The History of Power Rangers is a web series created by Linkara of Atop the Fourth Wall as a fun side project. Being an older fan, he decided to review each season of Power Rangers and break down the elements of the story. It isn't a video review in the same style as most others on Channel Awesome, but largely Linkara doing a voiceover of the footage while pointing out elements and features he feels are noteworthy, with the occasional Fun with Subtitles or messing with the conventions of the format. The videos have grown in running time due to how complicated the series became later on (as well as his lack of familiarity with later series going in), but even pushing 1 ½ hours for some of them. He acknowledges that even with more time, there is likely to be something he forgets to mention.The video series started in April of 2010 and, partially due to Linkara's own familiarity with the early seasons, the early videos came out fairly regularly. He knows how intimidating the project is and has made it clear (repeatedly) that there is no set schedule for the release of each installment as he also has to worry about his social life, his work on Atop the 4th Wall, conventions and crossovers with fellow reviewers on Channel Awesome (it started out about once a week, grew to about 3-4 months and the gap between SPD and Mystic Force was almost a year). And as he has not watched each season when it first aired, most of the later seasons have him reviewing it from a fresh perspective. Taking into account writing notes, selecting clips, editing, and doing the voice work, its a colossal task indeed. But one he does out of a labor of love for the franchise.It must be noted that he is not reviewing the series based on how well it adapts Super Sentai. It would not only require him to watch the Sentai counterpart, but he also feels that any season should be able to stand on its own accord. He does seek to do research on various topics like the origin of the Sentai footage and behind-the-scenes material, but such information is not always reliable and he doesn't use it as hard fact. He brought this up during Mystic Force, as fans kept asking.The following lists are the tropes he uses in each series review as well as tropes he points out that those series uses.The most current review thus far is of Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, which he considers to be the worst series in the franchise.As a reward for reaching $1500 a month on crowdfunding website Patreon, Linkara posted tentative release dates for the remaining three Disney Era Seasons: Operation Overdrive was released on August 21st 2014 (Parts one and two were released for Patreon subscribers on August 20th), Jungle Fury is due for Christmas Day 2014, and RPM for March 19th, 2015. The Saban Brands seasons are still TBA.
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Accentuate the Negative: Completely averted. Linkara praises things when done well, and points out things that are flawed, regardless of popular internet opinion and his own nostalgia. He's said incredibly positive things about some of the most divisive seasons and gives credit to the best aspects of every series, encouraging people to give all of them a chance. Even Turbo and Operation Overdrive's good moments are acknowledged, though he cracks the latter doesn't have a lot in that regard.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Linkara has issues with this, as whenever a character doesn't know about the Power Rangers, he points out that there was a full alien invasion of the Planet Earth. It's also notable, if coincidental, that he rarely likes a character who displays this in his analysis of the Season, although for any characters who displays this pre-In Space he tends to be slightly more lenient (Less for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, citing then that the Rangers had been on National TV by this point).
Author Appeal: Linkara's fond of a few things which he brings up every now and then:
Considering his praise for the Time Force/Wild Force team up, Linkara likes it when we're told what the Rangers from last year have done since the villain was stopped.
Fight scenes that don't use many special effects (He derided the Kalish era for the infamous "Kalishplosions," and didn't really care for the Dino Thunder/Ninja Storm team-up fight due to it being a "special effects-fest"), and seasons that have good unmorphed fights.
Although he did say that the initial Dino Thunder/Ninja Storm fight reminded him of a superhero brawl, which he did enjoy. Given his other show, his appeal for this is quite evident.
Chivalry and the general "Ranger values" of being a good person and wanting to protect people and stand up to evil no matter what, even if you don't have any powers. This is why he likes characters like Chip from Mystic Force, is one reason why he gave Wild Force a bit more love than it usually got, and why he considers Bulk and Skull's character arc so awesome. It's also a big turn off for him when Rangers don't display these kinds of heroic qualities, disliking it when they act selfishly. For instance, in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Season 3, he alludes to this as a reason for disliking Operation Overdrive, and this is one of the reasons he doesn't care for Nick in Mystic Force. He also has a soft spot for chivalric villains (or the Noble Demon), as seen in Lost Galaxy and In Space.
Autobots, Rock Out!: Or as he calls it, "The Wasserman Factor"; playing epic music, particularly the theme song of the season, over fights and other cool moments makes them more epic, and it bugs him when they don't do it for no reason. As part of The Wasserman Factor, he also notes a season can be that much weaker if the theme music is bad, such as with Mystic Force.
Awesomeness Is Volatile: Linkara's theory for why the Rangers give off sparks when they hit something and why there are explosions behind them after they morph during the team-ups—there's just so much energy being given off.
Power Rangers RPM would explain this as "clearing out the morphing channels" of excess energy.
Berserk Button: He hates it when child actors are prominent, since they usually aren't very good actors and distract from the Rangers and/or the action. Linkara notes the very idea of a Kid-Appeal Character isn't needed for a show like Power Rangers; kids are watching the show in the first place for the fight scenes and the giant robots, you don't need to pander to them further.
Breakout Character: Carter Grayson is one of the most mentioned characters in the post-Lightspeed reviews and is likely one of Linkara's favorite rangers.
Catch Phrase: "...which makes sense" when a detail makes sense, despite at first looking like a Plot Hole.
As well as "...for some reason" a few times, when a detail doesn't make sense.
He also uses "Because... Because." in some cases.
As well as "Because... I have no idea."
Also, "I'm sure [villain] will neeeeeeever bother anyone again", for the villains who eventually come back. (He used a variation of this when Trent first appeared in Dino Thunder.)
He introduces the team-up morphs with, "And, of course, it's time."
"Which means it's AWESOME!" When describing the various weapons and equipment used by the season du jour's Sixth Ranger, usually a melee weapon that becomes a gun.
He ends each teaser with a quip and some variation of "Welcome, friends, to [series name]."
Central Theme: Linkara usually at least tries to discover one of these in each season. The only exception is his review of Power Rangers Turbo. The closest he got for a theme was "Cars vs. Space Pirates in Submarines."
Cliff Hanger: When the seasons started to have multiple videos he usually ends each one with a bait to force you to continue to the next video, such as a teaser for the yearly team-up to be reviewed or some major shake-up in the story. He also ends each series by quoting the theme song of the next series.
