Power Rangers Lost Galaxy

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Villains and violence, but some worthwhile messages, too.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show aims to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Violence is the show's only real means of conflict resolution, but there are strong themes of teamwork and overcoming differences as the Rangers develop from an unlikely group of compatriots into a unified force of good.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Power Rangers represent the good qualities of humanity, embracing their destiny and defending the downtrodden. They willingly put themselves in harm's way for the fate of people they don't know. They're not perfect, and occasionally they break some rules in the process, but they're always motivated by the greater good. The team is fairly evenly split down the gender line, and the two female Rangers are every bit as qualified and reliable as the guys.

Violence & Scariness

The Rangers use a variety of weapons against their enemies, including swords, staffs, explosions, and guns. Many of the mutant villains can shoot laser beams with their eyes and are otherwise equipped to handle themselves in battle. There are some injuries and deaths, including a few main characters, but the process isn't gory.

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Language
Consumerism

While this incarnation's storyline doesn't have direct ties to any of the other Power Rangers series, kids might not make that distinction and may be drawn to others because of this one.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Power Rangers Lost Galaxy -- like most other Power Rangers incarnations -- is an action-adventure series marked by violence that's centered on teens with superpowers who battle full-grown mutant villains. There's hand-to-hand combat, plus weapons (swords, guns, etc.), and some characters -- including at least one main character -- die in the exchanges. This installment has an independent storyline, so kids don't have to have seen the earlier ones to get the plot. Bottom line? This is a real "know your kid" situation; it's too scary for the littlest viewers, and the creepy bad guys are too much for sensitive kids, but if yours can handle the occasionally dark plot, they'll also see some positive themes like friendship, equality (two of the five Rangers are girls), and the value of a common good.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byTotally500 September 23, 2012

Lost galaxy is the the bomb

really good series its amazing to me and my life as well
Teen, 13 years old Written bymichaelhpt137 December 3, 2012

Power Rangers Lost Galaxy Review

Power Rangers Lost Galaxy is a great show for kids. Some monsters might be scary but i was never frightened by it when i was a little boy. It is ok for kids

What's the story?

POWER RANGERS LOST GALAXY is set in a futuristic space colony called Terra Venture, where a group of teens is thrown together by fateful events that send them through a dimensional rift to the planet Mirinoi, which is under attack from the evil Scorpius (Kim Strauss). Led by Mirinoi native Maya (Cerina Vincent), the would-be defenders -- Kai (Archie Kao), Damon (Reggie Rolle), Leo (Danny Slavin), and Kendrix (Valerie Vernon) -- pull five mystical Quasar Sabers out of a stone and transform into the Power Rangers, using the weapons and their accompanying control over the elements to wage war on the villains on Mirinoi and throughout the galaxy. (In later episodes, Kendrix was replaced by Karone, played by Melody Perkins.)

Is it any good?

For older kids -- and boys especially -- there's plenty of action and adventure to like here, as well as a clear visual distinction between good and evil with little gray area to complicate the process. Power Rangers Lost Galaxy was the fifth TV series bearing the Power Rangers name; it originally aired in 1999 and falls in sequence behind Power Rangers in Space, though it doesn't continue its predecessor's storyline. A few characters cross over between the two series, but overall Lost Galaxy charts its own course in the Rangers timeline. The premise is fairly simple: Five teens become galactic superheroes through their own courage and some mighty cool powers from a set of legendary weapons, and they travel the universe in colorful unitards fighting a line-up of mutant bad guys.

That said, the show is violent, and a few integral characters are killed as it plays out, so there are some dark themes to consider. What's more, despite those trademark cheesy costumes and weapons that mark many of the Power Rangers series, some of the villains will be pretty scary to sensitive kids. If your older kids do watch, you can help offset the effect of these messages by drawing their attention to what's good about the show, including the Rangers' teamwork, their unselfishness, and the friendship that develops from their common goals.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. What qualities must exist for a team to be strong? How is a leader identified? Does every team need a leader?

  • Tweens: How does this series reflect how you imagine the future? Does the idea of space travel and colonization interest you? 

  • How does this series compare to other Power Rangers shows? What differences exist between this team of Rangers and others? Why do you think this franchise has been so long lasting?

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