Lionsgate released two new volumes of adventures from the Samurai Power Rangers this week. The second of the new volumes offers audiences four more adventures loaded with action and important life lessons that young audiences will enjoy. Power Rangers Super Samurai: Rise of the Bullzooka teaches yet again the lesson of believing in one’s own self. It also teaches the equally important lesson of never giving up in even the most difficult of situations. The set’s second episode, “The Strange Case of the Munchies” is actually a valuable inclusion to this set as it not only teaches about believing in one’s self, but also of taking care of one’s self by not eating too much. It takes on the subject of the obesity epidemic without being too preachy. And as with previous releases, audiences also get the lesson of teamwork in the set’s third episode, “A Sticky Situation.” This time, the lesson is taught when Mike and Kevin have to learn to work together, even when they face off against their latest Nighlok foe. It all leads up to another confrontation between Jayden and Deker. It is just one more in a rivalry that will later reach its peak for the two later in the season.
Fans of this latest team of Rangers will undoubtedly enjoy this new set of adventures for both the action and the life lessons that were more subtly tied in to each episode. Also helping make the episodes more enjoyable is the continued inclusion of comic relief from Bulk and his nephew, Spike. Long-time fans of the Power Rangers franchise will recall that Spike is the son of Bulk’s old friend Eugene “Skull” Skulovich. The chemistry between Bulk and Spike harkens back to the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers franchise just as much as the adventures themselves. Before this season came along, the last time anyone had seen or heard from Bulk (Paul Schrier) was in a cameo role in Power Rangers Wild Force. While Spike isn’t Skull, the pairing of Bulk and Spike still brings about the same hilarious physical comedy that Bulk and Skull offered audiences during the original run of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Add in a little romance on the part of Spike (spike develops a crush on Mia, not knowing she’s also the Pink Ranger) and both boys and girls will have their own entertainment here.
While this latest set of adventures only boasts four episodes, all four episodes will offer audiences of the latest Rangers squad plenty of entertainment. The comedy element instilled by Bulk and Spike plays its own role in the success of the episodes. The stylistic link between the stories of the original Power Rangers franchise and this latest installment is another connection that will entertain both long-time fans and younger, newer fans. The life lessons included in each story are another standard of the Power Rangers franchise as a whole. It makes for one more element that both long-time fans and newer fans will appreciate. Altogether, they combine to make one more set that any Power Rangers fan will enjoy. Power Rangers Super Samurai: Rise of the Bullzooka is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online via the Lionsgate store at http://www.lionsgateshop.com/product.asp?Id=27841&TitleParentId=8042.
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