Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

I'm super-excited for the new series of Darkness Rangers!

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • I'm super-excited for the new series of Darkness Rangers!

    Read it a bit; this totally belongs here.


    Oh man, you guys, I can't believe there's going to be a third series! It's been, what, 20 years since the first series came out?

    OK, for those guys that don't know, White Wolf was this small animation studio that made this really badass cartoon called Darkness Rangers back in the 90s; it was on a bit early, which might explain why some of you haven't seen it. I think there might be some episodes on Youtube, I don't know (if not, I might post some, once I figure out how to get them from VHS onto my hard drive.) It was the best you guys; it was like an American Power Rangers, but with all kinds of monsters as the heroes. It was so cheesy, but it was so damn great -

    Fine, I'll back up a bit; I've looked around a bit and there's no synopsis for the show! Not even on Wikipedia! So I think I'll give a little synopsis of the different series.

    Series one was just called Darkness Rangers; it followed the adventures of 5 teenaged monsters as they fought off the evil forces of Pentax and the Technocracy, led by the sinister Mr. Wyrm. In retrospect, it was a little too Captain Planet, but it was so much fun! OK, I might as well tell you about the main characters (no spoilers though):

    • Chris McWolfman was an ordinary (OK, not so ordinary) high school student and budding student activist who happens to be a Werewolf. Yeah, I know. But anyway, when he's on duty he's called Ranger Moon, and is the leader of the rangers. He's the hot-blooded one, but he could really pull the group together in a crunch.
    • Steve von Mortimer was Chris' rival in pretty much everything, even the rangers; of course, his rivalry was hampered by the fact that he was a Vampire, and couldn't go out during the day. He brought some "family" politics into some episodes. He suited up as Ranger Night, and was the lone-wolf (heh) second in command. He and Chris actually had great chemistry; Steve's voice actor brought just enough "suave" to balance out Chris' brogue.
    • Dave Pendragon was the brains of the group; he was the nerdy guy who helped everyone else with their homework so they could actually pass classes. It certainly helped that he was actually a Mage, and so he could use his magic powers to help both on and off duty! He went by Ranger Stars.
    • Summer Jones was that one hippy chick that was basically there as moral support for the group; she was actually a fairy princess from another world, who came to Earth after Mr. Wyrm conquered it. My kid sister always liked her, so I guess that's what they were going for. She went by Ranger Dream, and was always getting kidnapped and stuff. I didn't really like her as much as the rest of the cast (she had this annoyingly spacy voice actor).
    • Morticia Smith (someone was a fan of the Addams Family) was this creepy ghost girl that haunted the group; a big part of the first season was based around figuring out how she died and all that stuff. She went by Ranger Eclipse when when everyone was suited up (more to keep up appearances than anything; the first episode she shows up has a hilarious scene where she picked her "hero" name). Of course, she had a super-powerful evil side, all poltergeist-y and stuff; she went by Ranger Void, and was the cause of some of the tensest episodes.

    So they travelled around the world, fighting the forces of Mr. Wyrm; looking back, the season they spent in Asia was cringe-worthy, and they never really did anything with Amon, the Mummy they picked up briefly when they swung through Egypt. The first series ended with a 5-parter where basically the Apocalypse happened; the scene where Bangladesh got nuked was a bit excessive, to tell you the truth.

    After that, they rebooted the series in a bit more of a down-to-earth way as Darkness Rangers Neo; it was more Buffy-with-Mech-Suits than Power Rangers at that point. It was a little less goofy, and a bit more thoughtful. They cut down on the gonzo, and made everything a bit more local. They adjusted everyone's backstories (Chris and Steve lost a buncha extended family members, and they toned down Dave's magic a bit), but I think Summer's and Morticia's got the biggest overhaul; Summer had to flee her home in the Faerie World because of her wicked stepmother, and was much more of a survivor who had an optimistic outlook on life; I felt she had just become a better character all around (doesn't hurt that she got a much better voice actress).

    On the other hand, Morticia became this punk zombie chick who was probably the happiest member of the team; Ranger Umbra became much more friendly (though still pretty wicked) and rode around in her head, bringing her back to life if she "died" (something they used a lot). I'm happy to say that Amon (now a foreign exchange student) got a much better backstory,and they used him a lot better (but that would be spoilers!).

    They got rid of Mr. Wyrm and replaced Pentax and the Technocracy with a crapton of different Monsters-of-the-Week, including some monster hunters! And then there was Ranger Storm, who pulled their asses out of the fire every once in a while; he always left with some speech about having to seek his own path, or something cliche like that. Still, pretty good series; I'd suggest it if you can find the episodes.

