What the 20th Anniversary of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers means to this fan.

No one will ever take them down. The power lies on their side...GO GO Power Rangers!

Exactly 20 years ago yesterday (Yeah I know, i’m a day late! Busy life is busy…) the first episode, “Day of the Dumpter” of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered. After that, it’s all history.

It’s crazy to think that this show is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. I’ve already celebrated Jurassic Park’s 20th anniversary this year (June 11th, respectively). Man do i feel old. I think i’m gonna go cry now…

Where was I? Ah yes, I remember coming home from school and rushing through my homework just so I could watch the Power Rangers in action. It was something that I could look forward to and I always had my toys with me when the show was playing just so i could re-enact the show as it went. I would even transform my toy Megazord when it would on the show.

Yes, I still buy the toys.

Yes, I still buy the toys.

As a kid, the show was entertaining, fun and awesome just for the fact that 6 teens got to morph into awesome costumes and control amazing machines (Zords) while defeating Rita and Zedd, whilst saving the city that the love.

20 years later however, there is more to this show than meets the eye.

I want to say that I acknowledge that the show can be campy, and have some lame dialogue at times, but this show has a lot of heart and teaches children, and adults for that matter, some really great lifelong morals.

One of the many things this show has taught me that has stuck with me is the importance of not abusing power. One of the things that Zordon, the Power Rangers leader, taught them is to never abuse the powers that have been given to them, otherwise they lose that power. For my generation, this is the equivalent of when Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker that with great power comes great responsibility. It taught me to never abuse power and I feel that 20 years later, that’s a very important message.

However, the most important messages that I took from the show and what I still think of when I watch it is, team work, self sacrifice and committing to something bigger than yourself.

Throughout the run of the show, it was stressed that team work was very important to the success of the team, but also very much needed as a community and as friends. It teaches us that we can put faith and trust in others and allows us to help others in need when they need it. It also teaches us that we don’t have to be selfish and that being a team player pays off for everyone.

These characters were thrust into a position to save the world and while initially reluctant, they know that saving the city and others from evil is the right thing to do, even if it means putting themselves in harms way or possibly facing death. Numerous times throughout the show the Rangers gave up their power coins just so that Rita and Zedd wouldn’t cause anymore harm than they had already. It’s these messages that makes this show last, even if it has a kind of cheesy exterior.

These are the kinds of role models I grew up with. These guys, and girls, were my heroes. The generation before me had Superman and comic books, I had Power Rangers.

When I was a kid I wanted to be a Power Ranger as an adult. As an adult, I can be a Power Ranger. I just don’t need the suit or the Zords to do so.

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Arrested Development Season 4 Review

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The oh-so-lovable Bluth family.

Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one writer who had no choice but to critique the new season.

With the long-awaited premiere of Season 4 of Arrested Development, Netflix has undone a huge mistake.

Flash back to 2006: Fox pulls the plug on Arrested Development due to low ratings, despite the show having a cult following (someone explain to me how that works…?). Fox, however, didn’t exactly use the best marketing techniques for the show back in the day. Even I found myself guilty of seeing a commercial for the show and thinking “man this looks boring.”

I later watched an episode and hastily repented my sins.

2013: Netflix releases the long-awaited Season 4 of the show. How did it bode with people? Well, that’s why I’m writing this lovely review and doing all this hard work for you people (don’t tell me watching television is hard, you didn’t have to sit through Victorious).

First, I should mention the completely different episode format they went with for this season: each episode is 30+ minutes, they each focus on one member of the Bluth family, and according to series creator Mitch Hurwitz, they’re “experimental,” meaning they can supposedly be watched in any order. Because most people obviously love skipping to the final episode of the season and watching it backwards. Like a normal person, however, I watched all 15 episodes in order.

So, this show being one of my absolute favorites on TV, what did I think of it? Well…let’s start with the positives first.

Once again, we have the original actors returning to reprise their roles as the members of the incredibly-dysfunctional-but-oh-so-loveable Bluth family. There’s also a myriad of guest stars, including *takes deep breath*: Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen, Max Winkler, Henry Winkler, Mary Lynn Rajskub, John Beard, John Slattery, Ed Begley Jr., Rizwan Manji, Ed Helms, Chris Diamantopoulos, Maria Bamford, Scott Baio, Ron Howard, Judy Greer, Carl Weathers, John Krasinski, James Lipton, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Liza Minelli, Terry Crews (seriously you’re still reading this?), Mae Whitman, Ben Stiller, and Justin Grant Wade, just to name a few. Trust me, there’s more. It’s like an overpacked box of celebrity cameo happiness.

If you’ve followed the show in the past, you’ll recognize most of these cameos. If you haven’t been following the show…why are you reading this and starting with season 4? Seriously, you have Netflix, go back and watch the previous 3 seasons. This review will still be here.

The episodes take place over a period of 5 years, showing what happened with each character between the ending of the last season, and Cinco de Quatro, a holiday that Lucille Bluth began to spite Cinco de Mayo. The overall plot of the season is done in a very clever way, linking each episode together without you even realizing it until later. If you’re confused at first about some things (and trust me, a LOT of people were), just hold out and it’ll all be explained over time.