Critical Backlashinvoked: Has this with several shows, particularly what fans call the "Disney Era," but so far the only seasons he's said he feels are bad are Turbo and Overdrive, though he admits he understands why some seasons get hate.
Deadpan Snarker: Particularly on the worse seasons, but he admits in Mystic Force that sometimes he even snarks on elements he enjoyed just for the sake of it.
Ensemble Darkhorseinvoked: He frequently says that Bulk and Skull are "the real stars" of Power Rangers' Zordon era. Outside of the Zordon Era, we get Carter Grayson: The greatest badass ever.
He also sometimes goes into details about certain rangers that he likes over the rest of the team, so far having done Katie in Time Force, Cam in Ninja Storm, and Chip in Mystic Force.
Follow the Leader: The series is extremely similar in style to the reviews of SF Debris. Linkara definitely knows about his existence, due to the fact that he asked for permission for the use of Under Pressure in a similar way that SF Debris did for In Space.
In regards to Power Rangers, the fanbase has changed its opinion on several seasons, characters & aspects of the show following Linkara's retrospectives - For example, Carter Grayson used to be considered one of the more boring Red Rangers, but now has the reputation of a Memetic Badass.
Fridge Logic/Fridge Brilliance:invoked Regularly discusses these throughout the series, noting that some plot points that seem odd actually make sense when you think them over, while others make you tilt your head because they don't make sense.
Merchandise-Driven: Repeatedly mocked when the Rangers get new equipment or vehicles, ostensibly so the toy side of the show can keep pumping out new merchandise for the kids to buy.
MST3K Mantrainvoked: Mentions several times that in order for the show to work, the series must take place in an Alternate Universe where societal progress and the laws of the science are different. The first episode alone establishes the moon has a breathable atmosphere and manned spaceflight to it still occurs, so there are some things you just have to go with.
Narm Charminvoked: "It's Power Rangers, it's supposed to be cheesy."
Sometimes, he notes a series can get a bit too surreal.
No Hugging, No Kissing: He frequently expresses disappointment that the series avoided any such displays of affection (except for Kimberly/Tommy) with some sort of romance happening in nearly every season. Whenever there is some sort of heartfelt confession that should lead to a kiss but never does, he subtitles it "Kiss her you idiot!"
Oscar Bait: There are particularly well-done moments either comically or dramatically that he lists with an "Oscar Clip" subtitle to indicate their quality.
Police Are Useless: Notes we rarely see police or military attempt to engage monsters or protect people, and in one episode from Mighty Morphin' we see that Angel Grove's police department has special regulations for dealing with monsters and the Power Rangers. However, when we finally do see military forces attempting to fight a monster, we see they're not very good at it, so presumably they know better and just let the Rangers handle it.
Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: He often discusses this trope in seasons where we see the Rangers specifically recruited for a larger operation, discussing why or why not it makes sense to recruit teenagers instead of military or government operatives. In Operation Overdrive in particular he goes on a rant about it when it's Lampshaded in-universe by one of the Rangers that with Hartford's money, he could hire an army to aid him instead of relying on four teenagers.
Running Gag: Several, including Serpentera's three AAA batteries and "This'll neeeeever be brought up/mentioned again".
Pointing out whenever someone denies the existence of the Power Rangers that there was a full scale alien invasion of Earth thwarted by the Power Rangers.
Comments a few times that the reason Zordon kept secrets from the rangers is because he's mad at them for breaking the zords.
Serious Business: Averted completely in every sense of the word. Linkara's a huge Power Rangers fan but he's also not afraid to make fun of the silly and goofy elements of the series as well as the plot holes and bad moments. He's also a good sport about parodies, saying that he loves most parodies of the Power Rangers, highlighting that his favourites are the College Humor sketch and the Animaniacs sketch "Super Strong Warner Siblings".
Shown Their Work: Though he isn't immune to error, Linkara clearly shows he's done his research and knows what went on behind the scenes during the series and how it affected things.
The Teaser: He starts off each review with one of the more sillier scenes from that season without any narration, which is acknowledging right from the get-go that there are some things you can expect from Power Rangers.
Theme Music Power-Up: Mentions several times that having the theme song playing in the background tends to make the moment in question seem much more epic.
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
Adults Are Useless: Linkara says that the teens of Angel Grove are the only people to who do anything in this city in his season 2 review, especially during his rant about the baby carriage chase.
Early Installment Weirdness: The three-person windmill combination used to fend off the Putties in an early episode, amongst other weird plot points in early episodes.
First Installment Winsinvoked: He regularly compares other Sixth Ranger storylines to "Green With Evil" (though he of course admits that "Green With Evil"'s dialogue wasn't very good), and up to In Space, whenever a Ranger left the team, he compared it to "A Different Shade of Pink". He also mentions in another video that as cool as the Megazords can get, to him nothing will ever top the original.
Flat Character: Notes that the Rangers start off with distinct personalities, but Flanderization turns them into this. He focuses on Tommy so much because his character arc of going through losing and regaining his powers is the only personal storyline worth mentioning, and even later he admits Tommy ends up not having much personality outside of how he plays off the other Rangers. Later additions to the team likewise end up filling the roles they're given for the plots of the week.
Growing the Beardinvoked: He raves at length about how great the "Green With Evil" 5-parter was and how it upped the stakes, giving the Rangers a more formidable enemy in an enemy Ranger instead of a random Monster of the Week, how the Green Ranger damaging the Command Center and Zords made the story more intense, and the simple fact it was a five-part saga, something a lot of shows, especially kids shows, don't do. Additionally, the aftermath of the struggle introduced Tommy, who would become the focus of a running subplot concerning his powers and become the show's Breakout Character.
Hidden Depths: He mentions during his review of the second season that despite being bullies previously, Bulk and Skull showed admirable traits, pointing out when Bulk immediately gave chase when he saw an out of control baby carriage on his own initiative, and when he and Skull, after having the Rangers foil some of their past attempts at revealing their identities, stood up to a monster to save the heroes.
Knight of Cerebus: Discusses Zedd as having this effect — he's not only much more imposing than Rita, but is clearly more powerful when it comes to his spells, and is more intelligent and calculating, trying to split the Rangers up and using their day-to-day activities to inspire monster ideas, often transforming a personal item of theirs into a monster to give the Rangers an emotional stake in the battle.
