(Apologies in advance if review topics are not allowed in this forum, wasn't sure where else to put it) Ladies and gentlemen of the toku fandom, I, the infamous Captain Shark, exile of TK, KG, and MAHQ, am going to take on the first entry of the Super Sentai franchise (also my first sentai series not counting Akibarangers). "Isn't Gorenger like 84 episodes and few bother talking about it due to age and only 4 eps being subbed?" Yes, that is why I'm going have one of these episodic reviews for the lolz of it! I'll be reviewing this four episodes at a time! "But won't that take up so much time?" Have you seen my SD Gundam Force reviews? http://www.macrossworld.com/mwf/index.php?showtopic=38603 Probably not a smart thing to post as I vented a lot into that grim jokes included........ But hey: THIS! "That is a ton of episodes though." Oh please, I've seen Mazinger Z, Grendizer, and Ultraman Cosmos in their entirety. Plus I've seen most Ultra series with no english translations and still got the jist from most of them. If this series are anything like Inazuman Flash (which has no known eng subs and both had the same creator, studio, and writers) it should be very easy to comprehend what the hell is going on. "So what are you going to talk about?" You'll have to find the fudge out soon, son. "Wait, what was the point of the recommendation topic you made?" I have decided I am going to dive into sentai starting with Changeman with a few other recs following. However, I am not treating Gorenger (or JAKQ when I get around to watching it) as SUPER Sentai, rather toku on it's own by Ishinomori. At least until I see a bunch of other sentai series (like 6 others at least), then I'll compare them all up and junk. "Will you include the movie?" If I can find it, yes. "When will this all start?" Right now! "Is your awful humor going to pollute this thread?" Absolutely, nobody inform Burkion though.:laugh: ================================================= For technical jargon I don't cover go here: http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Gorenger Let it be known now that every protag in this part will be given nicknames and starting with the next one I will start calling everyone by their actual names. For every monster of the week I'll give a one sentence analysis on what powers and/or weapons they give because once I am done with these reviews I'm putting this info at the ranger wiki articles. A handful of entities from this series appeared in a few tokusatsu crossover games, which will get mentioned at my site of Pixel Galaxy once we're all done here. Lets dive the fudge in! Episode 1 The first episode begins with soccer players doing their thing when someone throws a knife into their ball. Said knife thrower is the monster of the week Gold Mask with a squad of Zolders, black masked men that will be the cannon fodder of this series. They beat the hell out of the soccer players and then bomb them with grenades (yes you read that correctly). One soccer player survives and runs to a building they are bombing since someone he knows is being (and eventually is) killed by the bad guys. After the zolders gun down some folks, arctic commandos are attacked by a guy named Samurai Mask and his squad, less bomby and more knify with only one survivor. Same scenario happens with a karate dojo with zolders lead by Bronze Mask and holy f**k these are powerful f**king grenades! This survivor got stabbed by a friggin sword. Fourth is the horse races, complete with more stock footage grenade explosions and the survivor is female this time; also the leader here is Jade Mask who looks like more like like he is very into Hatian culture if his costume is any indicator. Poison Gas Mask leads the final zolder attack as he attacks the squad with blue choking gas from his face with a survivor that looks more like he was just late than lucky. The five masked monsters/generals (I don't know at the moment) talk to the leader of the Black Cross Army (their organization), Black Cross Fuhrer and wow does the camera shake like crazy here. Cut to the Blue Ranger doing archery and Red Ranger going "move your a**!" (maybe, no clue, no subs). Yellow Ranger drags a truck and gets a message from a dog (and Red) to move. Pink Ranger gets.... an invite? I don't know, she was also using grenades. Green Range does boomerang practice before getting an invite too. Apparently transformations are done just by turning to the left. Everyone meets up at some small restaurant with the chef having a stereotypical French chef hat. Four of the five show up with Red leading them to a secret elevator into a basement. Upon their way down ranger five surprises them as he made it their first. We briefly see the inside of the control senter before the agency EAGLE (think SHIELD from Marvel) tells them about their motorcycles and tells them to go somewhere. While riding around their hovercraft takes off with two other bloats inside. They actually take off from a WELL, a giant water well, in a CITY. Gold Mask hijacks a school bus because.... I don't know, but whatever, the zolders follow up by gunning down police with riot shields (how the