As usual, the show has its blend of humor ranging from the very subtle, to the in-your-face gags. There are some running gags from the older seasons that are brought back and work perfectly. Heck, there’s even some gags from the very early episodes of the show that are brought back that you may or may not remember. Might wanna dust off your DVD sets of the earlier 3 seasons just in case, because you’ll likely need them to remember everything that happened prior to season 4.

Now, for the moment everybody’s been waiting for, the things that I didn’t really like about the new season. The things that irked me or rubbed me the wrong way. The things that were in the back of my mind while watching that were like a horrible voice of reason (seriously, I just can’t shut my brain off while watching TV). To clear this up right now though: none of these things were terrible. None of these things would prevent me from going back and watching the entire season again, or buying it if/when it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray.

The first and foremost thing: the fact that each episode only stars one character, with occasional appearances of a second character. One of the things that made this show so hilarious in the past was the characters’ personalities, and how they could just bounce off each other so easily. They were so believable and convincing that I honestly forgot they were just actors. In fact, some of my most memorable scenes from the previous seasons came from the entire Bluth family sitting in one room together and watching them go at it.

We don’t get that here. Instead, Michael gets a couple episodes, Gob gets a couple episodes, George Michael gets a couple episodes, Buster gets an episode, Tobias gets an episode (and maybe one or two gay jokes…yeah, if you were hoping to see that, you’re out of luck), and so on. There’s one scene in the entire season where the entire family is together in one room. To me, it just didn’t feel like true Arrested Development. Although to be fair, I’ve heard that due to the actors’ schedules, they couldn’t all be there at once to film episodes, so the writers had to work around that, something they did very well.

One of the staples of the show was how everything could be going okay until the last few minutes of an episode, and then out of nowhere, things would get incredibly chaotic and everything would fall apart (perfect example: go back and watch the episode Mr. F). This season just feels…much more calm. It felt more like I was watching pilot episodes for spin-off shows based on each member of the Bluth family.

Something else that bothered me was how mean spirited this season could be at times. Obviously the Bluth family was a bunch of jerks in the previous season, but they were still loveable despite that. This season, however…well, for a good example, just go watch Buster’s episode, which was just kind of depressing (especially since Buster is one of my favorite characters).

Okay, those were the major things for me. I’ll mention a couple other small things and then wrap it up here.

Without giving too much away, there are a lot, and I mean A LOT of unresolved plot issues in this season. However, I’m relatively positive that these will be resolved in the upcoming Arrested Development movie (something which is teased all throughout the season).

Also: Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen as Lucille and George Bluth in flashback scenes.

Let me Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V that for you: Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen as Lucille and George Bluth in flashback scenes.

Errr…not that I have anything against these actors, but…why? What was wrong with just slapping a wig on Jeffrey Tambor’s head like in the past? These two were just…kind of awkward and stiff. They really didn’t make me believe that they were truly Lucille and George from 20-something years ago. I thought having Jessica Walters and Jeffrey Tambor playing their own characters in flashback scenes was always funny. Seriously, try to imagine the old “and that’s why you always do this and this” scenes from the first season without Jeffrey Tambor in them. Not the same, is it?

Well, I think I’ve rambled on long enough, so what’s my final verdict?

Absolutely check out Season 4. Wait WHAT?! Didn’t I just complain about it for like 20 minutes?!

Well, in the end, it’s still Arrested Development. It’s still the characters we’ve come to love over the past 10 years. It’s still the same brand of witty, tongue-in-cheek humor, and creative and funny plots that won us over.

If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, you’ll likely love this new season. If you’re not a fan of the show and you’re just now beginning your journey, you’ll probably like it, but you’ll probably be confused as all sin. And if you’re not a fan of the show, well, you’ll probably just complain. I don’t even know why you’d be watching it in the first place if you don’t like it.

Final rating: 4 out of 5.

-Jik

Sherlock Holmes Season 1

Wow, I just wrote a three thousand word review on this TV show and some how lost it when I accidentally pressed a couple keys in combination.  Welcome to the 21st Century where technology runs our lives.  And welcome to a century where Sherlock Holmes solves crimes from his smart phone.  Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman lead an amazing show that draws upon all of our own curiosities and ambitions in a ninety minute drama.  Times three.

The first season consists of only three episodes, that include an entire story arc.  Can you call them episodes? I don’t know, they are at least an hour and twenty five minutes long each.  Pretty much a whole movie!  With this time we are exposed to characters that we can’t possibly do in an American series.  When is the last time you actually felt for a character in an AMERICAN TV series?  I can’t think of one.  We are good on comedy, but drama, suspense, action and of course COMEDY all rolled in to one? USA is lacking in this category, so count me in.