Lets See YOU Do Better: Linkara scoffs at the ridiculous outfits of Zedd's Psycho Rangers (which were basically the Putties' outfits, only colored), stating that he could make a more convincing outfit.
Those who watch the storyline portions of Atop the Fourth Wall know that he most certainly can make more convincing, better outifts, as exemplified by the costume he made for Lord Vyce.
Magic Versus Science: Discussed and named as the main theme of the first few seasons — Rita and Zedd are magic-users who employ monsters with fantastical mystical appearances to fight the Rangers, who work from the high-tech futuristic Command Center and employ technological powers like the Morphers and Zords.
Moral Dissonance: As Bulk and Skull seek to discover the identities of the Rangers throughout season two, whenever they came close (video footage or plaster casts of their footprints) the Rangers would sabotage their findings. You can't blame them for wanting to keep their secret identities, but at this point they were becoming the bullies.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Notes that Tommy had become this for a portion of the second season during the arc when Zedd focused on depleting his powers, with Tommy get more development at the expense of the rest of the team.
Informed Ability: The Cogs were supposedly unrelenting and "must be completely dismantled to be defeated", suggesting they were more dangerous than the previous set of Mooks, but they were disabled in basically the same fashion as everything else... punching and kicking them a lot.
Magic Versus Science: As with the first three seasons of Mighty Morphin, Linkara discusses the effect of this trope here, too. In this case, however, it's been exchanged for the idea of balance between the two concepts, with the Rangers' powers being more mystical in nature and enhanced with technology, while the enemies are a technological alien empire and the magic users Rita and Zedd.
The Reveal: Despite early indications of it being someone the Rangers knew, the Gold Ranger ended up being someone nobody knew or had even heard of up to that point (Trey of Triforia), which he admits disappointment over.
On the other hand, the identity of the guy to take over the Gold Ranger powers being revealed as Jason was praised for being such an unexpected twist.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plotinvoked: He was disappointed with the Machine Empire sticking with the same Monster of the Week plans we saw before and not launching any full-scale invasions, especially since he brings up that what we see of it is visually very impressive with numerous robot servants and giant Walking Tanks.
Villain Decay: Notes the Machine Empire falls into this, despite the initial build up about them, the fact that they stick the same plans that Rita and Zedd did and continuously fail to defeat the rangers, he even admits that Rita mocking them and saying that they're a joke is pretty much true by the finale.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Goes on a massive rant about every problem Turbo has at the mid-point; the experienced rangers giving their morphers to untested rookies (though arguably the Millennium Message is more the cause of this), Divatox's complete failure as a villain, and the cars coming out of nowhere, he finishes with "and we have a police lieutenant running a frigging juice bar!"
Rita Repulsa:I HAVE A HEADACHE!
Also, the reasons why he doesn't consider "Scorpion Rain" as canon: "1. The movie was never completed. 2. It wouldn't have answered all of the questions raised. 3. It was not conceived by the at-the-time production team. And 4. It probably wouldn't have been that good anyway."
Angrish: He was forced to take a brief break to scream in anger when the Rangers were cooked into a pizza. While we never actually see him, a Skyward Scream seems likely.
Bait and Switch: While perhaps not intentional, the way the clips are edited in the teaser, along with the music, makes Turbo seem like a malestrom of epicness capable of curing world hunger, only for Linkara to chime in when it's done:
Linkara: Welcome, one and all, to Power Rangers Turbo... the season that almost ended the franchise.
Normally, the teaser takes a silly scene from the season being reviewed and Linkara will riff on it, but after that point he goes on to be very fair and overall positive towards the season. The fact that the first and so far only time Linkara has opened the episode with a teaser that makes the season look totally awesome (in contrast to established expectations) winds up being for the first season that Linkara openly dislikes makes it stand out even more.
Idiot Ball/Villain Ball: Contrasts Divatox's pettiness and incompetence (such as always setting her bombs to go off in an hour and that for the first half of the series, almost all her plans involved bombs) against the Machine Empire and Rita & Zed, who even if they started out that way, learned from their mistakes and became more effective.
Especially emphasized with a plan that involved her robbing a bank, when she's a space pirate. Earth currency is worthless offworld, so what was the point of that?
Replacement Scrappyinvoked: With the exception of T.J., he felt that none of the new Rangers were worthy to become Power Rangers, as T.J. was the only one who really embodied what a Ranger should be. Cassie was kind of selfish in the beginning, while Ashley and Carlos had little to no interaction with their predecessors to justify why they were chosen to be Rangers. It didn't help that in his introductory episode, Carlos showed that he had problems with teamwork.
Characterization Marches On: He didn't have any real problem with the new Rangers once they took over, and his In Space and Lost Galaxy reviews show he does grow to like the four new characters and how they evolve to become worthy Rangers who take their duties and responsibility seriously, but he outright states that they did not get good introductory episodes, and their initial incarnations don't befit the characters they become, especially Cassie.
Mood Whiplash: Notes the pilot suffered from this, Zordon leaving the rangers happens in the same episode where we have a fight with giant cars ramming each other.
In terms of villains, he considers Divatox one of these. He explains that, well... the first villain was Rita Repulsa, an Empress of Evil. The next Big Bad to show up was Lord Zedd, who was even more powerful, and was the "Emperor of Evil." The next villains after that were the Machine Empire, which was implied to be on a massive rampage throughout the cosmos, conquering star system after star system... and they were so powerful that the previous Big Bads were sent running to the M51 Galaxy. And then the new villain, Divatox came along, and... she's a space pirate in a submarine. It's a bit of a letdown from "Interstellar Empire."
In terms of the powers themselves, we went from ancient animals, to the abilities of the ninja, to a crystal explicitly stated to growing more powerful over time... to some sort of car-based powers with no explanation.
He acknowledges the problems inherent with Justin, but found the character himself was well-written: observant, enthusiastic, and overall a valuable member of the team. What he took issue with was the premise itself: that young fans need a kid their own age, because it's impossible for boys to relate to people who aren't their age. This, of course, ignores the fact that fans never seemed to have any problem relating to the "teenagers with attitude" from the first three seasons. He does however, agree that plots revolving around Justin aren't very good, but that's not the same thing as him being a bad character, and was also amused to note that Justin seems like a Marty Stu simply because he was the only character who was actually written competently.
