that could happen?

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So if he's vegetable, we go animal!
Sounds better than "It's mineral time!"

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Now that's what I call shark-fin soup.
Fun fact: usually it's actually chicken. In some areas.

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Hey, you're touching Shayla's secret stash!
That's, like, far-out.

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Yeah it takes someone with a weird accent like Toxica to realize that there's something strange about their weird-accented master.
Something strange aside from the accent? It's the fashion, isn't it.

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Seriously, never escalate a battle? What is this, Angel Grove?
Law of the Jungle: stronger animal wins? Doesn't that fly in the face...

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Taylor: I'm leaving; so if any weird mirror creatures or a random guy yelling "FIGHT!" shows up, I'm not helping.
Good news, no eagle monsters trying to make contracts. Bulls and tigers, on the other hand...

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So Shayla is 3000 years old...hmm...what does she know of the Starbeasts? (wait, the Starbeasts never interacted with Earth outside those on Terra Venture)
Galactabeasts? Mabye Shayla got brief vibes from them after that 13th floor incident... but there's no such thing as Mariner Bay.

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Wait..A LITTLE BOY KNOWS OF THE ANIMARIUM!? There goes Zordon rule #3.
Maybe he just knows of it generally but not specifically. Like those Santa Claus myths.

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And then these six...er, I mean, five people in ridiculous helmets showed up. (yeah, five, definitely five, not six...Merrick, I miss you...)
That could be some interesting foreshadowing. If it were actually treated as foreshadowing.

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Orgs nothing; I'd more worry about the deadly wildfires, more powerful hurricanes and worsening conditions for the planet in general...the Orgs are just a temporary measure.
It's real, folks.

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Really...the lion...that's why Cole is the leader? Shayla, you have weird standards.
Maybe she's, like, high. Groovy.

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Come on, he just wanted a picture for his blog; he's a nice guy!
"What's a blog?"

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Oh great, the film was overexposed. I hate when that happens.
Pfft, Rangers were going digital not a few years earlier.

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Never thought they'd use industrial dust to try and make themselves visible.
Yay pollutants! Wait...

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This scene really is creepy if you think about it.
And yet Tommy doesn't seem to mind. (Creeeep...)

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Taylor, you're playing make-believe ghost until we figure this out!
With Taylor's personality, ghost of a chance of that happening.

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Yeah now Cole's into the "I in Team" idea...
Well, there is an "i" in"Tim". (Still no "Tim" Ranger yet.)

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A chain...THAT'S IT, BONDAGE!
I wouldn't be surprised if at least one of the Rangers was into that.

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A wide-angle? Why didn't he use that earlier?
Monsters usually aren't smart. That's why the low-level ones don't get to the top of the food chain.

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Well without the lens, there's still the film.
Talk about a distorted, unmagnified image.

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Developed...negative...OK, that's a good pun.
Puns are better when subtle than thrown in your face. Unless the audience is a bunch of kids who need it thrown in their face.

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Can't give up...does it count...nah, the Astley-Count stays at 1.
See, isn't this what they should be doing with the "akiramenai" stuff?

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Not sure why she has to rhyme but you need a catch phrase: Make My Monster Grow, Launch Torpedoes, Fire the Sattilasers, you know.
More like a spell than a catchphrase... and rhyming spells are catchier... hmm, a conundrum.

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Eh, Cole's learning violence; sort of has to after last time.
Oh boy. There are some jokes that I'm just not going to touch here. So let's say something about Deker instead.

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(Watches preview)
Eh, what's the worst that could happen.

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Turtle Cove Gossiper is never wrong...um, what about that paper from Silver Hills, it was wrong about a few things (um, what's this life size doll on the back?)
Silver Hills reporters got too busy with personal business, something about mumbling "timeyellow"... oh, that's something else. (And who'd trust a source called "Gossiper"?)

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Man, Danny is remembering when she used to prune her weeds in order to see her cherry.
Max is jealous. Of the flowers.

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FOUR MONTHS!? I THOUGHT ALYSSIA SAID DANNY WAS A RANGER FOR TWO MONTHS!? (well she isn't a math major)
Maybe two entire months have passed between episodes.

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Max: DANNY, REMEMBER: AND DON'T YOU KNOW I WOULD MOVE HEAVEN AND EARTH TO BE TOGETHER FOREVER WITH YOU!!!
Maybe they'd settle for moving the Animarium and a piece of dirt a couple of inches.

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Wait did Max say "fine" or "f**k"...if he said the latter, then he really, REALLY wanted Danny to stick around.
Why not compromise and just say "fick".

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And he brought the tabloid with. Max, why not find an article about Hitler's still-sentient brain and go hunt for that?
Nah, some sources say that Kamen Rider X already dealt with that one.

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NO, I JUST ALERTED THE YIGA CLAN; WHERE ARE MY MIGHTY BANANAS!
Should've disguised themselves as women instead. (Hey, are they going to adapt that scene from that episode? No?)

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Org: Ghosts, big deal...ELVIS IS ALIVE AND WORKING AT A CONVENIENCE STORE IN TUSCALOOSA; NOW THAT'S NEWS!
Whoa! An anagram of "Elvis" is "lives"! Now let's go solve the Kennedy assassination!

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It's hard to tell who the kid is: the whiny brat or the tall guy with the novelty T and sleeping cap.
Why not both?

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And thus Max downgraded his weapon to the stick. That won't even do well against a Bokobin!
Discard weapon, make room in inventory, pick up new stick with identical stats but with a new durability bar.

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Danny wants to tell her something...and somehow the porn music is on standby.
He's saving the good music for other occasions. You know, that Rick Astley stuff.

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We represent the Scientologists. If you come with us, we'll help free your mind of all your problems...and make you spend a ton of cash so Xenu will never bother you again with his army of alien ghosts.
Decisions, decisions. Either this cult, or the Cult of Fuutaro.

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Yeah, Max just keeps acting like a baby. (maybe I shouldn't have called him Tommy Oliver)
Zing!

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Seriously, we have yet to have a kid Ranger in Sentai! (why does everyone keep thinking this is Beetleborgs?)
What do you call a Kou... or even an Akira?

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Shayla: Why do the Orgs show up during my "look pretty in the water" time?
Monsters, always so inconsiderate.

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I suddenly realized bulls suck at leaping buildings...I tried to ask Shayla to change my animal denomination but she decided to be "this is your destiny, no do-overs" about it.
If they wanted to learn platforming, they should've played Mario instead of Zelda... or maybe focus on certain Zelda temples.

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That day we founded the Rick Astley Fan Club...and were friends ever since. Now all we need is a video platform on the internet to put his music video on for people to troll their friends with.
Ah, yes. Another cult.

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Grandma, older sister? Um...did someone just put the Sentai episode through Babblefish?
Tzachor. And seriously, what? That doesn't have the same level of insult in this language.

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OK, the longer episode goes, the more I just think they threw the script from Gaoranger into Babblefish.
Mmm... fish... (Shayla: WHAT DID YOU SAY!)

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I'm counting both together as two so...11...and thus it's the one that basically destroys the space-time continuum.
Only eleven so far? Wow, they're showing restraint.

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I'll say it first: Spirit of the Earth? Seriously, they took that line from Gaoranger too on the badges?
Tzachor. On the plus side, it makes sense.

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Yeesh, that reminds me of that infamous Battle Japan/Miss America tactic.
The one where half of that pair doesn't show up?

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Kendall, I need to make a confession....have you ever heard of the Rick Astley Fan Club? It's two members but we're willing to add more.
Some people are ahead of the internet.

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I...like...flowers. OK...can we send this joker to Fiveman and get a real Black Ranger? (and not puppetman)
Okay, Ginga Black for you!
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Oh, so those are the ones Saban chose to... wait, is it Saban's doing or Disney's doing?
Sadly they're both Beneltons-obsessed.

Rocky? Carlos?
Yeah, brain fart happened when I did that. (seriously, Carlos even had a documentary!) I think Ashley was on my mind because...mostly because she's the Hispanic Ranger that isn't a Hispanic Ranger. (heck, Soos of Gravity Falls is more Hispanic than Ashley and that's not even known until the end of season 1!)

Well at least he's not emulating other aspects of Vul Panther.
On the other hand, at least VulPanther didn't do what Wild Force Red did with other things.

Cassie? Is she the one who keeps shouting "Jethro, where are you? You're the reason I can't stay on Terra Venture!"
So that's the reason she didn't in continuity.

Well that doesn't feel very Disney or Saban.
Seth McFarlane wrote that part; probably after the whole Meg...er, Vypra affair.

Which 60's?
1360s.

But Putin wasn't president until... oh, president of Russia.
At least 2002 was before he consolidated power.

Dang it Gosei.
That explains a lot.

Good news, no eagle monsters trying to make contracts. Bulls and tigers, on the other hand...
So then who is Danny's Goro...better not be Max.

That could be some interesting foreshadowing. If it were actually treated as foreshadowing.
It may just be. I mean his scarf was silver.

Maybe she's, like, high. Groovy.
It explains a lot but she'll just say "we didn't regulate this sort of thing back in my time".

Maybe two entire months have passed between episodes.
This is that post-"Passing the Torch" timeskip, isn't it?

Decisions, decisions. Either this cult, or the Cult of Fuutaro.
There's no such thing as Fuutaro...only Kite.

Okay, Ginga Black for you!
Yeah but then he'll have to sing things that aren't Rick Astley! Do you really thing Chevalier wants to hear "Never Gonna Give You Up?"

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Ancient Awakening: aka: Elephant Issues

I MADE VEGAN PANCAKES WITH SUBSTITUTE EGG AND MILK, GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR AND NON-GMO SUGAR! (Shayla sort of forced me to)

Those pancakes better be real pancakes and not props.

Archaeology class...I sort of hope she has a guest professor named Akashi.

Hah, move it you gas guzzling air polluters!

And this is why Rangers should leave the bicycles to Nitou.

I swear if there was a moon up above they'd homage the ET bit.

OK, we found this cave; and here is proof of some advance civilization leaving behind...novels? Wait what is this...Agony in Pink by Lord Zedd? (I need to change my profession)

See this? Now find a fossil reviver and get yourself your very own Kabuto! (but all Aerodactyls I call dibs on)

Ancient fossils...blah blah...hey was that an elephant?

Pick a site...oh and if any of them belong to Professor Oliver from Reefside, leave them be. We don't want you picking up anything strange from that weirdo.

Elephant nothing, maybe it's a...MASTODON! (yeah, miss Zack too)

That is one...loud...mastodon.

At least Turtle Cove's caves don't feel like the ones from Angel Grove...or Terra Venture...or Mariner Bay...

Oh come on, elephants aren't made of rock...wait, IT'S A DONPHAN!

And why didn't the professional discover this prior to his own student?

Master Org: That glow...it's green...WITH EVIL!

Danny: I cut this plant in the name of Kenda...er, Max!

She wants Shayla!? Why her? I rather her teammates deal with this than the nutty hippie mentor.

Yeah, someone from the past put our Ranger symbol on a rock. I say it's aliens.

Yeah...I'm with Taylor: I mean the Orgs may have a stonemason and they could know how to set up these sorts of traps.

Taylor: Fine, be that way...I'll be here...alone...with my awesome fighter jet mag...

Shayla, you stand out in a crowd. Haven't you ever heard of the female power of...shichi-henge? (really she needs Miku's training more than Sae or Alyssa)

And here comes a disembodied bike tire to run the punks off the road.

Boingy, boingy, boingy...

STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE!

No, they're just dressed up as Duke Orgs; they're encyclopedia salesmen.

Um Toxica, this isn't the type of service you want him to do.

Yeah you're name is just "Org"...the giant tire thing is just sort of too distracting.

Oh great, it bubbles just when Shayla leaves the base. Anyone knows what this spout means?

Yeah, having the others with you is a good thing: Five Rangers is always better than one.

Oh no, he's made of some...rubbery material...that just bounces me off!

There are three Rangers...WAIT, THERE HASN'T BEEN A THREE RANGER TEAM IN AMERICA, I'VE BEEN JIPPED!

Yeah maybe just throwing the swords at him isn't a smart idea.

That belt looked nothing like steel. Sure rather leathery I say.

OK, change of plan...wait who came up with this plan in the first place?

Yeah yeah, as long as I get paid for all this.

HEY, WE'RE RANGERS TOO YOU KNOW; BEAT US UP OR SOMETHING!

Hey, at least let us say what this building is before you try to run us over!

You look like a cutesy hostage...you're coming with us!

Run, don't worry about me; a tiger's probably about as fierce as a lion!

Big deal, I can absorb all your blows with my rubbery body!

How about I take you for a spin?

Guess we'll have to use the emergency line.

Hey, there's that Org we were fighting...dang, it moved fast if it has Shayla.

OK, we got to rescue her...anyone know that super-fast run movement Gingaman uses in their opening?

OK, someone really needs to fix the roads around here.

Oh come on, it's just a morning job in spandex and hot helmets, NEBA GIBA! (especially you two)

You know what we need: team bikes. Other teams got bikes around now, why not us?

Oh great, the Wildzords are coming. Who invited them...wait, they can run super-fast: they'll chase Shayla!

They turned...into motorcycles. They literally...turned into motorcycles. I GET SOME OF THEM BUT THESE INCLUDE A FALCON AND A SHARK!!!!

Oh and to know it's them, they have the crappy CGI as well.

Really I'm not sure these ancient beasts lasted for all this time to just turn into...motorcycles. (at least Kyoryuger had a completely different dinosaur species as the bikes)

SUPER SHARK LEAP!

Alyssa...did you fasten your seat belt?

Oh...he thinks its an animal. Um...well it sort of is so...Lion, just move and make Cole pretend he's doing the right thing.

Animals don't have kickstands. That's lesson #1.

First drive and he's already doing wheelies. It's just like Ryouma's first lesson, isn't it?

Fistpump of justice!

Dunno; the tire is going to just roll with it's rubber and no real support.

Hey no cutting, Alyssa, Shayla's not that big a deal to ignore the rules of the road.

Rocks...where I'm going we don't need...rocks.

OK now it's wheels on top of wheels...does Alyssa want to ride on perpetual motion?

Shayla, your White is a daredevil. Just ignore her and replace her if she gets killed for this stunt.

Oh so it slowed down...wait, if Tire Org is a motorcycle, won't he just rev up again?

Savage Strike? It's just eye lasers.

Quickly, save the princess so she doesn't get (much) dirt on her outfit!

OK, I'm alright, but Tire Org is...not doing so well. (eww, cleanup on aisle three!)

Guess someone wants to be Big Wheel...QUICK, GET ROCKET RACER!

