State Of The Fox: 2019

I’m back, everybody. It’s the Uncanny Fox, ready to kick off the new year with what I like to call the “State Of The Fox,” where I talk about some of my plans for the upcoming year and just sort of ramble about some of the things on my mind as I say goodbye to the previous one.

Wow, 2018 was crazy, wasn’t it? Aside from all the insane political news (which I won’t be getting into too fine a detail on, I’m not that kind of blog) there were some dramatic events in the field of comics and sci-fi, with Marvel leading the charge. Black Panther broke down barriers, Avengers: Infinity War broke our hearts and Deadpool 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp broke our guts laughing as we tried to take our minds off of the fact that poor Rocket Raccoon had to spend the holidays alone this year. (Spoiler warning about five seconds ago.) Venom turned out to be a surprisingly fun romp as Tom Hardy got his Nicolas Cage on, and Spider-Man delivered on all fronts: the recent PS4 exclusive is the best Spidey game I’ve ever played, and while I haven’t seen Into The Spiderverse yet, I’ve heard it’s pretty good. Maybe Sony should just stick to animated Marvel films from now on…

But it wasn’t all fun and joy. Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed despite being, in my not-so-humble opinion, a pretty great breather as we get ready for Episode IX (and now we’re probably not going to get that Obi-Wan spin-off, thanks a lot boycotters) Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn was forced out of the franchise due to a controversy that I won’t be getting too fine into detail about (again, not that kind of blog), and the comic book industry lost one of its greatest figures with the passing of Stan “The Man” Lee.

Nonetheless, life presses ever on, and we find ourselves in a new year, with all new events on the horizon, both for good and ill. I plan to publish a few more of my Crying Wolf books (you can find those and more here) as well as provide more reviews on my blog. I’ll be covering the same topics I usually do: mini-reviews for movies and shows I just watched, the annual Smackdown Strangeness entry, and a new segment where I’ll be looking into recent games I’ve finished. In fact, I’m putting up the first such article today, and you can find it here.

Which, of course, leads to my first series of reviews this year. I’ve noticed that people really liked my review of Dimensions In Danger, so I decided to up the ante by looking at all the Power Rangers crossover episodes – the ones featuring team-ups of past teams and other characters in the Power Rangers mythos. The list for this is as follows:

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: A Friend In Need Parts 1-3
  • Power Rangers Zeo: Rangers Of Two Worlds Parts 1 and 2
  • Power Rangers In Space: Shell Shocked
  • Power Rangers In Space: True Blue To The Rescue And Always A Chance
  • Power Rangers In Space: Countdown To Destruction Parts 1 and 2
  • Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: To The Tenth Power/The Power Of Pink
  • Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: Trakeena’s Revenge Parts 1 and 2
  • Power Rangers Time Force: Time For Lightspeed
  • Power Rangers Wild Force: Reinforcements From The Future Parts 1 and 2
  • Power Rangers Wild Force: Forever Red
  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder: Thunder Storm Parts 1 And 2
  • Power Rangers SPD: History And Wormhole
  • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive: Once A Ranger Parts 1 and 2
  • Power Rangers Super Samurai: Clash Of The Red Rangers
  • Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Samurai Surprise and Spirit Of The Tiger
  • Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Legendary Battle: Extended Edition

Of course, I made a few judgement calls here. I’m including Countdown To Destruction because it serves as a culmination of the past storylines up to that point, and it did feature a few characters from the other seasons. On the other hand, I won’t be including episodes that referenced past seasons, but had no characters from those seasons actually show up, so that means no A Lion’s Surprise or In The Driver’s Seat (you want to know what happens in that one? The Rangers sit in their pirate-ship-that-totally-isn’t-a-pirate-ship as it flies along an F-Zero track for 15 minutes. Done.) Also, I don’t have a copy of Super Ninja Steel’s episodes yet, so I won’t be covering The Poisy Show or looking at Dimensions In Danger in more detail. And until I see otherwise, Sheriff Skyfire is just a one-off guess appearance. I know it was a crossover in the Sentai version, but here in the States it’s just a filler about how you better do what the cops tell you or else. Even when those cops are two bumbling idiots using their position to steal from their classmates. Uh…  

That’ll start next week with the three-part A Friend In Need, which served as a back-door pilot for Saban’s Masked Ri-Der! Masked Ri-Der! Masked Ri-Der! Okay, I’ll stop now… I know the world is a crazy place right now, with people not sure what they’re going to wake up to the next morning. But I hope my blog can serve as a temporary reprieve from all that, just like the shows and movies I review do. No matter what this new year brings, I’ll still be bringing you Geeky Reviews With A Side Order Of Snark every week. So until next time, I’ve been The Uncanny Fox. Live long, stay gold, and have a great 2019. Oh, and be sure to check out my video preview of the upcoming year in reviews here.

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