hell did they die if they have riot shields? those must be strong bullets that leave no marks!). The bus is locked in a warehouse with a bomb until the hovercraft uses a giant shovel claw to punch through the roof and carry the bus out. The rangers give chase with bombs are thrown at them. This series really loves explosions, someone call Michael Bay! Gold Mask uses a boomerang scythe on Red while untransformed until the other rangers show up transformed so he can transform. Insert slowmo jumping! Red uses a whip, Blue uses a bow, and Green uses a boomerang from his visor (yeah I got nothing). Pink and Yellow just use real rastling and martial arts, respecti- no, wait, Pink uses heart-like flash bombs from her visor. Gold Mask takes off when the zolders are beaten. So therangers kick a soccer ball and after Red kicks it at Gold Mask he explodes. Yeah. Fuhrer is POed and the other four offer to kick ranger a**. End with the ending having clips from this ep and what are likely behind the scenes sparing. The preview shows Samurai Mask causing avalanches and getting his butt whooped. Gold Mask: He wields a scythe that can return to him (telekinesis maybe?). Episode 2 After a brief review of the ranger origins in the last episode we see scientists testing an avalanche machine (Inazuman Flash says hi) before Samurai Mask uses a yumi bow to kill one scientist and fry another with a laser. A third scientist is captured to either replicate it or tell secrets. The rangers.... Assemble and go cycling. Yeah I have no comment for that briefing. Two rangers come across some women and I think she is talking about her child when Green and Yellow assist her. The other three are ambushed by Samurai Mask and knock his zolders silly. Why are gun wielding soldiers armed with swords- wait why do I care? Samurai Mask tries archery sniping on them, even injuring Blue, for Red to take him on. Pink throws a bomb at him only for Samurai Mask to give a maniaal laugh and run. After recooping on the Rangers' end, Samurai Mask destroys a highway only for Fuhrer to be what I think is him being unimpressed (I don't know exactly, but he sounded quite calm). Meanwhile Yellow finds the missing kid only for zolders to nab him and run off. At this point it is revealed the kid is that of the caught scientist (probably what Fuhrer was talking about just minutes earlier. Red and who I think is Pink go on recon until they come across a zolder with an arrow in his back saying eat a snickers- I don't know. Next thing you know there is an ambush and both rangers are cuffed before being thrown in a cell. Samurai Mask rambles and laughs about his inflated ego or something at the prisoners as they share the same cell as the kid. Soon Samurai Mask has the scientist, his son, and the two rangers tied to stakes because they have the mind set of 1690s Salem. The hovercraft is launched by Blue while Green and Yello go on motorcycle. Red pulls a knife from his sleeve and escapes (by teleporting apparently) before Samurai Mask can use the avalanche laser on them. The hovercraft.... Drops a box and sucks the scientist and son up a ube. Dr. Seuss-esque technology much? The Rangers transform and use waist rockets called the birdies to fly around before surrounding Samurai Mask. Zolders appear and martial arts ensues! Samurai Mask was unable to get his katana out as his minions got slaughtered. The soccer ball of death kills him only for his ghost to cause a fissure.... Revealing a space rocket? Blue uses an arrow with one of Pink's bombs to destroy the entire rocket as it takes off, destroying Samurai Mask for good. Next episode has Red and Yellow being trapped in a cage with Bronze Mask ploting something. Samurai Mask: He wields a yumi bow with arrows and a katana and can teleport while emitting holograms. Episode 3: The episode starts off with zolders escorting two scientists with hard hats putting a white machine with attached beakers in a black capsule that goes down an oil well. Bronze Mask sees what goes on from a distance while the scientists detonate, basically emitting hydrogen bomb footage. After Bronze Mask tells his boss "success!" one scientist with a skinny as hell mustache sends plans and microfilm via carrier pigeon away. This is eventually given to chef in secret because.... Meanwhile the Rangers receive orders about the microfilm, in which I assume mustache scientist was an undercover agent (I could be wrong). Red and Yellow burglar their way into a zolder controlled mansion equipped with stealth cloaks (Harry Potter inspiration perhaps?). If you've seen comedic heist movies you pretty much know the next few minutes. One weird device used was some sort of rod that causes security cameras to fizzle, it was just weird. They eventually find the device until Yellow's hind end triggers an alarm, forcing them to fight zolders. Bronze Mask comes onto the rooftop and starts sniping them with a machine gun until they are trapped in an electric cage. The two transform and are saved by their hovercraft with Bronze Mask shooting at them. Bronze Mask throws a fit and concludes there is a spy among his brigade and uses his staff gun