YOU FIVE WENT BACK UP TO THE ANIMARIUM OVER THE COMMERCIAL BREAK!? WHAT YOU THOUGHT THEY COULD FIGHT THE GIANT ORG THEMSELVES!?

OK, so he's made of rubber and the fists have sharp teeth, I'm sure they can take a bite out of him...

You know when you say "get it", the joke loses all it's humor.

Really all this episode teaches me is that the Turbo Rangers (PR Turbo or Turboranger) would have a field day with these five.

This cliff...really it matches my feng shui readings!

I don't get it: why is she just a princess and not just a priestess like Tetomu?

There goes Alyssa...so why didn't Tiger fall off and we get the comedy of a one-armed Wildforce Megazord?

Oh...this place again. Is this another entrance only the Orgs know about?

Ah, Master Org. This is quick...it's like one of Rita's early taunts of Zordon or something.

So your Tiger found this mark...funny thing, we were digging around and we found something similar.

It's the main five so...how can you tell it's another one?

How about I creepily whisper while caressing you like some stalker?

You two are pointless if Alyssa can just throw your staffs up like that.

Look, we Orgs have this whole problem with Power Animals...sure there's that one guy but he's grumpy and told us to not bother him and we just had a full moon recently so it isn't like he's coming back for at least 25...26 more days if longer.

Can't, won't, it's all context.

Oh so it's a whole "the spirit can summon it" thing...so then Shayla's just a glorified zookeeper now.

You heard it here, folks: Shayla's not the chosen one. Yep...she's useless.

You do realize that zapping it is just going to hasten how fast it wakes up?

Oh great, Master Org vaporized himself. So...is he about as useless as Shayla?

Wait was that an earthquake or a massive stomp...let's leave before anything good happens to resolv that.

Um, key? Wasn't it just some weird symbol on a wall?

Oh great...can someone please get that elephant a peanut or something? (hey, Toxica has plenty)

Hey look, a new marble!

And then the cliff just randomly shifts into an elephant. It's not as weird as...well...next time.

So then...should my slogan now be "eye of the tiger" or "an elephant never forgets"?

It's a shame they have Shayla; cause that means they can't use stock footage with Tetomu to save.

I'd say it's a shame we don't get an elephant Ranger until Zyuohger except...Mammothranger/MMPR Black (ancient or not, he's still an elephant)

And yep, trunk in the air before it bleats.

Beautiful...nah, just your typical CGI.

All together now: JUST TELL ME THAT YOU WANT ME!!! TUSK!

That's not an armor...that's a trunk sword and a head shield.

Really, you look wrong with your taxidermy-like nature of ripping animals apart, you...HYPOCRITES!

I don't see elephants associate with cyclones.

AND NOW FOR A LITTLE VAMPIRE KILLER ACTION! (what it reminds me of the Belmont's whip)

Why didn't the Princess tell you of the others...cause then they'd be crowding the Animarium with humans...and you know how they feel about humans.

Yeah we had a lot of Power Animals in the past...but if we started with 100, then we couldn't space them out all season.

I have no clue what happened to the others...especially that stupid, selfish Wolf. (sniff)

We got all season; 34 more episodes...with 6 so far...eh, you make the call.

Cole...why did you force Lion into bike mode again?

Look, all I need to do is show it's heart off...I am the master, it is my servant!

And thus Lion regrets ever becoming a motorcycle.

Thoughts: While mostly a direct Sentai translation, I do like there is some variance regarding how the Elephant is found. There's more of a "quest" element to Gaoranger, something that obviously they're not going to go with (even with how weak than be in Gaoranger's context); Alyssa just randomly stumbling on the elephant sort of works considering how they're probably mostly in Turtle Cove and just hidden away, even with how bizarre it got that an entire elephant was just morphed into a cliff only to emerge once it's crystal is found (trust me, compared to the next Power Animal and how it survived the last 3000 years, especially if it follows the Sentai, the Elephant makes sense!) Even weirder is the Savage Cycles: from what I hear, the "ancient animal motorcycles" only get worse as the season goes on, but why the heck would the Power Animals give up their majestic CGI forms to be real motorcycles with possible CGI heads just to give chase to the MotW? Oh...and if Shayla isn't a priestess and can't help "summon" the Wildzords, then what the heck is her purpose...I think my "glorified pretty zookeeper" joke probably sums her up.

Wishes on the Water: aka: Sticking Your Neck Into Other People's Businesses Made Easy (or: I'll Send an SOS to the World)

Really, I never thought a novel version of the Police's "Message in a Bottle" would work.

It's funny that the Ranger you'd expect to be the most like his counterpart is the most angsty; but I guess that's a point to Cole over Kakeru.

Hey Cole, want to angst over this photo of my squadmates who just got shipped out to Afghanistan while I babysit Zords?

Max: I must get through this...never...give...up....(snores)

Oh its the dream where the Megazord dies. Didn't Geki from Zyuranger have a dream like this once?

Oh hey, nice book, Alyssa...oh and we're all gonna die.

I'm still shocked there's a Harry Potter length epic about a random bottle throwing ritual in Turtle Cove's lake.

It was so beautiful...oh that Cedric Diggory...how it come to this for him?

So penalty for not listening to a story? Really, is this the sort of place the Animarium is?

Book Review: It's beautiful, I liked the part where the girl did that thing. Four stars.

Oh more...yeah there was this...thing in it...a lake monster...wait, Nessie moved to Turtle Cove?

Nessie grants wishes. Like...what, free Rick Astley tickets?

Really, Max and Danny should hit the professional charades circuit.

Again with the "Max is a kid" thing? Really sometimes I wonder if Max is older than Taylor and she's just being an Iris!

I'm so past fairy tales...I'm at least up to legends and myths.

Hmm...free wishes...and look, over 200 individual sheets of paper to write on...

Something smells funny...Jindrax, did you take a bath this month!?

Hey, there's plenty of light in here...but no one ever turns on the lights in this room.

THAT HEADRESS...IT'S ACTUALLY A HELMET...er, I mean, his horn is fake.

YOU SAW ME PLAYING WITH MY HORN...er, at least it's the headress and not the other one down below.

OK, so I made it to the lake. Now I need to find a yacht, hire Christopher Cross for a soundtrack and I'll be ready to go.

Hmm...pollution...are we for or against that...eh, Shayla's not around so I'll just go with instinct.

A bottle...somehow someone is nagging me saying that takes millions of years to biodegrade...or I could do the wish granting thing.

What's Max's wish...aside Rick Astley tickets...

That bottle better not hit some poor boat or else Max is going to have to pay a ton for paint chip damage.

What did I do? Um...don't tell Shayla I polluted the lake! (or the ghost of Trini)

Yep, Danny's been brainwashed well by the fearless leader.

Dang lake water, making my allergies act up. You know those red tides.

Never knew the Orgs installed a swing set for Toxica to play on.

HEY, I'M AN EVIL SCARY ORG...oh great, Toxica, can't you just play along once?

Is there something different about Master Org? Eh...he's shorter, that's a thing right?

Oh great and now she's playing with Jindrax's horn. I never knew this season could be so dirty.

HEY, THAT IS PERSONAL PROPERTY AND WE'RE NOT THAT FAR IN THE RELATIONSHIP YET!

A detachable horn? Like what, a unicorn?

Yeah...somehow the horn thing is weird considering how the US doesn't really have as much experience with oni, which is what the Orgs were supposed to be in the first place.

RUN, EVIL SMOKE MONSTER FROM LOST!!!

Oh it's just the latest Org...nice anchor staff though.

Turtle Cove Harbor...at least it's associated with a lake and not the random beach all the other Ranger towns had been in up to now.

He's got my bottle...THAT SEA MONSTER IS GOING TO GRANT WISHES!?...that's sort of cool I admit.

Yeah...if the truth comes out, then basically Max will have committed the unforgiveable sin to Shayla's eye.

Oh nice, the Gennai voice; good choice. (would have been funny if they got Captain Mutiny's VA)

Yep, back to the teamwork thing. Make up your mind, Cole.

Golden Eagle Sword? Um...you're not a Gold Ranger, Taylor. Don't try to make yourself something you're not.

I would not expect wood to be more powerful than a laser gun.

I'll send an SOS to the world...and maybe get back my bottle.

Max, stop doing pieroettes in the water and actually fight this guy!

Guess someone's being left for chum in this battle.

Hoo boy...the real sea monster. It's got massive eyes and everything.

And...he's dead. Max is dead. If the Org didn't get him, the sea monster will.

Maybe he's alive after all. The tear in his shirt is weird but at least he's back on the surface.

Where were you four; he probably had water in his lungs all night and could have died without proper medical attention and this not being a kids show!

I have no clue what happens...but hey, isn't being alive the ultimate award?

Danny, you still see Max that way?

Yeah, that...thing...really needs to be dealt with.

On my word as a Power Ranger...and a Rick Astley fan...we will find who did this.

Time for the dream again. Hey maybe this time it will be clearer to see what kills them.

The Spear of...Pardolis? If you ignore Power Rangers, there is no real "Pardolis", just "Pardalis"...as in "Leopardus pardalis" or a dwarf leopard (or ocelot)...and from what we find out, what they find isn't an ocelot.

I had that dream again...mommy, what's wrong with me? Are you my mommy, Shayla?

The Spear of Paris. Yep, they will meet Enter and summon a massive Eiffel Tower to stab the Org.

YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE THE ONE WHO KNOWS THESE THINGS, SHAYLA! YOU'RE A TERRIBLE CARETAKER!

Yeah those guys are dealing with the Org. It's sort of what we do.

I can't rest mommy...er, Shayla, I need to clean up...er, my act!

Sharks aren't lake dwellers. Pirhanas...maybe, but sharks?

Clear the waters, I need it for Gomamon to swim in!

Hey, pollution guy, can I have my pollution back?

Can someone please stop this stupid "Max is a kid" joke?

The Surging Guppy...seriously, a Guppy Zord (or a super-school) would be amazing.

Look, I may have been thrown in the water, but I can't help that I'm still human!

It really isn't a good thing that Max's weapons are so short-ranged.

Really...you're just cartilage, Max...that's not strong, shark or no shark.

And yes, we need something akin to Wishiwashi/the Finding Nemo school being.

HEY, NO LONG RANGE WEAPONS!

Hey, I'm Jindrax! Howdy, howdy, howdy!

Oh it's just the Putrids. Admittedly I do like the duo controlling the mooks and not the monsters.

I DON'T NEED NO MOOKS! A SEA MAN NEVER NEEDS MOOKS!

I like Ship Org; he doesn't give two damns about the Dukes.

Idea: termites.

So does it count..."we're not giving up"....no, it's "we're not, not "never""...so...nope.

I'M SO ATTACKING THE BARGE AND NOT THE ORG!

Oh no...they wouldn't...not after that scene in the water...

LOOK AT ME, I'M A SHARK CAUGHT BY A FISHERMAN!

And now to show you how we deal with Moblins.

Um...isn't breaking the bottle the whole point of trying to stop the Orgs?

Guess he's just too pissed to care anymore.

Eww...that better be biodegradable (compared to Max's bottle)

Battleship; eh, probably just a Carrier to me.

OK the wood I get but an entire metal anchor grown?

I wonder sometimes what the Wildzords do when the Rangers aren't using them.

(in Faiz Gear voice) AWAKEN.

Why didn't we just summon the Elephant from the beginning?

Sword has length but the anchor is a tough, thick weapon.

That is one tough steering wheel...must be Spanish in design.

Oh great, he just used his Hook Shot!

Wait the saber came undone...without the Shark Gem?

I dreamed this...sorry Danny, they weren't about you.

There's that voice again...seriously, how are we going to get a giant Eiffel Tower onto the Wildforce Megazord?

And now she remembers...Shayla, you know you're a ditz, right?

HE WAS A WARRIOR OF ANIMARIA!? SO...THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A 7TH RANGER AND YET MAX GETS THE ZORD INSTEAD!?

Why me? Why not just create a...oh yeah, we can dish out toys but not extra Rangers.

I still say that Pardolis should have at least given his powers back to Shayla instead of letting his Zord go lost.

Pardolis...today is the first time I've ever heard of you...but just help us this one time and we'll never complain that you don't have a modern Ranger.

Well we got the gem...and it's...a giraffe. Seriously? Pardolis manipulated a giraffe? Sure giraffes are cute and all but...(or is this a joke on "Kirinranger" from Dairanger?)

And I thought it would be a spearfish!

Oh thank goodness, they didn't go with the whole "it was the crane" twist...seriously, Gaoranger, what were you thinking with that nonsense?

And now to rub salt in the wound of the defeated Megazord!

They may be long but they sure are slow...

Hi, may I stick my neck where it doesn't belong?

Wait, considering they can use the Elephant Sword as a spear, why not just add a different mode for the Elephant? Why do they need to advertise the giraffe as the spear? (I don't get the toyeticness sometimes)

Seriously, shark/giraffe relations are ruined from this little incident.

Shark thinks Giraffe's taking too long and giving it a lift.

Yeah, and it gains a mask. Giraffes with masks can be rather frightening.

Really, it just looks like a bird with that mask!

And...it gains a rope in this mode. As if it's neck wasn't long enough.

Again: ignoring the "toy" element, they really should have just added this as a mode for the Elephant Trunk Sword.

Boat Org: And remember...my heart will go on...CELINE DION, SING FOR ME! (dies)

Yeah there's the note, but what about all those glass shards? Someone needs to sweep those up, Max!

That's his wish? Well after two straight episodes of Max being treated like a brat...

Guess Danny wants to join in on Max's little polluting secret.

Danny: My wish: I wish Kendall would go out with me...or maybe have a three-way with me and Max.

There it goes...maybe it will lay there with the Heart of the Ocean...or maybe Max is due for a polluting the lake fine from Turtle Cove authorities. Who knows.

Gee, giraffes can swim!? Learn something new every day.

What no sly putdown? Really if this was his treatment, he should have wished for the Rick Astley tickets.

No wait...Taylor's still Iris. Should have known.

Thoughts: Didn't we just have a whole "Max is a kid and he needs to prove himself" plot two episodes ago!? I'm not sure why they had to do another so soon after "Never Give Up!" (unless they thought Danny took up too much of that episode) but it feels weird that we have this whole plot about protecting the environment and yet they try to use the whole "Message in a Bottle" bit to be romantic and made all the more awkward with how the bottle ends up in the latest Org. The two things I do like about the episode: Ship Org being antagonistic and not wanting the help of the Dukes is refreshing after all the Org cooperation we've gotten up to now...and the fact that the Giraffe Zord was not the Crane like in the Sentai, perhaps one of the stupidest and most bizarre Zord discoveries in Gaoranger replaced with it actually being this tall "menace" within Turtle Cove Lake...which makes way more sense. (and links perfectly with why it bonds with Max) I do also find it weird that they sort of link the Giraffe Zord with an actual hero like the five/six who fought for Shayla, suggesting all the Wildzords may have once had a partner...but none of them other than Shayla's guardians were able to keep them or they were only able to make powers tied to the ones that got back to the Animarium after the final battle.

