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First things first. My name is Richard, I'm a former Coastie and current Chef.

 Although I have all the training and knowledge to make healthy choices and to prepare meals that please not only the palate but also the eye...I don't always do it. Sometimes it's a result of too little time, others it's a lack of inspiration, Sometimes it is just plain apathy (I'll admit it, the last thing I want to do after a long day of cooking for pay, is cooking to feed my food hole).  However, most of the time it's none of the above. All too often I just like to indulge my love of all the weird, wonderful, and sometimes down right awful items that turn up in our fast food chains, grocery stores, and even gas stations.

It is this love of the "Sometimes Food" (as our current health conscious world likes to describe things that are delicious...and bad for you) that I would like to share with you... Whether you take that as an invitation or a threat is all up to you, but bear with me.

The following are the ground rules I'm going to try and follow.

  • I'll give everything a fair chance to impress or disappoint on its own merits. I know we all like to make fun of Taco Bell for destroying your innards, or that Arby's is non-food. But really this is all just easy laughs and also, I'm saying it now, if everytime you eat Taco Bell, you're on the toilet praying to any god that will listen...the problem is with you not the food.
  • I'll try anything at least once. But let's get one thing straight, there a certain things I will not try. I will not try things that are known to be disgusting such as 1000 year old eggs, or Norwegian rotting fish whatevers... We all know they're not good, you don't need me confirming what you already know.
  • I am not going to use "Does it look like the picture" as a critique of fast food items. Why not? Because of course it doesn't! The item on the menu is made by what is known as a food stylist, it is often made of non-food (seriously read up about advertising images for food, most of that stuff could kill you) and is primped, prodded, and airbrushed like your average supermodel on the cover of Vogue. (Is Vogue still around? I have no idea.) When you order it at your local fast food burger joint, it is being made by some bored underpaid line cook, who has been standing there assembling burgers all day, and really are not overly worried about presentation. So, no, I don't go into McDonald's and expect my quarter pounder to look like a magazine picture, and neither should you...stop it.  

Other than that (though I may think up a few other ground rules as we go on.), I'm going to try and have fun with this and I hope you will too. 

Now with all the boring stuff out of the way I hope you'll come back later this week as I intend to get this truly started in a festive fall style with the first "Pumpkin Spice Round Up" where for the next few weeks we're going to take a look at some of the odder things out there that have had the delicious flavor of pumpkin pie (the best pie. If you disagree, you're doing it wrong) wedged in... whether it should have or not.

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Many times the motion on the video requires additional saturation via sound effect. For example, if something is placed on surface you expect to make it a sound and you can play with it, faking the expectation: a wet sound with a hard object, heavy sound with a light one.

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Originally, I did this on my Deviantart account, however I got no comments on it so I thought I'd try it here.

Thorns/Buds/Roses
Power Rangers Megaforce/Super Megaforce
 Welcome, everyone, to my first ever review show called Thorns/Buds/Roses, where I will review a show/Movie/Comic/book/etc. and here’s how it will work: Thorns is the bad stuff, the stuff they did wrong and shouldn’t have done. Buds is what could have been done better, like a mistake they did that could have been done correctly. Finally, Roses is what they did correctly, the good things. This time I am reviewing the newest Power Rangers Season, I hope you all enjoy this :D

Thorns
The fighting: The unmorphed fighting scenes seem really rushed and not very good, and even the morphed fighting is ruined because the Rangers WON’T STOP TALKING! Every fight scene they’re in, for every shot they’re in, they are always saying something. For a fight scene, you don’t want them always talking ALL THE FREAKING TIME! It’s like watching a scene from Die Hard, except Bruce Willis keeps talking all the time about how tough his enemy is, or how good he is. I am aware that Power Rangers do talk occasionally during their fight scenes, however, notice how I said ‘Occasionally’. They rarely talk, and keep it down enough for us to enjoy the fight. 
 When Super Megaforce came on, they got Pirate powers, allowing them to morph into any other Power Ranger team from before, however all of it seems lazy and most of it is just Super Sentai footage with bad voiceovers, with barely any originality even during original film. How the hell does one ruin epic fights with any and all past Rangers?