On the other hand, he seems to harbor particular dislike towards Alpha 5's replacement, Alpha 6. He also found Dimitria annoying for her schtick of presenting questions rather than answers, but admits she got better later on.
Likewise hated Divatox calling her "Rita-lite" and not liking the theme of her being a space pirate, feeling it wasn't as threatening as the previous villains, and doesn't even find her antics amusing.
Elgar, Divatox's Dragon. At one point he said that he "Hates him more than he hates Divatox," which is really saying something. At no other point in the series (as of the production of Operation Overdrive) has he ever sounded so happy that a bad guy got killed as when the Z-Wave turned him to dust.
The Bad Guy Wins: Admits while he's annoyed that Divatox is the one that defeats the Power Rangers, and the contradiction with how early shows implied that villains couldn't just break into the Command Center like in Turbo's finale, he does admit that in overall atmosphere, Turbo's finale is still pretty good.
Seasonal Rot: invoked The prior Ranger seasons had fairly strong themes regarding change, evolution, and victory, but almost from the beginning this season was plagued with a lack of explanation for the new powers, radical changes of characters, a step backward in villain quality, and overall no real theme or direction that the other seasons had.
Linkara: [...] But this season?! It's... cars versus a space pirate in a submarine, and then later a giant rubber band ball! I don't get it!
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Characterinvoked: Linkara considers General Havoc this. He points out that General Havoc is competent, calculating, and took his defeats without whining about them, unlike Divatox, and states that he believes Havoc would've made for a far better Big Bad than her.
Vindicated by Historyinvoked: Zigzagged trope. While he still isn't all that fond of Turbo, he admits when he finally comes upon his actual least favorite season of the show (Operation Overdrive), that Turbo did have parts that he liked, such as the season finale, the music and the fight scenes.
Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Heroic example in this when Storm Blaster and Lightning Cruiser show up to help the rangers when the Power Chamber is attacked in the finale. He notes that they could easily stop the army of Piranatrons by keeping their distance and shooting them, especially since Lightning Cruiser can fly, and questions why they don't just RUN THEM OVER.
Power Rangers In Space
Arbitrary Skepticism: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles do not believe in the Power Rangers, claiming that they are "Pretend" and "Imaginary." Barring the fact that Angel Grove has monster-preparedness drills and evacuation plans, and that the rangers had been on TV before, or that monster attacks frequently made the news, the point is again made: These are Teenaged Mutated reptiles who train in the art of ninjitsu.
I Am Spartacus: Rarely does Linkara show full scenes seriously, but he features Bulk and Skull's shining moment in its entirety.
The Chessmaster: Notes that Astronema is easily the most competent villain up to this point in the franchise, avoided the same petty plans that other villains did and kept her eye either on defeating the rangers or causing destruction.
Plot Parallel: He describes how the episode "Wasp With a Heart" is essentially Astronema's story arc told in one episode.
Psycho Rangers: Is very pleased to the see the Trope Namers that finally gave use a team of evil power rangers that weren't just random villains.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heapinvoked: While Linkara wasn't nearly as hateful towards Justin as regular fans, he admitted that "True Blue to the Rescue", Justin's last appearance in the franchise, was an excellent episode showcasing all the good points of the character while also resolving hanging elements from Turbo.
He is also happy with the new voice chip and personality given to Alpha 6, considering the change an improvement over the annoying faux jive-talk of the previous season.
Take That: Multiple times to Elgar. He replays the scene where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kick him out of the way multiple times while laughing and crowing "That's for Zordon's energy tube, you cone-headed freak!"
The Untwistinvoked: Notes that Astronema being Karone is pretty obvious by the time it's revealed.
Win Back the Crowd: invoked After noting Turbo almost killed a struggling franchise, In Space was planned to be the Grand Finale to the series. But it was just so grand it brought the fans back in droves, and the series continued on.
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
Accidentally Accurateinvoked: Linkara states that he doesn't consider the Magna Defender to be an actual ranger, and instead thinks of him as an extra character. This perfectly matches the status of the Black Knight from Gingaman, who is considered to be an extra hero associated with the Gingamen rather than a full-fledged sixth ranger.
Alas, Poor Villain: Admits that scene with Trakeena watching Scorpious die manages to be a good Tear Jerker despite Scorpious mostly being a generic villain.
Arc Fatigueinvoked: Has this feeling about the Lights of Orion arc, feeling that it went on too long and was only saved by the presence of the Magna Defender.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Notes that this is the reason for Kendrix's Heroic Sacrifice; her actress was diagnosed with leukemia and had to leave the show to undergo treatment (she got better, and is currently still alive; she wanted to come back for the 20th anniversary, but couldn't sort out arrangements to look after her children, which is Heartwarming in itself.).
Sixth Ranger: Discussed- Linkara, like some fans, doesn't see the Magna Defender as a full Sixth Ranger.
Notes that it was originally planned to have Cassie taking Kendrix's place.
Also says that many ideas were thrown around at the beginning with the writers about just what would happen; one of the big ideas was that the whole show would take place in the "Lost Galaxy," which would have justified the title of the series better.
Specifically, the woman claimed this in the first series in the franchise where the rangers are publicly known figures, have no secret identities, and frequently fight monsters out in the open. Oh, and this also happened in the team-up episode, where it's made clear that this season is canon with all previous ones- including the one where aliens nearly took over the entire planet were it not for the Rangers' intervention.
Memetic Badass: Carter Grayson. The Tag shows Carter shooting a monster at close range with two BFGs and the resulting explosion takes out a shipping yard, with the subtitle "The Lesson: Don't Screw with Carter Grayson." He refers to this in later videos as well. invoked
The Scrappyinvoked: States that the villains of the season weren't all that interesting, but he loathes Vypra the most because of the actress' terrible performance.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: His main criticism of the "Trakeena's Revenge" teamup, the episode focuses mostly on the little girl whose parents were kidnapped and not the rangers.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plotinvoked: He shows disappointment that no one tries to fix the problems with the Robot Rangers to provide backup, even though that would have been a pretty good idea.
Anti-Climax Bossinvoked: Notes this about the end of the teamup, the rangers just fire a bunch of weapons and kill Vypra and her monster.
