Top Five Power Ranger Villains

Power Rangers has been a staple show for me when I was a kid and the comics have reminded me on why I loved watching the show, but the best thing that usually has me gripped about the show are the villains and these are my favourite.

5: Dai Shi: Jungle Fury was one of the few seasons that I only caught a few episodes, but it was something that I did like watching and one of the reason why was because of its villain Dai Shi. An ancient evil that was locked away but this time it was different from the tales before, but this time Dai Shi had possessed a human body, most likely to film scenes instead of using the Sentai footage. Dai Shi proved to be a powerful villain in which he was able to take on the some of the Spirit Rangers and take control of them. But there was something else that I liked about the character and that is down to the person that he possessed, Jarrod, since that there were parts of his human side in which he did see worry for one of his generals, the only other non-suited character and in the end when seeing Jarrod realising what he did wrong and him aligning himself with the Rangers and helps them defeat Dai Shi.

4: Lord Drakkon: Coming from the pages of Boom Studios, Lord Drakkon so far has been an amazing villain and it’s all thanks to an alternate timeline in the Power Rangers Universe. Ever wondered what it would have been like if Tommy Oliver kept up his alliance with Rita instead of going the Rangers, this is what would happen.  In one of the stories from last year, the Rangers battle against a creature called Black Dragon and we found that in later in the story it turns out that Black Dragon was in fact a Zord piloted by a mysterious figure which turned out to be Lord Drakkon. Later in the story, when trying to defeat Black Dragon, both Tommy and Billy get trapped in an alternate universe where they find themselves in a universe where Rita beat Zordon and the Power Rangers were no more, only as a group of resistance fighters. But what makes me like Lord Drakkon is that he is rather ruthless and has one of the coolest villain designs being an amalgamation of the Green and White Ranger costumes. I do hope that we will see a return of Drakkon in the future because I really want to see what he is going to be like against the Rangers.

3: Venjix: What would happen if Skynet was set in the Power Ranger universe, you would pretty much get RPM and their lead villain Venjix. Not only is it a rather unique villain for a Power Ranger series but his backstory and what he has done does make him one of the best villains in the franchise. Originally, he was created by Doctor K who used it to get out a government facility where she was there since she was a child, she activated him and then started the whole process with Venjix creating an army, abducting people for his army as well as pushing the rest of humanity, or at least in that continent to the last safe-haven. But Venjix is a very clever villain since that he had managed to preprogramme a lot of the residents for his final assault, but he did a lot of clever things. The first was implanting the Black Ranger with a device that would turn him into a robot and then we find out that later in the series that his sister, who was at a Venjix Camp also got turned into a cyborg and turned out to be one of Venjix’s lieutenants. But what makes this villain even better is that at the end of RPM as well as the possibility of the end of Power Ranger’s, Venjix wasn’t destroyed as he ended up taking refuge inside the Red Rangers morpher.

2: Lord Zedd and Rita: Of-course these two would have ended up on the list since they are one of the most recognisable villains in Power Rangers history. First, we had Rita, who was an Empress of Evil and was freed from her dumpster and continued her plan from 10,000 years and her war with Zordon and his team of Power Rangers. Its also thanks to Rita that we got one of the most favourite characters in the history of Power Rangers, Tommy Oliver (Green Ranger) to be one of the biggest threats to her and then that turned out to be one of her biggest downfalls as the story arc turned him into joining the Rangers and helping them turn the tide in the fight. Lord Zedd on the other hand was the first American made villain for the series and he made quite the first impressions. Putting Rita back into her dumpster, throwing it to the depths of space, but she came back still, also destroying the Rangers Zords, thus forcing them to get new Zords, the Thunderzords. But through the series Zedd started to show a lot of the same problems that Rita had and seemed to become less and less of real threats. But the most that they seemed to shine was in Zeo when they were pretty much going up against the Machine Empire and in the end finishing them off and not the Rangers.

1: Astronema: After the events of Turbo I am glad that we finally got a female villain that was good. Astronema is one of my favourite villains that has appeared in Power Rangers because she was ruthless in a lot of the series but there was also a kinder side to her. Not only wash she the right hand for Dark Spectres army, she had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles attack the Rangers and she also unleashed the Psycho Rangers to take care of the Rangers. But the thing that I liked the most about Astronema was that deep down in her she was a very nicer person with one time when she tired to leave Dark Spectre for her just to be turned into a more soulless machine. But in the end, after Dark Spectre assault of Earth and other allied places of the Rangers, Astronema managed to be brought back to the good side and in the next series, Lost Galaxy, she became something better, a Power Ranger.

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Star Wars Month: Top Seven Force Users

7: Rey – Star Wars Episode VII: I’m not gonna lie, but out of all the things that came from Episode VII, I wasn’t a big fan of Rey and then I got to realise something a few weeks ago. She pretty much has the same characteristics as both Luke and Anakin had at the beginning of their first films, being situated on a planet that was mainly surrounded by sand and wanting to get off there to do better things. The only thing that was different is that Rey was left there by either her parents or a member of the Empire or New Republic. Plus, I also found that she seemed to have a few similar traits as well as the characters I had just referenced since that Anakin was good with his hands as he was able to build C3PO whereas Rey was able to help fix the Falcon in mid-flight. Hopefully here character will be a lot better with the new film since that I think with a small percentile I think that she could be the titular ‘chosen one’ that was to help fight against the Sith but instead of being a Jedi she reforms the Grey Order, which is a balance between the two and something that I will get to later in the list. 

