John Cena Tapped To Host 2016 ESPY Awards

Courtesy: ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

The Champ. Is. HERE!  Or he will be.

WWE superstar and 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena has been announced as the host of the 2016 ESPY Awards.  The appointment marks the first time that Cena has ever served as emcee for the network’s annual awards program.  Cena was humble in discussing being named as this year’s emcee opting instead to discuss those who the program honors and its philanthropic roots.  “It is truly an honor to be named host of The 2016 ESPYS,” he said.  “Not only will the biggest names in sports and entertainment come together to recognize some of the most spectacular athletic performances of the year, but we’ll also raise funds for The V Foundation to further much-needed cancer research.”  ESPYS Executive Producer Maura Mandt noted Cena’s celebrity and the positive impact that he has in and out of the ring in discussing his appointment.  “John is not only a superstar athlete and entertainer, but also a motivational force who inspires fans across the globe,” she said.  “John approaches all of his endeavors with energy, enthusiasm and passion so we expect him to bring a new level of excitement to the night’s celebration.”

Along with being one of the top names in WWE today, Cena is also host and executive producer of FOX’s new reality competition series American Grit.  That is just one of his credits outside the ring.  He has also made appearances in the hit comedies Trainwreck and Sisters.  Along with all of that, Cena also works extensively with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  He is the foundation’s most requested wish granter and has more than lived up to expectations, having granted some 500 wishes.  He was recently recognized by the USO Metro as the recipient of the organization’s 2016 Legacy of Achievement Award.  As if all of this isn’t enough, Cena is also deeply involved in Susan G. Komen and its efforts to research and fight breast cancer.

The 2016 ESPN ESPY Awards will air live on ABC Wednesday, July 13th at 8pm ET from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.  It raises more than $1 million annual for The V Foundation, which was originally established by ESPN and Jim Valvano in order to promote cancer research.  Tickets for the ESPY Awards can be purchased online at AXS.com.  More information on The ESPY Awards is available online now at:

 

 

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Wild Force Is One Of The Power Rangers’ Most Intriguing Installments

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/Saban/Disney Enterprises

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Saban/Disney Enterprises

Earlier this week Shout! Factory released yet another installment of the Power Rangers franchise when it released Power Rangers Wild ForceThe Complete Series.  While not the first time that this tenth “season” of Power Rangers has been released it is the first time that it has been released in its own standalone season set.  Compared to it first nine “seasons” this installment of the Power Rangers franchise is noticeably different.  One area in which that is most obvious is the “season’s” writing.  This includes its story and the elements therein.  The “season’s” overall look is quite different in comparison to previous seasons of the Power Rangers, too.  That will be discussed later.  Last but hardly least of note about this season is the work of the “season’s” cast.  While a lot had changed in this season from the franchise’s previous installments the cast’s acting boasts its own balance of camp and class.  It rounds out the “season’s” most important elements.  Together with the “season’s” writing and its look, all three elements combine to make this “season” of the Power Rangers franchise one of its most important love it or hate it.

Power Rangers Wild Force: The Complete Series is an important addition to every hardcore Power Rangers fan’s home DVD library.  This is the case because in comparison to every previous “season” of Power Rangers this “season” stands out unlike any of them all the way around.  That begins with the “season’s” writing.  The writing includes the “season’s” story and the elements therein.  The “season’s” story marks the first time in the franchise’s history that any of its installments had gone full on fantasy.  By comparison every season that came before was either largely science fiction or a hybrid sci-fi/fantasy hybrid in terms of their stories.  In the case of this “season,” the story centers on the Rangers’ conflict with the resurrected spirit of one Master Org and its org minions.  Master Org was originally defeated three thousand years prior to the story’s setting.  But thanks to the jealousy of a character who turns out to be close to Red Ranger Cole Evans, Master Org is essentially resurrected and made able to carry out its evil ways once again.  Again, this is a story that is completely unlike that of any previous season of Power Rangers.  It’s just one way in which the “season’s” writing proves to be so important to its presentation.  The smaller, more intricate details of the “season’s” writing are just as important to its presentation as the story itself.

