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Madelyne Pryor: Why I Feel Sorry for Her

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I know Madelyne Pryor has been more villain than heroine, however she was also a tragic character the same time.  Mr. Sinister couldn't secure Jean Grey so he cloned her as a copy of Jean Grey.  As the clone grew up, she manifested no mutant powers.  Mr. Sinister considered her a failure until one day, the Phoenix Force descended unto her instead of Jean Grey (who was thought to have died)... and Mr. Sinister's plan came in to part of what he wanted.  Since Jean Grey was not available for the time, Madelyne Pryor the identical clone of Jean Grey would suffice in her place.  The union between Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor would result to Cable, who would come back years later older than his parents.

So she did fall for Scott Summers for a time, she was happy.  She and Cyclops both had a son she ended up naming as Nathan (after Mr. Sinister's suggestion).  What she did not remember for sure was that, Mr. Sinister her" father" intended to grab the child as soon as it …

Axl in Megaman X: Attempting To Recreate Bass?

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Anybody who has played Megaman and Bass for the Super Famicom or in the Game Boy Advance may actually figure out that Bass' controls of being able to fire in multiple directions, no charging but a series of rapid fire bullets.  The same was added into Axl who was introduced into the seventh game as a prototype towards a new generation, yet hinted to have been existing from the previous century.  Axl is introduced as a vigilante and member of Red Alert.  Like Bass, he appears in the seventh game of their respective series.  But unlike Bass, he is introduced as a playable character instead of a villain (which Bass dropped into the status of anti-hero after Megaman 7).

My thoughts were this... did Capcom try to recreate Bass with Axl?  Probably.  Whether or not Axl could be Bass is never official, just my speculation.  Like Bass, Axl is an arrogant jerk with a bad mouth, he can fire in several directions but can't run while doing it, he is a master infiltrator (remember Bass inv…

Cyclops' Messy Love Life: What's Wrong with It?!

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If anybody in X-Men got so screwed up aside from Wolverine, it would be Cyclops.  Yeah him so I thought that here's just a few instances of Cyclops' messed up love life...


I was a fan of the Cyclops/Jean Grey pairing but I hate how the writers just love to mess it up.  The worse came to worst during the Dark Phoenix Saga and its conclusion.  One may consider the whole aftermath worse like when he does get into dates to forget about Jean.  He even had a brief relationship with Lee Forrester but can't forget Jean.


If anything was more screwed up was when he met Mr. Sinister's "daughter" Madelyne Pryor who resembled Jean Grey.  So Mr. Sinister raised Madelyne as an experiment for YEARS.  But Madelyne manifested no powers at all so he decided to "put her away" but one day, the Phoenix Force came into her giving her some of Jean's memories.  I just thought that Cyclops was just wrong, very wrong to use her as a substitute for Jean which led to Madelyn…

Kimberly's and Mako's Overly Blunt Moments: MMPR S1 Ep. 5 and Shinkenger Ep. 4

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I just wonder whether this was a coincidence or not.  Again, provided Mako's first 12 on-screen appearances hardly give her any development, I just thought of summarizing these:


Kimberly in "Different Drum" is portrayed to be overly blunt when she supposedly taunts Billy after she meets a mishap, rather than help him up.  So while Kimberly taunts Billy (sort of), she tries to help out a deaf-mute who made a mishap.  Kimberly was right to tell Billy that it wasn't the right way to meet girls BUT she was could have at least helped him up.


Mako in "Nightly Tears of Sympathy" shows her overly blunt attitude.  Like Billy, Ryunosuke becomes a subject of ridicule at least, for this episode.  Ryunosuke gets annoying to his fellow rangers in this episode.  Mako here was reading what could be a girls-only magazine and he bothers her.  So rather than just shove him off, she hits him with her reading material.  Ryunosuke takes the place of Melissa as the "broken c…

Replaying the Mortal Kombat Movie Scenes in MK9

If you want to replay some of Mortal Kombat movie moments through MK 2011, here's what I suggest:

1.) Play Sonya against Kano in Shang Tsung's Arena (Daytime).  For a bloodier finish, do Sonya Blade's second fatality.  Hehehehe... I wish Kano said "Give Me a Break" here.

2.) Play Liu Kang vs. Shang Tsung in Pit II (Night) and do a stage fatality on him.  Remember in Two Player Mode, not one player mode.  The one player mode boss version of Shang Tsung only takes place in the Throne Room which makes it impossible to do so.

3.) Fight Goro with Johnny Cage.  Do the Crotch Punch at Goro as often as you can.  Remember that Johnny Cage will lose his glasses and they snap.  He will wear a new pair of glasses after that.

