His decision to make a History of Power Rangers Series. OK, so on the surface it doesn't seem like much, but it's the fact that he's Doing It for the Art makes it so awesome. How? Well, to start things off, he made an original opening showing all the Power Ranger teams fighting monsters as well as a sliding effect of all of the Power Ranger members and series logos (aside from Power Rangers Samurai, since that's so new) with tight editing making it seem really professional in scope. Next and more importantly, he not only chooses to take a serious-analysis approach (see his crowning moment of funny for his thoughts on that idea), but he's willingly subjecting himself to full-on Archive Panic twice. He admits that he didn't rewatch all the Zordon Era episodes but after the first 293 episodes, he's willingly watching 266 hours of Power Rangers just for the fun of learning what went on in Power Rangers after he stopped watching. That is just Awesome!
Speaking of the opening, he kept good on his promise and revised it to include Samurai after the Gold Ranger joined the cast. And the new opening is even more awesome than the first one.
And then updating it again once Megaforce came out.
And likely he'll be updating it again once Dino Charge is out (which, considering the schedule (or lack of one) might end up happening before he can even get to Megaforce).
It was only a brief praise moment, but from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, there's his mentioning of the filler episode "The Rescue Mission". He describes it as "Essentially an Aliens ripoff, but for a kids show, it's simply spectacular." Lewis despite his love of the show was not always keen to handing out open praise, but to give it such high praise is pretty awesome to hear.
The opening of the Power Rangers Wild Force videos, with Lewis very firmly making his case that the "History of Power Rangers" series has no set schedule and constantly complaining about how long it's taking for the next update only makes the series seem like a chore, yet remains perfectly calm with zero profanity.
Well, "perfectly calm" is a bit off as he is obviously very testy and aggravated while speaking... but kudos because most other reviewers would have flipped. And of course, no profanity.
Berating an extremely sexist line from the SPD pilot.
Someone on the boards made the jaw-dropping statement that the franchise should never have a female red ranger, because the fans wouldn't accept it. Linkara's reply:
It's not different anywhere. Sexist people exist all over. And my point remains: "sexist people wouldn't like it" is not a valid justification for saying there shouldn't be one. Being open-minded does not mean you sacrifice your own opinions, either. And even then, I see no reason why I should be open-minded to people who are CLOSED-minded. The idea of judging a leadership position by one's gender when the position does not require one to be a specific gender is an irrational, hateful thought process. If you want to listen to that position, fine, but there's no reason why it should be given any serious thought beyond that and I would argue against it every time. The presence of a uterus, the presence of breasts, the presence of a womb, the presence of a vagina, and the lack of a penis has nothing to do with the ability to lead a team of multicolored superheroes against threats demonic, alien, or otherwise. THAT is the end of the discussion.
Despite how polarizingWild Force was, Linkara says that wasn't as bad as people made it out to be; the only massive criticisms he handed out were Animus being a dick, Shayla taking the jackets along with the morphers and a small one about Merrick using his Power Crystals as pool balls. Otherwise, he praised it for the plot and didn't moan about the Growl Morphers (which are not phone morphers, as they aren't activated by pressing a keypad combination. They're phone-shaped, and have the number buttons, but they're not literal phone morphers like Robo Knight's; they only have one button to press to morph, not a key combination). In fact, he said Wild Force was at least better than Power Rangers Operation Overdrive (though to be fair, that's not saying very much...), Power Rangers Turbo (but again, Link said he loathedTurbo; in fact, it was the season he called the worst....until he sawPower Rangers Operation Overdrive...) and it's likely he'd prefer Wild Force to Ninja Storm (if only because the story of Wild Force was just "iffy" to Linkara, whilst the story of Ninja Storm was great when done right, but horrible when not); plus Wild Force has a more Wasserman-like theme than Ninja Storm does (and Link loves Wasserman-made songs or ones like his). In addition, Jindrax, Toxica and Zen-Aku all probably put Wild Force above Ninja Storm, since the latter had only one good major villain out of a larger group, as opposed to Wild Force having three good villains out of four major villains. The fact that all three of them are redeemed probably adds to Linkara's appreciation of the series. Obviously, he doesn't think Wild Force is better than Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Power Rangers in Space, Power Rangers Dino Thunder or Power Rangers Time Force, but he'd never rank it as low as Power Rangers Turbo or Power Rangers Operation Overdrive.