Looking at the story’s smaller, more intricate details, it is even clearer just how much this “season” of Power Rangers stands out from its predecessors in regards to its writing.  Cole’s relationship to the man playing host to Master Org’s spirit is just one of those smaller, yet still important elements of the “season’s” writing.  The pair’s surprising relationship is so important to note to the “season’s” writing because it is another first for the franchise.  It marked the first time that one of the franchise’s main villains had presented such a close relationship to any of the franchise’s protagonists.  On a related note, the “season’s” multi-part “Lunar Wolf” story arc is just as important to note in the “season’s” writing.  That is because of its ability to balance the arc’s own identity with its obvious throwback to the Green Ranger story arc from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, the series that started it all for the Power Rangers franchise. On yet another note, this “season” of the Power Rangers also marked the first time that the Rangers were given so many options for zords and all within the course of a single run.  It has since gone on to become the precedent for every “season” to come after in terms of the Rangers’ wide array of zords from which to choose.  It’s just one more way in which the smaller details of the “season’s” writing proves so important to its presentation.  Together with the story itself all, the writing incorporated into PRWF proves to be hugely important to its presentation.  It is noticeably different from that of any of the previous installments of the Power Rangers.  But that clearly noticeable difference is a big part of what makes this installment of the Power Rangers so interesting. It is just one part of what makes PRWF such an interesting addition to the Power Rangers legacy.  The “season’s” look is just as important to note in regards to its presentation as its writing.

The writing behind PRWF is in itself a rather important part of the “season’s” presentation.  That is because it shows the clearly different route taken by the show’s creative heads this time out in comparison to the previous Power Rangers “seasons.”  Love it or hate it there is no denying that the writers and creative heads are to be commended for even taking the risk and changing things up so much this time out.  It’s just one part of what makes this installment of the famed franchise stand out.  The “season’s” look makes it stand out just as much.  Audiences will note in viewing this “season” that being that its footage is taken in large part from its source in the Japanese action series Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger, there is also even more reliance on CG elements in this “season” than in any previous “season” of Power Rangers.  Yes, the live action material is still just as prevalent here with the models and explosions.  But there seems to be even more focus on CG special effects incorporated into the writing than ever before.  As with the “season’s” writing that increased of computer graphics even within the course of the show’s major fight scenes this is a brave step both in terms of the program’s source material and in the bigger picture of the Power Rangers universe.  It definitely gives the show a different feel as well as look in comparison to its predecessors.  Again to that end, this “season” of Power Rangers is just as worth the watch as any of the Power Rangers previous installments if not more so.  Even as important as the look and feel of the show is to its presentation it still is not the last of its most notable elements.  The work of the “season’s” cast plays its own part in the show’s presentation, too.  It rounds out the “season’s” most notable elements as a matter of fact.

Both the writing behind PRWF and the show’s production values present their own value to the program’s presentation.  Both elements are so important to note because they present an installment of the long-running Power Rangers franchise that is largely unlike any that has come before.  Even with so much changed exhibited in this “season” of Power Rangers not everything has changed.  The cast’s take on the scripts is just as entertaining as that of previous casts in their respective installments.  Jack Guzman is wonderfully entertaining as the gentle giant type figure Danny.  Here is this really built figure who looks like he could effortlessly break a person.  Yet he is the total opposite.  Instead he is just a kind, gentle soul with a somewhat childlike sense of humor.  In the same vein Alyson Sullivan is just as impressive as Taylor Earhardt.  Taylor is a strong female lead that even today’s female viewers will appreciate watching.  What’s really impressive about Sullivan’s take on Earhardt is that she was just as believable in the role as Erin Cahill was as Jennifer in Power Rangers Time Force.  The two characters are very similar in their strong personalities.  On another note, Philip Andrew is a little bit over the top in his take on Merrick, the conflicted three-thousand year-old Wild Force Ranger.  But there is good reason for that.  The actor that originally filled the role on Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger was just as much over the top.  Now whether that was intentional or not is anyone’s guess.  Even as campy as Andrew’s acting seems there’s something endearing about it that still makes it entertaining in its own right surprisingly enough.  Whether through Andrew’s acting or that of Guzman, Sullivan, or any of their cast mates, an examination of each cast member’s work on camera shows why the cast’s work in whole is so important to this “season’s” presentation.  Together with the work of the “season’s” writers and those behind its special effects, all three elements combine to show in whole what makes this installment of the Power Rangers stand out from both the shows that came before and after.  Keeping that in mind, they serve to show why this installment of the Power Rangers is just as worth the watch as the franchise’s other offerings if not more worth the watch.

