| (updated 2/24/14) Here's hoping the news of this week builds on last week's -- especially in keeping a large viewership from the encouraging 2.1 million for Ep 1.|
Gotta say I hope most of the remaining episodes are as one-past-season-centric as Ep 2 was with SPD. The one thing that had me hitting pause and looking at the screen asking "Just what is THAT?" was when the one SPD 'car-zord' joined with the Legendary Megazord to make a hybrid megazord. The idea that it was part SPD/("Dekaranger") was somewhat difficult to identify at first look. Also, can Troy stop pining for Robo Knight? I mean, really ....
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!
Still posting the news that the 20-year all-in-one Legacy Collection DVD set from Shout! Factory is available. EVERY EPISODE from Morphin' to Megaforce is included in a limited-edition (2,000 sets worldwide) 98-disc set INSIDE a to-scale MMPR Red Ranger helmet. If you know you want one, get one now!
Even though they don't have rights to include the movies, they left two empty sleeves in the tins for you to add the movie discs to make the collection complete.
Lionsgate still retains rights to the Nick seasons in terms of releasing them separately, but Shout! worked out an arrangement to include Samurai (2011 & 2012) and Megaforce (2013) for *this collection only* and will re-do them so that they fit with all their other product.
(Clarification of incarnation count: All of MMPR (including MMAR) counts as 1. PRS/PRSS count as 1. PRM/PRSM will count as 1.)
The fourth (and last from Shout! Factory for now) mega box set (SPD to RPM) is coming in 2014. 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 starting to take shape. Many of the old-school MMPR regulars (Jones, Narvy, Sutherland, Ashley, Burrise to name a few) will be there. But we also have news of at least four first-time guests for PMC. Hints: two are from Lightspeed Rescue and the other two played the same character in one season.
I believe Gold badges are sold out, and all the rooms at the Sheraton available at the special convention rate have been booked. Still looking like a no-can-go for me. But who knows? Things can change in a flash! If I can make it work, it'll have to be at the Silver or Red Ranger level but just being there is key. Let's hope the power allows it!
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: Super Megaforce: See above. Anything I'd type here would be kinda-the-same.
RATINGS UPDATE: Feb. 15, 2014: What is that number that starts the total-viewer count for the Super Megaforce premiere? Could it actually be a 2??? IT IS! TWO-POINT-ONE MILLION! See the ratings page.
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