May 21, 2011

Review - Power Rangers Samurai Episode 12 "Room for One More" and Episode 13 "The Blue and the Gold"

  "Room for One More"'s beginning highlight's Kevin's mistrust of Antonio's abilities outside battle, as he's not had any formal samurai training. Jayden, despite wanting to see Antonio succeed, also knows full well his cocky unprofessionalism outside battle in addition to his cockiness in battle.

 This episode's Nighlok, Steeleto, is probably the only Monster-of-the-Week that battles the rangers to avenge his friend, in this case Vulpes from the previous episode. I did like the scene when all six rangers arrive at the construction site, and Antonio can't find a place to stand between the others.

 I was a bit disappointed that Antonio's fitting in with Mentor Ji and the team didn't take up more than one episode, since in Sentai a sixth ranger's redemption can take many episodes, but since many of the plotlines are happening in such quick succession, I wonder how quickly they'll happen in relation to the two-year run announced by Saban.

 "The Blue and the Gold", at least, doesn't totally write out Kevin's doubt concerning Antonio's seriousness about being a samurai. The unique thing here is that rather than just attempt to be a samurai and fail miserably, Antonio uses his tech-savvy and installs hidden cameras to observe Kevin and his daily samurai habits.

 In the American footage, Octoroo's mouth moves a lot more than in scenes from the Sentai. Here, his ears and coloring are more apparent, since he's in the daylight. Even more, he resembles Finster somewhat. I'm a bit flabbergasted that the Nighloks' evil plan was to take and destroy only thirty toys to fill the well with tears. You'd think that even in the past, there would be a lot more toys than needed to steal, and a lot of kids they'd want to cry. I mean, why target only the kids with favorite toys when you can target them all?

 Antberry, the Nighlok-of-the-Week, reminds me of Needlenose from the MMPR two-parter "Wild West Rangers", though here it's worth noting that he's voiced by Barnie Duncan, who played Piggy on Power Rangers SPD and Toby on Mystic Force. Oh, if only Piggy could have appeared! Still though, it's great to see past Power Rangers actors return in these numbers. It's probably a record already for the most in a series.

 Last of all, it's good to see Antonio lose much of the cockiness he initially had in favor of putting his focus on samurai training, as he was making Mike look incredibly humble by comparison.

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