| (updated 8/18/14) To borrow a line from WWE's Bray Wyatt:|
"Pasadena, California ..... we're here."
Well, not me this time (drat, drat, drat x 1000!) but we have arrived at Morphicon Week 2014. If you don't have your itinerary in place by now, good luck making plans. Lots of stuff has been booked and filled up for months. Don't forget your money (you won't have enough, trust me), your tickets and other travel reservations (shuttles, etc. -- and PRINT THEM OUT) MANY changes of clothes, and your best manners and patience! To all the loyal PROAC visitors who are going, enjoy the bejeebers out of the weekend!
Even though I'm not going, here's my small contribution to maybe helping some of you plan your weekend. I've got full-page panel schedule grids available for you to print out (landscape) and take with you. Friday and Sunday each need just one page but Saturday is so busy, it needs three. Here are the links. They are .xls spreadsheet files:
Saturday schedule - pg 1
Saturday schedule - pg 2
Saturday schedule - pg 3
That also means we're just 12 days away from the resumption of new episodes of Super Megaforce. Exciting times, no? I just hope that the excitement that went through that convention room when they first showed the Megaforce trailer two years ago at PMC3 carries through to the end of the show's run on Nick. That's my biggest gripe with how things go with being on Nickelodeon. The 19 weeks of downtime leave room for the big buildup of buzz for other things -- like Dino Charge, the new theatrical MMPR movie and, for some of us, the start of the new Doctor Who season. (Judd's coming back to be executive producer. Sally Campbell's returning as well. The movie premieres July 22, 2016. YAY!) That's all well and good but there's something not fair about where that leaves Super Megaforce. The ever-decreasing attention span for most people isn't going to allow them to wait 19+ weeks for their favorite show to resume. By the time we get to mid-November, 'The Mother of All Mega Battles' will be nothing but an afterthought.
On Thursday, Nick sent out its first version of the September schedules. It showed nothing we weren't already expecting -- premieres of episodes 10-13 with a pre-emption on Sept. 20 for Nick's Worldwide Day of Play. More details on the Schedules page.
There was some news coming out Monday. There will be a Super Megaforce cast panel at PMC4 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time in the main panel room on Saturday. It will be hosted by (here's the big news) .... Dino Charge executive producer (the show-runner) Judd Lynn! That's a pretty nice addition to the guest list just four days before the doors open. There will also be a preview of Dino Charge, which premieres next year.
One thing I'd like to see Nicktoons do is add the eight aired Super Megaforce episodes to the weekday morning rerun cycles. Right now, the 6:00/6:30 cycle takes all of two weeks to get through the 20 non-holiday episodes of Megaforce. That puts the same episodes on the same day of the week, every other week. (Eps 1 & 2 every other Monday, etc.)
Power Morphicon 4 is THIS WEEK!! -- August 22-24, 2014. Same place, the Pasadena Convention Center. Pre-registration is closed. Same-day badges will be available at the PCC on Saturday and Sunday.
The guest list is continuing to grow. There are two seasons for which a complete Ranger cast will be in attendance - the six rangers of Wild Force and the five of SPD. I say five because I'm not counting the doggie suit or the ball of light or any of the one-off rangers. You want history? How about Yuuta Mochizuki, the Japanese actor who played Geki, the Red Tyranno Ranger in Zyuranger and Austin St. John, Jason, the original Red Ranger in MMPR, in the same place? A late addition is Richard Brancatisano from Mystic Force. Yup, get in on Plan Xander! I think that means that PROO is the only season without any main-cast representation.
There are three seasons with all-primary-ranger-cast attendance (partial, in some cases):
* Power Rangers Megaforce (6, it's in their contracts)
* Power Rangers SPD (5, I'm not counting Doggie, Kat or Omega)
* Power Rangers Wild Force (6, Alyson [Taylor, yellow] is Saturday-only)
Other notables? Kim Crossman (Lauren, PRSS, first female red ranger); Christopher Khayman Lee (Andros, PRiS, they guy who killed Zordon [JUST KIDDING!] ) -- and a good amount of Lightspeed, Lost Galaxy and Jungle Fury cast members as well.
If you're going, a) I'm envious and I wish I could join you; b) have fun! don't be shy. Talk to any and everyone you can. c) Take pictures! Share your experiences with those of us not there. You won't regret it.
It's well known now that 2015 (and 2016? we don't know) will bring us Power Rangers Dino Charge. And, if you know Sentai, you can tell that it's an adaptation of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger. The eye-opening aspect of that is that it suggests a possible out-right skip of the Sentai season that was between Gokaiger and Kyoryuger -- Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. And that would be a significant change in the perceived agreement between Toei (the producers of Sentai) and Saban Brands -- which was, basically, "Thou Shalt Not Skip."
It's impossible to know the details this soon after the announcement. Maybe some part of Go-Busters will be incorporated into PRDC just as, say, Dairanger and Kakuranger were incorporated into the original MMPR. From what I can tell, the Go-Busters toy sales were quite underwhelming and maybe Bandai didn't want to take that risk in the U.S. toy market. Or maybe it's Saban wanting to follow up the expected-to-be-popular PRSM season with another dino-sourced season. We shall see.
The Power Rangers 20th Anniversary celebration continues into 2014 as Super Megaforce -- and all the homages to past rangers and past seasons -- hits our TV screens.
The show is different things to different people but it's been a part of our entertainment lives for most, if not all, of the past 20 years. For me, it's kinda that last part of me that refuses to grow up. We're all allowed to have a little bit of that, aren't we? All the characters -- from Adam to Zurgane -- have helped keep us aware that good always prevails! Go Go Power Rangers!
It's an exciting thing to be part of Saban's Power Force, an official group of fans who help promote the show. If I can help the franchise in any way, I'm more than happy to do so. I've known the efforts of many of these people for years and became aware of others as a result of being in this group. Then, got a chance to meet a good many of them at Power Morphicon 3. Here's the page listing everyone: Power Force. We each have a different approach and address a different niche of the PR fandom. It's a cool thing to be a part of and I, like the others, will help make PR20 the best it can be.
On August 18, nine new members of the Power Force were announced. I'll let Nightmere (@nightmere10 on Twitter) have the honors of introducing them (since repeating that info here would be duplication of effort!) -- Power Force Newest Members .
To see the contributions of each of the Power Force members, click here for a page of links to their sites, blogs, etc. Everything PR is covered there. Fury Diamond already has this updated with the nine new members.
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THE LATEST EPISODE: Silver Lining, II: Cool story to explain how Orion discovered the morpher and the discovery to use sixth-ranger powers. But, again, I'm disturbed at the blatant display of apathy into letting "not adapted into PR" Sentai suits into the PRSM fight footage with the totally lame "Ooo! New powers!" attempt to make them fit into the dialogue. There are online examples of people taking less than a day, using less-than-professional-grade editing software, to make the sequence work with only powers that ARE germane to PR. I'm not asking for Emmy-winning quality, just enough to show they give a darn.
RATINGS UPDATE: May 11, 2014: It saddens me that this is as far as I can take the ratings. My primary source of viewership numbers -- Son Of The Bronx -- came upon a situation where he had to stop posting the weekly Nickelodeon (and other channel) reports. Hope we can see some numbers once PRSM resumes on August 30.
(Other sites that provide valuable PR information/services)
Follow me/PROAC on Twitter
My Facebook page
Official Power Rangers site
Power Rangers Central
Nick and More!
Power Morphicon (PMC4 set for Aug. 22-24, 2014!)
RangerCrew message board
Henshin Justice Unlimited
More links (updated 8/9/11)