The Bear Necessities: Difficult Roaming Surcharges (or: Fighting Bear-Handed)

Morning jogs: the only way to make sure a sports bra keeps in shape.

Taylor: Sort of happy Shayla recruited me before everything that's happened...not sure if I could take the current situation.

She feels the need...the need...for speed.

Yeesh, the plane is worse CGI than the Wildzords!

White Hawk? Wouldn't it be Red Hawk...or White Swan...

Look, weird things are flying up here...didn't we have that whole problem with Angel Grove airspace when that Pterodactyl flew some years back? (or was it the flying car?)

Really the weapons the Taliban are using are getting weirder by the day.

OK, the giant metallic eagle is one thing..but the turtle island...mind...blown.

Seriously, her Crystal is destroying her plane!? Her "discovery" is equivalent to a supernatural breakdown! (eh, probably would fit in a John Carter/Flash Gordon situation but not Power Rangers)

IT'S GOING CRITICAL, ABANDON SHIP!

I'M GOING TO EJECT INTO STOCK FOOTAGE...AT LEAST MAKE SURE THE CLASSIFIED TECH IS HANDLED APPROPRIATELY!

Where am I...and do they have shampoo?

She knew it was real? Let me guess: she read that fairy tale from a few episodes ago as a girl?

Nothing here but...wait, this chair was recently sat upon!

Shayla: Oh great, company...er, I mean, greetings and bienvenue, good girl!

Look if you join us, we'll overlook all the pollutants and radioactive materials the US military is throwing into our atmosphere...believe me, you don't want that known by the authorities, do you?

And then she got a tiny toy in her crystal...and the rest is history.

And meanwhile...the black and white twins.

THOSE BRATS ARE RUSSIAN SPIES, TURN THEM IN IMMEDIATELY!

Kids...um, weren't you a kid once?

Hey, we know who you are...we own you and you haven't been removed from active duty, young lady!

Really, if Taylor was still around, we'd be invading Iraq and finding those African nukes already!

And meanwhile, let's interrupt this nice meal and cell phone convention with some noise.

Mmm...Five bars...HEY, THIS SERVICE ONLY HAS ONE BAR; SUBSCRIBE TO A BETTER SERVICE THAT'S MORE APPETIZING!

Oh and just when we have an Org after cell phones, here comes Taylor with hers.

Where was I? Sorry, Cole, that's classified.

A Growl Phone? That really is an exotic taste.

So then...can you hear me now?

Oh great, what the heck is the provider Shayla put us under for our powers?

Hey, it's a rather rare phone now...and it will be rarer as tech continues to improve.

And this is what the typical Apple unveiling will be like in several years time.

Hey, you didn't let me ask my question about your coverage!

Hey, how's your reception on your horns?

Why is it about the color of the phones? Why not other options like technology, plans or whatnot?

About time Jindrax offers something with the whole "Duke Org" deal.

And now there's suddenly an energy field. This escalated quickly.

As did the pursuit of a random Putrid squad with Taylor.

Yep, the Org was here...not sure why the cells were left though; wouldn't they typically be eaten by that Org?

One good thing about Putrids is they're rather stupid when it comes to dealing with Rangers.

Oh great, the nightmare twins. Those two just feel so...eew.

Well I'm still here so at least I can beat these clay goop things to a pulp.

Can you brats just do something other than stare at my misfortune?

Oh so they work together...with some creepy shockwave power.

I'll never make fun of double vision ever again.

Oh great, this is how those lightning storms electrocute Link for wearing metal!

Yummy, cell phones with unknown technology! Don't mind if I do!

Yeah really he shouldn't have disabled them so close to their phones.

Oh great, his tech can jam cell phones? He'd be useful in some circles.

Meanwhile, Taylor's being taken care of by the creepo twins.

She did keep that book from when she was a kid! I still don't get why they kept that as kids fiction if it was real?

That...looks like a really modern plane for...how many years ago.

Oh great, everyone's trying to sleep; where the heck are they flying?

There better just be the plane there...and if Shayla saw that, she'd probably complain about all the pollutants there too.

Mommy, I think the Discworld Books were true!

Oh great, they're going to put her in the same room as William Shatner for her weird plane sightings.

I think Shayla just liked screwing around with people when they're flying passed...or to just make raspberries at nearby planes.

And as we see the cheesy model plane, we say farewell to Taylor's memories.

So sonic powers and healing powers? Is there anything these two can't do?

Oh great it's a "we helped you, now you help us" situation.

We're losing to a guy with three bars...we had four on our phones prior!

Really new cell releases pre-Apple were weird.

An idea: LAND LINES!...eh, doubt it but that is an option.

So they want to mess with my former/current employer. Do I really need to up with this?

You two really need to give me a proper answer...nod or something.

Norquist Air Force Base? Obviously David Norquist is important now but he was a deputy undersecretary circa 2002.

Building 235...I wish I had some sort of connection with this but...eh, they were lucky David Norqueist became important beyond this.

GROUP HUG!

Really Shayla should have made our signals undetectable. Didn't they learn anything from INET?

OK, this is just like the Sentai but...WHY DID THEY NEED TO GO INTO AN AIRFORCE BASE TO REACH THIS DIMENSION!?

Yep, the twin flowers test. Obvious where this is going.

Really...flowers...all this for flowers? Why not just get Danny, he's the flower guy.

Yep, no bars in here...these brats better make it worth my time.

I'll do it...but I won't like it.

And thus a light source...where is that light source in "dark dimension of darkness?"

Idea: AIM FOR HIS ANTENNA! THAT'S WHERE HE PICKS UP ALL HIS SIGNALS!

Hey I may need that button for something someday!

This better be worth all this (slips) Oh s**t.

Come on; it's not raining so it isn't like your grip's going to be that bad.

Hey I saw this before...heck Wes did this three...four times in the same episode!

And of course cutting the Org's signal makes all dimensions reachable...um, that's not how it works.

JETMAN FLYING POSE!

Heres your stupid flowers. Now...GET STUNG BY A BEE!

And my payment is...seeds. This has been the weirdest Zelda quest ever.

Cheer up, Cell Org: in a few years, this won't be that important and the antennas will be integrated inside.

Hmm...Red, White, Blue, Black...This feels like J.A.K.Q. minus Karen or Abaranger minus Ranru.

You're the one advertising cell phone coverage; just let us have our freaky phones and we'll be happy!

You two really haven't been much help you know.

Antenna; really I can get to a nice shop and get that replaced, no problem!

CAN (hit)...YOU (hit)...HEAR ME...(hit) NOW!

And here's our fifth member. Took her long enough.

I'm back...and here are my talons to prove it!

We need the catch comments flying out. It doesn't work without them.

Yeah let's just get this done now we showed outselves off.

Take a hike...and maybe contact the Department of Communications to investigate better means of coverage.

I heard cells have toxic chemicals in them but...eww.

THERE, NOW I HAVE ALL THE BARS EVERYWHERE I GO!

Um...why are you two still running with those flowers?

Oh...those things. Yeah..I still say have Danny investigate what they are.

Oh great, what do they want now?

And now for some pollination into...um...bears...yeah...bears...

These quests are just so random sometimes.

(sings "We Bare Bears" theme...then again they don't have a brown or grizzly bear, just these two, a panda and...a crescent bear as part of the horde)

THEY'RE BROTHERS!? BUT THEY'RE...not the same...species.

OK, so new plan: we go into another dimension, find two twin flowers, dump crystals in them, and then hope the Zords know what to do when they're reborn as...humans...OK, this is as bad or worse than Gao's quest aspect.

Obviously Polar Bear = Icebear...the Black Bear being fire is just to match the theme.

Go and...stand on your hind legs...

TAO STRIKE!

Yeah they should be mine but they're arms so...

You wish sometimes that Eagle had a means to detach.

Double Knuckle...I would have called them...WILD FORCE MEGAZORD...BEAR-HANDED!

We're sorry, this number cannot be completed as dialed.

You'd think they'd just punch him to death...but no, elemental laser cannons, of course.

"We're sorry, but the number you are trying to reach has been disconnected. Message 10-07". (dies)

OK, let's hang out in the Zord a bit more, nothing bad can happen...

Well we're fine but Lion...um...Lion...

And this is what happens when rival carnivores team up.

Yeah the bears aren't a fan of lion's little dramatics.

We need a vet...oh yeah, jungleman, not vet.

Thoughts: As if the show was starting to find it's groove and doing original things...this episode comes along to basically clone most of the Sentai story. The bears here make as much if not less sense than they do in Gaoranger, mostly because the randomness of the two kids being the Bear Zords and the whole "alternate dimension with flowers" makes less sense here than it does in the original; after how they actually improved on Giraffe's first appearance, using the "weird twins who pollinate each other into bears" bit just felt very out of place. (and oh yeah; Cell Org's powers crosses dimensions...why does it cross dimensions and why did the bears have to be in an airforce base to get to the right point in our dimension to reach the point in that dimension?) The only good stuff here is both more about Taylor's first Animarium experience...and even better, a link back to "Click, Click Zoom!" showing that she knew of the fairy tale book and had seen the Animarium in the past, sort of adding a bit more of a majestic destiny to her alongside what we know about Cole.

Soul Searching: aka: An 900-Pound Gorilla Scenario

Cole's doing something other than look at the picture of his parents? That's new.

Yeah the big guy's not doing well...sort of wonder why though.

I put my life as a Tarzan ripoff on the line to cure you.

I wouldn't trust the bears after the last episode. They caused this.

The Bears were that powerful? What defines "power" among these Wildzords?

Yep, what's we need is a magic bird...really this season's ideas of solutions isn't something that works for any other season.

Where is the Soul Bird? Well considering how many Wildzords are on Earth, that probably makes sense someow it's there too.

OK, quest time...whose wearing the Tingle outfit?

So if I were a bird...I wouldn't respond to some random human yelling out my name.

Oh, Master Org. Haven't seen him in a while.

WEHAVETODESTROYTHESOULBIRDBEFOREMYVOICESTOPSSPEAKINGMERGINGWORDSTOGETHER!

"Here Soul Bird...here Soul Bird Soul Bird...", nope, it's dumb and it isn't working and it knows it.

I highly doubt it looks like that dead tree.

Hey, I'm supposed to help you guys but all I keep chopping down are the tinder and not any trees that matter.

Really all they say is find a certain tree...I keep finding that tree and chopping them down and nothing!

Of course he's dumb as a shovel...he's dumber cause he has a chainsaw!

OK that works: destroy the forest, animals go extinct...and Lorax bugs us until it lifts itself away. BRILLIANT!

I'll find the Soul Bird...if I don't kill it from lost habitat first.

At least he's dense enough to not feel the trees that fall on him.

Oh...it's a rather common Toxica...really, you're not even in the field guide yet you keep showing up!

The path goes on for a few more miles...this is what we call...a roadblock.

CRASH CRASH CRASH CRASH/Kiken no imi nante/FLASH FLASH FLASH FLASH/Wasureta no sa

Nope we're bored and not interested in fighting. Let's just send the big guy instead.

Oh...he's the big guy already! That escalated quickly.

We can beat him...wait, how? No Megazord = tiny Rangers fighting big beast Shadows of the Colossus style!?

Look if they want us to sell toys, we need to sell toys!

What is that something...figure it out cause I think the forest could be doomed if you don't.

He kicked the wind...into them.

YES, US VS. A GIANT, IT'S ON...or not.

Lion, what do you want from us now? Really...no I'm not wearing the tutu.

We're getting out giant fight...but you better not call the Bears cause they're on sale.

Yeah we still got the basic formation, no sweat.

This isn't a plant-based Sentai squad; it's an animal one. Get it right, Bulldozer Org.

Ouch, the metals are just getting harder after the Ship Org, huh?

Considering they are the environmental Ranger squad, having a giant bulldozer be their ultimate nemesis feels...appropriate.

Yeah, we need the newest toys...despite all the other toys we barely have used so far.

It's so hard to interpret what the lion is saying sometimes.

Lion has a plan...sadly Cole's the one interpreting it.

Bear time...and if this screws up...

Yeah they have to end it quickly...but what about the next time?

Well so far so good. At least those two can penetrate it.

And...power down. I guess that's what happens for such a quick switch-over.

TIMBEEEEEEER!

You may be courageous, Lion, but courage can only go so far...plus this isn't Magiranger yet.

You never hear anyone use "smashing" as an expression on this side of the pond that often.

So then...I wonder how I can use it's fur coat myself...

Well if you deal with the lion...there are other Wild Zords to protect it too.

EAGLEZORD, WING ATTACK!

Um Shark...that was a nose strike, not a jaws bite.

I think someone once said You can't get what you want/Do you know what you want?

"Not going to give up"...nope, Astley-Meter remains as is.

Yeah don't worry about your down Zord, we'll handle things (poor Lion)

Distract her with a rivalry, Alyssa!

I'd say four vs. two...but here come Putrids.

Question: did Shayla even tell them what the Soul Bird looks like?

Ranger powers aren't working...TARZAN TIME!

Nope, not the Soul Bird...but hey, Master Org may know stuff.

That was a quick move. Instant Transmission?

Yep, it's all him. Truly it isn't like the weirdness of Gao and it's general structure.

Yeah...people who ruin the world probably are afraid of facing things; it is a point.

I FEAR NOTHING...except self-pity...but that has reasons.

At least he's making his Mondo/Ransik stand now; was bound to happen.

And thus he enters Palpatine territory with lightning force hands...

Really, why did he need Darth Vader when he could have had all the fun himself?

Oh no, the photo...eh means nothing to him.

Oh great, bad memories...this isn't a good sign.

Better run through the jungle

Dear Cole, if whatever gets us, we'll just find some nice gorilla to take care of you.

It's...a hand...DAMN INSURANCE SALESMEN!

Oh boy...so Master Org was the assailant against Cole's parents. That...really makes things personal.

Oh he's fine...the vines haven't hit any of the vital points yet.

I'll raise him; I'm going to make him Viktor Jr!

Wait did you turn your baby invisible?

Um...Mrs. Cole's mom...don't say "I don't care what you do to me" to a guy that can shoot hentai vines from his hands...

If this was an HBO show or "The Evil Dead", this would be so graphic and considered "artistically impressive and relevant"...

He looks nothing like either of his parents.

THAT'S IT; FULL RIPPED TARZAN RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW!

Wait is he Tarzan or Rambo?