6: Darth Maul – Star Wars Episode I & Rebels Season 2: One of my most remembered things about Episode I was Darth Maul for quite a few reasons. The first was his look, a horned alien (Dathomirian) coloured in red and black almost resembling a demon of sorts. The second, his weapon a dual bladed lightsabre, something that nobody had ever seen and it left its mark rather effective. But the third and final things that I liked about Maul was that in the film he didn’t say much and let his actions do his talking by killing Qui Gon Jinn and then seemingly killed by Obi Wan Kenobi during the film, but it turns out that the Dark Side has a lot more power to it since that in the Clone Wars series he used his hate for Kenobi to keep him alive, but since that I haven’t seen all of Clone Wars yet I can’t have my thoughts of him for that, however Rebels is a different kettle of fish since that in this he is very manipulative especially towards Ezra with getting his help to try and acquire a Sith Holocron so that he can unlock it to find what he wants as well as Ezra who has his own goals that he wants.  

5: Ezra Bridger – Star Wars Rebels: When I started watching Rebels I wasn’t that all interested with Ezra since I found him to be rather annoying, but when I started watching second series I found him to be a better character and then in the third series I found him to be more likeable. But the most that I did like from him was the progression that he went through at the end of second and beginning of the third with Ezra being slowly manipulated by Maul, helping him reach a Sith Holocron. But with the intervention of Kanan, Ezra was able to prevent from being manipulated by Maul, but it did have some lasting effects as when he and Maul fused the two Holocrons together and they got their ideas mixed up in what they wanted to see with Maul wanting to find Obi Wan as well as Ezra since that he thinks that Obi Wan can help with the Jedi Prophesise with the one that can take down the Sith. Another thing that I liked about Ezra is that he is always trying to do the right thing either going out on his way on a whim, but my favourite was when he was helping train Sabine in the ways of Jedi Duelling. Hopefully in the next series there will be more good development for him.

4: Kylo Ren – Star Wars Episode VII: With this new trilogy of films and all of the possible tie in films that we could be getting there is one film that I do want to see, or even read, that being the change that Ben Organa-Solo went from being trained by Luke Skywalker and then something happened that made him join the Dark Side as well as the First Order. One of the things that I did like in the film was something that came rather late and that was the confrontation between him and his father Han where he did show a lot of confliction on what he had done until the part when he stabs him through with his lightsabre. Hopefully with the coming years we will find out if there will be any redemption with Kylo Ren in a way that Vader had, but the thing that I want to learn is about the Knights of Ren since that in the flashback that Rey had showed that there were a lot of them. But we still have a long time to go.

3: Star Killer: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: I loved playing The Force Unleashed series for two reasons, one was that I did really like the character of Star Killer since that he was pretty much thrown into the conflict that had happened and two for the fact that you could replay the game and depending on what ending that you took, it would have changed the outcome of the Star Wars franchise. In the first game, if you chose the good side you would have been remembered as a hero and a beacon for the Rebels but if you went down the path of the Sith you would kill Vader and become the left hand of The Emperor. One of the things that I did like about Star Killer from the other Jedi and Sith is that he had a relationship that worked and that even went through his clone as he pretty much went through Hell to save Juno from the clutches of the Empire.

2: Luke Skywalker – Star Wars Episode V-VI: Besides the final moments of Episode IV, all of the best moments Luke’s story come from Episodes V & VI. The training that he went on with Yoda, the fight with Vader on Cloud City where he finds out that Vader is his father and then the final confrontation with The Emperor causing Vader to realise what he is doing and saving him in an act of redemption with Vader turning into a Force Ghost. Hopefully with the Last Jedi out in the following days we will find out if Luke has any more memorable moments up his arm since that he had a cut line from the last film.

1: Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader – Star Wars Episode II-VI: Even though that Vader is one of the best things about the Star Wars franchise, we all have to remember that there was a beginning to it all. Seeing Anakin go through his training as a Jedi to then have the same sort of manipulation that Ezra went through but with one big change. Anakin did go through the changes and that was all thanks to Chancellor Palpatine who had slowly started turning him and corrupting him into joining the Sith. Even the reveal of when he got turned into Vader wasn’t one of the best ways to have shown it the ‘NOOOOOOOOO!’ scream has been GIF/Meme worthy for a very long time. But through the story from the original trilogy Vader seemed to have a rather menacing persona and with his appearance in the first film only totalling only about 12 minutes he left a mark on the audience for a long time. My two favourite moments of Vader are the redemption bit that he went through Episode VI since that it showed (literally and figuratively) that Vader wasn’t a soulless robot but that he still had a bit of good inside of him. The second came at the end of Rouge One, where Vader is cutting down Rebels as they send the Death Star data being transferred from crew to crew before seeing the Tantive IV just flying away from him leading then straight into Episode IV.

Halloween Month: Top Paranormal Television Shows

One of the first ways that I got into horror and the paranormal was a show called Most Haunted back in the mid 2000’s and ever since then I have watched a lot of paranormal shows, either being retellings of people’s encounters or being a team of investigators trying to get proof of the paranormal.

Most Haunted: Starting off with something that I have already mentioned is Most Haunted a show that has spanned over fifteen series and is something that has changed over the years that it has been around. When it first started up it did have a larger crew to what it does have nowadays and it also had a different way that they conducted their investigations. In the first thirteen series, they used to use mediums, with Derek Acorah and David Wells being the ones that featured mainly on the show. But when they came back a few years ago with a new revamped version they dropped them in favour for using more of a scientific approach with having two Parapsychologist as well as a Demonologist to help them get evidence of paranormal activity. Over the recent series they have seen to get the best evidence that they have ever got though their years and one of the best pieces of evidence that they ever got was of an apparition walking up a flight of stairs. Plus, this latest series has had the team being put in a lot of difficult places, but my most favourite has to be East 30 Drive, in which the team was tormented by an entity that was able to apparently knockout two of the investigators as well as having knives appearing out of nowhere and picture frames being hurled around. I am looking forward to seeing what they have planned in the future as one of the Executive Producers and investigator askes on Twitter a few months ago where fans would like to see them re-visit got me thinking that they could be planning a re-visiting series.