Power Rangers Wild Force is one of the most interesting offerings from the Power Rangers universe to be released to date.  This is proven in part through the show’s writing, which includes both the show’s story and the story’s smaller details.  The show’s special effects stand out just as much from other Power Rangers offerings.  That is because there is a noticeable increase in the use of CG elements within this show as any other from the Power Rangers.  The work of the show’s cast is just as notable as its writing and special effects.  There are some quite believable portrayals in this season and some that are just as enjoyable for their entertainment value.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of Power Rangers Wild Force: The Complete Series.  Altogether they present this full series/season set as one of the most interesting of the Power Rangers series/seasons to date.  In turn this makes it just as worth the watch  as its counterparts if not more worth the watch.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-action-adventure/power-rangers-wild-force-the-complete-series.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory Kids, Hasbro Studios Partner For Ninth New Pound Puppies DVD

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Hasbro Studios

Ace, Cookie, Niblet, and the rest of the Pound Puppies return next month with another new collection of episodes.

Shout! Factory Kids will release its latest collection of Pound Puppies episodes next month.  Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups will be released Tuesday, April 12th.  It will be available in stores and online exclusively on DVD.  The series’ ninth collection of episodes, it features five more episodes from the animated series.  This time out, Rebound becomes an internet sensation when a video of him goes viral in “The Accidental Pup Star.”  Rebound’s fame leads McLeash to plan use his fame for his own gain.  So it’s up to the Pound Puppies to keep that from happening.  In “It’s Elementary My Dear Pup” the Pound Puppies and the Super Secret Pup Club have quite a mission on their hands…er…paws when a young boy named Chucky (Danny Cooksey – Salute Your Shorts, Tiny Toon Adventures, Diff’rent Strokes) is accused of vandalizing his school.  The episode is lifted from Season Three.  Also featured in this collection is another Season Three episode, “Hot Dawg!”  this episode introduces a casanova Chihuahua named Antonio (Carols Alazraqui—The Fairly Oddparents, Family Guy, Phineas and Ferb) who has quite the effect on both humans and canines alike.  The Pound Puppies are no exception as Cookie and Strudel fall for him and start fighting, forgetting along the way about placing their latest pup, Pupster.  So it’s up to Lucky to deal with the frustrating four-legged friend since Shelter 17 is his last hope to be adopted.  It’s just one more of the adventures featured in this collection.  There are two other episodes for families to enjoy together included in the collection’s single-disc presentation.  The complete episode listing for the collection is noted below.

Episodes

EPISODE EPISODE TITLE
1 Pound Puppies: The Accidental Pup Star
2 Pound Puppies: It’s Elementary My Dear Pup Club
3 Pound Puppies: Hot Dawg!
4 Pound Puppies: The Watchdogs
5 Pound Puppies: Back In Action

 

Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, April 12th.  It will retail for MSRP of $12.99 but can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $11.99 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/pound-puppies-showstopping-pups.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory and Shout! Factory Kids is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory, Saban Taking Audiences “Back To The Future” In New Power Rangers Season Set

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Saban/Saban Brands

Shout! Factory and Saban are taking audiences back to the future next month so to speak. That is because they are teaming up to release another classic season of Power Rangers in the form of Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series.

Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, February 9th. The five-disc set features the full forty-episode run from the ninth season of Saban’s long-running sci-fi/fantasy series. This season marks the second time that the Power Rangers are presented to audiences as a semi-militaristic organization. It is not the last time that the Power Rangers would be presented in such fashion either. This season centers on the Rangers’ hunt for the evil criminal mastermind Ransik after he escapes their custody and slips from the year 2001 into the past (then present). It’s up to Pink Ranger Jen to lead the Time Force Rangers to find Ransik, apprehend him, and return with him back to 2001.

Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, February 9th. It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $19.97. It can be pre-ordered at a discounted price of $16.97 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-action-adventure/power-rangers-time-force-the-complete-series. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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2015 World Series Presentations Set For Release Next Month

The 2015 MLB season is officially a wrap. But even as the season has come to its last inning Lionsgate, MLB Productions, and A&E Home Video have announced that it is giving fans some extra-innings enjoyment with the upcoming release of the 2015 World Series Film and 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition.

