So, I hadn’t really intended to address the matter but I’m receiving a lot of asks and pm’s about it + it’s in the press here so i might as well just get it out of the way real quickly. Two metastases (new tumors created by the main one) have been found in my dad’s liver and it’s shitty but that’s just the way it is. I’d rather not discuss it and while i really am super appreciative of all your support and kindness I would rather not receive asks or stuff about it. I’m finishing up final exams and shit and i just need to focus on the things that i actually have control over (like my grades). so thank you all and i hope this answered your questions.
This dude’s got on full body paint and hair shit and full everything. He’s doing pull ups with trap music playing. I walked in and said ‘What’s up, Boss? What are we doing?’ He don’t miss a beat and he said 'I need you to get me some shit.’ That’s how we met. that’s all we’d ever done. He starts listing things over the course of 15 minutes while he’s working out.
Is this good? Is this bad? Will my inner-child allow me to judge this appropriately?
“Power Rangers” is a reboot of the classic 1990s action-packed children’s show “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” which in turn is based on the Japanese tokusatsu “Super Sentai Series.” It’s directed by Dean Israelite and stars a cast of young actors, as well as Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader and Elizabeth Banks. The film is set in the small, fictional town of Angel Grove, where local high school students Jason Scott, Kimberly Hart and Billy Cranston (Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott and RJ Cyler, respectively) are all caught up in detention. Through a series of shenanigans, they come across Trini and Zack (Becky G and Ludi Lin, respectively) as they all discover an ancient, otherworldly construct. It’s there where they meet Zordon (Cranston) and his robot assistant Alpha 5 (voiced by Hader), and attain the responsibility of becoming a powerful team known as the Power Rangers, and to stop the destruction of an ancient, powerful witch known as Rita Repulsa (Banks).
This is the absolute perfect “what if” movie. The answer to “what if they remade ‘Power Rangers’ for adults” question. This is the film we asked for, albeit cautiously. We really owe it to franchises such as the “Transformers” series, because without them, this film would be seen as an impossible reach.
Being a millennial, I was very much a child when “Power Rangers” had its long television run, and I stayed true through each incarnation, from “Mighty Morphin” to “Lightspeed Rescue,” and considered myself a retired fan after “Dino Thunder” (I was already in middle school at the time). So yes, shameful as it is, I know my shit. As you can see, I want this to be good. But was it?
Yes. Surprisingly, it was pretty good. It’s not shockingly “I thought this was going to be shit but it ended up being amazingly amazing” good. It’s just good.
Here’s one thing that the film does better than the TV show: the acting. In a great departure from the “Saved by the Bell” mood that the 90s actors gave us, we now have grounded, realistic, rebellious teenagers. These new actors fit the “teenagers with attitude” description way better than the 90s actors ever did. You have Montgomery as Jason, playing the rebel who ends up having to deal with the most responsibility. Scott plays Kimberly, the girl who does a good job of not just being the obligatory female casting, or the fighting damsel-in-distress, unlike the original. The dialogue between these two is usually filled with charm, whether its casual banter or a proclamation of their contempt for Angel Grove.
But they do something different with the rest of the cast, which helps to modernize them. Cyler as Billy provides the humor and keeps the grittiness from ever getting lower and lower. Of the five teenagers, he is the one with the most charisma But he also serves to represent autistic teens everywhere. Yes, unlike the television counterpart, they made the Blue Ranger autistic, which is a pretty bold and commendable step for something based off a children’s property.
To keep the ball rolling, they then make Becky G’s Trini represent lesbians and confused, oppressed teenagers everywhere. Okay, this film had me at shedding light on autism, but encouraging more LGBT representation? Hats off to you, Lionsgate and Saban. Despite this, I found Becky G’s performance to be slightly annoying until about halfway through the movie, when they developed her much more, and gave her a more integral role in the plot.
While I praised the rest of the cast, I’d have to drop the axe on Ludi Lin as Zack, the Black Ranger. Compared to all these convincing performances, Lin’s is absolutely haphazard. The way he is introduced is to set up how much of a cocky outsider he is, so naturally he’s by himself. He then starts speaking to himself, which is one of my absolute biggest pet peeves in a movie. I despise movie moments where normal-functioning people start speaking or quipping to themselves, the only sensible reason being that the writers assume the audience is too dumb to know what the character is thinking. I get it if a character has schizophrenia or another mental illness, or if the words are limited to comedic inner-banter, but not in this case. He’s someone with decent social-competence and no reason to quarrel with himself, other than provide exposition to the audience.