Ghost Adventures: Heading over to America and what I think to be a better version of Most Haunted is Ghost Adventures, another investigative series, but what is different about this is that the investigators are just one small group of five, formally three, to keep contamination to a minimum. The series originally started off as a documentary where they caught a lot of activity and made news headlines with the evidence that they caught where a board was hurled at Zak Bagans. Over the years they have caught a lot of amazing evidence with the different pieces of technology, such as the Spirit Box, SLS Kinect Camera but most recently they have a had a lot of sightings with the Thermal Camera catching entities walking through places where they are locked down in. Through the years the show has been very entertaining but as well as can be rather dark, with a couple of episodes focusing around demons and possessions, with even one of the most recent episode. The latest called the Ogdon Possession focused around the possession of a man in which he was plagued by a spirit that was telling him to kill himself. But in the end of the episode everything seemed to be okay but in all reasons, we don’t know if that is true, but hopefully with a new series of Ghost Adventures Aftermath to get a follow up on the family will shine a light on the aftermath of the episode. I would like to see this happen since when they the Zozo episode they did a follow up on the next series and they got a lot of information in what had happened to the family.

The Ghosts of Shepardstown: Continuing down this list is another investigative series, this time also coming from a former member of the Ghost Adventures, Nick Groff, this is one of the first series that I have seen that has just been focused around one town that has had a spike in paranormal activity in which a police chief decided to form a paranormal team to deal with the cases that they would get calls for. Throughout the series it got really interesting since that it turned out that there appeared to be an evil entity in the town that caused the spike in activity and I had thought that the activity was to do with the clock tower by the Town Run but I was wrong. One of the eerier things about the series was the penultimate episode of the series, in which the team are doing an investigation that lead them to discover that two women were killed, but it then led to something creepier when they stumble upon a upside down cross and discover that the area was known for witchcraft. When they started investigating around the area they caught a lot of evidence in which that I am sure they caught two figures surrounding Nick when he went on to search for evidence, but that could have just been anomalies. When the first series ended after they managed to release the supposed evil entity, it turns out that the neighbouring towns were starting to develop an increase in paranormal activity.

Paranormal Witness: For something different from the previous entries, Paranormal Witness is a show that retells peoples encounters with the paranormal, either being demonic attacks, paranormal activity or zoological creatures. I do like this show since a lot of the stories are rather interesting since that the stories that are told are rather frightening. The most recent season that I have been watching has been rather interesting since there have been a lot of interesting. A episode that was on recently focused around a family in which they all moved to a new house in a different state and it turn out that the house that they had move in, turned out to be haunted by a malevolent demon called Zozo which started attacking the family and attacking one of them by slashing his back and with all the activity this causes the family to leave the house and back to finding a new property. But the latest episode that I watched was rather weird since it took place at an active prison. It turned out that in a part of it called Tower D, in which it appeared that there seemed to be some sort of force that was there that seemed to afflict the officers that were there and made them seem to be distance to others as well as their families. But the weirdest thing that I found about it was that there didn’t seem to be a resolve for the episode since that they never found out who was the supposed ‘Sargent Ghost’. The only research that was done in the entire episode was the wife of the officer that was being afflicted to find out that an officer had killed his wife and that was all, nothing else. I so like the series but when there doesn’t appear to be any resolve to the episode it does make me feel that it was a bit of a waste.

Amish Haunting: For the final instalment on this list is something that is more different to the previous entry, but shares a lot of the same idea. Amish Haunting is a series that is retellings of stories that happens in the Amish portions of America and I got to say that some of the episodes that I remembered were rather dark and freaky. The most memorable episodes that I can remember was something to do with a couple that got married and conceived a child out of wedlock and the baby turned into a hideous creature that turned into a version of the Goat-Man tale which terrorised a small town. A lot of the episodes were rather interesting but when I tried to find them on sites like YouTube, were I did originally watch them, they were only redirect links to other sites so I can’t remember other episodes that well, but I do hope that they do somehow get re-syndicated for UK release since what I do remember was that it was enjoyable.

Top Ten Favourite Pokémon

With a franchise that is currently over twenty years old and a sequel to last year’s instalments due out in November I think it’s time that I did a top ten lists of my favourite Pokémon and for this list it is going to mainly come from my experiences from the games and not from other mediums.

10: Hydreigon: Playing through Pokémon Black, I came across a Deino and I caught it and then spent what seemed to be forever to try and get it evolved through Zweilous to finally get Hydreigon out and boy was it a useful to have. A combination of being a Dark type along with Dragon meant that it would be useful for the upcoming Elite Four since that two of the members had Ghost and Psychic types on which I was able to get the upper hand on. Another good thing that I like about Hydreigon is the design it has with its evolution chain getting an additional head, going down the line of it being a Hydra having an additional head. But since the introduction of Fairy type Pokémon I haven’t used it in quite a long time since Hydreigon is 4x weak against them.

9: Toxapex: I think that Toxapex is one of the most useful Poison type Pokémon that has been so far in the franchise. The ability to land critical hits when the opponent is poisoned. Plus, its move set is rather decent as well including its own protect move, Baneful Banker, in which also poisons the attacking Pokémon.

