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1 Power Rangers on Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:30 pm

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Because fuck you all, I want to talk about Power Rangers and can't be arsed finding and joining one of the many fan forums.

I was in Toys'R'Us today and picked up 4 Star Wars black series figures and a couple of the 3.75" Rogue One figures. A word of warning, the Chewbacca isn't worth even the reduced price, no paint on his belt/bag and his bowcaster is the worst, soft, bendy rubber and the front doesn't even fit on properly, useless for posing. Took me a good search to find a Stormtrooper with decent paint too.

Anyway, while I was there I had a look at the Power Rangers section, as you can guess it was mostly stuff for the new movie. The standard size Ranger figures actually look okay but they were £10 each. I was mainly interested in the zords after all the bullshit I've seen and read about them. I only saw the T-Rex as an individual zord which was £40, better than the £50 or £60 at Smyths when I went there. But they did have the complete set box and it was £130... fucking £130 just to have a megazord that transforms. They never cost that much when I used to get them as a kid, shit I picked up the 2010 re-release of the original for £30 when it came out. They can't help the horrible design they went with in the movie, but for £130 I'd expect a lot more than the hollow plastic shells with minimum paint and detail. On the plus size, it was huge. People have said it was big but I didn't think it was that big, the box was on its side and still barely fit on the shelves.

I'm thinking of seeing the movie in cinemas, the new clip makes it look surprisingly decent, even if it's not muh Power Rangers.

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2 Re: Power Rangers on Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:30 am

I'm trying to avoid clips of the movie so far to keep surprises to a minimum, amd I'm hoping to catch that twitch marathon. I used to stream PR episodes for a channel called Morphing Time, we had a lot of fun there. I remember saving all the chatlogs at the time, though I think they're lost to time now.

Have you read Max Landis' movie treatment?

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3 Re: Power Rangers on Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:54 am

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I don't think I have, looking it up now it appears the full script is online. I'll give it a read when I have the chance.

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4 Re: Power Rangers on Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:10 pm

Movie sountrack up for pre-order

https://www.varesesarabande.com/collections/brian-tyler/products/power-rangers

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5 Re: Power Rangers on Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:29 pm

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It seems movie Rita isn't the only ranger to have gone bad.

Already mentioned this on the other Hive. Red Wild Force ranger charged with murder after stabbing a man to death with a sword. He pleaded not guilty last year but could face 26 years in prison.

This news is from 2009 but I've only just read it. Former Power Rangers actor sentenced to death for double murder.
Not a ranger, but a child in the youth centre scenes. There seems to be some doubt as to whether he was ever in the show. He claims to have been in the show but Ranger wiki says a different child actor was on the casting sheets for that role.

Japanese stunt actor arrested for robbery.

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6 Re: Power Rangers on Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:36 pm

I think my favourite urban myth about the show was Austin St. John, the original Red Ranger, was involved in the gay porn buisness. Wasn't true, but it became a thing because he was mistaken for an actor that was the spittting image of him

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7 Re: Power Rangers on Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:45 pm

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He seems like a nice guy whenever I see him in interviews, shame Jason David Frank seems to have a problem with him.

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8 Re: Power Rangers on Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:36 pm

Watching the Twitch marathon at the moment

The chat room seemed to really love Food Fight and Happy Birthday Zack

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9 Re: Power Rangers on Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:00 pm

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Jason David Frank being interviewed and playing the new PS4 game.

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10 Re: Power Rangers on Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:05 pm

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I've seen a few videos of the game and it looks like it could be fun, but I'm not a fan of that cartoon look with the huge heads. I might get it if it's cheap but it'd be better if it was like the anniverary game they did years ago, was it called legends?

I had the DS version of it, a side scroller with rangers from every series up to that point. I might try and get the PC version of it, apparently it had a better story mode.

EDIT: The game was called Super Legends and the new game is £11.99. There's also a PR inspired strategy game on steam called Chroma Squad.

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11 Re: Power Rangers on Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:04 pm

Super Legends actually had a decent explanation for what happened to Zedd post-In Space

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12 Re: Power Rangers on Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:26 pm

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Ricardo Medina Jr. (red Wild Force ranger) has changed his murder plea to guilty.
http://www.thewrap.com/power-rangers-actor-ricardo-medina-jr-pleads-no-contest-to-killing-his-roommate/

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13 Re: Power Rangers on Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:18 pm

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I've tried creating an image for my Rangers, only the red is done so far.


Im going with the Egyptian god theme. They'll be:
Red Hawk ranger
Green Crocodile ranger
Yellow Lioness ranger
Blue Ram ranger

I don't know what to do for pink. Anubis will be the 6th ranger. I think something needs to be added in the chest area to break up the colour a little, I thought about adding a gold pyramid but it's a bit basic.

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14 Re: Power Rangers on Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:54 pm

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It would seem Billy is autistic and Trini is a lesbian in the movie.
http://screenrant.com/power-rangers-movie-blue-ranger-billy-actor-autism/
http://screenrant.com/power-rangers-movie-gay-lgbt-ranger/

David Yost - “They really stepped up to the plate. I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.”

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15 Re: Power Rangers on Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:22 am

Your red ranger drawing looks pretty tight so far, hope to see more updates on that

Trying to peice together a custom PR script for an April Fools' prank, but I don't know what to settle on, "Scorpion Rain" or "Zordon's Legacy Revealed", two hoax episodes that have circulated the fandom for years.

