HELLOOOOOOOOOO TOKUSATSU FANDOM! DJ MonkieRanger here to give you a taste of my thoughts on the first episode of Power Rangers Dino Charge! Yes, yes, I know. “But MonkieRanger, you’re like two weeks late!” Unfortunately, life demands attention, and as such, other endeavors take a back seat. BUT, that’s why I’m here now! To let you all know that I’m not going anywhere, and although I may be a little less chatty, that doesn’t make me any less present!
Anyway, without further ado, LET’S REVIEWING!
Power Rangers Dino Charge Episode 1: “Powers from the Past”
We get a cold open (I absolutely love these) that plunges us into the middle of a space chase, a small one-person fighter/shuttle against a large freighter of unknown origin that seems to have a large number of asteroids in tow for one reason or another. Enter Fury, lighntingy lion of evilness. Apparently, Keeper (you’ll see him later) had landed a nigh-crippling blow on the vessel, so now Fury wants the mess fixed. Enter Wrench and Vivix galore. Slowly, but surely, we’re introduced to more and more of the villainous cast, including new US-exclusive bounty hunter, Sledge.
Now, Keeper is an interesting fellow. Here, we have this odd, shorter humanoid/reptilian creature that has a cloak that reminds me more of a cultist than a weary traveler. The thing is, though, that this is perfectly fine. It all comes together to create a character that doesn’t fit into any normal character molds. Mysterious, yet kindly.
The one thing I really love about this episode so far is that it takes time to introduce each character, while not focusing on each individual for too long. My only gripe is…if this is supposed to be the time of the dinosaurs, why has Pangaea already broken apart? And how did these dinosaurs all happen to be in the same place at the same time? (This isn’t even TOUCHING on the fact that a lot of these creatures existed thousands to million years apart.)
The characters themselves mesh rather well together, even with the odd design of the characters adapted from Kyoryuger. I hope we learn more about them in the coming episodes. I also await the day when Fury gets his fur boa.
Take note, as well, that when Keeper’s bomb goes off, it also sends Sledge’s collection flying…straight into Earth’s atmosphere…
Also, wait. Wait wait wait. Back up a second. The scene in the ship’s holding cells. Did you guys notice something?
That’s right, Deathryuger from Kyoryuger makes a cameo this episode! Will he be adapted as this season’s Talon Ranger, or was this just a tease? Only time will tell!
Alright, I think I’ve rambled on enough about this section. Let’s jump foreward a few million years, give or take.
Modern day, an awesome dinosaur museum. Here, we meet (most of) our main cast, who just so all happen to all work at the museum, save for our resident will-be leader.
Throughout the general introduction of the cast, we see a bit of tension from Kendall towards Shelby. I understand where a number of folks in the fandom may be turned off by this, especially given the circumstances, but look at it this way: 1.) This is a prime example of the early stages of character development. 2.) If it garners an emotional response, the writing is doing its job. Shelby starts out as an easily distracted, yet rather “I want to go places” in this episode. The fact that she shows ambition speaks volumes in and of itself. And let’s D.S. al Koda for a second, and speak of our resident caveman. He doesn’t seem too much like one, at least not starting out. That works. It makes you think, “There’s something off about this man, and I want to know what it is.” Interest in the character! Another hit!
Though, I have one gripe. When Shelby says, “your favorite Bronto Burger”, you can hear a definitive break in the audio between “bron” and “to”. Whether this was meant to cover up something or not, I’m not sure, but it sticks out like a sore thumb.
Jumping ahead a bit, HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE WE HAD A RANGER WITH THEIR OWN VEHICLE?! This may just be because I’m partial to Jeep Wranglers, but I thought this part was rather neat. Now, another gripe I have is with the spelunking into the odd cave. Yes, I know it’s a kid’s show. But…is Tyler impervious to extreme heat or something? I mean, there was an awful lot of magma down there. And how did Ice Age survive down there? How long was he down there?
The introduction of the Dino Gems to Shelby and Tyler, and subsequently the Dino Charge Morphers was absolutely fantastic. Big shout-out to Carol Petrie and the crew at PRP VFX for the amazing visual effects job so far.
All in all, this was a wonderful episode, and I have faith that this season will be the shot in the arm that the franchise needs. I give this episode 5 Tentoraigers out of 5.