Courtesy:  MLB Productions/A&E Home Video/Lionsgate

Courtesy: MLB Productions/A&E Home Video/Lionsgate

Lionsgate, MLB Productions, and A&E Home Video have teamed up once again to cap off another season of Major League Baseball with another complete installment of World Series collections. The companies will release the 2015 World Series Film and 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition on Tuesday, December 1st. Both collections will be released on their own separate DVD and Blu-ray platforms. The 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition features the complete 2015 World Series spread across eight discs on both DVD and Blu-ray. It also includes the Sleevestats(TM) ooklet with official game stats and trivia for each game. As an additional bonus the 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition also includes two key Royals post season games (the ALDS and ALCS clinchers) and key regular season highlights. The Blu-ray will retail for MSRP of $69.99 and DVD for $59.98. Audiences can pre-order the set on DVD for a discounted price of $44.98 via Lionsgate’s online store now at http://www.lionsgateshop.com/search_results.asp?Search=2015%20world%20Series.

 

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Courtesy: MLB Productions/A&E Home Video/Lionsgate

The 2015 World Series Film is a shortened take on the annual Fall Classic. It is narrated this year by famed actor Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, Role Models, I Love You Man). Rudd takes audiences through the most pivotal moments of this year’s World Series in the DVD. There are also interviews, exclusive behind-the-scenes access footage, and more throughout the eighty-six minute presentation. As with the 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition, the 2015 World Series Film will be released both on DVD and Blu-ray. It will retail for MSRP of $34.99 on Blu-ray and $29.98 on Blu-ray an DVD respectively. It can be pre-ordered online now for a discounted price of $27.99 on Blu-ray and $19.98 on DVD via Lionsgate’s online store at http://www.lionsgateshop.com/search_results.asp?Search=2015%20world%20Series. More information on both the 2015 World Series Film and 2015 World Series Collector’s Edition and other titles from Lionsgate is available online now at:

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Saban, Shout! Factory’s New Standalone Power Rangers Series Is A Must Have For Any Power Rangers Fan

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Saban/Saban Brands

Next Tuesday, Shout! Factory will continue its ongoing series of Power Rangers installments when it releases Power Rangers LightSpeed Rescue: The Complete Series. Its release next Tuesday marks the first time that it has seen the light of day as its own standalone series/season set. Previously, it was released as part of the Power Rangers Seasons 8 – 12 mega-set in November of 2013. That set also included Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series, Power Rangers Wild Force: The Complete Series, Power Rangers Ninja Storm: The Complete Series, and Power Rangers Dino Thunder: The Complete Series. The total price of the five-season set averaged well over one hundred dollars. For many that price made the box more of a wish list item than a reality. By comparison, the average price for Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series is only about fifteen dollars depending on the outlet. That and its more widespread availability together form the central reason that this new standalone series/season set will be of great interest to any Power Rangers fan. It’s just one small part of the whole that makes it worth the addition to any fan’s collection. The writing that went into PRLSR (as it will be called from here on out) plays its own part in this series/season set. Being a forty-episode run, the writers don’t waste any time moving the story along even from the show’s outset. Last but hardly least of note that makes this set enjoyable for fans is the work of the show’s cast. Keith Robinson’s take on Green Ranger Joel Rawlings while Sean Cw Johnson’s take on the Red Ranger Carter Grayson is just as solid on the opposite end of the spectrum. They aren’t the only cast members worth noting either. Whether for this reason, the set’s availability, or for the work of the series’ writers, Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series (a.k.a. Season 8), proves in the end to be yet another welcome addition to any Power Rangers fan’s collection.

Shout! Factory and Saban’s upcoming Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series is a great boon for any true Power Rangers fan. While it is not the first time that the series/season set has seen the light of day, it is the first time ever that the five-disc set has seen the light of day in its own standalone series/season set separate from the previously released Power Rangers Seasons 8 – 12 mega-set. That is the central reason that fans will want to add this latest set to their collections. Power Rangers Seasons 8 – 12 was not readily available to fans in stores. Nor was it cheap. It forced those that really wanted this season set to also go ahead and purchase the complete five-season set and do so online more often than not. It ran a little more than one hundred dollars. This set is much more affordable by comparison at roughly fifteen dollars. What’s more, odds are far greater of finding it in stores than the larger five-season set. That makes this standalone set just as valuable for fans as the larger collection regardless of their level of dedication to the show and in turn serves as a solid base for the rest of the reasons that audiences will appreciate this brand new box set.