But like Trini, I did find him to be much less annoying when he opened up. They gave him a pretty touching backstory with his own troubles, and they make his motivations really apparent. And just to keep the ball rolling, he’s also the most foreign one of the group, being bilingual, unlike the original black ranger. Now that I think about it, many of the Power Ranger series’ casts don’t feature any overtly foreign characters, apart from maybe of an alien race.
That is precisely why this casting works. Whether or not you find these characters annoying, you can’t doubt that they’re there for a good reason, and you might even warm up to them as the movie progresses. They also help to introduce bouts of political correctness, but they aren’t preachy or condescending about it (which is really the only good way to go about political correctness). They represent people of various colors, mental states and social capabilities, showing (but not telling) that everyone is capable of extraordinary things as long as they have camaraderie.
I can’t say much about Cranston as Zordon. It’s a great homage, seeing as how Cranston has actually been a part of “Power Rangers” since the original television show, where he voiced many of the villains they face. I do love his voice-work here, and while it took some getting used to, I ended up really liking how they presented him. Rather than a chubby, floating head in a tube, they made him manifest into a wall, kind of like one of those pinpression toys. Not to mention they could have easily made him a one-dimensional character. But they went above and beyond to give him his own arc, his own set of feelings and doubts, and a world of lore behind him.
If you thought Alpha 5 was annoying in the television show, then you can rest your worries because Bill Hader fixed him up good. The original’s voice was so high-pitched and screechy; basically in typical 90s fashion (or how the 90s thought Aliens would sound like). This time, he just kind of does the same thing he did as Fear from “Inside Out,” except less screaming. His design had me slightly worried but I got used to it.
Now, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa has me split down the middle. On the one hand, I do like that at least ONE person in this entire film is trying to recall the absurdity and campiness of the original series. At the same time, I found her to be over-the-top, and incredibly outlandish compared to the rest of the grounded cast. She is guilty of overacting here, which is both a blessing and a curse. The prosthetics on her are amazing though, from both start to finish. She starts out as an outright horror character, which is something I didn’t expect to see even in the gritty version of a children’s property.
If you kept up with me for this long, you know that a recurring theme here is that this film takes several risks that are rather uncharacteristic of a children’s property. Sure, there are hints of silliness to try and match the youthful appeal of the original, but they also throw in more mature bits of humor, about things such as drug tests and jacking off a cow (no joke). Me personally, I welcome these jokes. If anything, this is much more of a film for the adults who grew up watching “Power Rangers,” rather than children. The maturity really shines through in the form of character development and chemistry.
I must say that if you are bringing a child to watch this, keep in mind there will be mild swearing, and several mature jokes.
A common criticism (ad nauseam, pretty much) is that this film is a forced collision between two different movies. Two thirds of the movie is essentially the origin story, which focuses mainly on character development. At the same time, this is the section that appeals to the audience the most, whether you’re fans of the original or not. No one comes into anything titled “Power Rangers” and expects to feel for the characters. But through one particular scene where all the characters develop a kinship, we develop a peculiar attachment to each of them. It was at this moment that I’m glad these people are the ones I’m spending five more movies with (Yup, that’s right).
But when it sticks to the original, it definitely sticks, and that’s where the last third of the movie comes in. If you’re looking for cool looking suits fighting monsters with martial arts and gymnastics, you will get it. If you’re looking for giant robot dinosaurs battling another giant monster, you will get it. And MOST OF ALL, if you want to, at least once, hear the iconic theme song, you will get it. In all it’s pure, epic goodness.
But this is where I have to defend my appreciation for this movie, because many people will come in accusing me of being “blinded by nostalgia.” Despite having these borrowed features from the original show, there is really nothing nostalgic about it. The action here is far better than most of the show’s episodes. There is no silliness to be had apart from what would be silly by realistic standards (as opposed to having two obligatory bully characters).
Even some elements taken from the show are vastly different. Case in point: Rita, who in this film is actually getting shit done by herself rather than sitting up in some moon tower yelling at everyone.
Even the formula of the show is broken up here. Back then, everything was so fast-paced to where every time a new series was brought in, the new team of Power Rangers would unrealistically form intimate familial connection and extraordinary abilities within 20 minutes. This film actually shows you that the Power Rangers had to train for this, both physically and mentally. They didn’t just have these abilities bestowed upon them as a result of the plot rushing it together. You see them work for it, which is something I really appreciated about it.
