Spandex Power Armour Episode 12: Wizards, Apes & Duelling Robots!

Spandex Power Armour Episode 12: Wizards, Apes & Duelling Robots!

What’s new? King Kong, an international robot fight, and plenty more reasons to live in another general discussion episode! Despite the claims of diversity, will the upcoming King Kong series show quality? Will the Kuratas mech be more than a stylish way to commute? Will anybody realise how much Rex loathes Kamen Rider Wizard? Find out in episode 12!

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Spandex Power Armour Episode 11: Go Go Sentai Rangers Part 2

Spandex Power Armour Episode 11: Go Go Sentai Rangers Part 2

The duo are back with their Super Sentai/Power Rangers comparison special, delving past the rule of Saban and entering the new age of Disney’s production of the series! Warning: May contain traces of Jason David Frank.

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Spandex Power Armour Episode 10: A.K.A. Episode X!

Spandex Power Armour Episode 10: A.K.A. Episode X!

In this great decimal milestone of Spandex Power Armour history, the intellectual and highly civilised duo known as Kamen Ranger and Hypnopotamus Rex discuss only the most important subjects in tokusatsu: What happens when a Rider needs to take a leak? Do the other Riders make fun of Shin behind his back? And if Godzilla eats radiation, how does he poop?

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Spandex Power Armour Episode 9: Power Rangers: 1995 vs 2017

Spandex Power Armour Episode 9: Power Rangers: 1995 vs 2017

In this very special episode, we compare and discuss the 1995 Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers movie, and the 2017 Krispy Kreme ad featuring Saban’s Power Rangers. How big is Jason David Frank’s ego? How many things belong to Saban? Let’s find out!

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No No Power Rangers: A Power Rangers Review

No No Power Rangers: A Power Rangers Review

Power Rangers is the new Hollywood blockbuster reboot to the classic 90s TV show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It follows five teenagers with attitude facing off against Rita Repulsa an evil ex-ranger who wants to find the Zeo crystal and… destroy the earth I guess?

The plot is straightforward if a little cliche and reliant on coincidence. The Zeo crystal just happens to be under angel grove, most of the rangers just happen to be in detention together, they just happen to be in the mine at the same time, the power coins just happen to choose them to be rangers and Rita just happens to be revived at the same time. This makes it hard to feel invested in the movie as it stops things feeling organic and like they happen naturally.

The characters themselves are fine but are a little too edgy for Power Rangers, especially Trini who despite the marketing’s claims of being a lesbian refuses to commit to any label. Billy is the least edgy as he is genuinely friendly and endearing while still being awkward. He is also on the Autistic spectrum. It’s done as tastefully as you’d expect from a film called Power Rangers but doesn’t really add much to the story. Zack is obnoxious, he has a sympathetic backstory (an ill mother) but doesn’t act sympathetically and breaks 2 of Zordon’s rules (Takes the mastodon out for a joy ride and again summons it when the only monsters are putties) Kimberly feels the most organic as she is the best fleshed out of the five, however her backstory (leaked a nude of her friend cheating to said friend’s boyfriend) really has no place in a Power Rangers movie. Jason is a Jock who threw his potential career away when he stole a bull and crashed his truck, he is pretty generic but has a good heart.

The pacing of this film is abysmal. It takes almost the whole film to see them morph and they only have one proper fight before summoning the Zords. We do see the previous Rangers in the beginning and Billy accidentally morphing part way through but neither compares to a full transformation and fight scene. The film is closer to a Breakfast Club/Chronicle crossover than Power Rangers.

As soon a the team morphs properly it feels like a completely different film, now the teens are wisecracking as they fight rock monsters and all previous edginess is forgotten and I really enjoyed it. Those last 10/15 minutes were what I wanted for the whole movie. There is plenty of room for the sequel to improve on things, hints at new villain and Tommy Oliver’s introduction for example but as a movie standing on its own, even ignoring the TV show it spawned from it isn’t great. I can’t say I’d recommend it.

Spandex Power Armour Episode 8: Go Go Sentai Rangers Part 1

Spandex Power Armour Episode 8: Go Go Sentai Rangers Part 1

Never watched Sentai and want to know where your favourite Power Rangers series came from? Never watched Power Rangers and want to know what they did with the source material? Kamen Ranger & Hypnopotamus Rex journey through each respective series and find out just how different they really are!