The Season Finale was ruined for us: Now, the season finale hasn’t aired yet by the time of this review, however, it feels like it practically has been with all the times we’ve been shown it. Hell, during the first TWELVE SECONDS OF EPISODE ONE, we are shown the season finale! For those unaware of what the season finale is, it is something called the Legendary War, which is a giant battle that involves all of the Power Rangers from every season to come together to fight a giant enemy force. When you have something as epic as this, you want it to be a surprise, something that everyone should be shocked at, not be like, “Finally, I’ve been waiting all season for this to come!”
 Not only was it shown to us in the first episode, it is shown in multiple other episodes as the Red Ranger, Troy, is having visions of the Legendary War happening. Not only did he have visions, he stopped having them when Super Megaforce started airing. Why did he have the visions? Well, it hasn’t been explained yet, and so far he told only Gia, the Yellow Ranger about them, and even then it was in a cryptic way so it is unsure whether she actually knows it or not. Also, during the opening theme song of Super Megaforce, at the end of it they show us the beginning of the Legendary War. Even during the trailers and advertisements they had for this season they showed the Legendary War, so we were told the Season Finale before the show even begins.
 I honestly have no idea why they want to focus so much on their season finale like this, however it is just bad story telling when all they focus on is the ending and practically nothing else.

The theme song: It’s pretty much like Mighty Morphin’s theme song, except it is even MORE like Samurai’s theme song. Here is Samurai’s theme: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BghzkH… and here is Megaforce’s: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkr2Rh… Why would you want almost the exact same theme song for two seasons in a row? I like the original Power Rangers theme song, however when you have something as epic as Megaforce coming on, you’d think they’d give it an original theme song.

The story: What story? Oh yeah, it’s all build up to the Legendary war. That’s it, this season is just to hype you up for the Legendary war. That's it. They literally, in the first twelve seconds of episode one, tell us the season finale. Hell, during the trailers for this season they were showing the Legendary War, meaning they ruined the Season Finale for us before they even released Episode 1. Also, Super Megaforce? That is the WORST title ever. I don’t understand why, but ever since Samurai, Saban has been trying out these new ‘Super seasons’, and while Super Samurai is better than Samurai, Samurai was only twenty episodes and Super Samurai was another twenty, meaning we have to wait two years for a full season now when we use to have to wait only a year for the whole season to come out, and the season's are hardly worth the wait, so what is the point of the Super Seasons? Just to save money for Saban to not hire a new cast each year.

Gosei: Gosei is the WORST Power Rangers mentor to have ever existed. At least all the other Power Ranger Mentors tried to help by giving the Rangers the back story of the villains, knowledge on how to use any new weapons, powers, and Zords, however Gosei just hands it to them, gives them no information, and doesn’t give them any training at all. Troy is the only one training the Rangers, and even then we barely see that. 
 Not only that, he wouldn’t inform the Rangers about the Villains, like where did they come from? Why are they after Earth? We’re told that the villains are conquering as many planets as possible, but why Earth specifically? Why do they want Earth? Is it because of our Resources? For slaves? Is it going to be used just as a home base for their next big planetary invasion? We’re never told, not one bit of information.
 Also, while Orion, the sixth Super Megaforce Ranger, is an alien from another planet, and has very little knowledge on Earth’s customs, sleeps in a school’s locker even though Gosei has his base hidden inside of a huge mountain, and has a flying pirate ship! You mean Gosei won’t let Orion sleep in the pirate ship until he can find a permanent place to stay? Wow, what an asshole. 

The Villains: I know Power Rangers aren’t always the best with coming up with good villains, Overdrive proved that to us, however they have had multiple great villains, like Lord Zedd, King Mondo, Astronema, Trakeena, Ransik, Mesogog, Emperor Gruumm, Dai Shi, and the Venjix Virus. These villains, though, are extremely bland. They are never given a background, never given a reason as to why they’re doing what they’re doing, and have no interesting character traits except for Prince Vekar, and even then it is because he has SOME good jokes and is mocked by his followers as being worthless and weak, which he practically is. He comes up with a few good plans, but nothing really noteworthy. 

The level of seriousness: I am fully aware that Power Rangers is a kid’s show, I never have and never will deny it, but Power Rangers has always taken us seriously in some matter. For example, in Time Force, the first Red Ranger of the season actually gets KILLED! And quite violently, too. I won’t say anymore, if you want to know more I suggest you watch it, Time Force is definitely worth taking a look at. Meanwhile, Megaforce treats like ALL of their fans can’t take anything too seriously, and treats everyone like three-year olds.
 I know plenty of people in their twenties that still watch Mighty Morphin, and when Disney owned it from Wild Force through RPM, they understood this, and while they kept it kid friendly, they still took us seriously. 