8: Krookodile: One of my favourite Pokémon from the Unova regions and beyond for the fact that it is rather useful being another dual type, this time being Ground/Dark giving it advantage over many different types, but also giving it quite a few weaknesses to boot. However, the move sets that it can learn is also useful with the ability to learn Dragon, Rock and Fighting moves, which can help with the weaknesses. Plus, I think that the final evolution looks awesome and menacing.

7: Turtonator: When I saw the designs first for this Pokémon, I thought that it just looked to be rather stupid and I wasn’t interested in getting one. But a few months ago, I was replaying through Pokémon Moon and I decided to trade over a Turtonator to see what it was like though levelling up. Then I realised how awesome of a Pokémon it is. It didn’t take me long to get used to its move list and I was really shocked with its stats since I started off with a Litten and was training them up together and I found Turtonator to be stronger even when Litten was Incineroar. Plus, the fact that it is a Pokémon that has a high special attack it makes moves like Flamethrower, Dragon Pulse and Draco Meteor even stronger.

6: Glalie: After the fifth or sixth time that I restarted playing Alpha Sapphire I decided to go and get a new Ice type Pokémon since that I usually went with Walrein since I did use it as a HM Pokémon. So, when I decided to get Snorunt I found out that it had a lot of rather decent moves, with one of them being Freeze-Dry, a move introduced in Gen VI, where it can be super effective against Water type Pokémon making it rather useful since that Hoenn has a lot of water, plus it makes it useful for the Elite 4 when fighting Drake since his Kingdra is one more trickiest on his team to beat since that Kingdra resists the Ice type weakness. Another useful thing about Glalie is that its Mega Evolution changes its ability to Refrigerate in which Normal type move deal Ice damage so this means that it has move of a S.T.A.B set when you give Glalie a Normal type move.

5: Talonflame: When I started playing Pokémon Y, I caught a Fletchling not fully knowing if it is going to be any good but once I got it through the levels and got Talonflame I found it to me useful with a good dual typing, this time being Fire/Flying, making it useful for dealing with Steel and Ice types. In my current Moon playthrough I have been using a Talonflame and it has been useful for me dealing with Mallow’s trail as well as dealing with Guzma’s pesky Bug types since that my team is rather lacking in moves to use against him.

4: Electivire: When I played through Diamond and Pearl I never had the chance to get a Electivire since at that point I didn’t have a second DS to trade with myself or any friends at the time playing it. But a few generations later I managed to get my hands on a Electivire and I really enjoyed using it. It has a quite a good move pool with being good for physical and special attacks but the main reason I like using it is because of its ability and even more so for Double Battles, that being Motor Drive, being able to increase the speed stat. I also think that when they added the new evolutions from previous generations this was the one that had the coolest looking designs, that and along with Magmortar.

3: Mudkip/ Marshtomp/ Swampert: One of my favourite evolution chains in the entirety of Pokémon has been Mudkip’s line since that for its generation it has a lot of advantages. The first is that you have an advantage over the Gym Leaders and depending on which version that you play you have an advantage over the rival faction. Swampert is also a useful Pokémon to have since that it does have a rather good move pool as well having a good physical stat can make it useful making moves like Waterfall and Earthquake powerful.

2: Absol: Super Luck + High Critical Moves + Scope Lens = a really broken Pokémon. When I was trying to come up with an idea for a duo for when me and my friend did the Battle Maison I decided to try and use something that could be rather useful and when I saw that it could learn Psycho Cut, Night Slash, Slash and Shadow Claw, this gives me quite an advantage over several types and each time always dealing critical damage. And for what I chose as a my first choice for the Battle Maison is…

1: Greninja: I used this as my second pick and the main reason was that I got it during a Wonder Trade and discovered that it had its hidden ability of Protean in which it can change its type depending on the type of move that it is going to use. This is really useful since that it does take out the weaknesses for Water and Dark types, but it a double-edged sword since that it does give it the weaknesses of that type which in the Battle Maison made it seem that I was playing a high risk on every round it was in. But when I started using it in the Battle Tree I found to be at a disadvantage but with a lot of changes I did find it to be back to its usefulness.

Top Five Favorite Decepticons

Where there is good there is also evil. To the Autobots that evil comes in the form of the Decepticons.

5: Devastator/ Menasor/ Bruticus (G1): One of the things that I really loved about watching through the first two series of G1 Transformers was seeing the formations of the combiners since they all looked awesome and before I watched this I was a huge Power Rangers fan, so it was basically seeing evil versions of the Megazords. The first combiner that we see in the series is Devastator, and he gets the upper hand for the Decepticons, but we then see them start to be defeated by the Autobot more and more frequently. However, Devastator is also good as separate vehicles since that they are based off construction vehicles so they have been useful in building structures for the Decepticons. Menasor on the other hand was designed on more of a different matter and that being to match the Autobots on the ground since that the main design motif for the Decepticons was more militarized, these seemed to be more blended in for disguise, but when they were put into battle with the Autobots they had the upper hand, until the Autobots created their counterpart and they could beat Menasor. But the most intriguing of the combiners is Bruticus for the fact the robots created for him were built from Starscream after he was kicked out of the Decepticons and was going to use them to show Megatron how resourceful he is. But the interesting thing about this was that Megatron praised Starscream for what he had done, and then he wiped the memory of the Cons used for Bruticus and used it for himself.

