Power Rangers in Space
By Joyce Slaton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Spacy setting puts a neat new spin on still-violent antics.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The science is junk in this show: lots of gobbledygook like "The mega accelerator is offline!"
The Power Rangers are on the side of "good," though it's pretty hard to tell the bad and good guys apart, aside from costumes: Their tactics of violence and force are the same.
Positive Role Models
The Power Rangers work hard to protect the earth and other planets, and care deeply about protecting other life forms. Unfortunately, the way they usually go about demonstrating this is by blasting a space lizard in the face. The cast shows ethnic and racial diversity, with Rangers who are Asian, Latino, and African American.
Violence & Scariness
Heavy cartoonish violence: Lots of gun-like weapons, explosions, space battles with "phasers," many battles in each episode.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female characters, particularly evil ones, are often dressed in a very provocative manner, with lots of skin and cleavage showing.
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No cursing, but lots of insults, particularly from the mouths of the bad guys and gals: one woman says to another "Really, you've got to get out of the dumpster more often."
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Products & Purchases
Power Rangers in Space is just one of more than a dozen Power Ranger adaptations, and if kids like this one, they may want to see them all, and buy Power Rangers toys, costumes, and other gear.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Sometimes the bad guys make toasts with red liquid in what looks like wineglasses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Power Rangers in Space -- a live-action children's show about universe-traveling superheroes in bright, color-coded spandex costumes -- is quite violent, with many battle scenes in each show featuring guns, shooting, martial arts, sparks and explosions. As with other Power Ranger series, the costumes are imaginative, though feature many villains in scary masks and body suits that may unsettle younger or sensitive viewers. Bad guys are very mean to each other and to the Power Rangers, flinging insults hither and yon. The main villainess dresses rather sexy: shiny latex, corsets, cleavage.
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What's the Story?
POWER RANGERS IN SPACE is the fourth installment of the venerable Power Rangers series, in which a varying cast of teen Power Rangers take on villains in far-out costumes who often settle their differences with martial arts battles. This time out, the Power Rangers are trying to subdue the evil space alien Dark Specter, who has captured Power Rangers mentor Zordon. The Rangers try to defeat Dark Specter and rescue Zordon, but must contend with Astronema, the Princess of Evil, and her large band of minions. But Astronema is not just an evil cardboard cutout -- when her backstory emerges, it turns out she's connected to one of the Rangers in a very intimate way.
Is It Any Good?
This incarnation of the Power Rangers story is one of the most beloved and well-remembered outings of the series, which admittedly, isn't for everyone. The villains are silly (and in the case of Astronema, uncomfortably sexed-up), there are battles galore, and the Power Rangers are always yelling things like "Step up the main reactor to the astro megaship!" It's very silly, but kind of exciting and fun to look at anyway.
The special effects aren't very special, but the space setting does add something to all the martial arts battles and faceoffs, with villains careening through deep space in ships with phasers blasting. Good thing they have bad aim. Kids will find it easy to get lost in this show; adults may not be as thrilled by all the violence. But if you like this kind of thing, you'll like Power Rangers in Space.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why the evil characters in Power Rangers in Space are "bad." What makes them "bad"? Is it something they do? How are the bad characters different from the Power Rangers? How are they the same?
Does the setting of Power Rangers in Space seem similar to any other movies you have seen?
Do the scenes shot out in space look realistic to you? Power Rangers in Space was shot in 1990 -- can you tell special effects have improved since then?
- Premiere date: February 6, 1998
- Cast: Christopher Khayman Lee, Patricia Ja Lee, Roger Velasco, Selwyn Ward, Tracy Lynn Cruz
- Network: Fox
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Space and Aliens
- TV rating: TV-Y7
- Last updated: October 14, 2022
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