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Spandex Power Armour Episode 7: Apocalypse Kong!

Spandex Power Armour Episode 7: Apocalypse Kong!

Kamen Ranger & Hypnopotamus Rex scrutinise the substantially successful simian cinematic surprise that is Kong: Skull Island. Does it tastefully dissect the narrative of the Vietnam war? How does John C. Reilly’s stranded pilot affect the tone of the film? Will Tom Hiddleston ever stop looking dreamy? Let’s find out!

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Spandex Power Armour Episode 6: Red Peril!

Spandex Power Armour Episode 6: Red Peril!

Kamen Ranger & Hypnopotamus Rex discuss the approaching gatling tyrannosaurus-loaded treat that is Korea’s Power Rangers Dino Force Brave, battle over their opinions of the upcoming Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers movie, and flee in terror at the thought of Redman: Ultraman’s ultra-violent ally!

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King Viet Kong: A “Kong: Skull Island” Review

King Viet Kong: A “Kong: Skull Island” Review

Kong: Skull Island is the second and latest film in Legendary’s Monsterverse. Coming off the success of 2014’s Godzilla. Kong takes place at the tail end of the Vietnam war and follows a group of soldiers, scientists a tracker and a war photographer as they attempt to explore the unexplored Skull Island. Things get out of hand quickly.

In terms of plot the film is incredibly simple, though this allows the characters to carry the movie and works in its favour. A team of misfits go to a mysterious island to prove the existence of monsters and get more than they bargained for. Kong doesn’t take kindly to the seismic blasts they’re letting off and attacks, throughout the film we see numerous monster fights and learn a little more about the world and how monsters fit into it.

Tonally this film is very different to it’s predecessor, it’s a lot more lighthearted generally while still taking itself seriously and sobering up when the situation requires it. At times you wonder if the characters are taking their situation seriously while they quip but then you realise it could just be them trying to cope. Either way it still works

The cast is pretty damn solid too, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson and John Goodman are all engaging to watch. Brie Larson is a fine actress and gives a solid performance but her character has little depth to it and suffers as a result. the supporting cast of soldiers and scientists offer a few colourful characters to get to know, they all feel like real people as opposed to Aaron Taylor-Jonson’s Ford Brody who had the charisma of a steak.

Kong himself has never looked better, he looks just like he did in 1933 only bigger and in colour. He’s not a gorilla this time but his own species of great ape. He has a few nice moments throughout the film that establish him as being a very intelligent beast capable of both strategic fighting and appreciating a nice view. He is confirmed to still be growing so you can rest assured that by the time Godzilla vs Kong comes around he’ll be able to hold his own. I do wish they’d call him King Kong though, they do say he’s king of the island but that’s as close as we get.

The other monsters are fun to see, Mother Longlegs is pretty intense, the Mire Squid is a nice reference to the Giant Octopus in King Kong vs Godzilla, the Sker Buffaloes don’t really do much but are fun to look at, the psycho vultures are nasty little creatures, the Spore Mantis is probably one of my favourite monsters in the film just because of how great it looks. And finally Ramarak and the other Skullcrawlers are great to watch, wickedly cunning and sadistic they make a great threat for Kong to fight. The fact that they’re a reference to the Two Legged Lizard from the 1933 King Kong film is just icing on the cake.

All in all this film is the best of the two so far, fixing all the problems of Godzilla and adding to the lore of the Monsterverse. I would highly recommend you watch this movie and stick around after the credits, there’s a nice treat to be found. I’m definitely looking forward to Godzilla King of The Monsters if Kong is any indicator of it’s quality.

Mild SPOILER ALERT for those of you who want to know what happens in the post credit scene, if you don’t stop reading. Rodan, Mothra and Ghidora are all teased in the form of cave paintings depicting them all individually and finally with one in which Godzilla is facing off against King Ghidorah. Aside from Rodan looking like Gyaos a bit I was thrilled to see this, they really seem to get Ghidora’s status as an ominous force of destruction. Get hype folks.

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