Power Rangers Megaforce Review

I would like to extend a sincere apology to Mr. Haim Saban and everyone at Saban Brands. For the last two years I have been criticizing Power Rangers Megaforce (and Super Megaforce), and unjustly so. When it premiered, I watched the first two or three episodes. I became frustrated and angry, and I did the TV version of rage quitting: I stared angrily at my DVR week after week as new episodes piled on, feeling betrayed, and eventually deleted them all and cancelled the series recording. Big mistake! Once you get over the initial shock and anger, Power Rangers Megaforce gets really good.

Here’s why:

Great Rangers

Once the ball gets rolling after the first couple of episodes, the major characters really come into their own. The Megaforce Rangers’ personalities are clearly defined and the villains stand out quite well.

Mega Rangers

The writers put a lot of effort into defining each ranger: Troy, the noble leader; Noah, smart and inventive; Jake, athletic and confident; Emma devoted and passionate; Gia, strong and independent. And the cast did an amazing job bringing them to life. Aside from the cheesy dialogue that’s inevitable when combining Nickelodeon and Power Rangers, the acting is, surprisingly, very good. Saban’s last group of rainbow heroes was plagued with dry, stale acting. With a few rare exceptions, the Megaforce Rangers were believable, which helped the show be very enjoyable.movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 2017 streaming

Robo Knight’s saga was one of my favorites. He had great character development and he helped drive home the “save the Earth” theme the season had. The episode where he went to the library to learn about our history was funny and motivating at the same time. He progressed from only caring about the Earth to caring about the people that lived on it. It was beautiful.

Robo Knight Orion

And then there’s Orion. I like to call him “Tyzonn 2.0” or “Tyzonn, done right.” They have extremely similar backstories, they’re both silver, and they both help the Rangers to avenge what the villains did to them. The major difference is Orion had a much better actor. That helped the character come across a lot more realistic. He was much more interesting. Although, Tyzonn did have Vella…

Vella

I didn’t realize until halfway through Super Megaforce that Orion’s Silver Ranger was like Tommy’s White Ranger. They had to find creative ways to explain why a Ranger from one season was with the team from the last. Was that intentional? Was it supposed to be a throwback in tone and style? If so, that was pretty clever.

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Great Villains

With Vrak’s cold demeanor, Vekar’s brilliant hilarity, and Metal Alice’s malice (nice wordplay, guys) Power Rangers Megaforce’s villains get the job done, and done well.

Vrak pulled me in early on and his rise to power at the end of season 1 (non-super) had me itching all through season 2 (Super) to see him return. And it was a nice payoff. The Rangers’ last battle with Vrak completely overshadowed the Legendary Battle, in my opinion. His role in the conclusion of Robo Knight’s saga made for a compelling story. I literally gasped in shock when I saw Robo Knight in his lair. I did not see it coming and it brought the level of emotion to an all-time high.

I could watch Prince Vekar all day. I’m sad that he’s gone. Power Rangers villains have all been the same for so long now: angry and evil. Vekar was a huge relief and easily one of my favorite parts of Megaforce. I laughed more at his scenes than I have at any show in a while.

Vekar Metal Alice

Metal Alice was a taste of that classic pure evil. Her desire to defeat and enslave the humans simply because they were “less than” and her aggressive attempts to bring the noble Robo Knight to her side illustrate that perfectly.

And then some stuff that just sucked:

They tried way too hard to be like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Gosei and Tensou? Come on, they were a poor man’s Zordon and Alpha. It’s sad that 20 years later Gosei and Tensou actually looked worse than Zordon and Alpha. When you see Zordon, he’s a floating head in a tube. That’s impressive. Gosei was a wall decoration.

Continuity seemed like a foreign concept to them. The Legendary War was ridiculous. It really looked like they thought, “Hey, that would be cool!” and didn’t give it any serious thought. And morphing into past Rangers? That’s a pandora’s box of discontinuity. I guess you can rationalize it by saying all Rangers are connected to the morphing grid, so they channeled the powers that way. But seriously, if Gosei had this power, why did he wait to show up? Granted they were working with the Super Sentai footage, but I think in 40+ episodes of Gokaiger they could’ve found enough footage to make 20 episodes without the past Rangers.streaming Beauty and the Beast movie

Then there’s the name: “Megaforce.” So original. They had two great themes to work with and they ignored both. Not to mention adding “Super” to it made it sound ten times worse.

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Despite all of the things that made me angry, I was able to focus on the positives and enjoy the overall narrative and the nostalgia of seeing them morph into past Rangers. It was also nice to see the cameos in the finale by Cassie, Wes, Karone, Leo, Damon, and yes, Tommy. The acting was also much better than in Samurai. They did a good job with the casting. If it weren’t for that, I don’t know if I could’ve made it through.

When I finally watched all of Megaforce and Super Megaforce it was a two day Netflix binge. I thought it was going to be a headache but it turned out to be a good two days. I was pulled in by the story and enjoyed the show.