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#1181350
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HBO'S Power Rangers
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The world of fanfilms produces just as many examples of Sturgeon’s Law as fanfics and official media do…and some online communities let them know it. Such is the case with Power Rangers.

Over the course of this decade, a wealth of Power Rangers fanfilms have circulated, each of their own varying quality…but the one ccmmon theme that binds them together is that they’re all…pretty grim.

Which is fine. Perfectly fine. Power Rangers for all it’s cheese-ball presentation is essentially a story about the youth being recruited by higher powers to fight a large-scale war, where the villains know their civilian identity and can target you, your school, your loved ones. It’s pretty scary, and you dwell on the consequences of that a lot more as you get older, when you’re faced to put up with real wars on the news day in day out, sometimes even participating in a few yourself. The reality of Power Rangers makes for a harsher reflection of our own world.

The fandom can’t really take to this though, they just want fun goofy escapism, so any attempt at creating a near-the-knuckle product outside of their conventional perimeters is often met with disdain and dismissal…which sadly doesn’t leave much elbow room for projects like this.

Fortunately, I’m a broad enough chap to be open about the possibilities, and there’s enough of this material out there to put together a nifty little “proof-of-concept” pilot. A friend of mine, DANLAV05, put together a pitch pilot edit for a CW-led Power Rangers spin-off called “Wrath of Zedd”, which I contributed some small suggestions to. The edit is a lot of fun, comprised of various non-official PR material.

My intention, inspired by his edit, was to take it to another level. While he aimed at a teen audience, I’d aim for an older demographic, which meant using the material that included graphic violence and profanity. To this extent, I had to use much of the Power/Rangers fanfilm to stitch together a cohesive narrative.

This means the only Ranger that represents the original character is Jason David Frank as Tommy in the Super Beat Down videos where he tackles Ryu and Scorpion, where as Kimberly, Rocky and Jason are represented by different actors in their respective segments.

I opened the edit with Kimberly being captured on her wedding day from Power/Rangers…for the purpose of this edit, the man she’s married is not meant to be Jason.

Here’s the remainder of the timeline

-“Double Trouble” short from the aborted MMPR fanfilm project

-Back to footage from Power/Rangers showing a derelict city, which transistions us smoothly into

–Footage from the MMPR Fanfilm’s trailer with Lord Zedd

-Cut to footage of Zack taking on the Koreans from Power/Rangers, followed by Kimberly’s interogation

-Have Kimberly’s narration transition us to the Ryu vs Tommy beat down footage

-Briefly cut away from Tommy vs Ryu to more from Kimberly’s interrogation, and some more footage from MMPR

-Back to Ryu vs Tommy

-More from the MMPR fanfilm shorts (the one with the hacker finding the Project_Ranger files)

-Back to Kimberly’s interogation

-Cut to Tommy vs Scorpion

-Cut back to Kimberly’s interogation

-Cut to Red Rising fanfilm to show what Jason’s been up to…and there’s your cliffhanger

There you have it. HBO’S Power Rangers pilot…coming sometime never

The aspect ratios were a particular pain in the ass to sort out. To get the best results I had to stitch the edit together in 4/3

Anyhood, I have this availible, so PM me if curious

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#1180708
Topic
Civil War: Vengeance Has Consumed You
Time

I’m currently putting the finishing touches to a 1hr, 57 minute cut of Captain America: Civil War. The edit includes the following changes

-Film now opens with Tony talking about the holographic technology
-No romance/flirting between Sharon and Steve
-T’Challa’s introduction as a vengeful Black Panther is not foreshadwed. Scene with Natasha after the Vienna bombing cut.
-Alternative introduction to Peter Parker using Spider-Man: Homecoming footage
-No split between Tony and Pepper (there’s a very good reason for that)
-More mystery to Zemo and his motivations, we only truly learn the extent of his scheming when the characters do
-New mid-credits scene using Homecoming footage.

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#1155372
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Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie (sealed with a kiss)
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I loved the Hey Arnold Jungle Movie. I thought it provided adequate and emotional closure to the show, there were a couple of things that bugged me though, such as Eugene’s unnatural allergic reactions and Helga being rude to Arnold at the tail end of the movie after they had finally kissed. When it becomes availible on DVD, I intend to go in and minimize Eugene’s scenes and end the movie right after Arnold and Helga kiss in the temple.