4.) Fight Scorpion with Johnny Cage in the Hell Stage.  Let Johnny Cage do the Stage Fatality on Scorpion.

5.) Fight Reptile in the Wasteland with Liu Kang.  Do Liu Kang's first fatality though.

How Dr. Wily's Posthumous Influence Lived On in the Megaman X Series

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Although I refuse to believe that Serges and Isoc are Dr. Wily but at least, they could have been results of Dr. Wily's influence, Dr. Wily has a posthumous influence that even after he died of old age, his influence lived on in the next century.  So I was thinking the answer lies in one person- Zero!  Zero was his final creation and successor.  It was revealed in Megaman Zero that he wasn't able to use Zero immediately because of that bug but had him tested further.  Dr. Wily knew he wasn't going to last long either so he probably wrote his last will and testament to Zero, inserted his life's work into Zero and maybe it resulted to Zero's programming flaw.  Dr. Wily had years of knowledge and trying to let Zero understand them in one sitting may have caused it.


For Zero, he was also the carrier of the Evil Energy, which may have evolved into the Maverick Virus containing Dr. Wily's influence in it as he also had Dr. Wily's knowledge in his head, heck Zero…

Cable: My Favorite Fighter to Spam in Marvel vs. Capcom 2

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Indeed he lives to his role as the time-lost son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor, returning in time only top find out he has become OLDER than his parents.  So yeah, freaky huh?  Mr. Sinister's theory of the Summers-Grey union of creating a character so powerful didn't just get fulfilled in the mainstream Marvel, he was also taken INTO Marvel vs. Capcom 2 where he is actually, really, really spamworthy! And yup, I think he is the most powerful playable character ever.  Mr. Sinister never dreamed that Cable would too, become an overrated fighter!


Cable is really VERY cheap.  His standing FP can be canceled into his Viper Beam then if at level one, you can then follow up with a Hyper Viper!  Now the Hyper Viper may not look so intimidating but don't let it fool you, it does awesome amounts of damage!  And I would say that with Cable, I simply love spamming him against the CPU that I usually avoid playing as him against my friends.  I mean, he's so cheap that... well so ch…

My Wish for Liu Kang for Mortal Kombat X!

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I'm crossing my fingers hoping Liu Kang will appear in MK X as a darker, twisted version of himself after Raiden accidentally killed him.  If Shinnok had the dead protagonists as his phantom warriors, Liu Kang would definitely be included.  So I thought what if Shinnok turns the Mortal Kombat champion into a darker, more twisted version of himself?  You could get loads of a dark twist on Liu Kang himself!

Liu Kang in MK Legacy went from hero to a darker version of himself after winning the first tournament.  MK X should consider making Liu Kang now a darker, twisted version of himself and make one of his modes as "Evil Liu Kang" similar to Evil Ryu from Street Fighter.  I mean, Liu Kang IS the Ryu of Mortal Kombat!  Liu Kang's MK9 non-canon ending has him becoming an unjust god, which MK9 Shang Tsung's ending has that in connection.  Though both endings are not canon but I don't see any reason why a darker, twisted Liu Kang shouldn't exist.  I would want…

Where Kimberly Got It Right, Where Gia Got It Wrong!

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Time for another ramble on why I got a brain freeze from Megaforce... and I simply want to analyze where Kimberly got it right, Gia got it wrong.  And


For Kimberly what makes her stand out for me is that's he's not a Mary Sue character, she's not Miss Perfect.  True she is a witty character but the fact she's weaker but smarter, she's feminine but can still fight and even if she's really hot, they decided not to make her into a goddess of sorts (except fandom).  Kimberly was once a shallow girl but had a heightened awareness for friends.  Okay she can get overly blunt like when she told Billy, "That's not the way to meet girls..." but that was fixed.  She didn't steal the spotlight character-wise neither was she a bitch, though her being overly blunt and easily annoyed could get a little more work!  My only problem with her is the Dear John letter which I choose to blame bad writing for that OOC moment.


On the other hand, Gia is hot yeah but I…

Kamen Rider Black RX's Empowering of Non-Superheroes!

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Kamen Rider Black RX was a show that empowered non-superheroes.  For Stronger, I really felt bad why his ally Tackle Lady had to die and then, the actress dies in real life =(.  Now for some of Kamen Rider Black RX's empowering non-superheroes!


Joe the Haze was originally one Crisis' test experiments and his past is never known.  All that was known was that Kotaro rescued him and he swore to help fight Crisis Empire.  I just love how he helped Kotaro in any way possible.


