TV & Movies

It’s Morphin’ Time for the Big Screen

Like some 90’s Kids, finding out about the new Power Rangers movie was an epic deal.  After all, the Power Rangers series was a huge part of my childhood.  I remember looking forward to watching episodes after school, on Saturday mornings, or when ever I could.

Of course, the reboot or the revival or what ever you want to call the reason why Hollywood decided to make a new film adaption, does showcase that we’re going through a period of ‘recycling’ old shows and movies for new movies.  This, by no means, is anything new.

Regardless, I finally got the chance to see the movie on April 2nd.  One of the first things I noticed was that the audience had a mixture of teenagers and adults in the audience.  This is something I also noticed both times I saw the live action of Beauty and the Beast.  This showcases why some of the 90’s movies and tv shows are being re-purposed: people who enjoyed these movies and shows are now bringing a younger audience with them.

The movie design of the Power Rangers as covered by Entertainment Weekly.

The movie design of the Power Rangers as covered by Entertainment Weekly.

This adaption of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is actually written and set for the audience that I now think the series should have always been set for: teenagers.  Nothing against having the original series geared towards children, but I think that the more mature, and darker, themes work better for the movie.

We get to see that each of the five rangers aren’t perfect.  Instead, they are more of the ‘teenagers with attitude’ that one would expect.  Also, the movie does showcase an LGBT character as well as a character that falls onto the autism spectrum.  What’s great about the former is that the producers and writers decided not to make that a major part of the movie and with the former, it was nice having a character explain a bit about what autism is for people who aren’t introduced to autism.

What also works about the series is that it’s also set up as an origins story.  We’re introduced to why Zordon and Rita where near Earth.  It also explains a bit more about how Rita had the green power coin, why dinosaurs were chosen for the megazords, and so on.

In regards of character development, I think this movie does a great job at it.  We see that Zordon is reluctant to take on the rule of mentor to the rangers.  Instead, he initially wants to use to them so he can get out of the morphing grid.  We do see that change, though.

The character development with the power rangers does take form in how they morph.  In order to morph, the Rangers essentially have to have a certain openness with each other.  I think this works better then the rangers just saying that its morphing time.

Also, what’s nice is that we see them have actual ‘powers’ in the sense that their strength and speed are enhanced.  Although there are people out there who I am sure aren’t thrilled by this fact, it actually makes sense that as ‘Power Rangers,’ they would have increased powers or strengths.

Personally, one of my favorite scenes in the movie is the training montage that they do to  Fitz & The Tantrums’ song “Handclap.”  What works well about the training montage is that we see Alpha 5 serving a purpose besides being almost a secondary Yoda like character.  Instead, this incarnation of Alpha 5 actually has some fighting skills that he teaches the rangers.  This also showcases something that annoyed me a bit about the TV series: what are the odds of the teenagers that were picked had karate and fighting ability prior to becoming Power Rangers.

In regards of potential sequels, there is definitely a lot of source materials.  It’s common knowledge that the series Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers through Power Rangers in Space where all intended to be the whole run of the Power Rangers franchise.  This does allow a fair amount of freedom to do several movies within the rebooted franchise; and the groundwork is already there.

One of the reasons why Zordon came to Earth was to protect the Zeo Crystal.  Personally speaking, I am hoping that the movies get to the point where we see the shift from Zeo to Turbo.  This is due to the fact that it’s never explained in the series what happened to the Zeo powers.  I am guessing in order to get to Turbo though, there has to be at least three more movies.  Two in the Mighty Morphin’ era of power rangers and one in the Zeo era.  But, that depends on what happens with the movie series and how the production staff handles the movies.

Although I would love to see weekly episodes like the kids series, I think that wouldn’t work as well.  With TV series, you do get more character development and at a more steady rate, but at the cost of better scenes for what a movie can do.

Over all, I would say that the movie is one of the more interesting ones I’ve seen in a while.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Overview

Since Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life aired on Netflix this past November, I’ve been thinking a fair amount about the series.  If you haven’t watched the series yet, continue reading at the risk of spoilers, cause I’ll be going there.