4: Steeljaw (Robots in Disguise): For a series that I have just gotten into I found that Steeljaw is a rather interesting Decepticon. In the show, Steeljaw is shown as a Con that only wants one thing in life and that is being ruling over a planet full of Decepticons and he would do anything and use anyone to get what he wants. In the first series of the show, he starts getting his army ready, which is made up of the typical villain of the week and uses their abilities and sometimes sacrificing them to get captured to get the job done. I think another reason why I like this character is also because of his voice actor, that being Troy Baker, who makes this role his own and gives a menacing and devious character.

3: Starscream (Various): What can I say about Starscream that people already haven’t said before. He has delusions of grandeur wanting to become the leader of the Decepticons and become respected. But on the other hand, he is also a bit of a coward. He has also had a lot of good moments to throughout the various series and incarnations of the show with some of the best coming from G1 and Cybertron. One of my favorite moments from G1 was during the Transformers Movie when Starscream decides to take advantage of an injured Megatron by casting him and some of the other Decepticons out of Astrotrain since that Astrotrain was being weighed down. With this Starscream then became the leader of the Decepticons for a hot minute before he got killed by Galvatron. Another of my favorite moments is during Cybertron when Starscream uses the Earth Cyber Key and makes himself to be a rather strong opponent to the Autobots.

2: Megatron (Various): Megatron has been the leader for the Decepticons for a long time and he has had a lot of cool transformations from a gun, to a tank, to something that resembles the Batmobile. He is a no nonsense leader and can be rather ruthless at times, but he does see the good in the ideas, sometimes, that his team has. The one that I mentioned already was seeing the brilliant idea that Starscream had when he built his own combiner and then wiping the memory of said combiner to forget that he was created by Starscream. He also has had a lot of rather good and smart ideas compared to what the Autobots have done since that during the first few episodes of G1 when they attacked places to go and gather Energon to get on their way back home to Cybertron, they use green energy sources to generate Energon and that they were successful in getting Energon out of it. But with the good there are also a lot of problems that Megatron has and he does seem that he can be rather self-destructive, blaming his team for the failures that have happened over the many years and battles with the Autobots.

1: Soundwave (G1/Prime/Robots in Disguise): I love Soundwave for so many different reasons. The first is that his transformation is useful for a lot of the plots, since that in G1 the transform modes could change their size, and a lot of the times it featured Soundwave being the size of an 80’s radio being picked up by a dumb human. The second thing that I like about him is that he has Cassette-Bots that have proved to be rather useful for the Decepticons with Laserbeak being used for surveillance and Prowl used to hunt down any humans that can get away from them.  Another reason why I like Soundwave is that in later incarnations he is a powerful fighter and is also cunning. During an episode of Robots in Disguise he was able to manipulate the ground-bridge in the Autobot base to escape a pocket dimension that he was in and managed to get Bumblebee into it. He also managed to beat Strongarm and Grimlock and he was also nearly able to set his plan in motion to signal other Decepticons back to Earth but he was stopped by Bumblebee who used his own tricks against him to put him back in the pocket dimension.

Top Five Autobots

As a child growing up I loved watching Transformers Armada and its sequel shows, then I got into watching G1 Transformers and enjoyed that even more so I decided to make a top five lists of my favourite robots starting from the side of the Autobots first.

5: Rodimus Prime (G1): During the events of the Transformers movie, Optimus dies and the Matrix of Leadership then gets handed over to a few other Autobots, but at the end of the film then Hot Rod heeds the call of the Matrix and manages to defeat Unicron taking on the new mantle of Rodimus Prime. One of my favourite things that I like about this is that we get a new leader for the Autobots who doesn’t have that much knowledge on leadership, which does seem rather off putting but he was rather likable as a character.

4: Arielbots (G1): During the events throughout G1, the Autobots needed a way to defeat Menasor who had just been created by the Decepticons to up their forces and they were overpowering them. So, it was their decision to build their own combiner, this in the design of five Arielbots that were based on Cybertronian planes. Combining they form Superion and they manage to defeat the Decepticons Menasor. But there is something that I like rather more about them than the other combiners that are in the show, that I remember and that was that they ended up having some character development. In one or two episodes after they are built they are in a story where a few of them think that the Decepticons are alright and they accidentally get transported back through time where they end up meeting Megatron and Orion Pax. The Arielbots then discover how bad that the Decepticons were and they help Orion Pax beat Megatron and his Decepticons and they show their loyalty more when they realise that Orion is now Optimus Prime which is when they get back to the present, Optimus then realises them creating a possible change in the timeline or that the Arielbots were meant to go through time.

3: Optimus Prime (All): Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots and the usual main character in many of the Transformers media series and is the staple of the Transformers universe. The reason being, he is a great leader and a powerful fighter. Originally starting life as Orion Pax on Cybertron he adored Megatron but when he realised how evil he was he decided that he would stop Megatron as all cost. Another thing that I really like about Optimus through the Unicron Trilogy where we got to see him combine with characters like Jetfire, Omega Supreme and Leobreaker as usual finishing moves.

2: Grimlock (G1 & Robots in Disguise): The Dinobots are one of my favourite things about the Transformers series and I like them both in G1 and in Robots in Disguise. I like Grimlock in G1 since that he was pretty much a powerhouse and has a lot of good and funny lines through the series, but one of my favourite moments is in series 3. This is when Grimlock becomes super smart when helping the Autobots deal with anti-electrons and with this he then can create a new group of Transformers called the Technobots. For the Robots of Disguise series, I did start of being rather curious on why Grimlock was a Decepticon where they explain it rather well. But then he was then given the change of signa to the Autobots as Bumblebee entrusted him that much and since then he has been a good powerhouse for the Autobots but there is one episode that I have seen that does make him stand out. In the episode Deep Trouble, Grimlock gets hurt during a training exercise but he just passes it off as nothing to the team, but as the episode progresses it starts to hurt him more and more. He confesses it to the Bumblebee and apologises to him for hiding the injury since that it could have cost them the mission.

