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- in Los Luchadores 1x15, "The Champ", playing Rodney the Ranger
The episode originally aired in the US 30 June 2001.
Synopsis by Breann:
WARNING - contains spoilers!
It opened with a wrestling match, like normal. Lobo
was facing off against another wrestler, one Rodney
the Ranger. Meanwhile, there were special guests in
the audience--some dignitary from a place called Belal
and her young son Percy. Someone, I think bone
warriors but I'm not sure, tried to steal something
from the dignitary, and Rodney the Ranger was
instantly after them, and he kicked their butt.
If you aren't familiar with the show, Lobo is not only
an undefeated wrestler, he's also the most
two-dimensional hero in the history of heroes. He's
perfect in morality and in execution of it. And he's
the one who always saves the day, along with his
apprentice/partner/bestfriend Turbine and friend
We find out that the dignitary from Belal is lending
some ancient artifact to the museum, one that
supposedly carries deadly power. Then, they decide to
take Percy on a tour of the city, and Lobo, Turbine,
and Maria are assigned to his security. Lobo promises
the dignitary that her son will be safe and she says,
"I shall hold you to that." They take him to Tornados,
a juice bar/club kind of thing that's very popular
among both the kids and the adults. While they're
there, Bone warriors show up and before Turbine and
Lobo can put a dent in them, Rodney the Ranger shows
up and saves the day.
Lobo refuses to speak badly of Rodney, even though
he's making him look bad, but Turbine does not like
him. Turbine is a firey 20-something and gets angry
very easily, but Rodney is pretty obnoxious.
Then, they get a call a jewel heist and go to
investigate. They get there and take out the bone
warriors that were stealing the jewels, and Turbine
starts badmouthing Rodney. Lobo does not. They're not
in their usual uniforms, either, they're in their
black "stealth" gear.
Then, Rodney gets their attention and reveals that he
found some of the stolen jewels in the Loboride.
Police take Lobo, but not Turbine (who was with him)
Next scene, Turbine and Maria are in the Lobotower,
and Lobo is in jail. Turbine is flipping out and
arguing with Maria while he beats up a punching bag.
Laurant, the "Alfred" figure, calls them to the
Lobotron, the computer. He shows them a tape of Lobo
being taken away and, using holographic imaging,
reveals that it was not a police officer who took him
away at all, but a bone warrior! And there's also a
scene where Rodney reports in to the Whelp.
Turbine busts Lobo out of jail with the "Minilaser
5000", one of his inventions. Lobo refuses to go at
first, citing that he'll be found innocent and that
it's not right, but then Turbine explains that
Rodney's working with the Whelp and Lobo goes. They go
to the banquet where the artifact is being officially
revealed to the public. They get there just in time, as
Bone Warriors storm the place and try to get the
jewel. Rodney and Lobo wrestle, and Turbine works on
the bone warriors, while The Whelp (who, if you don't
know, is a little evil genius chihuahua bent on
destroying Lobo) takes the artifact and puts in the
jewel that supposedly activates it. All sorts of
demons get loose.
Lobo beats Rodney and goes for the artifact. He gets
it down, and Percy, the annoying, snotty little son of
the dignitary, has to put the jewel back into the
artifact as Lobo struggles to hold it together.
Happy ending. Woohoo.
The series only lasted 16 episodes and was generally slammed. Some people felt it was inappropriate
for small children to watch and perhaps try to emulate the wrestlers.
Who cares if the try to emulate The Rock?
The series was inspired by Mexican wrestlers, but was filmed in Vancouver - of course. And if the show
had become a success, there would have been great opportunities for tie-in sales of action figures, gadgets,
model vehicles and music.
A Rodney the Ranger action figure - WOO HOO!
Steve Bacic worked with Sarah Carter (Maria Valentine) on Black Sash - I don't think they had any
scenes together though.
You can read more details at International Hero.