“Sherlock” is a modern update of the classic detective stories we all know and love.  Sure we’ve seen Downey Jr’s portrayal of Sherlock, but hot damn does Cumberbatch pull it off so much better.  The vibe, pacing and overall direction is what sells me on this British series.  A man struggling to find his own niche in the world, isn’t that what we all struggle with?  That combined with human interactions is literally the basis of an existence in our own planetary journeys.  Well, Holmes finds it in his trusty sidekick, Watson, played by Martin Freeman.  I don’t even know if you could call him a sidekick.  Both of these characters work in tandem with each other in such a way, I don’t know if I could say one is more important than the other.  They both rely on one another.  Like best friends are supposed to do.

Sometimes we are weak in this life.  But we must surround ourselves with people who will make us stronger.  This whole show, at least in the first story arc, shows how important having a best friend who understands you is.  I can’t speak highly enough of this show.  Best thing to come out of Britain since the Beatles. Cheers!

4.9/5.  Maybe the second season will convince me to push it up to a 5?  Leave your comments on this thread.  Comment/subscribe/watch our other reviews!

-JH

p.s. thank God for copy and paste. This is my third time back to review it.  I’m going to start writing in Microsoft word and import it in to here.  Screw Apple mouses that take you back and wordpress for not saving your text!

PPS! if you haven’t seen our most recent video where we attempt to review movies on the car ride back to our house, here it is!

Game of Thrones (S02E05) Funny Review

Hey all! Sorry this review is a few days late, I’ve been busy with finals week! (Spoiler alert)
Last week we were left on an epic cliff hanger of a demon baby being born. This week’s episode finds us dealing with the after math of this magical spawn with a really unpredictable first scene. As a non reader of the books, which I’ve mentioned before, the pacing of the episodes unfold so nicely that I forget I’m watching a show and not a movie. This is important to note because unexpected turn events like this really bring the drama and action at a great apex during certain story arcs.
All the “backstabbing” both literally and physically is what makes this episode my favorite so far of the season. With this new black and smokey assassin running around, nobody can be sure who to trust.
At King’s landing we find Tyrian plotting, er, um-scheming how to prevent an attack from Stannis.
The war is getting good, and as a viewer I’m on the edge of my seat.
4/5.
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-JH

South Park S16E07 review (funny)

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Cartman has out done himself again. When a new (African American) moves to South Park, Cartman decides to play Cupid for her and Token. Unfortunately, in order to this, he outted himself and Kyle as gay lovers. Hilarity ensues as Kyle tries to figure out why all the girls are interested in going to the mall with him. This particular episode definitely steps it up with the comedy. All these issues are pretty serious, and they handle it all in the right way, still makes it epically funny.
Anyways, I give it a 4.4/5 rating. Pretty solid and funny.
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Jk

Game of Thrones S02E04 (Garden of Bones) Review

Fart jokes leading to epic battles. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that tactic before. I also am consistently upset with the fact that the battles are always skipped. As only a viewer, and not a reader of the series, I’m curious if this is the way it happens in the books, or it is a creative choice made by HBO and it’s producers? Already twice now we’ve skipped over epic battles, only left with a hazy fog and trying to figure out the puzzle with the few pieces we are given. It’s an interesting storytelling choice, and it works for the most part.
After the battle we have the beating of the future queen, with Tyrian saving the day again! His comedic relief and sense of ironic honor is what keeps me so interested in his character development, and the show in general.
King Joffrey’s insanity follows him into the bedroom, where I won’t go in to much detail, but it definitely makes the hatred for him even larger.
Overall, we find the characters in an interesting place. Some know what they have to do to become the king, others know what to do, but do not want the responsibility of the “iron throne.” We often find ourselves wanting to change something about society and the way of life, but taking that responsibility is what separates the wolves from the sheep. It is easy to empathize with all of the Starks and hate the Lanisters, but I see the similarities between the families every now and then. It makes the dynamics of morality all the more interesting. You also get to see an epic cliff hanger ending! Must watch.
The whole episode has reminded me of the epicness of this show, bravo!
4.2/5 “The thirteen have spoken!”
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Game of Thrones S02E03 Review

A game. That’s all life is to some of the characters in this show. Using people as pawns to further their odds at becoming king. The whole kingdom itself is in a weird state of suspension right now. While Geoffrey is technically king, nobody that matters will pledge allegiance to him.
A brother and a sister battling for a father’s affection by fighting on ships is epic and a great metaphor: I’m just having a hard time equating it to my life. The only time my sister and i battled for our dad’s attention we didn’t kill fisherman we’d simply have handstand competitions. On rare occasions we’d even see could hold their breath the longest in the pool.
We also see the fallen king’s younger brother wrestling with the prospect of becoming king, and preparing for battle, while he himself has never seen war before. He is also struggling with his homosexuality, which helps ensue some awkward propositions.
Tyrion still is one of my favorite characters as he waddles around trying to find a way to make his whore acceptable in the kingdom. As this unfolds, so do other character relationships begin to connect better. Just makes me more excited for next week! “I’ve always hated crossbows, take too long to load!”
4/5 Jiggawatts
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