1: Bumblebee (Robots in Disguise): I am rather surprised that I didn’t put Optimus as the first on the list and there is a reason why, Bumblebee has more depth of a character for this than what Optimus has had in the past few series. Set after the events of Transformers Prime, Bumblebee is sent on a secret mission to Earth sent by Optimus Prime in a weird vision with him saying that a something bad is going to happen there.  From there Bee is then joined by Strongarm and Sideswipe who accidently join him on Earth since that Strongarm is a cadet under Bee’s supervision and Sideswipe was under arrest at the time. Since then Bee’s team has grown a bit bigger when he enlisted the help of Grimlock, who was a prisoner on a transport ship and he then proved his worth to have Bee make him a Autobot. But something that did make him a good leader was in an episode where the team had to deal with prisoners that resemble skunks, and they could also spray to blind them. Near the end of the episode Bee concentrated hard on what he needed to do and in a bit of a Sherlockian way as well focusing on what he was going to do and It was successful managing to save his team, a city from being flooded and was able to capture the Decepticons.

Top Seven Community Episodes

One day when I was playing Dungeons and Dragons at a friend’s house we took a small break and we watched some of Community since that everyone there had already watched most of the show but I had not yet. I watched an episode and I freaking loved it. So then I bought all five seasons (at the time since then the sixth season is out) and watched them all in the span of a week. One year later I have decided to make a top ten list of my favourite episodes. However, this isn’t an actual top whatever list but just a list of ten episodes that I like and going from series to series mainly since I think it would be hard to make a list of ten and then reordering them.(This was meant to be a top ten list but I got really tired and lazy trying to get this out.)

Spanish 101: One of the first episodes that I do like from Community is Spanish 101 for two things, the story with Jeff and Peirce and ending with Troy and Abed. The episode revolves around Jeff trying to spend time with Britta and plans on doing it by trying to work with her on an assignment but Pierce swaps with Britta causing Jeff to be rather annoyed. In the study room Jeff waits for Peirce who arrives late and Jeff just wants to get the assignment over and done with quickly, however Peirce has other ideas.spanish-101 He decides that they need put on a whole show that barely has anything to do with the assignment. Troy and Abed then come along and show off what they are doing for the assignment and Jeff then snaps at Peirce who then leaves to try and hit on Britta at the silent protest that is happening outside. The next day after Peirce’s drunken ramblings their teacher, Chang, gives Jeff a passing grade and Peirce to so the assignment by himself. But Jeff decides to stand up with Peirce and does the whole show with him and we get a montage of the different scenes they had cutting along with the images of the rest of the gang seeing the craziness that happens. They both get low grades and they start to have more of a friendly bond between each other. Now to the second part of why I like this episode is the rap at the very end where Troy and Abed converse in Spanish what they were saying and just start putting nonsense together since that’s what the subtitles translated.

Modern Warfare: For the first season I think that this is one of my favourite episodes. The episode starts off as any usual episode of Community but then things change quickly as Jeff takes a nap in his car to find that the whole campus is deserted and covered with paintballs. Jeff finds out that The Dean Pelton announced that the prize has students hunting each other down. Jeff nearly gets attacked by Leonard but Abed saves him and delivers an adlibbed Terminator 2 line. They arrive back with Troy and Jeff discovers what the prize is priority registration for next semester. The chess club then tries to attack them but the gang uses a trap to shoot them in the back, also Jeff takes off his sweater to have a Bruce Willis from Die Hard image. They head out of their safe room and find Peirce with Starburns who gets shot by him. They head into the toilets to have a pee break where they get ambushed by Britta, Annie and Shirley. They join forces and they head across campus where Troy and Annie get hit by the Glee Club, Jeff uses Peirce as bait and he finds out where the Glee club are and they take them out. Later that night in the cafeteria the remaining members go over what they are going to do with their priority registration and Shirley says that she is going to book morning classes so that she can spend more time with her boys and then the roller-skater troop attacks them and Shirley and Abed are taken out of the game. modern-warfareDean Pelton talks with Chang in his office where Chang asks for him to be put in the game so that he can take them out and gets enrolled in a class. In the study room, Britta patches up Jeff and they end up banging. Britta tries to get the jump on Jeff but he was one step ahead but Chang comes in wielding an advanced paintball gun and then gets into a slow-motion shoot off with Britta who gets hit but Chang also gets hit who starts to detonate a paint bomb that engulfs the entire room with green paint. Jeff goes to Dean Pelton’s office and blasts around the office with Chang’s paintball gun and Dean Pelton tries to give Jeff the blu-ray player but he shoots him in the head and asks that he wants the priority registration which the next day he gives to Shirley. I love this episode since that it pretty much is homage to 80’s action movies but most notably Die Hard and since they swapped from guns to paintball it was a really good touch.