    But I mean, the third season... wow. I kinda like the leaked art-notes for Chris and Steve, there are some cool rumors, and there was something about a new Ranger whose name would be something like Isaac. His monster form sketches look badass, and that rough animation of his transformation was awesome. My only sticking point is the whole "God-Machine" thing; I know the original was inspired by Power Rangers, but do we really need the ability to go MegaZord?

    I hope I got some of you guys interested! Darkness Rangers, Power Up!

    I have no fucking clue where that came from. It just spilled out.
    Last edited by amechra; 03-20-2015, 05:13 PM.

  • Leliel
    replied
    Also, I forgot: Steriliza is a reference to the Crucible Initiative from Contagion Chronicles.

    Leave a comment:


  • Leliel
    replied
    Okay. The unsorted ones include:

    Sir Cardian is an Empty, a changeling lich; he's torn out his heart and hidden it away to make it so the death of his physical body just seals him in his dreamscape until he can make a new body from the Hedge.

    The Deimos Weavers are agents of Torment Spider in universe, aka Devoted.

    "Torn and Thorn" and "Renegade Hearts" is a ship name for the romantic tension between Sir Cardian and Mark/Ranger Renegade. In an attempt to help with diversity, let's say "Mark" might be an alias.

    Dr. Originatus is a name I forgot I already applied to Torment Spider's Progenitor, but given how there are multiple conspiracies in the Web of Pain, let's make him a rival of Moreau's.
    Last edited by Leliel; 06-20-2020, 12:39 PM.

    Leave a comment:


  • LostLight
    replied
    OOC- Nora was intended to be SWORN, because for some stupid google based reason I thought it was a common name amon native americans, which does not seem to be the case, so do with it what you want. I also just want to note that among my posts you seem to missed Lucita, which represents Lady Lucifuge/ Lucifuge as whole. Also, yes, Bianca is an example member of the Hellfire Club/ Ashwood Abbey, and Amber represents the Everlasting from Spilled Blood.

    Leave a comment:


  • ArcaneArts
    replied
    Originally posted by Leliel View Post


    I don't think Nightmare does, so fine by me.
    Cool. Cross check what I have when you can please, and please get me the Oak, Ash, and Thorn correlations.

    Leave a comment:


  • Leliel
    replied
    Originally posted by ArcaneArts View Post
    Two things:

    1) I'm working on the list, I think I should be able to get it done tonight.

    2) Ranger Nightmare doesn't have a normal name? Phoenix "Nyx" Mehta. Our cast was looking a little white, so she's at least half-Indian now.

    EDIT: Clarifciation: it will not be formatted, and probably not properly listed-but it will have all the names and the sources, unless it's in the I Don't Know category after going through the updates.

    EDIT: and with that, all names are inserted into the text. Now to format the fucker.

    EDIT: What'll probably happen is we'll leave the Streaming Sites, Major Series, Fanfiction, Major Arcs, and Episodes list more or less the same, but we'll break up Main Characters, Supporting Characters, Villains, and In-Universe Terms and reallocate them by gamelines.

    EDIT: the forums have tabling tools, yeeeeeessssss.

    I don't think Nightmare does, so fine by me.

    Leave a comment:


  • ArcaneArts
    replied
    Two things:

    1) I'm working on the list, I think I should be able to get it done tonight.

    2) Ranger Nightmare doesn't have a normal name? Phoenix "Nyx" Mehta. Our cast was looking a little white, so she's at least half-Indian now.

    EDIT: Clarifciation: it will not be formatted, and probably not properly listed-but it will have all the names and the sources, unless it's in the I Don't Know category after going through the updates.

    EDIT: and with that, all names are inserted into the text. Now to format the fucker.

    EDIT: What'll probably happen is we'll leave the Streaming Sites, Major Series, Fanfiction, Major Arcs, and Episodes list more or less the same, but we'll break up Main Characters, Supporting Characters, Villains, and In-Universe Terms and reallocate them by gamelines.

    EDIT: the forums have tabling tools, yeeeeeessssss.
    Last edited by ArcaneArts; 06-19-2020, 03:52 AM.

    Leave a comment:


  • Leliel
    replied
    IC: Anyone get kind of a chunni vibe off Lisa/Ranger Chrysalis? I mean, given what Torment Spider and Dr. Moreau did to her, she has every right to be moody, but her "ALL I FEEL IS PAIN" rants seem like a way to get back to the center of attention after she could no longer be the queen bee of the social scene and a little bitter about how Spider tricked her by playing on her need to be loved.

    Leave a comment:


  • Leliel
    replied
    OOC: Reviving in honor of the series this imaginary one is probably the most like, She-Ra 2018.

