Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:09

Episode Title: The Beetle Invasion
Original Airdate: September 21, 1994

The last time we had an invasion of beetles, the music world changed forever. That was a different kind of beetle, though. Those were B-E-A-T Beatles, which is a far cry from what Lord Zedd has in mind for the citizens of Angel Grove this week. We return to the realm of giant bugs with The Beetle Invasion. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:09

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer S:07 Ep:01

“Yeah, but he’s new. He doesn’t know his strength. He might not know all the fancy martial arts they inevitably seem to pick up.” – Dawn

Here we are at the start of the final season and after the rocky road to hoe which was season 6 and with Joss Wheldon still absent as show runner the warning signs really kick in early for this season even though he does return to script this season opener which finds the group still largely scattered with Willow now in magical rehab with Giles back in England, Spike is still missing and Anya has returned to her vengeance demon fold.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:08

Episode Title: The Power Stealer
Original Airdate: September 20, 1994

As you know from last time, we are in the middle of a multi-episode story arch centered on Tommy and the still somewhat weakened state of his superpowers. Lord Zedd seems to have his heart set on seeing to it that Tommy loses his powers for good. This time he plans on using truly bizarre monster to do it in The Power Stealer. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:08

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E07

Episode Title: The Green Dream
Original Airdate: September 19, 1994

It feels like ancient history now, but there was once a time when green ranger Tommy was actually working for the forces of evil. In today’s episode, that dark past comes back to haunt him a bit and starts him down a path that will bring big changes for the rangers. Let’s see what happens in The Green Dream.
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Luke Cage S:02 E:02

Episode Title: Straighten It Out
Originally Aired June 22nd, 2018

Things are ramping up quickly for Luke after two episodes. Mariah and Shades had three potential buyers for their weapons at the start of last week’s episode and the end of this episode they are down to one. This will make them more desperate and more dangerous, but it also sets Luke on a collision course with Nigel, the Yardies, and Bushmaster. Continue reading Luke Cage S:02 E:02

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:06

Episode Title: Bloom of Doom
Original Airdate: September 17, 1994

We all know that when it comes to the Power Rangers universe, just about anything can become a monster that will cause property values to decrease in Angel Grove, California. We’ve seen all sorts of animals become monsters, and occasionally a plant. This week we return to the realm of botanical beasties. I guess it’s kind of appropriate considering the recent discovery of deadly giant hogweeds in Virginia. Let’s see what happens in this week’s episode, Bloom of Doom. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:06

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 6 Wrap Up

So finally we reached the end of the wretched mess of a season which was Buffy Season 6 and it really makes you wonder if the series should have just ended with what would have been a fitting ending of season 5? Of course back in the day none of us were ready to say goodbye to Buffy and of course the idea of her being resurrected for season 6 was unquestionably a welcome one. Sadly it seems this was as far as the showrunners got with their planning for what we end up with was a largely forgettable season bar a handful of episodes such as Xander and Anya’s wedding and the much beloved “Once More With Feeling”

One of the big mistakes of the season is the lack of any real big evil, as here we get “The Trio” who outside of Warren’s slow corruption in his quest for power are never really a threat though they do provide many of the season’s high points with their bumbling attempts to take out Buffy largely thanks to the inclusion of Andrew and Jonathan. Perhaps their combination of techology and magical abilities could have made them more of a threat but sadly it was not to be as they main purpose is to pave the way for Dark Willow.

Here lies one of the major downfalls of the season, for not only has Willow continually been an irritating presence since season 4 but here this season it was really cranked up several notches as drunk on her own success at bringing Buffy back from the dead, the egotistical Willow is much like having to deal with a drunk when everyone else is sober. Sure they might be having a good time as we got to watch her and Amy go off on magical benders but no one else really was and the attempts to add emotional weight by having Tara leave her only felt cheap. Now by the time we reach the end game and Dark Willow is triggered by Tara accidental being shot by Warren the chances are you were more upset at the loss of Tara than what it meant for their relationship.