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: I love playing Dungeons and Dragons and this is something that I really do like. The episode starts off with a voice over introducing a character called Neil who transferred there after being bullied but the same starts to happen at Greendale. Jeff observes him and tries to cheer him up with bringing up his interest in D&D. Neil gives Jeff all of his manuals that he has which has Jeff worried about him so he gets the group together play a game with Neil to cheer up his spirit and they didn’t invite Pierce since he is rather a bit of a dick. Abed acts as the dungeon master for the group and Chang start playing with characters whilst Neil plays as his own character and he manages to impress them by killing the first wave of enemies with one swing. Pierce arrives in the study hall and is rather pissed that he wasn’t invited to play and Abed plays him into the game where he plays himself. Neil gives his character his cloak and Peirce uses his turn to steal Neil’s sword and flees from the group.  Jeff and the group now decide that the group would hunt down Peirce and recover Neil’s weapon and Peirce goes off and gets some help from another student getting ahead of the group’s advancements. The group advance their story by heading to a town to acquire a Pegasus to pursuit Peirce and Annie seduces an elf to get the Pegasus.advanced-dungeons-and-dragons Peirce returns to the group and he uses his newly acquired amulet that controls Draconis to freeze time and transforms Neil’s character to be overweight. Peirce also uses his turn to tell Neil that it was Jeff who coined the term Fat Neil but Neil doesn’t seem to care and uses his turn to show pity on Peirce and the rest of the group does the same. Peirce gets frustrated with inactivity of the group and unfreezes time and he tries to go for another move but that uses up his turn and Neil attacks Peirce with the sword by throwing it at the amulet around his neck and Draconis eats Peirce and the dragon gives them some of the treasure that he has been hoarding ending the campaign. I mainly like this episode since that it does show up on how much of a dick that Peirce even for a fictional world. Also I like the opening credits for the show since that they have a more unique look since that all the actors had a more fantasy based images used for their pictures.

Critical Film Studies: This is a pretty interesting episode of Community since that it parodies two films, Pulp Fiction and My Dinner with Andre. This I did rather like since that looking at the promos for it showed that it was going to be a Pulp Fiction parody and this twist is rather good. The episode has Jeff and Abed having dinner at a fancy restaurant and Jeff notices something different about Abed and that he is acting social and normal. Jeff also wants to get through this dinner so that he can then take Abed to his surprise party that is, of-course, Pulp Fiction themed, where Britta was able to get the diner that she worked at booked for the party. In the restaurant Abed tells Jeff about his trip to the Cougar Town set where he played an extra in the show (which he actually did). Abed also manages to get Jeff to open up and have a real conversation where Jeff lets out his insecurities and recalls an incident where he had to dress up as an Indian girl.critical-film-studies Meanwhile at the Diner Troy seems to be jealous about the gift that Jeff had got Abed since it was a briefcase (copying from Pulp Fiction) and Chang tries to get Troy to open up the briefcase, which he does and discovers there is a lightbulb and a certificate of authenticity claiming that the briefcase is the one that was used in Pulp Fiction. The bulb ends up overheating and then causes the certificate to burn. Troy blames Chang for what happened and starts breaking things in the diner. Jeff gets annoyed with Abed when he finds out that what he was doing was all an act and the rest of the gang comes in revealing that they had a surprise party planned and Britta even got fired from the job because of the damages. Later Abed meets with Jeff at the diner and brings up the reason of the ploy and that is he feels that him and Jeff had feel like they were drifting apart and it was his idea to get them back together. I like this episode for the homages to Pulp Fiction and it works really good way and the plan that Abed came up was rather unique.

A Fistful of Paintballs: This and the sequel episodes are my favourite episodes of all time. The episode starts off with Annie saving Neil from a group of bullies but when he wants a gun he gets shot. Dean Pelton had come up with a new paintball concept since that last year’s contest was a failure. This time around he partnered up with Pistol Patty’s Cowboy Creamery, an ice cream company who ponied up $100,000 for the winner and that’s how the pandemonium starts. Annie finds Abed back at her camp and he asks for her to join him, Jeff and Chang. But back with them they have been trapped by the math club and Chang betrays Jeff but Abed makes the save but Chang gets away. Jeff informs Annie that he is low on ammo and they discuss whether or not to align themselves with Peirce who is held in the cafeteria or steal it, but they are interrupted by the Black Rider but they manage to evade him noting that he doesn’t look like a student that goes there. Heading to the cafeteria they run into Britta, Shirley and Troy who are working for Peirce who has set up safe zone named after himself Fort Hawthorn. Peirce says that they should team up and split the cash between themselves and tells them where the ammo stash is at. Whilst looking for the stash Annie rescues Chang from a group of cheerleaders, Chang gets away from her and Annie peruses him to find The Black Rider. a-fistful-of-paintballsAbed and Jeff arrive to save Annie and she discovers that Peirce had loaded Jeff’s gun with blanks and they head off the Dean’s office where he is hiding in the supply closet with the paintball stash where they stock up and Annie takes Chang’s paintball gun from last year and they head back to Peirce. They find the room trashed and they find Peirce and confront him, he says that he filled the gun with blanks because he was pissed that he didn’t get invited to a card game the group had but it turns out they weren’t playing, but in fact voting to see if Peirce would be allowed in the study group for next year. But it turns out that he is still in since that it had to be a unanimous decision and that Annie voted to keep him in but nobody else knows. The Black Rider emerges and gets into a stand-off with Jeff as Annie gets in a stand-off with Peirce. Pierce feigns a heart attack but when the Black Rider goes to help him he gets shot by Pierce, the Black Rider then reveals that he was only there since he worked for Pistol Patty so that they can keep the money, Peirce runs off vowing revenge. But here we come to the best part of the episode. Chang is seen looking for a new alliance when he is shot by a paintball machine gun from the back of Pistol Patty’s van where a group of people dressed up as a commando team disembark where Pistol Patty announces that it’s time for Plan B Operation Total Invasion. The good thing about this episode is that it starts out as a western film, parodying spaghetti westerns most notably the Dollars Trilogy but then at the end it completely changes leading into the second part.