Kotaro's girlfriend Reiko.  Okay Reiko didn't know Kotaro was Black RX until episode 29.  Starting from episode 29, Reiko started getting involved with Black RX's battles more than ever.  Before, she helped Kotaro without knowing he is Kamen Rider Black RX.


Kyoko Matoba was a young teenage girl whose parents were murdered by Crisis.  Unlike the others, she can summon water but she didn't have that power yet.  I just love how she got involved and showing that she wasn't a weakling.  She had…

A Brain Freeze with Megaforce Huh?!

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I'll just admit that from Kalish era and now to Neo-Saban era, Power Rangers has died in my head.  As of right now, I don't know what Mr. Smith is thinking about Power Rangers.  As a fan of Power Rangers to a certain extent, I would admit that I hate to admit it but, Saban's return had just crashed the franchise again.  The guy needs better writers and producers!  And now for why I've ended up not continuing with Megaforce... just some silly ramblings okay?


So let me get it straight... guilty pleasures don't last long either.  And I will admit although I am pretty feeble minded at times over pretty girls but it doesn't mean, I am that shallow.  So just my confession, I was watching it because I found Ciara Hanna hot but... I'll have to confess that the show is rushed and boring.  Sometimes, I am forced to confess that PR Megaforce is really Megacrap because of rush writing, inconsistent scripting, laaaazy editing (to the point pre-Zyu Sentai is added with …

Tommy Oliver is OVERRATED and OVERUSED!

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Tommy is definitely overrated and not to mention overused.  It's pretty annoying to hear how some Power Rangers fans are already Tommy fantards.  Come on, Power Rangers is a franchise that needs new ideas for the franchise.  Tommy for one is overused.  I would admit he was my favorite ranger for some time, but honestly, I feel like the guy is overly overused and for me, I stopped with Zeo and don't want to rewatch it.  And as a Power Rangers fan who can turn on to neutral mode, I don't really, really like the idea of Tommy being overused.  And I would be honest, the Zordon arc started to bore me pretty fast to the point I could only rewatch MMPR Season 1!  And I'm ranting on Tommy's being an overrated and overused Power Ranger with Dino Charge coming in, and perhaps Judd Lynn may have burned himself beyond belief!


I really was thinking that for a Tommy fan, Tommy in many suits is cool but for me it just got BOOOORING.  So I did enjoy him being the White Ranger for…

Frieza's Similarities to Apocalypse in X-Men

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While watching X-Men and Dragon Ball Z, I started to notice how often ideas fly from area to another.  I mean Super Sentai even copies ideas from its adaptation, Power Rangers.  So I thought for Frieza, what are his possible similarities to Apocalypse?

Both believe that only the strong survive, the weak will perish.  Apocalypse lived with the doctrine of survival of the fittest weeded out the weak and got the strong.  Frieza conquered planets, spared the strong to serve him (most of them are just disposables) and he also fears to be usurped.  If Apocalypse wanted to get rid of any powerful mutant, Frieza feared the prophecy of the Super Saiyan that would destroy him.  Apocalypse infects the infant Nathan with the techno-virus, Frieza destroys the Planet Vegeta hoping none would oppose him but failed to notice the infant Goku.

Both have their backup forces.  Apocalypse has his Four Horsemen.  In Frieza's case, he has Ginyu Forces.

Their fall was prophesied.  Apocalypse' fall …

Dragon Ball Z's Time Paradox

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Dragon Ball Z's Cell Saga was a time paradox era.  We meet Future Trunks the son of Vegeta and Bulma from the future.  Would that sound a little bit similar to Cable from X-Men?  Knowing that America and Japan copy from each other, I also felt like Cable's type of story was implanted into Future Trunks as a mysterious time traveler.  Cable was first published in X-Men in 1986 so I'd say Dragon Ball Z copied the concept of Cable but modified it.  So unlike Cable, Trunks is not time displaced but like Cable, he seeks to prevent a dangerous catastrophe from hitting the future.  And like Cable, he ended up meeting his own infant self at one point, which during the Android Saga to the Cell Saga, Future Trunks STAYED in the past.  He also destroyed a cyborg Frieza and King Cold before the start of the saga.