Wait...that's the Soul Bird...um...it's so...green...

And there it goes. Guess someone's going to be extinct soon.

Yeah it's the whole "Bluebird of Happiness" thing, but plot relevant.

The Lion is history...but another toy wants to make his mark.

I just realized...I have an allergy to gorillas...yeah...I'll be back though.

I'm so ripped...and so exhausted.

Pounding my hands in frustration!

Are you...my mommy?

(sees crystal) Well at least I can still use you, related or not.

Those look nothing like teddy bears.

Yeah reinforced for temperatures, it's a funny thing.

Yeah I found this...think a gorilla's stronger than a lion?

Hey, he's Tarzan so this must be his mom...well adopted mom.

And of course it's jazzy, cause we need the King Kong ref too.

Hey look, it's a grove for Mingo to eat from!

BUT I DON'T NEED THIS MUCH POTASSIUM!

When in doubt, use new toy.

Sit lion...good boy.

That's a weird combo, considering two of them are the original squad. (and the bears were given to them from Taylor)

GAOMUSCLE, DO THE HUSTLE!

So you're big and beefy, I'm big and beefy; now we're even.

Hey, make a move or something!

Lucky? It didn't do anything!

Time to hit him in the vitals!

UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

Well we stopped it...but yeah, the Soul Bird's not coming back.

You fought Master Org...already!?

He really was a creep, that Master Org. Made me wet my pants for some reason.

Well, no Soul Bird...but...WHO WANTS OMLETTES!?

Do robots even lay eggs?

Yeah we got the Soul Bird...or a Soul Bird Chick...but we have to be a downer about it.

Thoughts: Obviously in order to end this first phase of the season (despite the rapid fire new Zords), we have to get to the Soul Bird plotline eventually. But again, Wild Force's strength is just getting to the point: no magic ritual and time travel nonsense: it's simply "go in a forest, find the Soul Bird, fix the Lion" Even more surprising is how they use a weird CGI construct to make it like there was an actual Soul Bird and that what we know of as the show's Soul Bird was the egg it had thus being it's offspring...or reincarnation...it's strange but it works. Even better: we actually get the first confrontation between Cole and Master Org, as well as the hints regarding what's to come with him basically being confirmed as somehow associated with what happened to Cole's parents. (and the not-pretty implications of whatever possibly happened to both of them, espeically Cole's poor mother and those vines) The addition of Master Org remains one of the smartest moves this season has done regarding it's villains...though considering the end of the Soul Bird plot, they probably have to resolve it by finally introducing another villain...one that probably should have been used way earlier if this was Gaoranger. Oh and we get the Gorilla Zord...growing banana trees just as Bulldozer Org tore down a regular forest...I sure hope those trees can live in that sort of environment and nurture it.

Soul Bird Salvation: aka: An Eye into the Soul (or: The Adventures of Danny's Giant Banana)

So, that "IMAJINEEESHON!" train passing through or are we just turning into hobos?

My horn senses...I'm not going to be a unicorn any time soon. AND I BELIEVED IN FRIENDSHIP!

An old steam locomotive? Hey maybe it is the ToQger.

I was into trains. Hey just thought of something: what if we were Oni...not Org...and on a train...and there was imagination...oh and get this: IT TRAVELS THROUGH TIME!

My horn never lies...unlike some liar and his lying horn.

Hey there was someone on the liner. This is the weirdest Den-O prequel ever.

How long are we going to be playing Marco Polo with this thing?

HIGHNESS SHUTEN!?...isn't he here a little...late? Seriously they have the Soul Bird egg and everything, what took him so long?

Oh...so Retinax is the Kintaros of the Imagin...only with huge eyes and huge muscles.

He's back...a bit weird with the veins and all but you know how we all change over time.

Retinax encountering Master Org would probably break the series...we may as well do his endgame story without him knowing.

Who...hmm...maybe Retinax could have visited Silver Hills and gotten practice last season.

What Toxica likes: he has bigger...eyes...than her!

Master Org: An Org from the final battle? THE JIG IS UP!

So what part of the pregnancy is Shayla up to?

Yeah there's something different alright: he should have been in the Nexus all these episodes and not Cole's evil rival.

Yeah I'll be careful..wait is anyone else here...Alyssa? Good.

Oh hey new Org...what big eyes you have.

Look I've had a lot of issues in the last few thousand years...just play dead and we'll be even.

Wait Alyssa's the simple one? But she's going for a college degree!

After I destroy you, my next duty: eye drops. Know of a place around here?

The Nexus? The LexisNexus...wait, Alyssa, you should know this, right?

When in doubt, start with the finisher.

Well he has the power but he doesn't have Thunderblight Ganon's speed.

Oh and we're here too...sorry new guy, Retinax is back so you're going to have to be an alternate.

We found this guy running amuck in a Best Buy, he kept trying to unwrap all the anime DVDs and watch them in the TV displays.

I'd make the Schwartzeneggar jokes but freon is a dangerous pollutant as well....I think.

CHARGE TO PLEASE OUR PSUDO-MASTER!

Stop calling Toxica "grandma"; she isn't that old.

See, I have a weapon and you dropped yours. You really need a side-arm too.

Look I look 20 despite being at least 3000 years old!

Yellow as fear...nah, yellow is more the color to wear when hiding you just pissed in your pants...no wait, he's right.

Come on, the clown motif isn't that bad for him.

Hey maybe we can get some meat from his head to rewarm in the oven.

Our bodies...covered in foam...moistening...the spandex...

Hmm...so then Cole is probably the exotic veg; Danny is the corn...Max...um, water chestnuts?

See told you it was foam and not real freon.

Double Lion Gauntlet Punching Gloves, away!

Cole, you aren't Ryouma, you don't have fire powers. Don't even try.

Why would Retinax care for Freezer Org...really their only connection is by stock footage.

FREEZER ORG...I JUST GAINED A SUDDEN ENDEARANCE TO YOU!

I am not cleaning that up...just grow it so I don't have to see it.

COOL IT NOW!

Figured the bears: one can melt it and the other withstand the cold.

Oh and the gorilla...just throws it around.

Hey only Alyssa can use the GRRRREAT! line; she's got the tiger.

I've always heard frozen bananas were a good snack; though not Gorilla's bananas.

(snicker) Hey...Danny's got a big...hard...erect...BANANA! (laughs out loud)

Danny: BUT I DON'T WANT TO WEAR KAITO COSPLAY; I'M THE SHY SENSITIVE TYPE...CAN'T I BE MICCHI!?

I highly doubt this random Shayla shot is what Danny is thinking of with that banana...really it's Kendall.

Really this season just knows that it isn't for kids even when it is.

You're talking to an egg, Shayla...unless this is a metaphor for your own sexual frustrations with that wolf guy.

And now Shayla's using the egg as a Shrine Sensor. I'm not telling her that it has her partner whose a mummified corpse.

You may be done with the simian business but these guys...still need to get their Megazord formation up.

Really, I know ice statues more chiseled than this guy!

OK I promised myself I wouldn't but...I have to: ALRIGHT EVERYBODY,CHILL!

Hey: know what my favorite sampling of Queen was? Weird Al's cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody"...BUT VANILLA ICE WAS #2!

You know a moment like this makes me wish we had Yellow Flash as a Ranger.

WE'LL NEVER FORGET YOU, FREEZER ORG!

Well Kongazord's down...but on the other hand, Freezer Org's dead.

Yeah...considering they still need Eagle and Bison for the other Zord formations...it sucks that some of them have replacement parts and not others.

Oh great...ELSA, ARE YOU UPSET WITH US NOW!?

I'm supposed to be great at speaking to monkeys...now all I can do is wish Mingo was a Zord.

Jindrax: (smarmily) Hello, Rangers.

And despite all the cell phone problems two episodes ago, all it needed was flash freezing.

At least they're small...and we're small...WE CAN STILL DO THIS!

Oh hey Jindrax, you finally remember Max and Danny exists!

OK I like this set-up: leaders vs. Retinax, boys vs. Jindrax...and Alyssa and Toxica's rivalry continues.

Max just hit his own partner. What a kid.

Two crystals? I know his bear froze but...what was the other one?

HEY BANDAI WANTS US TO SELL THOSE THINGS; DO YOU REALIZE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ORGS HAVE OUR POWERS!?

Yeah they basically froze everything. They really need better protection from these things.

I have no clue what they are but I'll make it up due to all this frost.

OH I GET IT: TAYLOR'S A BLONDE AND WE HAD TWO BEARS...now I wish they did use Panda or GaoCrescent to get the fairy tale right.

Retinax: (sings) My eyes adored you. Though you'll never lay a hand on me, my eyes adored you.

Good, they're down and they're helpless...FINISH THEM OFF!

Yeah...could-have, should-have, would-have...Retinax, you have no idea what you're doing.

Wait, you can't kill them? Um...why? And what's that shriek?

Seriously, it's not even the general with the huge ears! What's with the sonic problems!

Shayla the super hippie to the rescue!

That's all they needed...the egg boils the Zords, not even a boiled egg.

Oh and we get our crystals back...even the ones they never really stole.

It's still ridiculous but at least they don't have to deal with an annoying chick puppet.

Let's hope the egg doesn't interfere with cell service...and it doesn't.

SUPER SKY-DIVING!

I sort of wish we got the "logo and special" finishers...I mean that's even less problematic than the kanji finishers!

Oh and here's Danny with Alyssa...what you can't just let Aylssa handle Toxica on her own?

We censor what happened next cause...kids show.

I just realized: my dagger is a giant needle I can stick into all those eyes!

Great, have you ever had blurry vision in 100 eyes at once?

Really it's one of the big problems with the Malice: all those eyes to shoot at and they go down.

For dry, red eyes, Clear Eyes is awesome.

Well there goes Retinax...wait he killed himself...and then reformed and grew...eh, no context or nothing.

I CAN SEE FOR MILES AND MILES AND MILES!

Retinax has gotten so overconfident that he just wants to kill everything, including Jindrax and Toxica!

Well those two are dead. Now there's Retinax.

Come on everybody, baby, do the Konga!

Let's hit him where it hurts the most; he has them everywhere!

You forget: MY OTHER THEME IS MY GIANT...HANDS! (really, you need huge hands to deal with huge eyes)

OK so the Kongazord still sucks against him. Now what?

Your hands? What about your hippie dippy mentor?

Fly, be free!

YOU'RE LOSING TO AN EGG, RETINAX! YOU'RE PATHETIC!

Yeesh...it looks nothing like it's mother...or father considering how some birds work.

I still don't think it's the Soul Bird. Too rocket-like.

And...it has it's own flight compartments. How is this...thing...an animal?

It's only going to hurt...for a moment.

More power...but less breathing space in the cockpit.

Really, this feels nothing like the shamanistic intent.

STRONGER THAN BEFORE! (GO...WILD FORCE) POWERED UP FOR MORE!! (GO...WILD FORCE) RANGERS TO THE CORE!!! (WILD FORCE...POWER RANGERS!)

We don't want to destroy...um, Org...he's evil?

Astley-Meter: 12 (RETINAX...HOW COULD YOU!?!?!?!?)

Danny & Max: YOU CAN'T HAVE OUR CATCH PHRASE YOU...FREAK!

Look I just showed up but I don't mind leaving this episode either.

Oh and as if the Kongazord isn't powerful enough, let's get the original back on the line.

So all that hype with the Kongazord and the Lion needed the..oh yeah, that's why we found it.

Well let's call the Zords...sorry Taylor and Danny, you're stuck with yours.

THEY CLONED THE EAGLE AND BISON...boy are they such idiots in editing.

Time to give you a SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUL INJECTION!

Oh big deal, another Megazord...really?

And the finisher is...a bigger laser.

Retinax: (sings) Eyes without a face, got no human grace my eyes without a face. (dies)

You fought valiently...and were groovy and all that.

Wait, the Soul Bird hatched cause it WANTED TO HELP THEM!? Is that how it works?

Retinax: (woozy) Anyone catch the number of that bus?

I see something...(zapped) Maybe I shouldn't have seen that? (dies for real)

Thoughts: Wild Force's situation is strange in that the moment they put their bets in with Master Org, it ended up abandoning the original villain structure of Gaoranger. Therefore, Retinax is basically the first general Shuten, only really addressed here to use his final battle to bring about the Soul Bird. It's a weird set-up but I like it, with him knowing Master Org personally, trying to prove himself, and dying when he seems to realize that this random guy (the one who seemed to gain Org powers and attacked Cole's parents) isn't him. Another thing I like: the Soul Bird plot is drastically condensed and just made the egg and the Soul Bird itself, without the quest and the nonsense with Piyo...but with Shayla being about as dizzy and bizarre as Tetomu in taking care of it. I'm just surprised in how Wild Force is just fixing Gaoranger's mistakes in a major way...oh and the random shot of Danny and giant banana will never not be funny.

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Kamen Rider Drive: Ep. 43: When Will the Second Global Freeze Start? & Ep. 44: Who Loves Heart The Most?

It's hard to say which is worse: Medic the dog or Brain the yes-man.

With Medic achieving her Ultimate Form, the four needed for the second Global Freeze are finally at hand. For the most part, Banno is ready to achieve his dream and needs everything ready that he has to...except that even though Medic is now basically his slave with her obsessive devotion to Heart driven to maximum, the new problem turns out to be Brain who has run away in hopes of trying to preven the freeze from occurring and maybe buy some time to figure out a way to save Medic for Heart's sake. It doesn't work (because Brain's an idiot despite being a genius) but this two-parter is basically about him trying to figure out what he has to do and who his devotion is, especially since he's the only real wild card that Banno has no real control over having achived his power on his own with all he's been through and whose only real connection is to Heart with the Roidmude mission. He doesn't seem to care that much for Medic, but understands that what Banno has done to her has prevented her from acting the way that she's supposed to. It all ends up culminating with the supposed activation of the "Sigma Circular", a device that supposedly is to be used to "unlock the full potential of the Ultimate powers of the four Roidmude Golds without any negative effect" and thus allow for them to combine their power to awaken Global Freeze on a scale that will cover the entire planet. Brain appears to abandon his pride and join with Banno to achieve this since this is supposed to be the ultimate Roidmude mission...except that it was all a trick to get close enough to save Medic and remove her brainwashing, with him deciding to sacrifice himself as a means to stop Banno's control and to at least have Heart and Medic what they desire even at his own cost. It's a sad end for Brain, who remains a goof to the end but does at least attempt to show his devotion to what matters to him. Unfortunately it really is all for naught because all Banno wanted was to just get all the power of the four collected and was going to do the Global Freeze all by himself; I'm not a fan of Banno as a villain considering he just keeps feeling one step ahead of everyone and just becoming extremely cartoonish as his existence is to just further sympathize on the Roidmudes as they dwindle towards extinction...despite the fact that we still have evil Roidmudes attacking and being Rider fodder at this point amidst the only ones mattering being the trio...well, duo that remain now Brain's gone. (even that Krim Steinbelt clone, who basically was only there because Banno needed another excuse to claim his awesomeness over everyone)

On the Rider side of things, Shinnosuke sort of spends most of this story outside the Roidmude plot contemplating whether or not he really is in love with Kiriko after the last two parter. It's more brought about due to Chase starting to wonder if he's in love with her after all they've been through, sort of with him questioning the meanings of love and coming to his own decision that it wasn't meant to be, mostly due to Shinnosuke and Kiriko being the Ranma and Akane of this season in awkward stupidity. In more interesting news, the police is actually getting closer to handling the Roidmudes on their own, with the story starting with the officers actually killing one on their own and even preparing to mass produce Rider-like suits with Honnagi even giving one a try...only to be stuck in it and impossible to get out. I sort of wish we had this sooner but considering the series is near the end, it is a neat development and they do give story cover of "well Mikage prevented this from happening sooner so that's why we're getting this so close to the end".