A Few Paintballs More: This is a pretty good follow up to from the first part and then it turns into a Star Wars parody, but the first thing that I want to talk about is this, I am sure that this episode I’m sure inspired the Death Troopers in The Purge: Anarchy since there are a group that goes around with a machine gun in the back of a truck and this episode aired in 2011 which aired two years before the first film, but that could just be a coincidence. The episode begins with a text crawl going over what had happened before. Pistol Patty and a squadron of Troopers march through the halls of Greendale and arrive at the Dean Pelton’s office to then reveal that Patty is in face Dean Spreck, of rivals City College, and he tells Pelton of his plan which Abed and Troy overhear. Troy and Abed return to the surviving students and form a rebel alliance to defeat the Troopers and win the cash to repair the campus, but this also causes a problem between Jeff and Troy to see who would be the leader.  During the bickering Spreck sends in a robot armed with a paint bomb to get everyone in the room but Magnitude sacrifices himself for the rest of the rebels. Peirce gets captured by the Troopers but convinces them to take him as prisoner offering to give them information on Jeff. a-few-paintballs-moreAbed flirts with Annie going through a Han Solo impersonation and she is attracted to this personality. Troy and Jeff come up with two different plans to take on the Troopers with Jeff wanting to do an all-out attack to get the gun in the Ice Cream van whilst Troy says that they should lure them into the Library setting up the sprinkler system to cover them in paint. But Annie being the voice of reason suggests they do both by using Troy’s plan as a distraction to take the gun. Troy, Abed, Annie and Shirley draw some Troopers in the Library whilst Jeff’s group goes after the gun. Troy’s team manages to fortify themselves in the study room but when they try to escape through the vent but they can’t escape due to one of them getting stuck in the vent. So they decide to shoot their way out of the building and Troy is shot during the escape but Abed and Annie manage to barricade themselves in a room and Shirley is able to set off the alarm and they are able to take out the Troopers as well as Abed and Annie, who share a kiss in the raining paint and Abed snaps out of his Han Solo persona. Meanwhile with Jeff’s team the gun overpowers their team with Britta being the sole survivor from their team, but Shirley rescues her in a golf buggy and they shoot the remaining Troopers but Britta gets hit during their run. As Shirley celebrates she gets shot by two troopers but Pierce manages to feign a heart attack again and shoots the two remaining enemies and wins the fight for Greendale. He then announces that he is going to give the money to the school and the people rejoice. The next day the study group meets in the library minus Peirce (who arrives later) talking about what classes they are going to take next semester. Peirce arrives and starts telling them their story that he has been at Greendale for 12 years and that this is the only group that he has been a part of and is the only group that has ever wanted him. In the end he decides that he no longer is going to be part of the study group and the group just thinks that he is acting out but he doesn’t return ending the series. It is a really good ending for the series and the parodies for Star Wars are really good. Also from what I found (from Wikipedia) that after Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige gave the direction to Joe and Anthony Russo for Captain America: The Winter Soldier after watching the finale in which Joe directed.

Digital Estate Planning: One of the things that I do like about this show is that a couple of times they will do an episode that is rather unique and I think this is one of my favourite one. The episode consists of Peirce and the group being invited to a warehouse where they are met by Gilbert Lawson who is Pierces father’s assistant. He informs him and the group that in his father’s last will and testament it was is dying wish for Pierce and seven friends to play a game that he had in development for thirty years. The game is pretty cool since that they decided to go with the more retro designing of 8-bit gaming to modern day graphics. In the game they are greeted by Cornelius, Pierces’ father, who tells them that this is actually a punishment for him since that Pierce questioned the moist toweletees industry and that the first player that reaches the end of the game wins Pierce’s inheritance and Gilbert will take the position of the eight player. digital-estate-planningPlus, for a twist Gilbert knows a lot about the game and easily kills the group to progress further in the game.  After restarting from the game the group come across the first village where Abed falls for a NPC called Hilda. But whilst going through the town looking for a clue for the game, Britta creates a strength potion that Jeff believes is actually poison and during that time Annie and Shirley manage to kill the towns blacksmith and his wife (Hilda’s parents) and decide to burn down the entire town down to erase their traces there. Gilbert then arrives, levelled up and kills the group but when he kills Britta he drinks the ‘Potion of Strength’ and dies since Jeff was right and it was actually poisonous and Gilbert is sent back to the start of the game. Gilbert becomes frustrated and he decides to use cheat codes and turns his character invincible. Abed decides to stay with Hilda and rebuild her life and after beating most of the team they find the item they need to get to the last level, the white crystal. Gilbert confronts the group and when they try to attack they just reflect off him. Jeff and Peirce realise that he is cheating and confronts Gilbert out of the game where he goes on to give them his backstory where it turns out that he in fact Peirce half-brother since his father had an affair and says that he deserves Pierces inheritance and that he was more of a son than what Peirce was. They head back into the game and they find that Abed has built a large castle and an endless amount of resources to build up what they need. Gilbert arrives at the end where Cornelius congratulates him and says he worn stand for his lies and asks him to sign an agreement disavowing him from the Hawthorne bloodline, but he rejects it and Cornelius starts a war against him. The group arrives heavily armed at the castle and is able to defeat Cornelius but everyone has sacrificed themselves to defeat him and Gilbert is the only one left standing, who rejects it believing that he is not deserve it. Gilbert thanks the group and starts to bond with Peirce whilst offering drinks for the rest of the gang and Abed manages to get a copy of Hilda before leaving. I like this episode for quite a few reasons, I’m a big gamer and that something more different for a design it is well designed.