Web Video: Database Rangers Power Reviews
Database Ranger's Power Reviews
is an online video series created by Jacob Brode ("Database Ranger") which reviews episodes of the long-running Power Rangers
franchise. The pilot episode launched on October 13, 2012, with a review of the Power Rangers Samurai
season opening episode "The Team Unites". Since then, the series has reviewed many episodes from Samurai
, Super Samurai
, and Power Rangers Megaforce
. During the Megaforce
Summer hiatus, the series has reviewed episodes from older seasons of Power Rangers
, with Database Ranger and/or his co-hosts sharing his thoughts and analyses along the way.
This video series also follows the life of Database Ranger, an aspiring author who does episode reviews as a side hobby. He is frequently accompanied by Dr. K from Power Rangers RPM
as a technical advisor. Along the way, he begins interacting his next door neighbors: Guy (who may or may not be a spy); Mayo, who looks suspiciously a lot like Dr. K; and Mitch and Mary Morpotzner. Over time, he faces doubts about Dr. K's existence—along with possibly his own. Eventually, Dr. K leaves Database over this issue, and Guy, Mayo, and the Morpotzners fill in as substitute co-hosts. During the Spring 2013 finale, things begin looking up for Database, but they take a turn for the worse in the Summer 2013 season as he confronts a group of men in black suits
who are after him for reasons yet disclosed.
The episode reviews themselves, though containing healthy doses of snark, are actually very fair, highlighting each episode's (or season's) strengths and weaknesses. Although comparisons can be made to other Power Rangers
review series, including Linkara's History of Power Rangers
, this particular web series reviews individual episodes instead of entire seasons, though Database and/or his co-hosts do provide thoughts about the season the episode is part of.
In addition to the episode reviews, there are two spin-off series titled Ask DB
and Ask Dr. K
in which either Database Ranger or Dr. K answer fan questions related to Power Rangers
from all seasons. On occasion, Jacob, sometimes accompanied by co-star and fiance Marisa Gallego, posts video updates titled "Jake Says 'Hi!'". A third spin off, the Dino Charge Ranger Logs
, have Database doing quick reviews of episodes of Power Rangers Dino Charge
as they air (Jacob and Marissa also watch the episodes live and post their reactions to Youtube).
You can watch episodes on Database Ranger's YouTube channel
, and Jacob has a Twitter here.
Jacob has said that the plotline will continue to episode 100- after reaching the finale of Super Megaforce
, the final 20 episodes will be episodes from across the franchise. Episodic reviews will likely continue afterwards, as one of the Patreon rewards is the ability to request a review of any episode of Power Rangers
Jacob has a Patreon here.
This work contains examples of:
- Acting for Two: Marisa Gallego as both Dr. K and Mayo. Jacob Brode, in addition to playing Database Ranger, also does the announcer's voice.
- Jacob plays everyone in the Season 2 opener.
- Alternate Universe: Where Dr. K comes from, specifically the Power Rangers RPM-verse.
- Attack Hello: An irate Mayo lets Database know exactly what she thinks of him standing her up for their date. With her fist.
- Berserk Button: Just as in Power Rangers RPM, never, ever say the word "spandex" around Dr. K, especially regarding the suits' material. Just don't.
- If the review of Super Megaforce from, well, Super Megaforce means anything, Guy gets pissed whenever the alien invasion of Power Rangers in Space is ignored (E.G, "This is the greatest threat our planet has ever known.").
- Big "WHAT?!": Doctor K in the review of "Earth Fights Back," when the Super Megaforce Rangers Legendary Morph into the RPM Rangers.
- Buffy Speak: Mitch and Mary Morpotzner tend to speak this way at times. While watching a choreographed fight scene during the review episode of "The Wild Wipeout" from Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Mitch describes the Rangers doing "punchy flippy kicky things."
- The Cast Showoff: Marisa (as Mayo) shows off her impressive singing abilities during the review for "Another Song and Dance" from Power Rangers Zeo.
- Catch Phrase: Several.
- "Greetings, Ranger fans, and welcome to Power Reviews!" is how Database Ranger typically opens each episode, though variations do happen, especially as of late.
- Before going into the episode review, Database opens with, "And that's the end of the episode! What did I think of it?"—although variations occur when either Dr. K reviews an episode, or Database has a co-host.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Database closes almost every episode with "Farewell, Ranger fans, and may the Power protect you!"—borrowing the line from the source material.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Guy, who is introduced as Database Ranger's neighbor, but later begins playing a more important role in the story by the Summer 2013 season.
- The Chessmaster: Venjix took over Database some time after the Silver Lining two parter, and since then has been doing episodes with different members of the team to earn their trust and get them alone for Alphabet Soup to take them.
- Chewing The Secnery: Jacob chews the scenery while normal, but as Venjix? He pretty much devours it.
