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Aug 4 2016, 06:32 PM
Star Trek Beyond is the 3rd film in the recent Star Trek Reboot, starting with Star Trek in 2009. It sees the return of Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. It also marks the last appearance of Anton Yelchin as Chekov, as the actor unfortunately passed away earlier this year. J.J. Abrams directed the first two movies, but moved into an executive producer role, letting a new director, Justin Lin, take over.



Has anyone seen the 3rd movie yet? I've heard nothing but positive things about it, but have yet to get to the theaters. I was never a huge fan of Star Trek growing up, but I recently got the first two movies for less than $4 each, and really enjoyed them, a lot more than I thought I would. The actors have done a great job so far, and I'm really curious to see how this new film turns out.
Jul 12 2016, 09:59 PM
With the success of Pokémon Go, it's no surprise that the entertainment industry are looking to cash in on the Pokemania. Legendary Pictures, the same company that produced the recent Warcraft Movie, is working hard on a deal to secure the rights of Pokémon to make the live action movie. No word yet on the exact details, and no deal is imminent, but the discussion is ongoing.

The last time Nintendo made a live action movie was Super Mario Brothers, and it didn't go over entirely well. There has been talk of a live action Pokémon movie in the past, but all attempts have fizzled out. With recent advancements in CGI, though, the idea might work out better today.

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the idea. I'd have to see a plot before I comment entirely, but it seems to me like either they have take advantage of people's nostolgia (something that generally doesn't work that well for movies) or alienate some of the older fans by including newer generations of Pokémon. Also, had the movie come out right after the release of Pokémon Go, I think it would've been great, but I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if the app dies down relatively quickly. The Angry Birds movie came out about 2 years too late and it didn't have a huge amount of success. I could see the same thing happening here.

What are your thoughts on a Live Action Pokémon Movie?
May 13 2016, 12:53 PM
Figured I'd go ahead and post another retro quiz for the month of May. Since it took me until May 13th to post this one, I won't post the answers until after the first week of June.

1. In the comics, Spider-Man faces off against 6 of his greatest adversaries at one time, a group of villains known by what name?

2. Which popular comic book character first made an appearance Batman: The Animated Series?

3. Which voice actor was originally offered the role of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series before it eventually went to Mark Hamill?

4. Who is the only character to appear in all 155 episodes of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers?

5. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, what is the name of Anakin's Apprentice?

6. Which actor played President Josiah Bartlett in the television series The West Wing?

7. Which 1982 album became the best-selling album of all time?

8. What College Basketball team, coached by John Wooden, won 7 straight national titles from 1967 to 1973?

9. Which video game console, which has sold over 153 million units, is the best selling video game console of all time?

10. Which two authors co-authored the epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time?

Best of Luck, and remember this is supposed to be a test of your trivia knowledge, so please no looking up the answers online.
May 12 2016, 05:06 PM
So, I took a break from writing for a while. After I finished my last MMPR story, I was just drained, and didn't want to write much for a while. I actually have a really good story idea for a new story that just came to me, but I haven't had a chance to do much work on it yet. I did recently start back work on a sequel to my last story. This story does follow MMPR: Day of the Green Ranger, so if you haven't had a chance to read that one yet, you can check that one out here. I hope you enjoy this story. I've only got a few chapters done so far, but I will continue to work on the story. Enjoy.

Chapter 1: Losing Control

"Winter Break!" Zack shouts as he runs through the door of Ernie's juice bar and sits down at a table with his friends. "Man, I thought this semester would never end."

"Well, between dates, finals, and that whole saving the world on a weekly basis thing, I can see why." Trini says with a sarcastic tone. The 6 teenagers laugh.

"It's not quite a weekly basis anymore." Billy says. "Rita's attacks have gotten few and far between. It's almost like she's given up."

"Well, maybe she realized that with me on your side now, she doesn't stand a chance." Tommy says, very cockily.