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#1125933
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Red Dwarf=Out of Time-Tikka Cut (Two Versions)
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“Out of Time” is largely thought of as the last of the “good” outings for the boys from the 'Dwarf. It was the final episode written by both Rob Grant and Dough Naylor before Grant went on to pursue solo fortunes and Naylor was left with keeping the franchise afloat for as long as it could remain profitable, and it’s an engine that’s been kept running ever since. Whether or not the ship has sprang a few leaks or not is a matter for subjective opinion with the long serving fanbase.

But let’s get back to when one era ended, and how it was resolved with an era about to begin. “Out of Time” began a four year hiatus for the show, and ended in dramatic fashion with the crew seemingly killed by their future selves after a skirmish. It would not be until 1997 where we learned the conveniently convoluted explanation for their ongoing survival in a small pre-titles prelude before beginning an entirely different adventure.

It is with this prelude in mind that I decided to tinker with a minimally different edit of “Out of Time” by taking the series seven epilogue and having it work as linking material to the unedited and complete episode. Lister introduces us to the story as soon as he says “see attached” and chimes back in shortly after Starbug’s destruction to explain everything else.

Better than Air Belgium? I’ll leave that to the subjective opinions of the audience these edits are made for…your fine selves.

By the way, they’re in space.

VERSION II CHANGES

-Video journal moved to pre-titles
-Everything about reality bubbles and Lister as an android removed
-Series VII titles used instead of Series VI

PM me for links.

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#1119824
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Doctor Who-"Rose" (Eight to Nine Edit)
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ChainsawAsh: Correct. It just ends with Rose looking dumbstruck at the TARDIS dematerilizing

Doctor M: All I did was add most of Night of the Doctor after the titles, cut it just as his regeneration is triggered by the elxir (when everything fades to white around Olla, we cut to the opening scene of “Rose” in space with a caption reading “sometime later”), after that, the only other edits are to avoid additional production credits, as well as the ending where The Doctor just leaves Rose behind.

I don’t see what was so hard to understand about any of this.

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#1118230
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Doctor Who-"Rose" (Eight to Nine Edit)
Time

Cast your mind back to 2005…simpler times and simple pleasures. Russel T. Davies re awoken the sleeping giant of science-fiction with a modest and whirl wind reinvention of Doctor Who starring Christopher Eccelston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, who became essentially the show’s quintessential answer to Gwen Stacy…only without the satisfaction of a bridging.

For that first year, many fans questioned where things would go, it would not be until “Dalek” where we learned who was involved in the last great time war (I, being a book nerd, thought they were going to make the recently folded war with Faction Paradox canon to the tv world), other questions were whether or not Adam would turn out to be Davros because of his ‘third eye’ (yes, erratically preposterous fan theories were running rampant even back then), but the most crucial question on everyone’s mind…was what had happened to Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor?

There didn’t seem to be an answer. Doctor Who Magazine at one point offered to reveal how he came to be Christopher Eccelston with the planned conclusion to their final Eighth Doctor strip adventure “The Flood”, something RTD even encouraged, but the BBC had the final say and did’nt want Eccelston to be glimpsed before transmission, so the idea was quietly dropped and the strip adventure ended on a homage of sorts to “Survival”. I remember being quite vexed at the time about it, as there were still loose ends from that era still to be tied up…though that would be (partially) remedied in later years with the new series Doctors.

We did’nt get a concrete answer until the 50th anniversary, seven years later, in the “Night of the Doctor” minisode, where the Eighth Doctor tries in vain to save someone who despises his race and stays with her ’till the bitter end…only to be given a choice by the Sisterhood of Karn to become a being who could tip the balance in the ongoing time war. He chooses to be a warrior, a Doctor no more…we come to know him as a Doctor of war.

It wasn’t Eccelston though.

In a convoluted fashion that can only come about when a reluctant actor doesn’t want to dip his toes in the same lake twice, Eccelston was replaced in the special by John Hurt, and the special tied up the remainder of RTD’s influence on the show in grandfatherly fashion. Eccelston had to make do with archive footage of him being used in the sequence where all thirteen Doctors save Gallifrey.

Fans opinion was mixed, some did not take to the fact Mcgann was shafted by the 50th and did’nt get to participate in the time war at all, others could not adapt well to the concept that Eccelston was not even the Ninth, but in actuality the tenth incarnation of the time lord, bumping Matt Smith up to the final incarnation. Some thought the lineage of the Doctors had become slightly more complicated than it need be.

