The acting has improved for some of them, but the delivery is still off for half of them. It was a decent improvement over the first half of episodes though. The writing is better, its not much overall, but it blended the shinkenger themes with the power ranger ones much better. its only been one episode, but it does seem like things are looking up. Kind of annoyed that we see the core attack in mega mode except mia who only has the black box slide onto her sword. While very over done, their Shogun mode actually blends with the season unlike a lot of the other battlizers of seasons past
I think they did it, and this is not to be racial here, because they didn't want the Asian girl being Yellow. Remember, Saban was heckled last time for making Trini an Asian Yellow Ranger.
We had a Black Black Ranger in Overdrive... i dont think its racial as much as the archetypes... the whole dumb blonde thing kind of works with being the youngest. Ditzy Pinks dont work... Remember Syd?
Asian Pink Rangers have happened before but have been spread out unlike the Blonde Yellows... Of all the Samurai to be kept Asian, one would have thought it would be Blue
I watched this episode, and I actually thought it was ok. Its the first Samurai episode I didn't think was horrible. The acting was better than in the episodes I've seen before (episodes 1-5 and the episode with Jayden's duel). Thats not saying much, but still. The action was good, and Bulk and Spike were cool (although I liked them even in the PR Samurai episodes I disliked). I'm actually going to be watching next week. Maybe the show just needed some time to get into its groove, and the actors to gain a bit more experience, for me to actually be able to watch it (although the fact that the episode didn't have a monster who was constantly spouting puns definately helped). I don't know if the Super Samurai will hold my attention, but if it keeps up the quality it had today, I can see it being halfway decent.
Last edited by Galaxy; 02-18-2012 at 02:04 PM.
Hey Hey Hey, no need to insult Lily and Summer like that. But I personally think it's more of a coincidence than a requirement. If our next Yellow is a blonde, then we might have something.One of them is in love with the knockoff version of Lily/Summer we have as Yellow this year, but that's about it. God, seriously, who made the call that the vacuous blonde chick needs to be Yellow from here on out? THREE SEASONS IN A ROW.
Everything has definitely been taken up to a whole new "SUPER" level, and I'm feelin' it! The premiere was was great, and an all around improvement. The acting was still a little bit rough around the edges (Najee being the main one), but I did notice a significant change. Overall, I think what really helped this premiere (and hopefully the season as a whole) was its original plot and improved writing.
As for the personalities of the Samurai Rangers, I think Mike and Kevin are actually very distinguishable. It's Emily and Mia that might as well be the same person.
I thought that "Super Samurai" was pretty solid and one of PRS's best, until the end.
Of course the show still credits the Japanese writer of the Sentai episodes which I never watch, but for a while I liked what I was seeing here. The episode began pretty well, ratcheting up the tension with the Sanzu River water leaks, and the way they reintroduced Arachnitor. It did something most Samurai episodes don't bother with: introduce a big threat and build up to the final battle.
Don't know how Emily was able to hear Kevin's line about having Jayden's back, before she and the Rangers were shown having to run over to them from a distance. It was also strange how Arachnitor unquestionably got along with the Moogers, despite being banished by Xandred and left to fend for himself on Earth for weeks or months. But otherwise, the battle was pretty suspenseful. I liked Octoroo's anti-morphing trap, and the fact that the Rangers had to battle unmorphed in a dangerous area full of Sanzu water. Mia getting some of her hair burned was pretty cool. This was some of the best stuff that Samurai's done in a while.
Then Antonio comes in with the Black Box. The plot just stops, and the tension evaporates as Super Jayden proceeds to single handedly wipe out the enemy force. That's a problem I have with a lot of episodes that debut Battilizers or power ups. Also around this time, the acting and the lines just got really bad. Steven Skyler had to force so many bad lines. Even Octoroo sounded expository, when he talked about sending some giant Mooger reinforcements. I pretty much zoned out, although the end of the Zord battle somewhat brought me back since the Rangers finally started facing some difficulty again.
And oh yeah, Bulk and Spike. They're really going out of their way their way to portray Bulk as an idiot in a desperate financial situation, between the Christmas special and his statements here about spending his last penny on a camera. Spike was terrible as usual, but the whole camera thing was above-average for a Bulk & Spike subplot. It actually gave them something to do that related to the Rangers in some way.
Overall, this episode had a great start before turning into another plotless weapon demo.