Power Rangers Wild Force
WF gets a lot of flack that is unwarranted, because aside from a few poorly executed ideas, the season has an amazing storyline and characters that, despite what the majority of the fandom might think, aren't actually that bad. The season also gives us what I would consider to be one of the - if not THE - best team-up episodes in the franchise's history in Reinforcements from the Future.
Power Rangers Jungle Fury
I've never understood why Jungle Fury gets all the hate that it does. Although it isn't as tightly paced as Power Rangers Mystic Force, the season nevertheless features a great storyline, with characters who really don't deserve the hatred that's heaped upon them. The core Rangers are all great (Casey is, for me, one of the most under-appreciated/under-rated Red Rangers in the franchise's history, and is not nearly as bad as people seem to think he is, and RJ is hands-down the BEST mentor-turned-Ranger in the franchise), and the supporting cast and villains are awesome as well.
Power Rangers Mystic Force
As with Jungle Fury, the hatred that is leveled against Mystic Force completely baffles me. Aside from RPM, the season has the tightest pacing and story plotting of any season in the entire franchise, with characters who are likeable and consistenty written (their exhibiting negative character traits doesn't make them unlikeable depsite claims to the contrary), and a great storyline. The season is also a HUGE improvement over S.P.D.; I don't know what the PTB behind MF did differently, but whatever they did, they successfully created a season that is so much better than its predecessor that it's almost as if the two seasons were created by entirely different people.
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
Operation Overdrive is, for me, a season full of good to great ideas that were poorly executed, which ultimately results in it being one of the two worst in the franchise (joining S.P.D.), but it does have some enjoyable things about it, such as some of the characters (chiefly Rose, Mack, Tyzonn, and Miratrix), the twist involving Mack, its overall storyline and premise (poorly executed though it was in places), and episodes like Pirate in Pink, Face to Face, Man of Mercury, and Once A Ranger.
Power Rangers Turbo
I think it's rather unfortunate that Power Rangers Turbo gets a lot of flack because the problems that are present in the season's first half really undermine the greatness of its second half. Having said that, though, there are some pretty neat things that happen in the season's first half, such as the introduction of the mystery surrounding Dimitria's twin sister (it's a pity that this storyline was abandoned), the revelation of the Millenium Message and its contents (it's a pity that this didn't play out quite like it was supposed to), and the episode Honey I Shrunk the Rangers. I also have to say that there's absolutely nothing wrong with the character of Justin other than that the PTB decided to make him a year or two younger than he ought to have been, which created some unnecessary hurdles for them in terms of getting him to interact with his older teammates.
Power Rangers (Super) Samurai
Although PR(S)S isn't quite finished yet, I've found myself enjoying it; it isn't the best season in the franchise, but it's also not the worst, and while it does have a number of things about it that could've been done differently, they're not as big a detriment to the season - at least for me - as the majority of fans seem to believe. I also really like the characters of Jayden, Antonio, Emily, Dayu, Deker, Octoroo, and Serrator, and the storyline has been interesting enough thus far that I'm quite looking forward to seeing its conclusion.
Last edited by DigificWriter; 07-25-2012 at 09:47 PM.
Of the six seasons mentioned:
Wild Force: It was the season that got me back into Power Rangers, if you can believe that. The episode that reeled me in was "Master's Last Stand" and I think that episode exemplified what WF did best. Master Org was an excellent villain. His backstory alone is one of the best and most intriguing for a PR villain. And him being utterly cold and ruthless helped make Cole's own story that much more engaging. The Rangers themselves were a likeable group. And Jindrax and Toxica are great examples of comic relief that isn't forced. "The End of the Power Rangers" was a great finale that I thought would've been fine as a series finale if that were the case.
Mystic Force: I might hold MF in higher regard because I was completely turned off by the 2nd half of SPD that my expectations were so low. But MF had a great story. The various twists, especially when it came to people's true identities were written and executed well, helping the story move forward. A good cast and likeable characters. "Dark Wish" and the finale are definitely the standout episodes. And I could be in the minority, but the little Mystic Mother footnote, a nod to PR history was awesome.
Operation Overdrive: I am definitely not one of those who think OO is some sort of useless trash. It was far from perfect, but overall, it had great vision. I think the overall concept of OO was excellent. Having globetrotting Rangers and not confining them to some random city was refreshing. The only area OO lacked was in its execution. They could have had tighter writing and fleshed out the villain factions (a fresh concept) better. But I think that doesn't take away from some truly interesting story, especially Mack's whole story which was probably one of the few things OO executed well. That plot point helped bring out some of the season's best scenes; Mack & Spencer, Mack & Hartford, and Mack basically going on a suicide mission in the finale leading up to the scene where he "becomes a real boy" that just worked. The Rangers themselves were a fun group and Spencer, I'd argue, makes up for anything else OO could possibly lack. Yes?