Why pirates?: During Super Megaforce, they change their outfits from the majestic animals of a dragon, shark, phoenix, snake, lion, and tiger to pirates. Why? Why did Gosei decide to change the theme to pirates? No reason is ever told, and no one ever asks why they are suddenly pirates. I mean, they have a fucking pirate ship and the Megazord looks like a pirate! Is Gosei just a huge fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean? Did he try to get Johnny Depp to be the Red Ranger, but he said no so then Gosei was left with Troy? At least Zordon had good reasons for the changing of their themes (Except for Turbo, but I can forgive him since Billy made the powers and Zords and not him). 

Buds
The comedy: While there is a lot of comedy that didn’t get a lot of laughs out of me, there were a few jokes that made me laugh. While I am not a huge fan of this series, I must admit that they had a few scenes that definitely made me laugh, or at least chuckle.

Troy’s vision: I know that I said before that I didn’t like the visions too much, however they could have easily made this much better. Instead of showing the season finale in episode one, the visions should have been introduced in, like, episode two, three, or four, and instead showing off the whole Legendary war, the first vision could have been of just a single Power Ranger team posing to fight, and as the show goes on, and the visions become stronger, more Rangers are shown, however the battle is never actually shown, nor is the shot of all the Rangers together. It could also show certain teams side-by-side, like Wild Force and Jungle Fury, Lightspeed Rescue and SPD, Mighty Morphin and Dino Thunder, something like that, and Troy would actually TELL GOSEI ABOUT THEM!
 Gosei could then start having Troy go through some form of tests to see why this is happening, and this could also be used to say that his family is from a long line of psychics who can see into the future, however he is untrained so he can only see huge events about to happen, and this could bring in Troy’s parents into the series, who could be major characters in the season. 

The Megaforce ending episode: The last episode of Megaforce before Super Megaforce involves the Rangers trying to fight off a large robotic attack force that is trying to take over the surface. Pretty much, it’s nothing except the action. What I would have done to make this episode better is, I know this is pretty stereotypical, but actually have it start storming and have the Rangers lose, however they get back up and just barely fight them off. It’s not a terrible episode, but a few small changes would have made this much better. 

Orion’s Gold Silver Mode: The introduction of the Silver Super Megaforce’s Gold Mode, which is the fusion of all the Extra Rangers together(Excluding the Titanium Ranger from Lightspeed Rescue and the Spirit Rangers from Jungle Fury), and it is extremely rushed. It doesn’t help he gets this mode after his introductory episode, meaning that we’ve had very little time to even like his normal outfit, and I would love this, however we are given no time to appreciate Orion’s Silver mode, and that they are forgetting MULTIPLE EXTRA RANGERS!
 You would think Saban would try to make a different Gold Mode, changing Robo Knight’s helmet out with Titanium Ranger’s, or request it from Toei Company for them to make it. Honestly, change one of the helmets, and make the pacing of the episode better, and this would have been better. 

Roses
Noah, the Blue Ranger: Noah is the stereotypical nerd, however he shows that he is the only competent one out of the five Rangers, even smarter than Orion, being matched only by Robo Knight. Hell, in Super Megaforce, Noah became a Master Swordsman in A SINGLE NIGHT! Why the hell isn’t Noah the Red Ranger? He can obviously learn whatever he wants in just a single night. My god, he should have been the leader, or the mentor. He seems a lot like Billy, a super genius, and would have loved to have seen more of that side to him, however that, unfortunately, isn’t touched upon enough in my opinion.

Robo Knight: I will admit, when I first saw Robo Knight being, ‘The Defender of the Environment’, I first thought, ‘No, not Captain Planet! No, noooo! I killed him!’ however, surprisingly, he grew on me. While his first few episodes were like Magna Defender’s in two big ways: Both were after the villains for a personal reason, Magna Defender wanting revenge for the death of his son and Robo Knight wanting to fight them because of his programming, and they both didn’t care if they hurt civilians in their progress as long as they got to the monster. 
 However, as the show went on, Robo Knight reminded me more like Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was curious about humans, wanted to know more, and whenever he had a question he would ask the Rangers, or go to a place of knowledge, like a library, to try and find more information. One thing I found hilarious was that he never went to Gosei, his creator, to ask for any information. They also did a good job with Robo Knights voice since he sounds like an actual robot. While I first thought I had to break out the buckets of oil again to combat another team of Planeteer’s, I was pleasantly surprised at how well I liked this character, and how I look forward to his inevitable return in Power Rangers. 