    Seriously, Horde Prime and his ship is probably something that doesn't need adaptation to fit a God-Machine archangel or a tech-themed True Fae.

    Leave a comment:


  • Leliel
    replied
    Originally posted by LostLight View Post
    OOC- Tsarina Pestis (I misspelled) seems to be a representation of the Contagion in some form, from Lelial's post

    OOC: Got in in one.

    Leave a comment:


  • LostLight
    replied
    OOC- Tsarina Pestis (I misspelled) seems to be a representation of the Contagion in some form, from Lelial's post

    Leave a comment:


  • Hamborger
    replied
    Originally posted by LostLight View Post
    And we shouldn't forget about Christina's big brother Gregory showing up and going full flesh horror as he started to destroy everything. While he was first mentioned in Pists's arc, this time he got the spotlight for himself- and seriously, I get why Chris's father sent him to the asylum. He is a murderous monster, no doubt about it.
    I think the whole 'Made This Way' spiel Gregory went on casts a much more... Sinister light on their father. Interestingly, it seems that Greg doesn't care about being a murderous monster, he hates how he's an abandoned murderous monster. He feels betrayed because dad doesn't give orders and put him in basically a prison(WHich by all means is a good idea, but very much a betrayal) He also didn't seem unstable at all, just his 'pets, so much as very direct and uncaring of collateral.
    (OOC: Also Pists? Who dat?)

    Leave a comment:


  • LostLight
    replied
    Originally posted by Hamborger View Post
    No one's talking about that Ranger Moon Night Terrors mini-arc? Well 'mini' that thing was longer than some season 1 arcs. I like how twisted the theme of family in the first act is, even if few of the villains we're actually about blood relations. Young King was a treat to watch and get kicked in the ass, almost to the point of pity. Almost. The 'adoption' episodes were genuinely scary, 'Ranger Moon v2' was just sad, that fight was fucking grueling to watch and I cried at the end.

    The Guests was some of the best irreedeemable villains I've seen in television and the expansion on them was greatly appreciated. It was great how they still was a bunch of sick fucks while still making them more complex. Though, Goodlove made me cheer for him a couple of times. Ride on, Termite-man.

    (OOC: Young King is a ghost wolf Tyrant, adoption is referring to the Mimics. Guests are Hosts, and Goodlove was Ranger Lovegood)
    And we shouldn't forget about Christina's big brother Gregory showing up and going full flesh horror as he started to destroy everything. While he was first mentioned in Pists's arc, this time he got the spotlight for himself- and seriously, I get why Chris's father sent him to the asylum. He is a murderous monster, no doubt about it.

    Leave a comment:


  • Hamborger
    replied
    No one's talking about that Ranger Moon Night Terrors mini-arc? Well 'mini' that thing was longer than some season 1 arcs. I like how twisted the theme of family in the first act is, even if few of the villains we're actually about blood relations. Young King was a treat to watch and get kicked in the ass, almost to the point of pity. Almost. The 'adoption' episodes were genuinely scary, 'Ranger Moon v2' was just sad, that fight was fucking grueling to watch and I cried at the end.

    The Guests was some of the best irreedeemable villains I've seen in television and the expansion on them was greatly appreciated. It was great how they still was a bunch of sick fucks while still making them more complex. Though, Goodlove made me cheer for him a couple of times. Ride on, Termite-man.

    (OOC: Young King is a ghost wolf Tyrant, adoption is referring to the Mimics. Guests are Hosts, and Goodlove was Ranger Lovegood)
    Last edited by Hamborger; 03-16-2020, 12:55 AM.

    Leave a comment:


  • Sikla Alkis
    replied
    I'm so behind. I couldn't understand the series after a certain point but I decided to come back with the latest trailer. Holy sheesh is the animation budget higher — you can tell the scenes where the new powers are kicking in are a labour of love.

    It's interesting seeing that some of the one-time things I brought up in earlier arcs have been retconned. No one's made mention of Brother Grimm or the Makilu since...season two, I think? Season one? It looks like they had some monster of the week vibes that were going to be a plot, but they were either scrapped or I was looking too deep into it. Any suggestions on need-to-see episodes so I can get caught back up with the show?

    -{OOC: The Varg-Ur and Brother Grimm were a nod to the Changing Breeds book of 1e and the Viking werebears and weird not-Uratha called the Vargir. The Makilu was a nod to the dinosaur magath presented in either Werewolf 1e or Hunting Grounds: The Rockies. The Silver Father was a reference to Silver Wolf and the belief in 1e some of the Pure held that he may have had children with Luna.}-

    Leave a comment:

Working...
X