Anti-Villain: He discusses fandom's perception of Ransik as this. It's pointed out that Ransik himself was not that sympathetic; he has a sympathetic backstory, but his general actions in the main story were awful. Most of Ransik's claims of mutant oppression didn't hold up in all the various flashbacks, after being attacked by his own kind and rescued by a human (and repaying said kindness with hatred). Still, he is shown to care for Nadira, and that is what fueled his eventual redemption.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Notes that this does help make Ransik more than a generic villain in that we see a bunch of moments where he does care about Nidara, noting the overall goofy filler when she has a crush on Lucas in which Ransik lets her see him rather than trying to kill him.
While he thought Time Force itself was a very good series, he didn't find the villain as sympathetic as everyone said.
The two-parter with the Rangers stuck in movie scenarios also didn't impress him much, including the reference to Vernon Wells' past role in Mad Max. He largely glossed it over, feeling it was just filler.
Time Force itself fell into this for Linkara- while he admitted it was a great season, the amount of hype he'd heard from fans made him concede that he still preferred In Space.
It Makes Sense in Context: At Power Morphicon 2010, actor Vernon Wells (who played Time ForceBig Bad Ransik) called Lewis a jackass. Turns out it was totally innocuous and meant in jest—Lewis was doing his best to remain low-key and inconspicuous during a panel when his own cameraman pointed him out to everyone. After Wells asked about this, Lewis said he was not making a big deal out of who he (Lewis) was because he did not want to look like a jackass, to which Wells cheerfully replied "Okay, jackass, what's your question?"
Out of Order: The series made a conscious effort towards strong Character Development, where switching around character-based filler episodes disrupted Katie's development. One episode had her scared to do anything out of fear of changing the timeline while a later episode had her gleefully changing the past when transported to the early 1900's.
Shout-Out: Wes and Eric's escape from the clock tower while flying through the clock face and everything behind them blowing up came with "John McClane Eat Your Heart Out."
Tragic Monster: While he doesn't consider Ransik sympathetic, he agrees that Frax is this
Unintentionally Unsympatheticinvoked: Provides the page quote when he discusses Ransik, while he does have a sympathetic backstory, his actions and behavior undermine that sympathetic backstory, particularly him killing Dr. Fericks when Fericks was a humble scientist who saved Ransik's life out of the goodness of his heart. He does agree that Frax is a sympathetic villain, however.
Anvilicious: invoked He was not impressed with the very heavy-handed environmental messages, and had no love for Animus as described above.
Continuity Nod: While it serves as a stark contrast to the martial arts used by the other Rangers, he liked how Carter's unmorphed fight scene was largely just shooting the Cogs, as that was what Lightspeed Rescue was all about.
Critical Backlashinvoked: He said that, while inferior to Time Force, Wild Force was nowhere near as bad as the Internet said.
Crossover: While almost every season has a team up with the previous team, he specifically points to "Reinforcements From The Future" as the absolute best team up episode that he's seen thus far (as of Operation Overdrive), noting that not only were the fights excellent, the character interactions were great, music was superb (even commenting that the "horrible singing" that he had criticized Shayla for managed to sound pretty good once remixed), and most importantly, it continued the story of both Time Force and Wild Force.
Edited for Syndicationinvoked: When the video was reposted on YouTube, the opening section addressing schedule-related complaints was removed, since it didn't stop people from pestering him about the schedule and the information was outdated anyway.
Executive Meddlinginvoked: Notes that this is what caused "Forever Red" to shorter, Disney not being interested in funding the episode that they only saw as just promoting a bunch of toys that weren't sold anymore, which sadly prevented a planned battle with a bunch of old Zords taking on Serpentera.
Hand Wave: Ransik being healed of his mutation made no sense, "But hey, I like a happy ending."
His answer to how Bulk and Skull were reunited is "SHUT UP AND DON'T QUESTION IT! BULK AND SKULL ARE BACK!"
It's What I Do: Of a sort. He actively wondered why he got so many people asking if he was going to cover "Forever Red" when such a thing is the very premise of the video series.
The Load: Shayla, who he rants does nothing besides getting kidnapped.
Needs More Love: invoked His general assessment; there are certain things that could be better, but overall, there's a lot to love in this season.
The Magic Goes Away: Really annoyed by this ending. Shayla's But Now I Must Go didn't bother him so much but since, among other things, it means the Wild Force Rangers have so far never gotten their jackets and morphers back and it's entirely possible that none of them except Max and Danny ever saw each other again, he's still displeased about this while doing the next review. Whilst Power Rangers Megaforce would later show this wasn't the case, the Wild Force review was made several years before Megaforce began.
Mundane Made Awesome: Defies this belief when discussing the Growl Morphers appearing as cellphones, as he prefers the Morphers to be foreign, fantastic objects set apart from normal day-to-day technology, and designing them after cellphones robs them of that effect.
The Scrappyinvoked: Lewis showed a special dislike for Animus/Kite, noted above, as he takes the Wildzords away thus leaving humans defenseless against the Orgs & ignoring that there are humans that try to help the environment to justify his actions, and also noting that his offer to go another world wasn't extended to Shayla, and that he's never called out on his actions. Linkara was especially frustrated that the rangers actually agreed with him that they weren't doing enough for the planet despite all their efforts to it keep safe from pollution, and that the rangers' devotion should not have needed to be tested when Animus revealed it was all a Secret Test of Character. He also points that Animus never took back what he said about humanity.
Tranquil Fury: Linkara starts his review of Wild Force with this while addressing the overly demanding fan base of the series asking for the new episode.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Similar to Lightspeed Rescue, the first episode suggests that it is a Continuity Reboot unrelated to the past seasons, that Power Rangers were fictional or at most an urban legend. This season is eventually tied in to the rest of the franchise, so it seems like it's skepticism despite all of the monster attacks and alien invasions over the last decade.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He later notes during Dino Thunder that though he considers Lothor an incompetent fool who engages in far too much comic relief, when he gets into a fight, he's a very powerful combatant.
Franchise Original Sin: invoked Of a sort, he mentions his disapproval of Ranger "civilian powers" as it dilutes the need for morphing. But within this season (where the civilian powers started) the premise is of ninja students and thus having unusual abilities sort of works.
