Sunday, February 5, 2017

Emma Lahana appearing at Lexington Comic-Con!












#LCTC2017 Ranger Guest Announcement - Emma Lahana will be joining us in Lexington this year!

Emma Lahana is a New Zealand actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Jennifer Mason on Haven, and as Kira Ford, one of the Yellow Rangers of the Power Rangers franchise, in Power Rangers DinoThunder.

Emma played Erin Kingston, a supporting role on New Zealand TV drama Shortland Street and also appeared on Street Legal. She also portrayed the role of Fiona in Disney's You Wish!. In summer 2003, Lahana landed the role of Kira Ford, the Yellow Power Ranger on Power Rangers DinoThunder. She plays an attractive, tomboyish musician who becomes a courageous Power Ranger. She recorded the songs "Patiently", "Freak You Out", "I'm Over You" and "True Love (Ft. Morgan Fairhead)" for the Power Rangers DinoThunder season.

Lahana appeared in an episode of the fourth season of Stargate Atlantis, "Outcast" and as the waitress abducted by a serial killer on the third season episode of Psych. She also played a recurring character on the TV series Hellcats, starring former Phil of the Future star Alyson Michalka and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody's Ashley Tisdale and in 2012, she appeared in the TV movie "Big Time Movie". Most recently she played Jennifer Mason from TVs Haven.

Come meet Emma at the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention this March 10-12th at the Lexington Convention Center. More info at 
www.lexingtoncomiccon.com

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Emma Lahana Online: www.shyranger.com/emma.html

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dino Super Sendoff

Dino Super Charge returned from summer hiatus with one of the worst non-clip show episodes featuring Shelby and her bestie Erin (who thankfully was never seen again). Things bounced right back with a nice Riley episode in which we got Titano Zord, the entire team working together, and the first message from Silver Ranger. Kaylee then found out Chase's identity in kind of a silly episode. I've never been of big fan of old black and white movies but I liked how Beauticruel was basically Mae West. And despite how ridiculous Leisure was (or that Heckyl just happen to have Loafer on the ship at the same times), "CATCHING SOME RAYS" was still better than "HOME RUN KODA").

It was becoming clear a shift in the show was happening as we'd get rather weak or ridiculous story plots that didn't quite mesh with the other half of the episode - like the N-Zed Boys auditions and exploding Pavlova. The action was solid at least and I liked how Shelby and Tyler finally got together. I loved how Lord Arcanon, Doomwing & Singe teamed up and used the Megazords. The battle between Zenowing and Doomwing was great too. I just wish some of this didn't have to be tied up so quickly like how fast Kendall was able to make the splitters. And Zenowing's debut as Silver was right up there with Ivan for some of the best 6th Ranger-ish episodes since the Disney years.

To me, it was feeling like we were in a solid final stretch for Dino Charge. Sledge coming back was expected but I wish they hadn't quickly killed off Arcanon and Singe in the process. Having to fight the Greenzilla's around the world using all the Megazords was cool, but then those same eggs that hatched become anchors to pull the Earth to the sun? Uh, hold on. I'd hardly call it a Chip finale as it was easily one of the worst under his name, up there with "LEGENDARY BATTLE" for poor finale choices. Almost every season has good closure so even one not very good at least is usually wrapped up pretty well. But having the Rangers go back 65 million years and unextinct the dinos I can't agree with. It could've gone a different way (and probably been a lot better) if the Rangers had simply gone back a short time before Sledge activated the anchors or if the black hole had never formed to begin with. The finale did start out pretty good. The civilian part was excellent with using the quick cameos. Killing off Sledge and the entire ship by sending it into the sun was pretty cool - just wish it had happened in the PRESENT. Plus while I liked that they did an epilogue with "HERE COMES HEXIMAS," it was another ridiculous plot - having Heximas escape death-by-sun and work on his plan all these millions of years.

