On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the forthcoming return of the old school Cybermen to Doctor Who, how Logan is a film that finally does Wolverine justice, Twitch’s decision to stream all 831 episodes of Power Rangers, and then we dive into the con scene.
And we dive deep.
It’s a bit complicated, because comic writer Tom Taylor won’t do US based cons anymore, Phoenix Comicon sent out a third party survey that got weird, Anime Fan Fest has called it quits, STX Brazos Comic Con is incommunicado with its debtors, and the internet lost its sh*t because a small collectibles show called Elite Con banned cosplay.
And for some reason, we didn’t have anything readable in the mailbag. That hasn’t happened for a while.
In celebration of the Power Rangers movie coming out later this month, it’s been announced that Twitch is going to do a marathon stream of all 23 seasons on their “Twitch Presents” channel. That’s 831 episode, and should take about 17 days to get through. That’s… that’s quite the brainspike.
The longest I’ve ever done was only four days long.
They’re going to start the stream on March 14th at 11:00am Pacific/2:00pm Eastern, and if you have the ability to make it through the whole thing, you’re a better person than I. I mean, seriously – that’s over two solid weeks of punching, explosions and Zords.
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Geek website PopCultHQ put up an interesting story yesterday, revealing probably one of the stranger situations we’ve seen in a while. You see, over the course of late-2015 through mid-2016, Chris Bradley, the agent of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers actor Kerrigan Mahan, was selling various Power Rangers themed merchandise through Mahan’s Facebook page.
Merchandise that wasn’t exactly shipping.
And while everything was eventually resolved and fans were made whole, what follows is a lesson in why trying to sweep things under the carpet is probably the worst way to handle a situation. In fact, it pretty much leads to everyone assuming the worst even when you’ve done nothing wrong.
The rebooted Power Rangers movie came out with a second trailer today, and it actually looks pretty promising. Compared to the first one we got back in October, this actually seems to bring in some humor and seems to get the tone right.
We also get our first looks at the Zords, Zordon, Alpha, and Goldar in the thing, and while I know a few die hard franchise fans who might hate the designs, I think they look pretty cool. I hate to say it, but I’m actually starting to get my hopes up about this movie.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Trae and Nick fly it alone without Pher (who was busy elsewhere — possibly arm wrestling with the Governor of Minnesota). We talk about the new Power Rangers trailer, how Wonder Woman is (finally) canonically queer, Iron Fist getting a release date, Ben Affleck’s Batman movie maybe (but probably not) having a title, the second Wine Country Comic Con, and how well the Nerd & Tie Expo went.
This weekend we got the first official teaser trailer for Power Rangers. Of course, I’m not quite sure we were meant to, as it was first posted to and then immediately pulled from Facebook — and it wasn’t until it began to spread that the studio kind of gave up and officially reposted the video themselves.
And the trailer is… not that informative. I mean, it’s almost entirely scenes that must come from the first quarter of the film. Some have complained it’s too dark, but while I think the concerns about the color palette are genuine, a lot of it has been overblown. This is a trailer folks, and it was edited by different people than the ones working on the actual movie. There’s humor in the raw footage if you look closely, so we have a strong chance of a non-grimdark film here.
Honestly? This casting is kind of genius. Bryan Cranston’s range as an actor is amazing — just consider the two roles he’s best known for. It’s almost impossible for Hal on Malcolm in the Middle to be any further than Walter White on Breaking Bad. Cranston brings both the dramatic weight and the comedic abilities to make the giant disembodied head that gathers “five teenagers with attitude” work on the big screen.
Now EW has revealed the new look for the classic Ranger suits:
For the most part these look pretty solid (although I’m terrified that the Pink and Yellow Rangers will fall forward once and break their respective sternums). At this point, I’m pretty sure that the only thing that could go wrong with this movie is if it’s too true to the source material.
We’ve been pretty neutral to most of the casting for the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. I mean, we don’t have any problems with the people cast as the Rangers, it’s just that by necessity they’re mostly unknowns. It’s hard to form a strong opinion on people whose work you don’t know.
There is one particular bit that actually got me looking forward to this movie, and that’s when Elizabeth Banks was announced as taking on the role of the villainous Rita Repulsa. Because, y’know, Elizabeth Banks.
As the film has been chugging full steam ahead, we finally know what she’s going to look like in the film too. People has now released an image of the actress in her full Rita Repulsa costume… and I think it looks pretty cool.
Take a gander:
While the costume doesn’t look that much like her original appearance, I don’t think fans will really end up caring too much about it. The wonderfulness of Rita Repulsa is her over the top, comedic performance — and Banks definitely has the chops for that.
As long as they let her ham it up in the role, this ought to be a pretty worthy incarnation of the character.
Power Rangers is currently scheduled for a March 24, 2017 release.
So I’m cautiously optimistic about the Power Rangers reboot movie that’s currently in the works. I mean, it has a lot of challenges ahead, including some heavy nostalgia for the “original” show. But I think most people will be willing to give it a shot.
As the film marches forward, more and more is trickling out about it. Earlier this week we got the official plot synopsis, and now EW has released the first official cast photo of our heroes:
The five people playing our teenagers (“with attitude” has yet to be confirmed) are, of course, (from left to right) RJ Cyler (Blue), Naomi Scott (Pink), Ludi Lin (Black), Becky Gomez (Yellow), and Dacre Montgomery (Red). As it’s the cast in their character’s “civilian” costumes, there’s not much to actually say here.
I mean, it’s five young people standing on some rocks. That’s pretty much it. But I’m not sure what else you’d expect.
Power Rangers is scheduled to come out March 24, 2017.