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DVD Review: VR Troopers: Season One, Vol.1

I liked watching the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers way back in 1993, but I never watched VR Troopers which is a similar type of series that came out a year after the Power Rangers and produced by Saban (who also did Power Rangers). So now that VR Troopers: Season One, Vol. 1 is out, I finally got a chance to check it out. And what a disappointment! Where do I even start? The acting is pretty bad; not that Power Rangers acting was deserving of any special recognition but at least it was buy-able. In this show they look like the could all just be reading off cue cards. And yeah, I'm talking about the American-shot scenes. Like Power Rangers, this show combines newly shot American footage with action sequences from Japanese shows. Those scenes with the costumed heroes and bad guys are fun to watch, but that's about the only thing that's fun about this series. I don't think it's all the actors' fault though, I think it's largely due to the writers. Most of the scenes just don't flow, they don't seem natural, and the episodes just aren't very interesting.

The main bad guy is a wealthy evil businessman who transforms into this kinda old man-looking monster when he goes into virtual reality... he would look kinda cool except that his face barely moves, and that includes his mouth, so his bland expression is permanently etched on his face. When he talks, he speaks clearly but his lips never even touch so it just feels fake. There are three teens who fight against this guy's monsters, Ryan Steele, Kaitlin Star, and J.B. Reese, and they transform into super heroes in traditional Japanese super hero costumes, which is supposed to be virtual reality based yet they also appear in their costumes in the real world. Because they combine American scenes with Japanese scenes, you'll see things like the bad guys being in a rocky terrain shooting at our heroes who are in a forest terrain, and then moments later the bad guys will be in a city which looks suspiciously like a Japanese city... it's just funny, and understandable. I'm not knocking the show for that.

But what is terrible is that they have a dog that got accidentally blasted with a machine in the good guys lab and now has the ability to speak, though in a very annoying voice that's like a bad impersonation of Jack Nicholson. Luckily, the dog doesn't play a huge role. Okay, not let me mention a specific plot on one episode just so you can get an idea of how stupid this show is... the evil bad dude wants to erase all knowledge of solar energy so only he will have sole control of the information... sound stupid? Well, yeah, but that's not the end of it! To accomplish his goal, he sends his goons to hijack a book mobile... a single freaking book mobile! Oh my god what are we gonna do?! He stopped a book mobile now he's gonna rule the world!

This release contains 26 episodes on 3 discs, and unfortunately no extra features. This REALLY could have benefited from extra features, maybe some background on the Japanese shows that were used to make this series, or producers talking about the challenges of the show, or even fans talking about the show and why they love it even though it's stupid, kinda like how they did on the M.A.S.K. release. But nope, we get none of that. We just get a show with ridiculous plots that are dull and don't make any sense.

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