I like to think PR is one continuity (besides RPM being another dimension) but now I guess Dino Charge is as well. Overall, I'd rank it 9th out of 20. A lot of the classic days were better and several seasons have been worse. The first half felt more classic Chip (especially the signature original premiere), while the second half had much more involvement from the other writers and it showed. If this is the case with Ninja Steel I just hope the plots work better and we're not dealing with the same jokes - or the movie might become more exciting than the show pretty fast.

Grades: "BESTIES 4EVA" 3/5, "GONE FISHIN'" through "SILVER SECRET" 4/5, "WINGS OF DANGER" and "FREAKY FIGHTDAY" 5/5, "WORGWORLD" 4/5, "THE RANGERS ROCK" 5/5, "EDGE OF EXTINCTION" 4/5 and "END OF EXTINCTION" 3/5. For more, check out shyranger.com/PR.html.



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Switch to 2017

Looking back, this was the first time in several years I had no clear favorite song for most of year, coming after the Taylor Swift bonanza of 2015. I'd sorta count The Weeknd's "Starboy" but it wasn't released til September. Fifth Harmony get an honorable mention for "Work From Home" and "That's My Girl" but I'm also biased. I've never really been a big fan of girl groups besides TLC back in the day, but I gotta say I really got to like them last year as they continue to put out good tracks and of course always look good performing. >_> For me, 2016 was more about enjoying more of a variety of current tracks and throwbacks, between the return of video blocks (on the new MTV Classic) and an overhaul on a bunch of Seattle radio stations.

2017 is looking like an exciting jam-packed year, as I'll be going to Lexington Comic-Con again in March, which'll be followed by the Nintendo Switch launch and the Power Rangers Movie, all things I'm excited for. 🙂 Pretty Little Liars will have a big finale night in June (after going on longer than it should have) and then'll come Week of Ranger Bar 3. Also, I'm looking forward to the return of Stranger Things and the new DuckTales, and I plan on changing TV/internet providers in the summer - which means I'll have a big project in getting the DVR cleared.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Looking Back: Power Rangers S.P.D.

Most seasons of Power Rangers are pretty consistent all year, whether they're great, mediocre or just ones you'd rather forget. The past 23 years have seen it all, but not many changed halfway through quite like SPD did.

Greg Aronowitz and Bruce Kalish brought a fresh take to PR with a fun two-part premiere - introducing the original A-Squad team and what would become the B-Squad team of Rangers. Decent storylines, episode plots and characters kept things up pretty well, capped off with a great two-part episode where Commander Cruger became Shadow Ranger. But around episode 18 the season started to go downhill in a one-two punch of dull episodes followed by the introduction of Omega Ranger who would be stuck as a ball of light when not in Ranger form, because an actor was never cast (of one the seasons major offenses). SPD also got in the habit of B-Squad acting like they never learned anything like teamwork, and plot points would come up that really should've been long resolved. Still, these weren't necessarily bad episodes I thought and most of them would get a 4/5, as the plots were usually decent. There was just always something wrong, something to be nitpicky about. The show also got a lot of flack for doing an awful teamup episode with DinoThunder after a separate one that would've been fine if it had been the only one.

In some areas SPD did thrive like having their own set of creatures to the sentai counterparts - which Greg did a great job with - and the cast would become of the best of the Disney years. Having aliens living among humans in the future was very ambitious and the A-Squad (who would become evil offscreen) was one of the best storyacrs. So that's SPD, for better or worse one of the biggest tale of two halves PR has ever seen.



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Power Morphicon 2016: Forever Blue

Another Power Morphicon has passed in the midst of a great time to be a Ranger fan. It was one of the the first times the convention took place in the middle of a good season, while Bandai is really ramping up the Legacy toyline in addition to the toylines for the show and movie.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: I got in at Burbank after 1:30. My sister Sarah picked me up and I got settled at her place. Eventually we headed out to Little Tokyo Mall I had looked forward to visiting again and later on, we had dinner at Salazar - a restaurant co-owned by Sarah's boyfriend (also named Aaron). Afterwards we pretty much lounged around the house the rest of the evening.

