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  • His decision to make the 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.
    • Then he updated it again for his Dino Charge review. And this is much more awesome as since he now posts videoes on youtube as well and has an abridged opening for there, that means he's making a new opening for his less well known platform just because he likes doing this so much.
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  • 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 original opening of the Power Rangers Wild Force review, 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.
  • Coming up with a detailed explanation of the meaning behind Tommy's Battle in the Center of the Mind in Power Rangers Dino Thunder that fits perfectly with the evidence given and is actually a quite moving piece of Character Development.
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  • 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.
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  • Despite how polarizing Wild 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 loathed Turbo; in fact, it was the season he called the worst....until he saw Power 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 Ron 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 Power Rangers 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 former site partner Doug Walker also likes to parrot)
  • Despite his contempt for Operation Overdrive, his review comes across as measured and calm for the most part, as willing to praise the series 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 
    • Tracking down and making a montage of the biggest moments in previous seasons where the Rangers refused to give up even after losing their powers or having the odds otherwise stacked heavily against them, to demonstrate how much worse this team comes off in comparison.
      • For that matter, just the way he tears into the Overdrive Rangers. It can be immensely satisfying for the many fans who absolutely detest Operation Overdrive.
    • 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.
      • It gets even better: Linkara edited that part out in his re-upload of the series and had Benta fight someone else. Who is that person? Kamdor. It's as if even HE is disgusted by what Benta did.
      • What's more awesome than any of that? The fact that Linkara stated that if Benta came forward and earnestly apologized for what he did, he'd forgive him. Forgiving someone for something terrible that they honestly regret takes a lot of moral fiber, and it's impressive that Linkara has it.
    • 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 franchise, 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". When the "Let's see how far we've come" lyrics play, Linkara juxtaposes the MMPR team with the RPM team.
  • 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.
      Emily: [Lauren] spent her whole life learning the sealing symbol. And it was all for nothing.
      Linkara: Yeah, it's a pity you guys aren't going to comfort her or anything. GOD YOU SUCK!
    • His tearing the writers 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 rest of the team by leaving for no reason.
  • From Super Megaforce, Linkara calling out how dumb and redundant the title for the season is.
    Linkara: Super. Mega. Force. Why even stop there? Maxi-Extreme-Ultra-Super-Duper-Mega-Cyber-Radical-Supreme-Legendary-Top-Secret Force, while you're at it!
    • Also, Linkara telling Troy to shut it when he tries the new "win-cry."
      Linkara: SUPER-MEGA-SHUDDUP!!!
    • His tearing apart of how ridiculously wasted the "never-before-seen-on-Earth" powers are, since like the first season Gosei just ''gives'' them the powers for no reason, and the opportunity for world-building was staring the writers in the face.
    • 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 form of 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 the MMPR Red Ranger 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.
  • Meta-example: Him being able to get the video on Dino Charge out while it was the most recently completed series - he's able to be caught up with the series yet againnote .
    • Another meta-example: Dino Charge was the first show since RPM that he was mostly okay with (Samurai being So Okay, It's Average and the Megaforce review... speaks for itself). Sure, the Finale is made out of concentrated migraine and would probably make the Doctor's head explode like a grenade, but there was at least characterization, actual story arcs, and villains who had real personalities.


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