Virgil Vox, on 27 August 2018 - 08:13 PM, said:
When the cloaked Rangers are watching the Zord battle the Red Ranger crosses his arms and you can see his Chrono morpher. It also just sounds more like Jason Faunt to me than JDF.
I caught the Chrono Morpher, but I figured maybe all three were using them to travel through time. After all, we see Tommy with his original Power Morpher in a publicity photo for the special but as the Black Dino Ranger in the TV promo, so he's accessing at least two power sets.
I don't hate Dino Charge and agree that it does a lot of things right but I just found it a middle of the road season with bland villains (until Heckyl shows up) and way too many Rangers and Zords. That last bit can't really be blamed on anyone but the Sentai original but it was still something I disliked.
There are other seasons with large numbers of Rangers, particularly last year's Uchuu Sentai Kyuuranger
, which actually means Space Task Force Nine-ranger
, though it ended up with 12 Rangers in all.
I also just didn't really connect to any of the Rangers.
I was quite fond of Shelby, and Tyler was pretty likeable.
Agreed about Megaforce/Super Megaforce. The season has grown on me after re-watching it but it is full of wasted potential and cardboard cut-out characters. One thing it does have going for it is a very handsome cast of male Rangers.
For me, the female Rangers are often the saving grace of a weak season. But casting for looks isn't always a good thing. Megaforce
's Red Ranger was, I think, a model with no prior acting experience, and it showed. He was the most vacant, bland, mannequin-like Red Ranger we've ever had.
S.P.D. will always have a special place in my heart because it brought me back to the franchise after I quit watching at the start of Ninja Storm. Of course, now I'm ashamed that I quit watching during NS as that has become one of my favorite seasons.
I hated Ninja Storm
. The characters were annoying, constantly spouting some distorted idea of teen slang in place of actual characterization, and the villains were unpleasant and unfunny.
I love Mystic Force despite its flaws. While it couldn't give focus to some of the Rangers like poor Madison it did a great job of building up side characters like Phineas and LeeLee. It also had a great story concerning the original war to beat back Morticon and the Master and it all tied together quite well.
Yeah, that was a good one.
I totally agree about Jungle Fury. I disliked it when it first aired but after re-watching it on DVD I have come to love it. JF is an amazing PR season and one I can watch over and over again.
You should try some of the Super Sentai
seasons streaming on ShoutFactory TV's site. Many of them are smarter and more sophisticated than their PR adaptations -- or certainly more intense, with higher, life-and-death stakes and lots of impassioned melodrama. I particularly like Megaforce, Gingaman
, and GoGoFive
(corresponding to Space, Lost Galaxy,
and Lightspeed Rescue
). From what I've seen of Timeranger
, I think it's perhaps the first case where the PR adaptation surpassed the original; it's essentially the same storyline and characters almost note-for-note, but Time Force
added some new elements that deepened some of the character arcs and added complexity to the backstory. They're also going to release Jetman
, the last pre-Power Rangers
season, before much longer. I saw a fansub of that one a few years ago, and it's really impressive, with rich character drama.