Thursday afternoon the three of us walked around Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade and the Pier after I realized I hadn't been to the ocean in about ten years. That evening we went out for burgers at Umami and then got ice cream at Churro Borough. Back at home, we turned on Netflix and marathoned a couple episodes of Stranger Things.

FRIDAY: Sarah dropped me off at the Pasadena Sheraton Hotel at 2:30. I got settled in what would be the Ranger Bar room, hopped over to the convention center and picked up my stuff - Gold membership badge, convention coins, Dino Charge pins, a water bottle and posters (The shirts and hoodie would come later). I figured I'd just hangout and watch for people... Sure enough a couple people I knew came by (Tyler W, Quispy and Eric). At one point Paul Schrier passed by and said hi to myself and Quispy as we were chatting, and Ciara Hanna walked by as well.

Batz and Sean arrived (who'd be rooming with me) and the convention officially got underway at 4:00. As always there was toys EVERYWHERE - Megazords, figures, a lot of old '90s stuff for sale - plus Bandai had a massive exhibit complete with Dino Charge, Ninja Steel, movie and Legacy toys. I met Justin Nimmo (Zhane, In Space) and ran into one of my PR friends for many years called BurgundyRanger who I talked with awhile. At 6:00 I sat in on a panel about props and creating/writing the show, followed by a panel with Turbo/In Space cast and a villains panel at 8:00. Back on the floor for the last hour of the day, I met Kate Sheldon (Nadira, Time Force) and Andrew Gray (Troy, Megaforce). I metup with the guys and it was a pretty chill night in our room.

SATURDAY: Anticipating one of most exciting days ever, I headed out to the floor after 10:00 and got busy meeting Latham Gaines (Anton Mercer/Mesogog, DinoThunder) and Megaforce cast John Mark Loudermilk (Noah) and Cameron Jebo (Orion). Then it was showtime for the Dino Charge panel, who then, after Q&A, revealed the cast of Ninja Steel. In one of the biggest surprises I've seen in 23 years of Power Rangers, the new Blue Ranger (Peter Sudarso) was none other than the brother of Dino Charge Blue Ranger, Yoshi Sudarso (who had absolutely NO idea). So many feels I tell ya. 😄 Afterwards I watched a presentation from Bandai, who talked all about the upcoming toys and toylines, followed by the Megaforce panel at 1:00.

Meanwhile, Batz and Sean headed to the store and In-and-Out Burger. I popped over to Jennifer Yen's booth (Vypra, Lightspeed Rescue) and finally went back to our room to refuel about 2:30. Back on the floor, I met Megaforce cast Christina Masterson (Emma) and for a second time following Lexcon in March, said hello to Ciara Hanna (Gia). At 4:00 I went to the Forever Red panel and then met Sasha Craig (Kelsey, Lightspeed Rescue) making her convention debut. After the floor closed for the day, I pretty much hungout with the guys as we started to get ready for the evening. A concert with Johnny Bosch's band Eyeshine was going on so we caught a bit of that as well for a minute. At 8:00 we saw No Pink Spandex Live - a celebration of ten years of Lisa J's podcast. We then headed back up to our room and got set for Ranger Bar's Pink Dolphin Party. Several folks came by throughout the night and around midnight we went to the hotel bar to check out the action there. After lots of fun and snacking it was past 4am before the night finally wrapped up.

SUNDAY: I killed time on the floor a bit before going to a Yellow Rangers panel at 11:00, followed by a 6th Rangers panel. Afterwards, I met Azim Rizk (Jake), completing the Megaforce cast (the only full Power Rangers team I've gotten autographs/pictures from, besides Zeo), and I chatted with JC of Henshin Vault as well, who still remembers me from the Rangerboard gathering at the 2008 ACEN. After going back to the Ranger Bar room for lunch, I stopped by Alyson Sullivan's (Taylor, Wild Force) booth, and saw Bulk & Skull duo Paul Schrier & Jason Narvy's panel at 3:00. At 5:00 the convention closed for good. That evening Batz setup game systems to some of the TVs he brought and we feasted on Dominos, while I started to get the room straightened out.