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Gravity Falls: Ep. 33: Dungeons, Dungeons & More Dungeons

Yeah, I think Stan has about the same love of fairies as Hoggle.

As if it isn't bad enough that Stan and Ford are together again but also aren't on speaking terms, Dipper is still obsessed with knowing more about the writer of the journals and just having someone to bond with. In particular, he wants another nerd to bond with because of having interests that aren't stuff that Mabel or Stan or another else would typically want to get into...such as paper and pencil RPG games like "Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons". Yeah...basically this is our big D&D parody episode; and while it isn't as good as others that have done similar parodies (Dexter's Laboratory and Regular Show probably have the best I've seen in animation at least) and it feels like one of those weaker "parody" episodes like the one with the wax dummies that feel more like second-rate Simpson episodes, it is an interesting idea that actually does lead to Dipper and Ford to bond over something that isn't just the weird supernatural that Ford is still trying to contain with all that's going on. But that doesn't mean that strange things can't happen due to merely a game between two nerds: in this case an infinite-sided die that, due to Stan screwing with it, leads to the enemy of DD&D being released and capturing both of them, leading to Stan and Mabel (and Grenda...what she shows up and not Candy?) to come to their rescue. Probably the one thing I do like is the general idea that despite the nerdy elements, these types of games involve elements that others would like and appreciate, such as risk (Stan) or imagination (Mabel), sort of allowing for them to actually win in the midst of the craziness. After all that, the only real important thing that happens (aside from this being the first episode with the new status quo of Ford being back) is that the dimensional door that was made prior was finally taken apart and Ford has contained a small rift between universes to protect and hide away from anyone except himself and Dipper...really he should have shut it down after what happened to McGucket (the "thrown between dimension" part, prior to the "erasing his mind to the point of insanity" part), but that's probably what 30 years of being trapped between dimensions finally allows for said realization.

Gravity Falls: Ep. 34: The Stanchurian Candidate

Really, Reagan had puppet masters too? I know Ford and W did but...I thought Reagan's madness was all his own. (pre-Alzheimer's at least)

Remember that super old mayor just introduced a couple episodes ago? Well...considering how ancient he was when we meet him, it's no surprise that he finally kicks the bucket. But of course, with him gone and summer not over, it sort of gives this series an excuse to do a political-themed story, in this case involving the people voting for a new mayor. Stan basicall decides to throw his hat into the ring for two reasons: to find a way to feel notable to the town now that Ford's back...and because Bud Gleeful does it and he still feels rather acrimonious about what happened to his son Gideon. Unfortunately Stan isn't really the best of people when it comes to town interactions; thus leading to Dipper sort of bringing in Ford to help them out with a mind-control tie to basically turn this into a weird combination of "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Bulworth" (with the final act also throwing in "Saturday Night Fever" and "North by Northwest" for good measure). But of course the weird thing is that Stan isn't the only one who is under control of someone: Bud is basically only running in hopes that as mayor, he can get his son pardon and out of prison; but when Stan starts getting up in the poll, he sort of just decides to bring his own Journal knowledge and makes his dad go all Armin Zola to try and win the election their way. In the end, Stan sort of ends up winning the crowd through guts due to Gideon and Bud's little tricks...but is disqualified from being mayor due to his criminal record; yeah it returns things back to status quo but considering how infamous Stan is, I guess him in politics wouldn't have been a good thing from what we know about this world.

Oh and even worse: the credits scene seems to suggest Gideon getting back in contact with Bill Cipher...that's not going to end well.
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Fighting Bear-Handed
50 points for that one.


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It doesn't work (because Brain's an idiot despite being a genius)
By mere calculation ability. Intelligence can never be measured in terms of common sense and street smarts.

I'm not a fan of Banno as a villain considering he just keeps feeling one step ahead of everyone and just becoming extremely cartoonish as his existence is to just further sympathize on the Roidmudes as they dwindle towards extinction...
While true, the only reason he's one step ahead is because all of the characters including Krim have been dumb, and his cartoonish evil has already been contested by Mikage's cartoonish evil (complete with cartoonish dancing).
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I MADE VEGAN PANCAKES WITH SUBSTITUTE EGG AND MILK, GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR AND NON-GMO SUGAR! (Shayla sort of forced me to)
Nope, you ain't gettin' a "Mmm..." out of this one, Shayla.

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Archaeology class...I sort of hope she has a guest professor named Akashi.
Akashi would be one more for field work than academics. On the other hand, there's thatso-called Doctor...

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OK, we found this cave; and here is proof of some advance civilization leaving behind...novels? Wait what is this...Agony in Pink by Lord Zedd? (I need to change my profession)


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At least Turtle Cove's caves don't feel like the ones from Angel Grove...or Terra Venture...or Mariner Bay...
Disney scouting different locations?

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Master Org: That glow...it's green...WITH EVIL!
Wouldn't you just love some peon with some evil zords on their paws.

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Yeah, someone from the past put our Ranger symbol on a rock. I say it's aliens.
It's always aliens or some fate foretold in the Galaxy Book... but that usually boils down to aliens.

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Shayla, you stand out in a crowd. Haven't you ever heard of the female power of...shichi-henge? (really she needs Miku's training more than Sae or Alyssa)
I'd imagine Shayla would prefer being dazed in a pond instead.

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Yeah you're name is just "Org"...the giant tire thing is just sort of too distracting.
They should get a website. Org-dot-org.

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You look like a cutesy hostage...you're coming with us!
Oh, well, with that criteria, looks like they aren't going for ransom.

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They turned...into motorcycles. They literally...turned into motorcycles. I GET SOME OF THEM BUT THESE INCLUDE A FALCON AND A SHARK!!!!
They'd better be environmentally friendly motorcycles.

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Oh and to know it's them, they have the crappy CGI as well.
Even when it's original? Wow!

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Oh...he thinks its an animal. Um...well it sort of is so...Lion, just move and make Cole pretend he's doing the right thing.
At the very least, good to play up the jungle boy aspect.

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Rocks...where I'm going we don't need...rocks.
Ah. So no time-traveling to the Flinstones.

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YOU FIVE WENT BACK UP TO THE ANIMARIUM OVER THE COMMERCIAL BREAK!? WHAT YOU THOUGHT THEY COULD FIGHT THE GIANT ORG THEMSELVES!?
They, um... editing.

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I don't get it: why is she just a princess and not just a priestess like Tetomu?
Make it more fairy tale and less folklore.

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How about I creepily whisper while caressing you like some stalker?
Ah, the Harvey Weinstein special.

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Oh so it's a whole "the spirit can summon it" thing...so then Shayla's just a glorified zookeeper now.
She tries to glorify it by giving herself the title of "princess of the animal kingdom".

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You heard it here, folks: Shayla's not the chosen one. Yep...she's useless.
Useless? Who does she think she is, Tetomu?

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Oh great, Master Org vaporized himself. So...is he about as useless as Shayla?
Useless? Who does he think he is... wait, he has no direct counterpart, there must be something to it!

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And then the cliff just randomly shifts into an elephant. It's not as weird as...well...next time.
And that's not as weird as... well... this is going to become a long chain of weirdness, isn't it.

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So then...should my slogan now be "eye of the tiger" or "an elephant never forgets"?
Crouching tiger, hidden elephant.

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Really, you look wrong with your taxidermy-like nature of ripping animals apart, you...HYPOCRITES!
It's how they appreciate its beauty. Or something.

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Yeah we had a lot of Power Animals in the past...but if we started with 100, then we couldn't space them out all season.
Somehow, they still couldn't pace them out all season anyways.

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Hey Cole, want to angst over this photo of my squadmates who just got shipped out to Afghanistan while I babysit Zords?
There's so much that Cole has missed. Then again, there's so much he saw after the season...

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Book Review: It's beautiful, I liked the part where the girl did that thing. Four stars.
That seems like the quality of a lot of RangerBoard posts.

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Nessie grants wishes. Like...what, free Rick Astley tickets?
There's got ot be some rule about personal gain.

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Something smells funny...Jindrax, did you take a bath this month!?
"Monthly? They're supposed to be that frequent?!"

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A bottle...somehow someone is nagging me saying that takes millions of years to biodegrade...or I could do the wish granting thing.
Eh, environment, what's the worst that could happen?

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Yep, Danny's been brainwashed well by the fearless leader.
Rick Astley is fearless?

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Oh great and now she's playing with Jindrax's horn. I never knew this season could be so dirty.

HEY, THAT IS PERSONAL PROPERTY AND WE'RE NOT THAT FAR IN THE RELATIONSHIP YET!
Disney's hidden messages.

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A detachable horn? Like what, a unicorn?
In some places, they're called strap-ons.

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Turtle Cove Harbor...at least it's associated with a lake and not the random beach all the other Ranger towns had been in up to now.
To think, they could've had a Turtle Cove Cove.

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Golden Eagle Sword? Um...you're not a Gold Ranger, Taylor. Don't try to make yourself something you're not.
One time they try to fancify the name and it ends up going against a usual show convention.

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Max, stop doing pieroettes in the water and actually fight this guy!
Yes, but water! It's the one thing he has going for him.

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Danny, you still see Max that way?
Duh.

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The Spear of...Pardolis? If you ignore Power Rangers, there is no real "Pardolis", just "Pardalis"...as in "Leopardus pardalis" or a dwarf leopard (or ocelot)...and from what we find out, what they find isn't an ocelot.
An anagram of "Pardolis" is "drop sail". No real meaning, just there.

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The Spear of Paris. Yep, they will meet Enter and summon a massive Eiffel Tower to stab the Org.
Bien sur, maybe they should find some way to Beast Morph.

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YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE THE ONE WHO KNOWS THESE THINGS, SHAYLA! YOU'RE A TERRIBLE CARETAKER!
So what else is new.

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Can someone please stop this stupid "Max is a kid" joke?
Well, Tzachor can... but he won't.

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And now to show you how we deal with Moblins.
Wearing their clothes and sneaking up on them?

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HE WAS A WARRIOR OF ANIMARIA!? SO...THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A 7TH RANGER AND YET MAX GETS THE ZORD INSTEAD!?
If they went that route, what are the chances that everyone after #6 would be completely underdeveloped and just sever as a placeholding caricature?

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Wait, considering they can use the Elephant Sword as a spear, why not just add a different mode for the Elephant? Why do they need to advertise the giraffe as the spear? (I don't get the toyeticness sometimes)
Sell more toys is better than sell one multi-functional toy. (Until it fails.)

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Boat Org: And remember...my heart will go on...CELINE DION, SING FOR ME! (dies)
If you encounter any icebergs, see if there are any polar bears.

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Guess Danny wants to join in on Max's little polluting secret.
...in more ways than one.

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Taylor: Sort of happy Shayla recruited me before everything that's happened...not sure if I could take the current situation.
Eventually, you'll be desensitized to the constant Rick Astley.

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Look, weird things are flying up here...didn't we have that whole problem with Angel Grove airspace when that Pterodactyl flew some years back? (or was it the flying car?)
Flying pterodactyls, phoenixes, cranes, falcons, hawks, cars, surfboards... Angel Grove got used to it, surprising they never encountered flying angels.

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She knew it was real? Let me guess: she read that fairy tale from a few episodes ago as a girl?
She probably knew it was real because she passed all her random drug tests.

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Look if you join us, we'll overlook all the pollutants and radioactive materials the US military is throwing into our atmosphere...believe me, you don't want that known by the authorities, do you?
There's an era when the authorities know and just don't care.

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Mmm...Five bars...HEY, THIS SERVICE ONLY HAS ONE BAR; SUBSCRIBE TO A BETTER SERVICE THAT'S MORE APPETIZING!
It's an animal land, not candy land. (And those giant things aren't food. Beware.)

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Hey, it's a rather rare phone now...and it will be rarer as tech continues to improve.
Kids these days, not knowing the time when phones could bend.

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And this is what the typical Apple unveiling will be like in several years time.
Mmm... apple...

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Oh great, the nightmare twins. Those two just feel so...eew.
Ah, the spooky silent type.

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Oh great, this is how those lightning storms electrocute Link for wearing metal!
Just put it in the inventory. Then it can't conduct electricity or weigh you down.

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I think Shayla just liked screwing around with people when they're flying passed...or to just make raspberries at nearby planes.
How many crashes has she caused... what ever happened to Amelia Earhart...

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Norquist Air Force Base? Obviously David Norquist is important now but he was a deputy undersecretary circa 2002.
Maybe it's named after the NASADA Norquist.

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OK, this is just like the Sentai but...WHY DID THEY NEED TO GO INTO AN AIRFORCE BASE TO REACH THIS DIMENSION!?
Because Taylor needs to commit more federal crimes to compound on her other federal crimes.

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And my payment is...seeds. This has been the weirdest Zelda quest ever.
Sounds like a normal Zelda quest.

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CAN (hit)...YOU (hit)...HEAR ME...(hit) NOW!
Cell phone rage. Caused lots of problems in that era.

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THEY'RE BROTHERS!? BUT THEY'RE...not the same...species.
Their momma had an affair. Dang.

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We're sorry, this number cannot be completed as dialed.
Noooo!

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"We're sorry, but the number you are trying to reach has been disconnected. Message 10-07". (dies)
Nooooo!

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Cole's doing something other than look at the picture of his parents? That's new.
Is he climbing on top of cars and swinging from lamppost to lamppost?

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I wouldn't trust the bears after the last episode. They caused this.
Somehow, nothing really becomes of this drama.

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"Here Soul Bird...here Soul Bird Soul Bird...", nope, it's dumb and it isn't working and it knows it.
When it sounds that way... yep, it's a trap.

