| (updated 11/21/14) Adding some what-looks-like-BIG news about Monday's Nicktoons marathon. Keep reading.|
A change in the Nicktoons schedule has led to some rabid speculation that the reported/rumored "extended version" of the PRSM finale does exist and might just be airing at the end of Monday night's PR marathon on Nicktoons. Ciara Hanna (the Yellow Ranger) tweeted a while back that the cast had gone back to the studio to record extra dialogue (clearly to be dubbed over Sentai footage) for a "special" episode. Is this it? Why else would there be the need to go from a basic listing of "The Wrath" at 11:00 and the finale at 11:30 to this -- a single-episode, 75-minute block, all under the "Legendary Battle" title?
To me, the just-as-big-if-not-bigger questions are:
• Why on Nicktoons and not the primary Nick channel? As I have stated many times on this site and in my tweets, it's clear to me that Nickelodeon is only interested in fulfilling its contractual minimum obligations for this show -- 20 fresh episodes per year, two 30-minute slots per week. Running an expanded version would exceed that and this scheduling move does nothing but validate the only-the-bare-minimum theory.
• Why, oh why, at 11:00 on a school night? Clearly they don't realize the school kids don't get the WHOLE week off for Thanksgiving. Some will get three days and some two. But Tuesday is pretty much a school day across the board. Are they simply burning off a never-seen-ANYWHERE version of the finale at a super-cruddy time? If so, this shows ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW about how the Viacom/Nickelodeon company feels about our show.
(But as I've said before, it's the ONLY U.S. option Saban Brands has. They're stuck.)
Still limping toward updated stats, schedules and UPRS entries. It'll get done!
It's now more than official 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."
PMC4 was the big event, where we got the first look at the Dino Charge cast. Here's their introduction, courtesy of Fury Diamond of Rangercrew:
This section stays on the main page because PMC is the epicenter of the fandom experience, even when it happens every other year. And that won't change. It's locked in -- Power Morphicon 5 IS ON FOR 2016! Two ideas: 1) Alpha 5 should be part of the artwork identity of PMC5 (Aye aye aye!) and 2) Since 2016 is also the year for the MMPR reboot movie, there should be some sort of major tie-in with PMC5. The ultimate would be to have PMC in July (yeah, a month earlier) and have the actual World Premiere of the movie be associated with the 'con. That's a high bar to set, but it doesn't hurt to go for something big.
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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I also have a Facebook page -- but don't really plan to use it all that much. (Too much work!) Click the logo below in the Links section. It's there so I can, if needed, friend people and like companies to have access to their news. If you want to friend me, I won't mind. Just don't expect much activity!
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Power Morphicon (PMC 5 confirmed for 2016!)
RangerCrew message board
Henshin Justice Unlimited
More links (updated 8/9/11)