MONDAY/FINAL THOUGHTS: Sean left early for an 11am flight and mine was at 2:00. It was nice getting home in a few hours but I'll probably drive back with Batz next time.

It was an awesome trip for sure. I enjoyed seeing my sisters current place which is a lot bigger than where she & Aaron were living in 2014. Going to Santa Monica for the first time was pretty cool too. One nice addition to the trip was having a portable phone charger, especially as I'm pretty much on my phone more and more with every vacation (and sometimes it's just easier than bothering with my ten year old camera). Another difference was there were less people than years past, as most of Mutant Chat has moved on to Lexcon, plus Ryland & Evan ended up not making it out.

Registration felt like it went better this year and I enjoyed getting all the stuff gold membership attendees got. One thing I tookaway from the weekend was I was definitely slower than usual with getting autographs/pictures, party due to going to Lexcon again in 2017 and holding out that I'll do more there than I did when I went this year (especially if the amount of Power Rangers alumni grows). I also plan on going to Emerald City Comic-Con next year for only the second time. So the break between trips to Pasadena is sure to be busy, at least next spring.

PMC '16 basically started what I'd call a four-year cycle of meeting a cast four years after their reveal at the convention. Take Megaforce, an unexpected surprise in 2012, who then had a limited autograph signing courtesy of Saban Brands in 2014 (while Super Megaforce was airing) and now in 2016 I talked to them all. I expect the same will happen with Dino Charge I'll hopefully get to see in two years. And as each PMC goes on, I think more and more about who I've met before that I ought to get an autograph/picture from again in addition to who I've missed out on previously and who's making their PMC debut. Besides the Megaforce cast, I mainly went for first-timers, but there were a few I hadn't quite planned on skipping. I'll definitely have a bucket list of names ready at the next PMC.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Supercharged for New PR

Dino Super Charge started out pretty excellent. Heckyl/Snide's debut was good, and I enjoyed getting more backstory plus another plot involving Iceage. The team not bothering to check the ship wreckage is still ridiculous (Everyones fine expect for MIA Sledge), but the episode was strong enough I could get past it.

Shelby had one of the best episodes with James Gaylyn as her dad in what was one of the funniest moments ever on PR. I was surprised Heckyl got outed to the Rangers so soon. Chase had a good episode as well in another genuinely funny episode, that also sorta made up for no Yellow Ranger.

I liked how Tyler's Energem got infected causing him to act like a t-rex and forcing his dad to finally appear as Aqua Ranger, but Tyler was a little too excited to have him back after he had been in hiding for so long. Leaving to go look for the Silver Energem was a decent way to write James off (since he's not main cast like Phillip anyway) and I'm glad Tyler was not OK with him going. I just hope when the Silver Ranger storyline picks up soon there's some payoff and it doesn't leave James as a jerk for not really even doing anything.

We then got what I thought was the worst non-clip show episode of Dino Charge. The baseball plot just didn't work for me and Riley's attitude was bad. The timeline of the games was terrible. I'd like to think the Amber Beach Earthquakes are a minor league team but it felt like it was supposed to be the major leagues.

And the first half wrapped up with a fun Ivan episode. Also, I thought the new opening feels like something from the Disney era and isn't as creatively edited as last years. I do like the font change after nearly the same for five years but I wish they had kept the cast looking at the camera in their credits. I'd have to say Megaforce even had a better stylized opening. Now there's a lot to look forward to coming up between the Silver and Talon Rangers, the new General, Sledge's return and how Heckyl's double personality is resolved, all capped off with a BIG finale apparently.

Grades: "WHEN EVIL STIRS" 5/5, "FORGIVE AND FORGET" 4/5,  "NIGHTMARE IN AMBER BEACH" 5/5, "A DATE WITH DANGER" through "FORGED UNDER FIRE" 4/5, "HOME RUN KODA" 3/5 and "RICHES AND RAGES" 4/5. For more, check out shyranger.com/PR.html.