Jungle Fury: It was an alright season for me. RJ was a highlight and the villains were great. It is definitely a watchable season and I wouldn't mind watching it again, but I have no urge to.
Turbo: Didn't watch it.
Samurai: Best reason to watch? It's in HD. Oh, and like SilverPirate said above, I personally watch so I know what I'm talking about when I criticize it.
Spirit of all Red Rangers
Wild Force: Reinforcements From the Future is a glowing example of what any and all team-ups SHOULD be. I hesitate to say the same about Forever Red because of the god-awful ending (Seriously, the most powerful weapon in the PRU is defeated by a friggin' MOTORCYCLE?), but it was also a highlight of the season. The rest of the season was either clunky or wasted potential, particularly Zen-Aku. The story in and of itself was good, but that stupid soccer stadium ending just kills it for me.
The Nick Russell Show, Featuring the Power Rangers: Yes, I know it's called Mystic Force, but come on, try and tell me that my title isn't what it REALLY was. This is the season I believe to be the worst offender of the "Red Ranger focus" syndrome that many of the late Kalish Seasons (as well as Samurai) suffer from. This doesn't make Mystic Force a BAD season, but it does make it less than it could be. There were plenty of ideas for great character arcs for the Rangers, such as Chip becoming a knight for example, that all get stunted in favor Nick's Harry Potter/Luke Skywalker story. Still, it does have my single favorite Battlizer in the form of the Red Dragon Fire Ranger (That thing looks awesome) and Koragg is one of the coolest villains in the show (Well, I'm speaking more of Wolzard, the sentai counterpart, but hey, the footage gets used).
Operation Overdrive: I only ever sat through this fecal stain of a season one time, and never again. Everything about this season is insulting and teaches kids horrible lessons. Will is the single worst Ranger in the history of the franchise, and Mack is easily the single worst Red Ranger. If you're expecting me to give the season credit for Once a Ranger, then I'm afraid I'm about to piss you off. OaR is, in my humble opinion, the single WORST way to tribute 15 years of Power Rangers, and is arguably the worst team-up in general (it's contested by Clash of the Red Rangers, but I'll get into THAT further below). Once a Ranger is a potentially AWESOME idea. Form a sort of Justice League composed of random Rangers from previous seasons, in a kindred spirit to Forever Red. But it was done terribly. First of all, almost every veteran was from the Disney Era, with only Adam representing the Saban Era. Everyone else got to use their original morphing sequence, but not Adam. No, instead we get the seemingly impressive "upgrade" in the form of the volcanic morphing sequence. I say seemingly, because it would have been perfectly fine if they'd just kept the Go Go Power Rangers theme in tact, which they didn't, something that baffles me because I'm pretty sure the song was included in the purchase of the franchise so there should have been zero reason to exclude it. Basically it was a giant middle finger to the Saban Era and the previous seasons, since the veterans were all portrayed as jerks stealing the show from the Overdrives, who spent the whole season whining about not wanting to be Rangers in the first place. I won't even talk about the Mack-bot twist, since that always brings up an infamous argument that I don't wish to see repeated here.
Jungle Fury: I believe Chris has put in the best terms. Jungle Fury is a season that simply exists. It isn't bad, it isn't great. It's just... there. Bruce's seasons had a problem in that they all wanted to be over the top and epically ambitious. Jungle Fury was basically a back-to-basics season like Lightspeed was, and for that it is mainly forgotten. Which is a shame, because there's certainly a lot to like about Jungle Fury. Returning to Martial Arts was a great way to play on the nostalgia of rangers spending their free time practicing and training. It also had it's faults as well, such as the annoying fly that would commentate the Zord battles. I know this was because of the Sentai, but surely it could have been fairly easily cut and made little difference, right?
Turbo: Apart from the first half, Turbo was a genuinely decent season. Nothing to write home about, but not the atrocity people like Linkara make it out to be. In it's defense, Turbo had a LOT of things working against it. Between the changing of writers, crew, cast, and the fact that they were stuck using parody footage to tell an otherwise serious story, Turbo was never destined for greatness. Still, the General Havoc story and the Phantom Ranger's introduction were all pretty good. Oh, and I'd be a fool not to mention Chase Into Space, the best season finale, perhaps second only to Countdown to Destruction.