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We can beat him...wait, how? No Megazord = tiny Rangers fighting big beast Shadows of the Colossus style!?
They can beat it if they just believe! Never! Give! Up! *smash* Ouch!

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This isn't a plant-based Sentai squad; it's an animal one. Get it right, Bulldozer Org.
But apparently the plants don't really matter to the Rangers. After all, who cares about the environment?

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Question: did Shayla even tell them what the Soul Bird looks like?
Does she ever do anything useful?

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And of course it's jazzy, cause we need the King Kong ref too.
But no one cares about Koko.

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BUT I DON'T NEED THIS MUCH POTASSIUM!
K.

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So, that "IMAJINEEESHON!" train passing through or are we just turning into hobos?
Why not do both?

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I was into trains. Hey just thought of something: what if we were Oni...not Org...and on a train...and there was imagination...oh and get this: IT TRAVELS THROUGH TIME!
BRILLIANT!

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HIGHNESS SHUTEN!?...isn't he here a little...late? Seriously they have the Soul Bird egg and everything, what took him so long?
They had to establish the Russian guy.

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Master Org: An Org from the final battle? THE JIG IS UP!
Time paradox time

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Oh hey new Org...what big eyes you have.
"All the better to see you with... but that's my main thing, don't ask for more."

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When in doubt, start with the finisher.
Defeat flag! Defeat flag!

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Stop calling Toxica "grandma"; she isn't that old.
"Remember, kids, it's okay to make fun of someone's age. Or their gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation. But you can never make fun of them for liking Rick Astley."

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Hmm...so then Cole is probably the exotic veg; Danny is the corn...Max...um, water chestnuts?
Isn't it a little late to toss their salad?

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Figured the bears: one can melt it and the other withstand the cold.
Oh so now they're suddenly reliable.

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(snicker) Hey...Danny's got a big...hard...erect...BANANA! (laughs out loud)
Not enough appeal.

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You're talking to an egg, Shayla...unless this is a metaphor for your own sexual frustrations with that wolf guy.
Maybe it's menopause.

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Yeah...considering they still need Eagle and Bison for the other Zord formations...it sucks that some of them have replacement parts and not others.
Plot twist: this season is just one big organ transplant black market.

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OK I like this set-up: leaders vs. Retinax, boys vs. Jindrax...and Alyssa and Toxica's rivalry continues.
One of the odder things about the gender flip but still works out here. It's not often that the girls of the team get rivalries with the main generals, especially if the enemy is male.

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Max just hit his own partner. What a kid.
Danny: The lesson was hitting on!

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Oh and here's Danny with Alyssa...what you can't just let Aylssa handle Toxica on her own?
Because girls. (Weird mixed messages.)

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You forget: MY OTHER THEME IS MY GIANT...HANDS! (really, you need huge hands to deal with huge eyes)
You know what they say about monsters with giant hands.

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STRONGER THAN BEFORE! (GO...WILD FORCE) POWERED UP FOR MORE!! (GO...WILD FORCE) RANGERS TO THE CORE!!! (WILD FORCE...POWER RANGERS!)
JDF: Hmm, someone call my name? This will be known as the Tommy season. Let's make every season the Tommy season!

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Astley-Meter: 12 (RETINAX...HOW COULD YOU!?!?!?!?)

Danny & Max: YOU CAN'T HAVE OUR CATCH PHRASE YOU...FREAK!
When even the villains co-opt it... it's the ultimate expression of evil.

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THEY CLONED THE EAGLE AND BISON...boy are they such idiots in editing.
Animal cloning. Has Monsanto gone too far? (And we thought they went too far last year... or maybe in one millennium...)

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(because Brain's an idiot despite being a genius)
Not all brains are smart.

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On the Rider side of things, Shinnosuke sort of spends most of this story outside the Roidmude plot contemplating whether or not he really is in love with Kiriko after the last two parter.
Whatever they have is so poorly written that it couldn't possibly count as an expression of love... so moot.
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Akashi would be one more for field work than academics. On the other hand, there's thatso-called Doctor...
But isn't that nut into paleontology? (or was he just recruited for that Ancient Aliens show with that degree and his idea that "Zordon counts"?)

I'd imagine Shayla would prefer being dazed in a pond instead.
That before or after the drugs?

They'd better be environmentally friendly motorcycles.
One's a bull. Bulls emit methane. GaoGod didn't think this out very well.

She tries to glorify it by giving herself the title of "princess of the animal kingdom".
Why do I imagine a Zyuohger situation of Shayla wearing a lioness costume?

Somehow, they still couldn't pace them out all season anyways.
Oh yes, the "Gilligan" method of "...and the rest".

In some places, they're called strap-ons.
So then...Master Org's female...or he just likes "Double the Pleasure"?

If they went that route, what are the chances that everyone after #6 would be completely underdeveloped and just sever as a placeholding caricature?
Yeah and considering how Kyoryuger did it...but it's still shocking that compared to the Gaoranger of "six warriors, 100 animals" they want to make it "oh yeah, we had 100 warriors in the past"...it makes sense in a way but as you said...

Just put it in the inventory. Then it can't conduct electricity or weigh you down.
It took me until the end of the game to realize that I admit.

Somehow, nothing really becomes of this drama.
Well that's what happens when you don't even explain why the Lion can't take the bears pre-Soul Bird.

BRILLIANT!
It's known that somehow Kobayashi seemed to eye Power Rangers ideas and made them better. (or at least we seem to think so, see Divatox leading to the Barban) Why do I somehow imagine her seeing this episode, seeing Jindrax hyping trains and got that idea to pitch to Toei?

Maybe it's menopause.
But wouldn't she have lived thousands of those years instead of being sealed to reach menopause?

JDF: Hmm, someone call my name? This will be known as the Tommy season. Let's make every season the Tommy season!
Hoo boy...we need to talk when we hit "Forever Red"...

Animal cloning. Has Monsanto gone too far? (And we thought they went too far last year... or maybe in one millennium...)
Monsanto, secretly borrowing tech from the Watanabe family...YOU MAKE THE CALL!

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Thanksgiving Week, so gonna do multiple marathons so here's the first:

The Transformers: Ep. 75: Starscream's Ghost

Yeesh, couldn't they just have gone with "Microbots" depiction of Energon and just see Octane on a bender?

One thing I've noticed about Decepticons is that while they never seem to die, they always find some sort of way to come back to cause problems and turmoil...even in death. The main focus of this episode is Octane, a Decepticon who somehow got in trouble with Galvatron and was kicked out of the core, ending up going between Autobot havens like Autobot City and Cybertron to protect himself from the revenge of his leader and his henchmen and assassins he keeps sending after him. Amidst it all, he ends up actually in a crypt on Cybertron keeping the "memory" of the Decepticons alive (despite...well, Thundercracker's Scourge now just like Skywarp is Cyclonus), where a certain deceptive Decepticon still exists...in spirit form. That of course is Starscream, the only truely "dead" Decepticon...except he isn't because his soul is just bound to this world wanting to get back at Galvatron for that little murder incident from the movie. Taking over Cyclonus' body, he basically orchestrates Octane to help him into luring Galvatron into a battle with the Autobots to get rid of him, then he...and maybe Octane...can reap the rewards. We get another of the classic "leader showdowns" between Rodimus and Galvatron in this episode (which mostly involves Rodimus kicking things) and really nothing is resolved here because Galvatron catches on to Cyclonus and tries to eliminate the evil spirit...except it just flees to Scourge. (so...he goes from one of his former buddies to another) So...yeah, remember how I say Decepticons never die...that includes the undead ones.

(And yeah...I found out later that both "Thief in the Night" and "Fight or Flee" (which introduced Sandstorm, who appears to be friends with Octane here) came before this...but this is when it was placed in the guide I'm using)

The Transformers: Ep. 76: Thief in the Night

Be thankful for Glasnost cause I don't think anyone but Gorbechav would have put up with confusing St. Basil's for the Kremlin.

There are bad Transformers episodes due to really crappy plots...and then there are bad Transformers episodes because of...ugh...everything else. This is the latter, an episode that actually comes before "Starscream's Ghost" but feels like it was trying as hard to be wacky, if not wackier and taking advantage of a story situation. At the end of "Five Faces of Darkness", Metroplex defeated Trypticon and supposedly got rid of him forever...but in this franchise, no one really dies; and obviously Trypticon is the latest Decepticon superweapon so...instead he actually ended up on Dinobot Island...except he's not even there, having been coerced by Octane to join him to live the high life in...ugh...Carbombia, that 3rd world hellhole we also saw in "Five Faces of Darkness". (and one of the reasons Casey Kasem left the show) They use the giant to protect the coastline (in a time pre-Somali pirates), but the leader there is getting tired of them, though, especially in how they use up his oil that he uses to fund his little dictatorship to create the Energon Cubes to keep Trypticon sustained. In order to keep him on their good side, Octane has Trypticon steal Fort Knox by ripping it from the ground and giving him all the gold within it; and this somehow starts an even more bizarre plotline where he decides to start stealing world landmarks in order to turn Carbombia into a tourist attraction! Galvatron wants nothing to do with this, except that somehow the Energon made to sustain Trypticon turns out to be "super Energon" that ends up making even more powerful...but of course the whole thing of how Octane is fleecing the nation to live the easy life and getting the Autobots and Metroplex on them basically turns out to be worse than having said Energon, so really this is why Octane ended up where he was in...um, Starscream's Ghost.

Oh and there's a Teletraan II now...well they probably rather destroy the original than to just reformat it with a voice that wasn't Casey Kasem I suppose.

The Transformers: Ep. 77: Surprise Party

Those are some of the most polite killer security bots I've ever seen. Sure they're not from Portal?

Continuing my depths into the heart of madness for a third consecutive episode, we now get one involving Daniel and Wheelie having an adventure together...an adventure that basically leads to all sorts of chaos and nonsense that ends up leading to wacky misadventures for the carbon and metallic kids alike. It all begins with Daniel having a birthday party on Cybertron, being there on his birthday because his dad is there to take part in a peace conference among various interstellar beings furthering the diplomatic moves of the Autobots since the war ended. Amidst it all, somehow the two of them decide to look up ANOTHER birthday, in this case Ultra Magnus; but somehow most of the records for him don't exist on Cybertron due to how many records were lost during the war; however there is a special asteroid that records all information of Cybertronians from creation to destruction. This leads to stupid misadventures for the two of them and a pursuit by Galvatron's guard to get to the asteroid, more or less to crash it into Cybertron and ruin the peace conference...and deal with the Autobots in general. Of course both Spike and Ultra Magnus come to the rescue and it's all fine in the end outside losing said asteroid to stop the Decepticon plot...and in stupid kids show manner, they just decide "hey we didn't get the info, LET'S MAKE ULTRA MAGNUS'S BIRTHDAY TODAY!" Really to Ultra Magnus, he's probably just thinking this is the worst birthday ever.

The Transformers: Ep. 78: Madman's Paradise

Seriously, I think after this episode I believe Daniel and Grimlock are color-blind.

So, having Daniel and Wheelie isn't enough Daniel for one set of episodes? How about Daniel and Grimlock in a more sci-fi version of "A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court"? The episode adds more bizarre unneeded lore to the series, particularly when Daniel and Grimlock discover a chamber beneath Cybertron that transport both of them to a fantasy realm where an evil "red wizard" runs rampant but tries to trick them into believing that he isn't him and that they have to stop the Red Wizard, all while wearing a red cloak and turning his tentacle to a hand right within view of the audience. The world is actually another dimension (that...somehow has Egyptian hieroglyphs and put there during that entire period when the Quintessons were in control over 11 million years ago...why would they put something so important on FACTORY PLANET THEY BUILT THEIR ROBOTS!?) and the Red Wizard is actually a Quintesson that dabbled in magic that tried to defy them and sent here to cause chaos for...who knows how long, with Daniel ultimately searching out the wizard that the Quintesson invader ended up removing and the cavalry of Ultra Magnus, Blaster (who basically uses his speakers to allow the Gold Wizard to get rid of the Red Wizard) and...surprisingly, Carly (who basically is just there to get her son back; she's so underutilized since the timeskip) stopping and removing the intruder. It's sort of sad that they had to remake one of the better season 2 episodes in such a terrible way (heck an episode that actually gave good usage by Warpath...WARPATH!!!!) and it really just adds nothing to this world in the end other than adding more insane lore that Cybertron probably didn't need.
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Space Sheriff Sharivan: Ep. 29: Who is the Enemy? The Hot-Blooded Man Who Targets the Wilderness

I never thought that a Stig/Bobba Fett fusion would look so cool.

Another day, another episode where we have the Madou going after a superweapon, in this case one that has been found on the black market and being brought to Japan so that they can use it for their own nefarious purposes. The only real twist this time around is that the Madou Beast at the center of this...ends up being the mentor for a guy that Den ends up encountering that sees him as a role model. I'm not really a fan of episodes where somehow the villains get so engrained into society that they can literally appear like good people even when there's no sign that there was an original or that they were killed or anything. He sort of lives by his own rules after leaving the police behind and obviously Den has to watch out for him due to the situation with the Madou Beast, but it really doesn't get resolved in a rather clean way: he's still looking for someone to help him out and to do his own thing and isn't just going to leave this way of life behind, even though his mentor turned out to be a Madou informant. I don't mind complex endings like that but at least make it feel like they matter, especially since the guy probably just appeared five minutes ago by way of Psycho's monster maker.

Space Sheriff Sharivan: Ep. 30: The Abandoned Children; Transforming Mama

Anyone ever hear the song "Mother's Little Helper" by the Rolling Stones? Yeah...this episode is basically that.

How many of these old stupid trite plots do we have to go through in this franchise before something interesting happens? (presumably this may be the last for a while cause next time returns to the "Planet Iga survivors" finally) This time around it's the whole "let's turn the mothers of Japan into beauty and fun obsessed people so that their children won't be raised right and thus society will fall apart". It's a boring plot because we've seen it so many times in tokusatsu combined with the idea that...well, mothers aren't the only ones who can raise kids. I get that this is the traditional manner in Japanese society and they weren't going to stray too far from that, but they make it like the father can't do anything but make money, plus we have a scene where the first girl that alerts Den to this problem is sent to her aunt to take care of her while "her mother is sick", thus showing that a mother isn't even needed! (heck even Kojiro was looking after kids at one point!) I get this is how Japanese society was at the time but it just feels like one of those phony 1950s sitcoms where all the mother does is stay at home and watch their kids go through crazy antics (as is typical in tokusatsu), with the brave Sharivan and "independent" Lily being the only ones who can stop them. I'm happy things are changing in Japan...but for toku, even this plot has been done way better.

