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This is the first time my kids have watched Power Rangers and they enjoyed this series. My son more so than my daughters, though they related with the female rangers. This collection ends in a cliff-hanger and is missing the holiday episodes so I wouldn’t really consider it complete. However, the less than $10 asking price is still pretty reasonable for twenty episodes and seven hours of entertainment.
The first episode introduces the high school students soon to be the next generation of Power Rangers. Troy, who becomes the red ranger, is good at handling adversity and is a martial arts expert. Gia, with her calm demeanor, morphs into the yellow ranger. Emma is Gia’s best friend and appreciates nature; she transforms into the pink ranger. The nerdy, but likable Noah becomes the blue ranger. Last but not least is Jake, who is strong, has a crush on Gia, and turns into the black ranger.
The character development is decent and held the interest of my daughters while my son likes the battle scenes with the insect-like alien invaders. The special effects are cheesy and make Sharknado look like Avatar. Each episode features a new insect-like invader with a different method to thwart the Power Rangers and to take over the world. Thankfully, their plans get squashed every time until the final episode. I won’t know the result of the epic battle until the next season of the Super Megaforce Power Rangers.
One thing I can count on is that the battle formula doesn’t change much. At first the Power Rangers try to subdue the invader with hand to hand combat. If that doesn’t work they start to use their weapons and then switch to their mega weapons. If more force is necessary then the Zords come out and ultimately combine into the Mega Zord to finish off the attacker.
While this show has a lot of tacky special effects and violence, it does teach some good moral lessons as well. The value of friendship and team work is shown as crucial to a successful outcome. Believing in yourself is also expounded upon along with the value of honesty.
There is much to like in this DVD set for current and future Power Ranger fans. I know my kids enjoy the show and that the epic theme song gets stuck in my head shorty after hearing it. My children are looking forward watching the next season.