Orion’s back story: Orion’s back story is the only good thing about Orion, but damn, is it one great back story. His family, friends, and everyone on his planet is killed after he finds the Silver Morpher, and somehow uses a rock and a slingshot to bring down one of the Armada’s ships, and uses it to go to Earth to defend it and make sure that it won’t fall like his own planet won’t. While Orion gets boring in all future episodes up to date, his introductory episodes gave me hope for an interesting character, even though it didn’t deliver after these episodes.

Tensou: Tensou is the Alpha of this season, and while his voice is pretty annoying, I got used to it, and hell, he’s a better mentor then Gosei. Whenever the Rangers are in danger, or going out to face danger, Tensou sounds, and convinces me, that he is actually worried about them. Gosei, on the other hand, doesn’t sound like he gives a shit. Gosei always sounds like he doesn’t care, or that he knows the Rangers will get through without him even if they need help. There were even a few episodes where you don’t see or hear from Gosei, you just hear from Tensou to tell the Rangers that there’s a monster, and quite frankly, during those episodes, I forgot Gosei even existed. Pretty sad when you forget that the mentor even exists, isn’t it?
 Not only that, but if Tensou had Gosei’s knowledge, I am one hundred percent positive that Tensou would help the Rangers out as much as he could be informing them himself instead of giving Noah a few clips to watch and learn about past Ranger teams. He may have given them that too, but also would have talked with them and told them as much as he can. I would like to see Tensou replace Gosei as the Ranger’s mentors, and I’m certain I’m not the only one that thinks that.

Well, that’s my review of Power Ranger’s Megaforce/Super Megaforce, I hope you all enjoy this and I will like you all to know that I do take suggestions. If you all want me to do a show, movie, comics, books, etc. let me know, however know that I may not be able to do all of them in the order that I receive them. If it’s a book, unless I already read it, I am a slow reader so it may take me a while to get to a book, however shows, movies, and comics are a little easier for me to review. 
Now join me next time when I review:
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“There is no compulsion in religion. Surely the right way has become distinct from error.” The Quran Chapter 2 verse 257. I was born Muslim and I still practice Islam as my religion. I’m not writing to discuss whether or not I’m right for doing so, but the purpose of my article is to talk about Islam in itself. Lately Islam has been in all the headlines with ISIS. Most times when Islam is mentioned in a headline, it usually comes with a negative stigma. The negative stigma that comes with Islam is something that troubles me on a personal level, but that’s not the only thing that troubles me. I noticed few Muslims speaking out against ISIS. I feel that I must speak out even though I may not garner a ton of attention, I still feel that I have to say something. Critics of Islam take the Quran out of context and purposely distort the meaning of the verses. I began this article with the aforementioned verse because it is something that is very important to my argument. In Islam right and wrong are clearly laid out for us. I also included this verse because the thing that all Muslims have in common is the Quran must be adhered to. It must be the source of wisdom and guidance for all Muslims. In chapter 5 verse 33 of the Quran Muslims are told that if they kill a person it shall be as if they’ve killed all of mankind. Since right an wrong are clearly laid out for Muslims then how can you take those two verses together and say that it’s an Islamic virtue to kill someone? ISIS disgustingly forces people to dig their own graves before executing them, they are beheading people. None of what they’re doing fits with any Islamic teachings. The Quran tells us, “Do not go about creating disorder in the land.” (26:184) ISIS who claim to be abiding by Islamic virtues are doing just that, creating disorder. They’ve driven people from their homes. I was born and raised an Ahmadi Muslim. Though we are a small community, we are the authority on Islam and among the few talking about the true values of Islam versus the distorted picture that most people have seen. I could go on for a long, long time pointing out how Islam, when practiced correctly is a peaceful religion, and how wrong ISIS and similar groups like Boko Haram are, but I’ll point you to some much better sources Alislam.org and faith matters by mta international on youtube. I believe that if you’ve read this far, that you would be willing to learn more about what true Islam is. The truth is I have barely scratched the surface here. I’ll talk about Islam in future blog posts both here and on my blog This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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