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16 Re: Power Rangers on Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:45 am

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Do Scorpion Rain, there seems to be more info on it to work from including summaries of parts 1 and 4 and a video of part 5. https://www.grnrngr.com/documents/scorpionrain/

The green crocodile ranger is done now, as you can see it had some inspiration from the original green ranger. I'm still not sure about the chest area, maybe they could have gold emblems of their animal on there.



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17 Re: Power Rangers on Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:10 pm

Maybe that can be reserved for a power-up mode?

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18 Re: Power Rangers on Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:17 pm

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The movie comes out on Friday, going to order my ticket tomorrow and try to see it on the first day. I'll share my thoughts after I see it, probably in this thread rather than the films thread.

Here's the new honest trailer for the first movie.

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19 Re: Power Rangers on Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:01 am

I'm ordering my tickets today too. Already seen some mixed reviews on it, but it may be more for the fans than the casuals.

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20 Re: Power Rangers on Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:51 pm

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They kept the tradition of them wearing the ranger colours. cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers


Regardless of how the film turns out, I think I like the cast already.

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21 Re: Power Rangers on Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:31 pm

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Dean Israelite’s Power Rangers does make some of the mistakes found in less successful origin story reboots, mainly in spending too much time getting to what audiences came to see. But it does work as an engaging teen coming-of-age drama, a kind of Breakfast Club-meets-Chronicle mash-up that turns into Pacific Rim in the third act. Maybe the movie shouldn’t work, but it more or less does. It is also rooted in a nostalgia for a time when movies like this were less commonplace.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2017/03/20/power-rangers-review-a-batman-begins-like-reboot-that-works/#33e6419539dc

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22 Re: Power Rangers on Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:29 pm

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Okay, so I saw the film today. I was going to write out a review of it but it'd be full of spoilers so I'll wait until I know you've seen it. I'm just going to say I enjoyed it, it was a lot of fun and some decent gags. Be sure to stay for the mid-credits scene.

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23 Re: Power Rangers on Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:28 am

Enjoyed it as well. Billy was the comedy, the brains, and the heart of the whole thing. Jason was headstrong, Kimberly had issues, Zack was brash and wild, and Trini was reclusive. All of these elements made for a great coming of age story, and I did'nt mind the Ranger action did'nt really 'kick in' untill the final 25 minutes. Quite like how Zordon as a bit of a manipulitive and impaitent dick too

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24 Re: Power Rangers on Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:33 pm

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Saban has already said he has 6 (or maybe it was 5 to make 6 in total) more movies planned just for this arc, it was clear they went into this to play the long game and made this a very long origin story with a bunch of world building, setting up the zeo crystals for example. It's just a shame that in doing so they may have hurt their chances of future movies by not putting enough power rangers in Power Rangers.

To my surprise it was the character stuff that worked best. Trini and Zack were probably the least fleshed out but were still serviceable, although Zack's "crazy girl" and "I'm crazy too" talk could be irritating. Every ranger and even zordon had some kind of arc to fulfil in the movie and their fair share of emotional beats, which I found to be quite effective. The rangers needing to learn how to work as a team before they could morph was also a nice twist and came together brilliantly. I'm just going to say they put more effort into the character aspect than they needed to for a Power Ranger movie, and the result was a lot better than it had any right to be for a Power Ranger movie. The training montages were great, the campfire scene did everything it needed to and more--it would have been easy and lazy to have them morph as soon as they share their secrets and have a quick action scene--and by the time it finally came to them gaining their suits I actually believed they'd become friends and the entire thing felt earned.

Rita was kind of scary in the first half of the film, with her early scenes being something out of a horror movie. Elizabeth Banks played her with the right amount of camp for it to work in the tone of the movie but also be recognizable as the character from the show, despite all the changes made to her.

I thought the ranger action was a mixed bag. The brief underwater and mountain fight against the putties was great, and the individual zord scenes did their job but the megazord fight was a bit of a let down, not only did we not get to see the zords combine but the fight wasn't as exciting as it could have been. I will say that the bitch slap callback took me by surprise and saved the scene for me.

I love the new suits now but the zords, Goldar and Alpha all look horrible. But other than that, this was a film that wasn't only entertaining but legitimately well constructed. It wasn't high brow art, but the script was almost masterclass in how tight it was, almost everything had a role to play and connected nicely with a few good callbacks that cement the characters personalities. The only thing that let it down in that regard was how finding the power coins and Rita awakening didn't have anything to do with each other, it coincidental, unless I missed something.

It may not be a very accurate depiction of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but the people involved clearly understood and respected the lore and took some good steps in updating it for the big screen. This was a great film and I can't help but feel that the only reason reviewers aren't praising this movie as they would a Marvel movie is because they feel that the Power Rangers brand is something to be looked down on, even the better reviews have the attitude that it was good "for a power rangers movie". I mean this had way more strengths than any of the MCU movies and at worst only shared the same problem as they do in that the villain work could have been better and they could have had a more climactic battle. This was easily one of the best superhero movies made, even if that was a low bar to reach.

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25 Re: Power Rangers on Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:35 pm

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I hope it does well enough for sequels. The budget was only $100million and it made $40+million on the opening weekend in America alone so things are looking good, as long as there isn't a huge drop-off after the first week.

Russia have also given the film the highest rating possible because of the inclusion of a gay character.

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