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According to Eddie Guzelian, he intentionally wanted to "rip off" many of the references to
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Col. Truman's aides are named Hicks and Vasquez. From the first episode, one Grinder apparently survives Dillon's rampage, hobbling for a few steps before collapsing to reveal that half of it is gone. Apparently its designers also gave us the ED-209. Ziggy's outfit during the pilot and flashbacks was clearly inspired by Spike Spiegel. They even got the hair right. Ziggy's last lines during the 'interrogation' in episode 2 include " she lives on now, only in my memories." Summer was almost forced to marry a man named Chaz Winchester IV. Dr. K is a socially awkward genius who, for the first several episodes, is seen and heard only through a computer screen where she's represented by a single letter and uses voice-altering technology. Not to mention her diabetic sweet tooth. The computer screen thing sounds like a shout out to GoGo Sentai Boukenger's Mr Voice, who also turned out to be a genius teenage girl. And of course the two guys chained-together and yanking each other around happens as well. Between graduation and Corinth, Flynn joins some aborigine people as part of a Peace Corps-like group, and ends up with some familiar-looking facepaint. Flashback montages of Flynn from that same period were firing by awfully fast. The leader's name is Scott, and he's the more heroic type, whereas the guy with the metal implanted all over his body (Dillon) is the brooding bad boy who steals the spotlight like whoa. Bonus points for having them butt heads over their vehicles. Don't forget Dillon searching for hints to his missing memories by heading out to find a location in the middle of nowhere, its location plucked from his subconscious... And "In And Out" actually had Dr K uttering "Scott, Summer..." It's a bit of a stretch, but the MOTW from "Blitz", being a Mad Scientist who speaks in Creepy Monotone and gives Dillon the codename D44, reminded anime fans a lot of Kururu. Summer jumps off her motorcycle and does a slow-motion flying kick attack, hitting the enemy in the process. Probably unintentional, but Ziggy is shown doing Old Gen-esque henshin poses in "Not So Simple". During Flynn and Gemma's assembly of the Road Attack Zord, the background music sounds awfully like a-ha's "Take On Me". Between that scene and her lugging a tub of popcorn around in "Heroes Among Us," you sure we aren't talking about ? Real Genius From 'Ancient History', Dr K evades capture using the strategy employed at the climax of , with a bit from the Agents of íThree Amigos! The Matrix thrown in. In 'Run Ziggy Run', an episode centering around the local mafia and the debt Ziggy owes them, the important B-plot revolves around Tenaya working with the Scorpion Cartel to steal a briefcase, the contents of which are unknown, but which cast a golden glow whenever someone opens it. Fresno Bob is named after a character mentioned exactly once in . Escape from New York Tenaya 7 is fast becoming the queen of this trope. As if picking the alias 'Tenaya Sevinson' in her debut wasn't enough of an indication. During the search for the new Green Ranger, the judging panel consisted of an African-American, a female, and someone from the British Isles. In one episode, when soldiers are blasting away at Sawbot V2, Scott tells them to stop, going word for word, " That armor's too strong for blasters!" In "End Game", the music playing when all the hybrids in Corinth are activated sounds like the "Terminator on the Rampage" theme from The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Also Episode 17, Prisoners, had the following conversation: Summer: It's moving too fast. Dillon: Not for me. Summer: How are you reading that? And then, in 'Ranger Red', after the briefing Marcus Truman gives to his team, there is this: Marcus: Questions? Scott: But sir, what's our exit plan? How do we get our birds home once the city shields are raised?
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Black-suited handlers in a secret institute dedicated to churning out Tykebombs... all that's missing are the blue gloves. Ziggy is greeted in the prison cafeteria with the following: Venjix's plan from "In Or Out" looks very similar to the one used in a certain Mel Brooks spoof. In "The Road to Corinth", Ziggy yells, "I'm running the Venjix Barricade... in broad daylight... with, uh, Willy Wonka at the wheel!" Flux overthruster? Flux capacitor? Nobody's mentioned the most obvious one, the GO-ONGER van?