I had to bring that up because many of the people who didn’t like this film will be quick to see reactions like mine and guilt me for “nostalgia.” But that “tone difference” that they’re faulting this for is the reason why you can’t pin nostalgia on this. All that means is that everything I liked about this film has been on its own merits, maybe (at most) perpetuated by quick little homages to the original.
I suppose before I wrap this up I should mention one more thing. Not really a problem, but more like something I wish happened: I wish they played the theme song more. It was wonderful hearing the iconic theme song, perfectly borrowed from the 1995 film, and at the height of its “Power Ranger-ness.” But I felt that if they really were gonna throw it in there, they should have totally owned it and at least left it playing for a bit longer. If not that, then at least make an instrumental cover to play in the background during the climax, rather than GODDAMN KANYE.
This is a film that has fans and critics alike split down the middle, but it’s pretty clear that everyone who hates it is hating it for the same two reasons: (1) It has a massive tone-clash towards the end, and (2) It caters way too much toward product promotion for Krispy Kreme donuts. I do agree with the latter, make no mistake. But when I hear people complain about this tone-clash, it reminds me of people who complained about the “slow parts” of every other superhero film, whether it’s “Captain America: Civil War,” or “Batman v Superman.” Apart from being a “Power Rangers” movie, this is also an origin story film. And for something as ridiculous as “Power Rangers,” it definitely requires a slow initiation process. To get us going on a six-movie deal, the creators will have to help casual viewers acclimate to the premise, because chances are the naysayers are the ones who skipped out on this franchise as children, and therefore missed their window of opportunity. Ironic how a movie based on a children’s property requires a mature level of patience from the audience.
As I said before, if you came into this wanting to see colored suits, martial arts, explosions and giant robots, you will get it. If you’re dragged into this film but appreciate elements like character development and chemistry, you will get that too. As someone who enjoys both, I actually would go so far as to say I loved this movie. I don’t care if I’m alone on this, but I can comfortably say that I loved the “Power Rangers” movie.
Sometimes things are great! Sometimes… they’re really, really not. This is my personal plan for fixing everything when I don’t know what to do, and I thought other people might find it helpful. If you identify with this sentiment, but don’t think this is the right way for you to work on the problems you’re facing, that’s totally fine, and sometimes these aren’t things to work through by yourself.
This is what works for me, but really consider what your goals are and consider this as less of a how-to and more of possible framework to figure out where you want to go. A lot of this also refers to managing things within my apartment that aren’t super applicable if you aren’t the one responsible for your own groceries say. Use what’s useful and skip what’s not. You’ve got this.
Step One: Breathe, baby. This probably feels awful, whatever’s going on. Icky maybe. And that’s something that should change, but before the visible problems can shift, take a look at how you’re taking care of yourself right now. This step is the reset button - just a beginner’s step in areas that are central and maybe stressing you out. Stop the cycle of whatever was throwing you off.
I like to start with the executive function stuff. There might be a lot you feel like you have a lot to do - it’s been a while since things have been good about notes on all those readings, right? But unless there’s something absolutely 100% immediate and pressing, this first:
Drink some water. Wash your water bottle or a cup you like to drink from. Just one dish. The rest of them can wait just a little bit longer. Keep remembering to drink water. You’ll feel better.
How’s your room? Can you do some laundry? Get some things in the trash? Make your bed? Start with a single task that will get some things off the floor, but doesn’t feel scary. Leave the rest of it. You can fix it later.
When was the last time you ate something? Has it been a while? If there’s something at home, good. Eat that. If there isn’t, go pick something up from somewhere you feel safe. Worry about vegetables later. Eat anything right now.
Find somewhere you feel comfortable. Pick something acheivable. Do that thing. Whatever you’re ready for. Nothing scary. Nothing heavy. Spend some doing enough work that you feel like you’re being productive again; like you’ve finished something because you have! Then come back. Do you feel better?
In the interest of space, the rest is under the cut. :)
Omg... But pls can we get more HCs about BatB!Otayuri???? (I also may or may not have been also invested in Christophe as Lumiere...)
You got it baby~
Otabek as the beautiful young man in a small village, living with his ever-supportive mother inventor and longing for something beyond the comfortable life he has.