Meanwhile, Kim stands up and wave her hand over to Ernie standing behind the counter. "Hey Ernie, Zack's here. Can we get another smoothie?" She asks. The man behind the counter nods his heads and starts making one. "You have got to try this new smoothie Ernie's got. It's fantastic." Zack looks at the table and notices that all his friends have nearly empty glasses sitting on the table.

"Looks like it." He says. Ernie walks over the table with a smoothie in his hand. "Here you are, Zack." He says setting the smoothie down on the table.

"Thanks, Ernie." Zack says. He takes a sip of the drink. "Man, that is good. What flavor is it?"

"It's a new house blend. Banana, Coconut, and a little splash of my secret ingredient."

"Which is?"

"Yeah, right. I love you guys, you're some of my best customers, but only employees learn my secrets when it comes to this blend."

The teenagers all start to ask Ernie to tell them, but Jason stops them. "Come on guys, let's respect his privacy here. We wouldn't him to ask about all our secrets, now would we?" The kids all back off on that note.

"Anyway, you enjoy that. You guys got any big plans now that the semester is over."

"I plan on just relaxing as much as possible. Finals week kicked my butt." Zack says.

"Really?" Billy asks. "I didn't find the tests that difficult this semester." The others looks at him and shake their heads. They start laughing. "What?" He questions, but the others just keep laughing.

"Nothing, Billy." Trini says. "Don't worry about it." Ernie laughs as well, but the notices that the line up at the counter has gotten too long for his other employees. "Oh I've got to go." He says, rushing away.

"Seriously, though, why don't we have any plans for this break?" Tommy says. "We've got over 2 weeks until Christmas, and I really feel like going somewhere and getting away from everything for a little bit."

"That would sound like a great idea if it weren't for a certain woman who lives on the moon and is hellbent on destroying the world." Jason says.

"First of all, Rita hasn't attacked in weeks. For all we know she may have left." Tommy says.

"No, Zordon would've told us." Trini says. "He knew as soon as she was released, I'm sure he'd know if she was gone."

"OK, well, even if she hasn't, did you all forget that we can teleport? We can be anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds. If Rita attacks, we just teleport back."

The others stop and consider Tommy's point for a moment. "Before we make any plans, let's check with Zordon and Alpha." Zack says. Suddenly the rangers communicators go off. "Speak of the devil…" Zack says. The teens looks around the youth center, and notice an empty hallway across the way. Jason points and the others follow. Zack throws a 10 dollar bill on the table as the teens rush across to the other side of the building.

Once the rangers reach the empty part of the youth center, Jason brings his communicator up towards his mouth. "Go ahead, Zordon."

A deep, booming voice comes through the device on the boy's wrist. "Rangers, the brief hiatus from Rita's attacks appears to over. Rita has sent a monster, a bird like creature that calls itself the Peckster, to the outskirts of Angel Grove."

"Well, so much for Rita not having attacked in a while." Trini says.

"We should be careful about this one, guys." Tommy says. "I was hoping she would just stay gone, but if I know Rita, I would bet she's been planning this attack for a while."

"Alright, let's do this." Jason says. "It's Morphin' Time!" Shouting out the name of their respective creatures, the teens shout quickly transform into the Power Rangers and teleport to the outskirts of Angel Grove. They see the large bird creature and a small army of Putty Patrollers.

"Man, I forgot how ugly Rita's monsters can be." Zack says.

"You don't look so hot yourself!" The monster replies. "Here, maybe I can warm you up a bit!" Suddenly, the monster opens it's mouth and a fiery blast heads for the rangers. They dive out of the way.

"So this one breaths fire." Tommy says. "Good to know."

"Putties, don't just stand there. Attack!" The Peckster shouts. The putties charge at the rangers. Billy and Kim quickly pull out their weapons. Billy, using his Power Lance, manages to take out several putties in one sweep. Kim repeatedly fires arrows from her Power Bow at the creatures. Meanwhile, Zack and Trini begin to engage the putties in hand to hand combat, easily defeating the clay beings.

