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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Power Rangers Beast Morphers is another Power Rangers saga about teens whose DNA is infused with animal-inspired Morphin energy, turning them into heroes who must thwart evil villains (in this case, a cybervillain). As per usual, there's lots of action, mostly involving martial arts-style fighting (kicking, punching, throwing people across the room) and some weapons that look more like toys than actual battle tools. Blasters emit lasers that cause explosions and can make characters collapse or disappear, suggesting death. On the upside, the teens form bonds through teamwork and discover determination, leadership, and courage they didn't know they had.
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What's the story?
In POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS, a futuristic agency readies to test the energy potential of a substance called Morph-X when a nefarious computer virus villain named Evox (voiced by Randall Ewing) interferes, turning two of the test subjects -- Blaze (Colby Strong) and Roxy (Liana Ramirez) -- into evil cyber versions of themselves whose allegiance lies with him. Then fate strikes again by infusing animal DNA with that of three other teens -- Ravi (Jazz Baduwalia), Devon (Rorrie D. Travis), and Zoey (Jacqueline Scilowski) -- making them the newest generation of Power Rangers, the Beast Morphers. Now the Rangers must work together to defeat Evox and his evil Rangers to protect Morphin power from his clutches and to free the real Blaze and Roxy from the deep sleep into which the power transfer has plunged them.
Is it any good?
Twenty-six versions in, and Power Rangers still manages to rebrand essentially the same storyline of teens-turned-unlikely-heroes to surprisingly effective success. As always, it's an acquired taste; the hyperbolic costumes and general campiness of the show aren't for everyone. Beast Morphers' production value far exceeds that of many of its forerunners, but the overall package still looks hokey compared to other action series.
But maybe that's what accounts for the Power Rangers franchise's longstanding success, at least in part. In a genre that's heavy on action that tries to look real, Beast Morphers never really suggests it's anything of the sort. The colorful costumes, retro Beast Bots, oversized Zords, and unapologetically cheesy villains are a type all their own, and if track record means anything, then Beast Morphers will find and please its own niche audience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the Power Rangers team becomes a reflection of the members' individual strengths. Who emerges as a leader? Does that role change as the show evolves? How does the Rangers' support system help them battle Evox and his henchmen most effectively?
Evox is a slightly different kind of villain than the norm. Is he scary? How does he wield power if not by a physical presence? Does his ability to control his lackeys suggest that words and thoughts are as dangerous as brute strength?
How does perseverance show itself in the characters' actions? Why is that a valuable trait to have in difficult times? When have you had to persevere through something hard? How does it feel to do so?
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