Power Rangers Samurai Premiere Episode review: Are you sure it’s the first episode?

Well, for those of you in the know, and maybe a few of you who aren’t, tonight was the premiere of Power Rangers Samurai on Nickelodeon. Now, for those of you who regularly read my posts and visit the site, you’ll notice that I didn’t end that sentence with an exclamation point. It’s not because I was disappointed by it. Far from that, in fact. No, it’s because, and I may be wrong on this, that didn’t seem like the first episode, for a lot of reasons. Let me tell you what happened.

For those of you who watched Shinkenger, essentially this episode was modeled after the first episode that focused on Chiaki. It started off with all of them training at the Shiba house (can you say reference?), and Mike, the green Samurai Ranger, basically keeps getting hit in the head, because he can’t sense the attack coming. Jayden tries to demonstrate with Kevin how it’s suppose to work, but after a minute, Mike sneaks off in the middle of training. Cut scene to the boat on the Sanzu river (in some ways, I’m glad they kept some of these names, but in other ways, it just feels like lazy writing, you know?) where you see everybody hanging out on the boat going on about how they need to flood the river with human tears to fill it and enter the human world. And that’s when Nylock-of-the-week (no name mentioned) pops up and says “Hey, I’ll beat everybody up with my special super-punchy fists”, or something like that. Back to the Shiba house, where Takeru (no ranting this time) tells Jayden how nobody has seen Mike since practice. Turns out he’s in an arcade with some friends he had before becoming a ranger, and tries to explain to them where he went and what he’s been doing. And that’s when fist-face pops up and attacks a crowd of people right next to Mike (how convenient!). He goes to fight the monster alone, gets the snot beaten out of him, his friends get hurt, and the Nylock leaves because he was drying out. Mike’s upset that his friends got hurt and that he couldn’t sense the monster’s attacks, and runs off to practice on his own while Jayden meditated under the moonlight. It’s the next day, and the Nylock attacked again, this time the other four go to morph and fight him, when Mike flips over everyone and says “I can take this guy alone”. Big fight scene where he eventually tangles the monsters arms around a building and takes him out. Then the monster grows bigger, they change into mega ranger mode and summon the Samurai megazord and take out the monster again. Then at the end there’s a big lesson about teamwork and how they can accomplish anything together. There’s also a scene in the middle of the episode with Bulk and Spike, but everyone’s scene it at this point and it’s inconsequential to the rest of the story. In fact, most of the episode made its way online by now, sooooooo…………….

First things first, that couldn’t have been intended to be the first episode. The whole time I watched it, it felt more like the second or third episode. Everything had already been established, they all knew each other and developed a team dynamic. I’m not sure why they skipped ahead, or if they’ll eventually show the episode where they team up later in the series, but I had a hard time getting past that.

 Even if it felt out-of-order, it was still a good episode. It had all of those Saban characteristics that Power Rangers has been missing since 2003. The cheesy jokes, the poorly edited transition scenes, the slapstick humor. It’s good to be home! Although I still want to find the person who thought that the whole “mega ranger” thing was a good idea and beat him with a stick. Rangers Together, Samurai Forever!

-M.C., the quantum twin

UPDATE: Apparently, the proper spelling of Nylock is “Nighlock”. Just fyi. I will try to remeber that spelling in the future.

UPDATE: (2/10/11) After seeing the episode again, I realized that they’re actually calling Takeru “Master Jii”. Still a reference to Shinkenger, even if it’s not a shout out to ShinkenRed.

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Power Rangers Samurai: Rangers Together, Samurai Forever! | Play Kids Games | Nick Games

Power Rangers Samurai: Rangers Together, Samurai Forever! | Play Kids Games | Nick Games

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New game based on upcoming Power Rangers Samurai. Definitely a flash game, but looks very nice, good graphics and gameplay, includes part of the upcoming opening to the series, including new theme song. Check it out!

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This is an exclusive look at Power Rangers Samurai on insidetv.ew.com, gives some nod to Shinkenger background, and narrator sounds like one from original series!

Power Rangers Samurai: OMG its almost here!

Its been awhile since I’ve written something about Power Rangers Samurai that wasn’t an update to something that I already posted. While, admittedly, there really isn’t anything new to report about it, there’s still a lot of stuff to say about it. For one, Nick has apparently picked up on just how popular the show has already become (without the series even starting), so they’ve actually been promoting it like crazy. Several new tv spots have come out just within the last couple of weeks, including some very epic minute-long commercials, like the ones with the rotating helmets. Both the Nick.com Power Rangers Samurai webpage and the Power Rangers official website have really been working to improve their look and feel to make them more appealing, although, since the 145 Days of Power Rangers ended yesterday (Jan. 31), I’m a bit down. I hope they decide to keep them all online somewhere accessible. And in this time, we’ve come to know the upcoming story and these new characters a little better.

