Laser Knees 59 – We’re Made of Star Stuff

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

And so ends the main series of Uchuu Sentai Kyuuranger/Space Sentai Kyuuranger/Space Squadron Nineranger/however else one might spell or translate it.

It likely comes as no surprise that your hosts are a little emotional about these episodes.  Especially since one was basically watching all our favorites die tragic deaths as part of a magic-based suicide plan to resurrect the love in the universe before giving us a good Don Armage for two seconds before taking us to “…and they lived happily ever after”.

We have some notes for these episodes and the series overall, but by and large, your hosts are gonna miss these good space kids.

Topics under discussion:

  • When Mouri Nobuhiro was into a story, he wrote the HELL out of it.
  • Shibasaki Takayuki is a good director generally, but in these episodes, he hit it out of the park.
  • Boukenger comes up a few times.  Once, Aleph even brings it up first.  Shocking, we know.
  • We somehow came around on Lucky and agree that he’s finally earned the right to have us cheer when he surfs in on a meteor.
  • We never quite came around on Tsurugi.  Just.  Nah.  He’s still less than great.
  • It’s “nice” that the person who got the fewest focus episodes was Spada instead of either of the ladies.
  • Raptor didn’t get enough episodes, but we hope her and Spada are happy together.
  • Hammy could have used more episodes, but at least she got to bust on someone again.
  • Xiao is one of the more fun extra heroes in a while.
  • We’re happy we didn’t see Kotaro die.
  • Garu, however, got a shockingly brutal death.  We’re glad he got to be with his boyfriend at the end of the show.
  • Champ, as ever, lives up to his name.
  • Balance was so perfectly Balance.
  • Naga remains Aleph’s favorite.
  • Stinger remains Sono’s favorite.

This episode was so full of #feels™ we didn’t even have a chance to talk about the hand-off to Lupinranger vs. Patoranger!

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“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

 


Join us as we finish our trip through the stars with Space Sentai Kyuuranger! It’s been a long and winding trip across the milky way to the final showdown on Earth for our twelve legendary saviors. Find out how we think everything wrapped up in:

Space Sentai Kyuuranger

Episode 47 – A Promise Between Saviors
Episode 48 – Let it Ring Throughout The Universe — Yossha Lucky!

Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director: Shibasaki Takayuki


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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono


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Laser Knees 58 – You’re a Phoenix, You Idiot.

We aren’t Ohtori Tsurugi’s biggest fans, is the thing.

In this episode, we talk a bit about that, as well as:

  • Ponder just what kind of phoenix Tsurugi is meant to represent
  • Consider how best to repaint an already-bad suit.
  • Admit that Aleph was confused as to whether or not this was suddenly going to be the last episode.
  • Confess a narrative beat that stabs straight at Sono’s heart.
  • Point out how relevant some of the story beats are to the zeitgeist.

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Join us as we take a trip through the stars with Space Sentai Kyuuranger to fight the Jark Matter with the crew of the Orion! Find out how we think they’re doing as we share our thoughts on:

Space Sentai Kyuuranger

Episode 45 – Tsurugi’s Life and Earth’s Peril
Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki

Episode 46 – Between Hope And Despair
Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director: Shibasaki Takayuki


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Laser Knees 57 – Crows WILL Mess You Up

It’s a belated and angsty Holiday Season with your favorite Super Sentai thoughts-havers!

In this episode:

  • Toei continues to give their protagonists colossally terrible presents.
  • Aleph tries to force a joke after a cross-linguistic pun via The Adventure Zone
  • Sono is ooged out by Hammy’s “mature” presentation
  • Lucky’s catchphrase finally lands
  • And more!