Jason and Tommy nod at each other and rush towards the Peckster. Jason pulls out his Power Sword and swing it at the creatures beak. Tommy does likewise with Dragon Dagger. The two weapons hit the beak, but bounce off without doing any damage. "Is that the best you've got?" The monster asks, mockingly. "I've been hit with feathers harder than that. In fact, now so will you!" The monster flaps it's wings at the Rangers and sharp feathers fly out. Jason manages to avoid being hit, but one hits Tommy right in the chest. He is hurled through the air. He stops only when he runs into a tree, and falls to the ground with a loud thud. He immediately demorphs back into his human form.

"Tommy!" Jason shouts running to his friends side. He looks back at the monster who is laughing. "This is too easy. Based on what Rita told me about you Power Geeks, I thought you'd put up more of a fight." He is quickly silenced by several laser blasts. The other rangers run in, with Blade Blasters in hand, repeatedly firing at the bird-like creature. They rush over to Jason's side. Tommy has slowly made his way to his feet. "Are you OK?" Kim asks Tommy.

"I'm fine, but this bird brain won't be. Let's end this and shut this featherhead up once and for all." Tommy reaches for his morpher, but Jason stops him.

"We got this Tommy!" Jason shouts. "Let's bring 'em together!" The Rangers all pull out their Power Weapons. They quickly assemble the Power Blaster. "Fire!" Jason shouts as the newly formed blaster harnesses the energy of all five Power Weapons. The shot is a direct hit. "This wasn't how it was supposed to go!" The monster shouts, as he falls to the ground. There is a small explosion, and the monster is gone.

The Rangers wait for Rita's Staff to fly in and make the monster grow. They have gotten used to the routine and know what to expect, but this time, it doesn't come. They stare at the fire. "Doesn't Rita usually make her monsters big by now?" Trini asks. "Does it usually take this long?"

"I know it's been a few weeks since the last fight, but I thought it usually happened pretty immediately." Jason says.

"Affirmative." Billy says. "Something is different this time."

"Whatever, guys, let's not worry about it." Zack says, demorphing. "Just saves us a little bit of time." The others quickly follow suit. "Let's get back to the juice bar."

The rangers all take off back toward town except Tommy. They get a about 50 feet away they realize Tommy isn't right behind them. "You coming, man?" Jason asks.

Tommy turns to them. "What? Oh yeah, right." He says. "Sorry I was just lost in my head, there." He starts to catch up with them, then stops again. "Actually, Billy can we talk for a second? The rest of you guys go ahead, I just have a quick question."

"Are you sure you're OK?" Kim asks. "You're acting kind of funny.

"Do we need to have Alpha examine you for a concussion?" Trini asks.

"Guys, I'm fine. Really. I just have a question for Billy."

"I'd be happy to help in anyway I can." Billy says.

"The rest of you guys go ahead, we'll catch up." The others begrudgingly agree and continue walking. Billy walks over to Tommy.

"What's going on?" Billy asks.

"So, promise me you'll keep this between us, OK?" Tommy says.

"OK?" Billy responds, not sure what is going on.

"So, I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the the last few fights, I haven't been making it all the way through them."

"How do you mean?" Billy asks.

"I've been demorphing with more and more frequency. I was hoping that after this hiatus that my powers would be back to full strength, but it happened again today. It could all be in my head, and maybe I just need to do a good job of avoiding the bigger hits, but I'd appreciate it if you would take a look at my morpher and see if there is anything wrong with it."

"I'd be happy to take a look at it for you. I'll check it out in tonight."

"And can we just keep this between the two of us for now. I don't want to worry the others unless something is really wrong."

"I understand, but what should I tell them when they ask what this was about?"

"I don't know, you're smart. You'll figure something out." Tommy says jokingly. He pulls out his morpher and hands it to Billy. "Thanks, Billy." The two of them take off jogging towards the other teens.
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Rita watches from her palace as the Rangers destroy yet another of her monsters. "Again!" She shouts at no one in particular. "All that planning ruined in two minutes!"

"My queen, you need to calm down." Finster says.

"Aren't you going to make the Peckster grow? The Rangers are still vulnerable." Goldar says.

"They'll just call their zords and destroy like they have every other time." Rita says, defeated.