to find mustache scientist the traitor as they even find a transmitter. Bronze Mask.... blows a friggin dart gun and the dart stabs him in the back of the head (ouch). If you have a machine gun why do you use poison darts? Regardless, the rangers try analyzing the device. Bronze Mask eventually tracks down Yellow and.... Plays a flute? So his dart gun was a flut? Uh- Moving on. Some "guests" come into the restaurant that are really Zolders in disguise or out of uniform or- Okay I don't know if these are mutants or cyborgs or if that is how clothes work in this universe. The zolders grab some kid named Taro and scram once Red beats them up with Yellow following their jeep (and it is a pretty long f**king jeep for jeep standards. Not cartoonishly big, but if you saw it you'd go "DAYYYYYYYYUM!"). Yellow goes to their hide out and EATS THEIR FOOD with Bronze Mask just giving him instructions for giving the boy back for the chemical weapon. Yellow goes alone and sure enough the real Taro was not there in double cross fashion. A scientist puts the device in a smaller capsule before the other rangers show up. Bronze Mask equips his sword and Taro happens to be in the capsule to add peril. Pink tries to rescue him while the others beat the hell out of the zolders complete with death by arrows. After most are beaten up, Bronze Mask commands his last three to use bazookas on them and that fails horribly. The only thing saving Bronze Mask is a shield he summons on his right arm that conceals him in an iron maiden. Yellow throws it into the air, allowing the soccer ball of doom blast it open. Bronze Mask tries to run only to get blown up himself. What kind of energy was in there? Back at base, unknown if Taro survived as it was never shown, the general of Eagle that gives the orders shows his face introduces agents 007, 008, and 009 because a Charlie's Angels reference is necessary. Next episode has Jade Mask ballooning a safe away and an air battle is possible. Bronze Mask: Equipped with a machine gun, a flute that can be used as a poison dart gun, a sword, and a shield that can encase him in an iron maiden. Episode 4 The episode starts off with Jade Mask being told by two scientists about the team and which ranger is which complete with mini-back stories. Two scientists run for their lives while chased by zolders only to fail at gun point. One dies while another barely gets away after being wounded. Jade Mask tells them to spare him so they might find a secret base or something (not sure). Said scientists is in a hospital discovered by Pink while it looks like his face is rotting. Pink manages to pull a Cutey Honey and turn into another woman (well technically just disguising, but it is so sudden it is weird). She manages to track down where the scientist was working and they do their best not to raise suspicions (it almost worked if someone did not scream). She suspects further upon finding blood left from the chase scene earlier and finds zolders. She transforms by jumping (we Kamen Rido now) and she beats them up before turning back. Pink finds a cellar with hostages and gets kicked in from behind. Insert Jade Mask possing as a scientist and maniacal laughter before revealing himself and walking out. Back at the base the general is filled with disappoint that Pink went missing and Yellow and Green go off to find her. A zolder throws them off the trail while one scientist acts serious that Pink is one of their hostages. In the cell she manages to bust the door with plastic explosives and a laser ring only for Jade Mask to stop them in their tracks. Jade Mask even pins her to a wall before showing them their.... I am assuming an underground bomb factory. At the restaurant it seems like Taro lived and everyone is puzzled as to what happened to Pink. At the underground base a red hot air balloon is about to launch with what I think is a bomb under it. Pink kills a zolder with stabbing him in the eye with a hair pin and another one with his machine gun while Yellow and Green use a rope ladder to get the hostages out. Once Red shows up so does Jade Mask on the rooftop. On the balloon two zolders play with a radio while Blue pilots the aircraft before flying onto the balloon and beating the zolders up, eventually throwing both off. Blue deactivates the device and leaves a messages which I assume translates to "f**k you". The rangers go after the zolders and Jade Mask in classic toku fashion. Jade Mask tries to run and eventually uses a balloon to scram only for the soccer bal of doom to do him in. Poison Gas Mask is angry he is the last one left and in a weird German accent swears he will win his battle while talking to the Fuhrer. The next episode has Poison Gas Mask stopping a convoy and poses. Jade Mask: He uses a wooden staff....... Kind of weak. Lets analyze the cannon fodder real quick, shall we: A throwing knife at one point and general equipment includes a machine gun, grenades, a sword (broadsword? claymore?), and a bazooka while they can turn into humans instantly. Sometimes they have building buster bombs. And what is with the silver not-glasses? This part of the review has concluded!