Was not a fan of Lothor and his group due to his frequent Breaking the Fourth Wall jokes and Mood Whiplash. He openly calls Lothor a "Male Divatox," and shows glee when Dino Thunder claims that the Thunder Rangers were the biggest threat that the Ninja Rangers, "Thus proving how worthless Lothor was as a villain." though he does admit Lothor was a impressive fighter in his Dino Thunder review and even compared him favorably to the villains of Mystic Force.
Linkara also shares a distaste for the Team's mentor, Sensei Kanoi Watanabe. In particular, he questions the generic "wise sayings" that Kanoi gives out as advice. He also remains confused as to how Kanoi was turned into a hamster in the first place (or how one of Lothor's blasts changed him back to human, for that matter).
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Accidentally Accurate:invoked He refers to the Mooks of the series, the Tyrannodrones, as "the Sting Wingers' demonic cousins"; the Tyrannodrones actually did use modified Sting Winger costumes.
Anti-Climax: Admits this the show's main weakness, the conclusion to plots involving its villains tend to be very anti-climatic.
Fan Wankinvoked: He admits he might be looking too deep into the symbolism behind Tommy's mental battle with his past Ranger selves, but he feels it helps to explain a lot about the character and the whole event.
Early-Bird Cameo: He notes the "vision from the future" from the bonus Dino Thunder episode as one for SPD.
Evil Versus Evil: Lother vs Messogog in the "Thunder Storm" teamup, which he feels is better than the fight that occurred with the actual ranger teamup.
Fantastic Racism: Mentions that Mesogog was probably the first villain definitively motivated by this, adding to his quality as Big Bad. (Also notes that Ransik technically doesn't count since he seemed more concerned with power rather than actual racism.)
For Science!: Questions why Tommy was doing research into making cybernetic dinosaur clones "unless [you're] planning to become a supervillain." He later references the trope by name in a Call Back to Tommy in the Mystic Force review.
Hilarious in Hindsight: invoked Notes that that Zordon's line back in MMPR's second season "Too much pink energy is dangerous", became this due to the white dino gem having problems from there being two rangers.
Incorruptible Pure Pureness: He interprets Trent's vision of a superhero as being something like this, explaining that this can be one of the reasons for his refusal to receive help from the other Rangers.
Informed Ability: Linkara inadvertently demonstrates how the trope can become subjective if handled improperly. Trent's artwork is genuinely good and looks professional, but Haley gushes over them a bit too much.
He was also rather ambivalent towards Kira's musical talent and supposed "artistry", but also admits that it's probably just his taste in music being different.
Revenge Before Reason: Notes this as problem with Zeltrax's character, he doesn't really seem to have a reason for hating Tommy since he had nothing to do with the accident that almost killed him.
Take That: shows immediate love for Mesagog when one of his first lines is that his attack will be blamed on "That idiot, Lothor."
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked With the White Ranger clone, who is just a Flat Character (he doesn't point out that he was created because the white ranger was a villain in most of Abaranger) that didn't do much and felt the plot with him could have been better, like if it had Trent lose his powers when the clone was made.
"World of Cardboard" Speech: Linkara's examination of "Fighting Spirit" really drives it home how important that lesson was to Tommy. Tommy has never given up at any point in his Ranger career, so it may seem like an empty Aesop, but going through several periods of gaining and losing powers may have created a level of existential crisis in that he isn't a hero without his powers. The Green Ranger has also almost always represented either regrets or mistakes as a Ranger, so having that Ranger form be his final confrontation was also very symbolic.
Book Ends: On a non-symbolism note, it also serves as a nice Book End to his pre-Turbo Ranger duties, essentially going through his three longest Ranger forms in reverse.
Power Rangers SPD
Angrish: Complains that Gruum's dialogue often comes off as this and he has difficulty understanding it.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Notes that despite being kind of dull in personality, Gruum is one of the most effective villains in the history of the franchise, distracting the Rangers with attacks in one area so he can steal something somewhere else, not being hesitant to get in the fight himself, controlling a powerful empire that has blown up planets, frequently getting away with his plans scot-free, and having an entire team of Rangers join his side by choice.
Face-Heel Turn: The A-Squad, he gives kudos to the writers for not overturning this. Feeling it was a great plot twist and a nice final challenge to the B-Squad to come into their own as true heroes, though he admits he's it's disappointing that we never learn much about The A-Squad or why they turned evil.
Fan Wankinvoked: Discussed, since SPD takes place in the future (and a specific year at that, 2025), and all the fan theories on timing and parentage are discussed, as well as an alternate theory that a timescale in Power Rangers is nearly impossible since the B-Squad's parents were apparently working in Time Force to make powers.
Wild Mass Guessing: He attempts to reconcile these issues by theorizing that the Power Rangers universe has different timing, in that a year is not the same length of time as in our universe (he puts the length of a PR year in the ballpark of 700-800 days). He notes that this could be just one of several other differences in the same vein as the moon having earth-like gravity and an atmosphere in the Power Rangers universe.
Fridge Horror: Invoked, he notes that speculation that if Sky's father was Wes means that Wes was killed by Murloc.
Hero of Another Story: How he views the A-Squad & B-Squad, noting that A-Squad are the best of the best and would normally be the characters the story followed, with B-Squad being the characters this would normally apply to.
Living Prop: As evidenced by his comments when summing up the Character Development for the season, he (Much like the SPD writers) seems to view Sam/Omega Ranger as this.
Only in It for the Money: Praises Broodwing for having this as his motivation, noting that it made a refreshing change to the other villains throughout the series, who have mostly had the same goals of conquering something.
Personality Powers: Does a very nice, in-depth look at why the Ranger's civilian powers match their personalities.
Shown Their Work: When talking about the "Kalishsplosions;" he notes that the person actually responsible for them was Koichi Sakamoto, though he still calls them "Kalishsplosions" since Bruce Kalish would have had to approve of such ideas, as well as the fact that they became particularly prominent in the Kalish era (They have since shown up in RPM and Samurai).
Static Character: Notes that Bridge doesn't have any significant Character Development compared to the rest of the team, but he didn't have any huge flaws to overcome in the first place and his general quirkiness is what made him appealing in the first place.