"We have plenty of other monsters that we can try and defeat the rangers with." Finster says, gesturing towards his workshop. "Perhaps a Pudgy Pig or a Nasty Knight would cheer you up?"

"That won't do! We need something more powerful."

Suddenly, a deep booming voice rings throughout the palace. "RITA REPULSA! YOU HAVE FAILED YET AGAIN!"

"Ugh oh." Rita says. A bright light flashes through the palace repeatedly and a dark figure appears. The creatures Red Skin is covered only by a few chrome pieces. His face is mostly covered by a chrome mask, with a red vizor where his eyes should be. At the top of the vizor extend a horn with the letter "Z" on the end. He holds a silver staff, also formed to into the shape of the letter Z. The creature slowly walks towards Rita. "Imagine my surprise when I heard you escaped your captivity several months ago and were unable to capture this one planet!" He shouted.

"Lord Zedd!" Rita says. "My emperor! I wasn't expecting you." She falls to her knees at his feet.

"Goldar contacted me." Zedd informs her, walking right past her. She turns and glares at the Golden monster.

"Traitor." She says under her breath.

"He informs me that you are being made to look like a fool by a bunch of children in multi-colored uniforms!"

"Well there's more to it than that. They were granted their powers by Zordon." She says.

"Oh, by Zordon, why didn't you say so." Zedd says, mocking her. "They are nothing more than mere infants! And not only did you fail to defeat the rangers, but in your infinite wisdom, you helped to create a new one!"

"Please, my lord, give me another chance. I won't fail again."

"You have just failed again!" Lord Zedd shouts. "Don't think I haven't been watching you. I gave you one last chance, and you blew it. Those rangers destroyed your 'unbeatable monsters' without hardly breaking a sweat. You are not fit to destroy a cockroach! I am taking over this operation, and then you'll see how a true master handles a minor inconvenience like the Power Rangers!" He looks at Goldar. "Throw this 'queen' of yours into the dungeon." Goldar bows.

"Yes, master." Goldar grabs Rita by the shoulder. She struggles to break free, but his grip is too strong. Goldar takes her down a long hallway.

"Why are you doing this to me?" Rita shouts. "I have taken great care of you over the years, Goldar, and you betray, just like that."

"Lord Zedd is the true master of this palace. He rightfully belongs here. You were nothing but a placeholder for him." Goldar says. They reach the end of the hallway. "Had you had more success in conquering this planet, my opinion of you might be different."

"You failed just as often as I have." Rita says.

"My failures are a result of your poor plans." Goldar says. "Now with Lord Zedd at the helm, we can't be defeated." Goldar opens the door to a prison like cell. "Consider yourself lucky, my 'empress'. If it were my choice, I would have locked you in a space dumpster again and sent you away."

"So much for loyalty." Rita says. Goldar throws Rita into the cell, and she falls on the far end. He slams the door shut and locks it. Then he heads back to the palace. He stands next to Finster and both bow and Lord Zedd's feet. "Shall I make a monster for your first attack, my Lord?" Finster asks.

"No!" Lord Zedd shouts angrily. "Your monsters have failed repeatedly to defeat the rangers. You're lucky I don't throw you in the cell with Rita!" Finster grovels and backs away. "I will attack the rangers soon, but first I must formulate a plan. In the meantime…" He pauses and turns to Finster "I want you to make a new batch of Putty Patrollers, but this time, you will make them to my specifications." He begins to laugh an evil laugh and Goldar joins.

"Oh my…" Finster says and he retires to his workshop to begin work on the new putties.

The next morning, Tommy runs down the stairs. Tommy's Uncle, Frank, is sitting at the kitchen table reading the newspaper. He checks his watch and sees that it reads 7:00 am. "You're up early." Frank says. "It's your first day of break, I half expected not see you until this afternoon."

"Well, you know what they say, the early bird gets the worm. I'm going for a jog through the park. Figured I'll get my workout in early and then have the rest of the day to do whatever I want."

"Good plan." Frank says, not looking up from the paper this time.

