So since getting Netflix, my kids somehow discovered the Power Rangers franchise and we’ve been plowing through them over the course of the last few months. Since the first franchise (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) didn’t come out until I was just finishing high school, I never watched any of the original series or the subsequent sequels/spinoffs/etc.
I’ve sat through all of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (145 [!] episodes), Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers (a merciful 10 episodes), Power Rangers: Zeo (50 episodes), Power Rangers Turbo (45 episodes), Power Rangers in Space (43 episodes, strangely) and about one-third of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (45 episodes), which is sort of terrifying when I see the numbers written out like that.
While the shows have certainly been all over the map in terms of acting calibre, budget, etc., the one thing that always interests me is the theme music.
So here’s a review of the theme songs I’ve so far heard in watching — dear lord — over 200 episodes of the Power Rangers franchise:
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers:
It’s the original, yes, but since I’ve now seen so many other pieces of the franchise it sounds completely ridiculous. It’s definitely one of the weaker of the theme songs I’ve heard so far. Everything sounds completely canned and the singing is completely uninspired. The blazing guitar riff and solo at the beginning are promising, but it becomes pretty generic after that. But it’s the iconic theme, right?
Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers:
Ok, this one really stinks. It’s obviously worse than the original because of a) the weird sound effect overdubs and b) the fact that the only other difference is “Alien” instead of “Power,” which sounds completely awkward as one is a two-syllable word and the other three. Thankfully I only had to hear it ten times. Ten times too many.
Power Rangers: Zeo: Click here (can’t embed — opens in a new window)
My contender for favourite theme so far. You get this sort of choral gang intro before they go all Paul Stanley (KISS) on the vocals. It’s like they got KISS to perform this one, with a couple riffs thrown in from Metallica’s “One.” It’s darn catchy, unlike…
Power Rangers Turbo:
Starts with a nice Motley Crue “Dr. Feelgood”-type guitar rev, then absolutely falls apart. The production here is awful — the snare drum sounds is one of the grossest things I’ve ever heard. Then they throw in some toss-off lyrics before inserting the “go go power rangers” riff… and then the disgusting early-90s prog thing kicks in and makes things even worse. You should have heard my kids try to sing along. How can you?
Power Rangers in Space: Click here (again, opens in new window… can’t embed)
My three year-old son particularly liked this one. You get the countdown, then the verse: “Blast controls to outer space/now flying higher than ever before/Rangers… IN SPACE!” The more you listen to it the more the tinny “IN SPACE” voiceovers wound weird. But the “chorus,” if one may call it that, is inspired: “Go — Power Rangers! Go — Power Rangers! Go — Power Rangers! Go Go Go FLY!” And then the “IN SPACE!!!” yelled right at the end. Pretty good vocals too — grittier than the Paul Stanley-ish Power Rangers: Zeo.
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy:
Best opening by far: “POWER RAAAAAANGEEEERRRRRRRS (Lostlost) GALAXYYYYYYY.” So triumphant. I won’t bother throwing all the lyrics in here… I mean if you’re really interested you can look them up. This is the first of the franchise that doesn’t sort of continue character/theme wise from the other ones, although in the song you get the similar “Go — Power Rangers! Go — Power Rangers! Go — Power Rangers!” The acting remains awful, and the costumes are the absolute worst — it’s like Power Rangers meets Charlie Brown:
As for the song itself, it borders on getting a little proggy in the middle. The key change is weak as water but manages to keep it catchy enough that it doesn’t get bogged down in the wankiness of it. Then at the end you get the repeat of the intro, which sort of helps you forget how bad the key change was.
Oh, and apparently the original title was supposed to be Power Rangers Space Jungle. Good luck having to write a theme song for that.
A Part II on this epic adventure will undoubtedly follow, as there are many more instalments of the Power Ranger franchise to come.
Ok, well the Facebook/Twitter break thing is only going OK, I guess. I’m doing well in not logging in, I guess, and Facebook is actually easy ‘cause I really don’t care much for it. It’s easy not to think about either at work (the non-work-at-home work) because I’m much busier there than I have been in many years.