The fact that Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series will likely be more readily available for Power Rangers fans is a most important reason for fans to pick up this collection. It serves as a solid base for the set’s other positives including the work of the series’/season’s writers. The work of those behind this series/season’s scripts is definitely well worth the note. Being that this season ran only forty episodes in total, the writers didn’t waste any time establishing its story line or assembling the season’s team of rangers. The execution of the team’s assembly lasted the entirety of the very first episode. And even after the team was established, the writers didn’t waste any time through the course of the series’ episodes dealing with any extra story elements unlike with the previous installments of the Power Rangers. Rather, they hit the ground running so to speak. Background elements such as Joel’s infatuation with Ms. Fairweather (Monica Louwerens) and Captain Mitchell’s relationship with his long-lost son Ryan (Rhett Fisher) in the multi-episode Titanium Ranger story arc were limited in their approaches. Joel’s infatuation with Ms. Fairweather was made more of a comic element than anything serious, though there were some rare instances when the pair got to show a little bit of dramatic flair. That will be noted later. And while the Titanium Ranger story arc was itself a key moment in the series/season, its more dramatic elements were controlled so as to not let them get out of control. This allowed for the story of Ryan’s return (and turn) to the good side to more easily progress and be more believable. Interestingly enough, true hardcore fans won’t be able to ignore this story arc’s blatant similarity to that of the original Green Ranger story arc from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. That aside, audiences will take note in regards to the series/season’s writing that this installment marks the first time ever that the Power Rangers went from being just a force for good, powered by fantastical powers to a more semi-militaristic organization (albeit a secretive one). It wouldn’t be the last time that the Rangers took such a form as they also appeared in that capacity both in Power Rangers Time Force and Power Rangers S.P.D. So to say that this series/season set the bar for later installments is the least. It really was a groundbreaking approach for Saban’s long-running hit franchise. That being the case, it rounds out the ways in which the series’/season’s writing proves to be key to its success. It still is not the last reason that fans will appreciate this latest installment of the Power Rangers ongoing saga. The work of the case is just as much to thank for this edition’s success and enjoyment.

The writing behind Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue was groundbreaking for the Power Rangers franchise at the time of its debut. That is because up until that point, the Rangers had been like so many other super-powered organizations. They were powered by fantastical, other-worldly sources. That was hardly the case in this installment. Rather here, they were created by a semi-militaristic source. That is actually just as believable as the source of the previous Power Rangers’ powers if not more so. It’s just one element of the series’/season’s writing so important. Even with the other elements previously noted, the writing in whole is only one more part–together with the set’s availability–of the set that makes it a must have for any true Power Rangers fan. The work of the show’s cast is just as important as its other noted elements. It has already been noted that in the case of Green Ranger Joel Rawlings (Keith Robinson–Dreamgirls, Dear John, This Christmas), Robinson’s portrayal of Joel is one example of what makes the cast’s work so entertaining. Robinson’s take on Joel makes Joel a fan favorite thanks to his comic timing and his surprising innocence. What makes this mix so impressive is the fact that Robinson balances it so well. He never lets that more emotional side overpower his comic side. Rather he lets it show just enough and at just the right moments to make Joel one of the true stars of the show. At the other end of the spectrum is Sean Cw Johnson as Carter Grayson (a.k.a. the Red Lightspeed Ranger). Johnson is given plenty of opportunities throughout this series/season to overplay his character’s All-American guy sort of character. Luckily, he didn’t do that. Rather, he embraced the role and made Carter into a persona that is the very definition of a leader. There is a certain humility about Carter throughout his time as the Red Ranger. It is a humility that interestingly enough even today’s young viewers might find themselves aspiring to emulate just as much as the young people of Mariner Bay. It makes Carter that much more of a believable character; perhaps even one of the single-most believable in the long-running history of the Power Rangers. Johnson’s is one more example of how the work of the Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue cast makes this season/series so enjoyable for any true Power Rangers fan. Any of the series’ other cast members could be used just as easily to exhibit the importance of the cast’s work. That would take some time to do, though. So considering this and the already provided examples, it is safe to say that the work of the series’/season’s cast is just as important as that of its writers and the general availability of this brand new box set in its overall success and enjoyment. All three elements combined together prove it to be a must-have for any hardcore Power Rangers fan.