Space Sheriff Sharivan: Ep. 31: Miyuki, Now? The Wandering Illusion Crystal

Really it would have been hilarious if the last 20+ episodes was a new hero due to Den being eaten by a giant frog in the future.

The fate of both the Iga Crystal and the girls from Den's home island that are also Iga descendants have been something that you'd think would be an important plot element that would at least lead to more interesting stories or a greater plot. This...seems like it had the intent of starting to resolve that, but instead just ends up entering into madness that actually nearly works...the key word being "nearly". The episode basically involves Doctor Polter deciding to just combine a Genmu World and a device meant to transport people through time to eliminate Den and make sure he never comes back (with the idea that if he's traveling through time, he can't gain access to the Sinter process). It's a neat plot and actaully has Den facing things that he wouldn't typically: from samurai in the 16th century to a battlefield during World War II to a future where he's stuck in gladitorial combat against an alien to be eaten by a giant frog! Where the episode falls apart is...that they have to find a way to accomidate a MotW and lead to the nonsense that we end up typically getting. This is mostly due to the device starting to malfunction rather early on, thus leading to a Madou Beast being sent in to finish the job and prevent Den from getting out of the time slips and thus back to 1983. The Madou Beast basically just gets in the way of anything else eliminating Den sadly and basically ends up being his savior as well as your typical fodder for the story: you fear for Den seeing him face down a samurai squadron or being eaten by a giant alien frog...but the Madou Beast just gets in the way, saves Den enough to get closer to a place they can fight...and of course dies as he returns to now. But even weirder: Den does actually find the Iga girls...except it's a millennium in the future; they don't say if they traveled through time or if the Iga Crystal never landed anywhere for a thousand years...they just reappear, Den saves them, then is thrown through time again. It's made more complicated with the end scene where somehow Miyuki leaves some shoes behind that leave that place and end up where Den entered the time tunnel...without explaining how or why they ended up there. It's pathetic that with the series actually getting closer to answers, we're back at square one.

Space Sheriff Sharivan: Ep. 32: The Vision Dream Device Orange and a Lullaby!

Eh, at least they still looked human from those oranges. If this was Gaim, then this would be a completely different story!

While I tend to complain a lot about how often certain plots are repeated this season, there are still stories where the trite plots can be made interesting, fascinating or even creepy when done right. This episode is one of those, sort of continuing Uehara's interesting fascination with Jeckyll/Hyde phenomenon that lead to one of the best Battle Fever episodes. The episode is about a girl who has a lot of problems, being confrontational but lonely while having a hard time connecting to others in her school and neighborhood and having a mother who is always busy leaving her stuck at home alone all the time. The ones who come to her aid are Madou, but the methods are actually really effective and creepy: giving her surreal visions, they lead her to their special school where she can have all the friends and all the food that she wants to and be happy. Of course it's a Madou plot and it's a clever one: the place ends up being obsessed with oranges and use a special "Hyde Extract" inserted into oranges to turn people into monsters, enough to create footsoldiers for Madou or to sell to other parts of the galaxy! Den and even Kojiro have hard times with her transformations and obviously it becomes about saving her and getting the school shut down; which ultimately happens but it's still a hard battle with the support that the Madou Beast has and his charisma when he isn't in his transformed state. Obviously in the end it's stopped and the girl gets happier and makes friends better, but I do really like how this episode turned out and really feels like they actually nail what makes Madou work when they work well.
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Maho Girls Pretty Cure: Ep. 29: A New Magical Tale! Mofuderella is the Star!?

Really tiny Cure Felice is the only version of Cure Felice I approve of now.

One thing I tend to like is a lot of the "Cinderella" homages that Pretty Cure ends up doing, whether they be fun (Yes! 5) epic (Smile) or minor but still cute (that brief Kirara/Towa scene last season...really it's five seconds but one of the most adorable moments of the season) Maho Girls ends up having it's version but it's a bit weird even from the get-go, mostly with the reveal that in the magical world, magical characters have more focus than what we'd think: thus it's actually supposed to be about the Fairy Godmother and not Cinderella herself. (in the same scope, they briefly say Peter Pan is actually about Tinkerbell there) So in a series with a Cinderella homage like this, we of course has Riko as the Fairy Godmother...and somehow or another, Mofurun becomes Cinderella (while Mirai and Kotoha just end up as mice...not even mice that turn into horses, just "the fairy godmother's mice buddies") In goofier elements of said tale, the former servants of Dokruxie all end up as adversaries: Gamettsu is the evil stepmother, Sparda (who is shockingly adorable here) and Batty are the stepsisters, and Yamoh sort of works as an evil mage helping them out. (mostly to make Gamettsu in drag beefier...but hey, it's hilarious to hear Joji Nakata as a female) Yet amidst all the wackiness this time around (which unforutnately just isn't as good as the others), there is somewhat of a couple imporant plot points going on. The beginning shows the Headmaster sort of forcing Kotoha to figure out any other information she can about the Emerald, which she tries to but sort of just cracks under pressure. However amidst the Cinderella fantasy, there is also a comment about a magic dimension crossing carriage; they try to think it's the Cinderella carriage...but it is but it isn't: the carriage they make falls apart but another carriage is somehow made due to Mofurun turning from Cinderella to Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" and using the magic of her glass slippers to create another carriage to escape...oh and she ends up becoming a famous magician herself too, which makes no sense but...this is the magic world for you.

Maho Girls Pretty Cure: Ep. 30: The Magic Research Project! It Just, Won't End~!!

Seriously, I rather Jun just go into art; her Picasso knockoff is rather impressive.

I do notice that there is always a back and forth between the two worlds that Mirai and Riko goes through; in this case with the latest Magic World events completed, it's time to go back to the No-Magic World for more of Mirai's school. However before leaving, Jun, Kay and Emily decide to sneak in the last few hours to have the Cures help them with their "independent study" projects individually. Jun takes Mirai and Riko to use them in ballet-influenced paintings, Emily uses Kotoha for some hair styling, and Kay actually decides to interview Mofurun to create a guide for the little sentient teddy bear. The episdoe sort of seems to state that through their own personal studies, they all do have a path they want to go down using magic and their own interests for what the want to do beyond school...the strange thing is that of the trio, really only Kay's is explained in a way that makes sense for her own development: taking her obsession to write things down and using it to become a researcher. (somehow Jun wants to be a fashion designer; she did mention she wanted to learn it from wanting to spend more time in Magic World but I'm not sure why she chose this...and Emily just out of nowhere wants to be a hair stylist) This devotion by the trio in finding themselves somehow makes both Mirai and Riko realize that neither of them really have no idea what they want to do: even Riko contemplates that her sister wanted to be a teacher due to hanging out with her, while all she wants to do is "be a good magician", which is natural due to the Cure duties but I fear she'll just turn into another Haruka and just want to have a life interest and nothing specific...which considering things would be rather boring. The only interesting plot element that's going on, though, is that two more members of Deusmast's entourage, Shaknice and Benigyo, have started to awaken and are sort of just pushing Labut to do something, making him more active than ever and actually distracting Felice while facing the main Maho Girl duo on his own and doing a good job in dealing with them. Also, he seems to suggest that Felice is perhaps similar to them in her ability to do anything like their Muhou but of course "she's magic so of course it isn't the same" so...we'll see where this ends up.

Maho Girls Pretty Cure: Ep. 31: Crystallised Feelings! The Rainbow Colored Alexandrite!!

I presume it's magic that they can breathe in space too.

Labut basically knows that his time is growing short: the Cures keep beating him and the other servants of Deusmast are starting to awaken and see him constantly screwing things up. So, as promised and being built up, he finally decides "I'm going all out now against them", and does so in a supremely impressive manner: trapping them in the interspace between Magic and Non-Magic World and forcing them to fight in the space between, while using his supremely powerful Muhou to cause problems to make them impossible to respond and fight back against him. Labut is so powerful that he actually splits all three of them within the space and prevent them from having any sort of means of getting back at him. But of course there is always a catch to get them out of this, and this ends up being, of course Mirai: she starts going through the whole "magic is great and I don't want to lose my friends" spiel she's done so often so far, and somehow this, combined with the similar feelings within Riko and Kotoha, finally awakens a brand new, unknown Linkle Stone: the Alexandrite, which works alongside the magical carriage and ends up giving the Cures basically a fusion of the Rainbow Braces and Extreme Luminario from Futari Max Heart...though with the whole "over the rainbow" motif and the magic shoes Mofurun had two episodes ago, I sort of wonder why they didn't go with "The Wizard of Oz" with that episode and instead went with Cinderella again. (seriously, magic is a huge thing in "The Wizard of Oz" and it's public domain...) Oh and new spirits appear after the battle so...things aren't quite closing up that quickly alongside the fact that Deusmast's other servants are finally coming into play now that Labut is obliterated.

Maho Girls Pretty Cure: Ep. 32: Full of Excitement! Ha-chan's School Life!

I hearby dub Ha-chan the Segway fairy.

Despite all the new stuff going on such as the Alexandrite stone and the defeat of Labut, unfortunately there's something the Cures sort of expected but probably didn't expect so soon with their return to this world and the return to school: Kotoha's first day. Yeah it's tradition in this franchise that every Cure seems to join the main Cure's school (unless otherwise), but at least with Kotoha we saw prior that she really, really wanted to go to the same school as Mirai and Riko, even leading to that weird shichi-henge incident back when she was smaller. Of course there are quite a few things that Kotoha doesn't quite get (art for one thing), but one of the surprises of something she is actually interested in is physical activity, being good at sports and wanting to help out the others on the local team. In this episode, she particularly notices Souta, who since the break has become the new lead of the soccer team but has lead to problems due to being too authoritative as a leader and lead to his co-players not wanting to play alongside him. Souta wants someone to help him such as a "fairy of happiness" to get the team back together...but of course there's Kotoha around to help him out, literally using magic to force the team to get back together and using "her excitement" (do we have to keep having to hear everything is "wakuwaku monda" from here to; it's not even her line considering how annoying Mirai is with it!) to inspire the team to...well, a tie. However, the Cures have other worries to think about amidst all this; particularly with Deusmast's other servants deciding to clean up after Labut's mess in letting the Cures live. In this episode we meet the tengu-themed Shaknice, who really is more no-nonsense in getting out there and dealing with them despite the problems; though somehow amidst all this (and the fact the biggest finisher, again, is now just to clean up MotW so all the Cures can be used), we also have the weird Linkle Stone Spirits, the first one which (a banana that represents Topaz) did give its approval...why do I imagine this as our series take on...ugh...the Heartiels?
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SAILOR MOON: THE FRANCHISE WATCH:

SAILOR STARS EDITION (and surprisingly...this is mostly all new)


167/200: "Scattering Nightmare Flowers! Queen of Darkness Revives"

One of the biggest problems in trying to wrap up a story and tie it with a big red bow is that when something else sort of has to happen, it ends up getting in the way...and it sort of ends up becoming one of those things where for once you have to follow some of the manga's guidance to get to where you need to. The opening arc of the final season of Sailor Moon is basically here to "readjust" some of the ending of not just SuperS but S as well to get to where the story has to be for what has to be told now and for the final arc of the anime in general. I'm not really a fan of what they do but at least it sort of makes sense to build up what the story wants to get across and what Takeuchi has left them that they need for this phase of the series. The first adjustmnet is, of course, reviving Queen Nehellenia; I didn't mind how it ended with the idea of Usagi pitying Nehellenia as she just seals herself away in a mirror to remain beautiful forever, but the show decides "let's build up our final opponent by having her convince Nehellenia to escape from said mirror and start rampaging in the real world again". I wasn't a fan of it but when Nehellenia goes free, it is a really powerful sequence showing her destroy her Dream Mirror and creating glass minions of herself to rampage while also infecting Mamoru with a shard to brainwash him (as if he doesn't need yet more problems). The other major adjustment is finally bringing back the Outers to, once again, readjust things to what the manga was doing that the anime didn't. I loved the ending we got with Hotaru and Professor Tomoe in S as well as Pluto's big sacrifice...except Pluto did the sacrifice and survived in the manga and Tomoe died while Hotaru ended up with the Outers forever. Thus here we basically have Setsuna "abducting" Hotaru from her own dad so they can get it aligned with Takeuchi's concepts, all while her baby self "upgrades" the Outers before growing into a small girl again. I do like the Outers getting their upgrade from her as it is an acceptance of Saturn as one of them, but the other stuff, such as stealing Hotaru from her dad, sort of just rubs me the wrong way. Oh and the final adjustment: Usagi's group is finally in high school...well most of them are in the same school, with Rei basically revealing she only went along with the cramming to get them off her back and she was just going to move up in the private school she was already in.

168/200: "The Awakening of Saturn! The Ten Sailor Soldiers Unite"

This is an interesting episode that continues the quiet nature of this arc up to now; which after the bombasticness of the end of SuperS is a nice change of pace but not working for everything. We have the build up of Mamoru's possession by Nehellenia, with him turning cold all while mirrors seem to all be possessed by the queen as she seems to just engrain herself within the world. It's an interesting approach after the last season's craziness and an interesting usage of subtlety even if it isn't that interesting of a plot. On the other hand, we not only have Sailor Saturn back but she basically just finger-pokes Hotaru to regain all her memories all while she was just aging rapidly anyway. Then the Outers return to reunite with the Inners...really doesn't feel that special; they just show up while the Inners are fighting glass Nehellenias at Hikawa Temple, just to...basically give Usagi her Eternal upgrade. I'm not a fan of the whole "this is Sailor Moon's true power" idea since...well, they keep saying that but they add more to it every season; the only reason it's now her true power is because it's the final season...though in the manga there's still more but that's main character overpowering unfortunately. I'm also not a fan of the upgrade itself: the iconic appearance of the seifuku is gone and replaced with a rather ridiculous costume with the huge faux wings in the back...the only thing I do like is the weapon, which feels like a natural upgrade of the scepter from R, with the whole SuperS kalideoscope thing really only mattering because of the threat we had prior which is gone. (it's just nice for Usagi to FINALLY not need Chibi-Usa to transform again) It's short live so far...but the arc is still going so obviously she won't just have her full power from the get-go.

