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HIATUS?! Keep Calm and Carry Discussion On

So the show is currently on hiatus. The only word we have on when it will end are "back later this summer" from Saban's Social Media Intern, who also promised us reruns of old seasons on Nicktoons in October, and has been promising that all will be reveal0ed re: any question regarding the rangers' origin story, so.

Since we have no episode to discuss this week, have a discussion question: What do you think of the season so far? What have you really liked (Antonio/Jayden/Deker, your soap opera drama is the greatest. THE GREATEST), what do you wish the show had done better (GENDER EQUALITY IS NOT DIFFICULT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD), etc.

Two notes: 1)We're here as fans. I don't want to have to moderate "You like a thing I don't like!/You don't like a thing I like!" slapfights. That's no fun for anyone. 2)Note the lack of "Shinkenger Okay" in the post title. I've seen people spoiled by things people don't say (I've been one of those spoiled people before in another fandom), so I think it's best to simply not say anything whatsoever about the sentai. (This shouldn't come as a surprise, this is why the "Shinkenger Okay" posts exist for every episode. I just figured a reminder couldn't hurt.)

And finally, Moogers: neither "moo" nor "grrr." Discuss amongst yourselves.


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Jun. 11th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
The series has been kinda bland to me. I mean, sometimes I'll get really excited, only to be disappointed by the next episode. Take Unexpected Arrival. The ending made everything look really promising. And then we got Room For One More.

What did I like from this series... You know. I don't know. Antonio is kinda okay. At least it feels like he has a personality? But I'm not exactly liking any of the characters or the villains. I wish the mecha talked. Maybe then I would like them. Unless they had no personality either :(
Jun. 11th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
I remember hating this season when it started out. It just felt like a rush production and there were so many things that went wrong. Then as it went a long, it grew on me. The actors slipped into character and the story became more engaging to me. I mean, it's still power rangers but I'm just having fun with the story line now. Which is what matters.

I'm also happy that it seems like they're going college age for the characters.
I kind of hate it when they seem like they're beyond high school and they throw in the "teenagers" bit. I mean, they're still teenagers, but they're late teens.

Antonio is easily my favorite character. I don't know, maybe it's because he is a character where is motivations are shown or the fact I love the over the top ham Ranger warrior. Regardless, I've noticed a real like for the character.

I guess the things I would change would be showing the first two episodes. I know that the networked wanted to start with a bang but the story wasn't meant to start in medias res. It clearly has the standard three act story structure. I think that's one of the reasons it threw me off: I had no idea who these people were, what they were fighting, and their motivations. It wasn't until I pushed further into the series that I somewhat began to understand them but a lot is still missing.

I'd also change the gender equality. It's just kind of irritating to watch. I remember going "Wait, why not Mia?" when the discs were handed out. They made it sound like it was Mike's rightful place to have the Beetle Zord. The man has a right over a woman. Such an Unfortunate Implication, honestly.

I'd also would have liked to have seen it not played too close to the Sentai. I'm always of the opinion that it really doesn't matter because some seasons are good even though they are played close but because it has to deal with Samurai families and such? I don't know, it just feels weird that the main Red Ranger family is filled with blonde hair white people.

Finally, what the hell happened to Rick Medina? It's like his acting improved playing Deker. I mean, it's nothing oscar worthy but it's not how he was in Wild Force. Also, I'm finding him more attractive. What?

Edited at 2011-06-11 05:30 pm (UTC)
Jun. 11th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not loving this season but I don't hate with a passion like some people. I think Jayden is becoming an interesting character.

The girls unfortunately are a low point for me. Mia hasn't had any focus what so ever and Emily can be a bit grating at times.
Jun. 12th, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
Well, I am going to was eloquently, so... pardon my fangirling? xD

I had the benefit of coming into Samurai with only a love for MMPR and having watched PR:DT, which was as close to a blast from the past as I'm aware any of the later seasons got. Now, I love me some Disney, don't get me wrong - Disney is magic, imho - but Disney + Power Rangers always screamed "BAD IDEA" to me because Power Rangers values do not often mesh with Disney (you know, violence, clearly-defined relationships beyond goo-goo eyes, etc).

So when I heard Saban had Power Rangers back, I braced myself for one thing: My childhood, with shinier graphics.
And Haim Saban has not disappointed.

Are the actors still coming into their own? Yes. Without a doubt. And anybody who's extensively watched the first season of MMPR suffered the same thing... and to be honest, I'm a fan of stunted acting, because I like seeing actors grow just as much as their characters.

I mean this in the best way ever: this is literally the gayest show I have ever seen. I love it. The way Antonio & Jayden interact, the who Deker subplot (the way Deker can't say anything without it sounding pornographic) - the shiny and the rainbow and happy and just. I love this season, I think the characters have a great amount of potential, and I can't wait to see how things turn out.

Now, things I either twitch at or would like to see fixed:
I looove the emphasis on Japanese-ness (considering, you know, SAMURAI and given that I minored in Japanese) but sometimes they're shoehorning it in where it just doesn't belong. The not-translating kanji must be annoying to people who aren't familiar enough with it to at least make a guesstimate, and the Japanese-family-passed-down thing leaves me a bit blinky as to... you know, the very not-Japanese cast.

I want my origin episode, obviously, but my life hasn't ended without it. I tend to throw people straight into fics I write, so I'm okay with that. But maybe if we get it, some people will stop whining.


Also, Rick Medina needs to be on my screen a lot more. preferably shirtless

Edited at 2011-06-12 10:07 am (UTC)
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