Whether for its general availability verses that of the previously released Power Rangers Seasons 8 – 12 box set, the writing incorporated into this series/season, or for the work of the show’s cast, there is plenty to like about Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series. It will be available next Tuesday, August 11th in stores and online and can be ordered online direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-action-adventure/power-rangers-lightspeed-rescue-the-complete-series. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory and Saban is available online now at:

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Beetleborgs Metallix: Season 2 Volume 2 Is A Fitting Final Sendoff For One Of Saban’s Most Under-Appreciated Series

Courtesy:  Saban/Fox/Shout! Factory

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Saban’s cult favorite franchise Beetleborgs has at last come to its finale. That is because Shout! Factory, the leading name in home entertainment, recently released the final volume of episodes from the one-time Fox Kids series in the form of Beetleborgs Metallix: Season Two Volume Two. The series never did exactly receive a proper sendoff at the end of its second season in its original run on TV. That aside, it is no less enjoyable for fans that grew up with the short-lived series. Regardless of their familiarity with the series, audiences will find that the main reason for the success of these episodes is the work of the series’ writers. Unlike its more well-known counterpart Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, the writing that went into Beetleborgs was far more kid friendly. It lacked the martial arts action that was the centerpiece of the Power Rangers franchise and focused more on comedy and camp. That is just as evident in the episodes presented in this final volume of episodes as Shout! Factory’s previous Beetleborg’s box sets. The work of the show’s cast is just worth noting in regards to these episodes as the work of the show’s writers. The special effects that continued to be incorporated into the series in these episodes should be noted, too in terms of what makes them so enjoyable. They are very similar to those used throughout the early days of the Power Rangers. But because the show in general had a different format than that of Power Rangers, the special effects were able to take more of a spotlight. All three elements each play their own key part in the success and enjoyment of Beetleborgs Metallix: Season Two Volume Two. Together they make the triple-disc box set in whole one that every kid and kid at heart will want to add to their personal library regardless of their familiarity with this cult favorite series.

The final volume of episodes from Saban’s cult favorite series Beetleborgs is a collection that any kid and kid at heart will want to add to their personal library now that it is available on DVD. The main reason that viewers of all ages will want to add this collection to their personal libraries is its writing. While these episodes continued to incorporate much of the same action elements used in its more well-known counterpart in the Power Rangers, the writing incorporated into this series was far more kid friendly. There was no real martial arts action in the battle scenes. It was more blatantly fun, campy material with over the top special effects. Even outside of the battle scenes, what audiences got was far more kid friendly. There was no teen or even pre-teen angst unlike in the Power Rangers. That is evident as the writers continued to focus on the kids’ friendhip with Flabber and his monster pals. Speaking of the monsters, their continued buffoonery makes for plenty of laughs for audiences of all ages. From Flabber using a metal detector on them to find out which one might have stolen the astral coins to Count Fangula serving as Wolfgang’s lawyer as the pair negotiates to let Wolfgang help the Beetleborgs to their own back and forth with one another from episode to episode, they give audiences plenty of opportunities to laugh. That is just part of what makes the writing so pivotal to this volume. The actual stories that were crafted for the episodes in this volume should be noted, too.

The stories presented in Beetleborgs Metallix: Season Two Volume Two are just as key to the set’s enjoyment as the more extraneous elements of the show’s writing in this volume. While the general effect of Beetleborgs remained in these episodes far more kid friendly than in Power Rangers, the stories presented in the episodes were very familiar to those of Power Rangers, stylistically speaking. Case in point the multi-episode arc that saw the Beetleborgs have to retrieve the Astral Sword and coins so as to maintain control of the Roboborg and keep Nukus from controlling it for his evil plans. The arc in question kicks off in the back-end of the set’s first disc and takes up the set’s second and third disc. What really makes this final story arc so interesting is that unlike with the Power Rangers’ story arcs, audiences aren’t left with constant cliffhangers. Each episode managed to remain its own stand-alone episode all while advancing the story each time. In an odd way, it serves as an example of the serial done right well before serials became the norm. And even though it al built up to a finale that essentially left things wide open, the build up to that point still proves a success. It’s one more reason that audiences will appreciate this collection of episodes and will in turn want to add it to their own personal DVD libraries.