You have Jayden, the Red Samurai Ranger, the strong and fearless leader who seems a bit warmer than his Shinkenger counterpart. Then there’s Kevin, the Blue Samurai Ranger, the strict, disciplined one, who seems a little less over the top than Ryunosuke. Of course, they are followed by Mia (seriously, who picked these names?), the Pink Samurai Ranger, whose the big sister of the group (sound familiar?). Then there’s Mike, the Green Samurai Ranger, who is kind of a goofball and not all that interested in the disciplinary side of being a Samurai (in defense of the writers, they brought in a bunch of new ones, and there still learning the ropes, so give them some credit). And, of course, there’s Emily, who is, you guessed it, the Yellow Samurai Ranger, and a little country girl who went in place of her sick sister.

Outside of the main cast, there’s Takeru, who trains and watches over the Rangers. And they brought back Bulk! And with him they added a character that I’m assuming is Skull’s son, although I’ve got no idea of what his name will be. I’m not sure what they’ve renamed the Gedoushu in general, but the Nanashi Renjyuu are now called Moogers (sounds like something from TMNT, and I’m referring to the 80’s cartoon).

I’m so looking forward to the opening episode. I’m waiting on pins and needles for the February 7th premiere. Wow, these things are really starting to hurt. Anyway, that all I have to say for right now. Comeback the day of the premiere to get my review of the first episode. I can tell even now that it will be glowing. Ok, not waiting on these damn things anymore! And so we’re clear, you’re more than welcome to come back as many times before or after as you want. Who knows? I may just post more stuff between now and then. Dang it, I still have a needle stuck on my butt!

-M.C., the quantum twin

UPDATE: Apparently the character thats suppose to be Skull’s son is named Spike, and he calls Bulk “Uncle Bulk”. Don’t we all wish we had friendships that strong and that last that long. Video on IGN and YouTube of the two interacting with each other.

UPDATE: The Gedoushu are now called the Nylock (or something like that).

300 visits! And it only took a week and three days! lol

Yay, I’ve had three hundred visits to my website! And, unless my site stats have been lying to me, I may actually have a few regular visitors. So I’d like to thank the 3 to 5 of you that visit my on a semi-regular basis, and the oodles of you that dont’, but you count just the same. And of course, I wanna thank the only people that ever comment on my posts, the spammers. Seriously, people! Could someone other than some spammer please leave a comment on something, I don’t care if it’s good or bad, as long as it isn’t spam I would be happy, cuz I don’t know if I’m doing anything right or not. I also have a ratings system in place, so whenever you want, you can rate my stuff thumbs up or thumbs down.

Anyway, to get back to what I was saying before that little tangent, yay 300 visits. A lot of exciting stuff around the corner, the premiere of Power Rangers Samurai is coming up, and apparently they’ll have new episodes premiere sundays at noon. Then the following week Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger preimieres, definitly looking forward to waiting until someone has the nerve to put the first episode up on YouTube. And of course, I’ll continue to try and keep you up-to-date about all things toku. And as promised (for those of you who give a damn), I will soon reveal HenshinHead’s form to you (and he is currently working on a new post, so could you do him a favor and read it, because he doesn’t think anyone reads his posts). Until next time!

-M.C., the quantum twin 

P.S.: I probably won’t do anything when we get to 400, depending on how long that takes, but expect to party at 500! You bring the snacks, I’ll get the drinks, and we’ll party like Toei just announced that their easing up on subbed videos uploaded onto YouTube!

P.S.S.: I just corrected the title, just so you know. Also, today has been the busiest day I’ve had in over a week, so more thanks are in order! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!THANK YOU!THANK YOU!THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S.S.S: Seriously anyone else who isn’t just spamming my site, I want to hear from you, and only you. I haven’t approved a new comment in over three weeks, and I would like to hear from a real person. You can be anonimous if you want, just someone who isn’t a spammer, please make the first move, don’t wait for someone else to do it.

UPDATE: (2/5/11) 400 visits, only one hundred more to go!

Yay! 200 Visits! And Upcoming Attractions.

Since the sight first went up in late November, its had over 200 visits! And for that, I would like to say, Thank You! Or, to patronize you in the native language of tokusatsu, arrigato gozaimasu! And keep coming back, because there’s a lot more ahead. More news about Go-Kaiger, Power Rangers Samurai, Kamen Rider OOO, and whatever else pops up. Plus very soon, I plan on revealing HenshinHead’s form. It’s gonna be awesome, just wait and see. In the mean time, spread the word, tell a friend, and recommend this site to everyone you know that has a computerized device connected to the internet. I would like to reach 300 sometime within the next month if not much, MUCH sooner. Thank you. 🙂