- Cliff Hanger: A few.
- The Spring finale has Database Ranger getting his apartment back, as Guy finally moves out; getting a date with Mayo as she asks him out; and getting a publisher for his book. Dr. K also comes back.
- The review episode for "Silence Is Golden" from Power Rangers in Space ends with one wham of a cliffhanger. Surrounded by Guy and several men in black, Database Ranger suddenly gains martial arts skills well enough to take them all down.
- The review episode for "Way Back When" from Power Rangers Operation Overdrive ends with Mayo being kidnapped by men in black suits.
- The review episode for "Man and Machine" ends with Database's eyes glowing and the SQUEE shorting out.
- Every episode since then has ended on a cliffhanger, minor or major.
- The review episode for "The Human Factor" ends with The Reveal that Guy is from Hexagon. Also a Mythology Gag.
- The review episode for "Staying on Track" ends with a crack in the world being revealed.
- The review episode for "End Game" ends with The Reveal that Database is the Phantom Ranger, and him going off to stop the cracks in the world. Also a parallel to the episode itself, which also ended on a cliffhanger.
- The review episode for "The Grass is Always Greener..." ends with Jacob being taken over by Venjx.
- Deadpan Snarker: Both Dr. K and Guy. Guy possibly more so, since deadpan seems to be his speaking tone. Database also has his moments when commenting on the episode being reviewed, especially in the second half of Megaforce.
- Deus ex Machina: Towards the end of the review episode for "Undercover Rangers" from Power Rangers Time Force, Database and Mayo, trapped by Alphabet Soup agents, get saved at the last minute, apparently by the agency's own Bleach Protocol, which ends up shutting down the facility, but not killing its agents.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Venjix may be an AI bent on world domination, but according to "In the Driver's Seat," at least he does his research.
- Epic Fail: As Database points out in "A Lion's Alliance," Wild Force was the last season Jonathan Tzachor was executive producer of before he left and came back for Samurai, yet he still gets the name of the Wild Force Rangers headquarters wrong.
- Every Episode Ending: Earlier episodes tended to end with either "Farewell, Ranger fans, and let the power protect you!" or "What?" This comes to an end in the review for "Man and Machine", where since then the audience has been saying the latter.
- Exact Words: During the review episode for "Legacy of Power" from Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Database Ranger promises never to question Dr. K if she helps him find Mayo and her kidnappers. After he does so, she reminds him of that promise using his exact words before she tells him about her theory behind her existence.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: The Morpotzners. They also often speak at the same time.
- Flat "What.": During the Spring 2013 finale, combined with Wham Shot—
Database Ranger: I HAVE A PUBLISHER!
Dr. K: What?
- Also Dr. K's answer in episode 5 Ask Dr. K when being asked about life with Ziggy.
- And Database Ranger himself in any episode that doesn't end with the borrowed catchphrase.
- Foreshadowing: Database saying "greetings Ranger fans and welcome to phase 1" and so on in recent episodes foreshadows the reveal at the end of "The Grass Is Always Greener..." that That's Not Database Ranger
'Mayo: THAT'S NOT DB!
- Generic Name: Guy.
- Genki Girl: Mayo seems to be this way, in comparison with the relatively more serious Database and Doctor K and deadpan Guy.
- In-Universe Camera: The Selective Quantum Utility Electronic Eyeline, or SQUEE, and it's former form of an ordinary digital camera borrowed from Guy. Has since received two upgrades, with Mayo calling the second one "SQUEE-3-PO."
- Insistent Terminology: While Database Ranger calls each Ranger character by name, Dr. K refers to them by their titles. For example, she refers Troy from Power Rangers Megaforce as Megaforce Red, and so on.
- Also she will only refer to the SQUEE by it's full name.
- Interrupted by the End: In episode 1 of Ask Dr. K, she gets cut off as her sixty seconds have run out while in the middle of a lengthy rant—one which involved a Running Gag carried over from Power Rangers RPM.
- Instant Expert: Database suddenly gains martial arts skills when confronted by Guy and men in black suits, taking them all down.
- Jump Scare: During the episode review for "Island of Illusion" from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, when seeing the Mutitis monster, Database remarks, "Attack on Titan's got nothing on this". Cue the iconic Colossal Titan emerging from behind Wall Maria.
- Knight of Cerebus: The Landlord. He traps Database in a Lotus-Eater Machine, turns him into a washed out hermit, and attempts to end his show, all while calmly expressing his disdain for Power Rangers.
- Large Ham: Database occasionally ventures into this territory.
- Limited Wardrobe: In every episode thus far, Database Ranger wears a t-shirt with the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers underneath a Power Rangers in Space jacket. Dr. K, of course, wears her uniform and lab coat ensemble, and Guy seems to be fond of suits.
