Featured TV on DVD Review: Power Rangers: Samurai and Super Samurai
This week there are two Power Rangers DVDs coming out... from two different seasons. Samurai: A Team Divided is from season one of the most recent incarnation, while Super Samurai: Rise of the Bullzooka is from season two. I'm not sure why they are releasing them like this. I am sure I don't want to know, because this sounds like Nyarlathotep-level insanity. Regardless, what episodes are found on these two DVDs? And are there any extras?
- I've Got A Spell on Blue
While Jayden is the leader and the most experienced of the Power Rangers, Kevin has become nearly as good as a swordsman. Madimot, a Nighlok, attacks with a Tiger Zord he managed to control. During the battle, Blue mind controls Kevin. Meanwhile, Decker, a half-human / half-Nighlok is looking for a worthy opponent for a duel, and he thinks he's found one in the Red Ranger.
- Forest for the Trees
With the capture of the Tiger Zord, the Power Rangers can create a new Zord, the Samurai Battlewing, by combining the Tiger, Swordfish, and Beetle Zords together. They need three pilots, but when Jayden and Mentor Ji chose Mia over Mike, Mike becomes upset. At first he is more determined and trains harder, but when Desperaino attacks with its power of despair, Mike's fears that he will never be good enough lead him to do something rash.
- Test of the Leader
Octoroo becomes worried about Decker, as Decker seems to know more about Master Xandred than Master Xandred knows about himself. He sends Moogers to the city to destroy it, but fortunately Bulk and Spike are there. It isn't long before the two of them need rescuing and when Mia saves Spike, he falls in love with her. More importantly, during the battle, Master Xandred reveals himself to the Power Rangers for the first time (voice only) and the Moogers concentrate on the Red Ranger. He later sends a Nighlok, Robtish, to attack Jayden. Worse still, Decker returns and challenges Jayden to a fight.
- Jayden's Challenge
Decker was able to defeat Jayden in battle, so he leaves the Power Ranger compound so he won't put the other rangers in danger. He needs to clear his mind before he can become a leader again. Meanwhile, Kevin has an idea to combine the Samurai Battlewing with the Megazord to create the ultimate weapon... at least until they find a new Zord to add to it.
There is a five-minute interview featurette with the cast, a Power Rangers dubstep, and character gallery. That's better than most similar DVDs.
- Runaway Spike
Serrator sends Duplicator, a Nighlok that can duplicate itself, a power it plans to use to overwhelm the Power Rangers with fake copies. Meanwhile, Bulk and Spike need money to pay the rent, but Spike gets fired from every job he gets. Fortunately, Mia is able to give him a pep talk to boost his confidence.
- The Strange Case of the Munchies
Emily's having trouble with her training, because she's too nice and not tough enough. She'll have to be tough after Serrator's latest Nighlok, Grinataur, causes the rest of the Power Rangers to get a case of the munchies and she's the only one left who can fight. She also has to train Bulk and Spike as Samurai.
- A Sticky Situation
Mike and Kevin have never exactly gotten along, because their personalities conflict. They will need to learn to work together fast, after Epoxar glues them together. ... Wait. What? That's a bad episode of a bad sitcom. Meanwhile, Serrator agrees to fix Decker's sword.
- Trust Me
Serrator uses a curse to cause everyone on a small island of Monalua to feel intense fear. The Power Rangers come to investigate. What they find is certainly disconcerting.
Extras start with a four-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, while there is also a two-minute video on a Power Rangers Flash Mob. Finally, there is a gallery of the weapons.
I think Samurai and Super Samurai are getting better, both in terms of the episodes and the extras. It's no worse than average for the franchise, so if you enjoying these shows, then Samurai: A Team Divided and Super Samurai: Rise of the Bullzooka are worth checking out. I just don't know why they didn't finish season one before moving onto season two.
- Submitted by: C.S.Strowbridge
Date posted: 2013-01-13