Saban returns this year with the adaptation of TOEI‘s Tensou Sentai Goseiger, in the form of Power Rangers: MegaForce. After officially rebooting the franchise with Power Rangers: Samurai and Super Samurai in 2011 and 2012, respectively, Saban is gearing up for a similar status with Megaforce and thus far it is delivering full on.
I may have over done that title. Either way, I’d say it fits. So I recently got time to get caught up in Saban’s latest iteration of Power Rangers and honestly I’m quite pleased. After Power Rangers Samurai and Super Samurai, both of which I enjoyed quite a great deal, I was unsure how the new Megaforce would play out, seeing as Megaforce is also where the Great Legend War arc happens. However in this universe (the Saban Universe) it is called the Mega War.
Every time we get a new Power Rangers, we get a whole new cast filled with antics, this time around we get some pretty interesting characters. In Megaforce we have Andrew Gray as Troy Burrows, the Megaforce Red Ranger, John Mark Loudermilk as Noah Carver, the Megaforce Blue Ranger, Christina Masterson as Emma Goodall, the Megaforce Pink Ranger, Ciara Hanna as Gia Moran, the Megaforce Yellow Ranger, Azim Rizk as Jake Holling, the Megaforce Black Ranger.
Honestly while I cannot comment on their overall character arcs and development as only eleven episodes have aired while I am writing this article, I can say the show, while feels more kid-friendly than Samurai, has quite and interesting approach to character development and building. The actors do quite an impressive job with their respective characters and their characters in-show attributes. A notable event I’d like to mention is the fact that, the rangers out of battle and out of ranger form abilities come into play, while I know there is probably evidence of this outside of Megaforce, I missed a couple seasons here and there but regardless its quite a nice addition to characters as a whole.
I’d also like to point out that Megaforce Black Ranger (Jake) has a crush on the Megaforce Yellow Ranger (Gia) (which I may or may not be shipping hard).
The production value of Megaforce is higher than I expected. Usually Saban (and previously Disney) would use alot of footage from the original Super Sentai, this time around I’ve noticed a lot more original footage is being shot for Power Rangers. The even more interesting thing I found was the fact that, this original footage is in places where you’d expect to have Super Sentai footage. There are instances where you can plainly tell that its two different footage sets, but its much better than previous incarnations.
Aside from the actual Power Rangers, the show’s allies and antagonists are quite something. I personally do not like Tensou, honestly nobody can replace Alpha, so don’t even try, but Tensou’s pretty cool. Also Gosei who is basically Zordon, although Zordon trained him. So Points to Zordon. I like Gosei though, something about him. I supposed its the way he kinda echo’s Zordon.
The show’s antagonists are pretty freaking cool. I mean come on, Admiral Malkor, Creepox and Vrak. Just listen to those names, they should insight fear into you! Apart from that though, I like the villans, they have an impressive production value (like all Toei’s Villans) and they all are pretty bad-ass when you think about it. I personally like Vrak, he just seems so laid back and chill you know. Their weapons are very impressive (blades, scythes etc.) and this time around they attempt to use more than brute force to destroy the Power Rangers. (I know its been done before, I just like it.)
The Zords used in this version is almost just like the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers version. The dragon is even the same and all the particular colours all line up just like they did before, for the most part. However, I like the fact that the Zords can also be used as part of the Rangers weapon, I thought I didn’t like it, but as it turns out, I do in fact like it. The show also uses similar 3D CG versions of combining and calling for the Zords.
Despite what you may think of Power Rangers: Megaforce, its quite a good show, even though its made for children, I can guarantee any fan can enjoy the show. With the rest of season currently on its way, it looks promising, both on the action side, the character development arcs and much more. I can’t wait for it to reach the Mega War.