His little Author Tract on possible ways they could have improved the Mystic Force pilot, giving us several ways both small (use the sentai's magic of courage) or big (the difference between knowledge and belief in magic to activate their powers) ways to change the eventual Central Theme into something much better. Also, his very respectful line that it's easily possible to tell a good and mature story for children without talking down to them. (something his site partner Doug Walker also likes to parrot)
Despite his contempt for Overdrive, his review comes across as measured and calm for the most part, as willing to praise Overdrive for the parts it does well in, as well as condemn it in where it fails. Given he outright stated he considered it the worst of Power Rangers and that HoPR is biased, the fact that he still gave the time to praise aspects such as the Foreshadowing of Mack's true nature and the good acting involved in The Reveal is a small awesome moment.
His jumping to the defense of stuntmen after Dax, who is a stuntman, is mocked. note (He was given a dinky chair, with a half-assed "Stunt" sign, next to the bigger more professional looking chairs.)
His condemnation of Samuel Benta literally stealing from sick children.
Telling him to go to hell? Very satisfying.
Bonus points on this: While doing this condemnation, he pretty much shows a clip of Will (actually staging a betrayal) fighting the rest of the rangers, and yes he also took hits. In combination of the above, it's like making an in-context what-if message that the other Rangers do not approve Benta's act. Sweet.
His admission that Tyzonn's back story (the leader of a search and rescue team who lost his team due to a judgement call and is thus unwilling to join another team) was actually pretty good, and made his lone wolf attitude relatively reasonable due to survivor's guilt.
Giving a nice detailed explanation of why Moltor and Flurious act how they do and how it ties into their nature.
Calling out Jungle Fury for saying a kid fighting back against bullies is "the highest form of evil."
Talking about Doctor K the episode is pure awesome. He talks about how the very nature of this episode is proof enough that any Kids Show can have complex characters, deep themes, and still appeal to children as well, and hence why he does what he does with Power Rangers.
On that note, he gives Doctor K perhaps the highest praise possible: He calls her the best character in the show. While it's not clear whether he means RPM locally or the entire Power Rangers show, her character recap really makes her sound like a character on a big budget network show rather than on something more simplistic like Power Rangers.
Finally, there's his discussion on the nature of Darker and Edgier vs Lighter and Softer and why RPM is much more the mature, serious Power Rangers series that the franchise deserves rather than the film Power/ Rangers that came out around the time of this video's release.
In Part 4 of RPM, as Linkara describes the victory against Venjix, he cuts to a music video of characters of various seasons from MMPR to RPM, all set to "How Far We've Come".
How about the fact that he was willing to go farther with Power Rangers after RPM. There was nothing stopping him from stopping where he originally intended at RPM, but no, he's willing to continue going through with this difficult task despite the time and frustrations he experiences with it.
From Samurai, after Mentor Ji takes away Antonio's morpher (which Antonio made by himself), Linkara goes on a furious rant about how poor a 'mentor' Ji is.
Linkara: [sarcastic chuckling, then suddenly dead-serious] Who the hell are you?
On a similar note, his anger at how dickish the Rangers act around Lauren just because 'she's not Jayden', especially after the sealing symbol fails to stop Master Xandred and none of them can be bothered to go and comfort her in spite of the thing she spent her whole life working for turning out to be for nothing.
His tearing a new one about Jayden's "secret" being that he has a sister and making a big deal on it is awesome, pretty much ripping apart about how pointless Jayden should be feeling and starting the dilemma of Lauren and the other team.
From Super Megaforce, Linkara calling out how dumb and redundant the title for the season is.
All coupled with the fact that he accurately sums up the theme for Power Rangers Megaforce. It isn't that humanity will survive if they work together or even 20 years of the power condensed into forty episodes. It's the bizarre formof laziness. It goes Up to Eleven when Linkara points out that they took their laziness to a whole new level by recording all new footage with the old Sentai suits standing with MMPR instead of just doing new footage with post-Jetman suits instead.
While he rips the season apart, he DOES defend traits he liked, of note admitting as bland as they are, the Megaforce team is STILL better than the Overdrive team and more likable, and pointing out while Gia doesn't get much focus, her actor managed to convey a lot of character in her body language.
A sort of retro-CMOA. You wanna know why Linkara used How Far We Have Come for RPM but not Megaforce? Because he felt like it fitted more with RPM (as they have grown the beard to its fullest potential, and that Samurai and Megaforce pretty much ''shaved'' it) and that if it was applied to Megaforce, it would be more ironic.
Although minor, Linkara points out that, even if they had a limited run of episodes (compressing 2 40+ episode seasons into 20 episode seasons), Megaforce had no excuse to skimp out by pointing out examples of both modern day cartoons and even previous Power Rangers.
He also points out how much children's television has changed in the twenty years since the franchise started, which the people behind this show seem to be completely unaware of. Especially its trying to give episodes morals like ignoring a bully will make them go away, which have since been completely debunked.