Dark Willow just doesn’t work as a big evil outside of the draw of having Willow and Buffy fight things out which considering the two have been on the same power level for a while on paper just have some minor appeal. However by the time the pair face off its against an overpowered Willow in what is essentially a massively unbalanced fight that Buffy has no real way to win as proven by Giles return in what easily was one of the best moments of the entire season unlike say how she ultimately beaten by Xander of all people which was great in that it gave him a purpose outside of comic relief but an achievement drenched in overworked smaltz.

The misguided attempts to tap into the emotional side of the characters frequently proves to be the downfall of the season be it Dawn’s Kleptomania or the Buffy and Spike getting together a direction for the show which still makes zero sense even now, while his attempted rape of Buffy after their relationship disolves only served to break the character in a way which its hard to redeem him from even though the series ends with his quest to regain his soul.

So were do the issues come from? Well one of the main reasons can be placed with Joss Wheldon stepping down as the show runner to work on “Firefly” leaving Marti Noxon to take over as Show runner and in many ways left the show drifting away from its routes and generally pushing characters in directions which we didn’t want to see. Marti Noxon would continue as the showrunner as we move into the final season which is often viewed as the worst….or is it?

Join me next time we start our look back at Season 7 in which Buffy faces off against The First Evil who are now targeting potential slayers around the world, forcing Buffy to ally with some familiar faces as she battles to save the Slayer bloodline.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:05

Episode Title: Putty on the Brain
Original Airdate: September 14, 1994

In our last episode, Lord Zedd made a monster that could transform into duplicates of the rangers. This time around, two of the rangers end up seeing the others as Lord Zedd’s foot soldiers, the putties. Let’s see what happens when Zack and Billy have Putty on the Brain. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:05

Luke Cage S:02 E:01

Episode Title: Soul Brother #1
Originally Aired: June 22nd, 2018

You may know him as Power Man, the hero for hire, or Carl Lucas, but he wants you to know his name is Luke Cage. Luke is back after the events of The Defenders and ready to tackle his second solo season. Several season one favorites have returned including Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Rosario Dawson (Claire), Simone Missick (Misty) Alfre Woodard (Mariah) and Theo Rossi (Shades) they are joined by Mustafa Shakir as the primary season 2 villain John ‘Bushmaster’ McIver. I can’t wait and see who will survive and what surprises we will encounter over the 13 episode season.

coffee for all
I think Claire sums it up perfectly when she talks about Luke throughout this episode Luke is a hero through and through and he is corny. Which makes it hard to tell if it is the character, the writing or the acting that causes some of Luke’s lines to hit with a thud instead of being smooth or intimidating or whatever the situation required.

claire
This first episode was fine, but it existed to mark things off a checklist. They want us to know how Luke, Claire, and Misty are handling themselves after The Defenders. Losing Matt, Misty losing her arm and saving the city, if not the world, could have lasting impacts outside of the obvious that may unfold throughout the season. We get to catch up with our main villains from last season and get an idea of what new schemes they are running. We get a brief intro to this season’s main bad guy and learn he is the anti-Luke, he is a bulletproof mobster.

hero for all
While we are on the subject of bulletproof, apparently sometime between the events of season one and this episode Luke became impervious to the Judas bullets. Maybe it’s like an immune response or a what doesn’t kill him makes him stronger situation, or perhaps without Diamondback, the weapons are of lower quality. No matter the reason it was poorly handled, he is hit with one and brushes it off like it wasn’t his only real weakness in his nearly 30 episodes in the Marvel Netflix universe.

favorites are back
Despite a few shortcomings, I found this episode enjoyable and it was nice to be back in this world. It may be telling of my reaction to season 1 that I’m most excited for the cameos that may be coming from Jessica, Danny, Jeri or anyone else in this world. However, I am still very excited to see where the creative team takes us and how our characters will evolve over the next 12 episodes.