JJ is Gaston, the handsome yet conceited hunter who tries his best to flirt with Otabek whenever he sees him around (and, you know, fails every time)
Emil as Lefou, eagerly supporting his man main JJ (and being the lovely gay man BatB deserves, bye @Disney)
Yuri as the poor kiddo-turned-beast for being a rude little shit to the haggard old lady who rocked up at his door one night. He was just trying to follow ~stranger danger~ rules, and yeah he may have been rude, but a bEAST? REALLY? vengeful little witch smh
Yuri having really fluffy, cream coloured fur because even as a beast he is a pantene model i s2g
PHICHIT AS CHIP, (phichip am i right ladies), just generally being the light of my life and the cheeky little stowaway because he needs to get the #scoop on what’s going on outside of the castle
Yuuri as Mrs Potts, the gentle and maternal babe who’s looking after Phichit and Otabek (but also knows when to put Beast!Yuri in his place because I may be a porcelain teapot but you will respect me young man)
Christophe as Lumiere, keen to show the hunky Otabek around the castle and entertaining his lovely Kazakh guest (and also sneaking behind curtains making out with other members of staff because hey, even a candlestick has to get some right??)
Seunggil as Cogsworth, 10000% DONE with everyone’s shit ffs
Viktor as the Wardrobe, because he gets to hear all the gossip as well as style the handsome new human hello
Otabek initially not being too intimidated by Yuri, overcome with adrenaline because he will do anything to keep his mother safe.
Initially being defiant and also refusing to sit with Yuri at dinner, because You’re keeping me prisoner here and you want me to play nice and have dinner with you?
“Sorry kitten, that’s not happening.”
After the whole wolf situation, the two beginning to open up as Otabek gingerly and carefully patches up his wounds. Yuri is genuinely touched, because no one has ever been so gentle with him - not even when he was a young prince.
Otabek hearing Yuri’s long explanation about what exactly happened to him, only to sit back with raised eyebrows and an impressed exhale.
“Kind of harsh.”
Otabek falling in love with all of the books on history and literature and philosophy Yuri has, even though the latter had always thought they were the most boring thing in the world (until Beka starts reading the books out loud to him with a light in his eyes Yuri falls in love with.)
Yuri being a nervous wreck when it comes to their ballroom night, absolutely breathless at the sight of Otabek in gold.
Yeah. Gold suits him.
Otabek being the one to easily take the lead when they dance, despite being smaller in size and lesser in experience.
…uh yes jj not dying and just recognising he’s been a dick ok
Otabek laughing at Yuri for days when he’s turned human again, because despite being the hairiest creature alive before, he cannot seem to grow any facial hair whatsoever
Concept: season 7 focuses on the rest of the town and what they were up to while the heroes & villains were constantly going at it for the past 5 seasons. Rumple, Regina and hook are in the background doing stuff they’ve already done to give us a sense of timeframe. The 22 episodes are just the dwarfs, Archie, Gepetto, etc. gossiping, shit talking, and lamenting the high Storybrooke cost-of-living at Granny’s. In the season finale, Granny and Gepetto get married and Ruby and Dorothy come back, also happily married, to attend.
“Hufflepuffs have the shit done before you even ask.”
“What about Ravenclaws?”
“Oh, Ravenclaws would lay and theorize about getting shit done in some freaking astral meaning and end up not doing anything at all”
First day of the internship and I’m siced! Ready to show these people what I can really do. I’ve been selling my own personal software on the side and it’s been doing amazing! HMU if you’re in the market for an unlocked iPhone I have 6 and 7 Plus’.. price varies! Lol lemme clock in and get some shit done ;)
can you write a quick drabble of Natasha tying the reader up to the bed for Bucky's birthday
“Can you do me a favor, Nat?” You were blushing furiously, but you desperately needed her help.
“Yeah, what’s up?” She smiled up at you, setting her apple down on the counter.
“I need you to tie me to the bed for Bucky’s birthday.” You mumbled, embarrassed at the words.
“I take it you’re his birthday present?” She smirked at you, enjoying the sight of your awkwardness.
“Yeah.” You chuckled and ran a hand through your hair. “Will you-”
‘Of course, let’s go.” She took another bite out of her apple and strutted out of the room; you followed her.
You held up three different lingerie sets. Nat chose the black lace corset with the matching thong. She noted that with your hands being bound, you’d want to wear something strapless.
“Want help changing?” Nat picked up the corset, undoing the hooks that went down the back.
“Nat…” You licked your lips as she started stripping you.
Three weeks ago you had been on a mission with Nat, you’d been undercover as business associates…well, you were. Nat was just there for back up. When things went south and she had to enter the building, the two of you were held captive. The only explanation the two of you could come up with off the top of your heads was that you were dating. A few comments later from some horn dog security guards and the two of you were making out. You would’ve kicked their asses if you had finished the mission, but there was still some shit you had to get done.