Rory’s Love Life

One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking of the revival series is Rory’s love life.  She’s dating some guy – Dan or Derek or something; I’m not trying to play coy with the joke of everyone forgetting his name – while sleeping with ex-boyfriend Logan.

Personally speaking, I would have liked a bit more of a backstory of how Rory and Logan ended up hooking up every time she was in London, which seems to be about every 15 to 20 minutes through the series.

Logan

While on the topic of Logan, I really want to know what he’s doing back in London.  After all, he left London to pursue an online startup that went south and ended up with a job offer in sunny California.  I really want to know how and why Logan is back in London.  Logan’s dad does make a cameo and things seem to be on better terms between Logan and his dad.

I’m chalking the lack of background to the limit of four 50 to 60 minute episodes.

Once a mistress, always a mistress?

But back to Rory’s love life, a part of me finds it hard to accept the fact that Rory would be willing to be the other woman, again.  We already saw this story line at the end of season four and the start of season five.  Apart from the fact that the story line has already been done, I also find it hard to believe that Rory would also cheat; or at least keep on cheating for as long as she did.

Rory + A Wookie = Rory’s First One Night Stand?

Rory, post wookie

While working on a spec piece for GQ magazine, Rory ends up having a one night stand.  One night stands happen.  Yet, I personally find it hard to believe that Rory would juggle a boyfriend – that she even admits that she keeps on forgetting about – an affair with a former boyfriend and throw in a guy in a Wookie custom.  Then again, maybe Rory has a secret fantasy that we didn’t know about.  Regardless, Rory does admit that it was a mistake.

Rory’s Career

At the end of the series, it was set up that Rory had a somewhat promising career as a journalist.  As we left the series, Rory took a job as an embed for the Obama campaign for an online magazine.  Besides referencing a well written piece that she had published in The New Yorker, no real outstanding pieces that she’s ever written where mentioned.  Does anyone else find this somewhat bazaar?

To be honest, I’m not up to date on what it’s like in the journalist market besides print media is slowly becoming a harder field to break into.  Yet, I would have imagine that Rory, having been the editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News, as well as getting a job offer right after college hasn’t found a job.  Instead, she’s working as a freelance journalist.

Granted, this could have something to do with maybe Rory being to focused on journalism as a career and not willingness to expand into other writing related fields prior to considering writing a book.

Emily’s New Job

We see towards the end of the revival that Emily has taken up a job – or a volunteer position – at a museum in Nantucket.  This seems very fitting for Emily since at a couple times throughout the original series, Emily complains about just being a housewife and how all she’s done with life was go to college – where she majored in history – got married and made a home.  Since Richard’s death, it made sense for Emily to look for something new to do with her life, since the life she was use to – DAR meetings, luncheons, and so on – lost meaning for her.

Emily kept a maid, finally

One thing that I was really shocked at is that Emily finally kept a maid.  The woman who has been sued before for firing someone kept a maid.  The woman who would have a new maid every episode kept a maid.  The woman who at one point who would have fired for not being able to understand her is shocking, but it a good way.  This showcases, I believe, that Emily has had some character development.  This is shown not only by the fact that Emily kept a maid throughout the run the revival, but she also hired the maid’s family members.

Miss Patty’s Weight Loss Isn’t Pointed Out

One thing that seemed odd was that Miss Patty’s weight loss wasn’t pointed out.  I feel like some kind of nod to it like, “Hey Miss Patty, that Zumba class you’re taking really worked” or “I’m glad to see you lost that last five pounds” or something.  Alas, that didn’t happen.

We meet Lane’s dad, kind of

During a new festival that focuses on foods of the world, we get about a five second cameo of Lane’s dad.  I think this is a somewhat of an insult to the Gilmore Girls fan base.  We know that Lane’s dad is still alive, but where was he during the original series?

Wait, there’s a secret bar?

Can my town have a secret bar?  I think it’s kind of cool that Stars Hallow has a secret bar.  Especially since Taylor seems to be the only that doesn’t know about it.  This goes to show how well does, or rather doesn’t, know about the town that he is essentially the mayor of.

Luke thinks that Lorelei wants him to sleep with those women?