The work of the writers behind Beetleborgs gives viewers plenty to enjoy in its final collection of episodes. Its more kid friendly elements continue to maintain its identity apart from the likes of Power Rangers and other similar series that were being churned out at the time. On the other hand, the stories that were crafted for these episodes are very much like those of the series’ “big brother.” There are even coins very much like the original Power Rangers’ “Power Coins” that lie at the center of the series’ final story arc. Speaking of that arc, its progression is never met with any cliffhangers from one episode to the next. That is entirely different from the story arcs used in the Power Rangers’ original episodes. Yet again audiences see the writers’ ability to give viewers something familiar without making Beetleborgs a blatant carbon copy of Power Rangers and other similar series on TV at the time. Together with the episodes’ more kid friendly, comic elements the balance used in the crafting of this volume’s episodes shows clearly why the writers’ work is so important to the overall enjoyment of each episode.

The work put in by Beetleborgs’ writers proves throughout the series’ final collection of episodes to be of the utmost importance to its enjoyment even years after their original run. Their work is just one part of what makes the final volume of episodes from Saban’s Beetleborgs so enjoyable for audiences of all ages. The work of the show’s cast plays just as important a role in making this volume enjoyable. That is especially the case with Flabber and his monster pals. Billy Forester’s Robin Williams-esque approach to Flabber is just as entertaining as it was in the series’ first episodes. Joe Hackett, Frank Addella, and Blake Torney conjure thoughts of The Three Stooges at some points with their buffoonery. One can’t deny the laughs that David Fletcher offers as Frankenbeans, too. Even Marshal Hilton entertains with his entirely outlandish and over the top take on Lester Fortunes. His is a type of acting that has been mimicked many times since by so many other grown up actors that star in kids’ shows. One could potentially even argue that his acting was, maybe not groundbreaking per se, but definitely original for its time. Together with the work of his cast mates, the group in whole keeps audiences laughing and watching from beginning to end, proving yet again the importance of the cast’s work in these final episodes of Beetleborgs Metallix. Their work coupled with that of the show’s writers shows even more why audiences of all ages will want to add Beetleborgs Metallix: Season Two Volume Two to their own home libraries.

The work of the writers behind Beetleborgs and that of the series’ cast in the show’s final volume of episodes shows in so many ways what makes this volume so enjoyable for audiences of all ages. For all of their significance, the noted elements are only part of what makes Season Two Volume Two so enjoyable. The special effects and stock footage used throughout these episodes play their own role in the episodes’ enjoyment. The stock footage used in these episodes was lifted right from the series’ Japanese counterpart B-Fighter Kabuto. It is not the first time that the series had used stock footage, as it also lifted from Juukou B-Fighter for the series’ first season. It is also the same sort of approach used by Saban for its Power Rangers installments early on. Even being a similar approach, there is still something about it that makes the episodes that much more fun. The use of the seemingly intentionally campy special effects adds even more enjoyment. Whether it be Flabber getting the magic “knocked out of him” at one point, Mums spinning his head around to relieve tension in his neck at another, Count Fangula switching between his bat form and human form, or even Nukus bringing Les’ drawings to life, there is just something entertaining about the overly campy nature of these effects. These are just a handful of examples of the extensive campy special effects utilized throughout the final episodes of Beetleborgs. There are plenty of others that audiences will enjoy time and again when they purchase this box set. In seeing them, audiences will agree that when coupled with the use of the stock footage from B-Fighter Kabuto, both elements together complete Beetleborgs Metallix: Season Two Volume Two. Set along with the work of the show’s writers and that of its cast, all three elements make Beetleborgs Metallix: Season Two Volume Two a fully welcome addition to the library of any of the show’s original fans and those of the show’s new fans.

Beetleborgs Metallix: Season Two Volume Two shows in a number of ways to be a fitting final sendoff for what was one of the most underrated of Saban’s sci-fi/fantasy series. The writing used in this collection’s episodes continue a standard established in each of the series’ previous volumes. It is a standard that gave audiences a series with a look and feel similar to that of Power Rangers but still managed to establish its own identity at the same time. The work of the series’ cast in these episodes makes Season Two Volume Two all the more enjoyable because of the laughs that it offers audiences of all ages. The show’s use of stock footage and apparently intentionally campy special effects adds even more enjoyment to each episode. The stock footage helped to establish that familiarity among audiences while the special effects made for their own share of laughs and in turn help to establish the show’s identity even more. All three elements alone play their own important part to the whole of Beetleborgs Metallix: Season Two Volume Two. Collectively they make this final set of episodes from Beetleborgs one that viewers of all ages will want to have in their own home libraries so that they can enjoy them again and again. Beetleborgs Metallix: Season Two Volume Two is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-action-adventure/beetleborgs-metallix-season-two-vol-2. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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