169/200: "Cursed Evil Mirror! Mamoru, Trapped in a Nightmare"

I think the reason why I'm having such a hard time with this revenge of Nehellenia arc is that it basically feels like an arc where the villain more or less reduces herself to something akin to a MotW to cause weird things to happen to someone the hero knows and the hero has to snap them out of it. Obviously it's Nehellenia so of course it's going to work, but having this whole thing with Mamoru "infected" and having this bizarre obsession with mirrors so that he can spend all his time with Nehellenia just feels like something you'd expect from a Nephlite plot in season 1, not from a former main villain who the Sailor Senshi just defeated last season! I do like that Usagi and the Inners are able to put two-and-two together to realize the mirrors are the problem and that this is what they have to deal with (even with Mamoru's whole creepiness building up), but of course leave it to Hotaru to just keep going "you're in danger, Sailor Moon, with the "silver Moon" about to be blackened" with it all basically just foreshadowing for Nehellenia and maybe future events. And of course we have the big plan of Nehellenia, which basically boils down to "ruin Usagi by taking Mamoru away from her"...which just feels less like a plan and more pure pettiness. I sort of get what they're going for with this arc but it just isn't working despite the stakes being raised to the point that we have 10 Sailor Senshi dealing with things...oh and Eternal Sailor Moon STILL won't just work already and is just used on glass Nehellenias.

170/200: "The Destined Night! The Agony of the Sailor Senshi"

This episode sort of just shows the problems of dealing with being a Sailor Senshi whose only purpose is to protect your princess/queen/future god/whatever...when said princess tends to just runs off and does her own thing regardless despite her power. With Mamoru Nehellenia's slave (oh and Chibi-Usa finally fading out of existence), the others decide they need a plan...but Usagi, complete with her magic tears completing her "Eternal Sailor Moon" transforation, just runs off on her own to save him because "well, I want Mamoru and I care about everyone" as usual. Unfortunately the others...sort of are stuck following after because "it's Usagi and she's basically that important to us". I get how powerful and important Usagi is but it feels sometimes like she does whatever and it all turns out OK even though the rest of the team tries so hard to do their own thing and at least make it work better for all of them in some sort of more logical fashion. While Usagi's side is super-cliche, what's more interesting is that when they invade Nehellenia's domain, the team gets broken up in ways you don't usually think of. The highlight is a long sequence where Uranus and Mercury are suddenly partners, with Haruka just wanting to charge right in and Ami forcing her to wait for a strategy, with her ultimately sort of protecting Mercury so that the strategy can be used to get out of this...but then again it means nothing cause it was all a fake Nehellenia, but it was still a fun sequence; likewise the cliffhanger with Mars and Neptune together and the problem of having two "pathfinders" at the same time.

171/200: "For the Sake of Love! Endless Battle in the Evil World"

Despite the last episode revealing that any Nehellenia that isn't facing Usagi is basically a fake "glass Nehellenia", we still get some more unique and fun scenarios where the Sailor Senshi actually are paired in an untypical manner against their opponent. The start concludes the situation between Neptune and Mars; it isn't as fun as Mercury/Uranus but we do get some neat trust exercise regarding Rei actually shooting at "Nehellenia" to save Michiru. The third with Pluto and Venus is OK but really isn't as captivating or fun as the others, with it basically Setsuna telling Minako to go save Usagi due to being the "de-facto" leader of the Sailor Scouts, but Minako coming back to save her leading to both of their captures. With them dealt with, it really is mostly about Usagi and Nehellenia this time around, with her actually creating a world where she becomes trapped within her own dream again and forgets about the reason she came here. However, we get an unexpected awesome MVP in the episode...in Makoto/Jupiter, who actually ended up in the same dream world and actually lectures the evil queen about protecting Usagi and the power of friendship that actually is effective, especially with how she's wailed upon by Nehellenia's lightning while this is happening. It ends rather pathetically with Usagi seeing Makoto's fallen rose earring...and thinking of Mamoru instead of...you know, Sailor Jupiter...and of course leading to Usagi to the final battle despite...well, Saturn and Chibi-Moon sort of holding back the evil queen in her own palace themselves.

172/200 "The Power of Moon Love! The Nightmare Ends"

Finally...after a season and six episodes extra, the battle with Queen Nehellenia is brought to an end. And the end is more or less a "talk the enemy to death" ending that ends in the most bizarre way possible after an interesting intro. The first half basically is Nehellenia fighting Sailor Saturn, who of course actually does decide to potentially destroy the world to stop the evil queen but is stopped by Chibi-Usa, who of course is fading away herself but decides to say that it isn't worth doing all that just for the sake of handling the queen that has caused so many problems up to now. This of course leads to Chibi-Moon's elimination and Saturn's capture, leaving it all up to Usagi. Of course it ultimately returns to the whole idea of "is Nehellenia happy with all that she has and all that she's been asking for", with of course the "witch/queen" acting like a brat constantly yelling at Usagi to hate her and destroy her but Usagi not doing so. It isn't helped that Nehellenia's case is furthered by the idea that the reason she became obsessed with mirrors is because of an incident as a child, where her own lonliness reflected into her becoming obsessed in mirrors as a means of companionship, thus leading to her vanity and thus leading to her own downfall into what she became. While it is interesting, it's still a bit of a boring ending, with Usagi and Nehellenia just talking it out until she finally sort of just has a break down, frees the others, and they finally finish Usagi's upgrade to Eternal Sailor Moon and thus she...um...sends Nehellenia back in time to when she was a child to redo her life, with really no idea or concept that she won't just repeat the same thing and cause everything again. It's an interesting ending but it's something that's been done way better elsewhere...then again considering the build-up that Nehellenia was released by someone else and they're ready to make their move, really all this felt like was a huge waste of time to build up to the real story of the season.
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Kamen Rider Drive: Ep. 45: What is a Roidmude's Last Dream? & Ep. 46: Why Must They Fight?

It's hard to say why Banno should be surprised: Rinna did make that Signal Bike for Go to begin with!

The final battle is here for the Drive Pit crew, and it's really just a race against time to stop Banno from activating the true power of Sigma Circular so that it doesn't activate the second Global Freeze that actually will freeze the entire world...oh and turn it all into data, because Banno rather rule over numbers than people. Seriously, I'm not really a fan of Banno in these final episodes, mostly because he just feels like a very one-dimensional villain. Sure he's not the worst offender of this (that's introduced here...and we'll get there), and I do know that the whole connection with Go does make his demise all the more relevant in finishing off Go's side of the story, but he's just a generic mad scientist who wants to destroy the world so he can rule it, doing so basically by the means that the Roidmudes used in a literal interpretation of the "using a monster's power for the sake of a hero"...when he's basically a monster himself. Go's finale in regards to his father also draws in Chase, who of course goes through the last bit of storytelling basically as a means to just get on Mach's good side and to make them feel like more of a team than anything. Chase's end is tragic, especially since he uses his Chaser and Mashin Chaser powers before blowing himself up in order to protect Go...but of course Banno is a stubborn bastard and it really just allows him to survive while forcing Go to go all out to deal with his dad. And admittedly, while it does feel slightly screwed up (especially since this power up was originally made for him!), I do like Mach Chaser form, especially with how he's able to use most of Chase's weapons and even the three Viral Cores to overcome the added gravity surge and finally finish off his dad. It's sad that it sort of ends up resorting to patricide and it really isn't that good a finale to Go's story...but considering Chase did go down like a man (well as much of a man as a Roidmude can), it at least was worthwhile thematically.

As for Shinnosuke, he, Heart and Medic basically just spend the episodes working their way to stopping that second Global Freeze and...well, unfortunately, this is where the dissapointment comes (well more of a dissapointment than even Banno). I hate to admit it but Sigma Circular is probably the first time ever in Heisei Rider history...that we basically have a final villain that is the equivalent of the Great Leader of Shocker, some random "thing" that really has no relevance to anything other than to just bring the story to an end. It isn't as random as the various forms of the Great Leader since it's basically just finishing off Banno's plan (plus we still have Heart around), but with Banno dead and the Roidmudes having nothing to do with this monstrosity, it's just one last "thing" for Shinnosuke to fight to at least work with Heart on the same side before their final showdown. Oh and Medic, who somehow lost her ability to heal due to Banno, basically "regains it" long enough to heal Shinnosuke at the cost of her own life...thus once this monster is dealt with, it really will just be between Drive and Heart.

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Gravity Falls: Ep. 35: The Last Mabelcorn

Yeah I should have figured unicorn horns were just glorified rave sticks.

The dangers of Bill Cipher has been seen twice already, but unfortunately with someone like Ford around, the factors of how dangerous he really is ends up proving to be way worse than anyone ever imagined. With that revelation, both Dipper and Mabel end up going through their own separate crisis scenarios to prove themselves and whether they are worthy to be able to handle the problems at hand. Mabel ends up involved because of a shield Ford builds to protect the Mystery Shack, which needs unicorn hair to be able to resolve. She and the other girls (Grenda, Candy and Wendy) go out to find said unicorn...and while it's pretty obvious that she's going to be an utter jerk from the get-go (the huge eyes, the faux-cute voice and the factor that she feels like a fusion of Rainbow Dash, Princess Celestia and Amalthea), it is interesting to force Mabel into this crisis of trust where she isn't quite sure whether or not she is pure enough to win it over and get the hair. The resolution is a lot of fun, with the other girls taking things into their own hands and a bunch of other unicorns proving how fake their partner is in trying to show off, despite the fact that the only reason unicorn hair is so hard to get is because they are jerks and prissy about said hair being touched. As for Dipper, he actually ends up going through "mental training" by way of Ford in prep for Bill in case the unicorn mission fails, but ends up having his own crisis when he seems to discover that Ford may have been in cahoots with the extra-dimensional being! In the end, we find out some shocking truths: many of the discoveries Ford made is because he did make a deal with Bill in the past, the deal that lead to the extra-dimensional portal but that fell apart due to McGucket and probably being thrown in that world for 30 years due to Stan. In the end, they finally enter a new trust and the shack becomes secured...though with the credits scene...my wonder is if Bill is going to possess anyone else that isn't Gideon considering how the last episode ended.

Gravity Falls: Ep. 36: Roadside Attraction

So where does she put all those mummies the day after they're new?

So an extradimensional triangle monster is going to invade our reality and turn it into a universe of nightmares...ROAD TRIP! Seriously, with the last episode and the ones after this basically leading us to end-game, the show decides to throw in one last non-lore episode by basically having Stan lead the kids on a road trip to trash all the other tourist traps in Oregon for what they do to the Mystery Shack every year. The episode, however, is more about Dipper and his own problems with girls: despite all that happened with Wendy earlier in the summer, he still really hasn't gotten over her and doesn't know if there is any other girl that will show any interest. Stan decides to use the road trip to help him by giving him some classic pick-up advice, more or less allowing for him to have several "hook ups" throughout the trip...but also getting another girl into him: surprisingly that girl is Candy who sees the newly confident Dipepr as someone that she wouldn't mind spending time with. Unfortunately it all sort of comes to a head during a visit to the other major "land of mystery" within the state: Mystery Mountain, which for some reason talks about a "mummy museum" and possible spider people...though cleverly doesn't say that the two are one and the same until Stan ends up picking up a suspicious SoCal female working the place who happens to be one of these spider-people. Amidst it all, Dipper sort of has his own crisis due to all the girls he picked up being in the same place and the same time, sort of shaking Candy amidst it all and forcing both of them to use all they can to get out of this. Hilariously Candy ends up saving everyone by...um...a tourist pamphlet (guess this makes up for her not being in the D&D parody) but has lost all of her interest in Dipper in the process of the trip. Oh and Stan...well he learns his lesson but the Mystery Shack still gets pranked again by the angry tourist trap owners, probably showing that he shouldn't pull this sort of stunt again.

Gravity Falls: Ep. 37: Dipper & Mabel vs. the Future

Really if this is how clingy he's going to be, Grenda should give up on that Austrian guy.

One thing that is special about Gravity Falls is that it realizes it has a story to tell and that that story has a limited time to be told. This isn't some super-long-running animated series that can run forever; it's story is basically one that must be told in the short period that it's been given and limited by the creator; something more akin to an anime than an American show which tends to even find new twists to keep things going longer than intended. This episode sort of reminds us of that with it basically leading to the end-game of the entire series by way of two major events. The first one is surprisingly a birthday party: on August 31st, the "last day of summer", Dipper and Mabel turn 13. Not only is it the end of summer for both of them but the end of their childhood as well, with them becoming teens in the process. Mabel sort of has the most excitement over all this but ends up having a nightmare due to the events of this episode, discovering the problems of such a limited time such as losing her friends (both Grenda and Candy going away at that time) and that high school isn't the "musical" that she intended things to be. At this rate, she basically thinks that the only consistency in her life is her twin brother Dipper and that she'll at least have "summer" with him still around.

Unfortunately, Dipper ends up reaching a crossoroads himself with this episode due to another twin: Ford. With Dipper as the only one he can trust in the town, Ford decides to take him along to get some materian needed to keep the dimensional rift sealed and stop Bill Cipher from destroying reality in an event known as "Weirdmageddon". It ends up revealing surprisingly that there have even been aliens here for a long time (though they're long dead) and that Ford and Dipper's adventure sort of has the elder twin realize that Dipper is the only one to continue his research once he passes on; even if it means staying in Gravity Falls forever. Through the adventure and realizing all he's been through, Dipper ultimately accepts Ford's offer...but at the cost of Mabel hearing it and running off in the process. Her final means of stability, elimiated just like that.

And then...it happns. Due to a mistake in running away from the shack, Mabel basically hands the rift to Bill and Weirdmageddon begins. I was a bit surprised it was Blendin he chose for his "new sucker", but the goggles probably were why, but it did lead to a shock finale that basically will not just have reverberations in Gravity Falls, but the entire universe.
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Kamen Rider Drive: Ep. 45: What is a Roidmude's Last Dream? & Ep. 46: Why Must They Fight?

I'm not really a fan of Banno in these final episodes, mostly because he just feels like a very one-dimensional villain.
Which fits to determine the Roidmude as multi-dimensional. That artificial humans can be deeper than real humans if they choose to learn instead of thinking they know everything.

That's what makes us all one-dimensional.

I do like Mach Chaser form, especially with how he's able to use most of Chase's weapons and even the three Viral Cores to overcome the added gravity surge and finally finish off his dad.
I just wish the combo had used Chaser's helmet. So much nicer.

Though, Mach Chaser was far more palatable than the color combo nightmare that Chaser Mach was...

It's sad that it sort of ends up resorting to patricide and it really isn't that good a finale to Go's story...
I definitely would have preferred Type Speed vs. Gold Drive for Banno's final fight, but this was really the only place for Go to go, making up for the problem he caused by siding with his father in this war because he chose to ignore the complete story.

What's sad is that the writers actually believe in a world where you can hate someone with every fiber of your being and the second they die you love them with all your heart.

Sigma Circular is probably the first time ever in Heisei Rider history...that we basically have a final villain that is the equivalent of the Great Leader of Shocker, some random "thing" that really has no relevance to anything other than to just bring the story to an end.
Yeah, that was boring as hell and an utter waste of the title hero's ultimate battle.
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