One thing that happens in the revival is that Luke and Lorelei, mostly Lorelei, considers having someone carry their child.  This desire is brought out by something Emily says that gets underneath Lorelei’s skin.  While looking at potential women, at Paris’ fertility clinic, Luke thinks that Lorelei wants him to sleep with these women.  I personally find this way more funny then I feel that it should.  Mainly since Luke seems smart enough to know how a surrogate works.

Lorelei tries to go Wild

At the end of the third episode, Lorelei decides that she wants to do Wild; the book, not the movie.  This seems to be the culmination of having done therapy with her mom, the relationship she’s in with Luke and feeling like she’s stuck or something with it, her feelings in regards of her father’s death, and everything else.

Lorelai goes wild

The first 10 minutes of the fourth episode focuses on Lor trying to do wild.  And by try, I mean that she gets her pack packed and ready to go, but a couple of hurdles keep her from actually going on the trail.  Although these hurdles could easily be remedied, she ended up not going through.

This is probably a good thing since the only camping related thing I can see Lorelei doing is buying a camping outfit for kicks and giggles.  Regardless, she does have the revelation she was looking for.

I think the reason why Lorelei decided to do Wild is because everything that has been going on.  Like I said earlier, there was a lot going on with her life, but she is also at the midlife crisis point in her life.  By even just going to the hotel that she did, having a bonding moment or two with the other women that where going to be doing Wild, and having the chance to escape gave her the much needed space to just clear her mind.

One thing I didn’t realize before this part of the revival is that people go on trips like Wild or Eat, Pray, Love for the spiritual aspects of the trips for reasons similar to why both Lorelei did an and why the authors of these books did.

Rory writes a book

Throughout the revival, a reoccurring element is Rory writing a book.  Originally, she was going to collaborate on a memoir for someone, which ends up being a flop.  Yet, Jess comes back into town to visit Luke and his mom – did I mention that Liz joined a cult by accident? – and suggested the idea of Rory doing a memoir on her and her mother’s life.

Looking back at the series, this actually works well with the Gilmore Girls canon very well I think.  It would explain the tone of the series to a degree.  It would explain some of the limited backgrounds we got of some of the minor characters.

Paris…in general

We see that Paris, true to her type A personality and drive to succeed at everything she does, ended up get both a MD and JD.  With using her background in both medicine and the judicial system, she is helping people conceive children and to use suragents.  Of course, her standards for suragents is pretty high; but she is the best in the industry.  Shocking, right?

What’s the most shocking about Paris’ career route is that I would have expected her to become a surgeon or something and ultimately the chief of surgery or something.  Although Paris does

Granted, she and Doyle are separated or divorced or whatever Doyle and her are.  For some reason, it isn’t shocking that the two of them have kids and have a rocky relationship.

The Final Four Words

There are so many questions that are opened with those four words.  The first, of course, is if we’ll get another season to find out Lorelei’s reaction. Then there are things like who is the dad, how will Emily react, will Rory follow the path her mother did or will she marry the father, and so on.

This ending was the planned one for the original series and personally, I am happy that it wasn’t.  I think that a 22 year-old pregnant Rory wouldn’t have been the ending that most of the audience would have wanted.  Plus, having this happen when Rory is in her 30s makes it seem less like her following the same footsteps of her mother, in a way.

If Rory does keep the child, she does have options available to her.  The headmaster of her high school essentially promised her a job if she got a masters.  Although going for a masters wouldn’t be easy, I think that Rory is a good enough position to get her masters.

Also, I think that this will give Rory the chance to work and finish her book.  Granted, it will be interesting to see what happens if a second season does happen.

The 13 Reasons Why Trailer

Yesterday, the trailer for Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why was released:

13-reasons-why-tapesWhat is nice about the trailer is that we get a bit of a better idea of how Hannah’s voice overs will happen: some of them will involve Clay walking behind Hannah.