Samurai: I don't actively watch this season. At all. I was optimistic at first, using things like Bulk to defend the season against the haters. But then there came a great hiatus after Boxed In aired. From there, things went downhill. I ended up re-watching previous episodes as reruns and in doing so I realized how horrible of a mistake I made for ever defending this festering pile of steaming cow dung. Ignoring the sentai hacking, since Time Force basically copied Timeranger a lot and it ended well, Samurai has **** writing, **** acting, and completely unnecessary power-ups in the form of the Mega Modes. What does everyone see in those go-awful things? They serve no purpose other than to look pretty and to remind us that we're not watching sentai footage. They are literally a waste of budget, and the Shogun Mode is no exception. The budget used for making those stupid suits could have gone into better writing or better actors, but no, that money was flushed down the toilet so Bandai could sell useless power-up toys. But that's not even what I'm here to talk about. Oh no, remember me mentioning Clash of the Red Rangers up above? Well here goes. Clash has got to be the WORST team-up in the history of team-ups. The fact that it took place in separate continuity aside, the "movie" is a cluster**** of bad writing, bad acting, and sloppy usage of sentai footage. Seriously, who thought slapping together two movies that had absolutely jack-all to do with one another together into one movie was a GOOD idea? You know what we could have done with the time spent on the Shinkenger Summer movie footage? We could have shown the four Samurai Rangers as they are stranded in RPM's dimension and find a way back. But, no, all we get is, "The RPM Rangers said hi." Ugh, I seriously hope Scott marched right up to his team beat them for sitting on their asses instead of doing something to help, because that just seems like like a really lazy and irresponsible thing for Rangers to do. Basically, I gave up on this atrocity of a season during the hiatus that took place after Boxed In. I heard we would be getting an RPM team-up and decided to give the season one last shot. Then Clash aired and I threw up my hands and swore to never watch a single episode of this season on TV EVER again. It doesn't deserves any ratings, so if I feel so inclined to watch an episode or clips, I'll do so online where it will not benefit Saban Brands in any way.
And just so you know, that was only a small piece of my problems with Clash of the Red Rangers and Samurai as a whole. If I had given all the details, then this post would be the size of a freaking novel.
Last edited by AkaRed; 07-26-2012 at 07:32 AM.
Seriously....it's NOT the most power weapon in the PRU. It kept getting defeated easily that, by season 3, Zedd is using it simply for travel.
Originally Posted by AkaRed
Spirit of all Red Rangers
^ Have you not SEEN Serpentera? The thing DWARFS any and all Megazords and completely vaporized entire planets. There's a very good reason why it was given the Triple A Battery problem because without that, the show would have been written into corner because the Zord would literally be UNSTOPPABLE. Why do you think it was a such big deal that General Venjix supposedly fixed that flaw?
I got it like this:
I have never watched WF and Turbo too much. Mystic Force is the second most popular season after Mighty Morphin in my country. Jungle Fury is good - I like... well, more people than just Casei. Samurai sucks !
And? A special torpedo could do the same thing in PRIS. So again, it's not the most powerful weapon in the PRU.
Originally Posted by AkaRed
Spirit of all Red Rangers
^ One of the rough drafts for Forever Red featured the 10 Reds summoning the Megazords from their respective seasons and taking down Serpentera in what would have amounted to a simple blitzkrieg of attacks and finisher moves. Perhaps a special torpedo COULD vaporize a planet, but nothing would have taken dozens of Zords to bring it down like Serpentera.
I put the 6th lowest (WF) in place of Samurai because the season isn't over yet.
SPD/OO/Jungle Fury I didn't watch.
Turbo: I like this season because it was the final half season for the veteran rangers. The villain was cool. The succeeding team seemed to adapt quickly to there new lives as rangers, which was nice to see. the capturing of the Turbo Megazord and pitting it against the new Rescue zords was good, although I thought it was kind of lame for the battle to end because of the Phantom Ranger's ruby. The season ending episode was great.
Wild Force: I love the story for this season kind of a mature theme for a Disney owned season to take. A virtually unknown kid's parents are murdered by a fellow worker, the guy grows into being the Red Ranger and ultimately face him as the Master Org of the 21st century and even then try to forgive him for what he did. Good episodes, great story arcs. Characters are cool. My favorite episode? Sing Song! I also like the teamups and the finale, I thought it was interesting the way the powers were taken from them. "thank you for your help, hand over your jackets, phones and get out". Not those words exactly, but close.
Mystic Force: I have recently watched this season and there is no more attention given to Nick than any other red ranger in the series. I liked Mystic Force because it was a different theme that had not been done before. The story was well done. Again, the finale was good.