After realizing they had people tailing the two of you, Nat started staying at “your” place; aka one of the few safe houses in the area. Nat found a few bugs hidden in the bedroom and decided to give them a show. She had you on your back screaming her name as she sucked and nibbled on your clit.
You informed Bucky of what had happened during the mission, not sure how he’d react. At first he was jealous, repeatedly ringing it up whenever he’d fuck you. Then he switched to a more teasing aspect. He made a deal with Nat, he’d train with her, teaching her things he had learned in Hydra, if she’d toy with you occasionally. You knew about the deal, but they didn’t know that you did. You used it to your advantage.
“Your skin is so soft…Bucky’s very lucky.” She kissed your shoulder blade, hooking the back.
“Will you tie me up now, Nat?” She hummed against your back and pushed you onto the bed. “The ties are in the bedside drawer.” You opened the drawer and pointed at the silk ties.
She wrapped the fabric around your wrists, hooking them around the headboard. She yanked on your arms, making sure the knots were secure. She did the same with your legs, making sure they were spread wide for Bucky. She crawled over your body with a final tie in her hand.
“What’s that one for?” You raised your eyebrows at her.
“This.” She placed it over your eyes, tying it behind your head.
You felt her body flush into you as she planted kisses down your body. She kissed your clit through your underwear before climbing off of you. She chuckled before opening your door.
“I’ll go send him your way.” You could hear the smirk evident on her face.
“Doll, can I come in?” Bucky spoke through the door.
“Yes you can, birthday boy.” You tried to speak sensually but you started laughing. Bucky opened the door and smiled at the sight of you.
“What’s so funny, doll?” You could hear him walking over to you.
“Nothing, I’m just excited.” You pulled on the restraints, wishing you could see where he was in the room. He was silent and you knew he was toying with you. He was in full assassins mode, not letting you know where he was.
You focused on your surroundings, trying to listen to any creaking floor boards or the sound of his breathing. You heard the faintest ruffling of clothing, but it didn’t give away where he was.
“You know, the lingerie of this time get’s me every time. I can’t get used to how fancy it is. It’s strange though.” He paused. “You spend large amounts of money on articles of clothing just to have taken off of you. How much did you spend on these?” He trailed his fingers up your corset and you bit your lips.
“Just under a hundred.” Your let out a groan when he pulled his hand away from you.
“Damn, doll. Maybe I’ll just have to fuck you with your clothes on, don’t want that money to go to waste.” His fingers traced the tops of your breasts, sending goosebumps throughout your body.
“It’s your birthday, you do whatever you wish.” You licked your lips, enjoying the faint touches he was giving you. His fingers brushed your cunt and your hips jerked upwards, there was not hint to his hand being there.
“That wet already?” He pulled your thong to the side and ran two fingers between your folds.
“Yes, Sergeant. All for you…with a little help from Nat.” You gasped when he shoved his fingers into you.
“You’re all mine tonight, doll.” You felt him settle on top of you, continuing tp pump his fingers.
“Y-Yes sir.” You wished he’d kiss you.
He worked on your neck as he finger fucked you. Leaving hickies as he moved down to your collarbone. His other hand worked on each hook on the corset, undoing them slowly. He tossed the lingerie piece across the room when it was free from your body.
“I always forget how beautiful you are.” He groaned and planted kisses on your breasts, inching towards your right nipple.
Your orgasm was drawing near when he took your peak into his mouth. His licked and nibbled on it gently, drawing gasps from you with each graze of his teeth. Your hips jolted upwards and Bucky brought his mouth to yours, finally giving you what you craved.
He laughed when you bit his lower lip harder than you’d meant to, knowing how dorkish you were. No matter the mood- angsty, passionate, dominant, whatever- you always managed to make him feel like the goofy teenager from the forties.
He moved roughly, slamming his fingertips against the spot you needed him most and you tipped over the edge. You wrapped the restraints over your hands, closing a fist around them and yanking on them, wishing you could touch Bucky.
Your orgasm washed over you almost painfully. You arched your back off the bed, pushing your body flush against Bucky’s as you moaned his name. You wish he’d fuck you with his cock, but it was his birthday and he was going to screw with you all night.
“You remember the safe words, doll?” He smirked, kissing your jawline.
“Yes sir, I do.” You spoke between breaths. “Why, what do you have planned?”