Stuff Blowing Up: Discussed extensively with "Kalishsplosions", and how this is actually very much an annoyance for its lack of creating suspense, and makes the Rangers look weak for being sent into the air by explosions behind them, which have logically missed them. Linkara also notes how it makes fight scenes BORING, by focusing on explosions instead of the martial arts of past seasons, making the point that you could splice together any random fight scenes & it would be hard to tell that they weren't from the same fight.
Plus the occasional shots of explosions off to the side, which make even less sense.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Characterinvoked: Comments that Mora is sadly underdeveloped, with the viewer never learning how Grumm found her, why she worked for him or why she hated being a grown up so much. Didn't help that her final fight in the finale was rushed and was the last we would see of her.
Power Rangers Mystic Force
Accidentally Accurateinvoked: Comments that he feels that the combining sequence for the Mystic Dragon and Titan Megazord feel like somebody fastfowarded the footage from Magiranger, which is exactly what happened.
A Day in the Limelight: One odd thing he notices is that the side characters have story arcs (major and minor), while the actual rangers themselves don't.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Linkara is annoyed by how Nick has trouble believing in magic at the beginning, especially seeing as how he'd seen Udonna use spells to fight Foot Soldiers by that point, not to mention that he's just observed his other companions transform into Power Rangers.
Badass Cape: Points out the addition of capes to the Rangers' outfits is the biggest change to the Mystic Force uniforms from past teams. Though he knows some fans dislike the idea, he approves of it, as it fits with the Power Rangers being superheroes, and the capes aren't long enough to get in the way but are still long enough to look regal and cool.
Compressed Vice: He points out how the humans and the forest creatures' distrust of each other only shows up at the very beginning and end of the series.
Critical Backlashinvoked: He notes that series is a huge Base Breaker and understands why fans dislike it, but states in his opinion, it isn't terrible and feels it's worth watching.
Executive Meddlinginvoked: He actually contacted Ron Wasserman (who'd previously done work for Atop the Fourth Wall) to get the real story about what happened with this show's theme song. Turns out Wasserman's original version, which is his typically epic work, was turned down because the producers wanted to hop on the rap bandwagon. Wasserman complied, but was quite unsatisfied with the result, and so were they, so they went with another composer. And then they chided Wasserman for putting his first version online, despite never creating a soundtrack album, so it's pretty clear their only problem with it was that he was exposing how stupid they were to reject it.
Likewise he mentions that Disney wanted to use more magic as they didn't like the frequent physical contact of the show...despite the fact they already had done four PR seasons doing this and should've known by now how action heavy the series was. Disney, the most kid friendly and smartest company around.
Honor Before Reason: Linkara's major criticism of Koragg: he talks a good game about being honorable, but he seems to define it more as being a horrible tactician than actually hewing to any chivalric code.
Fan Wankinvoked: Mentions that seeing the mystic creatures of the forest moving into civilization to live alongside humans probably contributed a lot to humans and aliens learning to get along easily in the backstory of SPD.
In Name Only: Linkara considers Mystic Force a fantasy story, a sadly generic one, that has Power Rangers in it, rather than a fantasy-themed Power Rangers series.
It's Been Done: His opinion on the Fallen Hero/Noble Demon aspect of Koragg is that previous villains such as Astronema, Merrick or Ryan did the storyline before, and not only that, they did it better.
The Load: Subverted, despite making jokes about Udonna getting kidnapped, he states she never felt like this.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Points out that this works against the season- due to only having 32 episodes, and spending too much time focusing on the side characters and the lore of the universe, the Rangers themselves don't have much to do.
The Scrappyinvoked: Does share the dislike for Nick, calls him out as a Designated Hero given that he's supposed to be the Chosen One even though he's no better than the rest of the team and is often the first one to quit when things get hard. He doesn't, however, mention the common criticism of Nick stealing the spotlight (For reasons mentioned below).
Take That: Compares the introduction to the four rangers, besides Nick, to an MTV reality TV show, and talks about the filming of one in progress as though it were a crime.
Unintentionally Unsympatheticinvoked: His opinion of Nick, who he even describes as an "arrogant, unsympathetic, overemotional douchebag." He initially feels the same about Leelee, who basically only had a Heel-Face Turn for selfish reasons, but redeems herself when she goes with Phineas and Claire to rescue Udonna.
The Untwist: Invoked with the identities of Udonna's long-lost husband & son; the same episode revealed Udonna's son was taken to the human world as a child, and that Nick is an orphan and his Orphan's Plot Trinket is the same blanket Udonna's son had in the flashback. Coupled with the revelation that Udonna's husband was an honorable warrior and a flashback of Koragg where we find out he used to be human, and it's very obvious where this storyline is going, even if it takes some time to get there.
Notes this on a few things, with one of the main problems with the season being that the show didn't give the Rangers themselves enough focus, and the final two episodes had enough plot points that could have been fleshed out in place of some of the filler episodes.
Specifically laments the lack of an SPD team-up episode, since seeing the team of space cops from the year 2025 interacting with the team of wizards from 2006 could have made for plenty of great material due their contrasting themes, environments & philosophies. Especially frustrating when Piggy shows up in one episode living on the Earth long before the future timeline of SPD. The most we get from him is just foreshadowing of what went down in his series. He does however, admit that given that SPD is set in the future, that creating a setup for a team up would be more difficult than other shows.
Then again, "Dino Thunder" and "SPD" had the time gap as well, and they had two crossovers...
Tranquil Fury: While not on par with his speech in the Wild Force review, there was a definite edge in his voice when he was talking about people spoiling the surprise of the Mystic Mother's identity.
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
Alternate Character Interpretationinvoked: Theorizes that Doctor Hartford, due to his familiarity with Zord and Morphing technology, as well as his personal wealth, may have helped with the various ranger groups in Lightspeed Rescue and SPD.
Fan Wank: Notes that if the above is true, then it's entirely possible that the robotics technology used to create Mack was descended from the "Robot Rangers" used in Lightspeed.
Calling Your Attacks: Perhaps the most plain confusing part of the series for him is that the Rangers do it with their blasters.
Continuity Snarl: Dissects how badly "Once A Ranger" distorted series continuity.
Thrax's existence is a big question mark. Though he offers the idea Zedd and Rita had and raised him during Turbo, that Thrax was seaaled by the Sentinel Knight, who was sealed away centuries ago at least, ruins that idea.