"See you later." Tommy says, running out the door. He heads down the block for Angel Grove Park.

Tommy runs for about 40 minutes before he stops for a breather at a water fountain in the park. He pulls out his smartphone from his pocket. "4 miles in 40 minutes. Man, not my best run. Better pick up the pace a little bit." He puts his phone back in and grabs a quick drink from the fountain and turns to take off running but stops immediately when he sees a large golden figure looming in front of him.

"Goldar!" Tommy shouts, and immediately reaches for his morpher. He quickly reaches for his morpher but realizes that he gave it to Billy to examine. Tommy's eyes dart from the Golden Monster to the putties behind him. They are different. At first Tommy can't pinpoint the exact differences, but one distinct difference is alarming to him. A large plate on the front with the letter Z in the middle.

"Hello, Green Ranger." Goldar shouts. "We meet again."

"What do you want, Monkey Brains?" Tommy shouts.

"You destroyed someone who was very important to me. You will pay for what you did to Scorpina. Conveniently, my Lord wanted to test out our new Putty Patrollers and you just happened to be alone on a run. I convinced him to let me bring them down and destroy you."

"Well, that's not going to happen." Tommy shouts. Goldar commands the putties to attack and they charge at Tommy. Tommy quickly realizes that not only are these putties different in the way they look, but they are also different in the way they fight. They seem much stronger, and even smarter to an extent. They don't attack as randomly. Tommy punches one right the face and sends it flying back, he quickly turns and sweeps his leg and knocks another one over. He realizes though that he has quickly been surrounded. He tries to call for help, but a putty has come from behind and grabbed his arm. Another putty grabs his other arm, and Goldar walks slowly towards him. He pulls out his sword.

"I'm a little disappointed this was so easy. I was expecting a better fight out of someone I helped train." He holds begins to swing his sword at Tommy. Then, seemingly from out of nowhere, another figure jumps in and kicks Goldar in the chest, knocking him back.

The figure lands on the ground and turns. Tommy is suddenly relieved. "Jason!"

"Tommy, duck!" Jason shouts. Tommy does his best to comply, and Jason does a high sweeping kick knocking the putties holding Tommy away. Tommy runs over to Jason side.

"Boy, am I glad to see you.

"I guess you and I had the same idea this morning." Jason says.

"Yeah, and early morning workout, but this wasn't exactly what I had in my mind."

"Well, let's morph and end this."

"I can't morph."

"What?"

"Billy, kinda, has my morpher."

"What? Why?"

"I'll explain everything later." Tommy says. "Now isn't the time. You morph and deal with Goldar. I'll hold off the putties." Jason pulls out his morpher. "Tyrannosaurus!" He shouts and transforms into the Red Ranger. He pulls out the his sword and charges at Goldar, who has gotten back to this feet.

"You shouldn't be here, Red Ranger. This is between me and the Green one over there." Goldar snarls.

"If you have a problem with one of my friends, then you have a problem with me." Jason responds. Goldar and Jason's swords clash against each other.

Meanwhile, Tommy has reengaged the putties, and is doing better this time. Knowing they are stronger this time, Tommy plans his moves carefully making sure each hit does as much damage as possible. "This would be so much easier if I hadn't just run 4 miles." Tommy says. Tommy notices that the putties keep getting back up, no matter how had he hits them. He pulls away from the putties and reaches for his communicator. "Zordon, Jason and I could use some help out here!" He shouts.

"Yes, Tommy, I'm aware. The others have been contacted and are one there." The deep voice responds. Suddenly, 3 beams of light teleport into the scene. Kim, Trini, and Zack all appear from the light. They rush to Tommy's side and begin engaging the putties. "Where's Billy?" Tommy asks.

"I don't know." Trini responds. "Was it my turn to watch him?"

Tommy shakes his head. They continue in their struggle against the creatures. Zack, Trini, and Kim also notice that the putties seem stronger this time. They pull out their morphers, and morph into rangers. They still struggle with the putties, though not as much now that they are morphed.