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Join us as we take a trip through the stars with Space Sentai Kyuuranger to fight the Jark Matter with the crew of the Orion! Find out how we think they’re doing as we share our thoughts on:

Space Sentai Kyuuranger

Episode 43 – An Oath on a Holy Night! Talk about Lucky!
Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director: Takemoto Noboru

Episode 44 – Don Armage’s Identity
Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki


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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono


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Laser Knees 56 – Teen Angst Will Save Us All (Eventually)

In this episode of Laser Knees:

  • Your hosts want to see the Kyuurangers all go to Hell
  • Sono hates on a Planetium WMD
  • Aleph references They Might Be Giants
  • Neither of them like Tsurugi Otori yet
  • Naga!  AA-AAAAAAAAH!  HE’LL SAVE EV’RY ONE OF US!

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Join us as we take a trip through the stars with Space Sentai Kyuuranger to fight the Jark Matter with the crew of the Orion! Find out how we think they’re doing as we share our thoughts on:

Space Sentai Kyuuranger

Episode 41 – Break In! Planet Southern Cross
Episode 42 – His Father or the Universe? Lucky’s Resolution

Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director: Sugiami Kazuhiro


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Laser Knees 55 – Don’t Underestimate Your Bard

In this episode of Laser Knees, your hosts take a look at some strange and important episodes of Uchuu Sentai Kyuuranger and find themselves talking about:

  • How bards are always an underrated class
  • Stinger as refutation of the toxic aspects of masculinity
  • How uncomfortable it can be to laugh at a character
  • Kamen Rider Bull
  • Fantasy Sports are basically D&D
  • Excitement about the coming Kyuuranger endgame.
  • So many digressions because Aleph was, it seems, in a bit of a mood

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Join us as we take a trip through the stars with Space Sentai Kyuuranger to fight the Jark Matter with the crew of the Orion! Find out how we think they’re doing as we share some thoughts on:

Space Sentai Kyuuranger
Episode 39 – The Adventure in the Perseus System
Episode 40 – Gameday for Deathball in Hell

Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director (39): Katou Hiroyuki
Episode Director (38):
Sugiami Kazuhiro


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Laser Knees 54 – Heavy Hangs the Head

In this episode of Laser Knees:

  • Stinger remains the best arachnid
  • The kids at home get a fun mystery
  • Sono makes some positive comparisons between Kyuranger and Gokaiger
  • Aleph is uncomfortable with royalty-based narratives
  • Tsurugi is almost–almost–a decent character whose inevitable self-sacrifice, death, and firey resurrection might stand a chance of making him a character who approaches likability

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Join us as we take a trip through the stars with Space Sentai Kyuuranger to fight the Jark Matter with the crew of the Orion! Find out how we think they’re doing as we share some thoughts on:

Space Sentai Kyuuranger
Episode 37 – Lucky Reunites With His Father
Episode 38 – Shocking! The 9 Dangerous Trials!

Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director (37): Shibasaki Takayuki
Episode Director (38):
Katou Hiroyuki


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Laser Knees 53 – Space Lion

Continuing its unlikely habit of inspiring your hosts to get a little more real than they’d probably have intended, this episode of Laser Knees brings you cooing over a tiny plastic cat, wistful talk about David Bowie’s invisible mask, and the return of the Shimoyama we all (or, well, at least the pair of us) know and love.

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Show Notes:

  • Title refers back to one of Aleph’s favorite songs from the Cowboy Bebop soundtracks, Space Lion.
  • The mentioned piece describing a young man’s encounter with David Bowie and his magic mask can be found here: “Fancy Believing in the Goblin King

Join us as we take a trip through the stars with Space Sentai Kyuuranger to fight the Jark Matter with the crew of the Orion! Find out how we think they’re doing as we share our thoughts on:

Space Sentai Kyuuranger

Episode 35 – Secret of the Universe’s #1 Idol!
Episode Writer: Shimoyama Kento
Episode Director:
Takemoto Noboru

Episode 36 – The Legend Sleeping on Lucky’s Home World
Episode Writer: Mouri Nobuhiro
Episode Director: Shibasaki Takayuki