Alpha 6 is boxed up in a warehouse in Angel Grove. Last we saw him, he was on Mirinoi at the end of Lost Galaxy.
Is utterly bewildered by the presence of the Veteran Rangers. Not only were several of them left without their powers at the end of their respective seasons, but Bridge is from S.P.D., meaning the Sentinel Knight pulled him through time to recruit him. And restoring the powers of several past Rangers and bending the space-time continuum to get one of them from the future was easier than calling up any number of past Rangers who still have their powers and live on Earth in the same time period?
Later, in part four, Linkara questions why the Rangers think Norg is Bigfoot and want to capture him so they'll be famous. Not only have they met Norg before and know who he is, but they've been on television by nature of being Power Rangers.
He also points out in Rose's character analysis section that the writers seemed to completely forget her personality and backstory and decided she only started to learn things to feel special (even though she was always a super genius), that being a super genius apparently didn't make her feel special or gifted, and later that she was ashamed of being smart. Even though her job was being a super smart college professor. Linkara figures the writers were paying zero attention to what they were doing by that point.
Designated Heroinvoked: Points out early on that the Rangers had to actually be told to save people from an erupting volcano rather than go after a villain, and that throughout the season the Rangers come off poorly as they don't lose this trait as the season goes on. Lewis has a field day when he gets to the "Once A Ranger" anniversary special, as the Overdrive Rangers decide to go back to their normal lives when they lose their powers; he responds by showing clips of Rangers from nearly every prior season deciding to do the right thing even though they no longer had their powers or otherwise had the odds heavily stacked against them, and explaining that a real hero doesn't do noble things because they have powers but rather that the powers are merely a tool to assist them as they do noble things.
Development Hellinvoked: 14 months and counting from the previous episode, although given his hatred for this season it is understandable why he would procrastinate. Having said that, he also had to wait until the DVDs came out due to being part of Saban's Power Force and them requesting that footage from legitimate sources be used for any future projects. In addition, he has other projects going on that keep him pretty busy as well; He's dedicated first and foremost to Atop The Fourth Wall (which as of this writing just released a new DVD and the Three Hundredth Episode)
After noting the premise of the Power Rangers fighting an army of machines hellbent on humanity's extiction sounds interesting, Lewis tells the viewer to hold on to that idea for a few seasons.
Shows several of the moments foreshadowing Mack's true origins as they appeared in the season, to show it wasn't a twist the writers pulled out of nowhere.
Nice Character, Mean Actorinvoked: Lewis brings up the Samuel Benta/Power Morphicon incident and doesn't have much nice to say about him. explanation Benta stole a poster from the first Power Morphicon that was one of five that was to be signed by the various Rangers attending as guests & auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Make A Wish Foundation. Benta has confirmed he has the poster and refused to give it back or pay for it. Although he wouldn't say that Will is a nice guy, as he still berates his various flaws (most of it on-par with the other Rangers of the series), he does note that of all the Overdrive Rangers, Will is the only Ranger to actually do anything to help people after the Rangers leave Operation Overdrive in "Once A Ranger" & return to their normal lives.
Plot Coupon: Most of the plot of the show revolves around the Rangers collecting random items that will help them find the jewels of the Corona Aurora. Lewis is quite happy to skip over most of these episodes because few if any of them have any real impact on the overall story, and most of these finds serve no purpose except to lead to the next episode's Plot Coupon, and perhaps eventually a jewel.
Comments that the pilot is similar to the pilot of Lightspeed Rescue, but if it had been done wrong. The main point Lewis makes is that whilst the Lightspeed Rangers had skills that made them feel like they were suited to the job, the Rangers Hartford recruited don't have such skills & thus they don't feel like they belong on a superhero team.
Lewis also notes that Mack's relationship with Hartford is similar to the one between Wes & Mr. Collins in Time Force, but rather than handling it gradually over the season, it's done in one episode.
He notes the ideas behind Overdrive were solid; it was the execution that made it so awful.
Comes up whilst discussing "Once A Ranger" — Lewis notes that he felt that the idea of a team of veteran Rangers returning to duty would have been more interesting than the Overdrive Rangers, particularly since the latter had proven to be uninteresting Designated Heroinvokedes. Further, while the episode is full of fanservice and could have been a great team-up, the fanservice is not done well and the two teams barely interact. He specifically cites the episode as an example of how to do a team-up episode wrong.
This Is Gonna Suck: At the end of the Mystic Force video, Lewis notes that for as many problems he had with that season, he feels that Operation Overdrive is the worst that Power Rangers has to offer. He also expresses this at the beginning & end of the review.
Vindicated by Historyinvoked: Whilst he doesn't have much good to say about the season, Lewis praises the twist revealing that Mack was actually a machine instead of human; specifically noting that the arc plays out for several episodes in a season that rushed most plot developments, the Rangers (Who Lewis points to as being dicks for most of the season) were immediately accepting of Mack not being human, the reveal was unnerving & the ultimate pay off to the story being earned.
Wall Bangerinvoked: Linkara's opinion on at least two moments in this series. He considers Dax letting a villain walking away with the scroll while making absolutely no attempt to stop her absolutely mind-bogglingly idiotic, with footage of Linkara literally banging his head against the wall (only the second time Lewis shows himself on camera in the whole HOPR series). And then again when one of the Alpha robots is revealed to have been left in an abandoned warehouse in a box for years and speaks with a horrible voice that doesn't sound anything like any of the past Alphas, further made Wall Banger-y by the fact that they didn't bother contacting any of the three voice actors who provided the original voices.
Called out the Overdrive Rangers during "Once A Ranger" for quitting, citing numerous examples of when other Rangers had no powers or otherwise had the odds heavily stacked against them and kept fighting (with at least one from nearly every prior season).
Called out the producers on the decision to have the Veteran Rangers retrieve Alpha from a crate in a warehouse in Angel Grove, since it means that the Rangers had left Alpha to rot in a box for several years.
What The Hell Casting Agencyinvoked: Brings this up in regards to the voices for Thrax & Alpha 6 in the "Once A Ranger" special - Lewis explicitly questions why they didn't bring back Robert Axelrod to voice Lord Zedd's son, or any of the previous voice actors who voiced Alpha, since they were already bringing back 5 former Rangers (Including flying Johnny Yong Bosch out to New Zealand) for the episode.