Goldar and Jason continue their clash, but he looks over and notices the other 3 rangers have joined Tommy. "My Master will not be pleased about this." He pushes Jason in the chest. He pulls his sword across his chest and disappears. The putties vanish along with him.

"Why would he retreat?" Zack asks. "They were winning." The rangers all demorph back to civilian mode.

"Did anyone else notice something different about those putties?" Trini asks.

"Yeah, they were, like, a lot stronger than usual." Kim says. "And what was up with that Z?"

"I don't know, but man were they tough." Zack says. "I couldn't keep up until a morphed. Speaking of, why didn't you morph Tommy?"

Jason walks in. "Because Billy has his morpher." Jason says, not allowing Tommy to answer. "Now that they're gone, I think it's about time you tell us what's going on."

"OK, so for the last month or so, whenever there's been an attack…" Tommy begins but is cut off by the sound of his communicator.

"We read you Zordon." Jason says.

"Actually, it's Billy. I think you guys should all come into the Command Center. I've got some news that might effect the whole team." The rangers all nod and teleport away. They land in the command center. "What's going on?" Jason asks after they all land.

"So, Tommy asked me to examine his morpher after the last battle." Billy says. "He was worried because he was demorphing too frequently and thought there might be something wrong with his powers. I thought I could throughly examine the Powers in my garage, but I didn't have the necessary equipment, so late last night I came here and Alpha and I did a through examination of the Green Ranger powers. It turns out that Tommy's suspicions were well based. Alpha." Billy gestures to the robot. Alpha presses a few buttons on the computer.

"This is a readout of your all of your ranger powers." Alpha says, gesturing towards the viewing globe. Several graphs appear on the screen with high energy readings. "And this is a readout of the energy Tommy's coin is generating." The graph changes and the numbers on the screen are much lower.

"It would appear…" Billy says. "That D.E.T.A. significantly underestimated the energy that would be needed in order to power a ranger over the long term. We believe these problems have been masked up until now because Rita may have amplified the powers while she had you under her spell."

"The Sword of Darkness." Tommy says. "Finster said that without it, I wouldn't be as strong. I thought it was just the only thing holding me under her spell, but it may have been boosting my energy levels as well."

"That is entirely possible." Zordon says. "The Sword of Darkness was a very powerful weapon."

"So what are you saying?" Kim says. "That Tommy won't be as strong as the rest of us?"

"I'm saying that Tommy's Powers are likely to fail. Unless we find a way to strength his powers, we can say goodbye to our Green Ranger after about 5 more morphs."

END CHAPTER 1
Apr 19 2016, 09:55 PM
No Man's Sky is an upcoming video game that will be released on the PS4 and PC. It's a more than just a traditional game though, as this will be the biggest free universe game out there. The game will be built on four main pillars—exploration, survival, combat and trading—in which players are free to perform within the entirety of a procedurally generated deterministic open universe, which includes over 18 quintillion (yes, you read that right) unique planets (How unique remains to be seen, but they say each one if different). By exploring, players gain information about the planets that they can submit to The Atlas, a universal database that can be shared with other players of the game. Players get compensated in currency every time new information is uploaded to The Atlas. Players also gain materials and blueprints to upgrade their character's equipment and purchase a variety of starships, allowing them to travel deeper into the center of the galaxy, survive on planets with hostile environments, interact in friendly or hostile manners to computer-controlled space-faring factions, or trade with other ships.

Some activities will draw the attention of Sentinels which will attempt to kill the player-character for killing too many lifeforms or draining too many resources from these planets. Players participate in a shared universe, with the ability to exchange planet coordinates with friends, though the game will also be fully playable offline; this is enabled by the procedural generation system that assures players will find the same planet with the same features, lifeforms, and other aspects once given the planet coordinates, requiring no further data to be stored or retrieved from game servers.

I JUST learned about this game today, and I have to say, provided it actually proves to be what they are advertising, this could be really incredible. Now, no one will be able to navigate the whole game (as there are more planets to explore than seconds in a lifetime), but still just this game features so much unlimited potential. Here is a trailer for the game, and I hope it turns out to be as good as it sounds.

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