Power Rangers Dino Charge is the twenty-second season of the long-running Power Rangers franchise. The footage, costumes, and props from Japanese Super Sentai Series Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, it is the first season to be distributed by Saban Brands Entertainment Group
The first half of the second season, that I am reviewing and twenty-third overall, is called Power Rangers Dino Super Charge and premiered on January 30, 2016.
The Power Rangers have always been a guilty pleasure for me. It was the first live-action series both my kids got into, especially my daughter who had her own super sentai poses very early on. In fact, my first article I wrote of The Good Men Project was “ Why Can’t A Girl Be The Red Ranger?“, reflecting the question my three-year-old had in reference to the leadership of the team being exclusively white male. So to our joint delight Saban has diversified leadership The Red Ranger Tyler is an Asian male but the Pink Ranger Shelby (Camille Hyde , Labrats) a black girl, is pretty much the co-leader through the series, has agency, a gifted amateur paleontologist and her character actually has a reasonable arc, for a kids show.
Her relationship with her dad is well defined. She’s proactive while Tyler’s totally reactive and frankly immature. She may be in pink, but girlfriend is the lynch pin of the group, which my daughter now seven appreciated greatly. (I’m ordering her Pink Ranger outfit from Amazon after I finish this article) Shelby should by rights have been the Red Ranger. Tyler hasn’t changed at all once he found his dad but a male pink ranger may be a bridge too far for children’s programming. Shelby is by far the most developed character. And she can make her own ZORDS! More on that later.
The story so far…
65 Million years ago, a dinosaur-like alien named “Keeper” pursued by an intergalactic bounty hunter named Sledge entrusted ten dinosaurs with magical Energems powerful MacGuffins rumored to hold invincible power over the entire universe. Unfortunately, Keeper meaning to strand Sledge in space, disableds Sledges ship with a bomb but it dumped its payload of Asteroids causing the extinction of the dinosaurs.(whoops, my bad). Sledge, awoken from stasis, was determined to find all the missing Energems and take control of space and time. The Power Rangers who’s original members found the Energems last season, defeated Sledge, but are about to learn that new villains are just around the corner.
Harnessing the power of pre-historic dinosaur spirits, the Dino Charge Rangers are ready to defend Earth at all costs. From a 100,000-year-old caveman to a powerful Prince, the Dino Super Charge Rangers a large eclectic bunch, with unmatched strength and incredible intelligence make for some epic teamwork.
With all new Dino Zords, morphers and weapons, Earth’s most powerful defenders are ready to protect the Energems and save the Earth… but will their combined strength be enough to stop the most powerful monsters they’ve ever faced? Dino Super Charge Ready!
This time the main baddie Heckyl An alien in human form strangely reminiscent of Gotham’s Penguin, trying to restore his planet and ingratiate himself into Sledge’s army of villains to gain access to their technology, at war with his dark side (Jekyll & Hyde, get it?) The writers elude to his motivation being the resurrection of Sentai Six but strangely it never materializes. Frankly, I’ve always loved Rita Repulsa and every villain since has been a retread on her.
Our heroes …
The group consists of the Red Ranger Tyler, the adventurous leader of the group who is searching for his father who disappeared years ago on an archaeological dig, Pink Ranger Shelby, smart and sassy in a non-stereotypical way—she’s a waitress (the only ranger with an actual job as the story began) with a vast knowledge of dinosaurs; the Blue Ranger Koda, a Cro-Magnon caveman living in modern times as he found his Energem in his tribe’s cave and was kept in suspended animation until the present day; the Green Ranger Riley, the youngest of the group who is skilled with swords; and the Black Ranger Chase, the suave and laid back member of the group originally from New Zealand The Rangers are joined by additional teammates with additional Dino Zords: the Gold Ranger Ivan, an 800-year old knight from Zandar who was trapped in the body of Sledge’s minion Fury and the Graphite Ranger Prince Philip III of Zandar, the modern day crown prince of Ivan’s home country. Kendall takes over the position of the Purple Ranger from Albert Smith who abandons the position due to his fears of Fury’s minions. New threats also emerge, including the human-like villain Heckyl. With these powers, the Dino Charge Power Rangers fight against Sledge, Poisandra, Fury, Wrench, Curio, and their prison full of monsters in order to protect the Earth.
Shelby’s skill at creating Zords (fully developed in Volume 2) made me question why not make an army of them to take on all comers? But, they are Power Rangers so it would be totally unfair as overpowered this team is. TEN rangers! That’s the most I think since Super Samurai Ultra Force where all 20 teams came together. I won’t give away the endgame but this newest incarnation is the best since Samurai and I think any casual fan or devoted Ranger fan will find this a great addition to the Ranger legacy. I can’t wait to share Volume 2 with you!
Power Rangers Dino Super Charge Roar Vol.1 of 10 episodes on 2 DVD’s is available today on Amazon.
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