Future Trunks' timeline is different from the present.  His timeline was ransacked by several of Dr. Gero's robots (and I'd love to imagine Dr. Gero as being bas…

Cable in X-Men as the Time Displaced Son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor

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Cable is the son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor.  During the time Mr. Sinister failed to get Jean Grey as part of his experiments, he cloned her but the clone manifested no mutant powers.  He considered her a failed experiment at first, to which later he only released her when the Phoenix Force entered into the clone.  Mr. Sinister intended that the union of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor (in the place of Jean Grey) would give birth to the intended child.  He gave Madelyne a set of false memories and suggested to her to name the child "Nathan" after Mr. Sinister.  The union produced the powerful child that Apocalypse dreaded but the same time, thought could be his worthy heir.  Apocalypse infected the young Nathan with the techno-virus to which, the child was soon taken into the alternate future by his alternate half-sister Rachel Summers.  Cyclops having no choice, allowed his only son to be taken into the future.

In order to preserve the possibility of defeating Apocalypse, an …

The Untold Story of Zero and Sigma?

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While Megaman X4 was basically the "X and Zero" game as one would choose whose storyline to play as for an entire game (just like "Megaman and Bass"), it also presented Zero's side of the story. We finally know he is Dr. Wily's greatest masterpiece but he was never unleashed in any of the old Megaman games, he was revealed not to be immediately usable but it's hinted somehow that he is Dr. Wily's successor... just my thought on what could have happened between Zero and Sigma during the events prior to Megaman X aside from the flashback.

So remember Sigma used to be the leader of the Maverick Hunters, created by Dr. Cain as the epitome of robotics.  Zero was that "red maverick" that wiped out Gamma's units.  Zero was shown to be a sadistic robot who relished in destruction, but also he seldom had seizures probably something that would upgrade his knowledge, maybe Dr. Wily inserted a copy of his memories into Zero's system hoping he…

Megaman, Megaman X and Weird Science

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Megaman is a series known for its weird science aside from being a battle of science.  In Megaman, you have Dr. Light against Dr. Wily.  In Megaman X, you have Dr. Cain vs. Sigma's perverted science.  In Megaman Zero, you have Dr. Weil.  Well the Legends series is an exemption to that rule.  Now for some weird science that I have observed:

Gameplay:

In Megaman 1, Megaman cannot jump higher in water.In every Megaman game, even the slightest touch of spikes destroys him.
Boss weaknesses: The relation of fire, ice, wind and electricity can be seen to interchange a lot:In Megaman 1, Iceman is weak to Elec Beam and Fireman is weak to Fire Storm.  In Megaman 6, Flameman is weak to Wind Storm and Blizzardman is weak to Flame Blast.In Megaman X, Chill Penguin is weak to Fire Wave,  Electric Sparkmandrill is weak to Shotgun Ice, Flame Mammoth is weak to Tornado Storm.In Megaman X4, Frost Walrus to weak to fire attacks and Magma Dragoon is weak to wind attacks (in Zero's case, his Raijin…

Why I Think Kimberly Hart is THAT Popular and Overrated

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Well I would admit I am a Kimberly fan BUT I'd also want to express why I think she is pretty much overrated.  It's stupid how I once joined a Tokusatsu community that talked about girls most of the time maybe because it lacked girls to balance it?!  For one, heroines were created as role models for both genders, not just for girls or boys... and I personally believe that Kimberly Hart is really, I mean REALLY that popular AND overrated.

Now drum role...

Kimberly for me is pretty much a wall breaker aside from her other friends.  If Zack started out to empower blacks, Trini trying to empower Asian... Kimberly was probably a character that was liked for wrong reasons.  I would admit for a 23 year old actress, Amy Jo Johnson looked more like she was not an adult in the show.  She had a charm as an actress that is quite hard to replicate though as an actress, she's not THAT great, I mean she's no Emmy Awards material but I'll admit Kimberly has somewhat a place in T…

Game Review: Megaman X6

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Megaman X6 is no doubt one hard game but fortunately, reasonably hard as not to actually make it as frustrating as "Megaman and Bass" or Megaman X3.  So far, the game has lots of ridiculous level designs, you need to keep reloading at times because you might have turned a rescuable into a Maverick and so on.  But for me it's a fun game that you can't miss even if it's difficult.

The whole story continues some time after Megaman X5 with Sigma supposedly defeated.  The story has the Nightmare Phenomenon and the main antagonist Gate.  Gate plans to use Zero's DNA for absolute dominance.  On the other hand, a Wily-esque type of Reploid known as Isoc (who probably has Dr. Wily's mindset while not being the character).  The game itself is pretty difficult, sometimes I am forced to cheat because of how ridiculous the level designs are but not impossible.  The game features Megaman X with the Z-Saber (which he could acquire in X3 but at the cost of Zero).  Here h…

Power Rangers Actually Contributes to Super Sentai's Existence!

