Power Rangers, The Flash, & Kingdomino

FINALLY FRIDAY is a weekly review article meant to give you some suggestions on what to geek out about over the next week… or so.

READING

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (IDW Publishing)

Welcome to Angel Grove. Home to the Power Rangers and weekly monster attacks. Tommy Oliver was the new kid in town when evil doer, Rita Repulsa, swooped in and made him the Green Ranger. Now, free from her mind control, Tommy struggles to find balance between the plights of high school, making new friends, and the dangers that come with being a hero.

Seeing as my childhood was spent in the 1990s, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was a staple. Not only did I watch the TV show every chance I got and played with as many of the toys as I could, I spent every single school recess session running around with my friends, pretending to be one of the Rangers. (20+ years later, I still don’t know why Tad wanted to be a dog…?)

As I’ve gotten older and had children of my own, I’ve looked back at the original series with… a little bit of embarrassment. There’s still that nostalgia, though, and this series from IDW has somehow captured that while updating the original Rangers  – Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Trini, Billy, and Tommy – and so many other beloved characters for a new generation. I can’t wait to finish reading these and pass them along to my daughter. I think she’s going to like them.

WATCHING

The Flash – Season 4 (CW/Netflix)

Out of all the DC/CW shows out there, The Flash has been my favorite. It’s kept me entertained consistently since the first season and after binge-watching the first three seasons on Netflix, I was glad to see the fourth pop up relatively soon after. This season, though, feels a little off-kilter to me and I’m only halfway through. The introduction of Ralph Dibny (AKA the Elongated Man) was fun at first, but he’s become annoying. The marriage of Barry and Iris doesn’t feel natural. The Thinker doesn’t feel like a well-thought-out villain. Maybe things will shape up by the end of the season, but it feels clunky right now. Fingers crossed.

PLAYING

Kingdomino (Blue Orange Games)

David Hunt and his wife, Sabrina, introduced my wife and I to Kingdomino a couple of weeks ago and we immediately went out and picked up a copy. We’d never heard of it and I assume you might not have either, so here’s a rundown of the game courtesy of Board Game Geek:

In Kingdomino, you are a Lord seeking new lands in which to expand your kingdom. You must explore all the lands, wheat fields, lakes, and mountains in order to spot the best plots. But be careful as some other Lords also covet these lands…

Dominoes with a kingdom building twist. Each turn, connect a new domino to your existing kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type already in play. The game mechanics for obtaining the tiles is clever: the order of who picks first depends on which tile was previously chosen. Make sure to secure tiles with crowns- these royal treasures help to multiply the worth of your kingdom at the end of the game! The game ends when each player has completed a 5×5 grid, and then points are counted based on number of connecting tiles and crowns.

The game mechanics feel weird at first, but once you get playing and understand the strategy, it’s easily a blast. We’re actually using it as a tool in our homeschooling arsenal with our oldest daughter and we all love it.

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