A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Power Rangers Dino Charge is reminiscent of its numerous franchise predecessors, so kids who have seen one (or many) of those will know well what to expect in this one's content. Many scenes involve martial arts-style fighting, and characters on both sides of the good/evil divide use weapons such as blasters, which, it's implied, kill some of the bad guys. Other exchanges include explosions, spaceships crashing, and some supernatural powers such as the ability to freeze people. Kids might find the villains' elaborate costumes and angry mannerisms somewhat frightening, but they won't faze older kids. On the plus side, there are some good behavioral examples in the Power Rangers' dedication to the cause of fighting the good fight and standing up for innocent people against evil forces.
What's the story?
Eons before POWER RANGERS DINO CHARGE, aliens brought a dozen powerful Energems to Earth and gave them to 12 dinosaurs to keep safe from those who would misuse them. But the dinosaurs' extinction meant the Energems were lost to history. When a group of teens finds the gems and unlocks their power, the teens put themselves in the path of intergalactic bounty hunters who want the stones for themselves. Now Tyler (Brennan Mejia), Shelby (Camille Hyde), Koda (Yoshua Sudarso), Riley (Michael Taber), and Chase (James Davies) must step up to their role as Power Rangers to thwart the efforts of Sledge (Adam Gardiner) and his henchmen, who want the Energems for themselves.
Is it any good?
The dinosaur theme in this installment of the popular series gives it visual flair that could make it memorable in kids' minds, particularly those who already like the prehistoric creatures. With a whopping 21 previous installments, the Power Rangers franchise enjoys remarkable longevity in a tween market teeming with viewing choices. It also makes it difficult for all but the most devoted fans to discern the differences among the many plots and casts.
Every new Rangers iteration has the benefit of advanced effects and ever more elaborate costumes for which the franchise is perhaps best known. If that's what your kids like, then they will enjoy Power Rangers Dino Charge for sure. But its target demographic is pretty specific; younger kids may find the villains and fighting sequences scary, and older tweens (and parents) will think the whole affair is downright corny. Factor in the show's significant marketing angle for toys, games, and other products, and it's obvious this show is best in moderation.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why the Power Rangers series continues to be made. Do your kids like Power Rangers Dino Charge's unique costume style? What similarities exist from one incarnation to the next?
How do the Power Rangers relate to each other in a teamwork setting? When disagreements arise, how do they handle them? Who is the leader, and why is that his role?
Why is Sledge so greedy for the Energems' power? Kids: Have you ever felt envious of something a friend or sibling had? How do greed and envy affect a person's behavior in a negative way?
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