Anyway, I HAVE posted a few times in each of ‘em, typically through a back-door option like an Instagram picture automatically posting to either/both sites and/or clicking “Tweet” on an article or whatever. And since people might get their proverbial knickers in a twist that I’m “cheating” (hopefully nobody actually cares enough about what I am/am not posting to think about it for longer than three seconds), let me just say that I WILL post things into Facebook and/or Twitter from some outside site IF:
- they’re about the struggle to remove one’s self from said platforms like this;
- they are career-related, i.e. having to do with wine and/or beer and/or spirits and/or writing/editing in some way like this;
- they are cute kid pics (probably Facebook only most of the time) like this;
If you think that’s “cheating” or whatever so be it - keep in mind that I’m doing this for me, not you, and I’m mainly OK with it.
Sometimes I go to local rock and roll shows and leave feeling like I want to come home and play music until I’m no longer able to keep my eyes open, until my fingers hurt. I most recently had this experience Sunday after seeing Bry Webb and Snailhouse at the Lo Pub. Of course, I came home, tried to get caught up on some work and other stuff, and ended up falling asleep in front of my computer while trying to write a beer review.
I’m a busy guy - I have a two-day-per-week job, a few regular freelance writing gigs, and have two kids, among other commitments. I try to fit in time to read, do writing of my own and play music, none of which have really been happening as of late. The absence of these creative outlets is depressing and causes some minor anxiety. Time management issues mean I’m working on freelance writing stuff at all hours of the night.
So when I saw an article posted at Lifehacker (via Anthony) called “How 30 Days Without Social Media Changed My Life,” I knew/know what I had/have to do. I didn’t even have to read the article (I mean I did, but, you know); the answer was in the headline.
For the month of July I’m signing off from Twitter and Facebook - in their place I’m going to try and spend more time reading, writing and creating while fixing time management issues and spending more/better time with my family. Social media has warped my attention span to the point where it has become harder for me to read longer pieces of writing. I’m cutting away from my own writing (freelance and creative) mid-thought to check Facebook and Twitter to see… well, to see whatever it is we see on Facebook and Twitter. The result is poorer, more erratic output. Even my attention span when talking to people face-to-face has suffered greatly (sorry to all who have noticed).
As of July 1, I’m deleting the Twitter and (useless) Facebook apps from my phone, laptop, etc. for one month. No updates via web either. I don’t think I’ll even be popping in and browsing those sites via the web - if I were to do that it would only be a matter of time before I fell off the proverbial wagon. I’m going to try and replace the time I would have spent on those sites/apps with more meaningful ways of spending time: playing music, reading a book, colouring/playing with my kids, going for a run, lying in the backyard, etc. (in no particular order).
From July 1 to August 1, if you want to get in touch you can send me an email (DM me on Twitter or FB before that if you need to know how). Calling isn’t the greatest idea as I have a tendency to legitimately miss and/or avoid phone calls.
A diver swims alongside a Greenland shark, a rarely-seen species that looks like it has been etched from stone. They can survive for more than 200 years at depths of up to 600 metres under Arctic ice. They grow to 23-feet long and are so fearsome they have even been known to eat polar bears. Picture: Doug Perrine/Seapics.com/solent
They can live for two hundred years and eat polar bears. What the actual fuck. Nature is awesome.
its gets cooler. It’s eyeballs are host to a crustacean parasite that eats its eyes all its life! it’s flesh is poisonous, and eating it gives you a bunch of nerotoxins and acts like extreme drunkenness. Because the notion of not being able to eat something is impossible for humans to deal with, people in Iceland figured out how to do it:
Hákarl is traditionally prepared by gutting and beheading a Greenland or basking shark and placing it in a shallow hole dug in gravelly-sand, with the now-cleaned cavity resting on a slight hill. The shark is then covered with sand and gravel, and stones are then placed on top of the sand in order to press the shark. The fluids from the shark are in this way pressed out of the body. The shark ferments in this fashion for 6–12 weeks depending on the season.
Following this curing period, the shark is then cut into strips and hung to dry for several months. During this drying period a brown crust will develop, which is removed prior to cutting the shark into small pieces and serving. The modern method is just to press the shark’s meat in a large drained plastic container.
Leave it to humans to eat something that lives for 200 years and is rarely seen.