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Super Sentai purists (or Sentards as I call them just like those Powtards) will always call Power Rangers as parasites because it can't exist without Super Sentai.  Then again, Disney can't exist without the classic works of other authors so does that make them also parasites?  Power Rangers whether it's a localization, adaptation or remake was legitimately done.


Like it or not, Toei is CREDITED as part of Power Rangers.  If Power Rangers were bootleg, why didn't Toei sue Saban into oblivion years ago?  In fact, the Zyu2 footage was part of a Toei/Saban agreement to keep Power Rangers going, at that point neither company had no idea on any new direction for Power Rangers for America!  Toei is part of Power Rangers' existence and neither Super Sentai nor Power Rangers really exists without Toei!  Bootleg is ANYTHING that is reproduced without permission!


Whether you like it or not, Power Rangers and Super Sentai are culturally different.  I honestly can't blam…

Tekken 3: An Important Transitional Game!

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Tekken 1 and 2 were basically trying to get Tekken to its image, Tekken 3 itself as an important transitional game that broke the mold for the better. How is that? Tekken 2 supposedly killed Kazuya (who was revived back in Tekken 4) and Tekken 3 happens some time after Tekken 2 when the new menace known as Ogre attacks the world. The new protagonist is Kazuya's illegitimate son, Jin Kazama who bears a striking resemblance to his father. So let's get it down shall we?

Tekken 3's introduction here outdid Tekken 2's introduction. Tekken 2 was more or less a conservative upgrade of Tekken 1. But here, you can see that the CGI graphics of the FMV videos even in the endings, have already been upgraded.
Tekken 3 also introduced the characters with their own fighting stances compared to Tekken 1 and 2. It also added more to the moves list to challenge the player even more. Mokujin was a character who imitated everyone except Ogre and True Ogre.

Tekken 3 was a very high budget…

Mortal Kombat (2011) Throwing Back to Classic Mortal Kombat Series

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When I played Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition (glad I didn't buy the game immediately), I had my thoughts it was an MK Trilogy remake with a throwback to classic series with newer, better fighting system.  So how is it an MK Trilogy remake?  Character-wise the original no download roster includes most MK Trilogy characters minus Motaro (who's not even an NPC here, boo), Chameleon, Khameleon, Robo-Smoke, Rain (he is DLC ) and for one the boss characters aren't playable because they are extremely difficult to beat and cheap, for balance reasons in VS Gameplay.  Yeah, MK Trilogy for the PS1/Saturn had issues with balance in VS Gameplay because the bosses were playable.

So what was taken back from the original 2D Mortal Kombat games?  One can notice these throwbacks to the original MK storyline prior to reincarnation aside from the obvious block button and sweep moves:

1.) Kombat Kodes are back though most of them are pretty new like headless combat, armless combat, rainbow ko…

Why I Don't Think Neither Serges nor Isoc is Dr. Wily

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There are theories that Dr. Wily is still around in the Megaman X series but I just stared to think, neither Isoc nor Serges is Dr. Wily.  Certainly Dr. Wily's influence has lived on in the Maverick Virus but most likely not him.  But I had theories that could counter the idea that both Serges and Isoc is Dr. Wily.


For Serges, he's not really all that played.  Sure Serges does have Dr. Wily's appearance but it doesn't mean he is Dr. Wily. Maybe he, Serges and Violen were Dr. Wily's creations who were obsessed with assembling Zero.  Maybe years later, Sigma found these three robots and activated them.  It seemed that they obsessed with Zero as some kind of "savior", and that these three were created to serve Zero in the place of the late Dr. Wily.  Also, I thought Serges despite being the leader of the X-Hunters, he is not the second to the last boss neither does he use a skull-shaped battle tank to fight Megaman X.  He talks more about "fulfilling t…

Power Rangers and Promotion of Racial Harmony

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Power Rangers is a team known for its multiracial nature, although nationality-wise it's usually an all American by nationality team.  However I believe that these teams were promoted for racial harmony.  You have different types of races but all working together to save the world.  Battle Fever J in Super Sentai featured countries as motifs.  On the other hand, Power Rangers is multiracial. Power Rangers kind of follows the rule of being multiracial which imo, that could be used to write scripts unique from its parent show, Super Sentai.


One of the accusations in the past which was just invalid was that it was "discretely racist" that MMPR had a black man for a black ranger and an Asian for a yellow ranger.  For starters, in Super Sentai because it's an all-Japanese team, EVERY yellow ranger is Asian!  Now why isn't Zack and Trini meant to be racist characters?  In Battle Fever J, Battle Kenya IS a black ranger and yet Sentai fantards didn't complain about …