Some cried out for simpler times.

Took a few years but…wish granted.

Cast your mind back now to 2005, where the Eighth transitions to Nine in just under a few minutes, sit back and enjoy Eccleston’s first adventure all over again…oh, and this time, let’s leave Rose Tyler behind shall we?

Physician heal thyself

Edit available…PM me

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#1085523
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DOCTOR WHO: SERIES TEN-REVISITED
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Doctor Who Series Ten as I would have it. A series without unnecessary mystery box teasings, under utilized guest stars, new episodes for Michelle Gomez to chew scenery in, a series with maybe even a few twists and turns in established stories, some stories may even be out of transmission order. So many options as time is rewritten and scenes are re-edtied.

We’ll start with ‘‘The Pilot’’

The following details contain SPOILERS for the series and the edit:

You may find it begins not at The Doctor’s study…but somewhere a lot more distant, both in time and space…on a planet of professional executioners…that’s right, we’re getting the Vault mystery out of the way right off the bat. This is all of the Missy scenes from ”Extremis” repurposed for ”The Pilot”, we cut to the credits just as Missy urges The Doctor to let her live, and from there we find a chap at the door…Bill’s door, as her friends are out house-hunting.

That’s right, the first few minutes of ”Knock Knock” a fun but immensely flawed entry in series ten, pops up in this one too, setting up the events of a future edit, and making a recurring guest star out of David Suchette’s Landlord character.

From there, we cut back to Bill attending The Doctor’s lectures, we don’t need her being formerly introduced to him, all we need to learn is he’s her tutor and that’s it.

While she has selected a new house with her friends, it’s still going to take her a while to move, so don’t worry if you think she’s forgotten about her new digs.

After we pop over to Puddle Lane [god, whoever will get that reference?] after it locates The Pilot, we breifly go back to Doc and Missy before we check in on christmas with the crank and Bill, and from there the episode proceeds as normal until Bill arrives in a panic at the campus. Heather ripping off the Midnight monster and padding out screentime is cut and Bill makes a bee-line for The Doctor’s study.

From there, the only thing left to cut is the trip to Australia, and then most of the episode is the same, save for the conclusion of the Extremis spots right after Bill notices her tears. We conclude our edit with footage borrowed from ”Lie of the Land”

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#1045894
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SLIDERS-THE EXODUS
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The Exodus is the infamous two-parter of the 90s multiverse exploration series SLIDERS, a series that was frequently plauged by executive meddling, pointless cast changes, and ridiclous storylines. It holds a speical place in my heart as it’s first two seasons are amongst the best speculative fiction I’ve ever seen and I do actually have some sort of soft spot for the third season even if it (and season five) are the worst.

The Exodus has a lot going against it…death of a fan favourite character in Professor Artro, gobbeldigook science jargon, the characters all being incredibly self-centered and mean-spirited, a weird serial killer/coma victim subplot…there’s a lot to cut out or generally minimise, and evidently I haven’t been the only one who’s considered this. Apparently the Earth Prime online communuty tried their hand at the Exodus fanedit, I found it on Vimeo and it’s inspired me to do my own version.

I think they tried to be too ambitious with the edit, attempting to ignore some of the hokeier moments and, in what I feel was a missed oppertunity, cut out Quinn returning to his home Earth. This was a seminal moment for me and I thought one of the better moments of the two-parter, ruined all too quickly by Maggie’s ludicrous “allergy” to an Earth. In my version, Quinn and Maggie return from Quinn’s world with no problems and they decide that Earth is where the population of the doomed Pulsar Earth goes.

Arturo’s death is now repurposed in a way that gives him some dignity and underlines the trimph of the Sliders with a tragic setback…they have made it home at last, but feel compelled to return to their usual adventures in order to bring Rickman to justice.

Maggie’s husband is killed off-screen, as Rickman tells Maggie he was killed by the rioters.

The whole Rembrant/Malcom subplot has been removed, they still meet and Rembrant does still bond with him, but the whole drama with trying to get him on the list or whatnot is edited out.

I retained some of the cheesier elements because Sliders is pure 90s cheese and it would feel hollow without some of that being in there. It’s not really a very joyful story as it is.

I hope to have this up on Vimeo either today or sometime in the week and will make it availible on my Zaredit blog and the fanedit reddit, so keep your eyes peeled.