| (updated 7/21/14) BIG update! We have the date for the resumption of new episodes of Super Megaforce! It's way sooner that I thought. How does August 30th sound? I like the earlier return and I like that it sets up a pre-Thanksgiving finale. I'm a bit reserved about Nick picking Labor Day weekend for the resumption. Most people use that "last weekend of summer" for one last fling to the beach, one last splurge into the outdoors before getting back into the weekday off-to-school, off-to-work routine. Added two more weeks of stats as well.|
There's a much more detailed breakdown of the resumption and how the remaining schedule dates might fall on the Schedule page.
Also, it's long past the point where I'm resigned to not going to Power Morphicon this August. That's a bummer. Had a great time two years ago and had hoped to go back. Keep checking PMC's official site (link below) for guest updates. Word has it that today -- JULY 21 -- they're going to announce nine more guests, seven of whom have not been to PMC before!
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.)
We now have word that the 2015 (and into 2016? we don't know) incarnation of Power Rangers will be Power Rangers Dino Charge. And, if you know Sentai, you can tell that'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!
The fourth (and last from Shout! Factory for now) mega box set (SPD to RPM) is out. The top image is the helmets of the red rangers from each season. the bottom picture is a collective image of rangers from all the included seasons. Shout's rights to full-season releases ends with RPM, with the one-time exception to include Samurai, Super Samurai and Megaforce in the Legacy Collection.
And, of course, the dates for next year's Power Morphicon 4 are August 22-24, 2014. Same place, the Pasadena Convention Center. Registration is still open.
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. Many of the old-school MMPR regulars (Jones, Narvy, Schrier, Sutherland, Ashley, Burrise to name a few) will be there. As will a couple of rarely-at-conventions red rangers - Austin St. John (MMPR) and Danny Slavin (Lost Galaxy). If you're going, enjoy! And take pictures!
Gold badges are sold out, and all the rooms at the Sheraton available at the special convention rate have been booked. They've made arrangements with the next-closest Sheraton for a reduced rate. You'll have to catch a cab or use the heck out of the free shuttle.
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.
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.
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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.
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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
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