Otherwise, we do a glimpse of one of the most important props from the show: the cassette tapes.  The numbers on the cassettes are a bit large then mentioned in the book, but it’s nice seeing some what the props will actually look like since we’ve had 10 years to picture everything.13-reasons-why-clay-listening-to-tapes

The trailer does focus around Clay and Hannah predominantly, but get a glimpse of the other 12 people who Hannah contributes to why she committed suicide.    We also got to see a bit of the appearance that Hannah’s mom makes.  I think it’s a great addition to have Hannah’s parent’s in the 13 episode series.  With the exception of the Clay’s mom, the high school counselor, and Mr. Porter, the book didn’t have to many adults in it that have some kind of recurring role.

A few of the reactions to the trailer call it dark, point out its presented as a mystery thriller, and a harrowing adoption.  Personally speaking, I am happy that the director and producers don’t try to sugar coat the series.

Riverdale’s Third Chapter: Slut Shaming as a Theme

I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bad blogger…I watched Riverdale and didn’t post about it, I wasn’t kind of out of it after having two of my wisdom teeth removed.  Which, was actually less painful than I thought

Yet, that’s not here or there.  The first thing that comes to mind about the third episode is slut shaming. What happened to cause this focus was that Veronica went on a date with the captain of the football team, who is also the head coach’s son.

After this date, the football star started slut shamming Veronica, despite nothing happening on the date.  This pushes Veronica and Betty to take action about the issue at Riverdale High.  They initially seek revenge – which we see Betty having an episode of some sort where she thinks she’s Pauli, her older sister – but then Betty uses the restarted high school paper to write a story on what happened.

riverdale-1x03-the-cwAlthough I haven’t seen slut shamming happen in person, but I think that it was great that the show took on the issue.  Especially since it took on the idea that women should take charge.  (In fairness here’s I am using ‘women’ here as the main gender that gets slut shamed, since there is a double standard that essentially goes where if you’re a guy, it’s great that you’re having sex and it’s bad if you’re a woman)

Within the episode, we also get a glimpse into Betty’s mental state when she thinks that she is Pauli for a second or two.  We also got a glimpse into her mental heath in the pilot.  Giving a lead character of a beloved series is a brilliant move, I think, due to the fact that it give more depth to the series.  Granted, it sadly means that it also give more drama to series, possibly meaning that for a time, Betty wont be a well liked character.

The other thing that will have an impact in episode four (which I am holding off on watching till I have this posted) is that Archie’s secret affair with a high school teacher is one step closer to being exposed.  Dilton Doiley, a troupe master, was the one that shot the gun one July 4th and he trades The Blue and Gold – Riverdale High’s newspaper – their silence for the bit of info that  Miss Grundy’s car was at the lake the Jason died.  Betty said yes to the swap, even though she doesn’t know what this will do to Archie.  Jughead, however, knows what this will do to Archie.

Riverdale’s Second Chapter: A Touch of Evil

Riverdale‘s second episode sheds some light on what happened between Jughead and Archie, the story line that I am the peeks my interest the most at the moment.  This is due to the fact that Jughead, unlike Archie, seems to have a firm grasp on what’s right and what’s wrong.

But while we see Archie struggle with everything going on – dealing with his secret affair with a teacher, Jason’s death, what’s happening with Veronica – Veronica is trying to move past of the events in last week’s episode.

Jason’s Death is Stirring up some drama

Jason’s death is definitely causing the intended drama: Jughead is thinks that there is a correlation between Archie ditching on a road trip on the 4th and some people thinking that Cheryl blossom thinking that she might have had something to do with her brother’s death.  After having a bonding afternoon with Betty, Cheryl starts questioning Betty for info that pertains to Jason’s death

A bit on Jughead

Jughead is definitely the quick quip character and almost comes off as Archie’s moral compass.  Especially when it comes to getting Archie thinking about coming clean about what he heard on the fourth.
screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-11-03-35-am-640x300Yet, Jughead isn’t afraid to be speak out against the jocks at the school when they speculate that he might have killed Jason.

Since the series, so far, is narrated at the start and end of the episodes with a Jughead narrating, that does beg the question of how that might shade the story we’re hearing.  Yet, this does beg the question: when the series end, will it be set at some kind of book reading or Jughead trying to get it published.

So far, Jughead is the most interesting character in my opinion.  This is due to the fact that he comes off as he knows something.

Interview pertaining to Jughead

Here is Cole Sprouse’s view on Jughead