- The Men in Black: Both Database and Dr. K suspect Guy of being one when he moves in with them, one is present in the Diner when Database, Mayo and Guy go out to a restaurant, and after Database gets called for a meeting with a book publisher, he encounters more men in black, with Guy being one of them.
- Mythology Gag:
- During the episode review for "Another Song and Dance" from Power Rangers Zeo, Database and Mayo sing the episode's summary, just like Tommy and Tanya could only sing because of a spell cast on them by Queen Machina.
- While watching the episode "The Wild Wipeout" from Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Database constantly corrects the Morpotzners after they mistake Sensei Kanoi Watanabe for being any small, furry, rat-like animal other than a guinea pig—just like Cam had to correct Shane, Tori, and Dustin in the show.
- During the episode review for "Silence Is Golden" from Power Rangers in Space, Database, on the run from Guy and some men in black suits, keeps quiet to avoid being found, mirroring the In Space episode's premise of the Rangers having to keep quiet or else they would be found by the Psycho Rangers via voice recognition.
- The end of the review for "The Human Factor" reveals that Guy is from Hexagon, a reference to the unused concept for Power Rangers Ninja Storm.
- The review of "End Game" has two. First, Database is revealed to be the Phantom Ranger. Second, the episode ends on a Cliff Hanger just like the end of the episode proper.
- During the review of Silver Lining Part 2, Database comments that he was expecting Orion to have difficulties for his first Legendary Sixth Ranger morph. This could be a reference to the same fight in Gokaiger, where Gai (Orion's counterpart) was trolled by the Gokaigers by making him turn into the Sentai version of Zeo Gold.
- Odd Couple: Database and Guy, after Guy has to temporarily move in with Database after his apartment caught on fire. This becomes especially noticeable during Power Rangers SPD's "Idol," where Guy co-hosts, but they steadily become Fire-Forged Friends after the Season 1 finale.
- Oh, Crap: Played for Laughs at the start of the Power Rangers Samurai Halloween Episode. Database is hard pressed to find anything good about it.
- Only Sane Man: Mayo, in comparison to the eccentric Database, mysterious Guy, and the Morpotzners. Database is slightly below Mayo, again in comparison to the other characters.
- Portmanteau: The last name "Morpotzner" is a fusion of Morehouse and Opotzner, the last names for the actors playing the Morpotzners.
- Previously On: "Previously on Power Reviews..." Done as a Shout-Out to when Power Rangers used this as a recurring trope.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Aside from the obvious Running Gag—
Dr. K: Do. I. Exist?
- The Reveal:
- At the end of the review for "Legacy of Power" from Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Dr. K tells Database that those men in black suits come from Alphabet Soup, the same agency which kidnapped and raised her.
- After Database rescues Mayo from Alphabet Soup, Dr. K reveals the theory behind her existence: she belongs in an alternate universe, specifically the one in Power Rangers RPM, and has no idea how she got from that world to Database Ranger's world.. Mayo is a version of her in his world.
- At the end of the season, Database is revealed to be the Phantom Ranger.
- Guy was sent by Hexagon to infiltrate alphabet soup. He is also not from the canon version of the Power Rangers universe, apparently he comes from a universe where Power Rangers Lost Galaxy never happened.
- Running Gag: Aside from the obvious, Database Ranger really loves yelling out DARKONDA! during the Retro Power Run-Through of Power Rangers in Space.
- Shadow Archetype: The man known only as The Landlord, to Database.
- Ship Tease: Database Ranger and Mayo. In fact, during the spring finale, she asks him out on a date.
- Marisa Gallego's performance as Dr. K is based on that of Olivia Tennet, the New Zealand actress who played that role on Power Rangers RPM.
- As Dr. K is basically carried over from Power Rangers RPM, shout-outs to that season are naturally expected: Dr. K's desk has a laptop with the red Venjix eye and an action figure of Ranger Operator Series Green. She also plays the violin on occasion and makes references to her childhood growing up in Alphabet Soup throughout the series and in Ask Dr. K.
- Shown Their Work: Throughout the series, it becomes apparent just how knowledgeable Jacob Brode is regarding Power Rangers. In fact, he was asked to run the Trivia Contest at Power Morphicon 2 in 2010, and Power Morphicon 3 in 2012, specifically to prevent him from entering after he swept the competition at the first Power Morphicon in 2007.
- Spin-Off: Ask DB and Ask Dr. K, in which either Database Ranger or Dr. K answer fan questions related to Power Rangers while in character in sixty seconds or less. Guaranteed. In K's case, she promises that she'll answer questions in sixty seconds.
Dr. K: Precisely!
- Spirit Advisor: Dr. K, who is only visible to Database Ranger. None of the other characters can see her. Although she explains that she comes from an alternate dimension, specifically the one in Power Rangers RPM.
- Stepford Smiler: The Morpotzners.
- Wham Line: From "End Game:"
Database It's Morphin' Time!